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Heaven & Hell - Brouwerij De Molen

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89
very good

91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rvdoorn on 09-07-2009

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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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A substantial and aggressive Imperial Stout that allows roast and alcohol to dominate the palate.

The pour delivers an eruptive carbonation that spills the glass and forbades the control needed for a consistent pour. Black as night and eventually froathy, the beer carries a viscous pour and give medium roast-stained hued head that carries mostly through the session.

Strong roasty aromas gives up a boost of boozy alcohols, sweet caramel sweetness, and rum-like licorice notes.

Flavors of espresso, sweet rum, cocoa, and charred fruits (mainly raisons and plumbs) carry the beer from its initial sip until its long and lingering roasty finish.

Never really drying, the beer stars sweet, roasty, and rich and largely finishes the same way, with only a reprieve of alcohol warmth and fleeting roasty dryness.

As Russian Imperial Stouts go, this one has remarkable flavor and body but the beer just doesn't have the harmony and balance to compete with the Old Rasputins of the world.

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle # 1448. One of the best looking Imperial Stout to come from the Netherlands that I've seen as of yet. The Pour is really nice, a thick black river of what looks like used motor oil. The head billows quickly with a dark brown head. The aromas of some light bourbon, big roasted malts, some dark chocolate and a little burn of the alcohol in there. The taste is burnt molasses, and some rich malts. The mouthfeel is on the thicker side which looks awesome in the glass.

Photo of womencantsail
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is essentially black with a large mocha colored head that is surprisingly well retained.

S: The nose is full of intensely roasted malts along with a bit of semi-sweet chocolate. There's some detectable alcohol as well, along with a mild level of acidity.

T: A very nice chocolate flavor to this that I wasn't fully expecting. Still, plenty of roasted malt flavor (perhaps a bit too much). There's a moderate bitterness that is present as well.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Usually I'm not the biggest De Molen fan, but this one was actually palatable.

Photo of oberon
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter jet black no highlights when held to the light,an overflowing mocha colored head atop,almost all head.As underwhelming the pour may have been the aromas are on the other end of the scale,bitter chocolate and a good dose of it along with dark fruit,roasted nut,and caramel,alot going on and its all good.Although a bit sharp in the mouthfeel department it doesnt take away from the big earthy flavors,this is one hopped up stout.Big dry chocolate along with slight wood,its roasted and hopped to the hilt,lighter dark fruit and caramel give it light sweetness.I cant give it a higher drinkability score becaus its lighter in feel and can get a bit hot but the flavors and aromas are great.

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.

Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey

Nice creamy and bubbly darker head of about 1 finger fades semi slowly, big bubbles, pitch black colored beer.

Nose has a burnt chalky charred malts, black patent malt, bit of super dark chocolate, bit of coffee, earthy bitterness from scorched malts, bit of a biscuity malt.

Taste starts with bitter earthy charred malts, burnt coffee grinds and charred malts, bit syrupy, black patent, super dark choc, hints of dark fruit like fig, bit of warming booze, touch of spices. Finishes sticky syrupy malts, fairly bitter both earthy hops and charred malts, some dark malts and roast lingering.

Mouth is heavier bodied, a bit syrupy with decent carb and light boozy warmth.

Overall decent, super rich thick and syrupy stout, lots of burnt flavors but no real minerality, nice bitterness, booze is hidden well and not too sweet.

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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Armsby Abbey, Worchester, MA

Poured dark brown to black, with a minimal tan head. Semi-sweet chocolate in the nose with a bit of bitterness and alcohol sweetness. Taste was of chocolate and cocoa and some dark fruits, giving way to slight alcohol / slight malty sweetness. Somewhat heavy mouthfeel with a bit of alcohol bite. Moderately strong, but drinkable.

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip. Brewed on 11/23/09, bottled on 01/08/10. Batch #1206, bottle #672.

a - Pours a a dark brown, almost black, with 2 fingers of tan head that has great retention and moderate carbonation evident. Nice lacing.

s - Smells of cocoa, dark fruits, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, toasted malts. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of cocoa, bitter and sweet chocolate, alcohol, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Also some smokiness or toasted malts.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Smooth, thick body.

d - A pretty nice stout. I enjoyed the smell a lot. I think a little more time on it to let the alcohol fade would make this even better. Would love to try again.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -24.8%

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.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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!

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.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Dan - much obliged!

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malt flavors with good amounts of unsweetened chocolate, tobacco, and char.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of semi-sweet chocolate. Midway through the sip the flavors darken a bit to allow some tobacco hints to work their way into things. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another without any problems.

Overall I was a fan of this beer but like most other De Molen beers this one fell just short of being amazing. Still, it's worth trying.

Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a completely thick consistency. There was a gigantic, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of coffee, malt, chocolate and booze.

T: Tasted of coffee, roasted malt, and booze up front, with a slight chocolate tinge in the finish. Has a much more overpowering flavor than most of this style, but is still complex and possessing a big flavor. Almost closer in character to a Russian Imperial Stout than an American Double

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: An excellent, drinkable beer.

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Heaven & Hell from Brouwerij De Molen
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