Hel & Verdoemenis 666 - Brouwerij De Molen
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3.75/5 rDev -12%
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.
07-29-2013 16:33:38 | More by tectactoe
4.43/5 rDev +4%
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a dark brown head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of milk chocolate as well as some roasted malt and coffee. I also get a few whiskey notes in the aroma.
The flavor is also outstanding. I get a lot of nuttyness, as well as loads of chocolate and coffee. The oak and roasted malt are also present, as are some whiskey and cognac notes. The alcohol is very well hidden.
Thick, chewy mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice Russian Imperial Stout. Glad I got to try this one.
10-18-2011 04:37:27 | More by Mora2000
4.19/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
04-25-2013 04:40:16 | More by biboergosum
4.7/5 rDev +10.3%
I had it and enjoyed it at Borefts beer festival.
A - Dark, dark black beer with a tiny head with an off white head.
S - A good smell of chocolate and dark cherries, very nice and delightful and it also comes with cognac and oak aromas. Or as my beer buddy described it; smells like the masturbation of a mountain gorilla.
T - Heavenly cream, very very tasty. Cognac beer syrup, what more can I say. Just lay me on an infuse of this stuff. One of De Molen's best.
M - Smooth carbonation and some bitterness in the end. Medium body and medium carbonation.
O - This can be a good winner in any beer contest. Wonderful aroma and flavor. It wasn't for sale in the Molen's beer shop, can anybody give me directions were to get it, please.
Yesteday I tried the Bottled version (friday 23th of december 2011).
A4 - Looks the same as the festival version.
S4.0 - Where did the cognac, oak and cherries go? The only thing I am getting is a strong coffee smell with some dark chocolate.
T4 - See the smell review.
M4 - Same as the festival version accept the finish is really bitter this time.
O4 - Not a bad beer, but next time I will pass for the bottled version.
09-24-2011 10:34:24 | More by Mar02x
4.15/5 rDev -2.6%
250 ml bottle from Sven in Denmark. Opaque with creamy reddish-brown head, 1/16" retaining. The aromas are insane, malty rich chocolate, and may be cognac and coffee. A cascade of lacing drops are artistically splayed on the glass. Thick, cognac coffee, boozy.Rich aftertaste in back of throat, alcohol on lips.
11-09-2010 04:28:37 | More by Sammy
4.68/5 rDev +9.9%
Thanks for the opportunity for this one Digita7693.
Poured into my Cigar City Snifter. Just a ring of head with some film and little lacing. Super black. I thought the bottle was brown until it was poured and revealed green. Nice little 180ml bottle.
Aroma is awesome. Super roasty and bitter chocolaty. Nice
Taste is nice and roasty with a nice caramel sweetness. Very smooth and tasty.
Mouthfeel is good. Very smooth. Low carb.
Overall a very tasty brew and I like the idea for the 666th batch. Cool label and stuff. Glad I got to try this.
04-16-2011 06:32:27 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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
4/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
03-08-2012 00:42:01 | More by claaark13
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
09-09-2013 02:59:10 | More by Rutager
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a tiny dark brown bubbly head with no retention or lacing. Aroma of light whiskey notes with some sweet notes. Taste is also dominated by whiskey notes with no alcohol being apparent and light dry roasted notes barely noticeable. Body is about average with almost no carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Barrel-aging was really well executed with no apparent alcohol and a creamy warming texture that I really appreciated.
09-18-2010 02:30:03 | More by Phyl21ca
4.39/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
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.
02-06-2013 01:45:46 | More by jegross2
4.43/5 rDev +4%
This little bottle. I had wondered aloud in my house about it for months. It just looks pure evil and boy was it ever. What are these things like 5oz? We split this, me and Rich in two tiny snifters as I did not want a bottle this special to be wasted on myself. Late night crew on 07/04/2010.
The darkest pour I had seen all week. Just pitch black and oily. Thick as a milkshake with a small head of tan that barely covered the top of the glass but did leave some really nice lacing down the sides as we went through the session. I let it linger for a few moments and went in to take a sip, what I find is a wonderful blend of vanilla, oak, hints of roasted malts, burnt and bitter dark chocolate. Just immensely rich. Coffee coming at me now with a long, long and drawn out flavor that is really grabbing at the palate. Vanilla swirls in, tobacco, hints of molasses and really robust chocolate underlying it all. This was the beast of stouts. So dark and rich, foreboding and yet immensely complex. It took nearly 30 minutes before you could really appreciate what we had here. A wonderful, and truly unique take on a barrel aged stout.
Overall dark, evil, enlightening I will take it all in. This was an amazing beer, I only wish I could have had a little more of it.
07-09-2010 23:19:01 | More by mikesgroove
Hel & Verdoemenis 666 from Brouwerij De Molen
94 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.