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Hel & Verdoemenis 666 | Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
4.27/5
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132 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
132
pDev:
7.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Photo of crosenkrantz
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Rutager
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge thank you to Jeffo and alpineclimber for hooking me up. Couple of first class traders right there. 330ml #3473

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, pretty close to black in the glass with a finger of tan head that lasts a while.

Smell. Nice molasses, oak barrel and vanilla, brown sugar and bourbon, and cocoa. Very nice.

Taste. Dark dark chocolate and oak, vanilla, a bit of booze but not bourbon or whiskey (thought this was whiskey barrel aged ??). Some dark malts.

Mouthfeel. On the lighter side of full bodied, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. A very nice ba stout. Very nice to sip on the deck this warm end of summer evening.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of simoen
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of brystmar
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
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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Photo of Michigan
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Kirk
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of BierMeJohn
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Kmat10
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Photekut
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jeroen78
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
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 cadaugherty
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 12/4/13 bottle 4624

A pretty black with a deep cola edge, finger of dark mocha foam sits for a few sips and leaves a single thick ring of lace

S boozy fudge smells great, lots of wood and cognac, a little smoke and raisin with just a hint of fennel, the booze works well for this one almost bringing the cognac to center stage and I love the taste of cognac

T more roasted barrel notes then the nose and even more cognac, char and burnt espresso, a little different form the nose but equally good, intense and tasty, the fudge is a little toned down but I'm loving the taste

M not too thick for the color with a little heat and a little grit left behind on the gums, long aftertaste of charred wood and cognac

O great liquid going on here, I'm surprised how noticeable the cognac really is, pretty solid brew that I'll be stocking up on for sure

I love the label and the beer inside the bottles even better, great today but this ones going to age gracefully and I'll be buying a nice little stash to ensure I get to enjoy it a few years down the road, stock up boys and girls if you can

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Photo of mattsander
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The bottle is full nearly to the brim, odd and awesome. Pours jet black with 20mm of fluffy beige head that becomes a thick ring. Great looking beer.

S: Big time cognac oak, wow this smells phenomenal. Unique and liqueur-like barrel notes, booze, dark chocolate, licorice.

T: I am admittedly not familiar with cognac, but if it tastes like this beer I should probably get acquainted. A little bit hot, but that will improve with time. I will definitely be laying a few of these down.

M: Creamy and full bodied, boozy but never thin.

Awesome beer, huge cognac/oak presence, this far exceeded my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of schnarr84
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks as always to dave from willow park for hooking me up with straight off the truck brews. 330ml bottle poured into big rock snifter. half finger of mocha head which sticks around. definitely has legs. aroma is huge cognac. some roasted malts come through as well. dark fruit. almost smells like those delicious liquor chocolates

taste is wicked. definitely get a lot of cognac. lots of dark chocolate, some burnt fruit, caramel comes through on the after taste. great warming feeling as you swallow

overall this is an awesome BA RIS. I will definitely be grabbing a couple more to cellar. grab it while you can

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Hel & Verdoemenis 666 from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 132 ratings
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