Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon B.A. - Brouwerij De Molen
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Reviews by writerLJBerg:
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
11.2 oz bottle.
A: Pitch black with a very faint mocha head. Has great legs, though.
N: Rich mocha/dark chocolate covered espresso bean. Heavy amounts of vanilla/caramel/bourbon/oak. Some dark fruit.
T: Lots of bourbon. Quite sweet with oak acting as balance. Some moderate bitterness.
M: Oily, and medium-heavy body. Alcohol is very well-hidden.
O: This is far better than the regular version. It really is just about everything you’d want in a barrel aged stout. Plenty of flavor showing through, everything in coordination...I wish this didn’t cost so much or I’d buy a case.
09-13-2013 17:27:03 | More by writerLJBerg
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4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
This practically oozed out of the tap as it had a thick body of jet black coloring. The head was a thin ribbon of foam with a nice creamy density.
The aroma was sweet vanilla and coconut with just a bit of coffee.
The flavors were more profound than the nose suggested as the coconut and vanilla were rich and robust. I also caught some chocolate malt a light bit of coffee an some smoky char. The Bourbon flavor is more an accompaniment and doesn't detract from the sweetness.
The feel is just as thick as the appearance would suggest with a deeply full swallow.
This is so well done and rivals any one of the Top 10 BA Stouts.
02-03-2014 19:56:23 | More by KYGunner
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.
Out of the bottle pours very chestnut brown, and hits with a dark walnut brown to nearly black body. Lots of red hues on the edges as well. Head barely makes a finger, almost orange with a tan light one finger tall consistency. It falls quickly but always maintains a very large bubbled collar and simple whispy top.
What an absolutely gorgeous nose on this beer. Dense giant cookie dough and caramel biscuits. Coffee aromas and dark bitter chocolate, roast malts and just incredibly complex. I can't get over this biscuit cookie caramel angle it's just unreal and unlike any barrel aged stout I've had. Truly wonderful and impressive as all get out, so much going on here.
Palate comes with a real nice amount of flavors. The complexity continues matching from the bouquet, thick and doughy cookie, matching with a sense of dark chocolate and caramel. This is like biting into one of those chocolate centered caramel bars only better. Finish has a bit of hop action surprisingly hinting at lime and pine bitterness. Lots of roast coffee warmth to match and dark malt crackling char. Mouthfeel is the only thing that surprisingly lacks, it's slightly wet but the flavors all still manage to carry through wonderful. Hints of piping black licorice heat and warmth to match almost zambuca in a way.
A real stunner of a brew, just filled with lots of incredible complex flavors and qualities. So much here to enjoy even overlooking the slightly lacking body. In fact it now reminds me of biting into a bar of Twix sans peanut butter.. only... 100 times better.
10-07-2013 19:16:13 | More by smakawhat
4.56/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
11-24-2013 01:18:03 | More by deadonhisfeet
2.73/5 rDev -37.1%
330ml bottle. Tulip glass @ BierCab (Barcelona). Deep ruby color, cloudy appearance. Tan froth, lasting crown. Caramel malt, spiced aromas, hints of bitter orange & woody hues to the nose. Sugar & caramel malt at first sip. Medium body. Soft carbonation. All flavors & aromas are quickly overwhelmed by intense alcohol notes. Bourbon provides a harsh ABV sensation. Unbalanced.
02-04-2014 01:44:09 | More by GONZALOYANNA
4.25/5 rDev -2.1%
Says it can be kept for up to 25 years but i didn't want to wait :)
Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle, bottled 28/01/13.
Dark brown pour with thin foam but the sides are slathered. Aroma of bourbon, coffee, chocolate and roastedness. Taste is very smooth, sweet bourbon mixes well with creamy coffee; hints of cocoa. next to no carbonation. While the yeast isn't a factor, it makes it a different kind of barrel-aged ale, more mellow. A very nice one to sip.
02-12-2014 19:22:35 | More by papat444
4.18/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
06-25-2014 03:16:53 | More by cbutova
Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon B.A. from Brouwerij De Molen
95 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.