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SSS - Brouwerij De Molen

SSSSSS

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BA SCORE
87
very good

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%


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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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into snifter - thanks to CarolinaKevin

Pours a browned color with some brighter almost reddish hues in the light. A layer of opaque head rests on top and retains well, leaving patchy lacing on the glass.

Cocoa powder and chocolate in the nose with some roasted malt tones. A touch of alcohol warmth with hints of dark fruit and burnt sugar. Slight mustiness as well.

Touch of hops up front, quickly swept away by some layers of malts. Roasted and warm with cocoa and dark chocolate. Almost a touch of Belgian-like yeast, which was a bit odd, but seemed to work somewhat. Warming booze towards the finish with some residual sweetness.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, pretty smooth and chewy on the palate. Not bad, but probably not worth the price point, and I had a hard time picking up on some of the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 23:00:08 | More by xnicknj
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 22:08:26 | More by Metalmonk
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 16:37:22 | More by EgadBananas
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vicious, awful when cold. Almost pushed back a glass that wasn't empty, but I growed up for a few moments and eventually put it back.

It very nearly tasted like Jäger in that initial Arctic range of temp - highly medicinal sweet/sour booze enveloped in a coat of bitter licorice and mid-grade jet black espresso. After quite awhile and as it boosted into the 50s, the bitter licorice subsided, becoming instead a sort of bitter Belgian chocolate, still devoid of any sweetness which could've complemented. But for the longest time there, each sip yielded a two-dimensional, palate-arresting, potentially hazardous shock of fermented bat piss, or something of that nature.

Even after the flavor became a hell of a bit more palatable, the ultra-smooth, semi-ultra-clean, semi-thin body still held little in the way of malt nougat. It's a slick, flat-silky boozy-strong porter-esque brew. Not much to excite over on the nose either - really, the scent was a notch or two more frozen stiff than the initial taste, lacking depth and richness and only toward the end revealing some charcoaly bitter roast, and maybe some hop (probably not), while the booze faded, without anything to round it out or play against.

Billed as a stout on the chalkboard at the Shelton Bros event - you could/should bump this up into the "imperial porter" category.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 18:39:32 | More by Bouleboubier
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Holy Grale at their De Molen Tap Takeover Event.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, thin collar.

S - Dark chocolate, toasted malts, light roast, light coffee.

T - Pretty much right in line with the nose with a mix of bitter dark chocolate, toasted bready notes, malts, some coffee beans. Alcohol is well-hidden for 10%. Finish is chocolate & roast.

M - Medium body, over-carbonated, creamy finish.

O - A decent Export Stout (of some sort) but not something I'd really go after again. I didn't hate this beer, but I also didn't think it was good enough to order again or seek out a bottle of.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2012 21:32:43 | More by Sean9689
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pours a jet black liquid with a thinner light tan colored head.

S-notes of dark chocolate with a fair bit of slightly burnt coffee, sweet malts in back with notes of plums and dark cherries.

T-dark chocolate, hints of vanilla up front, ashy coffee, slightly burnt and bitter, malt sweetness with plums and dark cherries.

M-silky smooth and soft on the palate, medium body, slightly less than I would have enjoyed, with light carbonation but holds.

D-not the most fantastic stout, lacks balance in flavor and complexity but doesn't do anything wrong. that ashy bitter coffee flavor is something I find in a lot of foreign made stouts such as mikeller and I'm not a huge fan.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 21:06:29 | More by cpetrone84
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Brewed August 4, 2010, bottled September 15, 2010, drank June 10, 2012.

A - amber brown light through center of glass. Off-white head is tighter than any other that I have seen.

S - mildly toasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruit and a hint of caramel.

T - this might be off... odd bitter yeast, toasted malts, dark chocolate. The off taste goes away after a few drinks, but it is still bitter.

M - Good thickness and coating. Very mild tingle on tongue and throat.

O - I would like to try another bottle to see if the taste is the same. However as it stands it is a pass.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 22:49:02 | More by biglite351
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jjayjaye

New York

2.65/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch 2008 #194. Pours an opaque darkness with an excessive stiff light tan head that fades quickly to spotty patterns of lacing. The chalky NECCO chocolate smell seems really stale and oxidized cardboard...yuk. It tastes just like it smells...malty without sweetness the mouth feel has a tangy character. Finishes almost dry. A tough swallow..pour.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 23:21:46 | More by jjayjaye
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for half of this bottle.

Appearance: Black with some dark brown at the edges. Head is creamy, tan, and lingers for the duration of the drinking experience. Minimal lacing. Pours thick and heavy.

Smell: Booze, dark fruit, cocoa. Loads of booze and heat. Very sweet. Raisins for days. It almost smells like a young, and I mean young, barleywine. Caramel, chocolate, raisins and booze. I'm serious about this booze things. Are we sure this is a porter, and an English one at that? It's complex and intense, but lacks that distinct minerality.

Taste: Loads of cocoa. Raisins and of course, tons of booze. Big sweet malts and the faintest touch of grassy hops linger in the back. Cocoa-dusted raisins. Bready quality on the back. Minerality hides, but sneaks through in small amounts. Tastes like a fusion of a Belgian quad and an English barleywine. I think I'm missing something here...a porter.

Mouthfeel: Too much carbonation. Bubbly, but smooth overall. A little thin overall, and with the high carbonation, it really loses in the long run. Drinkability falls as a result.

Overall: This is not a bad beer, it's just not the beer it says it is. I'm missing something or anything akin to an English porter and the carbonation really detracts from something that might better fall in the nebulous Belgian Strong Dark Ale category.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 03:52:33 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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