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Hel & Verdoemenis 666 - Brouwerij De Molen

Hel & Verdoemenis 666Hel & Verdoemenis 666

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

98 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.76%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Batch 666 was H&V with added wood chips soaked in a 40 year old cognac.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-09-2010)
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Lurkaholic for generously giving me this one. Bottle number 2840.

A: Pitch black with a slight mocha head that settled around the edges of the glass.

S: Coconut, oak, cognac, marshmallow, espresso.

T: Cognac, oak, espresso, coconut, marshmallow.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A beautiful beer. Not boozy at all, with very delicious flavours.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 03:47:55 | More by DaftCaskBC
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Friend in Alberta brought this to me. Bottle 449. Bottled December 2013.

A - Pours pitch black with one finger of beige head. A small ring of lace and a film of retention left over.

S - Wood, dark fruit, spirit note. Strong spirit note, alcohol. Pleasant stuff.

T - Boozy with lot's of spirit notes. Licorice, lot's of dark fruit. Dry, burnt grain.

M - Mild carbonation, full body, boozy dry finish.

O/D - This was a touch bit of a letdown. The barrel was very strong and really seems to have taken over. It's complex and enjoyable, tasty and rich. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 00:58:31 | More by tbeckett
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Liam.

Near jet black, ring of tan head with no lace left behind here. Smell is roasty with quite a bit of alcohol, lots of oak and vinious cognac leaving a fruity scent with it, vanilla, there is a fairly persistent astringent note to it and for 10% seems quite boozy. Taste is roasted with lots of cognac, oak and a long woody flavour, vanilla, a bit astringent but not the way the nose would lead you to believe, chocolate, coffee and vanilla flavours are all here, vinious cognac finish with a bit of a lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation, medium full syrupy body. Overall this is quite good but not as good as Misto or Wild Turkey variants.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 17:17:37 | More by peensteen
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hel & Verdoemenis 666 is quite obviously a product of the dark side - if Satan didn't spawn this himself, he certainly would approve. Darker than charcoal and sootier than ashes, this beer is opaque as asphalt and repents not a thing even when held directly into the brightest of light sources. Impressively for its strength (10%) it manages a ring of foam around the surface.

The bouquet all but makes a public service announcement that this has been aged with wood chips soaked in 40 year old cognac. It has notes of wood, oak barrels, dried fruits, vanilla, butterscotch and - not surprising given that it's Dutch - hints of smoked sausage and cheese. The aroma is rich enough to require the person smelling it provide a credit card.

Lost in this fruity, alcoholic shuffle are the expected notes of coffee and dark chocolate. While not entirely absent, they are certainly easy to downplay amidst all the unique and towering notes of cognac and oak chips. Nevermind the usual brownie and french roast - this flavour is reminiscent of gourmet ice-wine truffles and Jameson's infused Irish-coffee.

I don't know that I've ever had so much liquid left at this point in a review. This is a beer where you take an inch and it gives you a mile - one sip of this is worth two or three of the regular Hel & Verdoemenis. While it doesn't hide its strength, there's plenty of richness and vanilla oakiness to distract from it. That being said, be sure to buckle up - it's a wild ride!

Hel & Verdoemenis 666 is a strong ale that will hang heavily on the palate even once the liquid’s gone; it's an experience no beer drinker will soon forget. Perhaps the boldest of any Dutch beer I've tried, this makes even many American Imperial Stouts look like baby food - who says you have to age in the barrel? This beer - aged on oak chips soaked in cognac - is as rich as it gets.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 04:27:38 | More by biegaman
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge thank you to Jeffo and alpineclimber for hooking me up. Couple of first class traders right there. 330ml #3473

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, pretty close to black in the glass with a finger of tan head that lasts a while.

Smell. Nice molasses, oak barrel and vanilla, brown sugar and bourbon, and cocoa. Very nice.

Taste. Dark dark chocolate and oak, vanilla, a bit of booze but not bourbon or whiskey (thought this was whiskey barrel aged ??). Some dark malts.

Mouthfeel. On the lighter side of full bodied, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. A very nice ba stout. Very nice to sip on the deck this warm end of summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 02:59:10 | More by Rutager
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Will for splitting this bottle, along with a few other De Molen goodies. The 666 pours with brown trim and a nearly black center, growing lighter in shade as you near the edges of the glass. The beige head doesn't last for long before it's reduced to a simple, little collar that outlines the top of the beer. Not as evil looking as you'd expect a "666" beer to be.

Deep cocoa and roast in the aroma, right alongside a strong presence of bourbon, which upon further inspection, is more likely to be cognac. There's a good amount of roasted coffee beans in there, too, just a touch ashy and charred with a faint hint of burnt wood in the finale. Very thick and heavy smelling, and possibly even more robust and potent than you'd expect at 10% ABV.

A staunch deliverance of dark cocoa, charred coffee beans, and cognac-soaked, burnt oak chips gets bashed into all sides of your mouth with the first sip. I'll go ahead and confirm the fact that while this beer is certainly "big" at 10% ABV, it smells and tastes even bigger. The first few sips are cloaked in heavily boozy oak and dense, bitter coffee and dark chocolate.

Some time allows for sweetness to protrude just a bit; milkier chocolates and some barrel induced vanilla notes come out, though the beer keeps its threatening demeanor with the abrupt cognac that seems to always find its way through the jungle of ash. The flavor seems to escape the palate surprisingly quickly, however, leaving a slightly vapid finish with nothing but some light roast and booze on the palate.

Definitely full bodied, but not as thick or chewy in terms of complexion as the flavors and aromas would lead you to believe it is. Carbonation was pretty on point for the style, nearing the lower end of the grand spectrum. I'm really glad to have been able to try this one, though it didn't quite meet the expectations I had going into it. I'd still like to try more of the variants, however, so thanks again to Will for bringing a few of them along.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 16:33:38 | More by tectactoe
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Bottle # 745.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 00:54:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml, black wax encrusted bottle, with a kick-ass anonymous metal band inspired label.

This beer pours a solid, impenetrable black, with only the very, very slightest of basal cola 'highlights', and four (or maybe more, who's counting at this rate) fingers of openly bubbly, densely foamy chocolate milk head, which leaves some spooky drooping webbed lace around the glass as it eventually recedes.

It smells strongly of astringently wooden barrels, not altogether specific to origin, although a soft late harvest white wine character does well to bleed through, with some overly sugary chocolate, a mild, indistinct roasted character, softly savoury spice, and faint anise. The taste is sweet dark, cake-like chocolate, equally saccharine white wine barrel notes - vanilla, caramel, and musky white grape juice, a hint of dry coffee grounds, and the coup de grace of Cognac goodness - a stupidly subtle, boozy 'comment ça va?'.

The carbonation is pretty well sublimated, and more or less inconsequential to our little investigation, the body a bountiful full weight, and generally quite smooth, the alcohol the only threat here, and it does well in minding its own business. It finishes quite predictably on the sweet side, the boozy chocolate and white wine offset going long in convincing me that this isn't some overly sugary fart of an offering.

With a base as desirable as this one's is, messing around with barrel treatment is a dicey affair at best. Thankfully, they picked a subtle, je ne sais quoi version to move forward with, one which adds a modicum of sweetness, and a further indecipherable complexity, without sacrificing the base goodness of it all. Worthy for its effort, and tasty all the same.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 04:40:16 | More by biboergosum
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 12/4/13 bottle 4624

A pretty black with a deep cola edge, finger of dark mocha foam sits for a few sips and leaves a single thick ring of lace

S boozy fudge smells great, lots of wood and cognac, a little smoke and raisin with just a hint of fennel, the booze works well for this one almost bringing the cognac to center stage and I love the taste of cognac

T more roasted barrel notes then the nose and even more cognac, char and burnt espresso, a little different form the nose but equally good, intense and tasty, the fudge is a little toned down but I'm loving the taste

M not too thick for the color with a little heat and a little grit left behind on the gums, long aftertaste of charred wood and cognac

O great liquid going on here, I'm surprised how noticeable the cognac really is, pretty solid brew that I'll be stocking up on for sure

I love the label and the beer inside the bottles even better, great today but this ones going to age gracefully and I'll be buying a nice little stash to ensure I get to enjoy it a few years down the road, stock up boys and girls if you can

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 05:38:02 | More by wordemupg
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The bottle is full nearly to the brim, odd and awesome. Pours jet black with 20mm of fluffy beige head that becomes a thick ring. Great looking beer.

S: Big time cognac oak, wow this smells phenomenal. Unique and liqueur-like barrel notes, booze, dark chocolate, licorice.

T: I am admittedly not familiar with cognac, but if it tastes like this beer I should probably get acquainted. A little bit hot, but that will improve with time. I will definitely be laying a few of these down.

M: Creamy and full bodied, boozy but never thin.

Awesome beer, huge cognac/oak presence, this far exceeded my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 20:03:55 | More by mattsander
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks as always to dave from willow park for hooking me up with straight off the truck brews. 330ml bottle poured into big rock snifter. half finger of mocha head which sticks around. definitely has legs. aroma is huge cognac. some roasted malts come through as well. dark fruit. almost smells like those delicious liquor chocolates

taste is wicked. definitely get a lot of cognac. lots of dark chocolate, some burnt fruit, caramel comes through on the after taste. great warming feeling as you swallow

overall this is an awesome BA RIS. I will definitely be grabbing a couple more to cellar. grab it while you can

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 06:43:25 | More by schnarr84
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on December 5, 2012 with black wax, bottle (batch?) number 6. Poured into a wine glass at Tørst in NYC.

A- Pours very dark brown with no head or lacing.

S- Chocolate, cake, vanilla, caramel, and a really nice but subtle cognac aroma. Smells damn nice.

T- Delicious. Huge and layered chocolate flavor, with dark and milk chocolate, chocolate cake, as well as vanilla, some roastiness, with a nice fruitiness and sweet cognac flavor towards the finish.

M- Medium to full body, smooth, soft feel, very mild alcohol warmth.

O- A great beer, the base beer is delicious and the cognac barrel gives it a very nice and tasty complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 07:24:55 | More by WillCarrera
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The 666 bottle from the Edinburgh Brewdog pub. 10% ABV
A- coffee ruby black , whispy lacing, basically no head on the pour, swirling does produce a bit of tan lacing.

S- boozey whisky/cognac barrel, honey, roasty coffee and malt, a lot of boozey whisky cask. Some cinnamon and clove spiciness, subtle chocolate comes through also. Intense.

T- whisky, vanilla, lots of oak, dark chocolate, boozy and dry on finish, dry cocoa, sherry/cognac chocolate sweetness, some dark chocolate and creaminess comes through. Crazy complex, hops are really slight. A lot of different things going on, all integrated really nicely.

M- really huge, quite dry on finish, little soft carbonation, big and quite smooth with slight boozy alcohol. Very smooth and creamy with slight alcohol prickle. Subtle malty sweetness, makes a very satisfying drink.

Overall a bit 'out of control' in the bet possible way. A big aged stout, tons of cognac and oak influence. Remains really complex, steller and quite well balanced. Drinks nicely and is quite pleasing. Glad I tried this. Awesome Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 11:13:03 | More by mick303
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truebluebums

Netherlands

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 5 Dec, 2012 #1196

Appearance: Very black, w/ small tan head if poured vigorously

Smell: Booze. Cognac comes through the front with a Jenever like smell. Dark chocolate, coffee and hints of vanilla in smell. Some licorice could be mixed in there as well.

Taste: The brandy is very apparent in each sip. There's a fairly strong licorice taste to this H&V that overpowers the coffee and chocolate, but both still play a fair part in the palate of the beer. There's slight taste of vanilla and caramel in the end. The tastes of licorice, cocoa and dark malt liner on the tongue pairing with cognac aftertaste very well.

Overall: A very, very good beer. The cognac is a bit over powering for my taste, but I could see how some would prefer that way. Would love to try this beer with a few years on it and see if the liquor taste fades in to the background a bit. In the end, I think the H&V Wild Turkey aged wins for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 20:24:58 | More by truebluebums
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unclejazz

New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Tørst
8 oz. pour

Little to no head, a few bubbles at the edge of the glass, dark brown/black in color. It looked a bit flat

The smell of oak and cognac are really incredible, not to heavy on the roast malts in the nose. Quite nice.

A bit low on the CO2 for me, but the flavor worked and I actually like the low carbonation in this beer. It really allowed be the enjoy the cognac, Carmel, raisin flavors of this well crafted brew.

I wish I could also try this with heavier carbonation to see if their is a difference.

Cheers Jeppe!

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2013 21:13:42 | More by unclejazz
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dgilks

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pitch black. No head. Nothing more to say.

Somewhat alcoholic. Chocolatey. Touches of coffee. Actually a little light on. Some fruit notes.

Malt sugars. Chocolate. A little earthy and dry.

Full body with moderately-low carbonation. Not bad.

I don't get it. This beer is quite popular and well regarded and yet it is so empty and unfulfilling. It is lacking any real punch beyond generic malt and alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 08:33:39 | More by dgilks
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jegross2

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Hel & Verdoemenis 666 from Brouwerij De Molen out of Belgium. Batch 666 is Hel & Verdoemenis with added wood chips soaked in a 40 year old cognac.
Score: 93

Bottle is dated 11/14/2011. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 02/05/13.

Appearance: Coffee colored body. Pours a thin layer of mocha head that settles to ring around the glass. Good lacing, average retention. 4/5

Smell: Milk chocolate, lots of roastiness, bakers chocolate, wood and a touch of menthol-y peppermint-like aroma. There is also something else in the aroma that is really intriguing that I cannot put my finger on -- maybe it's the cognac. Faint coffee and a hint of hops too. Perfect incorporation; deliciously inviting. 5/5

Taste: Tastes a lot like it smells plus some cherry, a little plum, and less chocolate than was present in the nose. Woody backbone with a mild amount of coffee in the finish. Faint hoppiness. What I suspect is the Cognac from the nose is more prominent too, but still not very bold. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation. Slightly sweet. Creamy mouthfeel. 4.25/5

Overall: One of the better Belgium-originating stouts I have had to date.

Recommendation: Seek a bottle of this stuff out. It is delicious! It has a mass appealing flavor profile too.

Cost: $11.99 for a 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 01:45:46 | More by jegross2
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Jeffo. I think this was the first batch made? Served in a tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a collar and wisps, leaving behind spotty lace. Very dark brown body. This De Molen beers are nothing if not consistent.

S - Big biscuit, lots of vanilla, light dry oak, some dark chocolate, touch of coffee and perhaps a bit of fruitiness although it's hard to tell if it's from malt, cognac, or oxidation. No alcohol presence at all.

T - The taste is quite similar, with big chocolate and oaky vanilla, and lighter notes of biscuit, nuts, and caramel. Not much spirit character from the cognac; just a big malty stout with fairly low roast character. Again, no alcohol after two years of aging.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, lower carbonation, fairly silky considering the oak-aging, and super mellow at this stage. No alcohol to be found.

D - This was pretty good - seems like a more simplistic version of Black Damnation 666, which I also liked quite a bit. Would definitely drink this again, although I'd probably pick the Black Jack over this for novelty's sake.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 06:43:32 | More by MasterSki
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank in Belgium with my new found Buddies Dylan and Eugene

A - Pours a pitch black colour with a little lightshowing through. The head is tanned and stays the course with lacing.

S - Plenty of vanilla, toffee and dark fruits. Big aromas

T - Plnty of chocolate up front, heavy malts with a warm boozy cognac finish. There is a little smoke present too. Strikingly balanced.

M - Medium to full body and low carbonation. Damn smooth.

O - One of the better European stouts, but falls short of some U.S. varieties.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 12:23:23 | More by eric5bellies
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 10,0% ABV
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2011 Vintage.

Appearance: H&V 666 looks pitch black in the glass, but sadly a back light shows deep red along the edges. Maybe it is just me, but a beer called Hell and Damnation 666 should be light devouringly black!
A rough pour yields a good sized, creamy, tan coloured head that displays good retention and leaves some patchy lace.

Smell: Mmmm, there is actually quite a bit of cognac noted right off of the bat, along with dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark toffee and dark fruits. Warming yields a touch of vanilla, some oak and some toasted grains.

Taste: The taste is initially quite sweet with notes of sweet chocolate, dark toffee, vanilla and cognac. A few minutes in and the more traditional De Molen imperial stout notes (heavily roasted malt, charred wood and a bit of smoke) become apparent. Other notes include: Dark fruit (burned raisins and plums), distinct oak and a little molasses.
The finish is quite bitter with lots of roasted notes and fairly dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, with a medium level of fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall: H&V 666 is a pretty good imperial stout, but just doesn't quite deliver the world class flavours that the MacAllan Barrel edition does.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 20:55:02 | More by Thehuntmaster
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claaark13

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a nip (2010 version?) of this a little while ago, but was too intoxicated to judge. Jeffo has provided the new 33cl 2011 version. There's no bottle # though. Slightly chilled and poured into a Darkness snifter.

A - Pours fairly (not completely) black with a thick, light-tan head. Doesn't stick to well. The head keeps it looking good, the color is a lot better in the glass.

S - Little bit of coffee, some oak and roasted malt.

T - There is the cognac. Chocolate, cognac, then a little bit of sweetness...coffee/roast, vanilla, dry oak on the finish. I think maybe just a tad too much cognac/oak. Roast does remain for a bit.

M - Medium. Just feels a little light on the tongue. Still silky, still smooth though.

O - Straight 4's across the board. Everything was above average, but nothing blew me away. Still a very good beer that I'd like to get again. I'm a larger fan of the other limited releases from De Molen. It also seems that their consistency on quality is on par. Time to start hoarding their stuff before everyone finds out.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 00:42:01 | More by claaark13
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Aethien

Netherlands

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blacker than black with a small tan head that leaves a thin film on the beer.
I smell lots of coffee, roasted malts, cognac and a little chocolate.
The cognac is quite noticeable in the taste but not in a bad way, it meshes well with the other tastes and gives this beer something a little different. Other than that there's a good amount of coffee, some oak, very pure chocolate and malts. It's quite bitter and boozy.
The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but not too heavy.

Overall I really like this beer, the cognac really adds to the flavour and gives it something extra.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 21:53:30 | More by Aethien
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largadeer

California

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, David.

Typical H&V appearance, pouring a dark muddy brown with almost no carbonation.

Quite a bit of tar, char and molasses on the nose. Very sweet and rich, a bit chocolatey. Black licorice, cognac, oak.

Tastes very rich. Oak and cognac, charred malt, black licorice and bitter chocolate. Syrupy body with low carbonation. A lot of tannic oak, char and cognac in the finish. Very lingering. The dark malt character is thankfully not burnt, though it's pretty intense. This is rather good, but I think I prefer regular H&V.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 20:32:10 | More by largadeer
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IPA35

Netherlands

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, no number, red wax.
Brewed: 14/11/2011 So it is quite fresh.

Black with a tan head. Bad retention. Not too thick.

Interesting aroma, some coffee I guess. Must be the oak and cognac? Roasted malts, some vanilla, chocolate and dark fruits.

The taste is very well balanced and not too agressive.
I get roasted malts, some fruitiness, oak, some wierd flavour that must be the cognac I am sure of it as it is boozy, some coffee and some vanilla. A reasonable bitterness. Not too much alcohol and a dry oaky aftertaste.

Creamy but not as thick as I expected. Good though, makes it quite drinkable. Also good carbonation.

Overal a good beer. Proof that we can actually make good beer in this country.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 17:24:52 | More by IPA35
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

65th Review
Bottle to snifter
Bottled 11/14/2011

Shared with farundrpar on a recent visit to Amsterdam.

A: Deep black. Quarter (mocha) fingernail head, with a bit of lacing, on medium pour.

S: Black biscuit, coffee, and loads of roasted dark malt. Something weird is intertwined in the mix; possibly seaweed, but I cannot make it out. This weird smell does not deter from the inviting aroma though; it is just interesting.

T: Tastes just like it smells, but the coffee is way more pronounced and comes thru start to finish. Sweet hints of dark chocolate and caramel.

M: Full bodied with low carbonation.

O: Roasty and smooth, but very good for the style. Well done De Molen!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 17:04:20 | More by spdyfire83
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Hel & Verdoemenis 666 from Brouwerij De Molen
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