Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen
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3.95/5 rDev -4.8%
Bomber from Bierkoenig. Pours opaque black, it looks thick, and topping white head that stays put. Aromas of roast, coffee, chocolate but not overally so. Taste has the roast, the chocolate,after the get through the hop bitterness which is there but you cannot put a finger on which they are. Very drinkable, this is strong stuff, even with food.
01-24-2010 01:40:16 | More by Sammy
4.06/5 rDev -2.2%
Thanks to GRG1313 for gifting me this one.
Brewed 6/21/10. Bottled 7/20/10. Bottle # 004/1344.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace that looks like sugar crystals coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, slight cinnamon, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite rich and has some complex aromas and flavors.
05-16-2013 04:55:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.7/5 rDev -10.8%
Bottle picked up at Capone's a few weeks back and served side-by-side with the Misto and Wild Turkey versions. Served in a FFF-Intelligentsia snifter.
Pours near black with a really big and creamy tan head. Great retention and quite a few rings of lacing on the way down. THe nose brings a large amount of roast. Really, really roasty. Some dark chocolate in the background as well. The flavor is mostly roast with just a touch of chocolate and espresso behind. Really highly carbonated with a modest boozy presence. Finish is a bit dry and over-roasted.
05-14-2011 13:24:50 | More by Thorpe429
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan head that quickly completely died down, leaving a thick ring of big bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with notes of leather and some hints of alcohol. The smell also has some hints of cigar tobacco.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of roasted malts with hints of alcohol and chocolate.
M: It feels full-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is warming from the alcohol, particularly in the finish, which also has dryness.
O: The beer is a good sipper as the taste is very complex. The alcohol is definitely noticeable but does not substantially detract from the drinkability.
10-02-2011 19:39:39 | More by metter98
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
Holy crap! This is an insane beer! Opening the bottle, the foam began to rise from the neck. A quick pour into the chalice brings a billowing brown head that quickly topples the glass. Trying to inhale the foam, I get choked up because of the power of the beer.
The beer is as black as possible with no penetrating light. The loosely knit bubbles of the head retain well, lace well, and leaves legs on the sides of the glass. An ideal look for a stout.
After the beer settles a bit, it gives up huge aromas of espresso, bitter cocoa, grassy hops, charred woods, light platics, and rich roasted malts. Low on esters or any other complexities, this beer is intimidating to the nose.
Severe flavors of all-things-burnt: cocoa beans, coffee grounds, charred timbers, and a light ashy flavor dominates the glass. Hops try to combat the malts and cannot stand up to the maltiness; but they do give a much needed repreive from all the roasted character. Burnt currants, figs, nuts, dates, and berries are light but rise as the beer warms.
Aggressive and at times, harsh in the texture. Fusal alcohols give a cough-syrup mouthfeel that will undoubtedly take time to mellow out. A wood-like tanning astringency also hinders the mouthfeel a bit. Large, rounded, and thick, this beer is kind of a bully. (1.035 FG?, 1.115 OG? Are you kidding me?) Big time hop bitterness further emphasize the dry and astringent finish. (99.9 EBU? Seriously?)
The batch that I have is a year old. The bottle suggests that this beer can age for 25 years. I believe it will take nearly all that to properly round out.
01-11-2010 04:46:48 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a large dirty brown foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing as well. Aroma of roasted malt provides some coffee notes with black chocolates and light dry raisins also noticeable. Taste is a very well balance mix between some dry coffee notes with some clear notes of black chocolate and some dry raisins ester. Vanilla is also noticeable and is very well balanced with the creamy texture of the full body. Carbonation is great and alcohol is not detectable. Very well done and somewhat different then most imperials stout which may be due the grain bill use.
08-20-2010 13:58:52 | More by Phyl21ca
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured into a snifter jet black with a tight sticky deep beige head that held thru the duration of the glass.French roast coffee and bitter chocolate mainly in the nose,as it warms a sweet shot of alcohol fruitiness comes into play.Highly roasted on the palate with some dark fruit-like sweetness,mocha flavors are quite big wich was to be expected.It's a very good imperial stout although it doesn't have any one thing that jumps out at ya,still it's great for the style.
05-20-2012 21:35:42 | More by oberon
3.58/5 rDev -13.7%
Served in a snifter at The Firkin.
Shoutout to my boy VDubb86 for allowing me to share in his order this e'en. It pours a bleak onyx topped by a finger of dark-ish khaki foam. The nose comprises chocolate (both dark and cocoa), darkly-roasted malts, light booze, light molasses, light coffee, and a slight bit of char. Things are a bit astringent to my 'strils. The taste follows pretty closely, with the chocolate and roast really pounding the 'buds. Unfortunately, so too does the booze, along with his friend leathery char. Things just seem overdone here in a number of ways, but surprisingly not enough to make it completely off-putting. It's kinda like drinking a tough scotch: it's a good kind o' pain. The body is fairly hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a thickly syrupy, chewy feel. Overall, this stout is a bit much, a bit too stout-y (man, I can't believe those words just came out of my mouth...) for its own good. It's not really bad, just nothing I would ever really go after again. (I hope my inner conflict has been made clear here...)
11-03-2011 04:52:13 | More by TMoney2591
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
Bottle opened by nickd717. I'm uncertain of the batch.
Opaque dark chocolate brown appearance, very little carbonation and no head, only a slim collar of foam.
Very chocolate-forward aroma with fruity undertones, almost vinous. It smells rich but balanced, reminding me of aged port.
Rich and fruity to the palate, chocolate fudge and dark fruit flavors are prominent along with traces of red grapes, dates and molasses. Full-bodied with low, almost absent carbonation, which wasn't detrimental to my enjoyment of the beer. It finishes bittersweet and chocolatey while hinting at smoke and charcoal. Delicious, though I don't know if I'd want more than a small serving.
08-12-2010 23:43:42 | More by largadeer
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
750ml caged and stubbornly corked bottle, 10.0% ABV. Hell and Damnation, eh? That's a tall order for this style, I would suggest at the outset.
This beer pours a solid black abyss, with slight basal cola highlights, and a rising tower of frothy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some randomly splattered honeycombed lace around the glass as it slowly slips away.
It smells of roasted caramel malt, saltwater taffy, bittersweet chalky cocoa, musty packaged nuts, a softly earthy peatiness, dried cherries and prunes, subdued leafy hops, and a twinge of booziness. The taste is more big toasty caramel/toffee malt, a capably abetting dark chocolate and coffee combo, some rising anise notes, mildly sour black fruit, a bit of charred ash, and overwhelmed earthy, somewhat musty hops. No sign of that big 20-proof booze yet.
The carbonation is pretty laid back, the body full, fairly rich, and really quite smooth, with just a slight, niggly, inconsequential astringency that has to be mentioned for completeness. It finishes well off-dry, the singed caramel, hefty chocolate and dark fruit still prominent in all their integrated goodness.
A rather impressive RIS, the inherent flavours big, more than ably-meshed, and possessing the charm to practically taunt you to have another swig. Toss in the perennially and shockingly absent alcohol, and this offering's name crystallizes into a locus of misunderstanding - this should be called Heaven & Hell, but I hear that name's unfortunately already played out. C'est la vie, I guess.
03-02-2013 04:24:08 | More by biboergosum
3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
Picked up a bottle from West Lakeview, drank some by itself and mixed the rest with a Black Albert to make a "Black Damnation". Bottle #48 of 282. Served in a pint glass.
A - Gusher! Ridiculous mocha foam with incredible retention and tons of lacing - we must have poured five glasses before the foam stopped bubbling out of the bottle. Dark, dark, brown color with some obvious sediment. If it hadn't been a gusher it would have been nearly perfect.
S - Huge maltiness with lots of chocolate, coffee, and also a ton of dry hopping (apparently Hallertau, according to the bottle), that provides some fruitiness. It's also quite boozy.
T - Not that far from the black IPA I had earlier in the day, but with a bunch of woodiness and more chocolate. The aftertaste is full of both hoppy and roasty bitterness. Pretty boozy in the flavor. Doesn't seem to taste infected (like the previous review), but I didn't have another bottle to compare against.
M - Medium body, lots of residual stickiness. Smooth and creamy, with a warming sensation. Could be a bit bigger for such a strong RIS.
D - It's boozy - and the flavor gets a little palate destroying. The texture is really nice though, and it goes down really easy.
I found blending with Black Albert really improved things, but made me wonder why I didn't just drink the Black Albert on its own, as the blend was still less satisfying. Also, adding the 13% Black Albert to the 10.2% Hel & Verdoemenis somehow made things LESS boozy - the ABV could definitely be hidden a little better in the De Molen.
04-23-2009 00:16:23 | More by MasterSki
3.7/5 rDev -10.8%
Bottle shared by Thorpe recently served side by side by side with Misto B.A. and Wild Turkey versions, quite a cool thing to do.
Beer is black with a big tan head (might be a tiny bit over carbonated here). Head sticks around too long too, it becomes a barrier to the beer. Some lacing left behind, heavily carbonated.
The aroma is roasty with a mild sweetness to it. The roast wins out over the sweetness though.
Out of the three this was the least interesting but it still had some nice flavors. The body was thinned otu by the carbonation artificially but there was a lot of roast at the back, a mild sweetness up front and the finish wasn't bittered with hops but with a kind of chocolate / coffee bitterness. Finish is dry. Overall it is fine.
05-16-2011 21:20:32 | More by drabmuh
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
I had this on tap at O'reilly's served in a snifter.
The color is deep earthy brown like a mocha or redeye with tiny beads that dissipate quickly. The nose is full of strong cocoa scents like belgian chocolate with moderate sweet odor that is still somewhat bitter with mild roasted smell but very fudgy overall. The feel is of a strong stout with moderately heavy body and a little warmth with spicy tinges and moderately high sweetness with a subtle bitter edge as it finishes with moderate carbonation which suits the style.
The flavor is roasty and heavy on chocolate which I like, the mildly roasted malt with slight caramel has a nice synergy with the gentle spiciness and mild hop flavors. There is a mild char tinge which adds to the complexity, not quite smoky more like the burnt edges on the brownie that came in contact with the pan. The alcohol is mild in the taste with slight woody aspsect in the dry finish. Overall I found this to be a pretty high quality stout, a pretty quaffable for a beer this big. I enjoy the gentle yeast influence with plenty of malt to recommend this for those who like Russian imperial stouts
11-12-2011 16:17:08 | More by Slatetank
3.8/5 rDev -8.4%
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...
01-14-2013 20:34:21 | More by StonedTrippin
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
First had: on tap at TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery, Paoli, PA
Poured into a snifter, an opaque, black, with slight hues of brown around the edges. No head whatsoever, and no carbonation to be seen. Thick aroma rich with chocolate. Hints of dark, roasted malts, vanilla and indistinct alcohol, but predominately chocolate. More chocolate on the taste, deep and rich, with almost nothing else coming through at first. After a few sips, and after allowing to rise a few degrees closer to room temperature, more complexity arises: notes of vanilla, licorice, and leather, with the chocolate still reigning as the dominant flavor. Alcohol is noticeable but mostly subdued. Full-bodied, silky smooth, strong, and very drinkable overall, but obviously to be relished and not chugged.
Serving type: on-tap
08-29-2011 04:25:30 | More by Rifugium
4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
Bought a bottle of this at Max's in Baltimore, MD this afternoon.
a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with light carbonation evident and one inch of tan head. Looks pretty great.
s - Smells of sweet chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee.
t - Tastes of coffee, sweet and dark fruits, roasted malts, light vanilla, and alcohol.
m - Full body and low carbonation, smooth and thick body.
d - A very nice RIS. It looked awesome and had a great mouthfeel to it. Would definitely have again.
02-13-2011 22:37:33 | More by mdfb79
Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
92 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.