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Hel & Verdoemenis Misto B.A. - Brouwerij De Molen

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Hel & Verdoemenis Misto B.A.Hel & Verdoemenis Misto B.A.

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BA SCORE
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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 37
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: tpd975 on 07-08-2010

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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 31
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3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

Dark brown body with a thin beige cap. Oak, vanilla, booze, cognac? Sweet almonds and booze, biscotti character. Delicious flavor. Easy drinking. Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Flavors meld so well together. Fabulous.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of danieelol
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Hel & Verdoemenis Misto B.A. from Brouwerij De Molen
94 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.