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Hel & Verdoemenis Wild Turkey B.A. - Brouwerij De Molen

Hel & Verdoemenis Wild Turkey B.A.Hel & Verdoemenis Wild Turkey B.A.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

79 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.98%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: doopiedoopiedoo on 02-26-2011)
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 2/7/2013.

Appearance - Black with a hint of transparency. Small off-white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Lots of intense roasted malt. Slightly fruity. Some whiskey, but not all that intense.

Taste - More whiskey in the flavor. A little nutty. Not much barrel character, just some bourbon liquor. Finishes with a lingering oak flavor.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated, but not too badly. Boozy. Medium heavy.

Overall - My palate is shot at this point, but it's still really tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 03:19:37 | More by Alieniloquium
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeffo for the bottle!

Deep brown, ring of tanh head with some spots of lace. Smell is a mix of big roast and chocolate, bourbon, oak, coffee as well as a bit of bitterness. Taste is chocolate fudge and oak, light vanilla, roast malt and bourbon, finishes a bit bitter with a roasty-chocolate aftertaste. Light-medium carbonation, medium bodied. This was also really good, I liked it better than 666 but less than Misto, still a very good stout and would certainly have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 12:50:02 | More by peensteen
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danieelol

Australia

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to the very generous mulder1010 for gifting me this beer.

Pours black with a nice semi-white head almost perfectly resembling the crema on an espresso.

Nose is a subtle, well-blended meld of bourbon barrel and roast. Some nice creamy malts.

Taste is a more roast-malty affair with a decent amount of coffee.

Mouthfeel is again quite subtle- a little sweet, a little roast, a very small amount of booze.

Overall this beer surprised me with how subtle it was. It was very tasty and well-balanced, but the big adventurous flavours I expected from it never emerged.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 12:10:58 | More by danieelol
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my 1950's St Sixtus chalice

A - Pours the classic dark ebony colour with minimal head.

S - Aromas of vanilla, wood, oak and molasses.

TO - Up front some vanilla followed by some coffee and massive boozy bourbon flavours. The finish is very boozy and sticky sweet.

M - Medium to full with low carbonation. A bit thin.

O - The Europeans tend to struggle with this type of beer. It is not balanced at all and lack complexity. When measured with some US counterparts it leaves much to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 16:00:43 | More by eric5bellies
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Will for splitting this bottle, along with a few other De Molen goodies. The Wild Turkey barrel variant of Hel & Verdoemenis shows pretty much the same color as the last two variants that were enjoyed before it (shocking, right?); black in the center and dark brown around the edges. This one show a bit more carbonation liveliness with an actual head that forms momentarily before fading to a lighter colored collar.

Robust and powerful aroma; I'm starting to learn that most of the Hel & Verdoemenis series of beers are quite strong and potent, even when you already consider that they're all 10%+ ABV Russian imperial stouts. Dark, bitter chocolate, moderate amounts of oak, smooth, warming bourbon, and some back o' the nostrils, ashy roast and char. Definitely a nose-hair burner, but the booze is integrated much better in this particular variant, methinks.

The first sip is shockingly just a little sweeter than the last two H&V beers, and it's certainly a welcomed change. Again, the beer is full of plentiful dark chocolate, roasty malt, and lighter amounts of coffee, but there's a swimming undercurrent of sweet creaminess that really tames the background of dry oak and warming bourbon. This subtle, yet powerful sweetness is exactly what I feel was lacking in the first two variants we sampled - I'm glad it finally showed up.

That's not to say that this brew isn't boozy, though - it's 11% ABV, and it demands sippage and respect just as well as any other 11% ABV stout, but the touch of sweet, underlying cream provides the balance that really does wonders for the drinkability. As with the others, the mouth feel would benefit from a bit more thickness to match the robustness of the aromas and flavors, but this variant contains a little more carbonation, which definitely helps some, too.

I thought this would be my least favorite of the three Hel & Verdoemenis variants we tried that night, mainly because I'm not a huge fan of Wild Turkey (and it had the lowest online ratings of the three). But low and behold, it was actually my favorite of them all, and by quite a large margin. The key is the mild sweetness, helping to blunt the heavy booze and roast.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 11:33:04 | More by tectactoe
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metter98

New York

4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon from the barrel aging are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of flavors of bourbon along with associated notes of vanilla and hints of chocolate from the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with lots of warming from the bourbon.
O: This beer is nice if you like bourbon but the barrel aging really masks the flavors of the underlying beer. It tastes rather strong, but most of the alcohol that is noticeable comes from the bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 21:20:50 | More by metter98
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IPA35

Netherlands

4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 28 January 2013.

Were the normal version had a huge head yesterday this does not. A thin film of tan head that fizzes away quickly. Very different from the huge frothy head yesterday that stayed on forever.
Still a dark beer with some reddishes at the bottom of the glass.

You can still smell the base beer, a pretty roasty and charred stout but added to that is an unmistakenly boozy nose. Whiskey for sure. Some coffee still there as well. Vanilla from the casks. Interesting!

Taste then...
Interesting, I think the base beer is subdued a little by the barrels. As expected. It appears less fruity than the original with more of an oaky, vanilla, bourbon flavour to it. The barrels do not overpower the beer however. The fruitiness (or more like malty sweetness) that it has is still there with a oaky/vanilla-ish flavour from the Wild Turkey. Very very complex, especially for me a non-bourbon/whisk(e)y drinker.

Not alcohol from the actual beer.

Very smooth, probably even more than the original. Could be the additional 1% ABV this bottling has. Even less carbonation too. A nice full and oily body.

A very enjoyable beer. It is much better than the original? I don't dare to say but it is different for sure. Well recommended. The 666 version I had long ago is maybe even better.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 20:02:23 | More by IPA35
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled both batches in succession at the West Lakeview Liquors De Molen tasting. Thanks Kristina! Served in a Glunz taster glass. Mostly going off the superior first release from August 22nd, 2010 here.

A - Thin tan foam settles to a thin collar, no lace. Vaguely transparent dark brown body.

S - The aroma is terrific, with great integration of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, biscuit, caramel, and chocolate. Really nice balance of flavors here.

T - Taste is a bit more roasty, with light residual bitterness. Still, this is heavy on the chocolate and biscuit flavors, with pleasant oaky vanilla and a touch of bourbon.

M - Low carbonation, medium-full body, super chewy, with exceptionally well-hidden alcohol. Quite mellow - I could easily have consumed the entire nip bottle on my own.

D - Well, the first batch is significantly better than the more recent (red-waxed) one from February 2011. The newer one is harsher, with more overt oak and alcohol flavors. That being said, I think I like the De Molen Black Damnations more. Since tracking down the first release may prove impossible, I'd recommend sitting on the newer bottles for a bit longer to see if they mellow.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 18:45:22 | More by MasterSki
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

Brewed 10 Oct 2010
Bottled 14/21 Feb 2011

Bottle 1299 of 1560

The beer is dark brown with a thin, beige head of broken bubbles. The head fades rapidly, leaving an oily film on the snifter.

The aroma offers a healthy dose of oak and barrels, followed by roast and booze.

The beer also tastes very oak forward, even somewhat tannic. The flavor exhibits a nice roast character, as well as notes of chocolate covered berries. Additional flavors include malt, syrup, molasses.

The feel is relatively full bodied, with lingering notes of oak and booze.

Overall, I found this to be pretty tasty. I would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 21:28:32 | More by Huhzubendah
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kojevergas

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hel & Verdoemenis Wild Turkey barrel aged. Brewed 10 Oct 2010. Bottled 14/21 Feb 2011. 13% ABV. .33cl bottle served into a minigoblet at Olbutikken in Copenhagen, in early July 2011. Reviewed from detailed notes. Expectations were extremely high given the beer's reputation. Purchased at Olbutikken.

Served slightly warmer than refrigerator cold. I talked with the Olbutikken worker while reviewing, which is why this review is less detailed than most of my high-rating reviews. I had this shortly before reviewing Mikkeller Black Hole Red Wine edition (also at Olbutikken).

A: Pours no head at all - a common De Molen feature, and likely a result of the 13% ABV. Colour is a solid nontransparent black.

Sm: A mild strength aroma of caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Subtle and inviting.

T: Bourbon notes, spice, chocolate, toffee, and very light cream. No caramel or alcohol comes through. Complex and incredibly well built, with a well layered dark malt foundation. The spices are divine, but masterfully subtle. The flavour profile as a whole features incredible subtlety. Very well balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Complements the flavours. Unfortunately, it's a bit undercarbonated though. Good thickness.

Dr: Very drinkable. An amazing beer, and probably the best I've had from De Molen. It lives up to the hype. I'd have it again anytime. Hides its ABV incredibly well. Subtle and wonderful. Complex and amazing. Very fairly priced in Denmark.

A

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 00:29:03 | More by kojevergas
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With the assistance of Wild Turkey bourbon to the ultra roasty Hel & Verdoemenis stout, there's a barrel-aged silkiness that emerges that softens the ashy edge of the beer while complementing with caramel and vanilla sweetness.

Pouring from an oddly clear bottle dipped judiciously with red wax, the 11oz bottle decants with a inky black color, rich viscosity, and low lying carbonation. Like espresso, only a delicate creme aligns the edge of the glass with intermittent pockets muddled about. Instead of lacing, the beer extends its appearance with brandyish legging and oils.

Rich aromas of strong roasted coffee, cocoa, scorched caramel, butterscotch, charred woods, roasted walnuts, cherry flavored alcohols, soft vanilla and almond all share the stage with the scents of bourbon and espresso leading the way. A great sense of depth and complexity is promised even before the first sip is taken.

The dominance of roasted grain and bourbon booze also dominate the taste while the complementing flavors of burnt caramel, campfire smoke, spicy tannin, cherry wood, thin maple, nuttiness, peppery phenols, and charred fruits offer a ton of interest and complexity- releasing new flavors at each visit to the glass. Still, the strong taste of ash that's noted in the original Hel & Verdominis is alive and well in this beer although the succulence of Wild Turkey bourbon rounds off the rougher edges of the dry roast taste.

The robust texture that's pulled together by the mildly unresolved sweetness is aided by the lack of carbonation that allows the sweetness to cling richly to the tongue and coax the palate with thin bourbon sweetness and boozy heat. Semi-dry to finish, the beer's light powdery texture of ash and grain derived astringency delivers one last pang of sharpness to complement the bourbon dryness.

Although I prefer this Wild Turkey barrel aged version of Hel & Verdominis much better than the original, it still has work to do as the phenols, tannins, and ash give the beer a drier roast and chalky taste and texture that's hard to dismiss.

Enjoyed at Kulminator, Antwerp Belgium

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 17:45:05 | More by BEERchitect
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Little bottle thanks to Kristina at WLV Liquors!

A - Pours black, bubbles on top, no head, no lace, no cap.

S - Dark fruit, Wild Turkey, char, chocolate, oak. The booze is obviously there, but doesn't take over and actually compliments the rest of the beer. Dark fruits and chocolate pretty much take the rest of the nose.

T - Caramel, maple syrup, burnt sugars, booze, chocolate, light vanilla. The palate doesn't feature the dark fruity sweetness like the nose does, which I much prefer. The booze is decently smooth for 10% and doesn't hurt the beer. The finish is light char, chocolate, and oaked Wild Turkey. A sipper. Develops more char as the beer warms, which is a bit off-putting.

M - Medium, body is perhaps a bit too thin, very light carbonation (if any), creamy rich finish.

O - A nice RIS but I wouldn't go as far as saying it's World Class. The taste and nose are good (not outstanding), but the light carbonation, thin body, and char notes hurt the overall score. That said, I would drink again, no problem at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 02:06:31 | More by Sean9689
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Thank you John.

Brewed: 23 Jul 2009
Bottled: 22 Aug 2010
Consumed: 21 Apr 2012

O.G. 1105
F.G. 1027
EBC Colour 308.9

Chechz hops, Bittering hops Premianl, and Chechz Saaz
99 EBUs
To be consumed at 15 C

One of 96 bottles produced.

Dark brown but not tar or black. Completely flat.

Aroma of char and vanilla. Noticeably boozy. Chocolate powder.

Tastes like Lawrenceberg, maple syrup, liquid brown sugar, vanilla extract blended with maple syrup an sugar, and bourbon blended chocolate stout which has been diluted through boiling after being mixed 2:1 with sugar.

Mouthfeel: Sweet. Sickly sweet. It’s a good thing this bottle is so small. There is a redeeming touch of twang at the end but for the most part this is a flat, sugary, syrupy mess. It is like drinking warm syrup.

Drinkability: Nil. This beer has been in a refrigerator for two years. Perhaps that did something to it??? This is not a very enjoyable beer. BBA freaks would love it but it’s not my cup of tea. Too thick and sweet. It may have been better younger when it would have been balanced with a greater hop presence or later when its tar like state would be more respectable. Some carbonation would help. It has none.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 02:49:25 | More by DaPeculierDane
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated February 2011. Had on Feb 2012.

A - Pour produced no head. After an aggressive swirl a bubble or two appeared. Very dark, cola colored around edges.

S - Bourbon dominates the nose. Smells great.

T - Mostly bourbon at first. Finish has hints of flavors typical of a stout, roast, dark fruits, molasses.

M - Medium. Not completely flat as the appearance would suggest. Smooth finish.

A good beer. Wish it had more carbonation. Could have waited another year to open.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 00:58:34 | More by s1ckboy
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Ohsaycanyoubeer

Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

18cl bottle #1520, shared with drowland. Pours jet black without a head. Slight bourbon aroma, sweet vanilla. Taste is roasty coffee, the bourbon comes out and burns slightly going down, even then, hides the 13% wonderfully. Very ashy. Sweet and delicious. I’m quite sure that this lives up to the top 50 hype, very, very good. A great example of the beer showing the characteristics of the Bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 01:21:39 | More by Ohsaycanyoubeer
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pixieskid

Germany

3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My bottle reads 13% abv.

Well; certainly an example of how a solid beer can be hurt via barrel aging. Not sure if mine was a "bad" bottle, but it certainly doesn't stack up to others reviews.

Pour; jet black with no head whatsoever, poured this thing quite aggressively as well.
Nose; straight up whiskey with a hint of woodiness and vanilla.
Taste; pretty much the same as the nose; lots of whiskey but it's not overwhelming. Underlying roastiness with a hint of milk chocolate and vanilla.
Overall; pretty disappointing compared to the non-BA version but the abv is well hidden and it is somewhat nice in a whiskey forward way; decent overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 17:09:34 | More by pixieskid
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claaark13

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jeffo and I had an IP trade over in Belgium. He hands me this block of beers that have been wrapped in cardboard and tape. He says "Stick this [stuff] in your luggage and you're good to go". I get home to find that, among other sick bottles, he's included a bottle of this treasure. I'm pretty sure my wife gets sick of me yelling in happiness when I open boxes/packages like this one.

A - Near black pour into a La Chouffe (Magic Chouffe) tulip. All 18cl of it...haha. Good head, thin lacing. Lacing returns with every swirl, then goes back down to thin layer.

S - Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Nice aroma going on here. I get a good amount of the fudge and bourbon mix. It seems to take on the barrel well without overpowering the nose.

T - Starts mild as what I'd call a typical stout, then quickly makes a smooth transition to vanilla and light bourbon. Bourbon is smooth and pleasant. Bourbon flavor gives a noticeable amount of wood in the back part of each taste...best stated as a light charred oak. This mixes with coffee at the end of the flavor. Coffee remains for entire last 1/2 of the flavor, with mild vanilla lingering. When flavor sits on the tongue between sips, coffee dominates. Bourbon "sting" is a little bit evident, esters clear the nose but don't dominate or burn the tongue. Slight chocolate/fudge at the end, but only noticeable after a few sips. Really not as much fudge as the nose would indicate. 13%? Wow, I literally just noticed this (I wrote that down while tasting). Really not evident at all. Much less evident than, for example, in a bottle of BCBS. I would've guessed around 9% based on style and barrel aging.

M - Medium, smooth and works well with the beer. Quite enjoyable and appropriate. Carbonation remains throughout the entire serving.

O - Very good beer. I didn't quite get the upfront fudge that the aroma lead me to anticipate, but the bourbon was right on target. I sipped it slowly since I only had one (18cl bottles are BS, btw), but I would've returned for multiple servings at a bar or if I could have bought a case.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:53:18 | More by claaark13
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle. Excited to try this one.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt and chocolate, with an overwhelming amount of bourbon mixed in. I also get quite a bit of oak mixed in on the aroma.

The flavor is also great. I get a lot chocolate and roasted malt, as well as all of the notes you expect from a bourbon-barrel aged beer: wood, vanilla, maple and whiskey. There is also a little bit of coffee, although it is faint and overpowered by the other flavors. The alcohol is quite noticeable.

Medium carbonation and thick, chewy mouthfeel.

Glad I got to try this one, as it didn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 03:52:58 | More by Mora2000
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DaveJanssen

Germany

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

18 cL bottle poured into a De Molen Eau de Vie glass at Kulminator. brewed Oct. 10 2010, bottled 14/21 Feb 2011. Reviewed 6/9/2011. Bottle 1487/1560.

Ar: Rich roast, full dark malt, whiskey (rough whiskey), vanilla, alchol, strong chocolate, mild burn/char

Ap: Low/medium dark tan head, good retention, thick black

T: Rich and full, roast, molasses, vanilla, strong whiskey, light smoke/char, dried dark fruit, strong chocolate, hop bitterness and unsweetened baking chocolate at end, raisin, brown sugar, toffee. A very full stout with good vanilla, roast, whiskey and char balance.

M: Smooth, alcohol warmth, low carbonation, full body, light alcohol bitterness, viscous

O: Very aggressive and very good, strong alcohol, very full and rich, amazing

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 19:36:58 | More by DaveJanssen
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jbeatty

New York

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeffo. Tasted 8/21/2011

A: Pours, dark, black, with no head and few bubbles ringing around my glass.

S: Really nice aroma: huge bourbon, vanilla and molasses. Following this, nutty dark chocolate, rum raisin, and roast espresso giving a bite to some slightly boozy elements in the end.

T: Dark chocolate up front, espresso bitterness and whiskey, biting alcohol blending with spicy malts and wood on the breath, sweeter vanilla caramel lingering in the finish.

M: Smooth, as you come to expect from this series, but on the thin side, not really coating the palate with these great flavors as much as I would like. Definitely a sipper.

O: Really great H&V treatment overall. The nose, with those great bourbon notes, knocks it out of the park, but the flavor can't quite meet the initial expectations of the smell.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 22:46:45 | More by jbeatty
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TheBrewViking

Alaska

4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't thank Erik enough for this amazing beer! poured into a snifter. Appearance is black and pours with a tiny head that quickly disappears looks to be medium thickness.

Smell is straight bourbon followed by unsweetened dark chocolate followed by some barrel, smells exciting. its almost like taking the cap off of wild turkey and smelling that. awesome

Taste follows the nose, bourbon first with dark chocolate, vanilla followed by some wood. I get some brown sugar in there followed by a nice alcohol burn. excellent, I need more of this stuff

Mouthfeel is pretty light compared to other big stouts, very little carbonation, alcohol is warming but nice.

I was very impressed overall by this beer. age would serve this beer well. pretty awesome beer in my opinion

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 03:21:34 | More by TheBrewViking
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Popery shared this tasty treat. Thanks!

Pours a rather sludgy dark brown, not quite black but very viscous. Pretty much no carbonation.

Quite a bit of boozy bourbon deliciousness on the nose. Pretty hot, roasty, bit of molasses and dark chocolate. A surprising amount of booze appears as it warms. The barrel could be integrated a lot better here.

The palate is better than the nose, but it's still pretty damn hot. There are some nice flavors here, licorice and roasted malt, old leather, oak, brash bourbon. Plenty of sharp booze, too. The body is full, carbonation is low. The finish lingers with a lot of tannin and booze.

It's a nice sipper, but it's pretty unrefined stuff, slightly harsh. Still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 04:37:02 | More by largadeer
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STEG

New York

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.18cl CLEAR nip bottle, I thought the glass was brown until the beer was poured out into a snifter shaped wine glass. A HUGE thanks to jeffo for this one.

Pitch black, no head but a slight hiss did escape the bottle

The smell is intense it's got port, bourbon, sweet dark chocolate, and vanilla with some slight coffee undertones. An absolutely decadent nose.

The taste is much more coffee and chocolate forward with bourbon taking a backseat but present in the heat and flavor towards the middle and the back.

This is some HOT beer in both mouthfeel and flavor it's quite boozy, more-so than most bourbon barrel aged stouts. There's also a considerable earthy character that's duly noted in many DeMolen stouts I've tried.

Overall this is the perfect size bottle (never thought I'd say that) for something this intense both in flavor and heat. Mouthfeel is oily slick, hot and has a light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 01:04:09 | More by STEG
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beeruser

South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Busted this out at our weekly tasting with funkydelic and thagr81us, big ole WOOT WOOT to Greg for hookin this thing up!! Bottle was from first batch (96 bottles)you can literally smell the rarity on the bottle..
A) Pours a small head of mocha foam with very tight carbonation, Very nice lacing and a beautiful pitch black stout lurks below!
S) Smells of brownies, dark fruit, anise,coffee, very mild on the barrel and a little booze to tickle the nose hair!
T) POW!! One of the most complex Belgian stouts I've ever encountered. The Wild Turkey barrel brings a very wood forward , vanilla-caramel almost coconut lusciousness. Nice earthy notes, hints of roasted coffee, chocolate,sweet maltyish thingie that all blends awesome with the barrel that is much more present than in the nose.
M) Medium-full body with a soft persistent carbonation. The body seems to have been thinned by the barrel a bit but not at all in a bad way, it still has plenty of sweet malty sugar and flavor for days!
O) Overall this brew was worthy of all the hype! I wish the bottles were larger but oh well the small serving size made sure we all really tasted the rarity!!! I could see it holding up for many many years in the cellar, it's got PLENTY of backbone!!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 05:19:01 | More by beeruser
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

batch 2, bottle # 1256... dark brown body, hint of dark amber on the fringe, a dark tan head rises about two fingers but is gone way to quick to only leave a light watery ring... light bourbon backbone, present but not overpowering, in addition to the bourbon, light chocolate, molasses and vanilla, like it but not strong enough, too muted to love it... taste is chocolate with alcohol, too alcoholic, a bit of vanilla on the back, ok... mouthfeel is full and velvety but a touch to warm... this is ok, probably needs some more time as its too hot... a little disappointing

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 18:26:20 | More by jrallen34
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Hel & Verdoemenis Wild Turkey B.A. from Brouwerij De Molen
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