Smoking Damnation…

Couple of new beers.

De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis (Hell & Damnation)

An almost black colored beer, with a thick dark beige foamed head. It stays for awhile. It leaves a lace on the glass. An incredible aroma of burned/roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and nuts. The taste starts with burned malts, coffee combined with pure chocolate. There are fruits like, prune, date and raisins. Some sweet in the back. As the temperature is rising, there are aromas and tastes of liquorice. This gives a warm feeling. The aftertaste is a little dry roasted. A great beer. (99/100

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Haandbryggeriet Norwegian Wood

Pours brown and opaque with a nice fizzy white head. Smells of juniper berries, hints of campfires, lots of gin like qualities, some underlying sweet malt. Tastes of smoked malt, pepper, juniper berries, lots of bitterness. Some chocolatey touches are also present. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is lightly smoky and bitter. (94/100

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Cloudy, nearly muddy, amber hue with a moderately sized, light tan, foamy head that quickly diminishes. Smells…amazing. Smoke — like snuffed candles — peaches and bananas, perhaps as saltwater taffy candies. In the background lurks some rusty, oxide aromas. From there it gets really strange, flush with smoked salmon, brined olives, pine needles and cedar. What a rush. The flavour begins moderately sweet with elements of tangerine, cedar and taffy. Some notes of pine and peach shine through as acidity along with some tart berries. Around mid-palate the smoke jumps in, tinged with sea salt and oranges. The finish is mostly dry with a little Meyer lemon sweetness. Also present, some more saltiness, light smoke and berry skins…never tannic though. Medium bodied, and the texture is divinely velvety. Carbonation is lively and crisp, like biting into a firm apple. Expertly crafted, intriguing

3 thoughts on “Smoking Damnation…

    • Not dangerous at all.

      The Norwegian Wood is an awesome with sausage, mash and onion gravy beer.

      The Hell and Damnation, break it out when you have some friends around and have some nice chocolate desert. For a real bang, go with Mikkeller Black or Black Hole for a real choco-beer taste sensation!

  1. The Hel & Verdoemenis is a remarkable beer; such an intensely rich taste. I’ve two bottles sitting in my sister’s cellar but I might pick up another one not that I see you’ve got it in stock. One of their IPAs, Vuur & Vlaamse, is another favourite of mine.

    I had a pint of their oak-aged Tsarina Esra at this years GBBF (my friend couldn’t drink his half) and it nearly killed me. Not that I’d change that experience for the world.

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