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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by paco1029384756 on 01-22-2009

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632
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
17.92%
 
 
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Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a snifter. Brewed on 6 August 2010. Bottled on 16 September 2010. Bottle number 771. Batch of 468 bottles. (Hmmmm, 771/468?)

A: Nice off-white head with great lace. Noticeable yeast in the dark brown-red beer.

S: Weird. Some fruit. Bright with some alcohol. Musty yeast. A little like an old ale.

T/M: This is an excellent beer, chock full of unexpected coffee and excellent bitterness. Round and full, with boozy sweetness and subdued red fruit. Lingering aftertaste is sweeter than not. Damn good. My only complaint is a sort of flatness.

O: An excellent imperial stout. Highly recommended; so good. Will definitely have again.

Notes
OG: 1115
EG: 1031
EBC Colour: 308.9
EDU: 99.9

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Photo of dirtylou
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, scooped at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam

brewed 2/18/10, bottled 4/8/10, bottle #771/960

consumed in prague hotel room

appearance: standard de molen label with loads of information and a red-waxed top, served in hotel water glass, rich dark mahogany body, creamy chocolate cap with perfect retention

smell: rich dark chocolate, loads of hops present...really nice

taste: sinfully good - waves of dark chocolate, a touch of mint, aggressively hopped - glad i got to this one in a relatively fresh state. rich roasted malts, nice bitter finish - a world class stout indeed

mouthfeel: creamy, but a little heavy of the foamy feeling

drinkability: good

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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 cosmicevan
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to injuredreserve for sending this one my way.
bottle 512
brewed 4/30/2010
bottled 6/18/2010

a - popped the top and filled my ccb snifter. poured a watery black with a reasonable white head that was gone quick leaving a thin slick on the surface.

s - deep roasted chocolate malts. really nice. some coffee notes. big and bold. vanilla glaze.

t - lots of big chocolate and roasted malts. coffee slaps back. some alc, but great roasted chocolate. one of the better RIS i've had in a long time.

m - first thing i noticed when it hit my lips was the silkiness. this is a big bold and full beer, but silky soft and smooth. bready and cooling.

o - overall, world class. one of the best RIS i've ever had. there is just so much goodness in this beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kevin Sharing this one!

A-pours a black liquid, tan caramel colored head.

S-the nose has roasted malt and dark chocolate. a fair amount of anise in middle. caramel malts and toffee lie behind, notes of lactose, bitter burnt coffee in the back.

T-tons of roasted malts, notes of dark chocolate and burnt coffee. a touch of anise behind, vanilla, toffee, caramel. sweet plums in the finish with a touch more bitter coffee.

M-extremely smooth and creamy, full bodied, enough carbonation to hold the body, finish is a little thin.

D-this is a big imperial stout with tons of roasted malts and a good light sweetness to it. nicely done, very good stout.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Young 375ml bottle (bottled 4/11/11) poured into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours black with a few soapy bubbles for a head. Not much in the way of lace as well. I guess I should be glad I didn’t get a gusher bottle like some of the other reviewers, but some kind of head would have been nice.
S: Crazy strong notes of roasted malt, toasted dark grains, deep dark chocolate and volatile alcohol. I get a hint of vanilla and burnt wood as well.
T: Flavors from the nose are present and they definitely lean towards char, peat, burnt wood, earth, and tobacco. I get sweeter notes of caramel and vanilla in the finish, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter with rich dark chocolate, but this is one roasted and toasted beer.
M: Very low carbonation that makes the mouthfeel very slick and watery. The body is thankfully fairly thick, but really this feels like drinking heavy water.
O: Obviously I didn’t get a bottle with any bubbles so the mouthfeel definitely suffered. The flavors were also fairly complex but had a char/roasted/earth theme. Overall a pretty solid imperial stout; perhaps some age would make it better.

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

Quite a remarkable take on an imperial stout. Deceptively, and deliciously drinkable for such a sturdy brew underneath the easy feel.

Presentation: 33 cl brown, capped, and waxed bottle. Standard De Molen Label, text over white background detailing the characteristics of the brew. O.G. 1115, F.G. 1031, EBC Colour 308.9, Hop bill, EBUs 99,9. Adds recommended drinking temperature, and cellaring range (up to 25 yrs...). Shows brewing and bottling date (18 Nov 2009, 19 Jan 2010), and that this is bottle 407 out of a 744 33cl bottles batch, alongside Alc. by Vol. (10.2%) Served in a snifter.

A - Deep black pour with a 1/2" short lived head, fair surface memory and minimal lacing.

S - Roasted nose, touches of chocolate, minimal coffee, lightly woody with a touch of licorice.

T - Rich and long roasted range. touches of chocolate, faint coffee again, hint of a fruity sense lingering in the back, dried prunes... Tiny touch of licorice.

M - Medium/full body, almost a tad watery in the beginning but runs very smooth and is picked up by a small but nicely balanced carbonation in the finish. The sense in the palate is tremendous. It is doing something strangely very well, the way it flows is making all the difference for me and gives it an very pleasing sense. Very unusual...

D - Nice sipper, flowing very nicely.

Notes: Such a diverging range of opinions for this brew. It feels as if we were all trying different stuff. Well, I guess it will only be sorted out by trying to drink it again and compare notes. Thank you Toño for the great treat.

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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 jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/11/2011

Beer is black with a small tan head. Great lacing and fairly good retention.

Lots of dark fruit in the nose- much moreso than expected. Prune and black cherry. Roasted malt. Cocoa. Surprisingly sweet smell.

Lots of roasted malt in the flavour, with anise and some bittering hops. Dark chocolate. A bit of coffee. Some cherry, prune and general dark fruit flavours. Finishes fairly bitter. Very good.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. A bit sticky- a heavy beer.

Overall, a very good RIS. Big flavoured and heavy.

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Photo of gford217
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours almost completely opaque black with a one-inch creamy tan head that recedes slowly to a nice collar with some very spotty lacing.

The aroma is sweet with licorice and cocoa with some underlying toasted malts and coffee. Maybe some toasted nuts in there as well - a big nose overall.

The taste is not quite as sweet with dry cocoa up front supported by some heavily roasted malts underneath. Lots of coffee bitterness and some licorice sweetness coming back in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with strong carbonation which makes it seem lighter bodied than it is.

This is definitely the best beer I've had from De Molen, a full-bodied impy stout that still maintains good drinkability.

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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 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 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 woosterbill
3.32/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, #661 of a batch brewed in '09 and bottled in '10, into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Big thanks to Dan for sharing this one.

A: After the wax is cut away the cap pops with the absolute loudest sound I've ever heard come from a non-corked beer's opening, and a slow upwelling of foam begins to overflow into a hastily-provided glass. Once actual beer starts coming out, it's visibly chunky with particulates; every pour from first to last comes complete with a host of solid matter. My particular pour has a dark-brown body playing host to a galaxy of black particulates, topped by a soapy head that quickly recedes to a spotty ring. Foul.

S: Huge, crazy mix of smoke and raw chocolate. Some hops and caramel as well. Intense, and hugely enjoyable. The chocolate alone is just stunning.

T: Spicy, strong, smoky and chocolatey. Less great than the nose, but still enjoyable in small sips.

M: The chunks carry over here, and just highlight the boozy sharpness of the flavor with a bit of gritty three-dimensionality. Laughably bad.

O: The bottle says this one can sit for 25 years, and I think at least a handful would be necessary just to get all the crap to come out of suspension. The aromas and flavors are big and enjoyable, but this is a seriously flawed beer right now. I can certainly see its potential, though, and can't wait to try the Misto version that's on-deck.

Cheers!

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Photo of jsh420
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours dark dark brown - looks black 1+ finger tan head that had decent retention and left lacing all over the glass

smells of dark roast - some smoke - licorice - chocolate

taste is out of this world - just like the nose i get all the notes very roasty malt chocolate coffee licorice but add in some fruity hop flavors maybe its the dark fruity malt mixed with all the other flavors but whatever it is - its amazing

mouthfeel - medium body - low carbonation feels slick

overall - a tad on the expensive side but one of the best nom barrel aged RIS i have had in a while - glad i picked up 2

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

This is a re-review. My first review was back in '09 and I scored it a 3.23. Carbonation was also an issue back then. However, De Molen has been much more consistent lately and the newer batches of H&V have not only been carbonated properly, but they've all seemed to be much more flavorful. Anways, time to give it another go.

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 21 June 2011
Drunk beside a Rasputin

APPERANCE: A dark brown and slightly transparent pour yields a one finger, thicker looking, fluffy, light brown head with great retention. Opaque black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foamy wisp cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves some good lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bolder nose of roasted and smoky malts, dark chocolate, coffee beans, cocoa powder and some black licorice. Bold and interesting, and much more stout-like than Rasputin.

TASTE: Bolder flavors of roasted and smoky malts and a good dose of dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso coffee and charred malts at the swallow. Lots of bitterness as well. Bold and relentless aftertaste of roasted and burnt malts, bitter coffee and bitter, dark chocolate. Bold flavors and very roasted and chocolate forward. This is more my kind of thing.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, enough weight as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch of heat lingers, but well measured.

OVERALL: Now this is more like it. The newer batches have been much improved compared to the older ones, and this imperial stout is way, way more my thing than Rasputin. Big nose and flavor profile, with all the stout characteristics I love, and a good look and feel to top it off. Definitely glad they use this one for their barrel aging projects, as it’s got the big, roasted and chocolate flavors to hold up. Definitely the clear winner over Rasputin. Top notch stuff. Recommended.

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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 Kevinpitts
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle aged for 3.5 years. Got at Bavarian Lodge. Wow. What a great beer. Tastes of coffee. Soooo smooth. Super yummy! Had this fresh from a barrel too. Still good, though aging helped immensely. Aged: 4.5. Fresh: 4.25.

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

De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis on tap at Max's Taphouse in B'more, MD, served in what I would call a "Viking cup" (actually a goblet/chalice). First time I have a "serious" craft beer from Europe.

Appearance: A very dark brown, almost black. Nice foamy head, like a Guinness, that does not subside too soon. Excellent lacing, perfect circles. Beautiful.

Smell: Dark chocolate, some smooth coffee, subdued bitterness. A very-well balanced aroma, smells like an American Russian Imperial Stout. :-)

Taste: A little too dry right upfront, but fine. Smokiness and residual sugars follow, with a bit of brewed coffee. Probably the weakest link in this beer is actually the taste, believe it or not, but still damn fine.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation (at least for the style), some bitterness on the back as it goes down. Medium body. Not as big as most RIS's, but damn nice and chuggable.

Drinkability: High and high! Drinks like a regular stout, but tastes like an Imperial. A rare treat you should not miss if you can find it!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours black with absolutely no carbonation. Aroma of burnt toast, bitter burnt chocolate. Flavor is also incredibly burnt with some chocolate and roasted malt notes. Some alcohol presence. The flatness of the beer was off-putting too. I don't know if this beer was "off" or not, but I did not enjoy it. There were some good moments in tasting this beer, but overall the odd (ie burnt) moments overruled.
6/3/7/3/14 (3.3/5)

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Photo of hopdog
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Bottle #034, Brewed on 14 August 2008 & Bottled on 18 September 2008.

Poured a dark black color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roastiness, some smokiness, licorice and lighter dark fruits. Tastes of roast, coffee, chocolate, some dark fruits, and licorice. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.

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Photo of cherche
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: pitch black, small mocha head, little retention, little lacing. Pretty, nice
S: chocolate, coffee, burnt malts, butterscotch and vanilla on the back. Some leather, tobacco, and earth. Very pretty nose
T: taste learns hard toward the coffee and chocolate side with a strong tobacco tilt. Solid but not great
O: very, very nice beer. Love the nose and really like the rest of the beer. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured pretty much completely black... dark mocha tan head poured very big thick and foamy with a pock marked meringue like topping which faded slowly to good thick covering with lots of thick sticky lacing...

Aroma - Big blast of roasted / charred chocolate malts, tar, sooty smoke, charred bread, molasses / treacle sweetness, dark fruits (black cherries and grapes, dates, raisins), roasted nut brittle, yeasty, very earthy, salty, burnt coffee beans...

Taste - Lots of charred / burnt chocolate malts and liquorice to the fore followed by treacle and molasses sweetness, sooty notes, strong espresso coffee, toasted / charred bread, stewed prunes, black cherries, slight candy sugar hints, grassy hops, light oakiness, vanilla, quite peppery, nice warming booze...

Feel - Sharp initially then and smooths out nicely... full bodied... incredibly drinkable for 10% although you can certainly feel the effects of the booze after one bottle..

Overall - An excellent and very complex beer... highly recommended...

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Photo of 57md
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with honey edges and about a half finger of tan head. The nose has notes of chocolate and mild roast. The flavor profile has a legitimate roasted essence to it but the body is thinner than expected.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really impressed they can achieve this flavor profile with so few, basic ingredients. An expertly crafted stout.

Hell and Damnation is just on the edge of being bitter, but it doesn't get there. Very well balanced, not going too far into chocolate territory, not going too far into coffee territory, and staying away from smokiness.

It has a nice roast to it, with a slight tang, and a fulfilling, soft mouthfeel.

This is beer that doesn't need anything else to help it along and it's an injustice to try to use other foods or flavors to try to describe it. Best to try it for yourself.

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Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
4.13 out of 5 based on 632 ratings.
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