Hel & Verdoemenis 666 - Brouwerij De Molen

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 123
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.6%
Wants: 77
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-09-2010

Batch 666 was H&V with added wood chips soaked in a 40 year old cognac.
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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very thick oily black with a tan head that hangs around for a long time. Carbonation seems lively.

Smell is of wet wood, cognac (I wonder if I would smell that if I didn't know it was there), some hoppy notes, burnt chocolate.

Taste is of vanilla bean, definitely cognac, dark chocolate, warming alcohol (not harsh at all adds a very pleasant feeling to the beer). Smooth and sweet with a slightly hoppy note to it. Finish is of roasted malts. Mouthfeel is think and oily. Lots of big malty notes.

I'm pretty sure I just became a big fan of this beer. The cognac sweetness and light warming alcohol combined with the dark chocolate and burnt flavors really blend together nicely making a very drinkable RIS. I don't find this one a chore to finish. After a big hardy meal this would be an excellent desert beer. I don't find this to be a big huge overpowering smack in the face RIS, instead it's more subtle, seems well thought out, really allowing you to just sit and enjoy it. (990 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (1,167 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of STEG
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Black waxed (silly puttyed?) Corked and caged utterly sinister bottle courtesty of redtailjet. Thanks so much for this man!

Poured into an oversized ridel bordeaux glass.

Pitch black beer with a small one finger espresso foam colored head that has moderate retention but disappates after about 2 minutes into a fine foam with a collar of fine bubbles. Swirling the glass leaves some nice lacing but no real lacing stays around as the beer goes away.

Smells of coffee, bakers chocolate, dark chocolate with some anise, oak, an underlying boozy smell most likely from the cognac. A bit hot on the nose as well.

Taste is intense, bitter chocolate, bitter coffee, smoke, slight licorice. Aftertaste has a lingering vinous heat, almost like alcoholic grape juice finish.

Mouthfeel is silky and slightly hot on the finish, mild carbonation kicks in at the very end.

Overall an outstanding beer a different take on an RIS but extremely well executed and worth the difficulty to get. I will be aging the second bottle to see how it holds up. It was the exact opposite of the first regular HV I had, this is going away far to quickly, I will miss it dearly. (1,163 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

The number of this beast: 599

The beer appears dark brown with a thin, beige head. The aroma is absolutely fantastic. 40 year old cognac barrels...wow. Loving this. Roast and spirits with subtle notes of barrels. Simply fantastic beer. Phenomenal feel with alcohol content a non factor. What a treat. Highly recommended. (362 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally had this about a year ago and it was completely flat. I can't stand flat beer, and despite this, I still scored it a C+. It showed a lot of potential. Since then I've been holding out hope that we'd meet again.

De Bierkoning in Amsterdam came across a box of nips while doing inventory a few weeks back, so I quickly ran down and grabbed a couple before they vanished. As soon as we opened the bottle and heard the magic sound, I got ready for a long awaited re-review.

From a 18cl bottle into a snifter
vintage: 2010

APPEARANCE: Pours dark brown and yields a small, dark tan or mocha colored head that appears out of nowhere. Head fades relatively quickly to a wisp and ring. Black body, though relatively transparent, with medium carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end and leaves touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Smells wonderful. Roasted malt, dark baker's chocolate and lots of oak notes. The cognac is definitely present, with light hints of vanilla as well. Bold and enticing, with plenty of well-measured cognac and oak aromas.

TASTE: Very tasty. Carbonation has really helped this brew. Roasted malts, dark baker's chocolate again, as well as lots of oak and cognac. Caramel notes, vanilla, and a good dose of booze in there as well. The aging is very present for sure. Aftertaste is bold and persistent with lots of oak, cognac, and dark chocolate flavors. Very tasty and enjoyable. One of De Molen's best.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Slightly lighter on the palate, though nicely creamy as well. Goes down fine with a bit of heat on the swallow and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Very glad this one is carbonated. What a world of difference.

OVERALL: A stellar brew. Wonderful aroma and flavor. The first bottle I had about a year ago showed lots of potential, but it just needed a little carbonation. Well, this bottle realized that potential. It is a little light in body, both in the look and feel, but those are minor drawbacks on what is otherwise a top notch offering from De Molen. Was very glad to have come across this brew again. It was worth the wait.

EDIT: Trying this one next to a H&V MacAllan BA and I have to give the slight nod to the MacAllan. Both are phenomenal brews though. (2,267 characters)

Photo of schnarr84
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
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 (617 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brad for sharing this little bottle. Bottle #599. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Holy hell, the nose on this thing is fantastic. Poured black with a very thin mocha head that quickly went away. Nose is fantastic and so incredibly smooth. There is a very large chocolate presence and quite a bit of barrel character. There is a bit of booze in the background as well as some roasted malt. The taste is big on the chocolate and barrel aspects with a slightly-oaked finish. Good fudge throughout. No booze or heat in the finish. Medium body. Really, wow. Big, big fan of this. (579 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (600 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +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. (582 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,319 characters)

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

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. (1,272 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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 (1,127 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with mahogany edges and half finger off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Deep roasted, smokey aroma thats bursting with chocolate malt, oatmeal, toffee and coffee bean.  Although it's very roasty it doesn't smell acrid or burnt.  Just lots of luscious dark malt.  

Full bodied with a good balance of roast and sweet malt.  Lots of dark choclate, toast, hazelnut,  coffee/espresoo bean. Well balanced with lots of silky chocolate countering the roasted notes.  Slightly smokey but never abrasive or acrid.  The abv is well masked with subtle alcohol flavor and little heat.  Dry finish.   (683 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,871 characters)

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Whohoo de Molen released more of this. Jeffo did the leg work on this one and picked up some bottles of this all the way from Bodegraven.

2011 offering

Sitting around with the missus I decided to open this in order to deal with the fact that she is holding the remote. Poured from a 33cl bottle into a snifter.

It comes out dark brown not quite black and not as thick as some of the other de Molen Stouts. It comes witha nice one finger mocha head that leaves a nice bit of lacing.

BIG NOSE. I mean BIG. It could smoke a cigarette under the shower kind of nose. Roasted malts exploding over oak.

Tastes are also very impressive. A tond of dark chocolate with a ton of bitterness. Coffee biterness that is smooth at the same time. Somewhere in the middle there is oak and a hint of cognac.

As the pour showed already is the feel slightly lighter then what's expectd of a monster stout like this.

Man, this a great impressive beer. De Molen puts out some serious stouts that can compete with some of the best in the business. If you are a fan big stouts hunt this one down and enjoy. It will be worth it I promise. (1,120 characters)

Photo of IPA35
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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! (681 characters)

Photo of mattsander
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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 (636 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,080 characters)

Photo of unclejazz
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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! (546 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,286 characters)

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Hel & Verdoemenis 666 from Brouwerij De Molen
92 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.