Black Damnation Molen's 666 Edition - Brouwerij De Molen
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Reviews by dboon:
4.03/5 rDev -7.8%
Bottle thanks to my buddy in Holland. Joan Jett black pour with a huge tan head. A bit over carbonated. Dark roasted malt and chocolate on the nose. Effervescent with chocolate, molasses, caramel, dark roasted malt, and licorice notes. I prefer the Hell & Damnation 666 base beer....
11-01-2011 02:15:36 | More by dboon
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4.25/5 rDev -2.7%
Tiny 18cl black wax topped bottle into a couple of snifters. Mucho thanks to Stakem for splitting this little guy with me.
Pours black in the glass, with a thin ½ finger covering of head. This has a nice looking flare-up to it, maintaining rich chocolate colored edging, and leaving back a robust cascade of spotty froth behind. Coffee jumps right out in the aroma, which is quickly followed by notes of chocolate fudge and dark fruit. Spicy alcohol gives this a bit of a warming edge across the back.
That robust coffee presence sticks around in the taste, backed up by a sticky combination of chocolate, toffee, a touch of dark fruit, and maybe even a little bit of leftover green citrus. A more roasted feeling backend here finishes this dry and burnt. The mouthfeel is full bodied but not quite as full as you would expect for the flavors and alcohol that is present. The carbonation mostly has a mellow chewiness and is very smooth for the size, for while there is a bit of heady sweet warmth here to the overall package, it never interferes with the other flavors at any point.
This was quite good, with my only complaint being the small size of the bottle! There was definitely enough here to keep me intrigued during my portion of this and it’s a damn shame that this one is so limited. I could have easily gone for some more!
01-25-2012 15:20:58 | More by Kegatron
4.47/5 rDev +2.3%
Thanks again Jeffo. Tell your bros over at De Molen to put these beers in bigger bottles....I know they have them.
Poured into a La Chouffe (Magic Chouffe) tulip from a measly 18cl bottle.
A - Pours brownish/black, you can see a tad bit of light getting through the beer as it pours. Nothing once it's in the glass. Good 1/2" head; retention is good throughout the experience. Looks very nice....all that is lacking is a little bit of thickness/legs.
S - Pretty solid and aromatic. Coffee and fudge are strong and wonderful. The aroma really tells me that I need to drink this one. The coffee isn't a burnt coffee aroma, but instead strong and smooth. Roasted malt background...slight booziness coming out as it warms in the glass. SO much chocolate/coffee. Cognac comes out a little as well.
T - Roasted malt lays the foundation for chocolate/coffee, then leads to a cognac finish. Coffee then takes back over and sticks around for the long run. After a few sips, I'm finding a quick cognac to a coffee/chocolate, then back to cognac, then back to coffee/chocolate. They really all mix together nicely. There is a slight amount of pleasant sweetness. I'm not sure exactly which flavor to attribute it to, but I like it a lot. It takes a back seat and just rides out each sip nicely.
M - This is pretty much on point. It isn't quite as thick as I'd like it to be, but it is still thick. The body also goes great with the flavor. It lets the flavors sit on the palate and be savored for some time.
O - De Molen (and De Struise!) have done it again. De Molen is now 3/3 with me, two of them being superb beers (this being one of them). Everything fit: carbonation, aroma, taste, mouthfeel, balance, drinkability. I finished my last sip about 10 minutes ago and I can still taste a slightly sweet coffee flavor.
09-19-2011 23:56:16 | More by claaark13
4.65/5 rDev +6.4%
Reviewed from notes.
From mini bottle into a snifter
Dark, black with a mocha one finger head is what comes out of the bottle.
Smells of coffee, chocolate with hints of oak from the barrel.
Taste follows the nose with a nice amonut of bitterness and a bit of heat afer the swallow.
Not as thick as some of the others out of the series. Medium body with a ok amount of carbonation.
Overall this an awesome brew that by now should b reall hard to find. Maybe Struise and de Molen can make this blend again now that de Molen has released a 2011 version of Hel en Verdoemenis 666.
12-04-2011 07:51:22 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
4.43/5 rDev +1.4%
18cl bottle generously shipped from the other side of the pond by Jeffo. Poured into a New Belgium goblet, it's a nice dark brown with a black center and a thin khaki head that quickly fades to a tight ring.
The smell is dark chocolate, roasted malts that lead into a nice strong espresso. The deep dark espresso notes really make the nose on this one. Beyond all the roasted dark notes there are some hints of dark fruit, oak, caramel, vanilla and brown sugar. There's a nice warm boozy character that backs supports the nose but never intrudes.
The taste follows the smell nicely, this is a just a really nice Russian Imperial Stout. It hits all the notes and then some. The dark chocolate and espresso hit first and foremost and really outshine all the other flavors. The barrel and dark fruit notes help to introduce all the sweet molasses, brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. There is a nice warmth from the alcohol that adds a liquor-like character to the finish, where the espresso also comes back into play.
The beer is on the fuller side of medium bodied, with a nice light carbonation to accentuate the flavors. The alcohol is present, but not as much as I thought it would be at 13%, and it really accents the beer nicely, enhancing the flavors and the nose. This one is very drinkable for the high abv, I wish I had more than one bottle so I could share it.
02-17-2011 00:28:39 | More by rpstevens
4.08/5 rDev -6.6%
My man Jeff hooks me up with a long time, always intrigued by this beer, want...
Pour is typical nice looking super dark brown with a creamy, light tan head. The smell is freakin ridiculous. Coffee, anise, chocolate, booming from the glass. Taste is slightly less inspiring and suffers from an over-carbonation. It is annoying and I can't get past the spritz of this as it enters my mouth. A little bitter chocolate and brandy, a little scotch bite at the end. A little boozy but the flavor lasts. Enjoyable but not quite as good as I had been hoping for all due to the carb issue.
11-22-2011 22:51:35 | More by GoGriz
4.18/5 rDev -4.3%
Like many before me, Jeffo is responsible for getting this beer to me. Thanks man!
Tiny 18cl bottle poured into a pair of 5oz mini snifters. The brew appears black in color with brown clarity around the edges. A brown frothy cap appears atop and fades. A light swirl revives about a finger of burnt froth. Stringy patterns of lace stick to the glass.
The smell is rich in coffee, chocolate and roasty grainy sweetness. There is a trace amount of nutty aspect about the malt here that transitions into a burnt feeling almost like charcoal and licorice. There is a tangy presence of alcohol felt across the back of the nose striking up thoughts of raisin and dark fruits.
The taste is dark and roasty grain. Notes of black licorice mix with a tangy alcohol presence, raisins, char, leather, burnt grain and a bit of tobacco. There is a significant earthy roast quality presence like strong coffee mixed with tobacco. It gets progressively more dry in the mouth and quite roasty as the experience continues.
This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. The alcohol really comes out once it warms but in a well integrated and enjoyable way. A unique and pleasant arrangement of flavor here. Lots of character to take in. My only gripe is lack of availability and tiny bottle size. I'd enjoy having this brew again sometime.
01-23-2012 19:49:15 | More by stakem
4.48/5 rDev +2.5%
750ml growler poured into a snifter. Thanks! I'm greeted by a vicious hiss when I disengage the swing top.
A: The body is black with two fingers of bubbly light brown froth that fades in under a minute. There's a little lacing on the glass. Small swirls and a thin collar along the edges are what remain of the head.
S: Effusive cocoa aromatics with Belgian chocolate and brown sugar. Cognac is influential, imparting notes of plum and grape. Oak is restrained. I detect a little vanilla and a dash of coconut, as well as a light nutty quality. There's a little molasses blending with soft roasted notes. Stunning aroma.
T: Dark chocolate meets an upper low earthy bitterness and low level of alcohol flavor. I wouldn't say the ABV is well hidden, but it's not offensive and there's a lot going on so it's not something I dwell on. Moderate roasted grain presence with some blackstrap molasses and a pervasive oak influence. The cognac presence is firm and welcome, lending desirable dark fruit characteristics that add to the complexity of the beer. The finish marks an increase in bitterness, oak, and tannins.
M: Lower full body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and silky with ample alcohol warming. This is probably the weakest attribute of the beer as it's somewhat thin.
Overall: This is very good. Highly recommended.
07-01-2012 04:25:54 | More by HopHead84
4.63/5 rDev +5.9%
Originally had this one on tap at the 2010 BOREFTS Festival at De Molen. It was one of the memorable brews that evening. Was able to buy a bottle from the brewery shop as well.
From a 18cl bottle into a snifter.
APPEARANCE: Pours out dark brown and makes a small, tan head that quickly fades to a wisp. Had to be a little aggressive on the pour to work up a decent head. Sits black in the glass with zero carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and a thick ring remain until the end, with some dots of lacing falling down the sides of the glass after each sip.
SMELL: Lovely aroma of roasted malts, deep roasted espresso and pure chocolate. Notes of oak and vanilla from the 666 cognac barrels. Hints of caramel in there as well. Bold and enticing nose. Top notch barrel aged goodness.
TASTE: Just wonderful. Roasted malts, lots of espresso, dark chocolate, caramel sweetness, and a very present barrel. Cognac, smoky hints, and some oak and vanilla notes come through the middle into the finish. A bit of heat on the swallow. A nice, charred, bitter and boozy aftertaste with plenty of espresso, chocolate and vanilla. Bold and worthy of contemplation. Phenomenal.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little lighter on the palate than hoped. Nicely creamy, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating on the palate. Nice here as well.
OVERALL: A complete gem of a brew. It was very hard to pace myself with this one. Very happy I got to try it on tap, and even happier that my bottle turned out just as good. The cognac barrel of the Hel & Verdoemenis 666 really shines here, and the blend with the original Black Damnation works wonders. Definitely worth tracking down if you're a fan of the series. Hopefully I will be able to find more of these before they dry up. Great job on this one guys!
10-06-2010 12:08:16 | More by Jeffo
4.28/5 rDev -2.1%
On-tap at WLV Liquors. Pours a motor oil black in color, mocha-colored head, thin ring. Nose is smooth booze, light char, roast, oak, and burnt sugars. Taste is similar, with the booze even smoother here mixed with chocolate syrup, burnt sugars, roast, and oak. Full body, rich and smooth, very creamy.
The age has done wonders to this one, and I had to have a couple of pours of this even though I knew it might end bad. Really cool for this to show up at WLV...they always throw the best parties!
08-22-2012 01:57:04 | More by Sean9689
4.93/5 rDev +12.8%
Look: the beer pours dark brown-black color with a small brown head.
Smell: Roasted malts, fresh espresso, dark pure chocolate, oak, cognac and vanilla
Taste: follows the nose; roasted malts, fresh espresso, dark pure chocolate and sweet caramel. Oak, vanilla and cognac are also present. Finish is warming alcohol and espresso
Mouthfeel: low carbonation and a creamy body
Overall: Fantastic! Pity it is so rare so I will probably not drink it too often anymore
07-26-2011 19:11:35 | More by rvdoorn
4.83/5 rDev +10.5%
18 cl nip bottle I picked up in Belgium. Super black with a nice creamy, tan head. Nose is woody with cocoa-beans, coffee, peated whiskey and vanilla. Taste is big and powerful with roasted flavors, chocolate and a malty sweetness. Lingering coffee notes and a balanced finish. Oily mouthfeel. Beautiful stuff.
09-12-2011 07:48:23 | More by Doodler
4.5/5 rDev +3%
Pitch black as expected, sandy colored head. Starting with huge bubbles dissipating to smaller bubbles and then to a fine bubbled collar.
Molasses, dark chocate, slight smoke, and brown sugar are the more prominent smells with sweet alcohol like brandy or cognac in the back.
Taste starts out very earthy and quickly moves to showcase sweeter and smokier flavors, finishing off with an earthier and slightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is thick and silky, somewhat low carbonation which is welcome in demolen beers :P and complimentary in a stout this massive.
Overall this beer is excellent and I wish I could get another bottle. I thank jeffo graciously for a chance to try this.
01-01-2012 00:34:16 | More by STEG
4.33/5 rDev -0.9%
Enjoyed on tap at Zwanze Day at WLV Liquors. Served in my Zwanze taster flute.
A: Pours a jet black color with a thick and creamy dark mocha head forming on the pour. It recedes very slowly leaving behind thick traces of lace.
S: Big and boozy, there is a nice underlying sweetness and fruitiness. Heavy coffee, chocolate and just a little bit of cognac sweetness.
T: Boozy with a nice chocolate presence. Sweet cognac, ground coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate and a heavily roasted malt presence on the finish. Some sweet malts also pop up towards the finish.
M: Thick and oily with a medium low carbonation level. Roasty and sweet finish.
O: Big and boozy, but the nuanced flavors really pick this beer back up and it's really good. Glad I got the chance to try it.
12-02-2012 17:35:37 | More by Treebs
4.48/5 rDev +2.5%
On-tap at West Lakeview Liquors. Numerous taster glasses consumed.
A - A thin tan foam settles to some wisps, a collar, and minimal lace. Very dark brown body, as is typical of these De Molen stouts.
S - The smell is wonderful - a delicious mixture of cognac, oaky vanilla, dark roasted grains, light coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden.
T - The taste isn't quite on par with the aroma, but it's still quite enjoyable. More roasty bitterness, grain husks, toasted malts, and biscuit and toffee flavors, with some nice sweet vanilla and cognac notes rounding things out. Again, minimal alcohol presence.
M - A tad light for the ABV, with a mildly grainy and tannic texture. Super dry finish, and fairly low carbonation. Alcohol is well-hidden, but I like my stouts a bit more creamy and viscous.
D - This is really excellent stuff. Super easy to drink considering the high alcohol content, and avoids growing fatiguing thanks to the nice flavor depth and balance. This is the De Molen stout that is worth seeking out (along with the Steam edition).
06-25-2012 18:21:36 | More by MasterSki
Black Damnation Molen's 666 Edition from Brouwerij De Molen
94 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.