Hel & Verdoemenis - Bourbon BA | Brouwerij De Molen

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Hel & Verdoemenis - Bourbon BAHel & Verdoemenis - Bourbon BA
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:
Aged for 20 months

Added by Dope on 08-23-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#921
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
165
pDev:
8.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
25
Trade:
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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of moose1980
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost completely still; no head, only a thin foam around the edges. Aroma is similar to the non-ba version: all roasted coffee and dark chocolate, with the hops lending some spicy earthiness to it.
Good lord, hello bourbon. Whatever barrel that is missing in the aroma is more than made up for in taste. Just a huge smack of oak bourbon barrel upfront and mid-palate, then ending like a piece of dark chocolate - dry and bitter. Low carb.
Subtleties be damned; one for the whiskey lover in your life, no doubt.

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Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of stephenlee
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap @ Small Bar, Bristol - 11% Brett version - Pours dark black with a small tanned foamy head which quickly dissipates to a film. Aroma - roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee notes, licorice and vanilla hints. Taste - Slight sweetness at the front, hints of sourness, roasted malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, slight alcoholic finish. Nice well balanced strong ale

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage poured at fridge temp. Pours black with little carbonation. Nose is full of bourbon, licorice, roasted malts, and caramel. Taste is mind-blowing. Just the right amount of bourbon and bitterness from the roasted notes. Nice dark fruit, with a bit of sweetness up front. Bitterness lingers for a while. Also getting some chocolate, coffee, and tobacco on the taste. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, with a creamy body.

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Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Grinky
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flyingpig
3.47/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£7.80):
Definitely a strong one from De Molen, overly so in my opinion & quite a hard one to get through as a result of the overpowering alcohol taste from the bourbon. There was a lot of peat & dark malts featuring through with the odd grain thrown in for good measure but the balance definitely wasn't as good as I'd have liked. Some dark fruits featured at times but I found them more subdued than expected & there was no sign of any hops, although the fact that the beer was three years old wouldn't have helped that any. The aftertaste was a lingering one with some coffee & an earthy bitterness rounding things off & while it was an okay beer, it's not one that I'll find myself going back to again; perhaps I'd have enjoyed it more if I was into whisky but sadly this wasn't a beer for me.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, US date of 1/28/13. Pours mostly black with a very small sized khaki head. Smells of bourbon, oak, oxidization/parchment, vanilla, dark fruit, roasted malt, and cocoa. The taste follows closely with bourbon, oak, roasted malt, oxidization, cocoa, dark fruit, and vanilla; pretty rounded. Medium bitterness and subtle sweetness. Average body and low carbonation for the style. Overall, this one held up okay for approaching 3 years of aging. It reminded me of aged KBS with a little less bourbon and more dark fruit. Pretty tasty as a whole.

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Photo of madelf66
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, labelled as Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon Barrel Aged. Very dark ruby-brown pour with a thin tan head. Smells like bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, a bit of sherry. The taste follows the same notes, with an emphasis on coffee, chocolate and bourbon. Medium to full bodied, light carbonation and a roasty-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of Jkolls
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bytemesis
3.41/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Nikos. Pours clear black, minimal head, slight ring of tan lacing. Aroma is bourbon, molasses, anise, chocolate. Flavor is light plus sweet, medium bitter, roasty, a hint ashy, anise again. Lingering bitterness and a bit light on bourbon character. Lightish body for style and a bit watery on the palate.

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Photo of SayBoom
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenBreeg
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BastardKing24
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 edition
Pours a coffee color, I can see through it, but its dark.
Smells like a decadent BA beer, just loads of oaky nasty age, with plum, brown sugar, rotten dark fruit.
Taste is not the same but delivers. I get a big hit of chocolate mixed with some dark fruit syrup, and some figs with coffee and chocolate mixed in
Feel is great, not super carbed, but has the bubbles to back its sweetness and thickness
Overal its a unique beer that i may buy again, its one of a kind, and I can tell its small batch. It had a load of chunks in the bottom but thats ok by me. Try it if you find it.

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Photo of qcghost
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Gollem Amstelstraat in Amsterdam. Was recommended by the bartender and poured into a tulip glass. Aroma is full of bourbon vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Taste follows similar notes, although I picked up some more caramel sweetness rather than the coffee/chocolate bitterness, perhaps due to the bourbon barrel aging. Carbonation is well-balanced and overall this is a wonderful RIS.

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Photo of monty79_1997
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of amano_h
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle pour into De Molen Tulip

S: Honeyed Bourbon. Dark chocolate. Coffee. Licorice. Figs. Dark Cherries. Vanilla. Leather. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

T: Honey. Chocolate. Fresh espresso. Toffee. Caramel. Molasses. Black cherries. Vanilla.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

M: Medium-bodied. Prickly, but light carbonation. Moderate booze-burn. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

O: The bourbon barrel acts somewhat minimally upon the brew as most of the characteristics of the original Hell and Damnation seem well preserved, but the added dimensions I feel hinder the brew more than make it more complex better rounded.

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Photo of dsm45
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a think foamy khaki head that disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- lots of spicy bourbon up front on the nose with aromas of toasted walnut, burnt caramel/toffee, toasted oak, vanilla, brown sugar, raisin, spicy woods, toasted coconut & chocolate. Very complex and welcoming

T- big bourbon flavors follow the nose up front, at times almost tastes like straight bourbon. The mid-palate opens up some chocolate and charred malt, along with dark fruit and toasted nuts. The finish gives notes of wet oak, spicy bourbon and dark fruit

M- medium body and medium prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- very bourbon-forward after spending nearly two years in the barrel. The flavor lacked some complexity, mainly because of the dominant bourbon. But as a bourbon drinker, I definitely enjoyed it

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Photo of BdM
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryanflc
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Warren2621
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 165 ratings
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