Heaven & Hell - Brouwerij De Molen

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89
very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 8
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rvdoorn on 09-07-2009)
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Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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 eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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 Spartan213
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of enelson
4.75/5  rDev +19%

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.

Photo of kmatlack
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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 dprophet
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of quantumcipher
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of BenTherHppedThat
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of imperialking
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 mdvatab
2.88/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Photo of lanamj
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of broken22
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Heaven & Hell from Brouwerij De Molen
89 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.