Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen
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4.9/5 rDev +18.1%
De Molen perfection. This beer is absolutely not for the faint of heart, nor is it a beer to be drunk in any fast fashion. Sit back, relax, and let this puppy warm up.
First, it is as black as any beer can get. The head is a creamy, thick, coffee colored mass of foam that has a very strong coffee, chocolate, cherry smell that throws you for a loop. You can smell the alcohol.
Next, it is almost a syrup, and tastes like a black beer. It has extremely strong chocolate-coffee tastes that match its smell. As it warms up it this taste really mellows out, and becomes a clovey, cardamomy ?, beer that tastes like dessert. It is extremely smooth, and, if drank at the right bar, can really get the "gezellig" on.
This is by and large the best by De Molen, and is a beer that is a great way to end the night on. It has such a full body and taste that it is an experience in and of itself.
01-24-2012 03:15:18 | More by AMiz602
4.88/5 rDev +17.6%
Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Sam Adams pint. Brewed March 2011, bottled April, bottle number 304.
A: Pours an opaque, dark brown color with two fingers of tan head. Good lace and outstanding retention-- head lasts the entire glass.
S: Rich milk chocolate and some well-integrated floral notes. Really good.
T: A floral malt flavor up front yields gently to sweet molasses before ending with a gently smokey bitterness. There is also some coffee and chocolate in here. Full-flavored and refined. Some vinous overtones gradually emerge, and also the alcohol shows a bit, but not a problem. Towards the end some mint joins in for a great, bitter mint chocolate flavor. Very complex.
M: Full bodied with lush creaminess and viscosity, almost obscene it is so good.
O: Wow, fantastic stuff. Label says it can age for 25 years, little chance of it lasting that long in my cellar. Pricey and worth it, try it if you can.
08-27-2011 01:36:12 | More by AmericanGothic
4.83/5 rDev +16.4%
Bottle from the cracked kettle in Amsterdam, brewed and bottled January 2009 by the small Dutch brewery de Molen in Bodegraven. First time I have this beer myself, heard a lot of great stories about it.... Can't wait to try!
Poured into a Westvleteren glass. Pours a very deep, beautiful black color, with a very light head, that disappears almost immediately.
Scent is fantastic, very complex smell of roasted malts, chocolate, fruits, honey, caramel, coffee, some hops and a bit of alcohol.
The taste...,WOW, also here chocolate, roasted malts, raisins, caramel and coffee taste. The finish is slightly hoppy. The bitterness of this beer is well balanced with it's fruitiness, and the beer is very drinkable even though the alcohol percentage is high.
The mouthfeel is a bit strange, only because of the very low carbonation, comparable to some 10 year old vintage beers, but as mentioned by another reviewer, the beer is so great that this is only a minor issue. The beer feels light and smooth in the mouth.
Overall, a fantastic and well balanced beer, simply the best Dutch beer I had until now. Better than Westvleteren 12....??? difficult, I think I just prefer WV12 because it ages very very well!! I'm definitely going to put some Hel en Verdoemenis away in the cellar.
07-17-2009 13:29:50 | More by rvdoorn
4.8/5 rDev +15.7%
thanks to injuredreserve for sending this one my way.
a - popped the top and filled my ccb snifter. poured a watery black with a reasonable white head that was gone quick leaving a thin slick on the surface.
s - deep roasted chocolate malts. really nice. some coffee notes. big and bold. vanilla glaze.
t - lots of big chocolate and roasted malts. coffee slaps back. some alc, but great roasted chocolate. one of the better RIS i've had in a long time.
m - first thing i noticed when it hit my lips was the silkiness. this is a big bold and full beer, but silky soft and smooth. bready and cooling.
o - overall, world class. one of the best RIS i've ever had. there is just so much goodness in this beer.
03-11-2012 02:49:09 | More by cosmicevan
4.76/5 rDev +14.7%
A: Pours a dark chocolate color with a mocha head.
S: Dark chocolate and roasty coffee in the nose.
T: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malt, but it's a paragon of the imperial stout style, in my opinion.
M: Full bodied for sure, more so than Rasputin/Disputin/Cease and desist. Probably at least smoothish, but I don't remember the carbonation, I just remember that I loved this beer.
O: I don't think I can speak more highly of anything I would call a paragon. Anything more is ineffable. I'd love to try the barrel aged versions, especially Wild Turkey. A Four Roses or Elijah Craig version would be the best beer ever.
01-11-2013 05:18:42 | More by BierJager89
Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
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