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SSS - Brouwerij De Molen

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 109
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NEhophead on 06-22-2008

"based on a 1914 London Style Porter Recipe"
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Reviews: 62 | Hads: 109
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
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. (1,055 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It is exceptional. Man o man, these guys can make the beer. Very similar to the Hell & Damnation but a tad thiner and has the carbonation; a little easier to like. Aroma is rich: coffee cocoa roast malt. Flavor's like aroma, extremely well balanced. Finish is like flavor, tapering and of medium to long. Session beer despite the strength. World classic. (354 characters)

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This rare beer was the last one on the shelf thank you beer gods!! The head starts off good with decent retention. The nose is very complex with hints of soy sauce and salty taffy. The taste starts with caramelized dates and brown sugar. The next wave fades into a dry spicy English hops profile. The mouth feel is medium to full body. I rated the drinkability high for good reason that this brew is 9.9% and has no heat with a smooth well balanced finish. This stout was worth the $17. Happy new year to all... (511 characters)

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! (794 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being waiting to pop this one for a while. Had it at a tasting, then had it again at home.

Pours a 'light' black, not as thick looking as some rich stouts, but seemingly darker than many porters. Light brown head, rich and dense, slick lacing with some patches holding on.

Malty aroma, roasty with plums or prunes. Prunes probably because it's a bit sharp. Some hard toffee and caramel are noticeable.

Some coffee hits first on the taste, slightly roasted and not all that strong. Cocoa and caramel sweep it away to make room for roasted malt. Semi sweet. Hops give it a nice balance of bitter. I can see my self drinking a bunch of these.

Not exactly silky smooth. Has some bite on the end with dark fruit tartness a bit. Roasted caramel aftertaste for a short spell.
Darn good (784 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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! (1,227 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark-brown-black color with a tiny brown head.
Smell: Smoke, coffee, liquorice, soy sauce, chocolate.
Taste: The taste follows the nose; coffee, liquorice, chocolate, soysauce, spicy herbs. Not very bitter in the aftertaste, just enough to keep the beer balanced.
Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation, medium mouthfeel
Overall: Perfectly balanced traditional triple stout. Happy that I finally tried! (406 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An extremely solid beer that displays the delicate balance of true maltiness and roast.

The pour delivers a deep dark brown color that allows a bit of light to penetrate along the peripheries. A froathy off-white head forms and reduces to a thin sheet before holding firm midway through the session. A gentle, yet masculine look.

The balance of malt and roast is evident right away with aromas that never favor the roast to the deep toffee malt character. Light caramels and a milky scent establishes roots that will carry the beer deep into the finish.

Flavors of malted milk, barley malt, toffee and caramels begin to give a rich and sweet taste, but the roast is right there to balance the beer in a very mild coffee-like way. The roasted malts balance the beer well without bringing undue attention. Any fruit flavors are light and favor plumbs and grapes. Hopped to make the balance more complex but again, not for attention.

The feel of the beer is very malty but not sugary from start to finish. Though the beer has some sweet toffee components, the maltiness seems full and well attenuated up front and fleeting for a dry roasty finish.

I cannot imagine a Foreign Export Stout tasting any better than this. Given the malty-dry texture, this beer was a serious pleasure to drink. Where power and complexity could have helped, I cannot overlook the simplicity and elegance of this beer. A solid choice for any dark beer lover. (1,437 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey.

Brown pour with a big, bubbly white head. The lacing is fine retention is great. The smell is of dark fruits and roasted malts mostly. It smells a lot like a quad honestly. Really not a lot of stout characteristics. Big dark fruits, booze, roasted malts on the backend with perhaps some coffee. This tasted like a nice blend of a quad and a stout. Very interesting and enjoyable. Medium body, carbonated well. Hints of booze. I liked this. Not what I was expecting but a welcomed mix. Unlike any stout I've had before. (540 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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! (785 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a one-finger light brown head. It left patchy lace.

S - It smelled sweet and malty with a good deal of chocolate notes.

T - Rich chocolate flavors with caramel, toffee and some molasses. It had a mild grassy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence.

O - This is a very tasty Foreign/Export Stout. Thanks again to drfabulous for sharing this rarity! (462 characters)

Photo of COBeerBuff
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #280 bottled on 09-May-2008 and received from theminutemen.

Appearance: A light pour into my Spiegelau tulip yields a ton of head. The cork came off with a loud pop, but I wasn’t expecting quite this much carbonation from something bottled in 2008. The head tops a very dark liquid that appears black, but when held up to the light, reddish hues seep around the edges. Decent head retention caps off a very interesting beer.

Smell: This beer smells like a chocolate covered espresso bean. Large amounts of sweet chocolate and vanilla malts are present tempered slightly by a coffee bitterness. Can barely pick up the earthiness of the UK hops, but there is a definite breadiness and a bit of toasted notes that are discernable.

Taste: The nose did not disappoint as I’m picking up all kinds of sweet coffee, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla flavors. The finish is all brown sugary goodness. I don’t get any of the earthiness that I got in the nose, and there’s not a whole lot of hop bitterness either. But, the flavor combination is very well done, and everything finishes superbly.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this beer is ridiculous. I was expecting something a little bit heavier with some coating abilities based on the sweetness found in the nose. What I got was something a lot lighter, but this doesn’t diminish the beers ability to take over and dominate the palate. The start and finish are amazingly smooth. I couldn’t imagine a better mouthfeel for an export stout.

Drinkability: I’m glad this is a 750ml bottle, because I think I would be highly disappointed if I could only have one glass of this. The sweetness is well done; it’s not overly cloying or stomach sickening, and the mouthfeel is smoother than anything I’ve had in a while. I’m stoked that I got the chance to try this, and I’m looking forward to sharing a bottle with friends sometime in the near future, as this beer is smooth enough that, in my opinion, even non-beer geeks would be able to enjoy it. (2,013 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into my Orval glass...The beer pours light brown, settles a little dark with tons of carbonation. At least four fingers of light tan head, very good retention, but lacing is really light, as it falls hardly any sticks to the glass...The aroma and taste are on the lighter side and as I first sipped I was dreading that this was another boring English stout. Its similar as it is certainly on the lighter side in feel. However, after a couple sips the taste really comes out and is superbly balanced and easy to drink. Nict lightly roasted coffee. (559 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one as part of my warm-up act at Zwanze Day 2011 presented at Churchkey.

A: Pitch black, with a MASSIVE and extremely foamy head that looked like whipped creme with cracked pepper.

S: Roasted barley upfront in spades, with milk chocolate, mild coffee, and more than a hint of rye bread.

T: First of all, the finish was grainy and extremely dry. On the brew itself, along with milk chocolate, I also got a tinge of caramel, along a sort of a sour, burnt-roast quality that was very unique.

M: Moderately thick, with a tinge of off-kilter (sort of sour) sweetness, and the lacing was somewhat ridiculous.

O: One of the weirdest stouts I've ever tasted, but also one of the most memorable. If David Lynch were to go into the brewing business and create a stout, this would be the result. (800 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/burgundy color with a long lasting light tan foam. Aroma seems a little incomplete, with yeast smells and a touch of leather. Flavor is different, but quite outstanding. Not roasty or chocolate-like at all, but loaded with dark fruit flavors, caramel, toffee, peanut brittle and then on top of all that, the finish is nearly 20 seconds. Really complex flavor profile, nearly perfect. Not an Imperial Stout, but it's not claiming to be one. It's too bad the nose isn't so great, because this beer is nearly perfect in every other way. (544 characters)

Photo of TKempe
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Written on the bottle: "Original 1914 recipe London-style stout by Ron Pattinson brewed at The Mill". Bottle #107

To the eye the beer is very dark brown, black almost, and carries a rather big and lasting brown head that leaves some nice lace. Some miniscule carbonation is visible.

To the nose the brew manifests a roasted and caramelized whiff of malts, slightly chocolate-like and very fruity (plum). Still dominantly a salty, rather than a sweet smell -- it almost reminds me of an Indonesian dish or maybe of strong tea. Hops give a nice supporting performance.

To the palate, flavours of sugary sweetness and sourness are balanced out just right, with a very dry and slow finish and a herbal hop accent in the background. A beautifully composed taste in which the alcohol is hardly noticeable. The beer's body might be a little thin for a stout and could have been a bit more creamy. But it still is an enjoyable drink with the proper amount of carbonation (especially pleasing considering the flatness of some other beers from this brewery).

I don't know all that much about stouts, much less about any "original recipes". I do know that I enjoyed this one very much and I consider it one of the better beers from De Molen. (1,234 characters)

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. (298 characters)

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. (402 characters)

Photo of bconsidine
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of ChrisPr
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is one of the 696 bottles from the 1/17/08 brew date.

This pours with a nice tan head which lingers somewhat briefly. Color is a dark brown with ruby highlights on the edges. It really has great color if you know about the changes in red wine. The smell is sweeter than the taste, with some roast, caramel and grains.

The mouthfeel is medium, lighter than a typical stout. It's fermented quite dry. So smooth... it's got to have oats. Medium roast, chocolate. I love this beer, but tastes more like an amazing porter. No apparent alcohol but with an OG of 1094 it's there. It doesn't taste like an FG of 1020. Seems too dry.. Just a beautifully smooth beer.

Overall this beer is fantastic. The label states good for 5 years, and this is almost 6, but very enjoyable. (774 characters)

Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It took a few minutes to let the bottle warm up, but as it opened it let off hints of molasses, soy, even a touch of fish sauce. It really put into perspective the term, umami that so aptly describes many of the stouts I've been tasting (especially since quitting cigarettes). Meaty, earthy, salty, deliciousness. (313 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins for around $12 I think. Bottled September 15th, 2010. Bottle #327.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a light tan colored head, mostly opaque. Nice gobs of lacing as it recedes. Really nice looking beer.

S: Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and a slightly earthy hop profile in there as well. Really digging the huge coffee profile in the nose here. No booze, even for a 9.99% beer.

T: Again a lot of coffee, some chocolate, and some earthy bitter hops on the finish. Really nice dark chocolate flavor throughout. Some nice vanilla flavors that are subtly mixed in with the chocolate and coffee. Really a flavorful malty porter. No booze either.

M: Lighter in body than I had anticipated, carbonation is a little on the strong side as well. A little warmth on the swallow, but not bad for the ABV. The really light mouthfeel is a bit odd.

O: Really an enjoyable beer, minus the thin/overcarbonated mouthfeel. I love lots of coffee in a beer, and this definitely delivers. I will have to grab another bottle the next time I see some. Nice beer. (1,092 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured with anticipation into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a spare half finger light brown head that dissipates slowly to a film and thick ring around the glass, leaving light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, a ghost of cherry and perhaps dark fruit, light lactose. Flavor is similar, with good dry dark toasted malt, milk chocolate, more noticeable cherry, althoug with little or no tartness. Finishes with light balanced charred malt and milk chocolate. Excellent creamy body and mouth feel. A spot on foreign stout profile with the interesting addition of the light cherry that gives it a bit of a Baltic porter feel. Flavors are somewhat subdued, but very well balanced and integrated leaving the impression of subtle refinement. If this is close to the results from original recipe, it is much richer and integrated than I expected from a turn of the century porter. I look forward to each rare arrival from de Molen and this was worth waiting for. Nothing stand out, but nicely balanced. ABV very well covered; tastes like a standard strength porter. (1,122 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 352 / 696; Sampled July 2008
A reasonable pour produces a three-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head in my New Belgium globe glass. The beer sits with an almost black color (just barely a hint of deepest, dark brown to it), but shows a brilliantly clear, dark ruby hue to it when held up directly to the light. The aroma is rich and roasted; notes of burnt toffee, caramelized-burnt prunes, coffee liquor, burnt / slightly acidic burnt grain, sweet dark chocolate and in the finish a combination of roasted saltine crackers and overly toasted, but not burnt bread. With a touch of alcohol noticeable it can smell a touch like fermented prune juice (very burnt of course) at times.

Much lighter in heft than I was expecting, much less than a 1.030 finishing gravity would suggest. This still has a viscous feel to it and a heft that coats the palate, but I would guess that it was a couple alcohol percentage points less than it actually is. Sweet tasting, but no where near cloying; the sweetness accentuates substantial cocoa flavors as well as notes of roasted raisins and a touch of figs. Finishes with a lightly bitter roast malt note, a round hop bitterness and a hint of burnt acidity; each of these combined does not really balance out the sweet up front malt; they actually help to balance the sweet malt quite well it is just that the sweet malt plays a bit more of a role here. The roast profile reminds me a little of a full-city roast coffee that has been heavily influenced by dark chocolate.

Almost more than the roast character, both the fruitiness and the chocolate notes play a substantial role here. A bit more balanced, even more refined than the London-style Porter, there is enough sweet malt here to stand up to the ample roast character, but I think I like the Porter better than this beer. This is still quite tasty and definitely interesting. It drinks a lot easier than its 10% would suggest. (1,939 characters)

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87 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.