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SSS - Brouwerij De Molen

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SSSSSS

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BA SCORE
87
very good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"based on a 1914 London Style Porter Recipe"

(Beer added by: NEhophead on 06-22-2008)
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Georgiabeer, Jun 24, 2014
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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a aarge [int glass a deep dark brown with some ruby tinge when held to the light,a one finger beige head atop.Heavy roast and molasses really stood out in the nose,some alcohol sweetness crept thru as well.A creamy feel that coats the mouth.Dark fruit and dark chocolate dominate the palate,a great mix of flavors an feel to this beer,complex and flavorful.I would buy again in a heartbeat.

oberon, Jul 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

megamass, May 28, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in an Imperial Nonic)
Bottle # 635
Brewed on 17/1/8
Bottled on 21/2/8
A- This beer has a black body with a glow of dark brown at the very base. There is a creamy bubbly head that last for a good while and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding up the glass.

S- Even during the pour, there is a rich black roasted malt aroma with some light smoke and fruit notes that becomes more earthy as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a dark smooth roasted black malt flavor with some black grain notes and a soft nougat flavor. There is a soft charcoal note and a faint chicory note at the finish. An earthy hint turns tart at the finish that lingers for just a second.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel after the head is gone and a slight slippery texture to it. There is no real alcohol heat even after the beer warm a bit.

D- This beer has a nice deep roasted flavor with some good depth to it. This makes a nice session beer but at 10%ABV it will be a short session. There is no need for any age on this beer it is ready to drink now.

rhoadsrage, Oct 15, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tons of info on the label, including "Original 1914 Recipe London triple Stout." Brewed 16 Feb. 2011, bottled 21 March 2011. Bottle # 1116 of 1182. 9.99% ABV.

Ok, this is only one of two caged beers that doesn't twist off in exactly six turns. The other was some U.S. beer. Sure the Belgians would never break such tradition. Once uncorked it offers a superbly opaque dark brown (darkest brown) liquid, topped with an absolutely gorgeous light tan head of fluffy stuff, stiff and long lasting. Sheets of mocha lace left on the glass. This thing looks legendary.

Aroma is immediately problematic. Has that stiff, coin-like whiff of something way too mineral/chemical, which masks what seems to be a very bitter roast smell. Also a bit phenolic, chemical, plastic. Uh oh.

Taste isn't as bad as the smell suggests. If you like bitter dark roast mainstream coffee (like Folgers or something) and the allure of powdered chocolate milk mixes (Quik). These are the prevailing flavors, along with a decidedly mineral snap. Alcohol plays into the taste, in a good way, giving it a nice glow that helps keep it on the enjoyable side. Pretty huge layer of smoke; raisin too. In fact, with warming, raisin abounds. Hops are definitely big, bigger than I imagine they were in 1914, betraying the citrus-y ghost of U.S. influence.

I would like this beer a little more if the texture weren't so tingly and sharply carbonated. It's smooth enough but not at all stout-ish, neither in the traditional nor amped-up super-thick American sense. Feels like a bubbly IPA of some kind. Bothers me, as this demands a much milkier texture.

Love the shit out of this brewery's Heaven & Hell (one of the best-ever stouts), but SSS is merely okay. It fails biggest in the Smell and Mouthfeel categories. It has redeeming elements too, but considering how transcendent H&H was, I'll be sipping on it with less enthusiasm than expected.

Metalmonk, Jan 01, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008

A: Dark brown with a 2 finger beige head

S: Nutty chocolate, mellowed dark fruits, and some sweet raisin.

T: Slight tang, cacao, muddled espresso, and some bitter resinous hopping. OK in it's own right but not too well connected. Nice chocolatey finish.

M: A bit thin and highly carbonated.

D: An easy drinking FES for the ABV and some good flavors but price and slight tang would deter me from seeking this out again.

Lazerlobe, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful black and lace. Big malty aroma and coffee, bittersweet chocolate,carmel, Kent Golding hops in finish nice. Cocoa, some expresso, vanilla. Understated carbonation. Great drinking.Medium mouthfeel. Milk chocolate is the aftertaste.Found at State Line Liquor. Only 675 bottles in the batch.

Sammy, Jul 18, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

hyoung41, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of dbossman
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black and opaque and rather muddy looking with a thick foaming head; a thin head stays; wonderful lacing

S: Pine, sweet hops dominate; there is a soury funkiness that is rather unpleasant

T: A nice, roasted malt quality but there is something funky in the aftertaste; bitter and a tad watery; coffee is strong too, but the slight chemical quality is off puting

F: More thin than I would like; a bit creamy but not as much as you would want for the style

D: Decent but its strong and not as balanced as it should be which makes it a bit hard to drink lots of.

dbossman, Jan 25, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Easter 2014
Friend brought this over, after aging 3 of the 5 years recommended on label. Brewed 16Feb2011; bottled 21Mar2011. Bottle #814 of ?
Appearance: Stout; thick head on pouring that didn't linger too long. Bubbles were small and uniform.
Smell: Reminded me of port.
Taste: Very smooth, fruity. Not so much roast.
Mouthfeel: Thin compared to many stouts.
Overall: Very impressed. Don't know if the port characteristics would have continued to develop if aged another two years, but it hardly matters.

bconsidine, Apr 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

kkrez, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of IKR
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown when held up to the light but otherwise appears black. Generous size beige head which slowly faded. All good here.

S: Chocolate and faint coffee/roasted malt aromas.

T: The chocolate features most prominently with the roasted malts/coffee flavors in the background. At times I picked up a faint sour taste. I would never have guessed this was 10% ABV

M: Fairly light body with good carbonation.

O: Good beer but I wonder if the flavors would have been more upfront earlier in it's life.

Bottle #407 bottled on May 23, 2008.

IKR, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +2.8%

jsnoek, Apr 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

GRG1313, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

cyrushire, Oct 15, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Bot march 2011. A very dark brown, some light does get through especially around the edge. A thin layer of white.

Aroma, dark fruit and dark chocolate. Maybe a little peaty maltyness.

Taste, a good dose of raspberry, cherry up front. Works quickly to more toasted malt, chocolate. Finishes pretty dry with a mild roast and cocoa.

Carbonation is just a bit too sharp to be creamy at first, but it gets there as it sets a bit. Solidly mid bodied. A very faint warming.
Knocking out a few more of the Belgian characteristics would have put this over the top. As it is, pretty good, though a tough price point.
The best I have had from the DeMolen brewery.

Bung, Nov 10, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage. Bottle number 10 of 616

Pours dark brown, settles virtually black. Tan head of a couple fingers adorns. Aroma is rich malts, roasted malts, bitter chocolate and dry cocoa powder. Slight yeast esters and maybe some stale hop notes. Taste is much more chocolate and cocoa, or even a bakers chocolate. Rather roasted and toasty. Some yeast esters and a hint of oxidation. Feel is near full, with a bit elevated carbonation, but a creamy, dry finish.

May be better fresh. Not sure I would age one the full 5 years it claims.

EgadBananas, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Churchkey DC into a snifter. Lists as an imperial stout but does feel more porter like.

A creamy off tan coffee textured head, sitting upon a simple dark walnut and red hued body. Not much lacing while finishing but looks solid enough.

The nose on this is very impressive. Silky milk chocolate, dry cocoa powder, lots of cinnamon and brown sugar, just wonderful.

Taste is a very light milky and light skim milk texture. Nutty mixture almost like a brown ale with porter mix. Malted milk sense as well on the palate.

Overall pretty neat tasting, quite unique, interesting angle. Rather enjoy it even though it has some odd characters.

smakawhat, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of peabody
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle # 119 out of 696.
Pours out kind of dark but light does penetrate as if it was a really dark root beer. Very effervescent because the bubbles are sticking to the bottom of the glass. Lots of small brown suds here.Some lacing around the pint glass.
Smell is coffee and chocolate. Pretty strong because you smell this right out of the pour.
Fills up the room with a wonderful coffee aroma.
As it warms up it has a sugary maltyness.
Taste is very mellow and malty sweet with the golding hops coming through. This is an all around great beer.
Mouthfeel is dirty but perfect for what this is supposed to be.Some alcohol is present in the aftertaste but it doesn't seem like a 10%er.
Drinkability is way good here but this is a rare bird and as high as the abv is I think one should watch out!

peabody, Sep 01, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me this (also, I split this with him)

Review adapted from notes taken 9/18/11

Note: Brewed 2 April 2008, bottled 23 May 2008, bottle 509/616

Appearance: Dark brown starts with a huge, tan head, fades to a nice cap - foamy lacing

Smell: Cooked, roasted malts, and a ton of chocolate - a lot of sweetness, a lot of booze - kind of smells like a burnt barleywine (similar sweetness level) - lots of dark fruits

Taste: Follows the aroma - dry, dark chocolate malts and burnt, roasty flavors - an interesting malt profile - cooked, caramelized malts - chocolaty - a lot of dark fruit flavors that lend a slight tart flavor - plum, fig - booze becomes more apparent as it warms

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body, could be heavier given the flavor, a bit overcarbonated

Overall: Weird but tasty

The label describes this beer as a porter, but it definitely isn't. It is somewhere between a light, chocolatey quad, a Belgian stout, a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Whatever this is, it was interesting.

angrybabboon, Feb 16, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown (close to near black) in color and poured with a finger high creamy brownish gray head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface.
S: The taste has aromas of dark fruits and roasted malts.
T: The taste has fruity flavors of grapes and roasted malts along with some hints of coffee and nuts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: Despite its strength, this beer is very easy to drink because there are no traces of alcohol present in the smell or taste.

Note: Bottled March 21, 2011

metter98, Oct 03, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Brouwerij De Molen beer store. Dark brown, almost black pour that turned into a total gusher when I opened it. Had this happen in the past with De Molen beers so I was somewhat prepared and saved most of it. For all that foam and head, it didn't last long at all and had minimal lacing. Huge roasty nose with a ton of coffee along with hints of cocoa, espresso, and just a touch of hops and black licorice. The taste follows suit with loads of coffee and chocolate with hints of tobacco, soy sauce, and a bit of caramel and toffee. The mouthfeel leaned more towards a Porter than a stout and was slightly fizzy. The finish was extra dry with a nice bitter hop bite. The alcohol was totally hidden making this extremely drinkable. Another great beer from De Molen!

beerdrifter, Apr 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice dark mahogany brew. took a vigorous pour to create a light tan head that quickly faded with no lacing.
S - dark malts, coffee and dark brown sugar
T - similar to the aroma but with a dark ripe fruit note and a noticeably abv note.
M - medium full bodied, medium carbonation with a residual brown sugar sweetness and a biting finish.
D - an interesting look back at a historic recipe. I think I'd like a better balance before I'd want to spend another $20 on one of these.

barleywinebrewer, Jan 01, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into two 20oz imperial pints. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Brewed on 17 Januari 2008
Bottled on 21 Februari 2008
Bottelnumber: 696 of 696

A: Pours a cola-brown color with reddish-mahogany tinting at the edges. Very creamy cocoa-brown colored head that tops out at about two-fingers and doesn't leave any lace in the glass.

S: Nice aromas of cocoa, lactose, toasted oats, raisins, roasted malt, dark chocolate, a hint of smoke, and brown sugar. I swirled the last two inches and poured all of the sediment into my glass and I was rewarded with a dose of milk chocolate and earthy yeast.

T: Excellent mixture, of cocoa, dark fruit, smoke, and dark chocolate. As it warms more complex flavors emerge; milk chocolate, lactose, oats, roasted malt, and tangy fruit. Flavors of caramel and cotton candy in the finish.

M: Starts off pretty smooth and creamy but quickly takes on a drier, bitter edge. Nice levels of sweet, creamy, and dry.

D: We found the drinkability to be quite high. I was expecting more of an alcohol presence but it was non-existant. The soft and creamy chocolate and oatmeal/lactose flavors & aromas made this one go down like a stout with half the abv!

GbVDave, Mar 08, 2009
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