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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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Reviews: 37
Hads: 99
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 49
Gots: 19 | FT: 3
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: doopiedoopiedoo on 02-26-2011

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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 99
Photo of STEG
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (908 characters)

Photo of beeruser
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
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!! (1,242 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
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 (574 characters)

Photo of GoGriz
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 1522 of 1560 sent to me by Jeff. Thanks again!!

The pour comes out inactive carbonation wise which seems to be a trend with these De Molen beers. I give it a jostle to try and conjur out some head but not happenning. The color is a half shade lighter than used motor oil and a maple syrup brown coats the glass after a swirl. All in all, nothing overly great about the appearance.

Then magic happens.

The scent is vanilla bean, molasses, toffee, bourbon and dark roast coffee. Fantastic. Not quite 4.5 but better than 4.0.

The taste of this beer is what I look for in BA stouts but rarely get. Integration of barrel, multiple flavors, richness to those flavors. The taste matches the nose in flavor. All work well together.

Mouthfeel is great for having little carbonation. Very viscous and leaves the mouth coated. Lasting flavor on the finish.

I want more of this beer. One of the better BA stouts I've ever had. (932 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

180ml bottle into a snifter, courtesy of Paul - thanks for opening this on our stealth cellar trip & thanks for such a great tasting!

The brew looks decent enough in the snifter - it's a dark black color with just a touch of lighter brown and a hint of red around the edges when backlit. The biggest positive thing about the appearance is the color, the biggest negative is the lack of any head whatsoever. Just a few bubbles after the vigerous pour, with a quick submission and no lace. That's OK for a big BA RIS, but I'd still like a sign of life or two.

The smell is awesome. Wild Turkey is evident - this is a unique whisky and is present in it's glory with notes of initial astringency dissipating to uncover nice touches of vanilla and honey. There's a great base beer underneath - this is a De Molen product, remember - and notes of chocolate, char, earth and dark fruit emerge as the beer opens up. Very, very nice job showcasing the barrel!

The taste is equally impressive, with the barrel really showing through over the base beer's sweet malt foundation. There's notes of spicy bourbon courtesy of the Turkey, with more subtle vanilla and oak emerging from time to time. The wonderful Hel & Verdoemenis underneath has notes of chocolate, dark fruit and even a touch of hops. But the star of the show is the whisky, and the base beer is very sweet but never crosses the line. Again, very well done.

The mouthfeel suffers just a bit due to low carbonation and just a touch of syrupiness. But that's OK - it's still better than most of the big BA RIS out there. Medium-plus body with a wonderful booze-kissed finish. Overall, this is really good stuff. Thanks to the host with the most, this was a fun brew to enjoy with good beer peeps! Cheers!! (1,759 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with funkydelic and I at an impromptu tasting! First batch (96 bottles)! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller sampler wine glass. Poured a massively dark brownwith a minimal light tan head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, wood, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, wood, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was just an excellent brew. The aroma on this one was excellent. So much so, it actually took me awhile to take my first sip as I kept going back to smell it over and over. Once it did hit my palate I knew I was in the presence of a great beer. The flavor was very complex and smooth. All aspects of this one just seemed to work in unison to make the others stand out. Really a great beer that I was very happy to have the opportunity to try! (986 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.17/5  rDev 0%
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 (618 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe recently served side by side by side with the base beer and Misto B.A. versions, quite a cool thing to do. This was the winner (by a nose) to me.

Again, beer is black, very little head, low carbonation, no lacing, looks like a barrel aged stout to me.

Aroma is better in this one, much much more bourbon, still quite smooth, nice follow up roastiness and mild vanilla and oak. I'm looking forward to this.

I want a beer to push back a little, it is easy to overdo it but still, this beer is sweet, has the bourbon almost immediately, doesn't finish too harshly, leaves you wanting more. It's sweet but not cloying, bourbon flavored but not hot. Mouthfeel is great, it is a good beer all around. This one had the most aggressive and complex flavor profile, that's why it wins for me.

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. (1,339 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking bottle 804 of 1560 bottles, which was bottled around 14/21 February, 2011. ABV is 13%.

Body is very dark brown. Aggressive pour into a brandy snifter produces only a slight tan head, that quickly dissipates into a fine ring, with swirls of light suds on the surface.

Smells of dark roasted malt, whiskey alcohol, vanilla, dark fruit, prunes, and oak. A lot going on with this.

Tastes of dark roasted malt, a little powdery char, luscious dark fruit, sour but also sweet, and pretty boozy from the whiskey. Has a nice hoppy bitter finish, but not as bitter as I'd expect for a 99.9 EBU beer.

Body is medium, and there is a bit of a sticky sweetness, and just a small amount of carbonation. Overall, tastes pretty smooth.

This is a great RIS, very flavorful and very potent, in taste and in alcohol. This beer makes a perfect desert beer or night-capper. (875 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is ranked really highly on the other site, but for some reason, the 96 bottle first batch didn't get onto the site here. Really glad De Molen decided to brew this one again, and to bottle a reasonable amount of it as well. Got this bottle from the De Molen shop in Bodegraven.

From a 18cl bottle into a snifter.
Batch #2. Brewed 10 Oct 2010 and bottled 14/21 Feb 2011.
Bottle 736 of 1560.
OG: 1105
FG: 1027

APPEARANCE: A black pour produces a very small, faint, tan head that vanishes almost immediately. Head barely makes an appearance and is gone. A stringy wisp and ring remain. Jet black body with zero carbonation evident. Ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Thick looking stout, but average at best.

SMELL: A big nose for sure. Travels through the room. Roasted malts, dark bakers chocolate and some faint espresso notes. Barrel is definitely there. Bourbon notes with a good dose of vanilla and some brown sugar. A touch of booze in there as well. Lots of barrel without dominating. Very enticing.

TASTE: Lots of flavor. Roasted and charred malts with a good dose of pure, dark baker's chocolate and sweet caramel. Lots of barrel again, with some bourbon, oak, and a shot of vanilla. A big, bold and lingering aftertaste of barrel, roasted malts, and a touch of alcohol. Bourbon, vanilla, sweet brown sugar and roasted malts linger and linger. Barrel is definitely the front runner, though it doesn't overwhelm the base beer. Very well done.

PALATE: Thick, full body with very low levels of carbonation. Luckily this one is carbonated, as De Molen has had troubles in this department with their higher ABV stuff. Heavy and syrupy on the palate, though not overly creamy as a result. Goes down smooth with a bit of a burn after the swallow and finishes relatively mouth coating. Palate fits the beer very well.

OVERALL: It's obvious why this brew ranks so highly. Definitely one of De Molen's more barrel forward BA stouts, but done extremely well, without dominating the base beer. Still somewhat boozy for top marks, but given a little bit of time, and this will turn into a gem. A bold, flavorful, and superbly crafted barrel aged imperial stout. Worth tracking down for sure.

EDIT: With a huge thanks to Dennoman, Doopie and I were able to try a complete H&V Wild Turkey vertical, including the first batch 96 bottle nip that was brewed in July 2009 and bottled in August 2010. This one was the clear favorite, edging out the 2nd batch and wiping the floor with the 3rd and most recent vintage. The first batch shared many of the same qualities with the 2nd, but was less boozy, more chocolate forward, and had some pronounced toffee and butterscotch flavors as well. Absolutely decadent, and a clear 5 for taste and aroma. Cheers again for this opportunity Dennis. Never dreamed I'd see this. (2,842 characters)

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.13/5  rDev -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. (1,159 characters)

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Hel & Verdoemenis Wild Turkey B.A. from Brouwerij De Molen
91 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.