Hel & Verdoemenis Misto B.A. - Brouwerij De Molen
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4.31/5 rDev +0.2%
Most barrel-aged beers end up looking like death dug up but Hel & Verdoemenis Misto, which is aged in Wild Turkey bourbon barrels, has retained a lot of its sleek black marble complexion (despite the best efforts of some sneaky and nasty-thick sediment). Its head, however, is another story; not even swirling can resuscitate that.
The beer smells like dark chocolate-covered cigars. It is terribly rich and intricate, but if we were to overlook all the subtle complexities we'd end up with a particularly vanilla-rich black forest cake. But bourbon barrels being what they are it's impossible to make things so simple - I'd have to hire a private detective to uncover all the flavours of this bouquet.
Hel & Verdoemenis is a pretty substantial stout in its own right; it boasts notes of bakers chocolate, teriyaki barbecue, french vanilla ice cream, blackberry jam, and coffee grounds. But to age even such a tall and broad beer in bourbon barrels is akin to slathering lettuce leaf in cream sauce - it won't hold up, one flavour is simply bigger than the other.
Fortunately, in the course of dominating, the charred oak and cigar smoke notes of the bourbon don't completely obliterate the roast maltiness or too much of its dark chocolate and coffee undertones. It makes no qualms about its strength but it is composed; give yourself a lot of time to drink this one (but rest assured you'll enjoy every minute of it).
I've had bourbon-barrel aged beers that taste like heaven... and others that drink like failed suicide. Hel & Verdoemenis ("Hell & Damnation") Misto, contrary to what its name suggests, is definitely a product of the angels; it is a divine, nuanced taste that blends Kentucky's barrels with barley's richest, roastiest flavours. Right on par with the 666, arguably even better.
03-15-2014 03:04:04 | More by biegaman
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
Big thanks to Jeffo for this bottle!
Near jet black, ring of tan head, nothing in the way of lace. Smell is full of chocolate fudge, some oak, bourbon and vanilla, nice deep roast malt, a bit of dark fruit-raisin, before finishing with more fudge cake, reminds me a lot of a chocolate lava cake. Taste is like the nose with lots of chocolatey fudge, roast, vanilla, bourbon and oak, just a bit of the fruit from the nose comes across in the flavour, long roasted finish. Dry mouthfeel, syrupy, thick rich feel, lightly carbonated. Awesome stuff here and the best of the 3 Hel & Verdoemenis variants we had on this particular evening.
12-15-2013 00:52:57 | More by peensteen
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
330ml bottle 11,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter.
Bottled on 28th Jan 2013.
Appearance: Hel & Verdoemenis Misto appears pitch black in the glass, however a back light revealing a fair amount of deep red along the edges of the glass. A rough pour results in a good sized dark tan coloured head, that displays reasonable retention for the style and even leaves some patchy lacing as it recedes. A swirl coats the glass in in a light yellow film and heavy alcohol legs.
Smell: This smells delicious! Bourbon and creamy sweet vanilla leap out of the glass, with oak, sugary dark caramel, dark chocolate, cocoa laced butter icing, some roasted malt and a little char not far behind. As the beer warms dark fruit notes (chocolate covered black cherries) become apparent, alongside butterscotch, leather and a hint of tobacco.
Taste: The flavour is not quite as sweet as the nose suggested (as with all the H&V varients), with roasted malt and char playing a much bigger part and a solid bitterness in the finish. Other notes include: Dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, bourbon, dark caramel, a little liquorice, molasses, dark fruits (notably cherries) and an earthy character. There is no trace of alcohol noted in the flavour.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium-full and lightly sticky, while the carbonation is of a low level and fantastically smooth.
Overall: Another superb BA version of H&V and one I can't wait to have again.
09-27-2013 21:57:21 | More by Thehuntmaster
4.16/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours a viscous black with nice slightly tanned head and great lacing. Looks gorgeous and, when swirled, develops almost a purple vinous colour.
Nose is subtle banana, whiteboard marker, bit of swamp water and a little chocolate. Massive bourbon. Opens up into more chocolate and a waxy, almost creamy, quality. Almost has a cocoa nib character.
Taste is chocolate, a little dusty and smoky. Again very vinous and almost a little bit sour. Finishes strongly dry like a red wine. Still a bit of banana here. Bit of vanilla.
Mouthfeel is a good combination of a little sourness, a great charred bitterness and also a balancing sweetness.
Not sure if this was partly aged in Jack Daniel's barrels, the banana notes certainly suggest so. Good beer, perhaps could have done with more age (a year or so+) before opening to open up the flavours a bit more. If I had the cash, would buy another bottle to age.
08-31-2013 07:08:17 | More by danieelol
3.8/5 rDev -11.6%
Big thanks to Will for splitting this bottle, along with a few other De Molen goodies. The Misto BA barrel version of this brew looks the same as the last version we cracked (666): black and black with some deep, brown trim and almost no head that rises up, rather just a tan ring that sits pretty still at the outer edge of the glass.
The aroma is somewhat similar, too, complete with good amounts of deep cocoa, booze, and a touch of coffee beans. I will say that the levels of roast in this brew seem a little larger than the 666 variant; darker roast and more oily coffee beans. Bourbon traces and outlines the entire profile, making this beer smell every bit as big as 12% ABV, and then some.
Mild bourbon and soaked oak crash on the tongue with a good amount of sweet cocoa and some smooth, roasted malt. I have to say, the chocolate character is the Misto variant is quite a bit bigger on the palate than the 666 variant. The bourbon presence is nice and heavy as well, giving a commanding warmth in the back of the throat and turning this beer into a definite slow sipper.
Back-end dry cocoa, a touch of coffee, toast, oak, and lots of bourbon in the finish. The body isn't as thick or chewy as the flavors, and therefore the mouth feel is maybe just a bit of a letdown here. A little more viscosity would do this brew some good; the mild carbonation keeps things smooth, but I can't help but think that it's a touch too thin for the style.
The Misto barrel-aged version of Hel & Verdoemenis unfortunately exhibits a little bit of the same thing that I didn't love about the 666 variant - it's just a bit too bourbon forward and not quite complex enough to really pique my interest. Don't get me wrong, it's a good beer, but I don't think it's quite worth the extreme praise it receives, or at least not this variant. I did like this one just a *bit* better than 666, though.
07-30-2013 11:19:13 | More by tectactoe
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
As I found the standard Hel & Verdoemenis a little rough around the edges and somewhat underwhelming- these more mature bourbon barrel aged versions suffer no such claim. They are stellar in every way!
Onyx black and with a deep mirror-like sheen, the beer opens with an abyss of darkness and a slowly bubbling calderon of bubbles. Its broken sand-stained skirt across the glass diminishes to a collar before finally standing firm.
Musky malt aromas are nutty, roasty, chocolaty, and molasses-heavy. Bourbon soaked oak gives up its heavenly scent with caramel, vanilla, cherries and figs. Spicy with the unmistakable booze notes of Bourbon- the overall scent is of "bourbon ball" candies that are well known throughout central Kentucky.
The first sip weaves together the taste of chocolate and figs for a decadent bittersweet, stone fruit character that captivates the palate thereon. Brewing up from the depths of taste come espresso, walnut, black strap molasses, fudge and cocoa. Red grape, dates, raisins and cherries reel in a savory dark fruit character that hinges on sherry and port. But alas, the bourbon identity is reinforced with all that oak and caramel to finish the beer's taste.
Full bodied, but not recklessly so. A shot at drinkability is achieved by its short carbonation and vinous acidity that cuts through the malt. Alcohol thinning aids with the viscosity while warming its finish. Dry campfire ash tries to limit the aftertaste, but the long bourbon and fudge fights through all that for a lingering savory sweetness.
Strong and seductive, this is a masterful ale that understates its complexity. Its sensible balance and body requires a sophisticated palate to understand and appreciate as much of its nuances are well melded and modestly boastful.
07-26-2013 05:40:50 | More by BEERchitect
4.23/5 rDev -1.6%
Appearance is black with very little head but it does stick around for a while.
Smells of bourbon, molasses and cocoa.
Taste is bourbon, molasses, chocolate and vanilla with a good amount of char familiar with de molen stouts
mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side for the style
overall I love me some stouts from de molen or hey anything from Menno is top notch.
Thanks Erik for sending this my way!
06-23-2013 06:18:20 | More by TheBrewViking
Hel & Verdoemenis Misto B.A. from Brouwerij De Molen
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