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

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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 51
Gots: 18 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: doopiedoopiedoo on 02-26-2011)
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Horbar

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-19-2013 20:10:47 | More by Horbar
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jbeatty

New York

4.05/5  rDev -4%
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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danieelol

Australia

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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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tectactoe

Michigan

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -2.6%
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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doopiedoopiedoo

Netherlands

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked these up at de Molen beer shop as soon as I found out they had it.

Comes in a small 18cl bottle.
Bottle number 1458 of 1560.

Brewed on October 10th 2010
Bottled on 14 and 21 Februari

Opens with a big hiss. Hopefull as some the bigger de Molen Stouts tend to be flat.

Pours pitch black. Almost no head or carbonation visible.

Lots of barrel on the nose upfront. The Hel en Verdoemenis I also recognise. Dark Choclate, Coffee, bitterness and some alcohol.

Sweetness, vanilla but also bitter chocolate and coffee upfront in the flavors. A roasty kind of coffee taste lingers afterwards. The nose promised some alcohol but the mouth doesn't come through on that one and that's a good thing.

A light body, smooth and yes there is some carbonation. Not as boozy as the original Hel en Verdoemenis. I'm very much convinced that this one will get better with age. The flavors might just have to blend a little more.

I'm glad I got my hands on a bunch of these. Won't open one for a while as I feel that this needs to age but once it's done... I think this could be one of the best barrel aged RIS I have tried. Will (re)review this again... and again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 17:08:50 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429 , alongside the regular and Misto BA versions (shared by TurdFurgison). Thanks, guys!

Black and flat, this has reddish-brown highlights. The nose is better than the Misto, IMO. Fruitier with more coffee, a nice dark fruit and chocolate character to go with the boozier, less complex barrel character. Despite the reduced complexity, this works better IMO. The palate opens boozier, hotter and with brown sugar, vanilla and plenty of chocolate.Moderately roasty with some burnt malt bitterness present, this finishes a little sweet and boozy with plenty of chocolate liqueur. Excellent stuff

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 03:48:13 | More by DefenCorps
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
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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kaneel

France

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-02-2013 10:27:19 | More by kaneel
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crosenkrantz

Switzerland

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-14-2013 23:14:23 | More by crosenkrantz
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beerpirates

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-24-2014 16:03:55 | More by beerpirates
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ystazi

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-25-2013 20:55:03 | More by ystazi
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-13-2013 13:07:21 | More by liamt07
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MaartenvanDoorn

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-28-2013 10:20:36 | More by MaartenvanDoorn
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Brabander

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-28-2013 14:21:48 | More by Brabander
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-27-2014 19:31:26 | More by auroracrisis
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-12-2014 03:07:29 | More by JeffTheJuice
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-29-2012 15:44:34 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-06-2014 17:53:47 | More by Rekrule
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Michigan

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-21-2013 14:22:02 | More by Michigan
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popery

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-08-2012 21:53:59 | More by popery
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-08-2014 20:25:35 | More by tom10101
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tmzl

Slovenia

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2/7/13 bottle.

Look: Pours with thick, large, mocha head. Slow to medium retention speed, stickier big bubbles break down - they mostly form lacing. Leaves a thick but solid layer, good amount of lacing through. Dark, dark brown, no living light can penetrate it.

Smell: Cacao, fat, full, stuffy as fuck. Milk chocolate with very well represented bourbon oak are the dominant notes. Salty, mineral, burned soy sauce, but good incorporation into roasted, chocolate heavy malt. Light alcohol to detect.

Taste: Salty, medium intense molasses start. Also very light acidity that does it good. It continues into mostly milk chocolate with some roast and burned caramel medium-heavy sweetness. But this gets quickly dominated with medium to heavy honey bourbon oak with a noticeable alcohol spike and ends with medium to heavy coffee, cappuccino bitterness. Late in the after some coconut notes star to flow around. The taste is a lot less stuffy than the nose.

Mouthfeel: Full, medium heavy body, solid, creamy with some alcohol warming.

Overall: As it's none barreled base, it’s quite a beer. A fat one, full of darker malt wonders, but this time with a very strong bourbon presence, maybe a bit too much for my taste. It's a demanding beer, but well worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2014 16:04:01 | More by tmzl
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up from overseas. Served alongside the regular version and the Misto (courtesy of Eric). Served in a FFF-Intelligentsia snifter.

Pours a near-black color with a very thin mocha head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves just a few bubbles behind. The nose has a ton of bourbon, though it's pretty smooth. Roast and chocolate in the background along with some mild vanilla and booze. The flavor is dominated by the bourbon, though no complaints here as it is quite nice. Oak and vanilla plus some chocolate. Body is a bit boozy and not quite as smooth or creamy as the Misto version. Really nice, still. Great beer; this was a really fun comparison set.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 13:33:48 | More by Thorpe429
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kojevergas

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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
Hel & Verdoemenis Wild Turkey B.A. from Brouwerij De Molen
93 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.