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Heaven & Hell - Brouwerij De Molen

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 110
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 10
Gots: 38 | FT: 2
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with no head like an extremely flat Coke, zero lacing as well. Usual Imperial Stout smell and taste with the chocolate, coffee and molasses. decent Russian Imperial Stout, not one of the best though...more middle ground. (239 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker black body.Light tan frothy head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, and oak. Taste has vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt notes. The flavor reminds me of World Wide Stout. (174 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, 12% ABV in this incarnation. Always a bit odd to see a de Molen product with an English name on the label.

This beer pours a solid, abyssal black, with the faintest of basal cola edges, and a very thin cap of wispy, ethereal brown head, which is gone in mere moments, leaving some streaky distant mountain stream lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of pungent, alcohol-laced dark chocolate syrup, roasted caramel malt, bittersweet creamed coffee, Nordic licorice, treacle, and a wee earthy hoppiness. The taste is gritty, grainy pale and bready caramel malt, chalky toasted cocoa powder, subtle raw coffee beans, an isolated wet char, dried molasses, a soft herbal hoppiness, and restrained, near bursting at the seams cold booze.

The carbonation is quite understated, just a low-key frothiness presiding, the body a hefty medium weight, and generally smooth, but with the caveat of an upper palate tickling alcohol heat. It finishes more or less on a strong drying trend, the light smoke and elevated ABV starting to pull the rug out from under the big malt.

I dunno, there's just something too, well, underwhelming about this whole deal - sure, all the elements are pretty much nailed, but the overarching, multifaceted bitterness thing just isn't doing it for me or the airworthiness of my skirt. (1,344 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Pitch black pour with a modest dark beige head quick to a small frothy lace.
A truly imperial stout smell, big roast, bitter dark chocolate, dark licorice, faint dark fruit, black coffee with a shot of cheap spirit, faint vanilla, leather. A bit of smoke, wood, and a spicy, pungent dried hop leaf pushing through. Apollo hops really bring that strong hint of bitter leaf, a bit dank, reminding of burnt weed.
Bitter from the start, with really strong 100% cocoa (possibly more?!) dark chocolate and ristretto coffee (bitter, but lacking the acidity). Some subtler fermenting plum and raisin, really drenched in alcohol. Booze kept in check by the big (really big!) roasted malts, burnt, ashy, charcoal-like, with a dry woody feel even. Bittering hops make it even more brutal (95 IBU). Hints of vanilla and licorice here and there, some dusty cinnamon too. Also some generic herbal hop spikes, hinting black tea and ribwort.
Aftertaste has roasted coffee bean, strong cocoa powder, burnt bread and linear, but rough (maybe boring) hop bitterness. Medium to light body. Alcohol is hidden, but it's still a sipper cause of the big hoppy burnt bitterness.
A big ballsy imperial stout, quite extreme, but not cringe-worthily so. A new big stout hit from the De Molen for me, especially without any barrel-aging. (1,308 characters)

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

2010 bottle don't know how I found this.

A: actually a gusher after 4 years. Poured it fast enough and got some great sticky viscosity. Oh so dark with lasting foamy carbonation.

S: decadent chocolate. Roasty malts. So clean just damn near perfect.

T: Hard bitter and roasted chocolate with thick malty character. Very sweet. Mollasas and deep port characters. So well balanced.

M: Holds beautifully throughout just really sweet, sticky, and coating with German chocolate aftertaste. Creamy.

O: I can't believe this isn't rated over 90. Did I just get a great bottle? This is proof how bad the rating system is. Nothing in the US non barrel aged can hold a candle to this. Gotta find more since its retired. Much like cease and desist which I'm still saddened is retired as well. (784 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz, bottled 10/5/2010, #1712
Riedel tulip

A: Pours a very deep black color. Looks epically dark going into the glass. Very tight bubbled bottle conditioned, light tan head. Sticks around a long time.

S: Dark black licorice. Molasses. Bark. Burnt chocolate. Some light vanilla.

T: Lots of dark chocolate right up front. Roast malts. Some vanilla.

M: Full bodied. Some creaminess. (388 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at the De Molen beer shop in Bodegraven. I orginally scored the first batch of this as a 4.5, as it was outstanding. It's been a few years, the brewing set up has changed, and my palate has changed as well, so I thought it'd be time for a re-review.

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 1 August 2013
28 Plato
EBC: 494
EBU: 95

APPEARANCE: Pours out dark black and yields a small, medium looking, cascading, dark tan head with good retention. Head fades to a faint and bubbly wisp. Black body and no carbonation evident. Head fades to just a bubbly ring that remains the whole way down, leaving some dots of lacing. A bit of a bubbly head on this one, but this is the blackest of the blackest.

SMELL: Lots of roasted grain, cocoa powder, coffee, sweet cream and vanilla on the nose. Powdery cocoa and milk chocolate as well, with light notes of anise in there. Bold and enticing.

TASTE: Really flavorful. Roasted malts, powdery cocoa and chocolate flavors up front, with some anise as well. The licorice is much more prevalent here than was in the nose. Bold and lingering finish of roasted grain and burnt coffee, licorice and anise for sure, bitter dark chocolate and a touch of sweet cream. Lots of bitter chocolate and anise with plenty of roasted and burnt train. Some alcohol lingers.

PALATE: Fuller body and lower levels of carbonation. Creamy and silky on the palate, goes down silky smooth and finishes a bit sticky. A touch of heat lingers. A bit light on the carbonation, but this is full, silky and creamy. Like. A touch more carbonation for a perfect score here.

OVERALL: This is still great. Not quite the 4.5 I remember the first batch being, but still great. This one is just as big, black and impressive as the fist batch, but the anise is much more prevalent here, which means, for me at least, that the other base flavors get pushed around a touch. A bit more carbonation would help as well, but this is a minor complaint in this case. I prefer the first batch, as it was lighter on the anise and allowed the other flavors to come out more, but this is still a top notch, well made imperial anise stout. Recommended. (2,159 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small format October 2010 bottling. Nearly black with a good thickness to it. The gigantic light brown head is an annoyance as always for me. The whole "it's part of the Belgian brew experience" is just stupid. How is the beer overflowing the glass even with an extremely careful pour a good thing? Anyways..once it settles down it is a nice looking brew.

Aroma, some roast malt, quite a bit more chocolates and molasses. A little rum cake.

Taste, once you get over the chocolate flavored sugar, there is a nice milk type stout beneath. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate covered coffee bean, some roast malt.

Fills the mouth pretty well. I'd call it creamy but it seems just a tad watery. For all the booze in the aroma, there is none going down. Drinks very easily.
Cancelled because it is similar to their other stuff? Better than any others I've had from them, though this is the first cellared brew I've had from them. Worth grabbing if you can still find it. (963 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into my new Firestone snifter. Bottled October 5, 2010. Bottle number 575.

Appearance - Viscous black pour with a very nice mocha head. Gets a bit chunky at the end. Thick collar and a few islands and peninsulas of foam.

Smell - Earthy hop presence is amazingly prominent. Boozy. Roasted coffee. Sweet caramel and some molasses back there.

Taste - The hops are less prominent, but still earthy right at the start. Roasty chocolate that starts dark and gets milkier. Tons of sweet malts kinda kill the stout aspects. Sugars linger with a molasses and caramel flavor. Bitter in the finish, but not enough to battle the sugar.

Mouthfeel - It's sweet, too sweet. Not a diabetes bomb, but the flavors demand a drier finish. Creamy, though.

Overall - De Molen beers are always interesting and well-made. It's a good beer, but it's an over-sweet RIS. (869 characters)

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on October 5, 2010. Bottle #2049.

A - Pitch black, three fingers of mocha head that slowly gets bigger and bigger then slowly subsides, light lacing.

S - Smoke, coffee beans, oats, spicy hops, brown sugar, light cocoa.

T - Rich chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, spicy hops, slight burnt sugars, finishes with dark grains, espresso, and saaz hops.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Great beer, if you can find it I would suggest picking up a bottle or two.

$9.99 @ Honeygo Wine & Spirits, Nottingham, MD. (526 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by me at the West Lakeview Liquors De Molen event. Apparently they aren't going to make this anymore as it was too similar to their other offerings.

A - Big tan foam with good retention, but minimal lacing. Black body with a hint of brown at the fringes of the glass.

S - Aroma reminds me of Hel & Verdoemenis, with a nice mixture of caramel and sweeter malts, as well as some lightly toasted grains. This bottle was a couple of years old, and there was fairly minimal alcohol presence at this stage.

T - The taste is more charry and roasty, with lingering espresso bitterness. There's some mild chocolate chocolate sweetness in the periphery. Don't enjoy this aspect as much as the aroma.

M - Medium body, fairly viscous and chewy texture, low carbonation, and minimal alcohol warmth.

D - A solid beer from De Molen, but one I'd be hard-pressed to pick out blind from some of their other offerings. I can see what this recipe sort of fell by the way side. Still, pretty easy to to drink and on the whole pretty enjoyable. (1,041 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 547, bottled January 2010. Roasted Coffee and chocolate aroma. Very dark brown body with deep tan head. Above average creamy mouthfeel, lots of chocolate with bitterness right there, 92 ibu, dry and a sot acidic finish. Good drinkability. Good for style, though not unique these days. (291 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very smooth with no head at all. Thick dark coffee color with some reddish hues.

S: Alcohol dominates but other scents come through. Chocolate, coffee, sweet, honey, oak, pine, molasses.

T: Same as smell. The taste is well balanced in this beer. The stout flavors comes through with some cream and chocolate and coffee hints. Then a little sour brings through some of the more oaky notes. Then the sour kick of the alcohol hits but quickly fades to a sweetness that isn't really honey... maybe a more chocolaty sweetness, you know, one that's more smooth than sharp.

M: Very surprising how the alcohol is under control on the palate. It sits smooth with the most subtle carbonation. Creamy notes start to develop.

Overall a surprisingly great beer. I was skeptical given the nature of this beer that it was going to be overwhelming and I wasn't going to love it, but this beer really keeps everything under control. Certainly intense but also very doable - a very great beer. (991 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 2010.

This is the color of dirt/soil, black-brown with a foamy crema topping. Aroma is earthy, reminiscent of woodsy mushrooms (a borrowed descriptor, overheard but still apropos), not button mushrooms but I’m thinking more like shiitakes. Wonderfully complex. Layers of flavors, sweet and luscious with an oily booziness that coats the mouth. Rich, thick, with a sharp bitterness. Simply amazing. Bottle says you can age this for 25 years. (451 characters)

Photo of kmatlack
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my Stone snifter. Bottled 5OCT2010 Btl# 739.

A- Wax dipped bottle, opened with a hiss, expecting a gusher, but it wasnt. A thick, black viscous liquid glugs into the glass making sounds ive never heard a beer make before. A dark brown creamy head a half inch thick sits on top a midnight black void that is this beer. The appearance would be perfect, but the head retention was not as great as id like it to be.

S- Smells of extremely intense bakers chocolate right off the bat. Following the chocolate is strong licorice, milk chocolate, coca, vanilla, coffee, booze.

T- Taste is sweet upfront, chocolate explosion, lots of coffee here too. Mid palate is kinda lacking here, there is alot of booze and coffee here but thats it. Maybe a bit of caramel there? Now the back end is funky, an unexpected metallic almost sour zing bounces around in my mouth briefly before going down and leaving a lingering coffee taste.

M- I poured this beer semi-cold and it was literally like drinking a fucking milkshake. It made me feel like i was drinking a meal, undoubtedly the thickest beer ive ever drank. As it warmed up it thinned out a bit, carbonation is on point. This is deserving of the 100% rating in this category.

O- This beer exemplifies what an imperial stout is. Thick, black, strong, and it leaves you feeling like you have accomplished something after drinking it. I wish it wasn't so fuckin expensive, but i guess you get what you pay for in this case. I have yet to be let down by De Molen. Looking forward to trying some of their other imperial stouts in the future. (1,598 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with red wax. Brewed '09 bottled '10, this is bottle #87/1206. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a very dark brown with just shy of 3 fingers worth of brown head that is composed of larger than average bubbles. The cap pries off with a loud thud and I was anticipating a gusher that never happened. The cap fades back to a finger of strength where it resides for quite a long duration supported by rising bubbles. Some finger-like patterns of lacing stick to the glass. A light swirl seemingly effortlessly revives more than a finger of brown back to the surface.

The aroma of this brew gives off a hint of cocoa quite reminiscent of brownie batter. A hint of coffee and earthy notes of tobacco mingled with faint citrus that seemingly comes more from a scent of fresh coffee beans than from hops. More smells bring out a deep focus on the roast of the grain that smells lightly of char with a hint of dark fruity alcohol that lightly burns the nose when too deep of a whiff is taken. As it gets warmer, a bit of anise comes out.

The taste is roasty and bitter with a flavor of unsweetened chocolate and roasty fresh coffee. A bit of citrus hits the tongue just like the aroma led on. However, just like the nose lead on, it tastes more of a sort of fresh coffee bean type of citrus instead of from hops. The alcohol is fairly present with not only a solid warming factor but with a bit of fruited alcohol flavor minorly reminiscent of raisins or dates. Towards the back is a bit of sweetness somewhat like molasses and then back to the flavor of char, tobacco and earth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a lively amount of carbonation. Perhaps just a bit too much bubbly but it overall lightened the feel of this brew and when I felt there was just too much prickle on the tongue, it was easily swirled out of solution. This has a solid arrangement of flavor and was enjoyable to try. Even though it is 10% abv, I dont think that hindered the experience at all. In fact, the alcohol inclusion almost carried with it a cooling methol-like type of effect which was interesting. These folks at Molen have been impressing me more with each new offering I try. (2,182 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed on August 26, 2010. Bottled on October 5, 2010.

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Appearance: A deep brown, creamy head sits atop a muddy, pitch black. Head shows very nice retention, and tries to gain a foothold on the glass walls (only hangs around for a few seconds though). All in all, I love the opacity, coloration and head retention; lacing could improve, but that's about it.

Smell: Prunes, dark roast coffee, char, blueberries, and bitter dark chocolate. The heavy roast and tart fruit notes meld well, though the overall context is certainly intense. As it warms, the bitter dark chocolate softens into a chocolate creme aroma. A bit harsh early on; better as it warms; boozy all the way.

Taste: Chocolate mousse, dark fruits, roasted barley, booze, and a touch of dark roast coffee in the finish. Those tart fruits that were oh so prevalent in the nose have faded a bit in the taste; dark fruit flavors are there, but they struggle to creep past the bold, roasted malts. Still very tasty; just not as complex as anticipated.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy with low carbonation, mild burn, and excellent mouth-coating. The alcoholic content becomes more prevalent in the aftertaste, creating a bit more heat and dryness than I'd like. Aside from that though, flawless.

Drinkability: A fascinating sipper. Complex and unique, with the look and feel of an imperial (and then some) stout. (1,408 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. Bottled on October 5th 2010. Bottle number 2036.

A slight gusher but not too bad from opening. Impressive head of dark brown coffee cream and chocolate. Body is classic case of dark walnut black/brown. Retention is sick but eventually calms down. Crazy lacing breakup and super foamy.

Nose is a good mix of light molasses, coffee mild roast and milk chocolate. Very nice with barleywine like heat and hint of bitterness. Real nice lots of things going on.

Taste is really delicious. Taste seems to follow the nose with one exception. Molasses lightly in the palate but then a soft mild black licorice sense. Some milky chocolate comes out a bit. Licorice angle comes out in a very rich way but never totally dominates. Thick palate but rich and velvety, without being syrupy. No boozyness sense incredibly easy drinking. Palate has a mild small carbonation and when focusing on it even gives the drink a sense of rich sweet cola taste.

Overall just a great example of what a stout can be. Great beer! (1,055 characters)

Photo of mdvatab
2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought two 12 oz bottles from Sam's Quick Shop in Durham, NC back in June. Had been curious to try one, and was in the mood for something barrel-aged. Here goes...

Poured from 12oz bottle into Chimay chalice. (Bottled on 10/5/2010.)

Aroma: Delicious milk chocolate, dark cocoa, carmelized brown sugary sweetness. Some fruity grape juice, a faint bourbon note, and faint, floral hops.

Appearance: Gusher alert! After seeing the foam begin to come out of the bottle opening, I instinctively moved it toward the glass and began to pour. Beautiful dark tan-colored head is two fingers thick. Settles slowly to a thin, but persistent layer of bubbles. Body is black as expresso.

Flavor: An earthy, mineral note up front, followed by chocolate sweetness, a fruity combination of brandy, bourbon, and powdered cocoa. This one is definitely "booze-forward"-- fairly hot with a peppery finish. My opinion was good initially, but after each sip, I began to taste a phenolic plastic, almost burnt hair-like, note. It got to the point where I wasn't enjoying it anymore, and didn't finish the glass.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-high, yet creamy, carbonation. As mentioned above, finish was a bit hot.

Overall: This one was a sensory roller coaster ride, but unfortunately ended on a disappointing note. The aroma led me to believe that it was going to be a good/great one. Unfortunately, there was something that just wasn't right. The loud hiss and initial gush, and also the phenolic note, lead me to suspect that there might be an infection issue... The bottle suggests cellaring for up to 25 years. At $10 a pop (WAAAAY overpriced), I'm going to hang onto my other one to see if she somehow improves down the road. You definitely won't find me buying another one, though, and I can't recommend that you make the investment either. (1,836 characters)

Photo of lanamj
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a frosted trolls tulip. I love this glass!!!

A- This one pours pitch black with a thick,active, chocolate foamy head that seems to hang out for some time. It is deep in color but still remains to look somewhat thin.

S- Lots of roasted malts and alcohol on the nose. Some chocolate, coffee and date are faintly present. It has a nice smell, a little boozy but it has a dark and sweet aroma.

T- Lots of coffee, roasted malts and booze. It has a Belgium flavor to it even though it's an American style stout. It finishes dry and is a little hot in the throat. Some bitter chocolate resides in the middle and sweet booze at the end. Not the worse, but not the best.

M- A little to much carbonation for a stout. It has the body of a Belgium stout. Its a little thin but finishes smooth. It has a 25yr shelf life according to the label. This one was not but a year old, in saying that it open with a pop and most likely would settle down over time. I can see this one aging well. But maybe i tried it to soon.

O- With time it would be great. The smell is great but the body and booze are a little to much. I will definitely grab another and age to see results. (1,171 characters)

Photo of broken22
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I poured this bad boy into my duvel tulip glass and had to wait a long time for the head to subside. I have never seen a beer foam up so fast in this glass. Most beers pour in even when I'm sloppy without much fuss. Crossing my fingers I didn't get a bad batch. While I wait I tell you the head is a mocha a color full of tiny micro bubbles. There is no cascade to watch. The smell is nice very chocolaty with a hint of a bourbon notes. Well the beer is not bad; or if it is it's a really good bad beer :P The flavor is light on the initial chocolate I was smelling initially. The subtle bourbon is now more of what I'm getting. The overall flavor is very well balanced and doesn't attack and take over you mouth. The finish is a nice linger of very mellow bitterness. The mouth feel is full bodied with very little carbonation.

Overall I think this is a fantastic beer. Very well crafted. I really enjoy the flavor that was crafted. The labels are cool for their simplicity. They look like old prescription apothecary labels. (1,031 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the label: "This beer will be good for 25 years if kept cool and dark." But I just don't have that kind of time, so off comes the cap tonight. Brewed on August 26, 2010, bottled on October 5, 2010. If only all breweries were as up front about such trivial things, eh?

Quite a powerful "ziss!" upon prying the cap off (which was lightly waxed). It's a damn beautiful beer in the glass, blackness as deep and wide as the cosmos, and a super-tight mocha colored head made of zillions of snap-crackle-poppin' bubbles.

Aroma is mostly smoky and rich dark chocolate tones, some nice nutty coffee-like roast as well. A hint of mineral in the background, which is suppressed by a noticeable, enjoyable and not-at-all overbearing alcohol edge. [Okay, as-it-happens reportage here: this is a funny beer. I poured half into the glass, and the other half is currently in the bottle. Every 20 seconds or so a froth comes peeking over the bottle neck, pops and disappears, and repeats. This thing is alive!!!]

Taste: total liquid fudge action. Or liquid brownie. That really gooey, moist kind of deep, dark chocolate brownie. Chocolate abounds here, and brings with it tones of dark roast coffee. It's curious that the hops are pumped on the label (Sladek and Saaz) when it's really the malt that not only drives this thing, but wins the race for it. Oh, the hops are present, lending a bright edge to the heavy-handed and gooey malt center. Rich but not too rich, warming but not hot, hoppy but hops that let the malt take center stage. The taste of this beer blows my freaking mind.

I might have liked just a tad less carbonation, or nearly NO carbonation (like Bell's wonderful Expedition Stout), but the heavy body and just-right stickiness still make a nice textural match for what the taste buds are deciphering.

So, a Dutch stout modeled on the big American craft approach, using Czech hops. This is why I love adventurous brewers and the beer they make. And in this case it's a total success. It's a damn travesty this isn't rated higher here (currently has a B+ average). Maybe it's not rare enough. Or just doesn't have much hype behind it for whatever reason. But damn this is one delightful stout that leans on the hefty, dessert-y side, and does absolutely but absolutely everything right. (2,298 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice sturdy stout.

Presentation: 33 cl brown, capped, and waxed bottle. Standard De Molen Label, text over white background detailing the characteristics of the brew. O.G. 1100, F.G. 1033, EBC Colour 449, Hop bill, EBUs 92. Adds recommended drinking temperature, and cellaring range (up to 25 yrs...). Shows brewing and bottling date (26 August 2010, 05 October 2010), and that this is bottle 1794 out of a 2077 33cl bottles batch, alongside Alc. by Vol. (10.2%) Served in a snifter.

A - Deep black pour with good frothy head, fair surface memory and some lacing.

S - Roasted nose, coffee and chocolate with a licorice boozy hint.

T - Rich and long roasted range. touches of chocolate, faint coffee again, bitter hoppy sense coating it.

M - Medium/full body, and medium carbonation with a nice bitter range and dry touch in the finish.

O - Nice sipping stout hitting all the right notes.

Notes: Minor differences aside this reminds me quite a bit to their Hel & Verdoemenis, Hell and Damnation?, and feels like a small tweak in a new batch for the US import market? Good imperial stouts in any case and would love to have a tasting side by side... (1,156 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz black wax dipped capped bottle. drank out of my stone IRS snifter.

A- as soon as i pop the crown, the beer starts to gush. its a very slow gush. odd. the pour yields an opaque black body with a small head of coffee colored bubbles. the head quickly becomes no more than a crown, leaving behind very little as far as lacing goes.

S- the first thing i notice in the nose are dark roasted malts. lots of coffee follow that. lots of alcohol in the nose. some chocolate, both dark and milk.

T- the taste is dominated by roasted malts and alcohol. very potent and dark. some dark chocolate adds even more bitterness and blends well with the sweetness imparted from milk chocolate. i think i pick up on some caramel and raisins also. strong espresso and light earthy hops on the finish.

M- the body is full and viscous. strong warming from the alcohol. the carbonation is a little bit too high here.

O- an enjoyable beer, but i dont think id want to drop another $10 on any additional bottles. very much a sipper which went well on the abnormally cold and rainy june night in chicago. (1,092 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich, night-black sable with a VERY thick and persistent chocolaty-brown head. The sample I got fizzed as if doing so would help the Cubs win the World Series - so if you get this in a bottle, open it with care! Strong, smoky aroma has tones of sweet chocolate, quality roast coffee and molasses as well as a hint of caramel. Mouth-filling smoky flavor has tones of high-quality mocha and molasses, as well has hints of caramel and licorice. It is a bit on the sweet side, but otherwise the flavor is simply superb. Texture is thick, smooth, oily and fizzy, leaving a smoky and tingly finish. A must for all Stouties! (625 characters)

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Heaven & Hell from Brouwerij De Molen
89 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.