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Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen

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520 Ratings
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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 45
Gots: 146 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
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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Ratings: 520 | Reviews: 194
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz red waxed bottle. Brewed in 2010 bottle 313. Can be kept up to 25 years.

It opens with a huge pop and is a gusher. One of the most overcarbonated beer I have encountered. Takes like 15 minutes to pour it. Maybe you shouldn't age it if it is this carbonated.

IT looks nice when it is all said and done. A rich caramel colored head with a dark black body and tons of lacing.

The smell is great too. Nice hops for a RIS. It has a woody smell to it to go with the cocoa and sugars.

The mouthfeel is different from what I expected. Super carbed, but thick. It has a bitter, robust flavor. Very good again actually. No doubt there is enough sweet alcoholicness here too. It is a unique tasting RIS. I give it credit for that.

This brewery makes great tasting brews. They just gotta figure out if they want their beer super carbonated or near flat.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, I mean, WOW. Pours jet black, opaque, with a small ring of brown bubbles for a head. No lacing (in my tulip glass). Aroma of baker's chocolate, chocolate cake, and fudge, along with that awesome smell of a cigarette when it is first lit. Tobacco, leather, and big time alcohol in this RIS. Low-lying, silky, and heavy on the tongue, this one delivers. Long, tart, robust finish. More roasty chocolate, dark chocolate, and burnt coffee up front. More tobacco, like chewing bourbon-soaked Red Man. The label touts Hallertau hops,and they truly come through in the back. This is one big, bitter bad-ass RIS, and I am so happry I dropped $20 on it. Killer beer.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

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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.

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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!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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330ml bottle dated 6-4-13 poured into a snifter.

Black pour is pretty much still. A very small brown ring forms. Glass-staining. Oh De Molen.

Smells of dusty chocolate, cigar box, roast, dark fruit, molasses. Decent depth with a nice aged feel to it, but kinda muted.

Taste leans more towards the sweet side with flavors of chocolate liqueur, molasses and dark fruits. Kind of a burnt tobacco and coffee grounds thing going on. Definitely getting the brown malts as well, along with some light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is more or less not carbonated, which honestly isn't a huge deterrent for this beer, but it does take away from full enjoyment. Other than that, good medium heftiness, impressively hidden alcohol.

I've had a few bottles of this and I gotta say it really is a mixed bag. This one that I happened to review unfortunately was pretty 'meh' compared to others I've had. De Molen's big beers seem to either be a real treat or a missed opportunity, I wish they were more consistent. I will update scores/add notes with further experiences with this one.

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Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
93 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.