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Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen

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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 42
Gots: 126 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 01-22-2009)
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Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

kjkinsey, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of BrownNut
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 2010, drunk Feb 2013 near room temp in a tulip.

A - 3.75 - Black with a thin mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - 4.0 - Sweet malt like Sugar Smacks cereal of old, plus chocolate. Just a hint of something stiffer and roasty. Also a hint of something vinous.

T - 4.25 - All of the elements of the nose carry through on the palate. The prior reviewer mentioned chocolate covered raisins in the aroma. I would not have thought of that, but I get that note on the palate now that they mention it. Another reviewer mentioned a metallic taste. I got none of that until the very end when I was drinking the last sip full of sediment, then I got a noticeable metallic taste amongst the good tastes - I recommend skipping the sediment. Prior to that, the aftertaste and exhale consisted of a nice and manageable level of bitter black malt char. No heat.

M - 4.0 - Medium-heavy body. Not as viscous as expected

O - 4.0 - Very nice, and thankfully complex. Really expensive. I'm glad I tried it, but at this price-to-enjoyment ratio, I likely would not buy it again.

BrownNut, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of falconxman
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

falconxman, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of meanmutt
4/5  rDev -3.6%

meanmutt, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged poured into tulip 14/2/13

A not quite black with a deep cola edge and just enough clarity to see some bubbles feeding a well sustained two finger mocha head that leaves no lace, perhaps a dirty glass?

S some plum, cherry and chocolate covered raisins, faint peat smoke, cold coffee grinds, hazelnut, hard toffee and just a little booze

T some char and slightly sour cherry with espresso in the mouth opposed to the coffee on the nose, the chocolate's darker in the mouth and I get just a little licorice I didn't smell. much like the nose she's pretty rich but the roast is even darker in the mouth and the booze is better concealed

M medium bodied and just a little foamy, very faint heat with a long chocolaty coffee finish

O what can I say? a great tasting beers easy to like, nice dark roast but not overly intense but not for the faint of heart either, nice and smooth almost to easy to drink

This one's worth looking for, I hope I can get my hands on some of the barrel aged versions in the future. I like the "enjoy within 25 years" on the label made me feel like i was in a rush to drink this beer and I was looking for an excuse to drink a big bottle of stout tonight.

wordemupg, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This little bottle of ale was pretty expensive, but it had to travel all the way from the Netherlands, so I understand it probably shouldn’t be cheap. Here’s to money (hopefully) well spent.

Brewed a little less than the year before the date of this tasting (bottled on a leap day, 29 FEB 2012).

A: Deep brown color with a slight bit of light showing through during the pour, like black coffee. A wet tan head rises to an inch, glistening with an oily shine as it bubbles down to nothing. Lots of residual bubbles collect along the edge of the glass.

S: Strong mineral scent layered on top of a bed of milk chocolate aromas. A sweet, rich nose with background tones of black licorice, caramel, and vanilla, as well as a back-end roasty character of hickory smoke, like ham. Savory.

T: Opens with a sharply bitter, piney hop front and dry mineral water tastes, giving a mildly metallic tone. Soon, though, the astringency is washed away with a rich taste of melted dark chocolate, showing off a hefty character of residual sweetness – some notes of marshmallow and molasses appear, as well. Oaky smoke, roasted coffee, and warm bourbon flavors provide an intense, memorably burnt finish that lingers with hop residuals for quite some time.

M: Medium body, not thick at all for a stout, though there is some syrupiness apparent from the sugars. Hop dryness tightens up the body, as does the roasts; booze heat warms slightly.

O: Almost every European beer I’ve ever tasted has had that metallic tinge to it – something with the water, I’m sure. With this beer, it’s definitely welcome, seeing as the palate was packed with sugar. Overall, a fantastic beer. Worth the money? Almost. Any 12 oz bottle sitting at $10+ is hard to justify.

BarryMFBurton, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

rolltide8425, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Mebuzzard, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of mitlinks
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

mitlinks, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of defect_
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

defect_, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of weonfire
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Jet Black. zero head. doesn't look real think.

S - Chocolate, roasted malt.

T- Excellent. Chocolate really comes thru. sweetness is very nice. not too sweet either. Almost a fudge taste. Barely taste the 10.2ABVs.

M- medium viscosity. coats mouth decently.

O- Very very good. At $14 i probably won't get this again. but cut that price in half i would.

weonfire, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of MEW
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

MEW, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Ciocanelu, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Nutwood
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Nutwood, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 red wax edition. i wanted to like this one more than i did. it pours a dark woody brown color, apparently thin, with a quarter inch of tan bubbles. the smell is quite smokey for a russian imperial, a little sweet, very earthy and booze heavy. my girlfirend said it tastes like aftertaste. not totally sure what she meant by that, but i somehow agree with her. the beer is very subtle for being so big, and i guess does kind of taste like its already been swallowed as soon as its sipped. some tobacco notes mixed in with the smoke. this is very alcoholic, especially as it warms up. the mouthfeel is relaxed on the carbonation and fuller bodied but still somehow on the thin side, like watery. i actually like the way it felt, less filling and overbearing than some other examples of the style, but to me this beer tasted like an old closet. the bottle says it could be good for 25 years, who knows, maybe it should go in an old closet for awhile to develop...

StonedTrippin, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Chrily
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Chrily, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Oboogie
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Oboogie, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of cyrushire
5/5  rDev +20.5%

cyrushire, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of BierJager89
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

BierJager89, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of yemenmocha
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep black pour, even when held to light, with a bit of brown near the edges when held to light. Nose is quite good with a very appetizing roasty aroma and dark chocolate. A nice whollop of flavors on the palate with more roastyness, hearty grains, bitter chocolate, and hops that enter in to balance it out. Finishes long and delightfully roasty, of course.

yemenmocha, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of erlenmeyer
3/5  rDev -27.7%

erlenmeyer, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Classic, dull de Molen black-and-white label. I love how iconic and yet how boring these are.

Pours a deep, fine black, turning to weak coffee coloured at the very edges. Head is solid—surprising, given how little it vzzted on opening—a good, decently thick and fine mocha brown. Some spotty lace. Carbonation is persistent and very fine. Looks very good indeed.

Nose is toasty and dark, with a fiery character to it: not quite smoky, but almost sulphury or like match phosphorous. Certainly a sharp, volatile hint of booze to it, but it's really tied nicely to the darkness and the intensity—one of those beers that really uses the extra alcohol content as leverage for flavour. Lovely. It does a bunch of stuff that is rare or special, even in a big RIS.

Taste matches this: big roasty characters, and lovely boozy notes integrated into the body and structure of the beer. Roast, coffee, charred pork belly, minimal, but sticky sweetness on the back. This beer is based on a dark roast character, and it sticks by it beautifully, embellishing it here and there with beautiful accents that make it complex and interesting.

Feel is smooth but a little thin: certainly good enough, but perhaps not pulling its weight as far as the beer goes on the whole.

Overall though, this is very, very good stuff. Complex and rich, tasty and drinkable, and yet laced with slightly unusual characters which make it stand out on its own—that's enough to push this beer from "good" to "superb".

lacqueredmouse, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Pinche_Oso
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Pinche_Oso, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/11/2011

Light brown head, amber around the bottom of the pint glass. Head settled quickly.

Pretty much roasted malt and chocolate on the nose and palette. Straightforward. Slightly bitter but sweetness is pretty prominent.

Smooth medium-full bodied beer with a nice level of carbonation that makes it easy to drink.

The bottle seemed a little weird. The beer was way up in the neck of the bottle and the carbonation died quickly.

MattSweatshirt, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Robdrinx
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Robdrinx, Dec 03, 2012
Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
92 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.