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Hel & Verdoemenis - Bourbon BA - Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
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world-class

119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 18
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dope on 08-23-2013

Aged for 20 months
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4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rden4654
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DahWag
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 33mL bottle into a Bear Republic tasting glass. Bottled 28 January 2013.

A: NO head. Shiny black and opaque.

S: Coffee and dead yeast. Hints of sweeter chocolate dust.

T: Quite bitter, which is appealing at the moment. Hint of berry-sweet licorice RIS bitterness that's reminiscent of Expedition. The coffee topnotes never quite disappear though and pierce through the other flavors.

M: A bit flat, brief, and murky. Not great, but not terrible. Round.

O: The flavour is soaring, deep, and magnificent. The rest of the beer is less up to snuff. Still. Worthwhile, worth drinking, would drink again. Recommended.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.86/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz poured into snifter

A: Black as your worst fears almost no head with the pour just a mocha ring

S: deep rich roast, smooth bourbon, light tobacco, and some leather

T: Perfect...it follows the nose it's very deep thick roasty bourbon with such nice dryness it's tobacco tasting without it overwhelming it's bourbony but dry none of the sweetness it's amazing it's almost liked chewed leather with all the best things about chocolate, toast, bourbon thrown in.

M: It's not viscous but this beer clings and coats

O: This beer gives you bourbon barrel but stripping away the sweet vanilla toffee that you expect and gives you rich layers of the flavors you don't see much in BA beers. It's just amazing

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 28/01/13 This is incredible. Roasted cacao nibs, subtle coconut and vanilla notes. This beer may have a close to perfect aroma. The body is a touch sweeter and thinner than expected. Carb is light, but right. I'm impressed. This is a top, top beer!

Photo of GarthT
3/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black with almost no carbonation. Roast malts on nose. Palate is very sweet, almost sugary. Not much else unfortunately. Perhaps a bad bottle (dated June 2013)

Photo of simoen
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doremite
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark black stout, topped by a dark tan head. Firm, good retention, soapy lacing.

Big bourbon aroma, really dominating the profile. Some chocolate and roasted barley comes through. Some vanilla from the wood, and a hint of coconut.

Really smooth flavor up front: roasted barley without much bite at all, wrapped in a soft bourbon envelope. Strong bourbon notes take until the final 1/3 to really show up, and do so smoothly and sweetly, with a growing heat. Chocolate notes show up on the back-end as well. Tannins and tobacco on the finish, with a slight oaky sourness present throughout.

Shocking to see this clocks in at 102 EBU; it's bitter, but there isn't much hop representation beyond a slightly vegetal, earthy bitterness. Not a ton of bitterness from the roast, either.

A touch more chocolate as it warms. Smooths out overall very nicely.

Slick mouthfeel, medium bodied but quite a big beer, nonetheless. Bourbon aging provides a ton of heat. Very lively; almost too much sting to enjoy chewing, but not quite. Fairly long wet finish; lingering heat; bourbon and oak aftertaste linger on the tongue beautifully.

This is a very good BBA stout, especially for bourbon lovers. A stronger showing by the malt profile is all that keeps this from being truly world-class. I need more STOUT in my stout.

Definitely drink it warmer, or start slightly chilled and appreciate the change. This seems like a great candidate for aging.

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4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like BBA stouts and this one is no exception. Great stout from my friend Menno, cheers! Very light alcoholburn but very drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of aboyd87
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Honestly the best beer I've ever had.

Photo of EZEKIEL_F
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Philvillani
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Nat1975
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of randylangford
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Jeffo
3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the De Molen beer shop in Bodegraven.

From a bottle into a snifter
EBC: 297
EBU: 102
24 degrees Plato

APPEARANCE: A clear, dark brown pour, almost black, yields a one finger, medium looking tan head with decent retention. Black body, transparent, with higher levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of sweet cream and vanilla, milk chocolate, oak, toffee and butterscotch on the nose. Bourbon notes too, but the candy aromas come out much more prevalent here. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak with some caramel and alcohol up front. Big and lingering finish with more spirit and wood, sweet vanilla, toffee and milk chocolate on the palate. Flavorful, but not extremely complex. Still, this has all the necessary elements in all the right places.

PALATE: Medium body with lower levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes sticky. Some heat lingers. Like the feel of a lot of these brews.

OVERALL: Another good H&V variant. I don’t think this is quite as intense and complex as some of the others in the family, but it’s still a quality barrel aged H&V variant and can hold its own next to any of the heavy hitters in the style. Basically H&V could be aged in anything and it would probably turn out just fine. There are other variants I’d reach for first, but I certainly wouldn’t turn this one down. Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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Hel & Verdoemenis - Bourbon BA from Brouwerij De Molen
96 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.