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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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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged for 20 months

(Beer added by: Dope on 08-23-2013)
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Photo of Resuin
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Resuin, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

papat444, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of BierJager89
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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.

BierJager89, Feb 09, 2014
2.73/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

GONZALOYANNA, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of brother_kenneth
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

brother_kenneth, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This practically oozed out of the tap as it had a thick body of jet black coloring. The head was a thin ribbon of foam with a nice creamy density.

The aroma was sweet vanilla and coconut with just a bit of coffee.

The flavors were more profound than the nose suggested as the coconut and vanilla were rich and robust. I also caught some chocolate malt a light bit of coffee an some smoky char. The Bourbon flavor is more an accompaniment and doesn't detract from the sweetness.

The feel is just as thick as the appearance would suggest with a deeply full swallow.

This is so well done and rivals any one of the Top 10 BA Stouts.

KYGunner, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

ygtbsm94, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of MarkJBurch
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

MarkJBurch, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of polopaul20
5/5  rDev +15.2%

polopaul20, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of CDCNAM
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

CDCNAM, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of jtladner
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jtladner, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of random846
5/5  rDev +15.2%

random846, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of jampics2
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

jampics2, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Rollzroyce21, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of Modernrickk
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Modernrickk, Dec 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

DCgolfpro, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

JAHMUR, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of ahermsen
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

ahermsen, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

deadonhisfeet, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

largadeer, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Rainier
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Rainier, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of macher0
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip.

A. Pours very dark amber - almost black - with a fine bubble light tan head that retreats to a slight rim of similar color and consistency. Low viscosity.

S. Sweet aromas of vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate, hazelnuts, and marshmallows. The bourbon/oak aroma is there, but not as prevalent as most ba stouts. Some booze vapors come out as the ale opens. Moderate fragrance.

T. Very delicate and balanced flavors. Not near as sweet as the nose would suggest. Major notes of dark malts, bourbon, bourbon-oak, and vanilla with a slight hop profile.

M. Quite thin with low carbonation. Full bodied. A little sticky. These traits combine to make this ale extremely smooth with little to no aftertaste.

O. A very delicate ale that has a great flavor and can go down extremely fast. An excellent ba stout. Kind of pricey at $9.99/12 oz., but worth a try for sure.

macher0, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of osuskin
4/5  rDev -7.8%

osuskin, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of crosenkrantz
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

crosenkrantz, Oct 11, 2013
Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon B.A. from Brouwerij De Molen
95 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.