Hel & Verdoemenis | Brouwerij De Molen

Hel & VerdoemenisHel & Verdoemenis
BA SCORE
4.17/5
647 Ratings
Hel & VerdoemenisHel & Verdoemenis
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by paco1029384756 on 01-22-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,467
Reviews:
218
Ratings:
647
pDev:
10.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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58
Gots:
174
Trade:
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Ratings: 647 |  Reviews: 218
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, very little head and no lacing.

S: Subtle roasted malts, alcohol.

T: The first thing I noticed about this beer is that it is in many ways out of character for a RIS. While it is decent beer, it is not nearly as rich and flavorful as I was hoping.

M: Ok feel, low carbonation. Warming alcohol finish.

D: Eh...I've had much better, though this is an interesting beer. It has its own thing happening. Worth a try.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TJs during the Super Bowl. Not sure the year of this, but it was pretty green, so I am going to guess it's 2011.

When the beer gets to me, it is topped by only a thin layer of espresso cream head. The body is thick and viscous, and while it doesn't leave any lace, it does leave a swath of oily residue on the glass after a swirl. Some legs, but nothing too spectacular.

The aroma and flavor both fall a little bit flat for me. My initial impressions are of dark fruits and a good amount of alcohol warmth throughout. There is some dark roast coffee/espresso as well that tastes a little bit smokey. Unfortunately, there isn't much to balance out the almost acrid smoke.

The body of this beer is probably the best part of it. Thick and oily, the low carbonation provides a perfect foil for the thick syrupy texture. Overall, there are some places to improve, and I think that age will provide most of the opportunities that Hel & Verdoemenis needs to mature, mellow and blend nicely.

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Photo of tottel
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Shoutout to my boy VDubb86 for allowing me to share in his order this e'en. It pours a bleak onyx topped by a finger of dark-ish khaki foam. The nose comprises chocolate (both dark and cocoa), darkly-roasted malts, light booze, light molasses, light coffee, and a slight bit of char. Things are a bit astringent to my 'strils. The taste follows pretty closely, with the chocolate and roast really pounding the 'buds. Unfortunately, so too does the booze, along with his friend leathery char. Things just seem overdone here in a number of ways, but surprisingly not enough to make it completely off-putting. It's kinda like drinking a tough scotch: it's a good kind o' pain. The body is fairly hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a thickly syrupy, chewy feel. Overall, this stout is a bit much, a bit too stout-y (man, I can't believe those words just came out of my mouth...) for its own good. It's not really bad, just nothing I would ever really go after again. (I hope my inner conflict has been made clear here...)

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Photo of Hopstout
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/11/2011

Light brown head, amber around the bottom of the pint glass. Head settled quickly.

Pretty much roasted malt and chocolate on the nose and palette. Straightforward. Slightly bitter but sweetness is pretty prominent.

Smooth medium-full bodied beer with a nice level of carbonation that makes it easy to drink.

The bottle seemed a little weird. The beer was way up in the neck of the bottle and the carbonation died quickly.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle with red wax). Bottle 497/2040. Bottled June 2010. Pours dark brown with loads of yeast and tan head. Aroma has lots of chocolate that I can smell it from a distance. Also getting some anise, leather and wet dog. Taste is roasty bitter with a sweet malt backbone. The alcohol is very noticeable at first sip. Full bodied and slick texture. Finish is dry and roasty. Fairly hoppy. A nice impy and one I'd probably prefer with some age on it.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%

330ml bottle dated 6-4-13 poured into a snifter.

Black pour is pretty much still. A very small brown ring forms. Glass-staining. Oh De Molen.

Smells of dusty chocolate, cigar box, roast, dark fruit, molasses. Decent depth with a nice aged feel to it, but kinda muted.

Taste leans more towards the sweet side with flavors of chocolate liqueur, molasses and dark fruits. Kind of a burnt tobacco and coffee grounds thing going on. Definitely getting the brown malts as well, along with some light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is more or less not carbonated, which honestly isn't a huge deterrent for this beer, but it does take away from full enjoyment. Other than that, good medium heftiness, impressively hidden alcohol.

I've had a few bottles of this and I gotta say it really is a mixed bag. This one that I happened to review unfortunately was pretty 'meh' compared to others I've had. De Molen's big beers seem to either be a real treat or a missed opportunity, I wish they were more consistent. I will update scores/add notes with further experiences with this one.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours very dark brown with a huge brown head that fades to a layering and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Besides the over carbed head this looks beautiful.

S: The nose reveals great notes of cocoa, vanilla, earthy hops, and bakers chocolate.

T: The taste has a ton of chocolate, hops, vanilla, and a slightly fruity wine flavor like dark grapes on the finish. It may be the alcohol that makes it taste a bit like wine.

M: The feel is thinner than a normal RIS and is definitely overcarbed with the alcohol very apparent on the finish.

O: Nice aromas and flavors but the alcohol burn and over carbonation make this tough to appreciate.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De molen Hel & Verdoemenis is an Ok RIS. Find something better if you can.

A: Black without much head. 3.5

S: Noticable alcohol with some smokey wood. 3.5

T: Has a woody malt flavour and a smokey aftertaste. Lacks the rich maltiness that I was craving. 4

M: Watery. 3.5

O: Meh. 3.5

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Photo of drewone
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sixpoint
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SoPeL
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drabmuh
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe recently served side by side by side with Misto B.A. and Wild Turkey versions, quite a cool thing to do.

Beer is black with a big tan head (might be a tiny bit over carbonated here). Head sticks around too long too, it becomes a barrier to the beer. Some lacing left behind, heavily carbonated.

The aroma is roasty with a mild sweetness to it. The roast wins out over the sweetness though.

Out of the three this was the least interesting but it still had some nice flavors. The body was thinned otu by the carbonation artificially but there was a lot of roast at the back, a mild sweetness up front and the finish wasn't bittered with hops but with a kind of chocolate / coffee bitterness. Finish is dry. Overall it is fine.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Capone's a few weeks back and served side-by-side with the Misto and Wild Turkey versions. Served in a FFF-Intelligentsia snifter.

Pours near black with a really big and creamy tan head. Great retention and quite a few rings of lacing on the way down. THe nose brings a large amount of roast. Really, really roasty. Some dark chocolate in the background as well. The flavor is mostly roast with just a touch of chocolate and espresso behind. Really highly carbonated with a modest boozy presence. Finish is a bit dry and over-roasted.

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Photo of brystmar
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Red waxed bottle #1442/2080 shared by Denise. Bottled on 4/11/2011.

Dark brown pour; thin and watery-looking body. Zero head. Swirling the glass leaves chunky sediment on the sides of my glass, but no real lace. Strong aroma of deeply roasted coffee hits my nose from afar. Traces of fruit esters and alcohol lie in the background.

Espresso dominates the flavor profile. Very roasty. Not as much malt as I'd like, and really not balanced enough for me. Minimal alcoholic warmth as it descends, which is certainly impressive for an imperial stout. Would love to try this again in a few years to see how it develops.

Body is unacceptably weak and watery for the style. Low carbonation is perfect, though. Can tell this blend of flavors was well-crafted, but for now it needs work.

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Photo of farrago
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Meager dusting of tan brown foam across the surface, barely stretches across and gone quickly after the pour, barely any lacing. The liquid passes dark brown into black, slight tint of yellow at rims and glass bottom, some particulate visible floating about, any bubbles are highly random. Strong roast to the nose, coffee and dark chocolate interlaced with licorice, caramel and milk notes, displays a noticeable herbaceous character, a touch stiff and unyielding, you get more by way of dried meat than any sweeter fruit accents. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied and heavier on the bottom, pushes down into the tongue. Too dry to really develop a creamy feel and that roast inclines it more towards bitter than sweet. Coffee, grilled nuts, chocolate, licorice and some granola, oatmeal. Here there might be plum, date or raisin flavorings. The herbal side is less overt, yet there is a burnt ashen thing going down. Due to the lack of sweetness it lacks length at the finish and develops a thinner weight. So, in the end, it’s kinda more flash than substance even if by no stretch a bad beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's the attack of the numbers! 99 EBU, 1031 FG, 308.9 EBC Colour, 468 bottles in 33 cl bottle. Enough of the numbers, on to the beer:

Ink black in color, topped off by a good, slight tanned head with decent retention. There's some unwanted sediment which gives the overall appearance a little eyesore, even as a few ounces were left in the bottle. The aromas are pleasant, though mild. There's a chocolate coffee combination with a touch of cherry. Also a little bit of alcohol.

I can't make much of a complaint about the taste. Big and bittersweet. It grabs your tongue with a whipping of chocolate sauce and coffee combination. As the sweetness hits its peak, a modest kick of solvent alcohol and a thrashing bitterness (with some piney notes) give the coffee character more of a bitter coffee flavor. If the booze were hidden better, this would be very close to Darkness. It's full bodied and leaves a satisfying stick around the lips.

If De Molen were looking to make a good American-style imperial stout, mission accomplished. Price aside, fans of the style should give it a try.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of earlholman
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of crosenkrantz
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Atomicskis5
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 647 ratings
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