Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen

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Ratings: 554
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rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 45
Gots: 147 | FT: 7
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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 pixieskid
4.37/5  rDev +5%
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 raverjames
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Let me just start by saying that my bottle was most likely infected. For this reason, I did not slam it on the mouthfeel or appearance.
When I opened the bottle, it gushed immediately. I poured as quickly as I could into a few glasses, but it was 90% foam. Once the foam subsided, the wonderful smell of chocolate and caramel came forward. The taste was also full of chocolate with a bit of roast. It was creamy and thick like you would expect from a proper IRS. Since it was likely infected, this stout was way overcarbonated. The bottle said to age for up to 25 years, but that might be dangerous. I would caution anyone cellaring this beer. It could be infected and end up as a bottle bomb. I am shocked that there are only 282 bottles of this. I had bottle 138 last night and bottle 100 in the cellar. I hope my other bottle is not infected.

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 33cl bottle, gave about an inch of beige head that died down quickly with moderate lacing. Brewed on March 09 2011, bottles April 13 2011.

A: Dark brown, has reddish hues when held up to the light.

S: Dried Fruits, coffee, chocolate and some alcohol.

T: Dark Chocolate and currants, plum, espresso, not as boozy as the smell suggested but still present with an in style warmth.

M: Good body, not overly viscous like some examples of this style. Stays on the palate for a good 5 seconds fading from fruity to a pleasant bitterness.

O: This would be a great beer to serve by the fire, or after a light meal with some chocolates and dried fruit. I would love to taste a bottle that has been aged for a few years!

Photo of GallowsThief
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Poured out a nice looking coca-cola brown with about a finger of light tan head. Rolling bubbles at the bottom.

S – Vanilla, chocolate, toffee, molasses. Ass kicking aromas all throughout this one.

T – Big roasted malt flavor to start. Followed along with a nice dose of vanilla and dark chocolate. Coffee bitterness in the mix. Caramel malt and with a great smokiness and twinge of burnt flavors. Great layered flavors. Deep breath at the end runs the alcohol burn down your throat.

M – Medium bodied and much lighter on the palate then the look would suggest. Still it coats the palate well.

O – Loved this. Flavors were just dead on. Complex flavors. Tasty. Will be seeking more but it is not cheap. Well worth the money.

Photo of Piddmeista
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

09 bottle, red wax. pours a pitch black, very thin brown head on the rim that fades quickly; I can see some floaters and bits in it too. Smells like rich coffee and chocolate. Taste matches the smell, with a faint hint of tobacco. Massive viscosity on this one. The best way to describe this beer would be rich coffee mocha. The chocolate aspect of it is more chocolate syrup than bakers or bittersweet. No hops whatsover (I think I read on the label it uses czech hops), just a thick chewy slightly sweet mocha. Thanks Whiskeygirlchef. I'd like to try this one fresh to see how it compares.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep black pour, even when held to light, with a bit of brown near the edges when held to light. Nose is quite good with a very appetizing roasty aroma and dark chocolate. A nice whollop of flavors on the palate with more roastyness, hearty grains, bitter chocolate, and hops that enter in to balance it out. Finishes long and delightfully roasty, of course.

Photo of Mar02x
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle 10,2% Abv. Bottle number 444
Served room temperature in a Westvleteren glass.
Bottled on 9th of March 2011

A - Pours pitch black in the glass, no foam what so ever. Maybe something wrong?

S - So much chocolate, wood, raisins, dark fruit, coffee. The first sniff yields tons of chocolate syrup and coffee; however heavily roasted malt, charred wood quickly take over and a light sweetness is also noted.

T - Roasted malt, charred wood and heavily roasted coffee, cocoa and burned raisins also present. What a complexity!
There is an odd brown sugary sweetness just before the bitter, dry finish. Is there any alcohol in there?

M - Full body, but not as thick as I expected. Slightly oily with ultra light and smooth carbonation.

O - Great RIS, I will most certainly have this again!

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis on tap at Max's Taphouse in B'more, MD, served in what I would call a "Viking cup" (actually a goblet/chalice). First time I have a "serious" craft beer from Europe.

Appearance: A very dark brown, almost black. Nice foamy head, like a Guinness, that does not subside too soon. Excellent lacing, perfect circles. Beautiful.

Smell: Dark chocolate, some smooth coffee, subdued bitterness. A very-well balanced aroma, smells like an American Russian Imperial Stout. :-)

Taste: A little too dry right upfront, but fine. Smokiness and residual sugars follow, with a bit of brewed coffee. Probably the weakest link in this beer is actually the taste, believe it or not, but still damn fine.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation (at least for the style), some bitterness on the back as it goes down. Medium body. Not as big as most RIS's, but damn nice and chuggable.

Drinkability: High and high! Drinks like a regular stout, but tastes like an Imperial. A rare treat you should not miss if you can find it!

Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass; bottled on 4/8/2011, bottle 1671. Pours dense pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Got a few gel chunks from the bottom in there too. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, char, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, molasses, raisin, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted and dark malt notes. Taste of huge dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, toast, coffee, smoke, floral, molasses, vanilla, raisin, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, char, coffee, smoke, molasses, raisin, vanilla, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of deep roasted flavors with moderate dark malt sweetness; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible imperial stout! Big complexity and balance of roasted and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. An extremely enjoyable offering.

Photo of SeatsTaken
4.41/5  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.

Photo of Rifugium
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery, Paoli, PA

Poured into a snifter, an opaque, black, with slight hues of brown around the edges. No head whatsoever, and no carbonation to be seen. Thick aroma rich with chocolate. Hints of dark, roasted malts, vanilla and indistinct alcohol, but predominately chocolate. More chocolate on the taste, deep and rich, with almost nothing else coming through at first. After a few sips, and after allowing to rise a few degrees closer to room temperature, more complexity arises: notes of vanilla, licorice, and leather, with the chocolate still reigning as the dominant flavor. Alcohol is noticeable but mostly subdued. Full-bodied, silky smooth, strong, and very drinkable overall, but obviously to be relished and not chugged.

Serving type: on-tap

Photo of IPA35
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled the first of May 2012, from their webshop.

330ml, 10% ABV

Pours a very dark beer, slight light comming through at the bottom. Lots of creamy head, Stays on forever. Just a huge, huge frothy head.

Smells pretty big. Plenty of charred roast in here and tons of molasses, dark chocolate, some coffee and sweet maltiness. Not overly fruity or anything. Infact it is quite earthy like tradition British stouts or even Köstritzer Schwarzbier, that distict aroma on the nose.

Surprisingly sweet on the taste though.
Malty sweetness with a tiny but of smoke, a quite bitter. Not really a hoppy bitterness but a roasty bitterness. Liquorice. Als it sits in the glass more if the dark fruitiness comes out which adds to the beer in my opinion, I really dig big sweet beers.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Quite full bodied. This is not one of those really, really big RIS's. But goes down very well. Low carbonation, but still well noticable.

Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing co. snifter. Bottled on 20 JUL 2010.

A- Pours a completely opaque black color with no head, just some bubbles on the edge of the glass and just a spec of surface foam. No lacing.

S- Sweet bourbon-laced caramel notes and rich dark chocolate.

T- The flavor comes on with nice notes of dark chocolate, raisin and more caramel. The finish is lovely as the chocolate lingers along with the sweetness and the hint of booze to create a sort of molasses ending.

M- The lack of carbonation is not extremely detrimental to the beer but I could use just a tad bit more. Full body and an oily, viscous feel.

O- I feel like this bottle peaked a year ago but it's still damn good.

Photo of draheim
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz (bottle 1930 of 2144; brewed March 2, 2011; bottled April 8, 2011) into a tulip. Pours a deep black w/ a creamy 2-inch mocha head that leaves behind some abstract lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is big molasses, dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, and booze. Smells sweet and dessert-like.

Taste follows nose. Chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, rum, smoky char and a whole bunch of other rich flavors swirling around. Nice bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, a little thin compared to other big stouts but that's not necessarily bad. Drinks smooth and all too easy.

Overall a really solid Russian imperial stout. It doesn't get a lot better than this.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Classic, dull de Molen black-and-white label. I love how iconic and yet how boring these are.

Pours a deep, fine black, turning to weak coffee coloured at the very edges. Head is solid—surprising, given how little it vzzted on opening—a good, decently thick and fine mocha brown. Some spotty lace. Carbonation is persistent and very fine. Looks very good indeed.

Nose is toasty and dark, with a fiery character to it: not quite smoky, but almost sulphury or like match phosphorous. Certainly a sharp, volatile hint of booze to it, but it's really tied nicely to the darkness and the intensity—one of those beers that really uses the extra alcohol content as leverage for flavour. Lovely. It does a bunch of stuff that is rare or special, even in a big RIS.

Taste matches this: big roasty characters, and lovely boozy notes integrated into the body and structure of the beer. Roast, coffee, charred pork belly, minimal, but sticky sweetness on the back. This beer is based on a dark roast character, and it sticks by it beautifully, embellishing it here and there with beautiful accents that make it complex and interesting.

Feel is smooth but a little thin: certainly good enough, but perhaps not pulling its weight as far as the beer goes on the whole.

Overall though, this is very, very good stuff. Complex and rich, tasty and drinkable, and yet laced with slightly unusual characters which make it stand out on its own—that's enough to push this beer from "good" to "superb".

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: Dark brown with a very creamy head. Lacing is left down the snifter. No floaties, and though dark and opaque due to the malts, would probably have good clarity if poured in a smaller vessel.

SMELL: Roasted malts, smoke, peat, vanilla, city smog. Chocolates and coffee come through very nicely with chocolate malts living up to their name.

TASTE: Decadent flavour of chocolates, vanillin, roasted malts, mocha coffee, and a small bitterness. Astringent roast is minimal but there, which is good to provide some difference from the lush caramunich and chocolate malt flavours.

FEEL: Full bodied but lighter than some in the same range, its damn smooth and drinks like water. Seriously delicious and impressively easy to quaff.

OVERALL: This is a really, really damn good version of this style. Perfect amount of aroma, flavor and body. Looks great too. Bravo!!

Photo of doughanson78
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Local Option in Chicago. Poured into a goblet.

A: Black with a touch of light coming through at the edges. One finger tan head. With alright retention and minimal lacing.

S: Wow! Huge chocolate and roastiness. Not much else but definitely doesn't need it.

T: Huge chocolate. On par with Southern Tier's Choklat. But way different. Big roastiness. Very amazing.

M: Full body. Super creamy. Medium carbonation. Did I mention creamy?

O: Amazing. Love it. One of the top non barrel aged imperial Stouts.

Photo of RuudJH
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of tmzl
4.5/5  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.

Photo of Sneevel
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
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 chanokokoro
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +8.7%
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 grub
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
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 +8.9%
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.

Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
93 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.