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Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon B.A. - Brouwerij De Molen

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Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon B.A.Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon B.A.

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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 16
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged for 20 months

(Beer added by: Dope on 08-23-2013)
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2.73/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Pour is dark brown with dark tan head. Nose is pretty balanced with nice bourbon notes, faint peat and wood notes. Some roasted malt notes and hints of dark chocolate. Taste has much more peat and some interesting yeast notes. More malt complexity and and depth but a bit of sweetness through the finish. Milky chocolate and light roasted malt with brown sugar and malt sugar left over. Medium body with a creamy feel and softer carbonation.

Photo of pants678
3.64/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Black with no head of note.

Vanilla and bourbon.

Bourbon's not as pronounced as chocolate. Faint hint of sweetness, would guess that's stronger pre barrel aging. Like Arcadia's BBA Stout, could well stand to be kicked up a few notches. Meets criteria yet hardly a beer of superlatives.

Could stand more carbonation even knowing the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Jeffo
3.95/5  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  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Chico1985
4.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/28/13.

Pour into a snifter is absolutely, positively pitch black. Barely any psst when it was opened, but a small tan cap appears and quickly forms a bubbly ring which remains for the duration and leaves bits of lace. Smell is decadent, pretty bourbon forward with huge chocolate-covered cherries, caramel and coconut. Definitely on the sweet side with not much roast.

The taste is good but seems more muddled, and missing some of the the nuances brought by the scent. Definitely very bourbony and sweet with lots of chocolate, brown sugar and dark fruit, with some charred oak and light smoke to balance it out along with some hop bitterness. There is some oxidation taste mid-palate noticeable with almost every sip but not too much of an issue. Mouthfeel is oily with low-carbonation, a bit hot with alcohol, could use more heftiness. Certainly a sipper.

It's kinda harsh for my tastes but it grew on me after some time. Even with the 11.2oz bottle this is probably one that's good to split.

Photo of cbutova
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon B.A. from Brouwerij De Molen
96 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.