ClubGonzo (4819) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, purchased at the brewery/bottle shop (Struise) in Oostvleteren, Belgium. Pours a deep murky brown (!) body with no head. Nose is dark chocolate, licorice and wooden notes. Taste is maple syrup, chocolate and hints of tar and charcoal. The absolutely best thing about this stout is the fantastic palate; a silky smooth velvet caption that really makes my day! It is so rare to have a beer that makes you wanna crank that palate-scale up a couple of notches - just great. Otherwise, this is a solid stout without too many original characteristics, but all in all Hel & Verdoemnis makes me wanna go out and sin some - at least if this is what Iíll be drinking in hell! :-D
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - SEP 23, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black pour, small brown head with strong lacing. Huge sweet chocolate, mellow coffee, and alcohol undertone. I got quite a bit of whiskey/bourbon flavor out of this as well which was awesome. (Itís not the Turkey Barrel either) This is extremely drinkable while still holding on to a lot of flavor. A new favorite.
arturorg (52) - SPAIN - SEP 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served into an oversize wine glass
Bottled 18/6/2010 number 691
A: Jet black no light goes through, creamy brown head, big lace.
S: Sweet brown sugar, bitter roasted coffee, dark malts, smokiness.
T: Strong bitter coffee flavor, warming astringent, sweet notes. Full bodied beer.
Overall a delicious beer if you like RIS or coffee if not itís very strong for some people. This brewery itís all about the beer just a clean and simple tag with a lot of info like type of hops used and bitterness measurements. Fully recomended
zach8270 (3913) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Pitch black pour with a thin layer of tan foam. Absolutely no carbonation whatsoever. Big coffee and roasted malt aroma with a nice creamy hint as well. Roasted malt and coffee at the start with a very thick and roasted malt middle. Some sweetness at the end with a dark fruit finish. Lingering bitter aftertaste. A bit thin, but I think that was due to the lack of carbonation.
lusikka (7605) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750 ml bottle. Rated @ 5.7.2009.)
Pours a pitch black colour with a small brown head. Burned malts, fruits, wood, dark chocolate and coffee on the nose. Flavor is moderate sweet with an intense body and lots of licorice and roastiness. Great IS and the Eiken version is even better.
tdtm82 (1313) - Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle, 33cl, Utobeer, number 180. Screw it. This is AWESOME. Astonishing world class lacing, just pefect white-cream texture, opaque black colour, grounded coffee, expensive dark chocolate, really fantasticly blended together, lovely whack of cream and vanilla to the mix, outstanding bitterness, stunningly well balanced, gorgeous roasted maltsí finish, low carbonation, oily and just an utterly WORLD CLASS BEER. MENNO YOU ARE AWESOME!
theSlipperyPen (248) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Before I start gushing about this beer, I should just mention what a gusher this is beer really is. Simply touching the crown of the bottle sent a tower of bubbles to the cap. From then on it was a question of lifting this ever so slightly to release some of the carbonation without having the beer shoot out. Eventually when in the glass it stood there, staring back as black as coal dust. The head, after all that excitement, is a thickened milky brown and it remains the entire drink - with the smallest of swirls reinvigorating about a fingerís worth. On the nose the heaviest of chocolate malts meet the richest of coffee aromas. Then a smokiness arrives with a punch of fresh tobacco leaf. Thereís a backbone of leather here, with maybe just a bit of burnt rubber. Hops are present, though now theyíre dusty and earthen. In the mouth itís like sipping on the devilís soul. The cocoa and coffee aromas develop into dates and steeped raisins, then thereís a wooden edge much like an aged port. The finish heads into a sharper territory with some peat characters being revealed. It reminds me of the sea spray of a good Islay whiskey. The mouth feel is silken and very thick with a fine carbonation - once itís settled down. This has a depth and boldness few beers attain and with a few years cellaring I imagine it could take its place amongst the best in the world. Alright, enough gushing.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
750; have had this one for a while; big pop and delayed uncontrolled gushing: lame!!! Wham into a glass, foamy chocolate colored head settling slowly with dense black body; fizzy chocolate and sweet coffee on the nose: wow, super boozy mix of bitter chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of metallic aftertaste: not the full on battery acid of the recent shorts stouts, but the metallic nature of the mouthfeel is definitely out of place; texture and complexity suffer a bit judging from other reviews; lots of roast and coffee, but very bitter and astringent on the finish; dry roast and fizzy metallic note; not sure if an infection has taken root, but this continues my mixed bag with de molen; very disappointing; this sucker has been in my fridge since I go it; now just a roasty metallic drain pour
Zenwolf (269) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The name is what I would go through for another one of these. Methinks a beer run to Amsterdam is in the cards.. Medium dark tan foam with a thick and dark appeal. Rich expresso with roasted malts and dry cocca.. a fantastic Imperial Stout.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks, Mike. Viscous looking lack body on it, not much head. Big roasty nose. Some anise, chocolate, and vanilla. This is intense tasting stuff with a lot of roast, creaminess, and heft to the body. A sip of this is layered with anise, dark fruit, vanilla, ash, coffee, and some toffee sweetness.