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Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen

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450 Ratings
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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 41
Gots: 120 | FT: 8
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Netherlands

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 StayWounded
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was an impulse buy at a local Beer and Wine store. We drank this out of a tulip chilled to recommended temperature. Our Russian Imperial experience is somewhat limited (only having had a few a piece, though I drink Old Rasputin fairly regularly).

a- We liked the darkness and the healthy coffee colored head, pour a little over a finger thick, and dissipated fairly quickly.

s: We loved the smell. It smelled similar to other Russian imperials (dark notes: coffee, dark chocolate, a little nutty), with a bright smell which we assume comes from the Czech hops. Very aromatic.

t: Tastes as a Russian imperial should, with discord through the hop choices. Definitely interesting. Not super traditional but it has it's own charm. Lacks the post drink heat typically associated with this style.

m: We agreed that it was smooth and a bit thick (befitting the style), but had bright almost "tingle" sensation towards the middle. Again, lack of heat the style is typically assosiated with.

Overall: Fantastic beer. Would get again. Very impressed.

StayWounded, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep brown, almost black, with an inch of dense mocha head. Leaves an intricate web of lacing.

S-Beautiful aromas of black forest cake, maraschino cherries, coffee beans and bitter chocolate.

T/M-Intense chocolate flavors complemented by dry bitterness. Thick and lush, with mouth filling prickly carbonation. The boozy, warming finish is marked by a note of burnt coffee.

O-Really excellent. Love this.

DaveHS, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tasting glass. It poured pitch black in color with a modest but bubbly tan head to it. A little lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of dark chocolate to it right off the bat. It comes off a lot like a dark chocolate brownie with a little nuttiness to it as well. I get some bitter, roasty, coffee flavors but it's an afterthought compared to the dark chocolate brownie flavor. Very appealing aroma overall.

The taste shows more of the chocolate to it up front with some roasty, coffee flavors coming out in the finish. Again, I get a little nuttiness in it as well. Like the aroma, the dark chocolate is what really shines in it for me.

The mouthfeel is heavy with lower carbonation. Overall I thought it was an excellent beer. I loved the thick, heavy mouthfeel mixed with the dark chocolaty, brownie like flavor. Excellent beer overall.

billab914, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

De Molen bottled 05 November, 2010. Bottle served into Norrebro Bryghus stemware glass in me friend's gaff in Copenhagen, Denmark. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of white colour with nice cream lacing and thickness. Retention is laughably bad. De Molen seems to have a sort of anti-carbonation philosophy on brewing. Colour is a solid brown-black. Nontransparent. Appealing. I do wish the head was better.

Sm: Heavy chocolate, toffee, caramel, and cream. Me broken nose can't distinguish much else; all apologies, lads.

T: The caramel and chocolate hit you smack in the jaw, right from the open on. No cream in the open, but certainly some buried undertones in the body. Not as nutty as expected, but the notes are present. The toffee is a bit corrupted by the chocolate. The chocolate overstays its welcome, continuing strongly through the finish; it'd be better if it faded on the finish to encourage the next sip. No alcohol or yeast comes through. It's complex but structurally brief; there's little time to enjoy all of the flavours fully. It's built well, but the balance is a bit troublesome on account of the dominant chocolate.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Far too thick, however. It's obscenely thick and filling - as thick as you can go without getting syrupy methinks. It's unwarranted, and doesn't complement the flavours of the body. What happened to subtlety?

Dr: I prefer the other versions of this beer that are aged, but this one is worth trying. It's more a sipper, and it's thickness distracts from the character of the taste. It's hard to drink; I wouldn't want more than one. I doubt I'll have it again.

kojevergas, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of tmoneyba
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate and alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. This is standout beer.

tmoneyba, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed on 22 June 2010
Bottled on 20 July 2010
Poured into large snifter type glass...

A- Pours very dark brown with a tiny head that dies almost instantly. Has a pretty viscous appearance, which is exactly what I like to see.

S- A lot of interesting (and unconventional) things going on in the aroma here. There is a lot of roast and underlying sweetness going on here. Fig, molasses, roasted barley, coffee, its all there. Then it hits me, there is something else here; Potato Chips and Chile Pepper! It sounds crazy but by the great power of suggestion, my tasting partner admitted he could see what I was talking about when I mentioned that. Very interesting and enticing.

T/M- While not quite as crazy as the aroma (not necessarily a bad thing) still quite complex. Right away it is noticed how sweet and chocolately it is and how alcoholic it tastes. As with many large beers like this, I get a licorice taste and here that blends well with a nice woody and roast character in the middle of the tongue. The end is just slightly metallic followed by bourbon. Very minimal carbonation and full body makes this an overall great RIS. Though the body isn't quite as full as others I have had, it is silky and smooth, very nice.

O- This is such a great beer. I wish I could find some of this to age for awhile. I was impressed by the overall complexity of the aromas and flavors. Though I usually am a bitch when it comes to the alcholic warmth and taste, this one really lended itself towards the sweetness and overall smoothness of the beer. Look forward to having again, and yes, I will be having this beer again at some point down the road!

TheGordianKnot, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Acquired in March in Amsterdam. Label states "Brewed on 19 October 2010, Bottled on 21 December 2010. O.G. 1105. F.G. 1021. EBC Colour 308.9. Cech hops: Bittering hops Premiant as finalhops german Hallertau. 99.9 EBU. Recommended drinking temperature 15 degrees celcius. This beer will be good for 25 years if kept cool and dark. This batch 632 bottles from 33 cl. Bottle number: 277. 10.2% alc/vol."

Deep, dark brown with a volcanic head that settles into a nice layer of brown foam. Floating particulate obvious in the glass.

Aroma of roasted malt and a touch of smoke. Smooth and thick on the palate, like a milkshake of roasted malt, molasses and alcohol. Thick and syrupy-sweet.

A big, bold, anything but bashful beer. Yowza.

RockyTopHeel, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours super over carbed. Head was at least 3 inches. Took a while to dissapated to a one finger. Ok lacing. Super black with tan head.

Aroma is nice. Nice and roasty. Bit of caramel and dark fruits. Kinda yeasty.

Taste is nice. Carbonation bites your tongue but the nice caramel and dark chocolate notes come through after that then bitter roast in the finish. Your left with almost a chocolate covered espresso bean taste in your mouth.

Mouthfeel is super high carb but the bubbles are fine and the taste is smooth.

Overall a very good Russian imperial. Would buy it again but not often because of the $10 per basically a 12oz bottle is a bit much.

PeprSprYoFace, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass - thanks fellas!

On the Bottle:
Brewed on 28 August 2008
Bottled on 27 August 2008
Bittered with Premiant hops
Final hops German Hallertau
99.9 EBU's

282 bottles from this batch - bottle # 59 of 282

A: Bottle corked with nearly no pop (3 years on the shelf zapped most of the carbonation from the bottle) and poured dark black with a very thin head that dissipates instantly, leaving no lacing in my glass at all.

S: Burnt toast and soy sauce up front that mellows out a bit to reveal nice earthy hop presence, dark chocolate and sweet malt. What a great balance of diverse characteristics!

T: As with the nose, the flavor does not disappoint and blends an array of diverse and interesting flavors to produce an Imperial Stout that is above average and unique.

Big time dark chocolate and grassy hop that get rounded out by bitter flavors of roasted coffee beans - the back end reveals a bit of its 10.5% ABV, finishing with a hint of booze and some raisiny port flavor in there as well.

M: Here's where I was a little let down (as with the appearance as well) - the lack of carbonation really kills the body making it a bit thin and weak for a brew with so many good things going on. It does however finish very clean with some lingering bitterness from the good amount of hops in this brew.

Hell and Damnation!

DeanMoriarty, May 31, 2011
Photo of pkeigs
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites, very fortunate to be able to drink it on tap several times in Amsterdam and at the De Molen. Wish the bottles were more consistent in Colorado.

Opens with to much carbonation, almost seems like it might be a little infected. Pours thick and viscous with a mocha brown head, that leaves great lacing the entire way down the glass. Smells like dark malt, little caramel, little coffee coming through. Tastes like coffee, burnt cocoa and dark malts. No burn from the 10.2 abv, finishes a little dry but leaves me wanting more and more.

pkeigs, May 28, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Mike. Thanks, man! I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this.

Black with a dark brown head that leaves nice lacing, this is an impressive stout. The nose is roasty and yeasty with cocoa and mild bread and a surprising yeasty spiciness, particularly white pepper. Bringing to mind Black Albert in some ways, this is a thick, roasty, yeasty stout. The palate opens roasty, sweet and with quite a bit of cocoa, licorice and some yeast. Cocoa liqueur is present, this is sweet though a little dry on the finish. Medium-full in body with a very high level of carbonation, this finishes yeasty and roasty. Enjoyable in small doses.

DefenCorps, May 18, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

drabmuh, May 16, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Thorpe429, May 14, 2011
Photo of RuudJH
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hell and Damnation in a bottle, from 19 oktober 2010.

Looks very dark brown, with a tan brown head, that is very resilient.
Smell and taste of big coffee, cocoa roasted malts. Tobacco, caramel, some vanilla, ash.
It's an explosion of flavour, long lasting in the aftertaste, making this a tough beer. It's very bitter from hops, next to the heavy malts, making it very chewy.

Very wild character, makes this a recommended experience.

RuudJH, May 14, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at 't Arendsnest in Amsterdam. Bottle #790. Bottled 10 September, 2010. From notes.

A - Didn't even get the whole bottle in. Two finger, crazy creamy head. Khaki colour on the head. Totally black body. Really creamy head retention. I wrote about 4 lines about how awesome the head retention was, let's just say it was amazing, sticking to the glass everywhere.

S - My initial reaction was filled with explatives. Really inviting, chocolate, coffee, and yeast. Really grabs your nostrils.

T - Tons of chocolate, coffee, and roasted, dark malt. Dark fruit finish and slightly bitter. Everything it should be. Flavours are very intense. No alcohol to speak of.

M - Slightly bitter finish, medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a full body and chew.

O/D - Lovely stout. Tasty, looks great, smells great, tastes good. A good beer from de Molen. Proper Imperial Stout.

tbeckett, May 10, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's the attack of the numbers! 99 EBU, 1031 FG, 308.9 EBC Colour, 468 bottles in 33 cl bottle. Enough of the numbers, on to the beer:

Ink black in color, topped off by a good, slight tanned head with decent retention. There's some unwanted sediment which gives the overall appearance a little eyesore, even as a few ounces were left in the bottle. The aromas are pleasant, though mild. There's a chocolate coffee combination with a touch of cherry. Also a little bit of alcohol.

I can't make much of a complaint about the taste. Big and bittersweet. It grabs your tongue with a whipping of chocolate sauce and coffee combination. As the sweetness hits its peak, a modest kick of solvent alcohol and a thrashing bitterness (with some piney notes) give the coffee character more of a bitter coffee flavor. If the booze were hidden better, this would be very close to Darkness. It's full bodied and leaves a satisfying stick around the lips.

If De Molen were looking to make a good American-style imperial stout, mission accomplished. Price aside, fans of the style should give it a try.

DoubleJ, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of STEG
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle

Ever so carbonated, glad my 29$ didnt go to waste. Poured into a duvel tulip at room temperature.

A quick pour initially yields no head but then a small amount of head arises from the black abyss...and there was much rejoicing...yay....

The smell, like the taste has huge chocolate notes, earthy herbal hops. Slight anise, slight coffee. There's a slight bitterness even at 2 years old there's still some bitterness left from the hops.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery but heavily syrupy but the very light carbonation makes it almost sinfully smooth.

Overall when this beer is carbonated it is spot on, a true masterpiece but when uncarbonated.... it's an arduous mess to get through, my last uncarbonated HV was a drainpour about 1/4 of the way through.

STEG, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of psiweaver
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Elysian pumpkin fest little tulip.

A: pours a dark black just as a stout should

S: lots of chocolate malt and some nice bitterness with a big nose.

T: great rich roasty imperial stout taste. nice bitterness and roast flavor didn't like this one quite as much as the bordeaux barrel version.

M: very easy to drink if not a little bitter.

overall a great stout and one that I will be enjoying fairly often as its quite delicious.

psiweaver, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of dgilks
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch, midnight black colour with a creamy, foamy, long lasting tan head. Great lacing. Pretty much as good as a stout looks.

Chocolatey roast with distinct alcohol notes. Mild herbal hoppiness. Good.

Bitter, roasty, chocolate flavour. Mild coffee. Distinct, earthy, noble hop flavour. Very good with excellent balance.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid beer with plenty of appropriate flavours and a delightful hoppiness which complements the beer.

dgilks, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

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.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle with red wax). Bottle 497/2040. Bottled June 2010. Pours dark brown with loads of yeast and tan head. Aroma has lots of chocolate that I can smell it from a distance. Also getting some anise, leather and wet dog. Taste is roasty bitter with a sweet malt backbone. The alcohol is very noticeable at first sip. Full bodied and slick texture. Finish is dry and roasty. Fairly hoppy. A nice impy and one I'd probably prefer with some age on it.

trappistlover, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

mdfb79, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of grub
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sampled on tap at hopcat as part of the 3rd annual extreme beer fest, jan 22/2011.

pours stark and opaque black with a very dense cap of light brown head. the head drops fairly fast wtih a sheet of lace.

aroma is great. super rich dark chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. espresso. dark fruit - date, raisin, fig. toasted whole wheat bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. light alcohol. earthy and woody. tons of depth.

taste is great. comes over you in waves. starst with big herbal/minty character, then goes caramel and toffee, then rich dark and bittersweet chocolate and espresso. dark toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of dark fruit. just over medium bitterness level, but mostly chocolatey. lightly warming alcohol. woody and earthy. more licorice and fruit comes through as it warms.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. very fine carbonation, just under medium level.

drinkability is great. great balance. great depth and complexity. this is one tasty stout. definitely not an american stout, and even a bit of a slant compared to your typical RIS, but damn fine regardless.

grub, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
3.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to injuredreserve for this brew.

12oz. Bottle
Red Wax
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.

Wasatch, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Brez07
2.98/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

Brez07, Jan 12, 2011
Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
92 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.