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Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen

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Hel & VerdoemenisHel & Verdoemenis

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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 45
Gots: 144 | FT: 8
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 01-22-2009

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of nhindian
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Mikkeller wine glass.

Batch 152

A - I barely crack the cap before I'm greeted with a very loud POP. I barely have time to react before I have thick, black foam coating my glass, hand, counter, and whatever is between me and the sink. Yep, it's a gusher. I clean up, pour it SLOWLY down the side of the glass and have about an inch of liquid when the rest is full of mocha-colored head. I turn to grab my camera, and by the time I turn around it is foaming over again. I now hate this beer. When it finally settles, it does look nice, with a pitch black body and great lacing. It sticks to the glass, my hand, paper towels, dishes...

S - The nose on this is almost entirely all roasted malts and give off a fresh-brewed coffee aroma and a bitter chocolate. There is a touch of char as well, but overall it's pretty straightforward, if not intimidating.

T - Given the explosion upon opening, I was expecting this to be infected, but I don't really get any tartness that would indicate a flaw. There is perhaps a trace of dark fruit in the back-end, but that's not uncommon for the style. Otherwise this is roasted bitterness through and through. It's a bit smokey and the char gives it an extra grit as well. Somewhat hoppy as well which is a surprise, but the hops are more earthy and spicy, fitting in with the robust theme of the beer. A good deal of alcohol astringency in the finish is noticeable.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with high carbonation. A tad on the syrupy side with a long, bitter aftertaste.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. This is a big beer and one sip can leave you with a mouth full of flavor. This makes the languishing task of drinking slow both for enjoyment and the fact that the flavors don't exactly lend themselves to being quaffed.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a re-review. My first review was back in '09 and I scored it a 3.23. Carbonation was also an issue back then. However, De Molen has been much more consistent lately and the newer batches of H&V have not only been carbonated properly, but they've all seemed to be much more flavorful. Anways, time to give it another go.

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 21 June 2011
Drunk beside a Rasputin

APPERANCE: A dark brown and slightly transparent pour yields a one finger, thicker looking, fluffy, light brown head with great retention. Opaque black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foamy wisp cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves some good lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bolder nose of roasted and smoky malts, dark chocolate, coffee beans, cocoa powder and some black licorice. Bold and interesting, and much more stout-like than Rasputin.

TASTE: Bolder flavors of roasted and smoky malts and a good dose of dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso coffee and charred malts at the swallow. Lots of bitterness as well. Bold and relentless aftertaste of roasted and burnt malts, bitter coffee and bitter, dark chocolate. Bold flavors and very roasted and chocolate forward. This is more my kind of thing.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, enough weight as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch of heat lingers, but well measured.

OVERALL: Now this is more like it. The newer batches have been much improved compared to the older ones, and this imperial stout is way, way more my thing than Rasputin. Big nose and flavor profile, with all the stout characteristics I love, and a good look and feel to top it off. Definitely glad they use this one for their barrel aging projects, as it’s got the big, roasted and chocolate flavors to hold up. Definitely the clear winner over Rasputin. Top notch stuff. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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1/5  rDev -75.9%

Photo of zep9865
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Aecht snifter. Uncoventional look for a Russian Imperial Stout. More of a hazy dark brown than anything else. Slight lacing and light foam head does not completely recede.

Buddy mentioned that the smell is very funky which is right on point. Almost has a barnyard feel to it with all kinds of coffee and cocoa. I like the funk.

Front palate is extremely smooth with milk chocolate, toffee, hazlenut and coffee. The "funk mentioned previously is on the back end.

Beer is exceptional until you pull it through, and taste the booze and funk that you didn't think it had.

I feel like this beer is gonna be a hit or miss with a lot of people. The funkiness of this beer just made me more interested with every sip. A must try for the stout-minded

Photo of aasher
3.29/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is an 11oz bottle. It pours a nice medium bodied chocolate brown in color with only a very slight lacing. The aromas are odd. You get a lot of powdery chocolate malt with a strange funk to it. The more I think about it, the more I detect gym socks. That's a no no. Oddly enough it's not as off putting as it sounds or as it could be. Theflavors consist ofa ton of chocolate malt, roasted malt, light coffee, chocolate bar sweetness, and slight alcohol. It's solid and the favors work well together. It drinks really light in body, kind of thin and watery. It's definitely the lightest imperial stout I've had yet. It needs to be more viscous. This definitely hurts the appeal of this beer. I don't see how it could be aged for 25 years being as thin as it is. Overall this is an odd beer. The nose is questionable, the favors are solid, but the body isn't up to par for the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of scottfrie
3.39/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Young 375ml bottle (bottled 4/11/11) poured into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours black with a few soapy bubbles for a head. Not much in the way of lace as well. I guess I should be glad I didn’t get a gusher bottle like some of the other reviewers, but some kind of head would have been nice.
S: Crazy strong notes of roasted malt, toasted dark grains, deep dark chocolate and volatile alcohol. I get a hint of vanilla and burnt wood as well.
T: Flavors from the nose are present and they definitely lean towards char, peat, burnt wood, earth, and tobacco. I get sweeter notes of caramel and vanilla in the finish, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter with rich dark chocolate, but this is one roasted and toasted beer.
M: Very low carbonation that makes the mouthfeel very slick and watery. The body is thankfully fairly thick, but really this feels like drinking heavy water.
O: Obviously I didn’t get a bottle with any bubbles so the mouthfeel definitely suffered. The flavors were also fairly complex but had a char/roasted/earth theme. Overall a pretty solid imperial stout; perhaps some age would make it better.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of champ103
2.41/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is an 08 bottle.

A: Pours nearly pitch black color. A large, rocky tan head forms with good retention. Rings of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Prune juice, dark fruits, light roast, powdered sugar and chocolate.
T: Really sweet and boozy. To much residual sweetness for me. Acrid, bitter coffee and roast. Big on the prune juice. Dark fruits, more like fruit puree. Lots of bitter coffee lingers on forever. Not enjoying this.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. Though really sticky and syrupy. Like an adhesive to the tongue. Way to sweet and to much hot alcohol for me to enjoy this.

Better than Bommen & Granten. Though that is not saying much. Again, this is just to big, boozy, and sweet for me to want to come back for more.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of ritzkiss
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
92 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.