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Hel & Verdoemenis - Bourbon BA | Brouwerij De Molen

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4.34/5
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164 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:
#936
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
164
pDev:
8.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
25
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 164 |  Reviews: 39
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

Photo of BMart
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lare453
3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
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 -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Magery
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kornkid8600
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Catalin90
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jose9e
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of Jstonerock24
4.84/5  rDev +11.5%
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 +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of riotontheroad
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rden4654
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DahWag
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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 +12%
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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Hel & Verdoemenis - Bourbon BA from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 164 ratings
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