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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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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoFi (1663) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2015
Bottle. Black with a light brown head. Aroma: licorice, chocolate, roast, fruit. Taste: grapefruit, salmiak, licorice, coffee, cocoa powder.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wiedrzensky (221) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 22, 2015
Shared bottle. Dark with thick brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted hazelnuts, cocoa, roasted malts, very inviting. Alcohol warmth, light bitter, light sweet with notes of chocolate and roasted malts. Heavy, oily texture, with bitter finish. Great.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (1182) - Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Pours nearly black with NO head in spite of a vigorous pour. Smoky, very dark roasted aromas with substantial depth. Completely flat. When I pried the lid off, it gave no fight at all and no "ssst" sound was noted. Seems the carbonation leaked out of an unsecured lid. Otherwise, it’s rich and thick. Just a hint of carbonation would’ve made the difference though. It was bottled on August 6, 2013 and I’m drinking it on May 20, 2015. Alcohol heat is noted midway and through the finish. Well-blended sweetness and olive and dark chocolate bitterness. Inexpensive Canadian whiskey is also noted.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
angel77 (1283) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAY 16, 2015
Botella de 33 cl en el kraken en el momento el 16-05-2015. elaborada en 10-09-2014 hasta 10-09-2039 color negro intenso con espuma beige poco persistente. Aromas y sabores maltosos tostados, algo carbonizados al coger temperatura y con toques de cacaos y vainillas. Cuerpo medio a fuerte ligeramente pastoso y fácil de beber en general. Se hecha de menos algo de ańejo en madera. Bastante buena.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkleu357 (527) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Darker black body.Light tan frothy head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, and oak. Taste has vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt notes. The flavor reminds me of World Wide Stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2877) - Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2015
On tap at Arendsnest. Dark brown pour with a caramel head. Enticing roasted malt aromas. Bitter chocolate and bitter dark roasted malt highlights. Muted caramel Andre licorice backbeats. Robust mouthfeel with a good body.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomekk1978 (801) - Ząbki, POLAND - MAY 3, 2015
Aromat: czekolada, kawa, orzech, lukrecja, wanilia, tosty, paloność oraz słodko - kwaskowe i nieco alkoholowe nuty. Kwintesencja stylu. No może tak intensywna czekolada sugeruje bardziej porter. Barwa: czarna, nieprzejrzysta z jasno brązową pianą. Jest ona drobno pęcherzykowa, niemal kremowa, niewielka i niezbyt trwała, ale przy takiej mocy można to wybaczyć. Smak: słodycz, ale nie przesadna, skontrowana dopuszczalną kwaskowością. Zrównoważone posmaki słodowe w postaci czekolady (praliny), kawy zbożowej, tostów i paloności. Niewielkie estry obecne, ale są one idealne wkomponowane. Lekka nutka chmielowa, jednak goryczkę potęgują gównie ciemne słody. Jest ona zatem z pewnością powyżej średniej, lekko drażniąca i dosyć długa. Krągła do tęgiej pełnia, umiarkowane wysycenie i wytrawny słodowy finisz z nutą alkoholową, rozgrzewająca przełyk. Mimo tego nie czuć aż tak dużego alkoholu. Gęsta i oleista konsystencja. Klasyczny RIS bez udziwnień, dobrze zbalansowany i nieprzesadzony. Przyjemne zakończenie dnia.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Werthergoethe (116) - Moscow, RUSSIA - MAY 1, 2015
Солидны& имперск& стаут с богатым вкусом, в котором выделяе& шоколад и карамел&

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrefwoordPunk (820) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2015
Bottle 33 cl. Pours pitch black with a small tan head and an aroma of syrup, licorice, chocolate, espresso coffee, roasted malts, vanilla and some hidden alcohol. The taste is medium to heavily sweet with some medium sourness and bitterness in the finish. Really good!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hamirubi (242) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2015
33cl bottle at home, bought at the Drankenhandel Leiden (The Netherlands). A massive imperial stout, reaching 11.9 percent in alcohol: Heavier than earlier versions of this brew. You get a tar, pitch black coloured stout with dark brown foam. The nose has clear stout hints of coffee, maybe some caramel, raisins, sherry and even some dark chocolate. This stout is lovely bitter, and tastes like a coffee beer with dark fruits, port, candy sugar. Yet - not that sweet and with a long and bitter finish. This unpasteurized extra strong beer goes along great with steak and French fries: something to try!


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