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


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RATINGS: 414   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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2013 vintage is 11% ABV

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VT (1708) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours black with a thin beige head. Aroma is woody, chocolatey, liquorey. Flavor is very sweet, chocolate, hazelnut, corn liquor, light roast. Finish is woody, liquor, figs and dates. Medium to full body, coating, velvety mouthfeel, light carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomekk1978 (681) - Ząbki, POLAND - AUG 24, 2014
Barwa: ciemna, z rubinowymi refleksami, zdecydowanie gęsta i oleista konsystencja. Piana beżowa drobno pęcherzykowa, niewielka i niemal natychmiast zanikająca. Aromat: wyraźnie alkoholowy z akcentami pochodzącymi z leżakowania w beczce (waniliowo - kokosowe, nieco winne). Dosyć tłumiący jednak aromaty z podstawowego piwa, których trzeba zdecydowanie szukać. Smak: zdecydowanie pełny, raczej słodki, wyraźnie alkoholowy już od początku. Następnie nieco kwaskowy, czekoladowy i palony z oczywista alkohol a końcówką, choć nieco delikatniejszą. Tym razem Hel & Verdomenis w wersji leżakowanej w beczkach po bourbonie. Moim zdaniem bardzo dobre, ale nieco mniej złożone niż Cuvee. Piana zdecydowanie słabsza niż uprzednio, aromat także bardziej zdominowany przez nuty alkoholowe, tłumiące te podstawowe, słodowe. Piwo absolutnie nie jest złe, jednak wersja poprzednia była moim zdaniem ciekawsza. Zdecydowanie warte spróbowania, zwłaszcza, że za podobne piwa z BrewDoga, trzeba zapłacić więcej.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (2813) - BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2014
Tasted as Hel & Verdoemenis Wild Turkey Barrel Aged, weighin in at 13% ABV and not 11% as indicated here, so I’m not sure it is entirely the same thing. Thin, beige head on a totally black robe. Powerful, exciting aroma of toasted bread, bourbon, coffee beans, vanilla, oak, liquorice and bitter chocolate. Earthy, intensely roasted taste with sweetish vanilla tones, probably coming from the oak, elegant and powerful at the same time, thick oily mouthfeel, long roasted bitter finish with pleasantly warming, never astringent alcohol. Another variation on the theme and again a masterpiece.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (5345) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle at home, as Wild Turkey. Pours black, nose is smoky chocolate, light toffee, taste is huge bourbon, toffee, vanilla, chocolate, bitter. 4.3 As bourbon, tastes quite different, no idea why it’s aliased. Pours black, nose is sweet chocolate, light apple, Taste is sweet chocolate, light toffee, vanilla. 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cpetrone84 (1584) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Pour is dark brown with dark tan head. Nose is pretty balanced with nice bourbon notes, faint peat and wood notes. Some roasted malt notes and hints of dark chocolate. Taste has much more peat and some interesting yeast notes. More malt complexity and and depth but a bit of sweetness through the finish. Milky chocolate and light roasted malt with brown sugar and malt sugar left over. Medium body with a creamy feel and softer carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2014
2013 Bottle courtesy of Alex. Huge Thanks!!! This is bliss. Pours motor oil thick and black into a glass with a slight residual head that does not last. Aroma is dark chocolate, dark roast, and has a strong alcohol note on the back end. Medium to medium heavy mouthfeel. Flavor is fantastic. Upfront booze, then some bittersweet chocolate, coffee notes, char, a little dense caramel coming through and finishes with a boozy chocolate pudding note that is amazing. I could drink this forever. HUGE thanks for this bottle. It blew me away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheEpeeist (3443) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2014
11.2 oz bottled Jan 2013, Bourbon version. Black with tan froth. Nose is licorice, dark chocolate, prune and wood with hints of smoke and bourbon. Silky body with a sexy tingle. The normal brash bite of H&V is tamed by the barrel. Taste perfectly melds the chocolate and bourbon. Dark fruit, caramel and vanilla; like the best boozy chocolate truffle you’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tandembrauer (402) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle bought at brewery. Pours dark brown with almost no head. Distinct bourbon aroma, strongly alcoholic. Heavy taste of bourbon whisky. Some sweetness, but also slightly sour. Subtle oak finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enegaard (68) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle from Toft Vin - 18/07/14. I guess this is it, even though the label only mentions the bourbon aging, no specific kind. Red wax sealing. Poured down the middle, shows a nice inch-thick, quickly fading foam - brown and bubbly. Black with red edges. Aroma escapes the glass way before I even approach it; I almost get a barleywine sort of sweetness and dried fruitiness, coated in chocolaty bourbon. Putting my nose into the tulip the bourbon overshadows most, but I get a very dense, compact and full aroma that tells me something merged nicely in this one. First sip is velvety and smooth, very sweet and chocolaty, the bourbon almost too dominant, but I kind of like that. Lots of alcohol, but again in a nice imperial stout kind of way: the heat lingers on the palate - as it should in an 11% stout. I like it. It’s not the plate reinvented, it doesn’t go super deep or crazy, but it’s a solid, creamy, smooth imperial stout and the barrel aging really provided with some good finish. Well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2731) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Pours an opaque brownish black from the bottle with thin ring of tan head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of whiskey and roasty malt, hint of chocolate, boozy. Taste is like the bourbon county barley wine, roast and sweetness balanced. Big on the boozy bite, like a half and half of whiskey stout. Definitely nice, very intense, but nice.

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