Hel & Verdoemenis 666 | Brouwerij De Molen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Batch 666 was H&V with added wood chips soaked in a 40 year old cognac.

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-09-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
131
Reviews:
48
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
7.8%
 
 
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77
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21
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Photo of Halcyondays
3.17/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, said it was just the regular on the board, but they mentioned the cognac so I'm going with this,

A: Pours black with a wispy off-white head, fair retention.

S: Definite chocolate and oak with an intriguing spiritious quality.

T: Dark malt is the main flavour with good portion of wood, a nice flavour, but the beer quickly gets taken over by the ethanol and brandy flavours. This may have been good in the background, and while the beer still tastes all right it's not thrilling me.

M: Full-bodied, light carbonation, again dominated by heat/ethanol.

D: Certainly something that needs some aging to mellow out. It has good potential, but right now it's not the best of beers.

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Photo of dgilks
3.41/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pitch black. No head. Nothing more to say.

Somewhat alcoholic. Chocolatey. Touches of coffee. Actually a little light on. Some fruit notes.

Malt sugars. Chocolate. A little earthy and dry.

Full body with moderately-low carbonation. Not bad.

I don't get it. This beer is quite popular and well regarded and yet it is so empty and unfulfilling. It is lacking any real punch beyond generic malt and alcohol.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Bottle # 745.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of nmann08
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Will for splitting this bottle, along with a few other De Molen goodies. The 666 pours with brown trim and a nearly black center, growing lighter in shade as you near the edges of the glass. The beige head doesn't last for long before it's reduced to a simple, little collar that outlines the top of the beer. Not as evil looking as you'd expect a "666" beer to be.

Deep cocoa and roast in the aroma, right alongside a strong presence of bourbon, which upon further inspection, is more likely to be cognac. There's a good amount of roasted coffee beans in there, too, just a touch ashy and charred with a faint hint of burnt wood in the finale. Very thick and heavy smelling, and possibly even more robust and potent than you'd expect at 10% ABV.

A staunch deliverance of dark cocoa, charred coffee beans, and cognac-soaked, burnt oak chips gets bashed into all sides of your mouth with the first sip. I'll go ahead and confirm the fact that while this beer is certainly "big" at 10% ABV, it smells and tastes even bigger. The first few sips are cloaked in heavily boozy oak and dense, bitter coffee and dark chocolate.

Some time allows for sweetness to protrude just a bit; milkier chocolates and some barrel induced vanilla notes come out, though the beer keeps its threatening demeanor with the abrupt cognac that seems to always find its way through the jungle of ash. The flavor seems to escape the palate surprisingly quickly, however, leaving a slightly vapid finish with nothing but some light roast and booze on the palate.

Definitely full bodied, but not as thick or chewy in terms of complexion as the flavors and aromas would lead you to believe it is. Carbonation was pretty on point for the style, nearing the lower end of the grand spectrum. I'm really glad to have been able to try this one, though it didn't quite meet the expectations I had going into it. I'd still like to try more of the variants, however, so thanks again to Will for bringing a few of them along.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of brother_kenneth
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of readbaron
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Michigan
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of bylerteck
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Friend in Alberta brought this to me. Bottle 449. Bottled December 2013.

A - Pours pitch black with one finger of beige head. A small ring of lace and a film of retention left over.

S - Wood, dark fruit, spirit note. Strong spirit note, alcohol. Pleasant stuff.

T - Boozy with lot's of spirit notes. Licorice, lot's of dark fruit. Dry, burnt grain.

M - Mild carbonation, full body, boozy dry finish.

O/D - This was a touch bit of a letdown. The barrel was very strong and really seems to have taken over. It's complex and enjoyable, tasty and rich. Not bad.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

18cl bottle poured into my Darkness glass, picked up in Gent...Dark brown pour with no carbonation, no lacing...Very strong aroma, lots of alcohol, heat of the cognac, char, and lightly bitter chocolate. Its ok, but I'm not hopeful...The taste almost saves this beer, tones down the alcohol, albeit sill present. Wood on the finish and the feel if that makes sense. The more I drink the more the cognac comes out, makes this a really smooth feel and finish, but still alcoholy. Light coffee comes through to balance. I am not very familiar with cognac so its a little hard to judge this beer, as it is breaming with it in the aroma and taste. The more I drink though the more I like it, especially the cognac, makes me want to search out similar beers, however, to find more made with 40 year old cognac is going to be hard.

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Photo of largadeer
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, David.

Typical H&V appearance, pouring a dark muddy brown with almost no carbonation.

Quite a bit of tar, char and molasses on the nose. Very sweet and rich, a bit chocolatey. Black licorice, cognac, oak.

Tastes very rich. Oak and cognac, charred malt, black licorice and bitter chocolate. Syrupy body with low carbonation. A lot of tannic oak, char and cognac in the finish. Very lingering. The dark malt character is thankfully not burnt, though it's pretty intense. This is rather good, but I think I prefer regular H&V.

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Photo of digita7693
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: this is not the same as Hel & Verdoemenis, from the brewer this is "Batch 666 was H&V with added woodchips soaked in a 40 year old cognac"
Bought a couple small bottles that were on offer at pré ZBF. .2l bottles.

A very very dark, no head at all

S chocolate, wood, whiskey(cognac i guess)

T this is a very smooth drinking IS, nice chocolate taste, and a warming alcohol cognac taste at the end. Very nice, sort of a digestif version of an IS.

D I wish there was some carbonation in this, but thats ok, it makes it a different drink, almost, like I said, a digestif version of an IS. I dont think I could drink a ton of this, but after a meal .2l is perfect!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a tiny dark brown bubbly head with no retention or lacing. Aroma of light whiskey notes with some sweet notes. Taste is also dominated by whiskey notes with no alcohol being apparent and light dry roasted notes barely noticeable. Body is about average with almost no carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Barrel-aging was really well executed with no apparent alcohol and a creamy warming texture that I really appreciated.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BierMeJohn
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of claaark13
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a nip (2010 version?) of this a little while ago, but was too intoxicated to judge. Jeffo has provided the new 33cl 2011 version. There's no bottle # though. Slightly chilled and poured into a Darkness snifter.

A - Pours fairly (not completely) black with a thick, light-tan head. Doesn't stick to well. The head keeps it looking good, the color is a lot better in the glass.

S - Little bit of coffee, some oak and roasted malt.

T - There is the cognac. Chocolate, cognac, then a little bit of sweetness...coffee/roast, vanilla, dry oak on the finish. I think maybe just a tad too much cognac/oak. Roast does remain for a bit.

M - Medium. Just feels a little light on the tongue. Still silky, still smooth though.

O - Straight 4's across the board. Everything was above average, but nothing blew me away. Still a very good beer that I'd like to get again. I'm a larger fan of the other limited releases from De Molen. It also seems that their consistency on quality is on par. Time to start hoarding their stuff before everyone finds out.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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