Hel & Verdoemenis - Bourbon BA | Brouwerij De Molen

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Hel & Verdoemenis - Bourbon BAHel & Verdoemenis - Bourbon BA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged for 20 months

Added by Dope on 08-23-2013

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of t420o
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon Barrel Aged

Bottled: 1/28/13

A- pour yields a 1/2 finger mocha head that recedes quick leaving some lacing. Beer pitch black in color. 4

S- huge whiffs of rich chocolate, bourbon, toffee, coffee, fudge, slight vanilla. Alcohol is very well hidden. Smells excellent. 4.5

T- really excellent. Milk chocolate, toffee and caramel, fudge, coffee, bourbon, and some graham cracker. Very rich and pleasurable. 4.5

M- very smooth. Good lower-medium carbonation that suits the beer well 4

O- an absolute pleasure. One to seek out. Good drinkability in spite of the style and abv. 4.75

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Photo of pkalix
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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...

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Photo of Dope
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Hel & Verdoemenis - Bourbon BA from Brouwerij De Molen
92 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.