Heaven & Hell | Brouwerij De Molen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

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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160
Reviews:
68
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
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Photo of Everydayoff
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +11.7%
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 +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucaskowalik
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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 +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonCorbett
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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 +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jzeilinger
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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 -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

07/30/2016

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Photo of BdM
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Martine
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
5/5  rDev +24.1%
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 -DF-
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyrushire
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of Epiktetos
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kristinc
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: Purchased for 4.80 euro @ De Kaapse in Rotterdom. Brown glass. 33cl format. Classic De Molen label design - simple black and white, no-nonsense. Branded black pry-off crown cap.

11.90% ABV. EBC 494. 97 EBU. Bottled: 31/12/14. Best before: 31/12/39.

Served cold into stemware and allowed to come to temperature over the course of the review. Expectations are high given the brewery and style.

HEAD: ~1.5cm wide head of tan colour. Creamy, with a nice full consistency and a good complexion. Soft-looking. Leaves no lacing as it recedes, which happens quickly (within 1 minute). Respectable for its high ABV, but I've seen far better (even at higher ABVs).

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque black in colour. A proper ink/jet black. No yeast particulate is visible within.

It's a nice look for an imperial stout.

AROMA: Rich milk chocolate, cream, chocolate malts, sweet dark malts, cocoa powder, coffee-like acidity, buried roast, chocolate syrup. Suggests a thick imperial stout with plenty of bold flavour, but also good balance.

Aromatic intensity is above average. I detect no hop character, yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes.

TASTE: Chocolate malts, chocolate syrup (Hershey's does come to mind), milk chocolate, and dark malt sweetness lend this brew its backbone, but it's far from cloying or saccharine. Some bitter coffee-like acidity keeps it balanced, as does some subtle roast. Hints of burnt sugar, black strap molasses, anise, sugarcane, rum-soaked raisin, char, and indistinct dark fruit (not plum, fig, or dates, but something else I can't quite put my finger on).

The way the bitter and harsher notes harmonize with the sweeter and smoother notes is remarkable; they never clash, but rather just play in counterpoint.

Nice depth of flavour, though there's room for improvement. The coffee-like bitterness slowly fades in the aftertaste, bolstering flavour duration. Flavour intensity is moderate - which is right for the style.

There's ample room for still more intricacy and subtlety; this is relatively simplistic for an imperial stout.

TEXTURE: Finishes dry and almost acrid, which encourages the next sip. Smooth and wet up front. Full-bodied, viscous, and chewy, but never syrupy or (too) sticky. Has a heavy, hefty presence on the palate. Good thickness. Near perfect carbonation.

Could be softer and creamier, but overall this mouthfeel is a good companion to the taste. Its thickness emphasizes the chocolate syrup note nicely.

OVERALL: ABV is well disguised. This isn't the sipper you might think it'll be, but you couldn't quaff it on account of its thickness and big flavours. It's more balanced and well-rounded than many (most?) American attempts at the style. The way the motor oil-redolent texture complements the taste is remarkable, and the beer avoids the pitfalls that usually accompany imperial stouts of this type; it's thick and viscous without being sludgy or overbearing and it's bittersweet without being imbalanced. Well worth trying, though its price point (even here in the Netherlands!) is quite high relative to its quality.

B- (3.44) / WORTHY

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