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Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen

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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 44
Gots: 143 | FT: 8
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Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

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Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 01-22-2009

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - pours completely opaque with a thick 1/2 inch khaki head on top.

S - decadent roasted coffee, intense dark chocolate, minerals, sweet cream, full on roasted malts. Coffee coated raisins.

T - follows the nose to a tee. Charred coffee, tons of dark chocolate, sweet cream, chocolate malts and coffee dominate with some lightly scorched caramel underneath. Finishes dry with strong coffee, chocolate, and hints of sweet charred caramel.

M - creamy lush body with a good amount of lively carbonation.

This is a coffee and chocolate explosion in your mouth. I've had this bottle for 4 months do it's not super fresh but it taste like its straight from the tit. This is one of the best coffee RIS's I've had the pleasure of tasting. This is a must have.

Photo of PapaEugene
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this botlle form rvdoorn as a special delivery. He found it at Berts Bierhuis in Utrecht.

A: Poured it into my Urthel glass and it looked viscous. A deep dark brown color near to black. Didn't observe any head at all.

S: First things that comes to mind is liquorice. After that coffee, cacao and roasted malts, some faint fruit smell.

T: Coffee, cacao, liquorice, sweet dried fruits, hints of apple/pear. Malts and a slight alcohol taste. A ligth bitter, spicy aftertaste.

M: CREAMY!!!! PLeasant, but there's no carbonation at all. The spicy aftertaste is masking this problem a little bit.

D: What a great Dutch beer this is. Too bad that there's no carbonation, that would have made it even greater for me. Buy again, again and again....

Photo of jsh420
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours dark dark brown - looks black 1+ finger tan head that had decent retention and left lacing all over the glass

smells of dark roast - some smoke - licorice - chocolate

taste is out of this world - just like the nose i get all the notes very roasty malt chocolate coffee licorice but add in some fruity hop flavors maybe its the dark fruity malt mixed with all the other flavors but whatever it is - its amazing

mouthfeel - medium body - low carbonation feels slick

overall - a tad on the expensive side but one of the best nom barrel aged RIS i have had in a while - glad i picked up 2

Photo of AndrewScottPentland
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of essie
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Westmalle chalice. Nice black body with a light tan head that dissipated quickly.

Smells of dark chocolate, espresso, malt, and very small hints of hops.

Taste is similar to the smell, but more complex with a slight fruity booziness and a little more hoppiness at the finish. Very complex and elegant, it reminds me of good quality dark chocolate; roasted bitterness balanced by a light fruitiness.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Whereas most imperial stouts seem to be thick and heavy, this has more of a medium mouthfeel and low carbonation, making it a little more light and smooth which allows me to better appreciate the balance of flavors.

For a big imperial stout (my bottle says 11.9% instead of 10.2%), this is remarkably drinkable. I still wouldn't have more than a glass or so at any given time, even if I could afford it, but the alcohol really isn't too noticeable.

Overall, this was a very nice imperial stout, and I think I'm going to have to pick up another bottle or two to set aside for a special occasion.

Photo of DaveHS
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of flannelman808
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black-brown with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, some light dark fruits and vanilla, and a hint of booze.

T - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, dark cocoa, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, some raisin and other dark fruits, bit of hops, hint of lactose, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a sweet, roasted, and warming finish.

D - Fantastic RIS. Just about perfect balance and mouthfeel.

Photo of StayWounded
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of mwilbur
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Bottle stamped 23 JAN. 2014.
A: Pours a smooth, deep cola brown with just a thin skim of dark tan head that quickly dissipates.
S: Dry leather, wood, caramel malt, brown sugar, and a hint of tobacco. Tending toward dark and sweet notes.
T: Caramel malt (distinct English brown malt) and smooth cream up front. In the mid-palate, this takes a distinct turn toward harsher and darker notes...burnt wood, supple and old leather, a fresh alcohol bite, dark and bitter chocolate, and a hint of dark tobacco cigar. With warming, spicy pepper (almost cayenne-like), toffee, and licorice notes emerge. Very good to start and becomes near perfect with warming.
M: Wow...a definite highlight of the beer. Starts surprisingly light (medium body) given the ABV. Also begins smooth, sweet, and creamy. Then turns toward bitter with an alcohol burn (still retains the sweetness...now heavier and darker though). Tremendous lingering finish...bittersweet and slightly astringent. Sweetly sticky feel.
D: The further I got into this beer, the more I liked it. Deceivingly complex. Very interesting as far as the style goes...not your typical RIS (most are harsh and dark straight through; this one starts lighter, smoother, and highlights the English brown malt...before turning toward more traditional RIS notes). Glad I got to try it...seek it out! The bottle says it can be enjoyed within 25 years; I got a couple more to see...

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

12oz bottle, scooped at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam

brewed 2/18/10, bottled 4/8/10, bottle #771/960

consumed in prague hotel room

appearance: standard de molen label with loads of information and a red-waxed top, served in hotel water glass, rich dark mahogany body, creamy chocolate cap with perfect retention

smell: rich dark chocolate, loads of hops present...really nice

taste: sinfully good - waves of dark chocolate, a touch of mint, aggressively hopped - glad i got to this one in a relatively fresh state. rich roasted malts, nice bitter finish - a world class stout indeed

mouthfeel: creamy, but a little heavy of the foamy feeling

drinkability: good

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.

Photo of KevyKev
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We have the good fortune to live close enough to the brewery that we occasionally stop in to stock up on beer and as an added benefit have some of Pepe's excellent cooking.

Brewed on August 27, 2008 and bottled on September 26, 2008. Bottle 141.

Poured into a Molen snifter which they use for their porters and stouts, Hell & Damnation poured with a huge head that continued to mushroom over the glass as it sat. The head is dark and rich with bubbles of various size -- beautiful! It quickly dissipates leaving a thin and uneven layer on the top of the beer leaving a bit of lacing on the side of the glass (very different experience from Paco -- due to his traveling across the Atlantic? In the end, not all that different as our dissipated very quickly). The beer itself is a beautiful dark rich brown, bordering on black with a hint of red.

The scent is a complex combination of what you expect to smell in an imperial stout (malt, burnt sugar or molasses) along with the smell of hops that tells you this will not be that simple. The smell of alcohol is not as strong as you would expect from the 10.2% ABV.

Expectations are high regarding taste as Molen is renowned for their imperial stouts and porters -- and this does not disappoint! Heavily roasted malts, chocolate and molasses all very well balanced against the relatively (for a RIS) strong taste of hops. It finishes with burnt sugar, and hops! Truly wonderful!

This beer fills your mouth. The carbonation is low but far from flat. Here in the Netherlands on a cold and rainy Friday night...I could drink this all night long...the combination of big stout and hops is very compelling...the problem is they didn't brew enough to make the drinkability question relevant -- there was only 282 bottles in this batch and we need to lay down the remainder of our stash as it will only grow better with age.

Photo of gleemonger
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brownish black with just a little dark tan head that sits there waiting. Good lacing down the glass.

Super rich, fruity sweet roasted malts with some chocolate and coffee presence. Definitely a bit alcohol kick there too.

Super roasty and big dark chocolate taste on the front with the chocolate lingering more than anything. Bitter but dry. Big as the nose implies with the alcohol kick in there too. Something pretty unique about this one.

Pretty heavy but not super thick. Not too big on the carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Very interesting, big, boozy yet mellow in a way, hardcore stout. It seems like it's going to be too much, but it never quite is, which is super interesting. I like it a lot.

Photo of Sneevel
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark, blackish with a tight head which disappears quickly.
Smell: caramel, toffee and dark chocolate, very nice.
Taste: a lot of bitter dark chocolate and coffee. Some nice herbal notes and evidence of dry-hopping. Good concentration, and long aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: super creamy, very nice. Small bubbles.
Overall: an excellent stout that doesn't go over the top with burnt flavours and aromas. Great quality - I would buy this again.

Photo of AndreasDif
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of chanokokoro
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle (11.2 oz.), bottle number 531/2080 brewed on March 7 and bottled April 11, 2011. Poured into a short stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours the darkest brown possible, viscous, topped with a two finger fluffy beige head. Great retention and wispy lacing left along the sides of the glass. Deep dark fruit, dark chocolate, and phenol alcohol on the nose. Opens with bold black cherry, plum, and raisin, joined with deep rich chocolate. Finishes smooth with continued rich dark chocolate covered dark fruit and some final hints of roasted malt and roasty bitterness. Exceptional mouthfeel, full-bodied, velvety and creamy. Low, but a very appropriate level of carbonation. Very complex, bold flavored Russian imperial stout. The brew tends to highlight chocolate and dark fruit flavors and could very easily trend overly sweet, however the balance in this brew is excellent. A definite "must-drink" for any Russian imperial stout lover.

Photo of larryi86
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cL bottle dated April 11, 2011, bottle 183 of 2080, poured into a tulip

A- Black with no head.

S- Coffee, vanilla, booze, roasted malts, dark chocolate.

T- Chocolate, some vanilla, dark fruits, roasted malts, nice coffee finish, touch of alcohol.

M- Smooth, creamy, low carbonation.

O- A really good beer that is worth the money. At one year old it is great, would love to see how this ages for longer being that it says it can age for up to 25 years. I will be picking up a few more bottles for aging.

Photo of megamass
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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