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De Molen Hemel & Hel (Heaven & Hell)

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

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common

on tap
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RATINGS: 263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Imperial Stout – 10,2% vol. Twice the amount of dark roasted malts used, massive Imperial stout. This is a mad one. Black brown colour with a thick and creamy tan head that can be added to as you wish if you give the bottle a swirl. Give this beer time to breathe and blossom into something truly stunning. Chocolate and alcohol are right there at the front but do not at all overpower the gorgeousness that is underneath. Full of leather, vanilla, amazing wooden notes, beautifully floral character from the hops, thick Belgian chocolate, much character. The flavour of crazy wooden tartness. An extremely bitter finish seems to come out of nowhere and is what really makes this quite unique. Superb width in the mouth and coats the whole palate beautifully. Alcohol 12% in latere versies


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBaboon (1659) - FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Pours black with light beige head. Aroma is roasted, smoky, dark chocolate and licorice. Flavour is roasted, leather, vanilla, medium to light bitter. This beer is full of flavour.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7228) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle, near black with a lively brown head of fine bubbles. Burnt malt, bitter chocolate, ashy coffee, woody undertones. This reminded me of the non-BA Ivan the Terrible from Big Sky.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (4867) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle at Ashton McCobb’s. Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of wood, smoke, charcoal. Taste is smoke, ash, chocolate. Sweet finish, thin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (3283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle thanks to BenH. Appearance - lovely suds. Big fawn suds on a brown body. Nose - tangy, woody, yet chocolatey. Mulchy. Taste - dry woody and chocolate. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a fairly balanced finish. Overall - yep, good if a bit drying.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2764) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma is quite meaty and roasty, ashy, oak. Taste is roasty, ashy, smokey, oak. Little sweet and bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andriesradu (529) - ROMANIA - FEB 21, 2015
Pours pitch black with a moderate white head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, cocoa, light yeast, alchool. Flavor in moderate bitter and sweet, alchool, coffee, light chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. Bitter and roasted malt aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SarkyNorthener (2557) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle from cotteridge wines. Black beer no head, light carbonation. Aroma is lots of chocolate and some coffee with a touch of port. Taste is chocolate, moderate roast coffee, a touch of licorice and port. Medium bodied with some oil. Excellent, easy going, my sort of impy stout.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cervmagpt (259) - PORTUGAL - FEB 18, 2015
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 13F). Bottle 33 cl (from 08/2014) - Batch unknown. AROMA: strong dark chocolate aroma mixed with roasted notes and a vinous and woody aspect. no discernible esters nor hop aromas. no diacetyl. APPEARANCE: very dark brown and almost black. opaque. Brown medium head with low retention. alcohol derived viscosity is present. TASTE: inital sweet malty flavour, followed by a strong roasted coffe and cocoa flavor. very complex malt backbone with a vinous and barleywine-like character. Medium bitterness (form hops and roasted grains) that lingers into a semi-dry and roasty finish. PALATE: full and velvety body with alcohol viscosity, altough there is no warmth noticeable. moderate carbonation. OVERALL: a nice imperial stout. lacks a more intense presence of dark fruits and alcohol warmth.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
glennmastrange (2359) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2015
12 year old, Bottle 418. Heavy dark chocolate and nutty for the malt, faint earth for the hops, light earth for the yeast, with notes of fig and tobacco. Head is average size, frothy, dark reddish brown, with slippery lacing and has good legs. Color is just about black. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then the long finish is lightly to moderately bittersweet. Palate is full, creamy with a soft carbonation and a chewy and sticky finish. This bottle was from 2003. The chocolatey and nuttiness of the malt, and the full body without being syrupy make this a fantastic Imperial Stout aged to perfection.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruigo (1375) - PORTUGAL - FEB 17, 2015
33cl bottle. Black colour with a nice brown head. Dark chocolate, roast coffee, caramel and light smoke in the aroma. Taste is quite bitter and complex, but balanced. Overall, a very good beer.


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