Hel & Verdoemenis Misto B.A. - Brouwerij De Molen
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4.93/5 rDev +14.7%
I love Hel and Verdoemenis, and this version of it is just stunning. With a great base beer, barrel aging really accentuates the complexity.
Poured from a 5.5 ounce nip bottle, I really wish they would do this one in a 12 ounce waxed dip, the bottle gives you a few swallows. Luckily I also got to try on tap at De Molen during the 1st annual Borefts Festival, and even though Narke stole the show for me, it gave me such an appreciation for De Molen. I ended up searching this beer out multiple during my 9 months abroad.
Pours black, black black, with just a slight ring to show that it is carbonated. Looks lovely in my De Molen glass.
Smells amazing, the thing I love about the base beer is how earthy it is, no citrus hops used here. The barrel aged version is fantastic, notes of vanilla, earth, dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee, espresso, caramel, dark fruit, I could go on and on.
Tastes fantastic, just so balanced, lots of earthy, chocolate notes, slight vanilla from the barrel and a little bit of booziness that I don't pick out from the regular version. The finish just seems to last, and last and last. Great complexity.
Only thing that makes this score less than a perfect 5 is the mouthfeel, it is not as thick as some of the great stouts I have had, it is oily, but just doesn't coat my mouth as well. A fantastic beer that I would like to cellar, just so hard to get here in the States...
08-02-2011 15:06:23 | More by pkeigs
4.85/5 rDev +12.8%
Poured from a teeny, tiny bottle that still said "750 ml" on the label. Looks like a bit of an oversight, since this bottle could not have been more than 8 oz. Hat tip to the Doodler for sharing.
Brewed July 23, 2009
Bottled June 8, 2010
Bottle No. 2364 of 2483
This beer pours what seemed like a slightly darker brown than regular Hel & V, but same as the original, not even a hint of head. Not the best looking beer out there, but that's not really the point, is it?
You get a lot of the alcohol on the nose, but also a slight tartness that is not present in regular Hel & Verdoemenis. There is a lot of spice and oak that takes center stage.
The flavor on this thing is really strong vanilla and oak, typical of whiskey barrel-aged beers, but this one takes it to a new level. The flavors are so defined and not overpowered by the beer. The Hel & V plays so well off the barrels, producing a strong caramelized raisin flavor with the same sharp bitterness that really cuts through the sweetness. It's heavy in the mouth, but the alcohol content rounds out the beer and helps it slide down far too easily.
What a fantastic beer. Not that this is surprising, but it just proves how many beers are begging for barrel treatment. The Wild Turkey barrels provide that really classic bourbon barrel-aged flavor profile, and it's nice to have something that, even though it's called a stout, tastes more like a belgian strong dark that gets this treatment. Very glad to share it, thanks to the Doodler.
09-18-2011 04:19:05 | More by joshclauss
4.73/5 rDev +10%
Awesome. Really, really nice. Everything was right on here, nothing bad to say about this beer at all. Appearance was nice...deep black with a nice head; smell was nice. Taste was all there, nice bourbon notes with plenty of malt. Mouthfeel was probably one of the best if not the best. This beer is not too boozy, not to watery, everything really clicked as a really, really good stout. Great job by De Molen! Awesome!
03-25-2013 22:08:39 | More by 4thelvofbeer
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
Nip, brewed '09 bottled '10, into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Huge thanks to the ever-generous Knifestyles for sharing this elusive, exciting brew.
A: Clear dark brown body, completely still. Mediocre.
S: Rich, smooth, and amazing. The smoky intensity of the base beer lends serious character, but is beautifully mellowed out by vanilla + toffee sweetness, as well as some oak and smooth bourbon. Just a lovely BA stout.
T: Follows the nose perfectly, with both powerful and finesse. Fabulous balance of booze and malt, sweetness and richness. Delicious.
M: Full, sticky body; no real carbonation. Not enough life to stand up to the power of the flavor.
O: What a tasty beer. This one is proof that carbonation isn't necessary to create a beautifully tasty barrel-aged beer. Yeah, it would have been more enjoyable overall if it had been carbonated (and it certainly would have been more drinkable, but that doesn't get counted anymore), but the flavors transcend everything else to make this a wonderful experience. I feel so lucky to have gotten to try this rare and delicious beer.
03-22-2011 02:10:32 | More by woosterbill
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a very thin dirty brown bubbly head with minimal retention and not lacing. Aroma of well balanced roasted malt light lactic notes and warming scotch notes. Taste is also a well balanced affair between some well rounded scotch notes and a full body stout with lactic notes and light dry black chocolate. Body is about average with very low carbonation and no apparent alcohol. So easily drinkable yet so tasty I wish I could have this on a regular basis.
10-04-2010 02:12:55 | More by Phyl21ca
4.49/5 rDev +4.4%
A 330ml bottle, 11% ABV and bottled 28th of january this year. So a pretty fresh bottle.
Pours dark brown, in the glass it looks black with dark brown at the bottom (when held in the light). A thin, tan head. Not pitch black though.
I does not smell unlike the Wild Turkey version I had a while earlier. Still the same dark beer with the obvious bourbon oakyness. A really nice scent: dark sweet malts, some char, chocolate, coffee and bourbon; vanilla, oak and that sort of boozyness. I think this smells better, the other was more on the bourbon if I remember correctly and this one has more of the stout.
The taste has less bourbon as well I think. This is a more malty sweet beer like the original.
Yes, this is a beer with a sweet, slightly roast maltiness combined with the oaky bourbon and a tiny hint of liquorice (had to think about what it was for like 10 minutes and that comes closest). This one hold the middleground between the normal beer and the Wild Turkey in a way. After having had the WT this one is a little underwhelming on the bourbon but it certainly is less fruity than the original as it still hass that oaky/vanilla component from the barrels. This one shows more of the base beer I think. As it warms up the bourbon becomes stronger fortunatly.
It is a highly drinkable and very balanced beer. The alcohol is there but pretty weak for a 11% beer when compared to a a beer with a similar strengt like Rochefort 10.
Not much hop to speak off.
Mouthfeel is medium-to full, nice and smooth and with low carbonation.
Quite dry on the finish.
A really nice RIS, the barrels work very well on this already great beer. If you want a big blast of bourbon I think the Wild Turkey would be the best choice however.
04-27-2013 21:30:53 | More by IPA35
4.47/5 rDev +4%
Huge thanks to Eric for bringing this bottle out. Served alongside the regular version and the Wild Turkey version. Served in a FFF-Intelligentsia snifter.
Pours nearly-black with a very thin mocha head that froths up momentarily and then disappears quite quickly. The nose is really creamy and almost buttery, but in a good way. Loads of chocolate and really smooth. Moderate barrel character lingers in the background, though it's not overpowering. Light oak and some vanilla. The flavor is bursting with a creamy chocolate character with some very light roast and nice barrel character. Medium body and incredibly smooth. No detectable alcohol. This was the winner for me.
05-14-2011 13:30:45 | More by Thorpe429
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
Hel & Verdoemenis Misto B.A. from Brouwerij De Molen
94 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.