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Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

426 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 39
Gots: 120 | 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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derekrick420

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

03-12-2014 03:04:04 | More by derekrick420
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joek440

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

03-12-2014 02:18:00 | More by joek440
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tmzl

Slovenia

4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Syrupy pour with delicious, creamy, average size, dark mocha head. Has good retention, bubbles popping away slowly, creates a creamy, thick top layer, which leaves very fine lacing. Some carbonation visible on the side of the glass. Dark, dark brown, can't see through. Some yeast bodies sediment to the bottom. Everything as it should be.

Smell: Roasted coffee with caramel and dark chocolate up front. Also some milk chocolate with dried plums, nuts and vanilla. A bit of freshness from sour dark berries, dark fruit. It's sweet, fat, creamy, stuffy, you can feel those 24 Plato degrees that went into this beast. Couldn't stop smelling it - rich, as soon as you find one note, another one comes along.

Taste: Medium (to high) sweetness, starts with mostly caramel and some burned sugar, milk chocolate with light berry sourness (makes it fresher and juicier), dry plums. Then it transfers into dominant roasted coffee with some dark chocolate. Roasted coffee driven medium to high bitterness with a tiny bit of alcohol finish the ride. Some soft chocolaty notes come out deep in the after-taste.

Mouthfeel: Full body, creamy almost syrupy. A very faint hint of alcohol warmth. A big, fat beast.

Overall: It's quite a beer. A fat one, full of darker malt wonders. Good play of flavours and balanced but still relatively demanding - not for your everyday, but well worth your time, when you have that fat stout urge.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 09:29:13 | More by tmzl
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Los1324

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

03-11-2014 02:22:55 | More by Los1324
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-07-2014 13:51:52 | More by waddellc2
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spoony

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle (label says February 29, 2012) into a snifter. My bottle says 10.0% ABV, not 10.2%.

A-The pour is heavy and syrupy. The beer mostly lacks head. Instead, a thin cap fades to collar immediately. No lacing on the glass. The beer is black and still-looking.

S-The aroma is a big, bold mixture of cream, milk and dark dark chocolate, a touch of dark-roasted coffee and some caramel. There is a hint of roasty bitterness that is balanced nicely by the sweetness of the caramel. Alcohol is hidden.

T-The taste tracks the smell. This is a rich and creamy flavored beer with lots of chocolate, cocoa, and a bit of roasted coffee. The caramel is somewhat less assertive on the palate than on the nose, but there is a bit of roasted barley and toast there now. Again, the 10.0% ABV is hidden in there.

M-The feel is thick, syrupy and flat. Sort of a let-down.

O-This would be a world class stout if it had some (even a tiny bit) carbonation. The aroma and taste are intense, balanced, and pretty damn delicious. It almost tastes barrel-aged with little hints of bourbon and vanilla in there. I will definitely consider buying another bottle of this to see if I just got a bad seal or if the brewer really intended the beer to be flat.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 03:43:48 | More by spoony
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drmcleod10

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-25-2014 16:23:03 | More by drmcleod10
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JSBILK

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-25-2014 16:22:02 | More by JSBILK
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Lare453

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-25-2014 04:06:00 | More by Lare453
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coenbust

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-24-2014 00:25:31 | More by coenbust
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Beer-Ed

Netherlands

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-17-2014 11:31:43 | More by Beer-Ed
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-16-2014 02:18:11 | More by appetiteforparis
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RobinLee

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-08-2014 03:50:17 | More by RobinLee
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

02-07-2014 02:09:23 | More by bpfrush
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unclekeith

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-30-2014 16:24:31 | More by unclekeith
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Sirre

Netherlands

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-29-2014 21:08:41 | More by Sirre
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Craigory

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

01-23-2014 12:57:06 | More by Craigory
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bauermj

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-18-2014 04:33:48 | More by bauermj
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mattst

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-15-2014 01:50:41 | More by mattst
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mcsauter82

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-12-2014 03:17:08 | More by mcsauter82
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-11-2014 00:28:18 | More by hoppymcgee
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SeatsTaken

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pour: Poured into a snifter. Spent engine oil with the faintest glimmer of head.

Aroma: If creamy dark chocolate exists, it's in this beer. There's sour raisins, a little burnt brownie, some slightly nuttiness, dried plum and dark roast coffee at the end. I can easily picture this being served as an after-dinner drink.

Taste: The first thing that hits you is burnt chocolate with a hint of nut. Over ripened plum follows with very bitter coffee and alcohol at the end. My mouth is still buzzing from the ABV and coffee flavor well after tasting.

Mouthfeel: Low to no carbonation. Very dense on the tongue. This beer coats your mouth and leaves a mild alcohol sting. I'm getting the same sensation as drinking cold brewed coffee. It also numbs the throat slightly.

Overall: There are some very interesting flavors but I can imagine this may be sensory overload for some. It's definitely an event beer that's meant to be shared. I'd suggest pairing with a cigar. This is a harsh beer that needs to be paired with similarly harsh flavors, in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 02:45:43 | More by SeatsTaken
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Squidly

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

12-25-2013 20:48:34 | More by Squidly
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Anatole

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-18-2013 19:22:39 | More by Anatole
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hel & Verdoemenis ("Hell & Damnation") looks dark and evil enough that Satan himself may have spawned it. It is pitch-black and, unlike so many Russian Imperial Stouts, doesn't even have brown edging along its trim; it's black through and through. No head formed, not even from a hard, entirely upright pour.

The aroma has blocks of bakers chocolate, hints of barbecue stones, blackberry jam, and stale coffee grounds. It amounts to be one tall order even for a RIS. This is the point where anyone who didn't know ahead of time what they were getting themselves into will bail; it's more than a little intimidating if you're not familiar with the style.

A dollop of French vanilla ice cream is added to the beer's dark chocolatey profile. Coffee is more noticeable in the flavour as well, as are dark dried fruits and black licorice which tend to linger all the way through the aftertaste. It ticks off all the flavour boxes on the RIS checklist but isn't exactly flashy; it leaves a thing or two to be desired.

The mouthfeel has hints of vanilla and caramel sweetness and a dryness that is reminiscent of oak, though this original version isn't barrel-aged. My imagination is trying to convince of me of a dash of cinnamon-like spice, but in reality this beer is oily and bitter as black coffee.

Drinking Imperial Stouts is like gazing up at a mountain top: just as you'd look up and wonder "how could anyone climb that high?" you're left contemplating "how can barley and hops end up tasting so rich and decadent?". Here, Brouwerij De Molen has offered up a Kilimanjaro of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 04:01:36 | More by biegaman
Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
92 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.