Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon B.A. - Brouwerij De Molen
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4.55/5 rDev +4.6%
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
3.5/5 rDev -19.5%
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.
08-15-2014 15:57:53 | More by cpetrone84
4.18/5 rDev -3.9%
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
4.56/5 rDev +4.8%
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
4.51/5 rDev +3.7%
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
4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
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
Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon B.A. from Brouwerij De Molen
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