Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon B.A. - Brouwerij De Molen
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.56/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
January 28, 2013 bottling reviewed November 2013. Poured into a Great Lakes snifter. The beer pours out very black with just a trace of light peeking through the edges of the surface. Very low carbonation. As this is barrel-aged, I do not consider that a penalty. The nose has lots of rich, liqueur-like notes of vanilla, fudge, baker's chocolate, and bourbon.
Very full body and a nice, rich flavor. Lots of sweet malt up front, followed by some roasty, coffee-like bitterness. Right around mid-palate the bourbon notes charge in with their vanilla and oaky sweetness and alcohol warmth, enriching the flavor with toffee-like notes and pulling your chops into an irresistible smile. Nice bourbon warmth lingers on the finish with a hint of chocolate and coffee.
Overall, one of the better bourbon-barrel-aged stouts I've had recently. The malt, coffee, and bourbon flavors are the stars here, not dark fruit as in some others. The flavor profile of this one reminds me a lot of BCBS, except it lacks a bit of the body of that beer and is not quite as aggressive. Still, this is a wonderfully-made beer and the barrel-aging is very well done.
Serving type: bottle
11-24-2013 01:18:03 | More by deadonhisfeet
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4.18/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Big thanks to my buddy Cheeks for providing me with this bottle, always been meaning to try more of this series.
A- 12oz bottle poured to a snifter with a black, but not pitch black body. A tiny head forms only for a few moments before falling fast to a small, frothy ring. Lacing is spotty and rare.
S- Prominent aromas jump out of the glass with notes of deeply roasted malts, sweet dark sugars, candied raisins, bourbon soaked oak, vanilla and just a touch of alcohol. The dark fruits and sweetness bring an Old Ale factor into play that I find in high ABV Bruery beers.
T- Trifecta balance of Bourbon soaked toasted oak, dark roast grains and caramelized, sugar soaked raisins. The flavor drinks huge but the alcohol doesn't come into play, just rich if that makes sense. Notes of burnt cereal grains, dried dark fruits, cherry, vanilla sweetness, whiskey, oxidized caramel ala Old Ale, prunes and wood.
MF- Super thick bodied and oily like an Old Ale or syrupy Stout. Carbonation at a low-medium level but appropriate considering the decadence. Finishes warm but does not reach hot.
Sweet but in a good way, coming from someone who is not a fan of overly sweet beers. The sweetness is matched by a nice alcohol warming, Bourbon soaked oak and raisin dark fruit characteristics. De Molen is growing on me, big time.
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2014 03:16:53 | More by cbutova
Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon B.A. from Brouwerij De Molen
95 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.