Hel & Verdoemenis Misto B.A. | Brouwerij De Molen

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Hel & Verdoemenis Misto B.A.Hel & Verdoemenis Misto B.A.
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tpd975 on 07-08-2010

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Ratings:
77
Reviews:
31
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
8.18%
 
 
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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 11,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter.
Bottled on 28th Jan 2013.

Appearance: Hel & Verdoemenis Misto appears pitch black in the glass, however a back light revealing a fair amount of deep red along the edges of the glass. A rough pour results in a good sized dark tan coloured head, that displays reasonable retention for the style and even leaves some patchy lacing as it recedes. A swirl coats the glass in in a light yellow film and heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: This smells delicious! Bourbon and creamy sweet vanilla leap out of the glass, with oak, sugary dark caramel, dark chocolate, cocoa laced butter icing, some roasted malt and a little char not far behind. As the beer warms dark fruit notes (chocolate covered black cherries) become apparent, alongside butterscotch, leather and a hint of tobacco.

Taste: The flavour is not quite as sweet as the nose suggested (as with all the H&V varients), with roasted malt and char playing a much bigger part and a solid bitterness in the finish. Other notes include: Dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, bourbon, dark caramel, a little liquorice, molasses, dark fruits (notably cherries) and an earthy character. There is no trace of alcohol noted in the flavour.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium-full and lightly sticky, while the carbonation is of a low level and fantastically smooth.

Overall: Another superb BA version of H&V and one I can't wait to have again.

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Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of danieelol
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a viscous black with nice slightly tanned head and great lacing. Looks gorgeous and, when swirled, develops almost a purple vinous colour.

Nose is subtle banana, whiteboard marker, bit of swamp water and a little chocolate. Massive bourbon. Opens up into more chocolate and a waxy, almost creamy, quality. Almost has a cocoa nib character.

Taste is chocolate, a little dusty and smoky. Again very vinous and almost a little bit sour. Finishes strongly dry like a red wine. Still a bit of banana here. Bit of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is a good combination of a little sourness, a great charred bitterness and also a balancing sweetness.

Not sure if this was partly aged in Jack Daniel's barrels, the banana notes certainly suggest so. Good beer, perhaps could have done with more age (a year or so+) before opening to open up the flavours a bit more. If I had the cash, would buy another bottle to age.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of tectactoe
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | 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 Misto BA barrel version of this brew looks the same as the last version we cracked (666): black and black with some deep, brown trim and almost no head that rises up, rather just a tan ring that sits pretty still at the outer edge of the glass.

The aroma is somewhat similar, too, complete with good amounts of deep cocoa, booze, and a touch of coffee beans. I will say that the levels of roast in this brew seem a little larger than the 666 variant; darker roast and more oily coffee beans. Bourbon traces and outlines the entire profile, making this beer smell every bit as big as 12% ABV, and then some.

Mild bourbon and soaked oak crash on the tongue with a good amount of sweet cocoa and some smooth, roasted malt. I have to say, the chocolate character is the Misto variant is quite a bit bigger on the palate than the 666 variant. The bourbon presence is nice and heavy as well, giving a commanding warmth in the back of the throat and turning this beer into a definite slow sipper.

Back-end dry cocoa, a touch of coffee, toast, oak, and lots of bourbon in the finish. The body isn't as thick or chewy as the flavors, and therefore the mouth feel is maybe just a bit of a letdown here. A little more viscosity would do this brew some good; the mild carbonation keeps things smooth, but I can't help but think that it's a touch too thin for the style.

The Misto barrel-aged version of Hel & Verdoemenis unfortunately exhibits a little bit of the same thing that I didn't love about the 666 variant - it's just a bit too bourbon forward and not quite complex enough to really pique my interest. Don't get me wrong, it's a good beer, but I don't think it's quite worth the extreme praise it receives, or at least not this variant. I did like this one just a *bit* better than 666, though.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As I found the standard Hel & Verdoemenis a little rough around the edges and somewhat underwhelming- these more mature bourbon barrel aged versions suffer no such claim. They are stellar in every way!

Onyx black and with a deep mirror-like sheen, the beer opens with an abyss of darkness and a slowly bubbling calderon of bubbles. Its broken sand-stained skirt across the glass diminishes to a collar before finally standing firm.

Musky malt aromas are nutty, roasty, chocolaty, and molasses-heavy. Bourbon soaked oak gives up its heavenly scent with caramel, vanilla, cherries and figs. Spicy with the unmistakable booze notes of Bourbon- the overall scent is of "bourbon ball" candies that are well known throughout central Kentucky.

The first sip weaves together the taste of chocolate and figs for a decadent bittersweet, stone fruit character that captivates the palate thereon. Brewing up from the depths of taste come espresso, walnut, black strap molasses, fudge and cocoa. Red grape, dates, raisins and cherries reel in a savory dark fruit character that hinges on sherry and port. But alas, the bourbon identity is reinforced with all that oak and caramel to finish the beer's taste.

Full bodied, but not recklessly so. A shot at drinkability is achieved by its short carbonation and vinous acidity that cuts through the malt. Alcohol thinning aids with the viscosity while warming its finish. Dry campfire ash tries to limit the aftertaste, but the long bourbon and fudge fights through all that for a lingering savory sweetness.

Strong and seductive, this is a masterful ale that understates its complexity. Its sensible balance and body requires a sophisticated palate to understand and appreciate as much of its nuances are well melded and modestly boastful.

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Photo of Brabander
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Michigan
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of dangeru
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of TheBrewViking
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is black with very little head but it does stick around for a while.

Smells of bourbon, molasses and cocoa.

Taste is bourbon, molasses, chocolate and vanilla with a good amount of char familiar with de molen stouts

mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side for the style

overall I love me some stouts from de molen or hey anything from Menno is top notch.
Thanks Erik for sending this my way!

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Photo of ystazi
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ajzy
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Farnswurth
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of IPA35
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle, 11% ABV and bottled 28th of january this year. So a pretty fresh bottle.

Pours dark brown, in the glass it looks black with dark brown at the bottom (when held in the light). A thin, tan head. Not pitch black though.

I does not smell unlike the Wild Turkey version I had a while earlier. Still the same dark beer with the obvious bourbon oakyness. A really nice scent: dark sweet malts, some char, chocolate, coffee and bourbon; vanilla, oak and that sort of boozyness. I think this smells better, the other was more on the bourbon if I remember correctly and this one has more of the stout.

The taste has less bourbon as well I think. This is a more malty sweet beer like the original.
Yes, this is a beer with a sweet, slightly roast maltiness combined with the oaky bourbon and a tiny hint of liquorice (had to think about what it was for like 10 minutes and that comes closest). This one hold the middleground between the normal beer and the Wild Turkey in a way. After having had the WT this one is a little underwhelming on the bourbon but it certainly is less fruity than the original as it still hass that oaky/vanilla component from the barrels. This one shows more of the base beer I think. As it warms up the bourbon becomes stronger fortunatly.

It is a highly drinkable and very balanced beer. The alcohol is there but pretty weak for a 11% beer when compared to a a beer with a similar strengt like Rochefort 10.

Not much hop to speak off.

Mouthfeel is medium-to full, nice and smooth and with low carbonation.
Quite dry on the finish.

A really nice RIS, the barrels work very well on this already great beer. If you want a big blast of bourbon I think the Wild Turkey would be the best choice however.

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Photo of mtbdonn
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome. Really, really nice. Everything was right on here, nothing bad to say about this beer at all. Appearance was nice...deep black with a nice head; smell was nice. Taste was all there, nice bourbon notes with plenty of malt. Mouthfeel was probably one of the best if not the best. This beer is not too boozy, not to watery, everything really clicked as a really, really good stout. Great job by De Molen! Awesome!

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Photo of jbuddle
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BeerBaron
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of MasterSki
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Jeffo. Served in Hill farmstead stemware.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and a very dark brown body.

S - Sweet, biscuit and milk chocolate malts, caramel, vanilla, light oak, hints of smoke, and umami, and an increasing bourbon presence as the beer warms.

T - Taste is quite similar to the H&V Wild Turkey (which is part of this blend). An enjoyable melange of bourbon, smoke, toasted biscuits, chocolate, and a touch of umami. Barrel is more forward, with sweeter malt characters appearing in the finish. Well-hidden alcohol.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with pleasant lower carbonation. Light tannic in the finish, with some residual stickiness. Not much alcohol warmth.

D - Definitely one of the strongest H&V variants - I prefer this one to the new Wild Turkey release. That being said, the differences are quite subtle. The nip bottle was greatly enjoyed and I found myself wishing this was a larger bottle.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Hel & Verdoemenis Misto B.A. from Brouwerij De Molen
4.28 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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