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 Roguer
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark black stout, topped by a dark tan head. Firm, good retention, soapy lacing.

Big bourbon aroma, really dominating the profile. Some chocolate and roasted barley comes through. Some vanilla from the wood, and a hint of coconut.

Really smooth flavor up front: roasted barley without much bite at all, wrapped in a soft bourbon envelope. Strong bourbon notes take until the final 1/3 to really show up, and do so smoothly and sweetly, with a growing heat. Chocolate notes show up on the back-end as well. Tannins and tobacco on the finish, with a slight oaky sourness present throughout.

Shocking to see this clocks in at 102 EBU; it's bitter, but there isn't much hop representation beyond a slightly vegetal, earthy bitterness. Not a ton of bitterness from the roast, either.

A touch more chocolate as it warms. Smooths out overall very nicely.

Slick mouthfeel, medium bodied but quite a big beer, nonetheless. Bourbon aging provides a ton of heat. Very lively; almost too much sting to enjoy chewing, but not quite. Fairly long wet finish; lingering heat; bourbon and oak aftertaste linger on the tongue beautifully.

This is a very good BBA stout, especially for bourbon lovers. A stronger showing by the malt profile is all that keeps this from being truly world-class. I need more STOUT in my stout.

Definitely drink it warmer, or start slightly chilled and appreciate the change. This seems like a great candidate for aging.

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Photo of Brabander
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like BBA stouts and this one is no exception. Great stout from my friend Menno, cheers! Very light alcoholburn but very drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of aboyd87
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Honestly the best beer I've ever had.

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Photo of EZEKIEL_F
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Philvillani
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

Photo of Nat1975
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of randylangford
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Jeffo
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the De Molen beer shop in Bodegraven.

From a bottle into a snifter
EBC: 297
EBU: 102
24 degrees Plato

APPEARANCE: A clear, dark brown pour, almost black, yields a one finger, medium looking tan head with decent retention. Black body, transparent, with higher levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of sweet cream and vanilla, milk chocolate, oak, toffee and butterscotch on the nose. Bourbon notes too, but the candy aromas come out much more prevalent here. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak with some caramel and alcohol up front. Big and lingering finish with more spirit and wood, sweet vanilla, toffee and milk chocolate on the palate. Flavorful, but not extremely complex. Still, this has all the necessary elements in all the right places.

PALATE: Medium body with lower levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes sticky. Some heat lingers. Like the feel of a lot of these brews.

OVERALL: Another good H&V variant. I don’t think this is quite as intense and complex as some of the others in the family, but it’s still a quality barrel aged H&V variant and can hold its own next to any of the heavy hitters in the style. Basically H&V could be aged in anything and it would probably turn out just fine. There are other variants I’d reach for first, but I certainly wouldn’t turn this one down. Cheers!

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Photo of Enriquecabezos
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Jtrigonis
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Bp123
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.74/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Colby8938
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of KBlodorn
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of pants678
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Black with no head of note.

Vanilla and bourbon.

Bourbon's not as pronounced as chocolate. Faint hint of sweetness, would guess that's stronger pre barrel aging. Like Arcadia's BBA Stout, could well stand to be kicked up a few notches. Meets criteria yet hardly a beer of superlatives.

Could stand more carbonation even knowing the style.

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Photo of YOSHl
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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