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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4.13
pDev:
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Photo of drmeto
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small,frothy,beige,head
S:
-licorice,nutty,coffee,nougat,burnt toast,plums
T:
-licorice,nutty,espresso,burnt toast,chocolate,caramel,oats,plums
F:
-low carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
Very nice Imp Stout, but it doesn't really differ from their "Heaven & Hell".

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, 11/04/10 bottling date
Pinocchios snifter

A: Pours pretty much pitch black. Three fingers of medium tan colored head. Carbonation through the roof. Popped my stopper off the bottle. Knocking score for over carbonation.

S: Slight roast hints. Black licorice. Bakers cocoa powder. Some piney hop profile actually, almost like an American black IPA or something. Surprised it has lingered this long.

T: Lots of cocoa. Euro hop profile, leading to some bitterness. Adding to that is the slight coffee bitterness and dark chocolate. Dry finish. Interesting stout style than American Imperial Stouts.

M: It's full bodied, but mainly on back end. Carbonation makes it feel thinner.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Kevin for sharing this brew!

A- Body appears pitch black-but when held up to the light translucent red hues shine through. Pouts with a thick medium brown collar-some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Overripe plum dominates the nose. Behind this is a balance of licorice, anise, roasted malt, some anise, and a hint of alcohol astringency.

T- A slight roasted malt flavor is prominent upfront along with dark chocolate, ripe plum, and a hint of alcohol. The finish is consistent with the initial flavor but adds a hint of licorice and anise. What lingers are impressions of the initial flavor and a warm alcohol heat.

M- Smooth thick and creamy body with low carbonation.

D- This is a nice RIS. The fruit character is a bit ripe for me but the addition of a slight roasted malt presence more than makes up for it. Great brew overall

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Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle from West Lakeview, drank some by itself and mixed the rest with a Black Albert to make a "Black Damnation". Bottle #48 of 282. Served in a pint glass.

A - Gusher! Ridiculous mocha foam with incredible retention and tons of lacing - we must have poured five glasses before the foam stopped bubbling out of the bottle. Dark, dark, brown color with some obvious sediment. If it hadn't been a gusher it would have been nearly perfect.

S - Huge maltiness with lots of chocolate, coffee, and also a ton of dry hopping (apparently Hallertau, according to the bottle), that provides some fruitiness. It's also quite boozy.

T - Not that far from the black IPA I had earlier in the day, but with a bunch of woodiness and more chocolate. The aftertaste is full of both hoppy and roasty bitterness. Pretty boozy in the flavor. Doesn't seem to taste infected (like the previous review), but I didn't have another bottle to compare against.

M - Medium body, lots of residual stickiness. Smooth and creamy, with a warming sensation. Could be a bit bigger for such a strong RIS.

D - It's boozy - and the flavor gets a little palate destroying. The texture is really nice though, and it goes down really easy.

I found blending with Black Albert really improved things, but made me wonder why I didn't just drink the Black Albert on its own, as the blend was still less satisfying. Also, adding the 13% Black Albert to the 10.2% Hel & Verdoemenis somehow made things LESS boozy - the ABV could definitely be hidden a little better in the De Molen.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was opened up at a March tasting with Tony, I'm finally getting around to transcribing my notes.

75cL bottle with a bottled on date on September 18th 2008. Bottle number 159/570. Poured into a snifter.

It poured a deep black with a nice mocha head that lingers for a while before settling down.

The first thing that hits me is the lack of sweetness that other RIS' have of a similar strength. It's actually quite a refreshing change of pace. The smells that are present are strong bitter chocolate and some straw/grain notes but not nearly as roasty as I'm used to.

The bitterness is very evident in this beer. Paired with the bitterness are a ton of roasty bordering on burnt malt with a ton of bitter chocolate flavors. There is a little medicinal alcohol taste on the back end and that is the only flavor I'm not liking on this stout.

This beer is very full bodied and I'm very surprised by the final gravity reading on the bottle that this beer appears so dry and be light on the tongue to me. Reading the bottle beforehand I was expecting a thick sweet syrup of a beer. Due to this perceived dryness I thought drinkability was above average for the style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Bierkoenig. Pours opaque black, it looks thick, and topping white head that stays put. Aromas of roast, coffee, chocolate but not overally so. Taste has the roast, the chocolate,after the get through the hop bitterness which is there but you cannot put a finger on which they are. Very drinkable, this is strong stuff, even with food.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with big chunks of beige sediment and mountains of cafe au lait foam that is stiff and lasting. Nose is coffee grounds, tar, wood, some hops spice and a whiff of diesel. Molasses, prune, and oak malts with sharp grassy and sandalwood hops. Tingly, tight finish. Full, chewy, viscous, oily, lots of burn.

Man, does this need some age. Bottled on date was June 18, but 5 months could easily turn into five years.

Big interesting flavors, but so many sharp edges, it comes off almost like a black Sambuca. Needs to calm down to be drinkable, but the talent is there.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle popped by RoyMunson.

Pours black in color. There's a nice quarter inch of mocha colored head on top of the beer. Smell is very roasty coffee.

Taste is much more roasted, brash coffee than was in the nose. This is intense coffee and a huge beer. Nice dark chocolate flavors coming through as well.

Pretty high amount of carbonation. You can pick up the carbonation big time in the mouthfeel and it alters the flavor some as well.
Very good, very big beer. Glad I had the chance to try this one.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to kenth for this one.

poured cold and black from the bottle to a surly darkness 12oz snifter with a finger and a half long lasting mocha head leaving a sheet of sticky lace after each sip.

big milk chocolate aroma perhaps with a bit of fig and smoke.

slightly bitter espresso up front, smoke and dark chocolate, hops presence a'la darkness.

medium bodied, creamy, bitter to the roof of the mouth, big carbonation.

overall, a great beer, probably better with age.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Firkin served in a snifter glass

A- Pours a nice black color, almost entirely opaque, with about one finger of tan head

S- Smell is sweet with coffee and chocolate aromas coming forward.

T- Very sweet taste, roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate are the dominating flavors.

M- Full boded beer that is surprisingly smooth for the considerably high ABV.

O- A very tasty stout. Although it is an imperial it feels more like a regular stout in my opinion.

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Photo of Dope
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/11/2011 so just over a year old.

A: Pours jet black with almost no head despite an aggressive pour. Just a smattering of medium brown bubbles. Just the slightest hint of lacing as you might expect.

S: Wonderful roasted coffee. Dark chocolate too.

T: Lots of anise and char up front. Turns into chocolate and then coffee bean. Finally, a bitter coffee/char combination that lingers into the aftertaste.

M: Thick and velvety. Mouth-coating oil slick.

O: Despite the lackluster appearance this is a surprisingly tasty stout. The mouthfeel definitely stands out here. It really is silky smooth and thick at the same time.

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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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a large dirty brown foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing as well. Aroma of roasted malt provides some coffee notes with black chocolates and light dry raisins also noticeable. Taste is a very well balance mix between some dry coffee notes with some clear notes of black chocolate and some dry raisins ester. Vanilla is also noticeable and is very well balanced with the creamy texture of the full body. Carbonation is great and alcohol is not detectable. Very well done and somewhat different then most imperials stout which may be due the grain bill use.

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

Poured into my Elysian pumpkin fest little tulip.

A: pours a dark black just as a stout should

S: lots of chocolate malt and some nice bitterness with a big nose.

T: great rich roasty imperial stout taste. nice bitterness and roast flavor didn't like this one quite as much as the bordeaux barrel version.

M: very easy to drink if not a little bitter.

overall a great stout and one that I will be enjoying fairly often as its quite delicious.

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Photo of crossovert
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz red waxed bottle. Brewed in 2010 bottle 313. Can be kept up to 25 years.

It opens with a huge pop and is a gusher. One of the most overcarbonated beer I have encountered. Takes like 15 minutes to pour it. Maybe you shouldn't age it if it is this carbonated.

IT looks nice when it is all said and done. A rich caramel colored head with a dark black body and tons of lacing.

The smell is great too. Nice hops for a RIS. It has a woody smell to it to go with the cocoa and sugars.

The mouthfeel is different from what I expected. Super carbed, but thick. It has a bitter, robust flavor. Very good again actually. No doubt there is enough sweet alcoholicness here too. It is a unique tasting RIS. I give it credit for that.

This brewery makes great tasting brews. They just gotta figure out if they want their beer super carbonated or near flat.

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

Huge, brown foam, coal black color.

Aromas are defined by fresh roasted coffee beans and burned malts, with hints of bitter chocolate, almost espresso-like, with biting alcohol.

Begins sugary sweet, with toffee and bready malts. Then an intense bitterness rises up from the back of the palate, which contains a huge load of coffee and espresso beans. Sweeter flavors are still noteable on the palate, but only support the bitterness in a moderate and complex fashion. The Finish adds a warm, stinging alcohol note to the full coffee body, with a soft, smooth, almost oily, bitter finish. Carbonation gets recognizable in the end, as it is very lively, still fitting, adding a subtle copper hint to the dry, coffeeish tobacco character of this beer.

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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 orangesol
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at O'reilly's into a snifter.

A - Pours deep dark brown with a creamy one finger tall tan head leaving light streaks of lace down the entire glass.

S - Smells of rich bakers chocolate, subdued dark roasted malt, coffee, tobacco, and a pretty decent sized dose of hops. There is a good bit of booze as well.

T - Starts off with a big dose of sweet chocolate slowly giving way to a mix of coffee, tobacco, caramel cream, hops, and the ever present dark roast. This one is pretty boozy, only getting stronger as it comes to room temperature. The finish is a mix of sweet chocolate and dark roast, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Big, sweet, boozy feel throughout the glass. I am not sure why but this one was working for me. Maybe after all those roasty stouts this sweet one really hit the spot.

O - I liked this one. De Molen makes some amazing beers and this may very well be one of them. I am glad I have a bottle of this one in the cellar already, can't wait to try it after some of this booze dies down.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

This brew pours pitch black with a fingers worth of tan head that dissipates quite quickly.

Then nose brings massive chocolate at first. Super surprised by this chocolate knockout. There is a tad bit of espresso followed by some sweet caramel. Alcohol is present from the high ABV but it's not detracting from the quality of the scent.

The taste is just the same. Sweetness in form of milk chocolate, caramel and milk. The chocolate really stands out the most and is the highlight of this brews characteristics. Really working the buds and I'm enjoying this a lot. The alcohol content is a bit present but the flavors take over and manipulate this brew.

The mouthfeel goes a bit aloof here and has too much carbonation. The thick mouthfeel of the liquid would be better backed against a lighter carbonated method. Kinda hurtin' the integrity of this brew.

Overall, this brew is nice and presents a prime example of a chocolate dessert-like brew. The mouthfeel throws it off a bit but the flavors take over and I almost forget about it.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter jet black with a tight sticky deep beige head that held thru the duration of the glass.French roast coffee and bitter chocolate mainly in the nose,as it warms a sweet shot of alcohol fruitiness comes into play.Highly roasted on the palate with some dark fruit-like sweetness,mocha flavors are quite big wich was to be expected.It's a very good imperial stout although it doesn't have any one thing that jumps out at ya,still it's great for the style.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse, $9. 11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Dipped in red wax. Brewed 03/07/11, bottled 04/11/11, bottle number 1537.

Pours a super thick black, no head at all. Nose is super roasty. Smells like a coffee liqueur. Palate is super cloying and thick, no carbonation at all. After the initial sweetness shock wears off, the flavors are like really rich coffee, earthy and forest-floor flavors come out too. Reminds me of those coffee hard candies. Maybe some toffee too. Long evolving finish.

Notes: This beer is a textural nightmare, but! the flavors are epic. Just wish there were some bubbles. It might age...hmm, who knows?

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Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with brown highlights. The tan head is short and creamy; leaves a nice frothy ring when it settled.

The aroma is of roasted malt with a twang of acidic fruit. Deep prune aroma with some carob. Some woody notes. A bit too sharp in the aroma.

The flavor is of a smooth roasted malt and milk chocolate. Some mild vanilla and caramel provide some sweetness. There is a subtle dark fruit/acidic note but not nearly as strong as in the aroma. Like a dark chocolate and caramel candy bar.

The feel is ultra smooth and creamy. Sweet and lightly bitter on the palate; some light tart notes. Finishes a bit sticky.

I had no idea what style of beer this was until I read some reviews. The aroma lead me one way but the flavor was of a sweet smooth stout. Very flavorful.

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Photo of corby112
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger, frothy dark mocha head.  Excellet retention only slowly fading into a thick, lasting ring. Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.  Looks amazing!

Deeply roasted dark malt aroma that doesn't become burnt or acrid. Hints of toast, dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean and oatmeal along with subtle lactic cream and sweeter malt notes.

Medium bodied with a good balance of roasted malt, silky chocolate, sweet booze, lactic cream and subtle hops.  Chewy and roasty that verges on being burnt but never tips over that edge.  Lactic cream and sweeter chocolate notes balance things out.  Bitter earthy hops with a touch of pine compliment the dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean and oatmeal.  Complex, well balanced and easy to drink.  Slight boozy swetness and heat toward the finish but overall the high abv is nicely masked.

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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 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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Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
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