Hel & Verdoemenis
Brouwerij De Molen

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #108
Ranked #1,773
4.2 | pDev: 10%
Brouwerij De Molen
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
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Photo of Radcpa
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.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
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.

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Photo of qrazvan
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.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
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.

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Photo of EMH73
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.

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Photo of Arjen
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.

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Photo of npolachek
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of mikeinportc
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.

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Photo of josanguapo
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

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Photo of Zet
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.

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Photo of bobv
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!

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Photo of WunderLlama
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

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Photo of dave_ackbar
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.

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Photo of stevoj
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.

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Photo of moose1980
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!

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Photo of emincems
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.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
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.

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Photo of janubio
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.

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Photo of schavuytje
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black body with a multicolored foam, scented to dark grains of plums and smoke, seemed to me a bit more powerful and layered,it is more Imperial Stout than Rusian, but managed well

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Photo of beergoot
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coal-black body; thick, tan foamy head. Chocolate, charred grain, and boozy aroma; hints of vanilla and mocha. Smokey chocolate; subtle sweetness and low-key yet surprisingly forward alcohol presence in the flavor. Crunchy (yes, some sort of sugar crystals!), sweet and velvety.

My kind of big, dark beer. The bottle was poured from a red wax sealed bottle. Intense and boozy yet with an appealing sweetness that nicely balances things out. Depth, complexity, blah-biddy blah-biddy blah...seriously, this is a compelling and highly intense palate pleaser...

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big beer here we have, a lot on the chocolate, roasted but not heavily. Earthy hops goes well with the fig and berries tastes in the background. It has almost a mineral profil at the end with a good bitterness. The mouthfeel is dense and oily, the carbonation is low.

This beer grows on you at each sip. A great RIS.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black color, no head whatsoever, plenty of carbonation.

S: Vanilla, dark chocolate, raisins.

T: Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, raisins. Superb!

F: Full bodied, yet highly drinkable.

O: Amazing imperial stout. Will drink on every occasion.

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Photo of hman43
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours jet black with a dark brown head. Although the head is small, the head retention is quite good.

Smell: There are aromas of dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste: The initial flavors are sweet with chocolate, and then the bitterness of coffee and roast takes over.

Feel: It has a full body with strong alcohol warming.

Overall, this is a malt driven strong stout with minimal hops noticeable.

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Photo of amano_h
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

French roast coffee, bitter chocolate, molasses, burnt toast, raisins, fig newtons... enter almost any stereotypical Russian Imperial Stout aromas here and you pretty much get it; this is almost as textbook as they come, ladies and gentlemen. And it's brewed in the small town of Bodegraven out of all places.

Bitter chocolate is dominant from start to finish with coffee and dark fruit complementing the rich and intense flavor here and there. Some would say this beer is very straightforward while others would say it's one-dimensional; but everyone can agree that this is insanely rich, bitter, and to top it all off has an unbelievably dry finish. There was a hint of oxidization when I first opened up the bottle, but that has completely disappeared with time.

Medium teetering on being full-bodied; creamy initial mouthfeel, with some moderate booze burn. There's a noticeable difference in my state of mind from when I first started writing this review (first sip) to now (about 3/4th through the beer). I guess that's why the beer is called Hell and Damnation.

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