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Hel & Verdoemenis 666 | Brouwerij De Molen

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Hel & Verdoemenis 666Hel & Verdoemenis 666
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-09-2010

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Photo of biegaman
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of chickenm
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of simoen
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BierMeJohn
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jsnoek
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of crosenkrantz
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of claaark13
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Magery
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rutager
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Hel & Verdoemenis 666 from Brouwerij De Molen
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