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Heaven & Hell | Brouwerij De Molen

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Brouwerij De Molen

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rvdoorn on 09-07-2009

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Everydayoff
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap served in a pint glass at Wishbeer, Bangkok.

It comes with a jet black body and massive silky yet creamy tan head as a gorgeous showcase. The head stands firm with unbeatable strength of retention before slowly subsiding to an eternal frothy layer atop and leaving lacing wave all around.

In a nose, loads with all kinds of dark malt, chocolate, coffee, licorice, dark bread, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, tobacco, charred nut, as well as subtle dark cherry and spicy alcohol, it is so mellow and rich overall.

The taste is very rich and intense being led and dominated all over by roasted, chocolate, and coffee with some sourness as well as herbal licorice. It is also with notes of sweet vanilla, dark bread, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, tobacco, charred nut, as well as mild dark cherry and spicy alcohol. The almost end reveals a trace of intense bitterness together from both roasted malt and hop.

Full body with some chewiness touch and moderate carbonation along with super smooth mouthfeel through the palate, the overall feeling is very well-rounded with a pleasantly dry finish.

Very easy to go with and very tasty even the ABV is on the high side but it is quite concealed well without a big punch to your face, overall, this one is equipped with all the goodness of great Stout.

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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 Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucaskowalik
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a sampling glass
L- Deep chocolate brown with little to no head due to the high abv.
S- Upfront alcohol, coffee, liquid smoke, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, very yeasty.
T- Same as smell plus dark fruits (Dates, figs, and raisins). And soy sauce which i often taste in imperial stouts.
F- Very full body and holy man is this creamy. Also has a nice dry, bitter finish which I like in stouts.
O- Solid, rich imperial stout. Perfect winter beverage but better in small doses.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 user785335
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonCorbett
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a rich and thick black - almost the consistency of thinned honey. Tops itself up with a pinky finger of loose and clunky camel-skin coloured foam, low retention, and leaves behind a ring an a few surface islands but no lacing.

Aromatics: Wet earth, peat, mild roasted coffee, dark cacao nibs, some almond/walnut like nuttiness and aged dark fruits - date and fig, and a hint of caramel.

Taste: Dark chocolate and espresso, with an interesting (and very subtle) pepper and cinnamon type spice tingle. I also get a little liquorice, and a bit of charred oak smokiness that joins the air of the barely perceptible booziness.

Palate: Tangy alcohol feel once the flavours are swallowed, like the same type of residual nasties you get from a thinner cough medicine (like Robatussin I think), but its presence is super temporary, quite surprising actually for something at 12%. The carbonation is faint and does well not to interfere with the smooth richness of the husky medium body. You’d think based on it’s pour that it would be way heavier than it really is. Leaves the palate clean and dry, no real linger of anything other than a small bitterness that sits in the middle of the tongue, that really you can be ambivalent towards, because it isn’t really that noticeable.

Overall: A great stout for me. Nice high and barely detectable ABV, creamy with some light carb. Head was a little week though, I do like a good stout-stache to start with, and it looked really thick pouring out of the bottle.

Pairing: This has smoked and charred game written all over it. This can easily make the table at a Renaissance Faire, with roasted wild boar, deer, pheasant, etc… Its personality just totally speaks Medieval Times dining. But if you aren’t a LARPer or fan of the crusades or fantasy fiction then maybe try out a more modern BBQ Beef Rib pizza - use leftover beef ribs, stripped down (even re-char the stripped meat under the broiler for a few minutes), put it on a pizza crust along with a bold smokehouse BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, sprinkle with a pinch or two of fine julienne cut jalapeños, and top with a light coat of pepper jack cheese. I also like to throw a few small balls of crushed feta on after it comes out of the oven, just a sprinkle though.

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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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jzeilinger
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This bottle is a 2010 vintage.

A - Pitch black pour with a generously thick and creamy brown lacing ring, carbonation is almost nill. Swirl the glass and it sticks to the sides like glue - nice legs with this one and obviously very thick and viscous.

S - Light smokey char, dark chocolate roast, very light traces of alcohol, roasty creme, light acidity.

T - Bursting with flavor. Loaded with deep chocolate roast, some charcoal, nice smokey character, chocolate cream, some dark fruit buried midway through. Lingering smokey dark chocolate roast with bakers chocolate bitterness.

M - Thick and full bodied, viscous, lip smacking sticky, heavy, and very dry on the back end.

O - This is a beast of a beer - the 12% is completely hidden and rich with roasted chocolate flavor. Very much underrated IMO.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


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3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Martine
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyrushire
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black as night but flat as a pancake; no lacing

Smell: Rich and roasty, with chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and tobacco tones

Taste: Opens very roasty, with chocolate, caramel and dark fruit flavors (raisin and plum) developing through the middle; tobacco and coffee tones add another dimension after the swallow; boozy, through the finish, with a rum-like aspect

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very rich; no carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Overall: With better carbonation (and it could have just been this bottle), this would be a top flight RIS; captures the dark fruit element that so many American brewers seem to miss in the style

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