Hel & Verdoemenis | Brouwerij De Molen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

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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Avg:
4.13
pDev:
17.92%
 
 
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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a tulip wine glass.
Bottled on 22 June 2011

Appearance: Pours pitch black in the glass, but a strong backlight reveals dark red edges (it’s always a disappointment when a RIS is not totally opaque). Massive, slightly creamy mocha coloured head that displays great retention and leaves good lace for the Abv.

Smell: Great RIS nose! The first sniff yields tons of chocolate syrup and coffee; however heavily roasted malt, charred wood and a little ash quickly take over. Vanilla, cocoa, tar, smoke, yeast and a light sweetness are also noted.
There is surprisingly little hop character for such a fresh bottle.

Taste: It has been a while since I had a 'black-flavoured' imperial stout, I have missed these flavours! Roasted malt, charred wood and heavily roasted coffee dominate with ash, smoke, cocoa and burned raisins also present.
There is an odd sugary sweetness just before the bitter, dry finish. Great Abv. cover up, I barely noticed the 10%.

Mouthfeel: Full body, but not as thick as I expected. Slightly oily with light ultra smooth carbonation.

Overall: Great RIS, though a little fuller flavour and thicker body would take it up a notch. I will most certainly have this again! I will be buying a few bottles to see how it holds up over its 25 year life span.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a dark chocolate color with a mocha head.

S: Dark chocolate and roasty coffee in the nose.

T: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malt, but it's a paragon of the imperial stout style, in my opinion.

M: Full bodied for sure, more so than Rasputin/Disputin/Cease and desist. Probably at least smoothish, but I don't remember the carbonation, I just remember that I loved this beer.

O: I don't think I can speak more highly of anything I would call a paragon. Anything more is ineffable. I'd love to try the barrel aged versions, especially Wild Turkey. A Four Roses or Elijah Craig version would be the best beer ever.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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 beachbum1975
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again, RoyMunson, you've outdone yourself!

Bottle #14 brewed Sept of 2008.

Pours a very dark and cloudy brown with a grayish to dark tan head. 1/8 inch head remains as it sits idle in my snfter for about 10 minutes. No lacing seen in my pour.

Sweet, roasted nuts, sweet malts, baker's chocolate and coffee grinds on the nose. Big and plentiful...

High carbonation for a RIS... BIG flavor profile, lots going on. Thick, rich and nasty. Flavor on the mouth reflects that of the nose... It all wraps up with a slight warming from the alcohol presence.

Wow. Try this beer if you get the chance!

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Photo of JackieKu
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. In a tulip.

A: opaque black. Two fingers high head with nice retention.
S: Intense roasted aroma. Some caramel.
T: Roasted. Moderate sweet. Chocolate. A little bit apricot. Some herbs like spicy. Moderate bitterness.
M: full bodied and creamy.
O: Fairly good.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle 10,2% Abv. Bottle number 444
Served room temperature in a Westvleteren glass.
Bottled on 9th of March 2011

A - Pours pitch black in the glass, no foam what so ever. Maybe something wrong?

S - So much chocolate, wood, raisins, dark fruit, coffee. The first sniff yields tons of chocolate syrup and coffee; however heavily roasted malt, charred wood quickly take over and a light sweetness is also noted.

T - Roasted malt, charred wood and heavily roasted coffee, cocoa and burned raisins also present. What a complexity!
There is an odd brown sugary sweetness just before the bitter, dry finish. Is there any alcohol in there?

M - Full body, but not as thick as I expected. Slightly oily with ultra light and smooth carbonation.

O - Great RIS, I will most certainly have this again!

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Photo of philipquarles
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from 2008. Pours completely opaque black with a thick, creamy dark beige head that really holds out. Smells strongly of dark roasted malt, espresso, and bitter chocolate. A bit of anise, and little-to-no alcohol despite the 10%. Very dark roasted malt on the taste, though it's not burnt by any means. Plenty of unsweetened chocolate and a bit of coffee there. A bit smoky. A bit of dark fruit. Tobacco really comes through as it warms. Strong bitterness; in fact, this one finishes dry with some alcohol warmth. Full body, without being syrupy at all. Strong and warming, this one is a sipper, but a good one. Normally not a fan of RISs, but this is great.

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Photo of kegger22
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with red under tones. No head at all, I was actually able to count the bubbles, there were 18 on them. A boozy, coffee aroma. Taste was not the expected coffee and chocolate, what I got was vanilla and alcohol; and sickly sweet. Hell and Damnation did not improve as it warmed either. Feel was fairly thick but zero carbonation (and carbo might have helped). Drinkability was average, only if you have a sweet tooth. Overall, I am extremely disappointed. For a highly rated (and reading the reviews it seems like 3 or 4 different beers are being rated), and high priced beer, this is over sweet, under flavored and carbonated, and in general, an inadequate beer.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hell and Damnation in a bottle, from 19 oktober 2010.

Looks very dark brown, with a tan brown head, that is very resilient.
Smell and taste of big coffee, cocoa roasted malts. Tobacco, caramel, some vanilla, ash.
It's an explosion of flavour, long lasting in the aftertaste, making this a tough beer. It's very bitter from hops, next to the heavy malts, making it very chewy.

Very wild character, makes this a recommended experience.

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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 GDBEERMAN
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Firkin in Libertyville, IL: from notes.
A: The rich tan head sits for a good amount of time before retreating on a solid black body. The server even mention that she had never seen a more bold, black body on a beer. None the less, pitch black, with a slight reddish transparency around the rim while drinking and looking through the light. The lacing is left is huge quantities that you cannot even see into the glass after.
S: Notes of espresso, while chocolate makes it presence on the aromas finish. A solid and constant aroma of liquorish.
T/M: Very sweet on the front with a huge malt bill, the rolling mouthfeel brings a layering of flavors, Starting with bitter chocolate and then moves to a candy liquorice, a smoked malt profile on the body. Turning to the lingering finish, the dominance of alcohol. The full bodied brew holds a nice and chewy mouthfeel that is very filling.
D: This is one of those brew where your damned if you do and damned if you don't. And if your damned if you don't then pity you, because this brew is one of those must try for the experience. Nothing that can be sessioned by any means, but the flavors are out of this world when combined with the body of this brew,

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Photo of Nickls
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled May 15, 2009, bottle # 1038

Pours a very dark, rich dense brown hue that is not nearly as black as others in the style; little to no head at all even when a more vigorous pour is attempted. Oily and viscous looking coming out of the bottle.

Getting a good deal of booze up front on the aroma; rich roastiness, though and some bittersweet chocolate notes; a touch of sweeter plumminess as well. Just a bit hot on the nose for the booze still. Rich and roasty with fresh coffee flavor; some residual sweetness in the finish but not much at all; kiss of alcohol; and the roastiness lingers on the palate after each sip. Lush and viscous MF with barely any noticeable carbonation, rich body. Definitely a sipper, but a pleasant and warming brew. Hits all the good spots for the style even if it is a little hot on the nose.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours pitch black. Huge brown head. Web like lacings all the way to the finish.

I get mostly dark chocolate and alcohol on the nose.

Wowza. Big hit of alcohol right up front. Followed by dry dark chocolate and some well roasted coffee beans. Boozy throughout, like a triple Irish coffee. Finished with a bit of alcohol soaked fruit. Can't analyze for too long or it burns your tongue off.

Mouthfeel and strength aren't working well for me, quite harsh.

Bottled a few months ago, definitely needs a few years on it. Might turn out pretty tasty.

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Photo of Dzu
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into goblet.
L: Very dark practically black with no foam head.
S: Dark fruits and coffee , rich and complex.
T: Very saturated strong taste. Notes of coffee and roasted malts.
F: More calm aftertaste.
O: Oversaturated for me.

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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 Sarlacc83
3.34/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. 2010 vintage.

A: Opens with a substantial hiss and the pour yields a really aggressive mocha head. The way it explodes reminds me of an infected beer, but fortunately this isn't being murdered by yeast. Very deep black.

N: Lots of whisky, chocolate, metal. Brandy and raisins. Vanilla. Plenty of brown sugar, burnt caramel, coffee, and peanuts. Plenty of smoke.

T: Acrid smoke, burnt caramel, intense oak. Can be somewhat astringent and it varies behind really harsh and tasty. However, the end of this is really, really, bad as all the yeast settled to the bottom.

M: Very well carbonated and the mouthfeel seems somewhat thin. Dry and acrid. Lack of alcohol.

O: All over the place. Complex, smokey, then very flawed and astringent. Don't think I'd buy this again.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle (11.2 oz.), bottle number 531/2080 brewed on March 7 and bottled April 11, 2011. Poured into a short stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours the darkest brown possible, viscous, topped with a two finger fluffy beige head. Great retention and wispy lacing left along the sides of the glass. Deep dark fruit, dark chocolate, and phenol alcohol on the nose. Opens with bold black cherry, plum, and raisin, joined with deep rich chocolate. Finishes smooth with continued rich dark chocolate covered dark fruit and some final hints of roasted malt and roasty bitterness. Exceptional mouthfeel, full-bodied, velvety and creamy. Low, but a very appropriate level of carbonation. Very complex, bold flavored Russian imperial stout. The brew tends to highlight chocolate and dark fruit flavors and could very easily trend overly sweet, however the balance in this brew is excellent. A definite "must-drink" for any Russian imperial stout lover.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.03/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown, nearly opaque. Huge, billowing, long lasting, big bubbled, tannish head. Little lacing. Apparently too much carbonation.

S - Dark roasted malts, dark fruits and a huge solventy booze aroma. Hot and burning.

F/M - Dark fruity esters, big dark roasted malts, some chocolate and a little coffee. Resinous and earthy hops with a moderately firm bitterness, accentuated by dark malts. Solventy hot booze throughout. Medium full bodied with excessive carbonation. Lingering boozey fruit flavor.

D - Hot, solventy, and harsh, this is exactly what I expected after tasting Black Damnation (a blend of Black Albert and H&V). To quote my wife, "It just attacked my mouth."

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Photo of Brez07
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Reviewing from notes. Had this on tap at Novare a couple of months ago. 16oz pour into my chalice

A: Very dark pour. Leaves an extremely thin layer of head. As I drink, sporadic lacing is left behind

S: Big nose, but pretty limited in components. Basically, smells like raisinets soaked in booze

T: The description at the bar stated "monstrously rich and dark" - I couldn't agree more. This one is scorching hot. Roasted malt and chocolate barely cut through the heat. Seems like there is raisin lingering in the finish

M: Full bodied. Appropriately carbonated for the style. Roasty finish with an alcohol kick

D: Man, this is boozy. I sipped this for a while. In it's current state, I don't think I'd drink again. However, I've seen this in stores so might grab a bottle to stash for a few years

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Photo of flannelman808
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 2053, april 2011

A: mars black with tan head, large pancake batter bubbles, and decent retention.

S: Smells kind of like xhocolate covered gummy bears... tart cherry. awesome. coco creeps up as we warm up.

T: wow the nose mimic's the palate. This stuff is pretty fantastic. ever so slightly tart and bitter cherry wrapped in a chocolate coated tobacco leaf (thin leaf).

M: awesomely astringent.

O: this is a really great beer, I'm impressed. I can't wait to see how she ages. bottle claims 25 years, and Im inclined to see what happens.

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Photo of hman43
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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 alarmclock314
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle, dated 8/28/13. Pours black with a smaller sized khaki head. Smells of cocoa and roasted malt. Taste is close with roasted malt, cocoa, and some char. Some dryness in the finish; also somewhat harsh. Medium body and some prickly carbonation. Overall, it's a good example of a RIS, but a bit harsh.

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Photo of ricke
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with plenty of small floaters in the liquid. A small dark beige head settles rather fast and leaves basically no lacings.

S: Huge roasted aromas - very powerful. It actually turns to burnt every now and then. Roasted malts, heavy roasted coffee, charred wood, spices, chocolate, faint licorice, perhaps some fruity notes. There is also noticeable hints of rather fresh hops. Light alcohol. Very powerful smell, but not very balanced due to the massive roasted character.

T: Wonderful coffee flavors - espresso, heavy roasted and almost burnt coffee, tannins. Big sweet malty backbone with a distinct roasted character. Rich notes of dark chocolate. Some licorice and dark fruits, but they don't really manage to balance the deep roasted flavors. Very faint notes of hops. The finish is powerful with a coffee-like roasted bitterness, some alcohol, spices and lingering notes of general roasted flavors.

M: The body is full, but kind of light compared to some other examples of the style. Quite a lot of carbonation as well making the beer seems rather lively. Towards the end, it gets a little smoother.

D: I really liked this one, but with the richness of the roasted flavors of coffee and malts, it's rather demanding. So it's definitely a sipper. Would absolutely like to try it again, and since I have another one in the cellar, I will.

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Photo of juju7
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sex in a bottle. Perfectly even head over a black as black body. As well as the chocolatey tar aromas there is a niggling underlying scent of a fruity kind - black cherries. Burnt black cherries maybe? A very delicately balanced RIS. All the flavours gel beautifully in the mouth, very moreish. Manages to feel quite dry while hinting at sweetness at the same time. Really good stuff.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Sam Adams pint. Brewed March 2011, bottled April, bottle number 304.

A: Pours an opaque, dark brown color with two fingers of tan head. Good lace and outstanding retention-- head lasts the entire glass.

S: Rich milk chocolate and some well-integrated floral notes. Really good.

T: A floral malt flavor up front yields gently to sweet molasses before ending with a gently smokey bitterness. There is also some coffee and chocolate in here. Full-flavored and refined. Some vinous overtones gradually emerge, and also the alcohol shows a bit, but not a problem. Towards the end some mint joins in for a great, bitter mint chocolate flavor. Very complex.

M: Full bodied with lush creaminess and viscosity, almost obscene it is so good.

O: Wow, fantastic stuff. Label says it can age for 25 years, little chance of it lasting that long in my cellar. Pricey and worth it, try it if you can.

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Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
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