Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen

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Reviews: 197
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rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 45
Gots: 147 | FT: 7
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Netherlands

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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Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with big chunks of beige sediment and mountains of cafe au lait foam that is stiff and lasting. Nose is coffee grounds, tar, wood, some hops spice and a whiff of diesel. Molasses, prune, and oak malts with sharp grassy and sandalwood hops. Tingly, tight finish. Full, chewy, viscous, oily, lots of burn.

Man, does this need some age. Bottled on date was June 18, but 5 months could easily turn into five years.

Big interesting flavors, but so many sharp edges, it comes off almost like a black Sambuca. Needs to calm down to be drinkable, but the talent is there. (585 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (2,099 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on September 26, 2008. Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: So, a brief aside: I uncaged the bottle and then set it sit for a minute or so while I answered a text. During that time, the cork burst out (hit the ceiling even) and the beer began overflowing uncontrollably onto our dining room table. Don't worry, all was fine afterward. Moving on: poured out black and opaque, producing a massive stack of dark brown, fluffy, foam. When held to light, the beer shines reddish orange around the edges; it's opaque elsewhere. No lacing. Head retains as a loose, fluffy, crown. Looks like a delicious Belgian Dark Ale.

Smell: Rich chocolate, molasses, and loads of sugar. Once it's warmed to room temperature, I get a hint of sweet, flowery, somewhat citric hops; but the overall aroma profile is pretty one-dimensional. Still nice.

Taste: Chocolate syrup, molasses, dark fruits, and char. Lots of residual sweetness, and a surprisingly large amount of bitterness (for a beer that's 2+ years old). As with the smell, however, this one isn't too complex. Still very good.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was really high to begin with, but at this point (30 minutes in) it's juuuhhst right! Very thick and sweet, and creamy thanks to the carbonation (would probably be syrupy otherwise). Viscous, large... I dig it.

Drinkability: Very smooth and enjoyable, but underwhelming. Maybe I set my hopes to high here - hard to say. I was really hoping for more complexity out of this one. (1,487 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a remarkable take on an imperial stout. Deceptively, and deliciously drinkable for such a sturdy brew underneath the easy feel.

Presentation: 33 cl brown, capped, and waxed bottle. Standard De Molen Label, text over white background detailing the characteristics of the brew. O.G. 1115, F.G. 1031, EBC Colour 308.9, Hop bill, EBUs 99,9. Adds recommended drinking temperature, and cellaring range (up to 25 yrs...). Shows brewing and bottling date (18 Nov 2009, 19 Jan 2010), and that this is bottle 407 out of a 744 33cl bottles batch, alongside Alc. by Vol. (10.2%) Served in a snifter.

A - Deep black pour with a 1/2" short lived head, fair surface memory and minimal lacing.

S - Roasted nose, touches of chocolate, minimal coffee, lightly woody with a touch of licorice.

T - Rich and long roasted range. touches of chocolate, faint coffee again, hint of a fruity sense lingering in the back, dried prunes... Tiny touch of licorice.

M - Medium/full body, almost a tad watery in the beginning but runs very smooth and is picked up by a small but nicely balanced carbonation in the finish. The sense in the palate is tremendous. It is doing something strangely very well, the way it flows is making all the difference for me and gives it an very pleasing sense. Very unusual...

D - Nice sipper, flowing very nicely.

Notes: Such a diverging range of opinions for this brew. It feels as if we were all trying different stuff. Well, I guess it will only be sorted out by trying to drink it again and compare notes. Thank you Toño for the great treat. (1,561 characters)

Photo of NorthsideFred
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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! (584 characters)

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Firkin in Libertyville, IL: from notes.
A: The rich tan head sits for a good amount of time before retreating on a solid black body. The server even mention that she had never seen a more bold, black body on a beer. None the less, pitch black, with a slight reddish transparency around the rim while drinking and looking through the light. The lacing is left is huge quantities that you cannot even see into the glass after.
S: Notes of espresso, while chocolate makes it presence on the aromas finish. A solid and constant aroma of liquorish.
T/M: Very sweet on the front with a huge malt bill, the rolling mouthfeel brings a layering of flavors, Starting with bitter chocolate and then moves to a candy liquorice, a smoked malt profile on the body. Turning to the lingering finish, the dominance of alcohol. The full bodied brew holds a nice and chewy mouthfeel that is very filling.
D: This is one of those brew where your damned if you do and damned if you don't. And if your damned if you don't then pity you, because this brew is one of those must try for the experience. Nothing that can be sessioned by any means, but the flavors are out of this world when combined with the body of this brew, (1,215 characters)

Photo of arturorg
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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 (529 characters)

Photo of FernMaster
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
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
(copy and pasting may be necessary.)

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. (4,251 characters)

Photo of juju7
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured in my tulip cantillon glass

A : Pours a nice deep black color, Nice lacing. Mocha creamy head of 2 fingers , after a while the head is about half a finger

S : rich chocolate, roasted malts, raspberries, and some warming alcohol in the end. Deep and complex,

T: rich dark chocolate, strong roasted malts, coffee/espresso ,a small taste of vanilla, and some warming alcohol
Finishes with strong roasted malts and alcohol warming. This is a truly excellent Imperial Stout,

M: full bodied and heavy, Nice carbonation ,

Overall a very Nice smooth russian imperial stout (593 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a large dirty brown foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing as well. Aroma of roasted malt provides some coffee notes with black chocolates and light dry raisins also noticeable. Taste is a very well balance mix between some dry coffee notes with some clear notes of black chocolate and some dry raisins ester. Vanilla is also noticeable and is very well balanced with the creamy texture of the full body. Carbonation is great and alcohol is not detectable. Very well done and somewhat different then most imperials stout which may be due the grain bill use. (627 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened by nickd717. I'm uncertain of the batch.

Opaque dark chocolate brown appearance, very little carbonation and no head, only a slim collar of foam.

Very chocolate-forward aroma with fruity undertones, almost vinous. It smells rich but balanced, reminding me of aged port.

Rich and fruity to the palate, chocolate fudge and dark fruit flavors are prominent along with traces of red grapes, dates and molasses. Full-bodied with low, almost absent carbonation, which wasn't detrimental to my enjoyment of the beer. It finishes bittersweet and chocolatey while hinting at smoke and charcoal. Delicious, though I don't know if I'd want more than a small serving. (672 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.24/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Still pour, no carbonation, head or lacing. Jet black, very syrupy apperance.

Smell: Espresso, dark chocolate, dark malts.

Taste: Roasted coffee grounds, rich lightly roasted malts, some faint smoke. A bit too much alcohol

Mouthfeel: Completely still, a bit like molasses. Very thick, it needs at least some carbonation.

Drinkability: if it had some bubbles to it, it would be much better. Probably would benefit from some age as well. (451 characters)

Photo of crusian
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bottle thanks to greggerino...

bottle number 833 from March 20th 2009 bottling.

pain in the ass to open due to the red wax on it. I have a 2008 in the cellar and it is not waxed at all. pulled the cork out, and no pop... uh oh. no carbonation.

pours a thick viscous black... again, no carbonation.
nose is weak chocolate, figs, and roasted barley.

taste is not impressive. I was hoping for a HUGE RIS, and I was severely disappointed... it is thick , nice mouthfeel points for that, minus for no carbonation... chocolate on the palate, roasty, blah blah blah... basically if you like non-carbonated stouts, get it... if not, dont. The 10% is covered well, but seems like this was a screw-up to be honest. this would be really good if it was carbonated. reminds me of the Sam Adams triple boch when I had it a looong time ago. (832 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Kevin for sharing this brew!

A- Body appears pitch black-but when held up to the light translucent red hues shine through. Pouts with a thick medium brown collar-some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Overripe plum dominates the nose. Behind this is a balance of licorice, anise, roasted malt, some anise, and a hint of alcohol astringency.

T- A slight roasted malt flavor is prominent upfront along with dark chocolate, ripe plum, and a hint of alcohol. The finish is consistent with the initial flavor but adds a hint of licorice and anise. What lingers are impressions of the initial flavor and a warm alcohol heat.

M- Smooth thick and creamy body with low carbonation.

D- This is a nice RIS. The fruit character is a bit ripe for me but the addition of a slight roasted malt presence more than makes up for it. Great brew overall (850 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kevin Sharing this one!

A-pours a black liquid, tan caramel colored head.

S-the nose has roasted malt and dark chocolate. a fair amount of anise in middle. caramel malts and toffee lie behind, notes of lactose, bitter burnt coffee in the back.

T-tons of roasted malts, notes of dark chocolate and burnt coffee. a touch of anise behind, vanilla, toffee, caramel. sweet plums in the finish with a touch more bitter coffee.

M-extremely smooth and creamy, full bodied, enough carbonation to hold the body, finish is a little thin.

D-this is a big imperial stout with tons of roasted malts and a good light sweetness to it. nicely done, very good stout. (667 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.55/5  rDev +11%
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 (666 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous. Extreme beer. I think meant to be almost still, which it is. No head, only a few bubbles. Color is an opaque brown tinged black. Aroma us ultra rich and chocolate malt roast coffee. Flavor is like aroma just a hint of bitterness at the end. Body is excellent despite being almost flat. All my friends sitting here trying it say "Goddamn good beer!" Only hints of alcohol in the end which is lengthy. Absolutely fabulous. Label says ageable up to 25 year. Wonder what an older version tastes like. (506 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours black with a very thin layer of tan foam on top. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving almost no lacing but some decent legs.

Smells of heavily roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and char. Also present are mild amounts of dry oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Strong roasted malt flavors kick things off with hints of char and tobacco. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens a bit with the addition of dark chocolate. The sip dries out a bit near the end with hints of woodiness. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is almost non-existent.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a well done beer but for the price I'd have thought the carbonation would be a bit more consistent. Still, it's worth a shot if you're willing to spend the money to find out for yourself. (1,012 characters)

Photo of weatherdog
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was opened up at a March tasting with Tony, I'm finally getting around to transcribing my notes.

75cL bottle with a bottled on date on September 18th 2008. Bottle number 159/570. Poured into a snifter.

It poured a deep black with a nice mocha head that lingers for a while before settling down.

The first thing that hits me is the lack of sweetness that other RIS' have of a similar strength. It's actually quite a refreshing change of pace. The smells that are present are strong bitter chocolate and some straw/grain notes but not nearly as roasty as I'm used to.

The bitterness is very evident in this beer. Paired with the bitterness are a ton of roasty bordering on burnt malt with a ton of bitter chocolate flavors. There is a little medicinal alcohol taste on the back end and that is the only flavor I'm not liking on this stout.

This beer is very full bodied and I'm very surprised by the final gravity reading on the bottle that this beer appears so dry and be light on the tongue to me. Reading the bottle beforehand I was expecting a thick sweet syrup of a beer. Due to this perceived dryness I thought drinkability was above average for the style. (1,170 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, very little head and no lacing.

S: Subtle roasted malts, alcohol.

T: The first thing I noticed about this beer is that it is in many ways out of character for a RIS. While it is decent beer, it is not nearly as rich and flavorful as I was hoping.

M: Ok feel, low carbonation. Warming alcohol finish.

D: Eh...I've had much better, though this is an interesting beer. It has its own thing happening. Worth a try. (430 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into my Orval glass.
This bottle was brewed August 2008, bottle number 56 of 282.

Thos beer is a huge gusher. The cork almost jumps off and oozes head. As your pour you get at least four fingers of super fluffy medium tan head. The retention and lacing are excellent.

The aroma is strong and supremely unique. It is very sweet giving off a unique flavor of sweet chocolate milk of ice cream. Its really awesome and I keep coming back for more. You also get a whiff of toffee and cocoa.

The taste is pretty malty as well. You get lots of cocoa, a little of the sweet milk left over, with a bitter chocolate finish. A lot is going on here. Its nice but a little something is missing that I can't put my finger on.

The feel is really nice. Tons of carbonation on the tongue and a slight warm bitter finish.

Drinkability is decent.

Overall, I really liked this. It was super unique for a RIS, something I would recommend. (954 characters)

Photo of Nickls
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled May 15, 2009, bottle # 1038

Pours a very dark, rich dense brown hue that is not nearly as black as others in the style; little to no head at all even when a more vigorous pour is attempted. Oily and viscous looking coming out of the bottle.

Getting a good deal of booze up front on the aroma; rich roastiness, though and some bittersweet chocolate notes; a touch of sweeter plumminess as well. Just a bit hot on the nose for the booze still. Rich and roasty with fresh coffee flavor; some residual sweetness in the finish but not much at all; kiss of alcohol; and the roastiness lingers on the palate after each sip. Lush and viscous MF with barely any noticeable carbonation, rich body. Definitely a sipper, but a pleasant and warming brew. Hits all the good spots for the style even if it is a little hot on the nose. (830 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Bierkoenig. Pours opaque black, it looks thick, and topping white head that stays put. Aromas of roast, coffee, chocolate but not overally so. Taste has the roast, the chocolate,after the get through the hop bitterness which is there but you cannot put a finger on which they are. Very drinkable, this is strong stuff, even with food. (346 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 171

Holy crap! This is an insane beer! Opening the bottle, the foam began to rise from the neck. A quick pour into the chalice brings a billowing brown head that quickly topples the glass. Trying to inhale the foam, I get choked up because of the power of the beer.

The beer is as black as possible with no penetrating light. The loosely knit bubbles of the head retain well, lace well, and leaves legs on the sides of the glass. An ideal look for a stout.

After the beer settles a bit, it gives up huge aromas of espresso, bitter cocoa, grassy hops, charred woods, light platics, and rich roasted malts. Low on esters or any other complexities, this beer is intimidating to the nose.

Severe flavors of all-things-burnt: cocoa beans, coffee grounds, charred timbers, and a light ashy flavor dominates the glass. Hops try to combat the malts and cannot stand up to the maltiness; but they do give a much needed repreive from all the roasted character. Burnt currants, figs, nuts, dates, and berries are light but rise as the beer warms.

Aggressive and at times, harsh in the texture. Fusal alcohols give a cough-syrup mouthfeel that will undoubtedly take time to mellow out. A wood-like tanning astringency also hinders the mouthfeel a bit. Large, rounded, and thick, this beer is kind of a bully. (1.035 FG?, 1.115 OG? Are you kidding me?) Big time hop bitterness further emphasize the dry and astringent finish. (99.9 EBU? Seriously?)

The batch that I have is a year old. The bottle suggests that this beer can age for 25 years. I believe it will take nearly all that to properly round out.

Thanks jlindros! (1,622 characters)

Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
91 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.