Hel & Verdoemenis 666 | Brouwerij De Molen

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Hel & Verdoemenis 666Hel & Verdoemenis 666
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 Sammy
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

250 ml bottle from Sven in Denmark. Opaque with creamy reddish-brown head, 1/16" retaining. The aromas are insane, malty rich chocolate, and may be cognac and coffee. A cascade of lacing drops are artistically splayed on the glass. Thick, cognac coffee, boozy.Rich aftertaste in back of throat, alcohol on lips.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml, black wax encrusted bottle, with a kick-ass anonymous metal band inspired label.

This beer pours a solid, impenetrable black, with only the very, very slightest of basal cola 'highlights', and four (or maybe more, who's counting at this rate) fingers of openly bubbly, densely foamy chocolate milk head, which leaves some spooky drooping webbed lace around the glass as it eventually recedes.

It smells strongly of astringently wooden barrels, not altogether specific to origin, although a soft late harvest white wine character does well to bleed through, with some overly sugary chocolate, a mild, indistinct roasted character, softly savoury spice, and faint anise. The taste is sweet dark, cake-like chocolate, equally saccharine white wine barrel notes - vanilla, caramel, and musky white grape juice, a hint of dry coffee grounds, and the coup de grace of Cognac goodness - a stupidly subtle, boozy 'comment ça va?'.

The carbonation is pretty well sublimated, and more or less inconsequential to our little investigation, the body a bountiful full weight, and generally quite smooth, the alcohol the only threat here, and it does well in minding its own business. It finishes quite predictably on the sweet side, the boozy chocolate and white wine offset going long in convincing me that this isn't some overly sugary fart of an offering.

With a base as desirable as this one's is, messing around with barrel treatment is a dicey affair at best. Thankfully, they picked a subtle, je ne sais quoi version to move forward with, one which adds a modicum of sweetness, and a further indecipherable complexity, without sacrificing the base goodness of it all. Worthy for its effort, and tasty all the same.

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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 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brad for sharing this little bottle. Bottle #599. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Holy hell, the nose on this thing is fantastic. Poured black with a very thin mocha head that quickly went away. Nose is fantastic and so incredibly smooth. There is a very large chocolate presence and quite a bit of barrel character. There is a bit of booze in the background as well as some roasted malt. The taste is big on the chocolate and barrel aspects with a slightly-oaked finish. Good fudge throughout. No booze or heat in the finish. Medium body. Really, wow. Big, big fan of this.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

This little bottle. I had wondered aloud in my house about it for months. It just looks pure evil and boy was it ever. What are these things like 5oz? We split this, me and Rich in two tiny snifters as I did not want a bottle this special to be wasted on myself. Late night crew on 07/04/2010.

The darkest pour I had seen all week. Just pitch black and oily. Thick as a milkshake with a small head of tan that barely covered the top of the glass but did leave some really nice lacing down the sides as we went through the session. I let it linger for a few moments and went in to take a sip, what I find is a wonderful blend of vanilla, oak, hints of roasted malts, burnt and bitter dark chocolate. Just immensely rich. Coffee coming at me now with a long, long and drawn out flavor that is really grabbing at the palate. Vanilla swirls in, tobacco, hints of molasses and really robust chocolate underlying it all. This was the beast of stouts. So dark and rich, foreboding and yet immensely complex. It took nearly 30 minutes before you could really appreciate what we had here. A wonderful, and truly unique take on a barrel aged stout.

Overall dark, evil, enlightening I will take it all in. This was an amazing beer, I only wish I could have had a little more of it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle number 034.

Appearance - Inky black. Stains the glass. Medium khaki head.

Smell - Sharp roasted malt. Very intense roasted aroma. Dark fruit.

Taste - Dark fruits and lots of oak. Intense roasted malt. Almost burnt. Coffee malts. Woody finish.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Heavy stout. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - I don't get any of the cognac in the wood chips, but otherwise it's a fantastic stout.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

The number of this beast: 599

The beer appears dark brown with a thin, beige head. The aroma is absolutely fantastic. 40 year old cognac barrels...wow. Loving this. Roast and spirits with subtle notes of barrels. Simply fantastic beer. Phenomenal feel with alcohol content a non factor. What a treat. Highly recommended.

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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Jeffo. I think this was the first batch made? Served in a tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a collar and wisps, leaving behind spotty lace. Very dark brown body. This De Molen beers are nothing if not consistent.

S - Big biscuit, lots of vanilla, light dry oak, some dark chocolate, touch of coffee and perhaps a bit of fruitiness although it's hard to tell if it's from malt, cognac, or oxidation. No alcohol presence at all.

T - The taste is quite similar, with big chocolate and oaky vanilla, and lighter notes of biscuit, nuts, and caramel. Not much spirit character from the cognac; just a big malty stout with fairly low roast character. Again, no alcohol after two years of aging.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, lower carbonation, fairly silky considering the oak-aging, and super mellow at this stage. No alcohol to be found.

D - This was pretty good - seems like a more simplistic version of Black Damnation 666, which I also liked quite a bit. Would definitely drink this again, although I'd probably pick the Black Jack over this for novelty's sake.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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Hel & Verdoemenis 666 from Brouwerij De Molen
4.23 out of 5 based on 131 ratings.
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