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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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on tap
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RATINGS: 216   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ghendrix (93) - Cardiff, WALES - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle at home from Discount Supermarket, Cardiff. Pours black and thick. No head to speak of, a slick texture. Aromas of coffee, leather, chocolate, liquorice, alcohol. Taste is medium caramel sweet, medium espresso bitterness into the finish. Lovely aromatic coffee finish. Slick mouthfeel, medium-heavy body. Really nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MalcolmTucker (722) - SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle. A huge beer - syrupy thick, heavy booze, chocolate and an unrelenting bitter coffee finish. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bosbouw (1131) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2014
Mooie zwarte kleur met een kleine, maar mooie bijna gouden kraag. Ruikt vol, chocolade, vanille, crème, gebrande mouten. Smaakt vol, koffie, chocolade, vanille. Beetje crème. Iets bitter. Goede zware afdronk.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beese (1540) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle from Bacchanalia, Cambridge. Poured a thick black, with a dense tan head. Really syrupy beer; stuck to the side of the glass when swirled. Huge, rich aroma of dark fruit, spice, leather, port and Islay whisky. Full mouth feel, really smooth. Smokey flavours, with complex molasses, treacle and roasted malt. Finish was burnt malt, black syrup, prunes and liquorice. For my tastes, beer doesn’t get much better than this.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Burgers (281) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 11, 2014
Still jet black. Aroma liquorice & chocolate. Taste mostly salty. Alcohol burn on the palate. Full on, Probably one to share.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (845) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle at home, 23rd May 14, pours black, just bubbles for head. Aroma, liquorice, chocolate, leather. Taste full on salty liquorice, some tartness, chocolate and leather, low carbonation, easy drinking, hops and bitterness balance the sweet. Another great impy from De Molen

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17 (3302) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 20, 2014
11.2oz bottle. Bottle #1899 from the October 5, 2010 batch...which makes this a 3.5 year-old beer. I am drinking this tonight because work fucking sucks and I fucking deserve a good fucking beer. Wish I remembered where I bought this. Most likely in Berkeley or Concord. Perhaps at John’s Market when I was in Seattle? The aroma on this is quite nice with plenty of chocolate sweetness, roast, light oxidized sherry notes, some spiciness, too. Not sure what the spice is, but I know it’s in there. Opaque, inky black body with some floaties. Still has an amazing brown, strong fluffy head after all this time, which is impressive. Great lacing. Amazing. Wow, this starts immediately sweet with decadent chocolate sugars present. Becomes a little roasted in the middle with some light vanilla character, too. Pretty velvety. Finishes late with a light ethanol burn and some more spiciness...almost like ginger. I am amazed at how well this beer has held up. I do not detect any real oxidation or sherry. My guess, though, would be that this is around it’s peak. Really fucking good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voras (61) - - MAY 19, 2014
Black without head (only a beige line in the beginning). Aroma: chocolate and alcohol. Taste: chocolate, coffee in the end. Very long aftertaste (coffee). Strong and very dense. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (3682) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2014
330ml bottle from Saveur-biere

Pours pitch black with a tiny bubbly head. Aroma of grainy roasty malts, wood, chocolate, leather, ash and ripe fruits. Taste is sweet, roasty and grainy with loads of dark chocolate, ripe fruits, wood and bitter hops. Finish is sweetish, roasty and woody with some bitter hoppiness and dark chocolate notes. Pretty balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (2490) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2014
Bottled. Pours black to deep brown with a medium, creamy, fair lacing tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and wood. Sweet flavor that ends up with bitter notes and alcohol. Full bodied, creamy text. and soft carb. A great impy.


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