Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen
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4.75/5 rDev +14.5%
Thanks to Nick at LiquorMax for getting this stuff in.
Great stout, right up with the greats. Thick viscous liquid pours a dark murky brown with a silky espresso head that settles to a thin lace.
Fantastic nose of rich bready malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses, dark ripe pitted fruits and dank sticky hops.
Taste reaches equal complexities with superb balance. Fudge brownies, figs, raisins, nutty malts, roasted malts, anise and bitter hops.
Thick body has delicate carbontion and is only enhanced by adding the yeast.
Delicious stuff. Top knotch.
05-01-2009 06:27:43 | More by rye726
4.73/5 rDev +14%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Properly cellared 2 year old bottle. Pours dark brown with ruddy tones, appearing black in the glass. Thin fine light tan head dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass. Intense aroma of roasted malt, mild dark fruit and lots of chocolate. Flavor follows, rich dark roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, lighter coffee and dark fruit notes, incredibly well integrated. The body is thick and creamy. An all round well made treat for the senses. One of the best RIS I've had and hands down the best two year old aged bottle of any stout I've experienced. I'm not getting any oxidation notes from this. This is not distributed in my state and I wish I had bought more of these for the cellar. I see that the other very high scoring review was from the same vintage as this one and also tasted after 2 years, so I'd advise aging this one for a few years for a treat. Exceptional.
07-31-2012 03:23:03 | More by LiquidAmber
4.72/5 rDev +13.7%
On tap at the Firkin in Libertyville, IL: from notes.
A: The rich tan head sits for a good amount of time before retreating on a solid black body. The server even mention that she had never seen a more bold, black body on a beer. None the less, pitch black, with a slight reddish transparency around the rim while drinking and looking through the light. The lacing is left is huge quantities that you cannot even see into the glass after.
S: Notes of espresso, while chocolate makes it presence on the aromas finish. A solid and constant aroma of liquorish.
T/M: Very sweet on the front with a huge malt bill, the rolling mouthfeel brings a layering of flavors, Starting with bitter chocolate and then moves to a candy liquorice, a smoked malt profile on the body. Turning to the lingering finish, the dominance of alcohol. The full bodied brew holds a nice and chewy mouthfeel that is very filling.
D: This is one of those brew where your damned if you do and damned if you don't. And if your damned if you don't then pity you, because this brew is one of those must try for the experience. Nothing that can be sessioned by any means, but the flavors are out of this world when combined with the body of this brew,
10-05-2010 13:56:51 | More by GDBEERMAN
4.7/5 rDev +13.3%
Fabulous. Extreme beer. I think meant to be almost still, which it is. No head, only a few bubbles. Color is an opaque brown tinged black. Aroma us ultra rich and chocolate malt roast coffee. Flavor is like aroma just a hint of bitterness at the end. Body is excellent despite being almost flat. All my friends sitting here trying it say "Goddamn good beer!" Only hints of alcohol in the end which is lengthy. Absolutely fabulous. Label says ageable up to 25 year. Wonder what an older version tastes like.
05-20-2010 23:51:31 | More by drpimento
4.7/5 rDev +13.3%
Pros: Such a unique and big flavor. Incredibly malty, rich, delicious. Finish is 20+ seconds, dark chocolate, espresso, peanut butter, fudge, dark fruit, resin hop. Terrific flavor.
Cons: The low carbonation level does hurt many factors of the beer, but it is such an exquisitely brewed offering, it's only a minor issue.
An amazing beer. A great beer for the cellar.
03-25-2009 14:25:25 | More by Crosling
4.65/5 rDev +12%
pours dark dark brown - looks black 1+ finger tan head that had decent retention and left lacing all over the glass
smells of dark roast - some smoke - licorice - chocolate
taste is out of this world - just like the nose i get all the notes very roasty malt chocolate coffee licorice but add in some fruity hop flavors maybe its the dark fruity malt mixed with all the other flavors but whatever it is - its amazing
mouthfeel - medium body - low carbonation feels slick
overall - a tad on the expensive side but one of the best nom barrel aged RIS i have had in a while - glad i picked up 2
09-19-2011 04:51:01 | More by jsh420
4.65/5 rDev +12%
Got this botlle form rvdoorn as a special delivery. He found it at Berts Bierhuis in Utrecht.
A: Poured it into my Urthel glass and it looked viscous. A deep dark brown color near to black. Didn't observe any head at all.
S: First things that comes to mind is liquorice. After that coffee, cacao and roasted malts, some faint fruit smell.
T: Coffee, cacao, liquorice, sweet dried fruits, hints of apple/pear. Malts and a slight alcohol taste. A ligth bitter, spicy aftertaste.
M: CREAMY!!!! PLeasant, but there's no carbonation at all. The spicy aftertaste is masking this problem a little bit.
D: What a great Dutch beer this is. Too bad that there's no carbonation, that would have made it even greater for me. Buy again, again and again....
08-12-2009 14:19:12 | More by PapaEugene
4.65/5 rDev +12%
A - pours completely opaque with a thick 1/2 inch khaki head on top.
S - decadent roasted coffee, intense dark chocolate, minerals, sweet cream, full on roasted malts. Coffee coated raisins.
T - follows the nose to a tee. Charred coffee, tons of dark chocolate, sweet cream, chocolate malts and coffee dominate with some lightly scorched caramel underneath. Finishes dry with strong coffee, chocolate, and hints of sweet charred caramel.
M - creamy lush body with a good amount of lively carbonation.
This is a coffee and chocolate explosion in your mouth. I've had this bottle for 4 months do it's not super fresh but it taste like its straight from the tit. This is one of the best coffee RIS's I've had the pleasure of tasting. This is a must have.
08-09-2014 20:48:21 | More by StaveHooks
4.64/5 rDev +11.8%
Had this several times during our tastings.
Very dark brown, nearly black. Off white head when it's carbonated, otherwise it leaves a faint trace of bubbles. Lots going on here. Huge notes of coffee grinds, dark chocolate, burnt toast, leather, earth, cremini mushrooms, figs, and prunes. Layers and layers repeat themselves as you smell and sip. Medium bodied, alcohol barely noticeable. I highly recommend this great example of a RIS.
05-04-2014 05:28:19 | More by DmanGTR
4.63/5 rDev +11.6%
Poured into a Westmalle chalice. Nice black body with a light tan head that dissipated quickly.
Smells of dark chocolate, espresso, malt, and very small hints of hops.
Taste is similar to the smell, but more complex with a slight fruity booziness and a little more hoppiness at the finish. Very complex and elegant, it reminds me of good quality dark chocolate; roasted bitterness balanced by a light fruitiness.
The mouthfeel is excellent. Whereas most imperial stouts seem to be thick and heavy, this has more of a medium mouthfeel and low carbonation, making it a little more light and smooth which allows me to better appreciate the balance of flavors.
For a big imperial stout (my bottle says 11.9% instead of 10.2%), this is remarkably drinkable. I still wouldn't have more than a glass or so at any given time, even if I could afford it, but the alcohol really isn't too noticeable.
Overall, this was a very nice imperial stout, and I think I'm going to have to pick up another bottle or two to set aside for a special occasion.
03-21-2009 06:57:57 | More by essie
4.6/5 rDev +10.8%
A - Dark black-brown with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slowly.
S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, some light dark fruits and vanilla, and a hint of booze.
T - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, dark cocoa, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, some raisin and other dark fruits, bit of hops, hint of lactose, and a bit of booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a sweet, roasted, and warming finish.
D - Fantastic RIS. Just about perfect balance and mouthfeel.
04-11-2013 05:08:04 | More by ngeunit1
4.59/5 rDev +10.6%
Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Bottle stamped 23 JAN. 2014.
A: Pours a smooth, deep cola brown with just a thin skim of dark tan head that quickly dissipates.
S: Dry leather, wood, caramel malt, brown sugar, and a hint of tobacco. Tending toward dark and sweet notes.
T: Caramel malt (distinct English brown malt) and smooth cream up front. In the mid-palate, this takes a distinct turn toward harsher and darker notes...burnt wood, supple and old leather, a fresh alcohol bite, dark and bitter chocolate, and a hint of dark tobacco cigar. With warming, spicy pepper (almost cayenne-like), toffee, and licorice notes emerge. Very good to start and becomes near perfect with warming.
M: Wow...a definite highlight of the beer. Starts surprisingly light (medium body) given the ABV. Also begins smooth, sweet, and creamy. Then turns toward bitter with an alcohol burn (still retains the sweetness...now heavier and darker though). Tremendous lingering finish...bittersweet and slightly astringent. Sweetly sticky feel.
D: The further I got into this beer, the more I liked it. Deceivingly complex. Very interesting as far as the style goes...not your typical RIS (most are harsh and dark straight through; this one starts lighter, smoother, and highlights the English brown malt...before turning toward more traditional RIS notes). Glad I got to try it...seek it out! The bottle says it can be enjoyed within 25 years; I got a couple more to see...
05-08-2014 03:21:37 | More by mwilbur
4.58/5 rDev +10.4%
12oz bottle, scooped at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam
brewed 2/18/10, bottled 4/8/10, bottle #771/960
consumed in prague hotel room
appearance: standard de molen label with loads of information and a red-waxed top, served in hotel water glass, rich dark mahogany body, creamy chocolate cap with perfect retention
smell: rich dark chocolate, loads of hops present...really nice
taste: sinfully good - waves of dark chocolate, a touch of mint, aggressively hopped - glad i got to this one in a relatively fresh state. rich roasted malts, nice bitter finish - a world class stout indeed
mouthfeel: creamy, but a little heavy of the foamy feeling
06-04-2010 17:04:06 | More by dirtylou
4.58/5 rDev +10.4%
A-Deep brown, almost black, with an inch of dense mocha head. Leaves an intricate web of lacing.
S-Beautiful aromas of black forest cake, maraschino cherries, coffee beans and bitter chocolate.
T/M-Intense chocolate flavors complemented by dry bitterness. Thick and lush, with mouth filling prickly carbonation. The boozy, warming finish is marked by a note of burnt coffee.
O-Really excellent. Love this.
08-06-2011 01:31:43 | More by DaveHS
4.58/5 rDev +10.4%
We have the good fortune to live close enough to the brewery that we occasionally stop in to stock up on beer and as an added benefit have some of Pepe's excellent cooking.
Brewed on August 27, 2008 and bottled on September 26, 2008. Bottle 141.
Poured into a Molen snifter which they use for their porters and stouts, Hell & Damnation poured with a huge head that continued to mushroom over the glass as it sat. The head is dark and rich with bubbles of various size -- beautiful! It quickly dissipates leaving a thin and uneven layer on the top of the beer leaving a bit of lacing on the side of the glass (very different experience from Paco -- due to his traveling across the Atlantic? In the end, not all that different as our dissipated very quickly). The beer itself is a beautiful dark rich brown, bordering on black with a hint of red.
The scent is a complex combination of what you expect to smell in an imperial stout (malt, burnt sugar or molasses) along with the smell of hops that tells you this will not be that simple. The smell of alcohol is not as strong as you would expect from the 10.2% ABV.
Expectations are high regarding taste as Molen is renowned for their imperial stouts and porters -- and this does not disappoint! Heavily roasted malts, chocolate and molasses all very well balanced against the relatively (for a RIS) strong taste of hops. It finishes with burnt sugar, and hops! Truly wonderful!
This beer fills your mouth. The carbonation is low but far from flat. Here in the Netherlands on a cold and rainy Friday night...I could drink this all night long...the combination of big stout and hops is very compelling...the problem is they didn't brew enough to make the drinkability question relevant -- there was only 282 bottles in this batch and we need to lay down the remainder of our stash as it will only grow better with age.
01-23-2009 19:41:28 | More by KevyKev
4.58/5 rDev +10.4%
33 cL bottle dated April 11, 2011, bottle 183 of 2080, poured into a tulip
A- Black with no head.
S- Coffee, vanilla, booze, roasted malts, dark chocolate.
T- Chocolate, some vanilla, dark fruits, roasted malts, nice coffee finish, touch of alcohol.
M- Smooth, creamy, low carbonation.
O- A really good beer that is worth the money. At one year old it is great, would love to see how this ages for longer being that it says it can age for up to 25 years. I will be picking up a few more bottles for aging.
04-13-2012 00:29:47 | More by larryi86
Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
92 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.