Hel & Verdoemenis
Brouwerij De Molen

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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #119
ABV:
10.2%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,030
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 10.24%
Reviews:
242
Ratings:
688
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Hel & VerdoemenisHel & Verdoemenis
Notes: Hel & Verdoemenis is bursting with flavors. Bitter, roasted, chocolate, coffee. All times 2. It's this why it's our Flag Ship and best selling Imperial Stout. Flavour indication: chocolate, coffee.

Translates as Hell & Damnation
Reviews: 242 | Ratings: 688 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black body and a syrupy pour, patiently forming a low milk chocolate head, dense and fine, with average retention.
Aromas of rich dark chocolate and coffee, no bitterness or acidity, and baked dried fruit cake; comforting.
Wow delicious - tastes like real hot chocolate (melted bars), dark and rich, with just the right amount of balancing bitterness and light acidity keeping the palate fresh and excited; light hints of dark fruit - cassis and blackberry; feel is soft and velvety, lingering for days on the tongue; low carbonation, medium-full body

Beautifully done, superbly balanced, delicious sophisticated flavour. So many imperial stouts are overly sweet, this keeps the sugar to minimum while still remaining rich and appropriately bitter.

Oct 16, 2021
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Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look is nice but heavily carbonated.

Smell is stellar. It smells so fucking familiar but I cant put my finger on it. Im getting memory triggers to bells 35th anniversary expedition stout more than anything. I can definitely smell the against the grain bo & luke influence as well.
Roasty, smokey, toasted grains, ash. Damn incredible aromas.

Taste is oh my God good. My tastes have matured greatly in the past few years and I once wouldn't have appreciated this as I do now. It's incredibly bitter from so many angles. Burnt toast and nightshift black coffee thats been on the burner for hours are forefront. Now lick the ashy crust of an oak smoked pork shoulder while chewing on some pure unsweetened cacao and you've 99% described this beer. Incredible. I would have drain poured this 5 or 10 years ago but these days the depth and richness of these dark flavors are hitting me like a drug. This is one of the best sippers I've had in years.

Feel is world class. I let it warm up to just about room temperature and its dense and oily as can be.

Overall. A $10 beer worth so much more if you appreciate the following: non adjunct beers, smoked beers/rauchbiers, and wrecking your palate for hours.

Apr 24, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage - drank 11-2020

Tastes of dark roasted malts up front with dark fruit and bitter chocolate mixed including coffee and slight hint of tobacco to round it out. Medium mouthfeel with nice viscosity. Very nicely done

Feb 28, 2021
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 330ml bottle, bottled on 4th November 2013. Enjoy within 25 years. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with no head and no lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, with slight wafer notes.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, caramel, nutty, dried dark fruit notes, with a lasting dark chocolate bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Good aroma and flavours make for an enjoyable sipper on a cool winter night.

Jan 20, 2021
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Ink black, pours with 2mm deep tan head.
S- Mostly cocoa notes for me, with minor coffee alongside.
T- Woah, immediately deep! Mega coffee, MASSIVE coffee, it's like having a chilled espresso. Amazingly not much else at all seems to permeate the coffee. Oh ps. there is a small hoppy flourish right in the finish.
F- It is an absolute blaster of a brew, and mine is still chilled from the fridge. Can't imagine what this would be like once it's warmed up some.
O- The amazing thing for me is the 10%ABV never reveals itself shoutily at all, it clearly there but I never get a moment of ABV-zing in the mouth. Skilled brewing there. This is quite something, especially suited for lovers of black beers, and refined big-beast exotics. Bought from TremblingMadness/UK £4.80, as part of a DIY chosen mixed-case for home delivery to London.
Notes: FWIW my bottle is marked 10%ABV vs 10.2% in the Description^. Bottled on 17/06/2020 BB: No rush apparently, 17/06/2045!
ps. This beer rates well I see, yet lower than the Mast Landing (US)/Gunner's Daughter/Milk Stout/5.5% I just had earlier which rates '94/World Class' -> in fact higher than any rating of the 1,440 I've made to date. Maybe not enough BA-folk over in the US get to buy beers like this one... ?

Edit/Add 9th/Jan/2021 - A second bottle I bought arrived this week, it is also marked as 10.0% ABV vs 10.2% in the headers above. It seems the ABV% has been nominally lowered...

Nov 10, 2020
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elNopalero from California

4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

REVIEW 2500!!!
Hel & Verdoemenis
Batch 195
Brewed 21 June 2010, bottled on 20 July 2010. The label states the beer will be good for 25 years if kept cool and dark.

I opened this on 20 May 2020, a month shy of the decade mark, in honor of a very special accomplishment, and in spite of some other setbacks, during this time of a global pandemic and the ensuring tragedy that has unfolded around it.

The beer itself pours pitch black with a bountiful, creamy, tan head. The foam lingers for a while. It smells wonderful, with a bit of dark chocolate malts on the bouquet along with what reminded me of mushrooms and soy sauce. Umami-liscious! Even after a decade the beer has a slight bite to it, despite being mellow and smooth and exhibiting an amazing depth of flavor. I get a lot more of those roasty cacao notes along with the sautéed mushrooms and soy. Lingering finish, and an absolute joy to sip. Congratulations, I am telling myself, for a journey that made the destination all the more rewarding.

Sep 01, 2020
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Radcpa from Washington

4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle properly aged for 2 years. Very dark appearance with slight white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a pleasant dark chocolate with a touch of coffee. Taste is also a very pleasant slightly sweet chocolate and mild coffee.

Mar 31, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pitch-black coloration with a large, creamy, mocha-colored head. Smells rather intoxicating of quite roasted, caramel malt and strong notes of chocolate and coffee, with just a hint of licorice and herbal hops. Taste is a perfect balance of quite roasted, caramel malt and strong roasted coffee and dark, bitter chocolate notes, with lighter tobacco and licorice accents, as well as just a hint of dark fruit and herbal, bitter hops. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some roasted malt, coffee and chocolate lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a rich body and medium carbonation.

Just an incredible Russian Imperial Stout that is big on the roasted malts and bitter hops, as well as quite intense notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, with further complexity added by some lighter tobacco, licorice and dark fruit accents. Seriously one of the best examples of the style I've ever had, giving much more well-known US-breweries a run for their money. Neither Narwhal nor Old Rasputin can touch in in my humble opinion.

Jan 02, 2020
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qrazvan from Romania

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An extraordinary imperial stout, dominated by the hazelnuts and chocolate, but in the same time with a dry feel and lasting finish. Another spectacular release from De Molen.

Jan 01, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like your roasted malts deep and prolonged--deep brown color, chocolate nose but strong espresso taste that's somewhat bitter. Creeping underneath in the aftertaste is licorice. This is a big, bold Imp Stout.

Dec 09, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an extremely dark brown with a quarter inch dark tan head that settles to a ring very quickly and leaves no lacing. Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Tastes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark roasted malts,moderate bitterness, a bit of nuttiness, dark fruits and a hint of soy. Full bodied, minimal carbonation, thick and creamy mouth feel.

Nov 30, 2019
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Arjen from Netherlands

4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found a bottle in my cellar and to my surprise (and shame) I noticed I had never rated this on any platform, meaning I probably haven't had this since 2010 or so. High time for a re-evaluation. Bottled on 08/08/18. Pours a jet black color and a firm brown head with a thin layer retention. Aroma's: hard roasted malts, umami, ground coffee, dark chocolate (of at least 90% cocoa). Retronasal it's sweetish, roasted, red fruit, chocolate. Flavor is light moderate sweet and moderate roasted bitter, mocha-ish. Above medium bodied. Long finish with big roast, dark chocolate and moderate bitterness. Still lives up to its reputation.

Oct 20, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and tastes like coffee. I taste dark chocholate and no sweetness whatsoever. A solid beer and decent but not the best stout I’ve ever had.

Jul 24, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 4/11/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small dark tan head; almost no lace.

Blackberry, candle wax, cognac & faint bubblegum notes in the nose.

Thick, flat mouthfeel.

Black coffee, plum & faint bubblegum flavors up front; fresh earth & bakers chocolate notes on the finish.

A hearty, complex, rewarding RIS. This was welcome on a cold April night.

Apr 03, 2019
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mikeinportc from New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Enjoy within 25 years" ? Bottled 7 NOV 2014 , so I guess we're still good. :)

Pours almost black, with brief 1/2" tan head, that leaves a ring, and a few very small islands of foam. Cola-brown when held up to the light.

Smells of roasted malt , cola, coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and slight nuttiness.

Taste is dark chocolate, black coffee, brown bread(slightly sweet, roasty malt) , and a dusting of hazelnut. Some light lingering bitterness. On the first two or three sips, I got a slight vegetal flavor with the lingering bitterness, reminiscent of sautéed sage (not unpleasant) but it disappeared after that.

Feel is smooth , lightly oily, with very fine underlying carbonation, that produces some tingle on the finish.

Overall, quite good. Slight ear-warming at first, otherwise no indication of alcohol. Dangerously smooth & easy-drinking.

Feb 25, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

De Zombier. En copa Teku. Viendo Deadpool 2. Imperial stout con recuerdos a barleywine. Cuerpo ligero, cafetosa, algo de humo, bastante amarga y con algo de acidez

Feb 04, 2019
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Zet from Netherlands

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black colour with an awesome blooming head of milk chocolate coloured foam that leaves nice lacing. A full nose (very full) with roasted malt, black coffee, dark chocolate and hops. These flavours return in the taste, where the pilsener hops add a nice accent to the massive stout flavours. Mouth feel is full, smooth and oily. Lovely RIS, too bad the high abv prevents me from grabbing another.

Jan 23, 2019
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bobv from Vermont

4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

"Enjoy within 25 years."
Virtually no head, but what head there is actually produces lacing! Dark brown, almost black body. Nose of bitter chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, dark malt, and slight roasted malt. Taste mirrors nose with a hint of milk chocolate flavor coming forward. Good feel and overall, a tasty nightcap and would have again. Cheers!

Sep 23, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 13.5.15, opened 14.6.18
Poured into a snifter
Thin taupe ring over motor oil black liquid
Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate
Taste of roasted grains, dark chocolate, ash
Slight coffee bitterness lingers on the finish

Jun 15, 2018
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dave_ackbar from Hawaii

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled January 2016.
Pours pitch black with hardly any head.
Smell is dark chocolate, zero smell of the barrel.
Taste at first was a bit bitter/sour, as it warmed up it became less and less. The scotch pulls through strongly.
Feel is warm and cozy.
Overall not a bad stout.

Jan 08, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #75 (2008) from Jeremy. INky black pour with a small beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate and roast grains. Taste is dark, semi-sweet chocolate, brown sugar. Sweet and smooth. Really nice.

Jan 08, 2018
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moose1980 from Germany

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

'09 vintage. This has held up exceptionally well, even with the expected thin body and lack of carb. Taste like a chocolate-covered coffee bean that's often served with espresso!

Dec 23, 2017
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emincems from Turkey

4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

black color with small dark beige head. retention isn't strong as I expected.
it smells burnt malt, bitter chocolate and slightly wood.
taste is very similar to smell, but there are also licorice and coffee.
full bodied, low viscosity and carbonation. high abv is not hidden.
it's really complex stout, but it would be more delicious if it has 8 or 9 abv.

Oct 13, 2017
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly thought this was a sour for the longest time because it is right by that section in my local bottle shop, however upon reading the label and inferring from the ingredients that this was a darker beer I grabbed it. Poured from 12oz bottle into Spiegelau Stout glass. Bottled on the 27th of November 2014.

L: Completely black with ruby edges when held against the light, half finger tan head forms but then dissipates into a thick ring after a minute or so.

S: Smells of cocoa, sherry, wood smoke, dark chocolate.

T: Yeah a lot of cocoa with the sherry falling off here lending more to the wood smoke and dark chocolate with some faint coffee. Leafy hop.

F: Medium-Full body, average carbonation, semi-dry coffee like finish.

O: A pretty solid RIS and a good beer.

Jul 05, 2017
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janubio from Spain

3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a small brown head with no retention and almost no lace.
Aroma of cark fruits, raisins, milk chocolate, caramel.
Full body, sicky palate, good carbonation. Peroleum.
Taste of dark fruits, milk chocolate, raisins, caramel.

May 16, 2017
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