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Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen

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506 Ratings
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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 43
Gots: 141 | FT: 8
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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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4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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.

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Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
92 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.