Hel & Verdoemenis - Bourbon BA | Brouwerij De Molen

Hel & Verdoemenis - Bourbon BAHel & Verdoemenis - Bourbon BA
BA SCORE
4.34/5
162 Ratings
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:
#940
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
162
pDev:
8.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
23
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 162 |  Reviews: 39
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

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

Photo of CHickman
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/22/2014, 1 PT 9.4 OZ listing 10% ABV: pours pitch black color with a 1 finger cream/foamy tan head that cascaded up like a Guinness and stuck around for a while, dissipating very slowly. The head was full of tiny bubbles that were popping as it went down, leaving excellent foamy rings and a layer around the top edge.

Smells of rich dark chocolate, roasted grains, coffee grinds, bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, faint vanilla, charred wood, oaky notes, piney hops, lemon zest, light floral hops, toffee, chocolate malts, biscotti, raisins and other dark fruit and some faint booze or red wine. This pretty much nails what a RIS should smell like: roasted malt, chocolate, smoky notes, burnt grains, dark fruit and a mild hop influence. Very well done.

The flavor takes everything good that was in the nose and adds more complexities, getting better as it warms. Wow, the taste is just like the nose with a nice mix of dark chocolate, roasted grains, piney hops, cocoa powder, vanilla, coffee grinds, bakers chocolate, smoked grains, charred wood, oaky notes and barrel aspects that bring out peat moss and smoked wood, lemon zest, floral hops, toffee, molasses, chocolate malts, chocolate covered biscotti, raisins and other dark fruit like cherry and dates, and then an espresso like finish. Some faint booze comes out at times like bourbon, dark rum or an oaky merlot/red wine, but it's not a hot alcohol burn but rather a nice complement in the overall profile. Chocolate is the most pronounced flavor, to the point that it's like a milk shake with woody aspects and a shot of merlot. It jumps from dark chocolate to mild chocolate to cocoa powder to vanilla shake to espresso and back to chocolate bar, all while allowing the hops to pop through with some zest and piney bitterness which formulates balance. This got better with every sip and was an extremely pleasant surprise as I did not expect this brew to be this damn good and flavorful.

The 2 years of aging since bottling made it very mellow and silky smooth, to the point of being slick and buttery as it slides down. The 10% ABV is masterfully hidden and there's no sign of the yeast used to top ferment this, it's all chocolate malts in the best way possible. Mellow carbonation, there is some bitterness but it's equal hops and burnt coffee, making for a very robust flavor that trails off like bittersweet chocolate with smoky and oaky notes. I got this through the Rare Beer Club, but if I ever see another bottle of it I will definitely buy it as this brew was excellent.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 162 ratings
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