Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen
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2.35/5 rDev -43.4%
This is an 08 bottle.
A: Pours nearly pitch black color. A large, rocky tan head forms with good retention. Rings of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Prune juice, dark fruits, light roast, powdered sugar and chocolate.
T: Really sweet and boozy. To much residual sweetness for me. Acrid, bitter coffee and roast. Big on the prune juice. Dark fruits, more like fruit puree. Lots of bitter coffee lingers on forever. Not enjoying this.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. Though really sticky and syrupy. Like an adhesive to the tongue. Way to sweet and to much hot alcohol for me to enjoy this.
Better than Bommen & Granten. Though that is not saying much. Again, this is just to big, boozy, and sweet for me to want to come back for more.
12-29-2011 05:05:49 | More by champ103
2.98/5 rDev -28.2%
Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a nonic glass. Served cool and allowed to sit some.
Pours dark mahogany and a dark tan head. Very chunky. Alot of yeast in this bottle.
Smell initially very boozy and medicinal. After some warming up the chocolate comes up. Some herbal notes.
Tastes herbal, sage like and boozy. A bit rough. Low carbonation and slick mouthfeel.
Not a bad beer but there are some world class beers in this category. A bit rough around the edges but again not a bad beer by itself.
03-10-2012 18:09:44 | More by jneiswender
2.98/5 rDev -28.2%
Reviewing from notes. Had this on tap at Novare a couple of months ago. 16oz pour into my chalice
A: Very dark pour. Leaves an extremely thin layer of head. As I drink, sporadic lacing is left behind
S: Big nose, but pretty limited in components. Basically, smells like raisinets soaked in booze
T: The description at the bar stated "monstrously rich and dark" - I couldn't agree more. This one is scorching hot. Roasted malt and chocolate barely cut through the heat. Seems like there is raisin lingering in the finish
M: Full bodied. Appropriately carbonated for the style. Roasty finish with an alcohol kick
D: Man, this is boozy. I sipped this for a while. In it's current state, I don't think I'd drink again. However, I've seen this in stores so might grab a bottle to stash for a few years
01-12-2011 02:08:03 | More by Brez07
3.03/5 rDev -27%
A - Very dark brown, nearly opaque. Huge, billowing, long lasting, big bubbled, tannish head. Little lacing. Apparently too much carbonation.
S - Dark roasted malts, dark fruits and a huge solventy booze aroma. Hot and burning.
F/M - Dark fruity esters, big dark roasted malts, some chocolate and a little coffee. Resinous and earthy hops with a moderately firm bitterness, accentuated by dark malts. Solventy hot booze throughout. Medium full bodied with excessive carbonation. Lingering boozey fruit flavor.
D - Hot, solventy, and harsh, this is exactly what I expected after tasting Black Damnation (a blend of Black Albert and H&V). To quote my wife, "It just attacked my mouth."
01-10-2011 04:56:27 | More by domtronzero
3.05/5 rDev -26.5%
Thanks goes out to injuredreserve for this brew.
Brewed: 30 Apr 10
Bottled: 18 Jun 10
Bottle 468 of 2040
Poured into a chalice a black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, which leaves a nice medium thick/creamy oil slick in the middle of the glass. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, lots of licorice, chocolate. The taste is malty, too much licorice notes, kinda medicinal, chocolate, with some hop notes. Full-Medium body. Drinkable, I was expecting a much better tasting brew instead of what was in this bottle. Maybe a few years on it would help out.
02-04-2011 01:32:26 | More by Wasatch
3.08/5 rDev -25.8%
A: Jet black, like motor oil. Very thin head.
S: Roasted malts, cherries, sugar, coffee, chocolate
T: Sour, more cherries initially. Sour stale coffee on the finish, which is drying. Alcohol becomes more prominent as you drink it.
M: Thick, oily, slightly cloying mouthfeel
O: Drinkability isn’t terribly high, which is to be expected, I think. It’s $9 a bottle, which is ridiculously expensive, and I probably wouldn’t buy it again. It’s one of those beers you buy just to say you tried them.
03-16-2012 21:24:44 | More by MiataMike
3.15/5 rDev -24.1%
a: This was a very dark brown color and it was served to me with a couple of big bubbles for a head.
s: I found a weird kind of smokey molasses with hints of charred licorice, toffee, and coffee.
t: This was an odd stout and I'm not sure I liked it. It was possibly a bit oxidized. I found it strangely earthy and smokey overall with flavors of toffee, molasses, and dark chocolate. The alcohol was fairly moderate but noticeable.
m: This might have been the bottom of the keg, it was pretty flat and a bit oxidized.
o: This was interesting enough, but I can't say I necessarily liked it.
10-24-2011 18:19:31 | More by DIM
3.23/5 rDev -22.2%
bottle thanks to greggerino...
bottle number 833 from March 20th 2009 bottling.
pain in the ass to open due to the red wax on it. I have a 2008 in the cellar and it is not waxed at all. pulled the cork out, and no pop... uh oh. no carbonation.
pours a thick viscous black... again, no carbonation.
nose is weak chocolate, figs, and roasted barley.
taste is not impressive. I was hoping for a HUGE RIS, and I was severely disappointed... it is thick , nice mouthfeel points for that, minus for no carbonation... chocolate on the palate, roasty, blah blah blah... basically if you like non-carbonated stouts, get it... if not, dont. The 10% is covered well, but seems like this was a screw-up to be honest. this would be really good if it was carbonated. reminds me of the Sam Adams triple boch when I had it a looong time ago.
08-07-2010 23:56:00 | More by crusian
3.23/5 rDev -22.2%
Bottle. Pours black with absolutely no carbonation. Aroma of burnt toast, bitter burnt chocolate. Flavor is also incredibly burnt with some chocolate and roasted malt notes. Some alcohol presence. The flatness of the beer was off-putting too. I don't know if this beer was "off" or not, but I did not enjoy it. There were some good moments in tasting this beer, but overall the odd (ie burnt) moments overruled.
03-31-2009 02:34:03 | More by LilBeerDoctor
District of Columbia
3.25/5 rDev -21.7%
Appearance: Still pour, no carbonation, head or lacing. Jet black, very syrupy apperance.
Smell: Espresso, dark chocolate, dark malts.
Taste: Roasted coffee grounds, rich lightly roasted malts, some faint smoke. A bit too much alcohol
Mouthfeel: Completely still, a bit like molasses. Very thick, it needs at least some carbonation.
Drinkability: if it had some bubbles to it, it would be much better. Probably would benefit from some age as well.
08-11-2010 03:17:43 | More by craytonic
3.28/5 rDev -21%
A: Black with a big foamy milk chocolate head
S: Rich chocolate, coffee, earth.
T: Dark chocolate, deep roasted coffee, wet earth and must with a bit of burnt bitterness that lingers in the finish.
M: Smooth, creamy but a bit thin, low carbonation
O: I'm a bit disappointed in this one, the musty burnt flavors take away from it. Not worth the high price for me.
10-24-2011 01:19:09 | More by monitorpop
3.3/5 rDev -20.5%
12oz bottle, #661 of a batch brewed in '09 and bottled in '10, into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Big thanks to Dan for sharing this one.
A: After the wax is cut away the cap pops with the absolute loudest sound I've ever heard come from a non-corked beer's opening, and a slow upwelling of foam begins to overflow into a hastily-provided glass. Once actual beer starts coming out, it's visibly chunky with particulates; every pour from first to last comes complete with a host of solid matter. My particular pour has a dark-brown body playing host to a galaxy of black particulates, topped by a soapy head that quickly recedes to a spotty ring. Foul.
S: Huge, crazy mix of smoke and raw chocolate. Some hops and caramel as well. Intense, and hugely enjoyable. The chocolate alone is just stunning.
T: Spicy, strong, smoky and chocolatey. Less great than the nose, but still enjoyable in small sips.
M: The chunks carry over here, and just highlight the boozy sharpness of the flavor with a bit of gritty three-dimensionality. Laughably bad.
O: The bottle says this one can sit for 25 years, and I think at least a handful would be necessary just to get all the crap to come out of suspension. The aromas and flavors are big and enjoyable, but this is a seriously flawed beer right now. I can certainly see its potential, though, and can't wait to try the Misto version that's on-deck.
03-22-2011 01:51:37 | More by woosterbill
3.33/5 rDev -19.8%
Hell and damnation from notes. Split with my brother in law
June 8, 2009
Zero pop as the cork is removed.
A- Syrupy, thick cola pour, zero head, zero. lacing. Huge white chunks sitting at the bottom.
S- Chocolate, booze, coffee, brown sugar and vanilla.
T- Chocolate and coffee with sweet fark fruits. Definitely smells and tastes much better than it looks.
M- Flat and full bodied, sticky on the lips.
O- I read a lot of reviews on this and they are mostly positive. Bad bottle/poorly stored? Who know. Expected more I guess.
02-15-2012 19:05:12 | More by korguy123
3.33/5 rDev -19.8%
12oz bottle. 2010 vintage.
A: Opens with a substantial hiss and the pour yields a really aggressive mocha head. The way it explodes reminds me of an infected beer, but fortunately this isn't being murdered by yeast. Very deep black.
N: Lots of whisky, chocolate, metal. Brandy and raisins. Vanilla. Plenty of brown sugar, burnt caramel, coffee, and peanuts. Plenty of smoke.
T: Acrid smoke, burnt caramel, intense oak. Can be somewhat astringent and it varies behind really harsh and tasty. However, the end of this is really, really, bad as all the yeast settled to the bottom.
M: Very well carbonated and the mouthfeel seems somewhat thin. Dry and acrid. Lack of alcohol.
O: All over the place. Complex, smokey, then very flawed and astringent. Don't think I'd buy this again.
05-12-2013 04:49:12 | More by writerLJBerg
Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
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