Hel & Verdoemenis - Bourbon BA | Brouwerij De Molen

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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:
Aged for 20 months

Added by Dope on 08-23-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
160
Reviews:
37
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.69%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
23
For Trade:
2
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4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

im pretty sure now that de molen is one of the best, and definitely one of my favorite, breweries on the planet. this is the last one of their beers that is or has been in the market here in a very long time that i had not yet had, so its bittersweet to find and drink this one, hopefully the crooked stave folks who distribute this stuff keep bringing it in!!! its a good one here, but i wonder if the bourbon barrel and all the flavors it beings into the mix trumps some of the nuances of the base beer. i remember just adoring the regular, and this is pretty amazing too, but the barrel character is strong in char and vanilla and booze, and i think we lose a little of the earth grain bitterness and intensity that it had without it. that said, what the barrel brings is pretty cool. i like the burnt aspect, the charcoal thing, it makes it seem a little thinner in body maybe, but adds a carbon rich earthy thing that really works. i also think the chocolate and raw cocoa notes are picked up a bit by the barrel. its almost meaty in its layers of flavor too, hints of smoke and dark chocolate, as well as molasses sweetness for just a flash. impressive beer, with an oddly sharp yeast finish not like their other beers that leads into a warm boozy finish. impressive beer, but they all are from de molen. fairly priced i think at ten or so buck per bottle. still a few around town if anyone is looking.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon, oak, cherry, lots of vanilla. A marshmallow feel. A fine beer if a bit hit in the finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very sweet - seems like a lot of risdule sugar, odd bourbon charact er. Not that enjoyable. I had once before at a tasting (small sample) and rated it 4.25, otherwise I would have rated it 3.25-3.5. Had the regular version last night, like only slightly better.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of imbibehour
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Out of the bottle pours very chestnut brown, and hits with a dark walnut brown to nearly black body. Lots of red hues on the edges as well. Head barely makes a finger, almost orange with a tan light one finger tall consistency. It falls quickly but always maintains a very large bubbled collar and simple whispy top.

What an absolutely gorgeous nose on this beer. Dense giant cookie dough and caramel biscuits. Coffee aromas and dark bitter chocolate, roast malts and just incredibly complex. I can't get over this biscuit cookie caramel angle it's just unreal and unlike any barrel aged stout I've had. Truly wonderful and impressive as all get out, so much going on here.

Palate comes with a real nice amount of flavors. The complexity continues matching from the bouquet, thick and doughy cookie, matching with a sense of dark chocolate and caramel. This is like biting into one of those chocolate centered caramel bars only better. Finish has a bit of hop action surprisingly hinting at lime and pine bitterness. Lots of roast coffee warmth to match and dark malt crackling char. Mouthfeel is the only thing that surprisingly lacks, it's slightly wet but the flavors all still manage to carry through wonderful. Hints of piping black licorice heat and warmth to match almost zambuca in a way.

A real stunner of a brew, just filled with lots of incredible complex flavors and qualities. So much here to enjoy even overlooking the slightly lacking body. In fact it now reminds me of biting into a bar of Twix sans peanut butter.. only... 100 times better.

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Photo of Lare453
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of cbutova
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to my buddy Cheeks for providing me with this bottle, always been meaning to try more of this series.

A- 12oz bottle poured to a snifter with a black, but not pitch black body. A tiny head forms only for a few moments before falling fast to a small, frothy ring. Lacing is spotty and rare.

S- Prominent aromas jump out of the glass with notes of deeply roasted malts, sweet dark sugars, candied raisins, bourbon soaked oak, vanilla and just a touch of alcohol. The dark fruits and sweetness bring an Old Ale factor into play that I find in high ABV Bruery beers.

T- Trifecta balance of Bourbon soaked toasted oak, dark roast grains and caramelized, sugar soaked raisins. The flavor drinks huge but the alcohol doesn't come into play, just rich if that makes sense. Notes of burnt cereal grains, dried dark fruits, cherry, vanilla sweetness, whiskey, oxidized caramel ala Old Ale, prunes and wood.

MF- Super thick bodied and oily like an Old Ale or syrupy Stout. Carbonation at a low-medium level but appropriate considering the decadence. Finishes warm but does not reach hot.

Sweet but in a good way, coming from someone who is not a fan of overly sweet beers. The sweetness is matched by a nice alcohol warming, Bourbon soaked oak and raisin dark fruit characteristics. De Molen is growing on me, big time.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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