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BA SCORE
87
very good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 58
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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Lazerlobe

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 03:37:40 | More by Lazerlobe
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 08:45:43 | More by Mebuzzard
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL cork and caged brown glass bottle. Bottled 22 Oct 2008. Bottle 470 of 510. Thanks to my buddy Petey for this one!

Pours a thin black with 1.5 fingers of creamy tan head. Nose is full of classic milk-stout aromas, light roast coffee, a little creamy smoke note, dark chocolate. Really a pleasant smelling brew!

Palate is really light for being almost 10% abv. Sort of thin. Lots of roastiness and coffee-like flavors. Cocoa, toast, some woody notes too. Lots of flavor and a long finish for such a light-weight brew. The hops seem a little tired, though. Or maybe it's the yeast.

Notes: Lots of flavor, a serious stout. Seems like it might be a little over the hill though. Or maybe the yeast is just failing. There's something in here that reminds me of old home-brew. Tasty though I suspect it's a bit more expensive that I'd be willing to pay.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 02:52:13 | More by SFLpunk
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 23:02:19 | More by burnheartsMKE
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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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crusian

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle thanks to greggerino...
bottled 09 May 2008, bottle number 17 of 413
OG 1090
FG 1016
EBC Colour 194.7

pours thin brown color, but once it is in the glass is a nice deep deep brown with a nice three fingers of head. bobbling around like an ice cream float. nice. MUCH better than the Hel & Verdoemenis... which is not carbonated at all.

chocolate an coffee on the nose also smells creamy. like a bit of dairy in it.

taste is very thin, coffee and bitter. It is just ok for me... had it after a piece of chocolate and it was great, but not really for me. As this warms, the roastieness is coming out more... and it is very dry, which is a nice touch. I wish it was a bit thicker, but it is an good example of its style.
NOT worth the pricetag on its head though.

for an original recipe out of 1914 London... they were not drinking too badly back then, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 20:03:40 | More by crusian
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kbnooshay

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly dark brown with a decent amount of red highlights making its way through when held up to light. Head is super huge and frothy. The craters are impressive in this brown frothy masterpeice. Smells of dark fruit and smokey. Taste super malty and musty. Hints of dark fruit and coffee. Feel is kinda thin but nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 02:38:19 | More by kbnooshay
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 17:50:11 | More by jrallen34
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 07:01:56 | More by BEERchitect
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 01:51:17 | More by drpimento
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 02:37:54 | More by dbossman
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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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athensbeermaster

Georgia

4.45/5  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...

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 02:44:25 | More by athensbeermaster
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beergestapo for sharing this on 11/16/09.

A - Poured a muddy, chunky brown with lots of active carbonation and half a finger of beige head that settled into a thin ring of retention.

S - Initial aroma is quite chocolatey with a roasted malt character and a hint of coffee.

T - Pleasant roasted malt quality with a hint of chocolate and some bittersweet cocoa notes. Finishes with a hint of earthy bitterness, albeit rather subdued.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, albeit a tad watery, texture. Finish is semi-dry with a touch of hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Surprisingly nice stout with plenty of chocolate and roasted malt goodness.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 03:32:06 | More by ffejherb
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gford217

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle #461 poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark brown out of the glass and sits a bit lighter than I would expect in a stout of this size, showing a deep copper when held up to light.

The aroma is pretty good, with lots of dark roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate and some coffee. There are hints of lactose and oats as well.

The taste is slightly different with a fruit character that I didn't get in the aroma. It has a slightly metallic-like aftertaste that's not too pleasant. The chocolate becomes much more powdery with a deeply roasted malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and is extremely dry in the finish.

As an export stout, this one is decent, but it doesn't really hold up to the majority of impy stouts out there at the same ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 01:45:55 | More by gford217
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jdklks

Nevada

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer is lighter (in color) than expected. light penetrates all the way through the body and it is more of a really dark brown than a black. the smell is bursting with cherries and similar sweet dark fruits, though there are hints of chocolate and roasted malts as well.

the first thing i thought upon tasting the beer was that it resembles what i think a mix between a fruit lambic and an imperial stout would taste like. as the smell suggests, cherries are all over the place, accompanied by plum. there is a hint of the [almost] 10% alcohol, and some sweet, dark chocolate. a nice and smooth roasted coffee aftertaste.

the mouthfeel is nice and thick, though a little over-carbonated and the drinkability is limited to one 750ml bottle, though that is still certainly a lot.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 00:30:37 | More by jdklks
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 23:28:31 | More by GbVDave
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baggio

Sweden

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle@Monks Cafe

A: Dark as a black hole with a nice beige, creamy, head.

S: Darl caramel, Berries, Bitter chocolate, Coffee, Leather.

T: Chocolate, Grain, Anise, Salty licorice, Leather, Coffee.

M: Very thick and quite salty at first but gets a bit sweeter as it warms up with a nice touch of chocolate.

A good stout!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 21:39:59 | More by baggio
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 16:38:35 | More by barleywinebrewer
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ccrida

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, #340/696
*Original 1914 Recipe London tripel Stout by Ron Pattinson brewed at the Mill
*1.094-1.020, 34.7 EBU, EBC Colour 194.7, 9.99% ABV.
*Brewed on 17Jan08, Bottled on 21Feb08.

Served at just above cellar temp (I've had it there for only a few months) into an impy pint, SSS is a hazy dark, bright garnet with a creamy tan head with long last that leaves light, foamy lace. Another one of these paler dark beers from DeMolen, again in this case, I really have no idea how historically accurate it is, but I dig the ruby glow. Think brown porter.

Smell is muted but pleasant, herbal hops and a bit of roasted malt.

Taste is pretty good, smooth, for such a big stout it's not that robust. The alcohol provides a drying, bitter note, accentuated by the bittering hops and roasted malt, but otherwise, it's got a dusty cocoa flavor that is abruptly cut by the fusels that linger on the finish. There's also a pretty strong leafy, herbal hop flavor, some caramel and milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel is full of creamy carbonation, not to heavy for the size, but yeasty and a bit solvent like.

Drinkability is pretty good, but it wasn't my favorite DeMolen. Being an expensive one-off, I'm sure it's one and done, even if I'm glad I got to try it. I enjoyed the historical underpinning, but wish they had provided more back-story.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 22:16:42 | More by ccrida
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 21:00:54 | More by rhoadsrage
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peabody

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 03:57:09 | More by peabody
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TKempe

Netherlands

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 15:53:02 | More by TKempe
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 03:22:06 | More by Sammy
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 03:55:09 | More by Gueuzedude
SSS from Brouwerij De Molen
87 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.