Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon B.A. - Brouwerij De Molen
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4.9/5 rDev +13.2%
A: Pours pitch black with a mocha ring of head.
S: A touch of vanilla, some oak, bittersweet chocolate and perhaps a touch of dark roast coffee and some alcohol in the nose.
T: Vanilla, dark chocolate, fudge, oak, up front, followed by some citrus peel, particularly lemon, finishing where it began, with vanilla and dark chocolate. Just a touch of alcohol, but it doesn't distract from the deliciousness of the beer. Very well balanced.
M: Full bodied, gloomy, creamy smooth.
O: This beer is amazing. If you like your stouts bourbon barrel aged, then I could barely recommend a beer more. Imperfections lies merely in the faintness and lack of vanilla in the nose and the taste being very slightly tart with a touch of alcohol. Very minute details, though, as this beer is nearly perfect.
02-09-2014 06:09:19 | More by BierJager89
4.7/5 rDev +8.5%
I also have the beer dated 1/28/2013 (as the last, and only, reviewer).
black pour. no head. smells VERY similar to the Eclipse I just drank. could this be continuation of such blessedness? a deep, rich aroma of bourbon mixed with all the other 'typical' stout aromas . . . .
taste is . . . . wow! very similar to the Eclipse I just had. a continuation of nirvana, to be certain. incredible! a plain, black n white scripted bottle with an incredulous nectar contained within. the day started out not so promising but is finishing quite soundly. bourbon on the peripheral, imperial stout as the base, and happiness within . . . . not QUITE as smooth as the Eclipse, but very, very similar in taste. I had no idea what I was purchasing at the time.... a little LESS stable, and a little more unbalance (but not by much!) than the Eclipse, but what a great adventure in barrel-aged brewing. this is a great experience. do the Eclipse first, if you can; but this is a great secondary for comparing to...
08-26-2013 01:05:09 | More by pkalix
4.56/5 rDev +5.3%
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
4.56/5 rDev +5.3%
Bottle dated 28/01/13. Bottle specifically states "Ale aged in Bourbon barrels" and it's also 10% ABV and a smaller format (11.2ounce)- seems like a new variant.
A: Pitch black pour. Big and dense medium brown head. Head fades very slowly with excellent retention. However, literally zero lacing remains behind.
S: Big bourbon notes. Really nice bourbon too. Burnt sugar, toasted coconut and caramel. LOTS of toasted coconut in fact. Not boozy, surprisingly. Mild char and chocolate nestled below the barrel character but barely noticeable.
T: Wonderful. Sweet bourbon notes up front with caramel and burnt sugar. Super sweet and silky milk chocolate follows it. Whoa. Milk chocolate is impeccable here. Like slightly watered down chocolate syrup. Toasted sugars float in and out constantly, standing alone in the sticky, sugary finish. This is blowing my socks off.
M: Somewhat heavy, silky smooth and borderline creamy.
O: Whoa. I've had the regular H&V and it was pretty good. This bares little resemblance, it's a bourbon and chocolate dream. Period. It's even lower ABV than the base beer so I assume it must be a modified recipe. Flavors are bold and delicious, but well integrated and complimentary. Quite sweet. Super smooth drinking. Just delicious and a delight to drink.
08-23-2013 02:32:17 | More by Dope
4.55/5 rDev +5.1%
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
4.51/5 rDev +4.2%
Small format bottle from Tipples dated 1/28/13 poured on 3/28/14. Pours a thick dark black color with a small dark brown head. Beautiful fudgy chocolate bourbon aroma, caramel, vanilla, more chocolate. Flavor is lots of bourbon up front, sweet syrupy chocolate sauce notes, big burst of vanilla caramel on the finish. Huge thick mouthfeel with low carbonation. This reminds me a lot of BCS but with what feels like even more heft. Very nice...this just sits on the shelf here and I need to buy more of it (all of it?).
03-28-2014 23:29:49 | More by BMMillsy
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
Drank from an 12 fl oz bottle purchased at Redstone Liquors, Stoneham, MA
Served in a snifter
The beer poured dark chestnut brown, nearing black once in the glass. A frothy, inch-tall, caramel colored crown topped the liquid and slowly faded to a thick, bubbly, lasting ring. Tiny droplets of lacing clung to the glass.
The aroma was smooth and robust. Intensely malty with the malts initially seeming more toasty and nutty than roasty. Sweet, plummy, dark fruit notes came through strong. Loads of raisins. As the beer warmed, the nutty, toasty qualities were overshadowed by intense bourbon and vanilla notes. The roasted malts also came forth, along with some booziness.
The flavor profile was also rich, robust and remarkably smooth. Lots of sweet caramel malts and raisin notes on the front end. Moderately roasty. Slightly nutty and toasty. Loads of bourbon and fresh vanilla bean. Good dose of brown sugar. Although the bourbon presence was intense, the beer somehow avoided being overly boozy. Fudge-y, dark chocolate notes really came forth as the beer warmed. The espresso-like finish was roasty with a hint of char, but still incredibly smooth. Like the nose, the alcohol presence became stronger with time.
On the palate, the beer was a bit disappointing. The liquid contained an ultra fine and mellow effervescence, which made the mouthfeel seem almost flat. Somewhat soft and pillowy. The sugars in the beer left a slightly sticky film on my lips.
With all the fantastic barrel-aged stouts being produced domestically, I typically shy away from these pricier imports. This beer however was definitely worth the splurge. Fans of both bourbon and vanilla would undoubtedly enjoy this greatly.
03-06-2014 13:28:21 | More by Damian
Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon B.A. from Brouwerij De Molen
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