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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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of Lare453
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Magery
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kornkid8600
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Catalin90
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jose9e
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jstonerock24
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of riotontheroad
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage
This was complex and full of flavors. Big nose. A bit thinner than desired. Also, pretty hot after 2 years of mellowing.

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Photo of msumike89
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of brewskis
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rden4654
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DahWag
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 33mL bottle into a Bear Republic tasting glass. Bottled 28 January 2013.

A: NO head. Shiny black and opaque.

S: Coffee and dead yeast. Hints of sweeter chocolate dust.

T: Quite bitter, which is appealing at the moment. Hint of berry-sweet licorice RIS bitterness that's reminiscent of Expedition. The coffee topnotes never quite disappear though and pierce through the other flavors.

M: A bit flat, brief, and murky. Not great, but not terrible. Round.

O: The flavour is soaring, deep, and magnificent. The rest of the beer is less up to snuff. Still. Worthwhile, worth drinking, would drink again. Recommended.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.86/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz poured into snifter

A: Black as your worst fears almost no head with the pour just a mocha ring

S: deep rich roast, smooth bourbon, light tobacco, and some leather

T: Perfect...it follows the nose it's very deep thick roasty bourbon with such nice dryness it's tobacco tasting without it overwhelming it's bourbony but dry none of the sweetness it's amazing it's almost liked chewed leather with all the best things about chocolate, toast, bourbon thrown in.

M: It's not viscous but this beer clings and coats

O: This beer gives you bourbon barrel but stripping away the sweet vanilla toffee that you expect and gives you rich layers of the flavors you don't see much in BA beers. It's just amazing

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 28/01/13 This is incredible. Roasted cacao nibs, subtle coconut and vanilla notes. This beer may have a close to perfect aroma. The body is a touch sweeter and thinner than expected. Carb is light, but right. I'm impressed. This is a top, top beer!

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Photo of GarthT
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black with almost no carbonation. Roast malts on nose. Palate is very sweet, almost sugary. Not much else unfortunately. Perhaps a bad bottle (dated June 2013)

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Photo of simoen
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doremite
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hel & Verdoemenis - Bourbon BA from Brouwerij De Molen
4.26 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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