Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Imperial Stout
Bodegraven, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   IBU: 102   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Ale Aged in Bordeaux wine barrels 24° Plato EBC 297 102 EBU Ingredients: water, barley malts (pale, caramel, brown, chocolate, roasted), bitter hops (saaz, premiant), top fermenting yeast. 10% alc./vol. Previous versions varied in ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10740) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Thanks to Boltz7555! Pours a black with no real head. Mostly flat. But it’s ok in this beer. Chocolate, roast, sweet grapey notes, light woody tones. Smooth and easy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (2433) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2013
Dark brown, low carbonation. Very complex beer. Vinous aroma with notes of hops, liquorice, dark fruit, wine and some coffee. Good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aniela (4207) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen december 2012. Dark brown beer with a minimal tanned head. Woody, dark fruits, malty, vinous, licorice, caramell. coffee, dark chocolate, tar and leather aroma. Coffee, dark chocolate, malty. woody, caramell, licorice, dark fruits and a bit red wine flavour. Lovely beer :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (6365) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle @ Mikkeller Viktoriagade. Deep brown with hardly any head whatsoever. The nose is german chocolate cake. Quite sweet milk chocolate. Mild ashy roast grain. Mild vinous berry. The taste has a strong red wine barrel profile. Somewhat tannic. Jammy acidic red fruits. Wood. Hints of roast, bitter choocolate. Smooth, but somewhat thin on the palate. Overall, an interesting beer, but not one I’d rush back to. This is probably my least favorite of the H&V line. Just too much bordeaux and little else.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lilja (2343) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2013
Smak och doft av krämig choklad, kaffe, torkad frukt. Tydlig fatkaraktär, vinös med känsla av rött vin. Trevlig beska.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbeatty (1236) - New York, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Reviewed from notes, bottle tasted 03/07/2013, thanks to jeffo. Pours black, hazy slick of foam on the surface, thin lacing. Aroma is light milk chocolate and dark fruit, subtle vinous notes. Taste is chocolate malts, a little chalky, coffee roast, muted red wine and oak. Medium palate, a bit watery. This was alright, but a bit muted and dull, perhaps one of my least favorite H&V treatments.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gyllenbock (6484) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle bought in Copenhagen in 2010. My last beer in 2012, in total I drank 929 new beers in 2012. Black with no head. The aroma was complex and vinous with roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, ash and some notes of alcohol. The taste was excellent. Vinous with dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate, red wine and some alcohol. The body was unexpectedly "light". I really liked this beer, it was a worthy ending to 2012. Gott nytt år!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (15821) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Pitch black beer with a beige head. Malty roasted aroma, vinous, woody, raisins, figs, hops, ash, chocolate, licorice, cocoa powder, tar, berries, dry woody, caramel, soot, very nice malty notes bringing biscuits, bread, red wine, acidic, grapes, some dades, some alcohol. Malty woody flavor, roasted of course, caramel, ash, soot, dry hoppy, floral, licorice, notes from berries and grapes, tar, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, toast, fruity notes, figs, raisins, red wine. Roasted vinous finish with caramel, raisins, licorice, chocolate. Oh yes!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Vignale (2853) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2012
En riktigt kraftig IS. Väldigt aromatisk, massor av mörka bär, mest svart vinbär, en bouquet som ett bärigt, rökigt och kraftigt rött vin. Kropppen är massiv, kärv, men ändå len. Massor av syrlig mörk choklad, fruktig espresso och kraftigt portvin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
In short: A very juicy and very fruity big black beer. Decent sipper
How: Bottle (small, 180ml?) at Cardinal, Stavanger Norway
The look: Black body topped by a few big beige bubbles acting as a head
In long: The big malty nose is full of sweet roasted cereals, burnt raisins and some alcohol fumes bordering nail polish remover. Taste is a crusty raisin pie, juicy sweet prunes, roasted cookies, vanilla, blackcurrants, fresh dates, light notes of soy sauce, alcohol warmth. Overall very juicy-fruity and the ultra-soft carbonation made it feel even more like a thick juicy-fruity cocktail in mouth. I can’t say I tasted Bordeaux wine in this beer or even wood barrels, the beer was very fruity for sure but I wouldn’t call it vinous. Not my favorite Hel & Verdoemenis treatment, this was just an ok beer and it is probably a good thing it is sold in such small bottles. Certainly not worth the price I paid for this tiny bottle, sad to see this is a sought-after beer, and you know what’s worst than seeing someone buying an overpriced small beer bottle? Being that person.

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