Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon B.A. - Brouwerij De Molen
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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
4.5/5 rDev +3.4%
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
4.38/5 rDev +0.7%
Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a goblet. This was bottled on 01/28/13 so has a bit over a year of age on it.
Appearance: Pours a deep brown/hazel (near black, but shades of brown in there) and leaves a dark tan head of about a half finger which fades to a thin layer atop the beer.
Smell: Big bourbon, sweet dark fruits, candied plums, figs, raisins, molasses, oak, hint of roasted malts, dark chocolate. Big and sweet.
Taste: Not quite as sweet as the smell which is nice. Candied plums, molasses, roasted/smoked malts, light smoked meats, dark chocolate, plenty of oak.
Mouth-feel: Lightly carbonated with a medium body. Nothing too different or outstanding here, but it doesn't really hurt the beer. Beer finishes smooth.
Overall: A really nice barrel aged stout. Very smooth for the ABV, with lots and lots of barrel characteristics. Plenty of character, and even with how amazing the base beer is alone, this didn't disappoint.
02-13-2014 22:26:49 | More by Resuin
Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon B.A. from Brouwerij De Molen
95 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.