Hel & Verdoemenis 666 - Brouwerij De Molen

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.75%
Wants: 73
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
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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4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
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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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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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4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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Hel & Verdoemenis 666 from Brouwerij De Molen
94 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.