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Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen

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491 Ratings
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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 42
Gots: 133 | 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 STEG
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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!

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

appearance: Pitch black, mocca head. Not much retention.

smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate and red fruit. Black currant or something like that. Can't really define it.

taste: Quite a taste sensation going on. It starts off with a mellow milk chocolate and red fruits combo, followed by brown sugar and then coffee and dark bitter chocolate kicks in, leaving a quite bitter coffee like aftertaste. It lingers nicely like a coffee does together with some black currant flavor, but is quite heavy. So not really your day to day type of drink. Take your time ;)

mouthfeel: Quite fluid and creamy, with a nice tingly carbonation finish. Quite thin considering the huge flavors. Which is a good combination.

overall: a very nice, but different, beer. It's well balanced, but quite defined and powerful. I's not the easiest beer to drink. So make sure you're in the mood and not in a hurry and o my, what a drink it is :)

Photo of CHADMC3
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.

Photo of Resuin
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of juju7
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sex in a bottle. Perfectly even head over a black as black body. As well as the chocolatey tar aromas there is a niggling underlying scent of a fruity kind - black cherries. Burnt black cherries maybe? A very delicately balanced RIS. All the flavours gel beautifully in the mouth, very moreish. Manages to feel quite dry while hinting at sweetness at the same time. Really good stuff.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft, at Bullshead Public House, Lititz PA

Notes taken at Pub.

A 10 oz. serving poured into a bulbous, squat type of Snifter. An acceptable glass.

Pours with practically no head.
A very deep black color as is typical for the style.

The first thing you smell is the coffee, not overly intense but quite noticeable. This is followed rich deep black roasted malt. Quite rich overall.

Impressive upon first tasting. Very rich chocolate/coffee/malt. Delicious! Full mouth feel, but no really noticeable carbonation and a mild crispness (low acid).

Long finish of rich black malt and lingering coffee, coats the mouth and lasts.

Well I have to say this is a different interpretation of the RIS style that I am accustomed too. Little or no hops are present in the aroma or flavor. This ale carries itself on its concentrated malt and coffee components. The final word is that I really liked this ale. It is very complex and wine like in its makeup. Reminds me of a Cask draft ale. IMO very much worth trying if you can. Again delicious!

Photo of NorthsideFred
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Firkin in Libertyville. One of my favorite places.

A: Almost black with a finger thick dark tan head and perfect lacing.

S: Smells wonderful, with roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some dark fruits.

T: Wow, I really like this a lot. Taste follows nose. The chocolate and malts come through strong. The Dark fruits are very subtle, which I prefer.

M: This is a little thinner than some of my favorites of this style, but still full-bodied. Nicely carbonated.

D: Surprisingly drinkable for such high ABV. I hope this beer crosses my path again some day!

Photo of BelgianBeerPope
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The long awaited taste of the 'Hel & Verdoemenis' @ Gollem, Antwerp ! It didn't disappoint ... There's no foam, so appearance is a bit strange but the taste is and mouthfeel is ... unbelievable ! Beer enjoyment in its purest form. I need to have one more to actually describe it because the first time was like living in a dream.

Photo of arturorg
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into an oversize wine glass
Bottled 18/6/2010 number 691

A: Jet black no light goes through, creamy brown head, big lace.

S: Sweet brown sugar, bitter roasted coffee, dark malts, smokiness.

T: Strong bitter coffee flavor, warming astringent, sweet notes. Full bodied beer.

Overall a delicious beer if you like RIS or coffee if not it's very strong for some people. This brewery it's all about the beer just a clean and simple tag with a lot of info like type of hops used and bitterness measurements. Fully recomended

Photo of jjayjaye
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't wait to try this one when i first read about it. Found some at Finger Lakes Beverage Center, in Ithaca. Corked, caged and waxed with a funky red pliable putty. Bottle 155 (of 1052?) into a snifter. Poured aggressively, absolutely no head or lacing and light comes in slightly around the edges, giving it a really thin look. Very dark cola black brown color. The smell is one that I absolutely LOVE and at this point I humble myself to the style Gods whether that unique boozy character is more desirable in a RIS or a Double Stout?? Who knows...but like i said, this variety is my personal preference. Boozy roasted malt, licorice plum/fig baker's chocolate mocha latte ummm...that was the f&* sound of a CELEBRATION!! Full flavored, the taste has that barrel aged vanilla cherry chocolate licorice thing happening (OMG!! Whoohoo).
The mouth feel is a complex DISASTER with a couple of redeeming features. The lack of carbonation is almost haunting..seriously (and that's' coming from a 'babe in the woods' critic). The mouth feel is slightly heavier than water..well maybe not water; let's say prune juice. It's got a medium body and a slick coating texture...that you can't hate. In fact, that coating thing is one of the best things about this one because it really adds a lingering quality that almost...yeah, almost makes up for the lack of carbonation. The 10.2% ABV warms nicely. All in all, the mouth will take a ton of fire, but i've had a gas with this one. Hey, F&* IT, let's sell it to the yanks...they'll drink anything!! My first review of the new decade...and I vow to buy a ticket to the Netherlands if Brouwerij De Molen can figure out what happened with the carbonation!!!!

Photo of pwoods
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean for crackin' dis bitch.

Bottled 9/08, brewed about a year earlier.

750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a GLBC snifter.

A: Pours pitch black, no light. Huge frothy head on the pour. Nice retention, holding at a fat skim. Good lacing.

S: Great aroma. Deep, complex roasted aroma. Some bitter chocolate mixed in but there's a more dominant smooth, creamy, rich milk chocolate. Healthy dose of coffee. Fresh baked cookies and cookie dough. Some light, whiskey like aroma in the back. Fucking awesome.

T/M: More of the same in the taste. Very complex roast, some bitterness from that. More of the coffee and bitter chocolate play in the back of the rich, milk chocolate and fresh baked soft cookies. Alcohol is there but smooth and complex. Body is about full with very high carbonation that makes it feel almost airy... over carbonation from infection?

D: Big ABV and complex but damn is this tasty. I have to force myself to take my time. This could age beautifully.

Photo of weonfire
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Jet Black. zero head. doesn't look real think.

S - Chocolate, roasted malt.

T- Excellent. Chocolate really comes thru. sweetness is very nice. not too sweet either. Almost a fudge taste. Barely taste the 10.2ABVs.

M- medium viscosity. coats mouth decently.

O- Very very good. At $14 i probably won't get this again. but cut that price in half i would.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

inflatablechair brought this to Friday's tasting.. Bottle #17.. Sept. 26th '08. Thanks Sam.

Fucking HUUUGEEE gusher.. Eric was twisting off the cage and had maybe a few turns when the cork hit the ceiling like a cannon round.. He got it to the sink and after a coupla pours... it's still foaming like nothing I've seen before... still foaming after 5-6 pours... we walk away for a while.

Once into the glass... and the expected enormous head dies back, a pretty classy brew comes in... 2" dark tan head.. black brew.

The foam is gone.. and this is a pretty damn nice RIS.. thick and roasty.. deep chocolate and coffee... I swear I am getting some nuttiness.

Flavor is very rich with milk and bittersweet chocolate. some espresso.. and again.. some sort of nuttiness that begins midpalate and lingers to the finish.. after a while, a thick and creamy body shows despite the lingering carbonation slam... I wish I would have taken better notes.. because, this is a seriously nice brew.

Sam.. Your last bottle should be put into a bigass ziplock bag and be put immediately into the fridge .... I doubt all bottles have that carbonation... but that cork could have done damage :-)

Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of russwbeck
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey DC during DC Beer Week 2011

A: Motor oil thick pour without any head or lacing 3.5

S: Deep chocolate, roasted malts and some booze. 4

T; A ton of chocolate on this. Creamy, rich chocolate. Mix that in with roasted malts, some coffee, and a hint of booze and you get a great taste. 4.5

MF: Really heavy body. Thick and creamy. Low carbonation. 4

O: Great beer. Been waiting to try this for a while and it did not
disappoint. 4.5

Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours almost completely opaque black with a one-inch creamy tan head that recedes slowly to a nice collar with some very spotty lacing.

The aroma is sweet with licorice and cocoa with some underlying toasted malts and coffee. Maybe some toasted nuts in there as well - a big nose overall.

The taste is not quite as sweet with dry cocoa up front supported by some heavily roasted malts underneath. Lots of coffee bitterness and some licorice sweetness coming back in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with strong carbonation which makes it seem lighter bodied than it is.

This is definitely the best beer I've had from De Molen, a full-bodied impy stout that still maintains good drinkability.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Crown Liquors, downtown Indianapolis. This was kind of a suggestion by Rempo.
The packaging is unique in that it is corked, caged and dipped in red wax. Its a softer wax than found on most bottles so it made a bit of a mess of my hands. The label is very concise and doesnt fuss around with design, style or anything eye catching at all, as you can see by the picture provided.

O.G. 1115 F.G. 1031 Brewed on 17/18 Feb 2009 Bottled on 20 March 2009 EBC Colour 308.9 99.9 EBU 15* C drinking temp Batch 1092 Bottle number 057 blah blah blah, these Dutch must be one for numbers and facts.

The cork pulled out with a suspicious lack of a pop, with really no force behind it. So I gave it a rough pour, assuming its going flat.

A- A rough pour yields no head, initially. Some bubbles slowly rise to form only a collar. Swirling will draw up a pillow of sand colored foam and leave little polka dots sticking to the glass. The beer is a dense black, pretty much what you want in an RIS.

S- This is a full, rich smell for sure. Aggressive roasted malts and dark fruits. Black licorice, oak, copious medicinal alcohol. Bitter, dark chocolate and leather, soy sauce, some tobacco. This aroma brings everything to the table.

T- Quite rich on the chocolate. Various forms of chocolate with the dark and bitter variety dominating. It moves into a more bitter realm with a nice level of roast, augmented by figgy fruits and licorice. Things sweeten up for the finish allowing cocoa powder to reign. Alcohol is quite subdued, especially as compared to the smell.

M- At first I was thinking this is trying to go flat, now I am playing around with the idea that this is just how this beer is. What ever the case, the body is fairly full with a creamy smoothness and very very low carbonation. It could use a pinch more activity on the tongue.

D- This beer drink surprisingly well. It is robust and complex enough to not be boring, but the alcohol is toned back enough to make it enjoyable. It has a nice balance between bitterness and sweetness. I just wish it didnt seem to be going flat.

Photo of ricke
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with plenty of small floaters in the liquid. A small dark beige head settles rather fast and leaves basically no lacings.

S: Huge roasted aromas - very powerful. It actually turns to burnt every now and then. Roasted malts, heavy roasted coffee, charred wood, spices, chocolate, faint licorice, perhaps some fruity notes. There is also noticeable hints of rather fresh hops. Light alcohol. Very powerful smell, but not very balanced due to the massive roasted character.

T: Wonderful coffee flavors - espresso, heavy roasted and almost burnt coffee, tannins. Big sweet malty backbone with a distinct roasted character. Rich notes of dark chocolate. Some licorice and dark fruits, but they don't really manage to balance the deep roasted flavors. Very faint notes of hops. The finish is powerful with a coffee-like roasted bitterness, some alcohol, spices and lingering notes of general roasted flavors.

M: The body is full, but kind of light compared to some other examples of the style. Quite a lot of carbonation as well making the beer seems rather lively. Towards the end, it gets a little smoother.

D: I really liked this one, but with the richness of the roasted flavors of coffee and malts, it's rather demanding. So it's definitely a sipper. Would absolutely like to try it again, and since I have another one in the cellar, I will.

Photo of FernMaster
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've decided to write this review as if I was the conclusion of a trendy network show. After the link finishes buffering read on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwqhdRs4jyA&playnext=1&videos=EMK9E6j-i1c&feature=artistob
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Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

To me this is a snifter beer, plus it's a fun word to say. Sadly all I had was a pint glass, I had great company so that counter balances it completely.

I went back to my former home of Columbia, Mo for the weekend and along the way I stopped by Gomer's Independence to acquire some awesome beer; once of which was Hel & Verdoemenis. I bought this because the $22 price tag was just as exciting to me as the limited release, this beer was 1 of 1094, I had to have it. Plus, this was amends to a friend of mine, who our summer plans were to visit each other in their respective town and show them the other the merits of living in either, her Saint Louis, MO me Kansas City, MO (KC-MO, Whoooo). Sadly our summer plans fell apart, but this beer was a backbone of a great evening.

I brought this over to her apartment and after enjoying the hell out of some Fantome we opened this. H&V is a beer that cannot be enjoyed under normal circumstances, this is a beer that Denny Crane and Alan Shore would have enjoyed on a their balcony at the end of another amazing episode; which is what we did. Sitting on her balcony, people watching, enjoying some beer I began to reflect on my former home, my college town and miss the fuck out of it. This is where the song comes into play. Sitting on the balcony drinking an imperial stout that had zero head, and no carbonation, pitch black as dark, I began to look at how limited my experiences in Columbia were as to this beer. How there was much more life their I want to live, but I was glad for it's fleeting moments, because of it's exclusivity, I enjoyed it the most.

A wonderful smell emerged from the glass, a complex coffee scent that would make the biggest coffee nerds turn their heads, a rich chocolate scent, maybe some raisins, with a hint of smoke and alcohol, I was enchanted. This was like walking onto Mizzou's campus for the first time without my parents. A sense I loved, but wasn't overwhelming. I could get used to this. As time passed, it warmed up and more complexity was added to the flavor hitting your nose.

I love balconies. They add a sort of dynamic to whatever happens, from sitting and reading, to drinking, to simply playing around on your computer as the sun falls. This beer and the irreverent dialogue that follows is 1 in 1094. The odds may not seem that great, but when you're the 1, that's the best odds that could happen to you in the world. The taste of this beer was everything that the look may have lacked and the nose eluded to. This rich, robust chocolate flavor along with the coffee, which dazzled my roommates roommate (who dislikes beer) was perfectly balanced and it left such an amazing after taste that you were happy to empty the pockets for this beer; the smoke was there as was the alcohol itself which burned a little, but in a good way. I may have noticed some plum or other sort of fruit along those lines in the beer. It was an absolute joy to drink.

The mouthfeel was sadly weak, like my degree. The mouthfeel was watery, weak and it lacked character. As you drank more and as it warmed up it became clearer why it was good and why you were glad you spent the time with it, it became better with age.

Drinkablity seems like a laugh in all honesty as there's so few out in there in the world. There may be others like it, but there's truly so few. It's expensive, but as you drink you realize it's worth the investment. You can hold onto it for twenty-five years (as it says on the label) and it still may be good. It will never be as good as when you were with it the moment you bought it, that evening enjoying it with your closest friends at that time. Twenty-five years is a long time from now, priorities and you will change by then, enjoy it the moment you buy it (it's more than enough of a reason to open it) with you friends on a balcony - don't drink this alone - there's only you, your friends and now, your memories can come later.

Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan head that quickly completely died down, leaving a thick ring of big bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with notes of leather and some hints of alcohol. The smell also has some hints of cigar tobacco.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of roasted malts with hints of alcohol and chocolate.
M: It feels full-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is warming from the alcohol, particularly in the finish, which also has dryness.
O: The beer is a good sipper as the taste is very complex. The alcohol is definitely noticeable but does not substantially detract from the drinkability.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again, RoyMunson, you've outdone yourself!

Bottle #14 brewed Sept of 2008.

Pours a very dark and cloudy brown with a grayish to dark tan head. 1/8 inch head remains as it sits idle in my snfter for about 10 minutes. No lacing seen in my pour.

Sweet, roasted nuts, sweet malts, baker's chocolate and coffee grinds on the nose. Big and plentiful...

High carbonation for a RIS... BIG flavor profile, lots going on. Thick, rich and nasty. Flavor on the mouth reflects that of the nose... It all wraps up with a slight warming from the alcohol presence.

Wow. Try this beer if you get the chance!

Photo of Wobbly
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a tulip wine glass.
Bottled on 22 June 2011

Appearance: Pours pitch black in the glass, but a strong backlight reveals dark red edges (it’s always a disappointment when a RIS is not totally opaque). Massive, slightly creamy mocha coloured head that displays great retention and leaves good lace for the Abv.

Smell: Great RIS nose! The first sniff yields tons of chocolate syrup and coffee; however heavily roasted malt, charred wood and a little ash quickly take over. Vanilla, cocoa, tar, smoke, yeast and a light sweetness are also noted.
There is surprisingly little hop character for such a fresh bottle.

Taste: It has been a while since I had a 'black-flavoured' imperial stout, I have missed these flavours! Roasted malt, charred wood and heavily roasted coffee dominate with ash, smoke, cocoa and burned raisins also present.
There is an odd sugary sweetness just before the bitter, dry finish. Great Abv. cover up, I barely noticed the 10%.

Mouthfeel: Full body, but not as thick as I expected. Slightly oily with light ultra smooth carbonation.

Overall: Great RIS, though a little fuller flavour and thicker body would take it up a notch. I will most certainly have this again! I will be buying a few bottles to see how it holds up over its 25 year life span.

Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
93 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.