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Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

492 Ratings
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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 42
Gots: 133 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 01-22-2009)
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Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 06 Dec 2009, two years to this exact day. Not planned so that's neat. Bottle 824. Acquired in trade from Iguenard - thanks!

Pours a wonderful rich black with two plus fingers of fudge colored head which bubbles down to a thin cover - quite a fizzy head variety which rather quickly fades to black.

Even from the pour a rich mocha fudge aroma spills out, some booze, roast, dark fruits and a slightly tannic/winey smell.

Quite a dry roasty character to this one, not much of the rich sweet mouthfeel that I also look for in a RIS. Coffee, toast, lots of roast, slight notes of oxidation, dark fruits, tannins. Light sweetness, dark chocolate, molasses. Really dry finish, hides the booze really well, just a faint warming down the throat, on the more carbonated end of the spectrum for RIS but within range, really quite drinkable for style.

Great beer, really well crafted, mouthfeel is perhaps its weakness but, nonetheless, a pleasure to drink.

Photo of pixieskid
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick black with a solid 3 finger khaki brown head...dissipates to a thin lacing.

Nose is of dark-ripe fruits, a hint of smokiness, leather, toffe, and a bit of dark cherries.

Taste; strong dark chocolate, a nice earthy bitterness, strong caramel, and a lingering woodiness with an overtone of warming-alcohol (in a good way).

Mouthfeel; creamy and spritzy, slightly thin body.

Overall; rich, balanced, and a nice distinction between notes. Another solid stout from De Molen, looking forward to the Wild Turkey aged version!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a little lighter than black, a thick and viscous dark brown liquid with a creamy hazel-colored foam.

The nose is big and brooding, rich and velvety dark chocolate with butterscotch and vanilla. Not much of coffee comes through, it reminds me more of dark roasted nuts, molasses and hops, which gives it a nice balance with mostly pine breezing through.

The flavor is big and packs a punch, more bitterness and coffee notes here than on the nose. The alcohol gives it an Irish Coffee-like character which is not at all a bad thing, if you know what I mean! The chocolate, caramel and herbal hop flavors linger on the tongue for well over a minute, this is one to savor slowly as a dessert, or by itself if that's how you roll.

All in all very smooth, very delicious and memorable.

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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 026, brewed on 6/21/10.

Pours a pitch black body beneath the billowing, foamy mocha head that is very slow to dissipate leaving behind a dense, sticky lacing. Generous yeasts float to the bottom of the glass as the beer settles.

Rich aromas of roasted malts and dark chocolate waft from the glass. The chocolaty aromas compliment the strong roasted malts and there are even scents of fresh tobacco leaves.

The rich roasted malt first coats the palate but quickly gives way to coffee flavors and secondary chocolate notes that sweeten as it warms. The chocolate takes the forefront as the beer warms. at the end there is also a hint of spice and a pleasant yet generous booziness at the finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick with generous carbonation and enough malty goodness to take the edge off of the alcohol.

An absolutely excellent imperial stout with tons of flavor and balanced just right to take the edge off the strong abv.

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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at O'reilly's into a snifter.

A - Pours deep dark brown with a creamy one finger tall tan head leaving light streaks of lace down the entire glass.

S - Smells of rich bakers chocolate, subdued dark roasted malt, coffee, tobacco, and a pretty decent sized dose of hops. There is a good bit of booze as well.

T - Starts off with a big dose of sweet chocolate slowly giving way to a mix of coffee, tobacco, caramel cream, hops, and the ever present dark roast. This one is pretty boozy, only getting stronger as it comes to room temperature. The finish is a mix of sweet chocolate and dark roast, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Big, sweet, boozy feel throughout the glass. I am not sure why but this one was working for me. Maybe after all those roasty stouts this sweet one really hit the spot.

O - I liked this one. De Molen makes some amazing beers and this may very well be one of them. I am glad I have a bottle of this one in the cellar already, can't wait to try it after some of this booze dies down.

Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of crossovert
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz red waxed bottle. Brewed in 2010 bottle 313. Can be kept up to 25 years.

It opens with a huge pop and is a gusher. One of the most overcarbonated beer I have encountered. Takes like 15 minutes to pour it. Maybe you shouldn't age it if it is this carbonated.

IT looks nice when it is all said and done. A rich caramel colored head with a dark black body and tons of lacing.

The smell is great too. Nice hops for a RIS. It has a woody smell to it to go with the cocoa and sugars.

The mouthfeel is different from what I expected. Super carbed, but thick. It has a bitter, robust flavor. Very good again actually. No doubt there is enough sweet alcoholicness here too. It is a unique tasting RIS. I give it credit for that.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Local Option in Chicago. Poured into a goblet.

A: Black with a touch of light coming through at the edges. One finger tan head. With alright retention and minimal lacing.

S: Wow! Huge chocolate and roastiness. Not much else but definitely doesn't need it.

T: Huge chocolate. On par with Southern Tier's Choklat. But way different. Big roastiness. Very amazing.

M: Full body. Super creamy. Medium carbonation. Did I mention creamy?

O: Amazing. Love it. One of the top non barrel aged imperial Stouts.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...)

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4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 2053, april 2011

A: mars black with tan head, large pancake batter bubbles, and decent retention.

S: Smells kind of like xhocolate covered gummy bears... tart cherry. awesome. coco creeps up as we warm up.

T: wow the nose mimic's the palate. This stuff is pretty fantastic. ever so slightly tart and bitter cherry wrapped in a chocolate coated tobacco leaf (thin leaf).

M: awesomely astringent.

O: this is a really great beer, I'm impressed. I can't wait to see how she ages. bottle claims 25 years, and Im inclined to see what happens.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

This brew pours pitch black with a fingers worth of tan head that dissipates quite quickly.

Then nose brings massive chocolate at first. Super surprised by this chocolate knockout. There is a tad bit of espresso followed by some sweet caramel. Alcohol is present from the high ABV but it's not detracting from the quality of the scent.

The taste is just the same. Sweetness in form of milk chocolate, caramel and milk. The chocolate really stands out the most and is the highlight of this brews characteristics. Really working the buds and I'm enjoying this a lot. The alcohol content is a bit present but the flavors take over and manipulate this brew.

The mouthfeel goes a bit aloof here and has too much carbonation. The thick mouthfeel of the liquid would be better backed against a lighter carbonated method. Kinda hurtin' the integrity of this brew.

Overall, this brew is nice and presents a prime example of a chocolate dessert-like brew. The mouthfeel throws it off a bit but the flavors take over and I almost forget about it.

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3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black as night with no head. This has very little visible carbonation activity and leaves nearly no lace down the glass.

Incredibly aromatic beer with lots of roast, coffee beans, rich dark chocolate, and a strong ash/burnt/smoke component as well.

The roast and chocolate are dominant in the flavor along with a mild coffee component. The ash character isn't a distraction though there is a strong, boozy element as well. Tasty and complex--changes as it warms.

Medium to full mouthfeel, a bit oily, and very little carbonation.

An incredibly aromatic and flavorful beer, but I wish it had some more bubbles.

Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
93 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.