Heaven & Hell | Brouwerij De Molen

Heaven & HellHeaven & Hell
BA SCORE
79.4%
Liked This Beer
4.04 w/ 160 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rvdoorn on 09-07-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,040
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
160
Liked:
127
Avg:
4.04/5
pDev:
9.9%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
51
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This stout is amazing.
Chocolate, roasted malt, maybe some sugar in there?

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Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 2010.

This is the color of dirt/soil, black-brown with a foamy crema topping. Aroma is earthy, reminiscent of woodsy mushrooms (a borrowed descriptor, overheard but still apropos), not button mushrooms but I’m thinking more like shiitakes. Wonderfully complex. Layers of flavors, sweet and luscious with an oily booziness that coats the mouth. Rich, thick, with a sharp bitterness. Simply amazing. Bottle says you can age this for 25 years.

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Photo of reizorc
4.91/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich, night-black sable with a VERY thick and persistent chocolaty-brown head. The sample I got fizzed as if doing so would help the Cubs win the World Series - so if you get this in a bottle, open it with care! Strong, smoky aroma has tones of sweet chocolate, quality roast coffee and molasses as well as a hint of caramel. Mouth-filling smoky flavor has tones of high-quality mocha and molasses, as well has hints of caramel and licorice. It is a bit on the sweet side, but otherwise the flavor is simply superb. Texture is thick, smooth, oily and fizzy, leaving a smoky and tingly finish. A must for all Stouties!

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Photo of enelson
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Bonko_the_sane
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Vylo
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mariasagiv
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

on tap, insanely good, de molen is near the top of my list for beers just like this. the quality and uniqueness here is insane, and i cant believe these guys dont get more love, i think they make some of the most compelling dark beers in the world. this is just so thick and dark, holding an inch of airy lace head that isnt but a few shades lighter than the near black beer itself. tons of viscosity, but some carbonation too. the aroma here is a faint hint of smoke, dark cocoa powder, and bitter dark barley, seemingly bone dry, so odd for the style, no trace of its strength at all in the nose. the flavor is amazingly deep and complex, with a toasted element, leather, milk and dark chocolate alike, wet soil, dry wood, and the classic unique de molen ale yeast, which always sort of seems to be a mature english high gravity thing mixed with elements from scotch ale yeast and even a little bit of saison or lightly wild yeast. it always makes de molen beers for me, and its a rock star in this one too. chocolate and earth in the finish, oddly delicate for how strong and intense it is, apparently brewed with a great understanding of ingredients and processes, far more impressive in overall quality than almost any of the big american stouts, barrel aged or otherwise. de molen continues to blow me away every time. this is as good as it gets!

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very smooth with no head at all. Thick dark coffee color with some reddish hues.

S: Alcohol dominates but other scents come through. Chocolate, coffee, sweet, honey, oak, pine, molasses.

T: Same as smell. The taste is well balanced in this beer. The stout flavors comes through with some cream and chocolate and coffee hints. Then a little sour brings through some of the more oaky notes. Then the sour kick of the alcohol hits but quickly fades to a sweetness that isn't really honey... maybe a more chocolaty sweetness, you know, one that's more smooth than sharp.

M: Very surprising how the alcohol is under control on the palate. It sits smooth with the most subtle carbonation. Creamy notes start to develop.

Overall a surprisingly great beer. I was skeptical given the nature of this beer that it was going to be overwhelming and I wasn't going to love it, but this beer really keeps everything under control. Certainly intense but also very doable - a very great beer.

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Photo of Mavajo
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an almost impentrable black, with just the barest hits of slightly-transclucent brown highlights. The mocha head absolutely billows out of this thing, with large bubbles for most of the head, and much finer bubbles at the top. It took me about 5 minutes of pouring and waiting to get a properly filled glass. Once I finally got it full and properly proportioned, it was a thing of beauty. Unfortunately, pretty much no lacing. If it at least had light lacing, I could give it a 4.5 - but none at all gets it knocked to a 4.

The appearance set high expectations, and the nose doesn't disappoint. Massive, intense notes of chocolate and coffee. This is one of the best smelling beers I've ever buried my nose in. At this point, the suspense is intense - I've gotta taste this thing.

And...it meets the hype that the appearance and nose built. The explosion of chocolate and coffee in the nose show up here again. Coffee, chocolate in general, but specifically dark chocolate, roasted malts and a splash of smokiness. Typically I detest a smokey taste in my beers, but it's okay here - the medley of flavors works. Each swallow leaves a bitter chocolate aftertaste resting on the tongue. But I like it - it's a constant reminder of the deliciousness I just sipped moments before.

Unfortunately, my first sips likewise bring my first criticism of this brew - I don't like the mouthfeel. There's too much carbonation and bubbliness here. (Is bubbliness a word?) I'd rather this brew coat my mouth with velvetty smoothness, but instead I get this coarse tingling. Big time bummer on that one. I'd like to see the carbonation dialed back quite a bit.

All in all, though, this is one fabulous brew. A better mouthfeel would have brought this thing to damn near perfection. Even still, this is absolutely top notch. Easily the best imperial stout I've had from Europe.

I'd love to try a bourbon barrel aged version of this. That'd be epic.

Edit: Felt I should add this. I drank the beer slowly over an hour or so, and after warming and sitting out for a bit, the carbonation seemed to mellow considerably. It became much smoother and less prickly. If it had felt like that from the beginning, it would have easily been a 4 for mouthfeel.

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Photo of Johnct
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the label: "This beer will be good for 25 years if kept cool and dark." But I just don't have that kind of time, so off comes the cap tonight. Brewed on August 26, 2010, bottled on October 5, 2010. If only all breweries were as up front about such trivial things, eh?

Quite a powerful "ziss!" upon prying the cap off (which was lightly waxed). It's a damn beautiful beer in the glass, blackness as deep and wide as the cosmos, and a super-tight mocha colored head made of zillions of snap-crackle-poppin' bubbles.

Aroma is mostly smoky and rich dark chocolate tones, some nice nutty coffee-like roast as well. A hint of mineral in the background, which is suppressed by a noticeable, enjoyable and not-at-all overbearing alcohol edge. [Okay, as-it-happens reportage here: this is a funny beer. I poured half into the glass, and the other half is currently in the bottle. Every 20 seconds or so a froth comes peeking over the bottle neck, pops and disappears, and repeats. This thing is alive!!!]

Taste: total liquid fudge action. Or liquid brownie. That really gooey, moist kind of deep, dark chocolate brownie. Chocolate abounds here, and brings with it tones of dark roast coffee. It's curious that the hops are pumped on the label (Sladek and Saaz) when it's really the malt that not only drives this thing, but wins the race for it. Oh, the hops are present, lending a bright edge to the heavy-handed and gooey malt center. Rich but not too rich, warming but not hot, hoppy but hops that let the malt take center stage. The taste of this beer blows my freaking mind.

I might have liked just a tad less carbonation, or nearly NO carbonation (like Bell's wonderful Expedition Stout), but the heavy body and just-right stickiness still make a nice textural match for what the taste buds are deciphering.

So, a Dutch stout modeled on the big American craft approach, using Czech hops. This is why I love adventurous brewers and the beer they make. And in this case it's a total success. It's a damn travesty this isn't rated higher here (currently has a B+ average). Maybe it's not rare enough. Or just doesn't have much hype behind it for whatever reason. But damn this is one delightful stout that leans on the hefty, dessert-y side, and does absolutely but absolutely everything right.

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Photo of valdieu2
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenTherHppedThat
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of imbibehour
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. Bottled on October 5th 2010. Bottle number 2036.

A slight gusher but not too bad from opening. Impressive head of dark brown coffee cream and chocolate. Body is classic case of dark walnut black/brown. Retention is sick but eventually calms down. Crazy lacing breakup and super foamy.

Nose is a good mix of light molasses, coffee mild roast and milk chocolate. Very nice with barleywine like heat and hint of bitterness. Real nice lots of things going on.

Taste is really delicious. Taste seems to follow the nose with one exception. Molasses lightly in the palate but then a soft mild black licorice sense. Some milky chocolate comes out a bit. Licorice angle comes out in a very rich way but never totally dominates. Thick palate but rich and velvety, without being syrupy. No boozyness sense incredibly easy drinking. Palate has a mild small carbonation and when focusing on it even gives the drink a sense of rich sweet cola taste.

Overall just a great example of what a stout can be. Great beer!

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Photo of scottyshades
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle consumed at Tryst in Delray Beach courtesy of Greg, thanks! Do not remember the bottle info

A: Pours a super viscous looking pitch black...10w-40. Gorgeous brown cap, and decent head/head retention for the big ABV.

S: Wow, just wow. Tons of ripe berries on top of chocolate covered strawberries. Chocolate, alcohol, wood, and some good hopping. Pretty complex

T: Craziness going on here, berries again, alcohol provides warmth but it doesn't take away from the flavor, leather, vanilla, wood (barrel??), tons of chocolate and hop bitterness to balance. Really opens up with proper decanting.

MF/O: Thick, velvety, and silky on the palate. Bitterness gives it some bite, but the carbonation is pretty mellow. Overall a very pleasant surprise, and in my opinion, deserves a better rating. I will be seeking this out again.

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Photo of quantumcipher
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a completely thick consistency. There was a gigantic, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of coffee, malt, chocolate and booze.

T: Tasted of coffee, roasted malt, and booze up front, with a slight chocolate tinge in the finish. Has a much more overpowering flavor than most of this style, but is still complex and possessing a big flavor. Almost closer in character to a Russian Imperial Stout than an American Double

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: An excellent, drinkable beer.

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Photo of dprophet
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of GlennWB
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit pricy but a really good Russian imperial stout. Good Spirits 4-2017

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

2010 bottle don't know how I found this.

A: actually a gusher after 4 years. Poured it fast enough and got some great sticky viscosity. Oh so dark with lasting foamy carbonation.

S: decadent chocolate. Roasty malts. So clean just damn near perfect.

T: Hard bitter and roasted chocolate with thick malty character. Very sweet. Mollasas and deep port characters. So well balanced.

M: Holds beautifully throughout just really sweet, sticky, and coating with German chocolate aftertaste. Creamy.

O: I can't believe this isn't rated over 90. Did I just get a great bottle? This is proof how bad the rating system is. Nothing in the US non barrel aged can hold a candle to this. Gotta find more since its retired. Much like cease and desist which I'm still saddened is retired as well.

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Photo of tykechandler
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rwalford74
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on October 5, 2010. Bottle #2049.

A - Pitch black, three fingers of mocha head that slowly gets bigger and bigger then slowly subsides, light lacing.

S - Smoke, coffee beans, oats, spicy hops, brown sugar, light cocoa.

T - Rich chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, spicy hops, slight burnt sugars, finishes with dark grains, espresso, and saaz hops.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Great beer, if you can find it I would suggest picking up a bottle or two.

$9.99 @ Honeygo Wine & Spirits, Nottingham, MD.

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Beer rating: 79.4% out of 100 with 160 ratings
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