Hel & Verdoemenis 666 - Brouwerij De Molen
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4.44/5 rDev +4.2%
Appearance: It has a nice almost jet black color to it. It has a nice creamy tan head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of cocoa, espresso, a bunch of roasted malts, vanilla, oak and cognac. Smells fantastic.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has some roasted malts, cocoa, espresso, faint vanilla, a touch of dark fruit, oak and cognac.
Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Delightful stuff!
06-25-2014 21:30:01 | More by SebD
4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle number 034.
Appearance - Inky black. Stains the glass. Medium khaki head.
Smell - Sharp roasted malt. Very intense roasted aroma. Dark fruit.
Taste - Dark fruits and lots of oak. Intense roasted malt. Almost burnt. Coffee malts. Woody finish.
Mouthfeel - Boozy. Heavy stout. Medium low carbonation.
Overall - I don't get any of the cognac in the wood chips, but otherwise it's a fantastic stout.
05-19-2014 00:27:29 | More by Alieniloquium
British Columbia (Canada)
4.66/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
03-25-2014 03:47:55 | More by DaftCaskBC
3.8/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
02-28-2014 00:58:31 | More by tbeckett
4.19/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
12-15-2013 17:17:37 | More by peensteen
4.36/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
12-14-2013 04:27:38 | More by biegaman
Hel & Verdoemenis 666 from Brouwerij De Molen
94 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.