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Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen

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Ratings: 479
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 41
Gots: 128 | FT: 8
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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 Rutager
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl red waxed bottle, bottled Sept 16, 2010, #715

Appearance. Pours a dark brown, close to black with a thin light-tan head.

Smell. Sweet chocolate liquer, creamy coffee and a bit of dark malts. Quite sweet and boozy.

Taste. Big coffee and dark malts, semi-sweet dark chocolate, rum and some bitter grassy hops, especially in the finish. Maybe a little wood too.

Mouthfeel. Medium body and a little thin for what's going on, low carbonation.

Overall. A good tasting, big stout that just didn't have the feel to back it up. Enjoyed it and felt like this beer is almost something great, but missed the mark.

Rutager, Mar 08, 2013
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on feb´13. Deep amber color. Beige foamy crown shows fairly good retention. Amazing aroma profile: roasted malts & burnt caramel, hints of licorice, anise & fennel, subtle coffee & ripe figs, as well as floral notes. Fresh warming alcohol & sweet sensation at first sip followed by dry & clean bitterness. Full body. Soft carbonation. Oily texture. Long bitter/sweet finish & brandy hues on the aftertaste. Mighty & delightful!!

GONZALOYANNA, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

biboergosum, Mar 02, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Westvleteren goblet. Bottled on February 29, 2012 which is 1 year ago.

Appearance: Pours a jet black and a small tan, half-finger head lingers for a bit before fading out.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted & smoked malts, dark fruits: plums, raisins, figs. Some toffee. Smells very nice.

Taste: Matches the scent very well. Chocolate, some coffee, toffee, smoked malts, as well as the plum, figs, raisins. A nice balance of a whole bunch of different flavors. Very interesting. The alcohol is very hidden in this one.

Mouth-feel: Starts out kind of light but gets pretty thick once it hits the palate. On the heavier side for beers of this style which is nice, and there is still some carbonation in here, albeit not a whole lot.

Overall: This is a very well balanced stout. The combination of a rich, full body along with a myriad of dark flavors make this one worth savoring. I recommend it if you can find it.

Resuin, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of MickeyBeer
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Firkin served in a snifter glass

A- Pours a nice black color, almost entirely opaque, with about one finger of tan head

S- Smell is sweet with coffee and chocolate aromas coming forward.

T- Very sweet taste, roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate are the dominating flavors.

M- Full boded beer that is surprisingly smooth for the considerably high ABV.

O- A very tasty stout. Although it is an imperial it feels more like a regular stout in my opinion.

MickeyBeer, Feb 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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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
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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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
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Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
93 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.