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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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

99 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 15
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

pcarney8, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

oriolesfan4, Mar 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

apasternak, Mar 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

duceswild, Mar 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

DoubleSimcoe, Mar 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

safaricook, Mar 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

ShemRahBoo, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

KCBeerNerd, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

digita7693, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Damian
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from an 12 fl oz bottle purchased at Redstone Liquors, Stoneham, MA
28/01/13
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.

Damian, Mar 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Rado, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

drewone, Mar 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

braican, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

rxeight, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of Resuin
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
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
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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
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4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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
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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.

GONZALOYANNA, Feb 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

brother_kenneth, Feb 04, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

ygtbsm94, Feb 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

MarkJBurch, Feb 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

polopaul20, Jan 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

CDCNAM, Jan 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

jtladner, Jan 01, 2014
Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon B.A. from Brouwerij De Molen
96 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.