Hel & Verdoemenis | Brouwerij De Molen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by paco1029384756 on 01-22-2009

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Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

A-dark brown black color with a decent tan head and good lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, chocolate, wood, light caramel

T-chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, caramel, little dark fruit, hint of licorice, slight char

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a very nice well-balanced stout, enjoyable sipping

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - pours completely opaque with a thick 1/2 inch khaki head on top.

S - decadent roasted coffee, intense dark chocolate, minerals, sweet cream, full on roasted malts. Coffee coated raisins.

T - follows the nose to a tee. Charred coffee, tons of dark chocolate, sweet cream, chocolate malts and coffee dominate with some lightly scorched caramel underneath. Finishes dry with strong coffee, chocolate, and hints of sweet charred caramel.

M - creamy lush body with a good amount of lively carbonation.

This is a coffee and chocolate explosion in your mouth. I've had this bottle for 4 months do it's not super fresh but it taste like its straight from the tit. This is one of the best coffee RIS's I've had the pleasure of tasting. This is a must have.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, 1 year old. Dark brown pour with a thin beige head. Smells of chocolate, cocoa, cherries, figs, dates and cognac. Bitter, crisp, with notes of sour cherries, green hops, chocolate, subtle roasted coffee, whiskey and roasted malts. Smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation and a sticky bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of boudeysbigbrew
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

appearance - As black as black can be with dark brown edges. Had a semi medium aggressive pour which surprisingly resulted in zero head.

smell - dark chocolate is the most prominent thing that comes to mind

taste - Major coffee and chocolate hints to be found. Somewhat nutty. Not much boozyness to be found here.

mouthfeel - Medium thickness. Not quite as thick as I like my imperial stouts to be. Practically no carbonation.

overall - I'm in the netherlands for a month due to a work project, so obviously I immediately searched out the solid offerings this country has. Turns out Europe does not have the infatuation with stouts like we do here in America. Overall though, this is a pretty solid russian imperial stout that has managed to soothe my needs for a European stout.

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Photo of babaracas
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/13. Bourbon barrel aged at 10%. Pours a near black with very dark brown edges, one finger thick soapy light brown head. Settles to a thin layer with a few streaks of lace on the glass. Smell: chocolate cake batter. Tons of chocolate, no roast, sweet (faded) bourbon note, molasses and prune. Taste: dark chocolate brownies, tons of dark brown sugar, earthy note, toasted brown bread note. Mostly it's sweet and chocolaty with added booze sweetness. Full bodied, low carbonation, syrupy-light feel. Tasty.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours black! Good start. The body barfs up a spongy, brown head that slowly deflates. Leaves random, thick lacing.

S-It's hard to describe how the aroma is unique but it is. It's super roasty with chocolate, but aren't all the good Stouts like that? There is something about this one that smells unique. Maybe a sip will enhance my ability to describe...

T-It really reminds me of chocolate covered hazelnuts. Well, maybe not just hazelnuts but a medley of nuts. Also it reminds me of nut flavored coffee. There is also a cool cola aspect to the flavor as well.

M-It's nearly flat...I remember reading on the label that you could age this for 25 years. Well I guess they're going for that flatness because there is no way it'll be more carbonated when I'm 50. It's got a big body with booze that isn't shy.

O-Pretty tasty. Carves it's own niche in a style that I find hard to find flavor intricacies.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Bottle stamped 23 JAN. 2014.
A: Pours a smooth, deep cola brown with just a thin skim of dark tan head that quickly dissipates.
S: Dry leather, wood, caramel malt, brown sugar, and a hint of tobacco. Tending toward dark and sweet notes.
T: Caramel malt (distinct English brown malt) and smooth cream up front. In the mid-palate, this takes a distinct turn toward harsher and darker notes...burnt wood, supple and old leather, a fresh alcohol bite, dark and bitter chocolate, and a hint of dark tobacco cigar. With warming, spicy pepper (almost cayenne-like), toffee, and licorice notes emerge. Very good to start and becomes near perfect with warming.
M: Wow...a definite highlight of the beer. Starts surprisingly light (medium body) given the ABV. Also begins smooth, sweet, and creamy. Then turns toward bitter with an alcohol burn (still retains the sweetness...now heavier and darker though). Tremendous lingering finish...bittersweet and slightly astringent. Sweetly sticky feel.
D: The further I got into this beer, the more I liked it. Deceivingly complex. Very interesting as far as the style goes...not your typical RIS (most are harsh and dark straight through; this one starts lighter, smoother, and highlights the English brown malt...before turning toward more traditional RIS notes). Glad I got to try it...seek it out! The bottle says it can be enjoyed within 25 years; I got a couple more to see...

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this several times during our tastings.

Very dark brown, nearly black. Off white head when it's carbonated, otherwise it leaves a faint trace of bubbles. Lots going on here. Huge notes of coffee grinds, dark chocolate, burnt toast, leather, earth, cremini mushrooms, figs, and prunes. Layers and layers repeat themselves as you smell and sip. Medium bodied, alcohol barely noticeable. I highly recommend this great example of a RIS.

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Photo of WantonFaun
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a criminally underrated imperial stout. For me, it ranks with the likes of BCBS in intensity, but offers a dry, bitter dark chocolate profile paired with dark fruit compared to BCBS's graham/chocolate/marshmallow s'more blast. Drank alongside BCBS for comparison, and my buddy preferred this!

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Photo of tmzl
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Syrupy pour with delicious, creamy, average size, dark mocha head. Has good retention, bubbles popping away slowly, creates a creamy, thick top layer, which leaves very fine lacing. Some carbonation visible on the side of the glass. Dark, dark brown, can't see through. Some yeast bodies sediment to the bottom. Everything as it should be.

Smell: Roasted coffee with caramel and dark chocolate up front. Also some milk chocolate with dried plums, nuts and vanilla. A bit of freshness from sour dark berries, dark fruit. It's sweet, fat, creamy, stuffy, you can feel those 24 Plato degrees that went into this beast. Couldn't stop smelling it - rich, as soon as you find one note, another one comes along.

Taste: Medium (to high) sweetness, starts with mostly caramel and some burned sugar, milk chocolate with light berry sourness (makes it fresher and juicier), dry plums. Then it transfers into dominant roasted coffee with some dark chocolate. Roasted coffee driven medium to high bitterness with a tiny bit of alcohol finish the ride. Some soft chocolaty notes come out deep in the after-taste.

Mouthfeel: Full body, creamy almost syrupy. A very faint hint of alcohol warmth. A big, fat beast.

Overall: It's quite a beer. A fat one, full of darker malt wonders. Good play of flavours and balanced but still relatively demanding - not for your everyday, but well worth your time, when you have that fat stout urge.

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Photo of spoony
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle (label says February 29, 2012) into a snifter. My bottle says 10.0% ABV, not 10.2%.

A-The pour is heavy and syrupy. The beer mostly lacks head. Instead, a thin cap fades to collar immediately. No lacing on the glass. The beer is black and still-looking.

S-The aroma is a big, bold mixture of cream, milk and dark dark chocolate, a touch of dark-roasted coffee and some caramel. There is a hint of roasty bitterness that is balanced nicely by the sweetness of the caramel. Alcohol is hidden.

T-The taste tracks the smell. This is a rich and creamy flavored beer with lots of chocolate, cocoa, and a bit of roasted coffee. The caramel is somewhat less assertive on the palate than on the nose, but there is a bit of roasted barley and toast there now. Again, the 10.0% ABV is hidden in there.

M-The feel is thick, syrupy and flat. Sort of a let-down.

O-This would be a world class stout if it had some (even a tiny bit) carbonation. The aroma and taste are intense, balanced, and pretty damn delicious. It almost tastes barrel-aged with little hints of bourbon and vanilla in there. I will definitely consider buying another bottle of this to see if I just got a bad seal or if the brewer really intended the beer to be flat.

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Photo of SeatsTaken
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pour: Poured into a snifter. Spent engine oil with the faintest glimmer of head.

Aroma: If creamy dark chocolate exists, it's in this beer. There's sour raisins, a little burnt brownie, some slightly nuttiness, dried plum and dark roast coffee at the end. I can easily picture this being served as an after-dinner drink.

Taste: The first thing that hits you is burnt chocolate with a hint of nut. Over ripened plum follows with very bitter coffee and alcohol at the end. My mouth is still buzzing from the ABV and coffee flavor well after tasting.

Mouthfeel: Low to no carbonation. Very dense on the tongue. This beer coats your mouth and leaves a mild alcohol sting. I'm getting the same sensation as drinking cold brewed coffee. It also numbs the throat slightly.

Overall: There are some very interesting flavors but I can imagine this may be sensory overload for some. It's definitely an event beer that's meant to be shared. I'd suggest pairing with a cigar. This is a harsh beer that needs to be paired with similarly harsh flavors, in a good way.

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hel & Verdoemenis ("Hell & Damnation") looks dark and evil enough that Satan himself may have spawned it. It is pitch-black and, unlike so many Russian Imperial Stouts, doesn't even have brown edging along its trim; it's black through and through. No head formed, not even from a hard, entirely upright pour.

The aroma has blocks of bakers chocolate, hints of barbecue stones, blackberry jam, and stale coffee grounds. It amounts to be one tall order even for a RIS. This is the point where anyone who didn't know ahead of time what they were getting themselves into will bail; it's more than a little intimidating if you're not familiar with the style.

A dollop of French vanilla ice cream is added to the beer's dark chocolatey profile. Coffee is more noticeable in the flavour as well, as are dark dried fruits and black licorice which tend to linger all the way through the aftertaste. It ticks off all the flavour boxes on the RIS checklist but isn't exactly flashy; it leaves a thing or two to be desired.

The mouthfeel has hints of vanilla and caramel sweetness and a dryness that is reminiscent of oak, though this original version isn't barrel-aged. My imagination is trying to convince of me of a dash of cinnamon-like spice, but in reality this beer is oily and bitter as black coffee.

Drinking Imperial Stouts is like gazing up at a mountain top: just as you'd look up and wonder "how could anyone climb that high?" you're left contemplating "how can barley and hops end up tasting so rich and decadent?". Here, Brouwerij De Molen has offered up a Kilimanjaro of a beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights ton of yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Molasses nose and flavor is baked molasses and bourbon. Bottled 2/29/12, expensive at $9.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA

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Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing co. snifter. Bottled on 20 JUL 2010.

A- Pours a completely opaque black color with no head, just some bubbles on the edge of the glass and just a spec of surface foam. No lacing.

S- Sweet bourbon-laced caramel notes and rich dark chocolate.

T- The flavor comes on with nice notes of dark chocolate, raisin and more caramel. The finish is lovely as the chocolate lingers along with the sweetness and the hint of booze to create a sort of molasses ending.

M- The lack of carbonation is not extremely detrimental to the beer but I could use just a tad bit more. Full body and an oily, viscous feel.

O- I feel like this bottle peaked a year ago but it's still damn good.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz snifter. Pours a slick black, with a half inch khaki head, nice lacing. Smell is oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, and coffee. Taste is what the nose would have you expect, really very balanced, with oak, Bourbon, and vanilla leading the way. Body is maybe medium, less life than I would like, dry as expected, and goes down easy enough. This is solid, but will never spend nearly $15 again on this. Needs more carbonation, would love to have two KBSs for less than one of these.

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Photo of SanFranJake
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Found at some random-ass place in Rome by the Pantheon called Baguetteria del Fico.
Wife wanted the De Molen Tasputin but they were out and the recommended this and must say, was a very good recommendation.
Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Not ideal but still better than from the bottle. Poured a deep brown/black, not the least bit translucent and no head to speak of.
Tons of chocolate!! Flavor and nose. Very tasty!
Got better and better as it warmed and was sad that it ended.
Not sure ill ever see this in the states but if I do, imma grab a few.

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Photo of wl0307
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At 10.0%abv., coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle; bottling date 09/11/2012, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: the beer label specifies the ingredients to include water, pale, brown, chocolate and cara barley malts, premiant, saaz (bittering hop) and yeast.

A: pours a pitch black colour with a thin sheet of dark khaki foam and very light carbonation.
S: upfront comes a very robust and deep smell of burned bones, black beans, and burned Turkish coffee with an acute edge of acidity, savoury and sour at the same time… underneath this bizarre façade of roastiness, the chocolate malts and aromatic resinous hoppiness wake up to the call of a good swirl, along with walnuts, ripe pear-ish esters, black dates, creamy toffee and licorice. All in all, it is as complicated as it is quiet on the nose.
T: the smooth and deeply roasted malty foretaste has plenty of acidic-sweet overripe dark stone fruits, black prune jam, bitter-sweet coffee, and bitter nuts, smoothened by brown- and lighter-coloured malts, somewhat slick on the palate at the same time; turning slightly plummy estery towards the finish, moderately bitter, chewy and roasty-dry as in deep-roast coffee plus hop leaves, but the palate is also balanced by the sweet elements and a very sound acidity all in all.
M&O: smooth and slick on the palate, the carbonation remains pretty low, against a rich and robust body and flavour profile where alc. is generally hidden very well. This beer is actually like a modern take on the Russian Imperial Stout without the pronounced hoppiness. A beer worth slow sipping.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a super dark, abyss-like black. No light penetration. 2 inch head forms, decent lacing.

Smells roasty, little bit of alcohol, some chocolate for sure. Not the strongest aroma, but still good nonetheless.

Tastes include chocolate, charred woodiness, creamy vanilla, campfire smoke, and slight leafy hoppiness.

The body is a bit of disappointment. I found it really thin for a RIS- such strong flavors in such a light, weak body. The carbonation was pretty low, as to be expected.

A little expensive ($10 for a 12 oz bottle) for how thin the beer is. Still tastes very good, and would be a good buy if you could find it cheaper than I did.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Poured out a nice looking coca-cola brown with about a finger of light tan head. Rolling bubbles at the bottom.

S – Vanilla, chocolate, toffee, molasses. Ass kicking aromas all throughout this one.

T – Big roasted malt flavor to start. Followed along with a nice dose of vanilla and dark chocolate. Coffee bitterness in the mix. Caramel malt and with a great smokiness and twinge of burnt flavors. Great layered flavors. Deep breath at the end runs the alcohol burn down your throat.

M – Medium bodied and much lighter on the palate then the look would suggest. Still it coats the palate well.

O – Loved this. Flavors were just dead on. Complex flavors. Tasty. Will be seeking more but it is not cheap. Well worth the money.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

February 2012 bottling reviewed August 2013. Poured into a Lost Abbey Teku. The beer pours out black with no light escaping. Viscosity looks about average for the style. It sports about a finger of rocky tan head that quickly dies down to a chunky lacing. The nose is really nice. Lots of roasted notes, char, coffee, and baker's chocolate balanced by an underlying vanilla-like sweetness.

Full body and lots of roasty bitter flavor. Big notes of espresso and char up front and a fairly prominent hop profile that meets the bitterness like some kind of perfect storm. There are some rummy dark fruit flavors on the back of the palate. The finish leaves lots of roasty bitterness lingering behind.

Yet another terrific RIS, though a bit pricey on this side of the pond. There isn't much sweetness to be found in this one and the bitterness is bruising, even for this style. I imagine it is intended to cellar well. I have two more bottles from this batch that I will allow to sit for a while longer. This one definitely has some aging potential and could be unbelievable with some more time on it.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a sampler flight at Pizza Paradiso Dupont.

Dark walnut brown appearance but there's some really nice red hue to this particularly noticeable when finishing. Perfect espresso looking head, with a coffee creamy tan top that's always present while drinking. Really does look like an espresso presented in this taster.

Bouquet just rips. Thick roast coffee flavors and dark roasty malts and lots of sweet smelling cream. Vanilla tones nearly peek out a bit, with a mix of dominant coffee that match wonderfully. Fantastic smelling brew.

Palate delivers but with a little less fanfare than appearance and aroma. Classic coffee angles, and a slick dark bitter chocolate in the mid palate. Lots of hop bitterness on the finish as well complimenting but sort of indistinguishable to pick out. Light bodied in feel but not watery but some thin carbonation distracts a bit from the palate.

Overall though a very worth Russian Imperial stout.

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Photo of Piddmeista
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

09 bottle, red wax. pours a pitch black, very thin brown head on the rim that fades quickly; I can see some floaters and bits in it too. Smells like rich coffee and chocolate. Taste matches the smell, with a faint hint of tobacco. Massive viscosity on this one. The best way to describe this beer would be rich coffee mocha. The chocolate aspect of it is more chocolate syrup than bakers or bittersweet. No hops whatsover (I think I read on the label it uses czech hops), just a thick chewy slightly sweet mocha. Thanks Whiskeygirlchef. I'd like to try this one fresh to see how it compares.

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Photo of cvm4
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle # 974 ... Not sure on date. At least a couple years old.

A - Pours dank black, slight brown tint to it. Not much head to speak of. I quit pouring before the yeasties were released.

S - Dark chocolate, rich coffee bean, dark fruits, brown sugar and that ever present roasted malt.

T - A dark chocolate bomb! Roasted malts and a little sweetness to add to the party.

M - Thin mouthfeel, low carbonation and a dry finish.

O - Pretty much highs and lows with this beer. Beef up the laggards and it'd be a winner.

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Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass; bottled on 4/8/2011, bottle 1671. Pours dense pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Got a few gel chunks from the bottom in there too. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, char, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, molasses, raisin, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted and dark malt notes. Taste of huge dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, toast, coffee, smoke, floral, molasses, vanilla, raisin, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, char, coffee, smoke, molasses, raisin, vanilla, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of deep roasted flavors with moderate dark malt sweetness; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible imperial stout! Big complexity and balance of roasted and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. An extremely enjoyable offering.

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Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
92 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.
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