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SSS - Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
87
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | 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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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

08-05-2013 14:50:10 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-03-2014 23:45:37 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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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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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 04:10:49 | More by pokesbeerdude
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codynevels

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-01-2012 01:58:17 | More by codynevels
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-10-2013 20:06:54 | More by spycow
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-19-2012 13:29:38 | More by sholland119
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-21-2013 02:37:17 | More by Resuin
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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
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-18-2011 22:47:58 | More by JAHMUR
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ViragS

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-02-2014 03:21:58 | More by ViragS
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

09-02-2012 16:08:35 | More by t0rin0
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

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

Nice revisit to an old porter recipe, smooth and quaffable.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged brown bottle. Standard De Molen Label, text over white background detailing the characteristics of the brew such as bittering hops, EBU's (84.5), OG (1090), bottle number (314 out of 616), which will be good for five years from the bottling date (23 May 2008). Notes 9.99% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Very dark brown pour with a fair head, moderate retention and surface memory, and some touches of lacing.

S - Good nose with roasted malts. Touches of coffee and a hint of chocolate.

T - Taste flows accordingly with dexterity an quite a composed sense: roasted malts, coffee, the touch of chocolate, a minimal fruitiness around the bitter finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Fairly smooth with the alcohol very well integrated and balanced.

O - Nicely quaffable and with a good flow.

Notes: Nice historic exercise. Maybe not too exciting but what Pattinson and Menno do here is rather welcome. Quality offering and a stimulating insight into vintage brewing.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 03:06:23 | More by Daniellobo
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oberon

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 21:55:18 | More by oberon
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bconsidine

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 15:34:38 | More by bconsidine
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ChrisPr

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 09:51:09 | More by ChrisPr
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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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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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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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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 03:24:20 | More by Chaney
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COBeerBuff

Kansas

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 02:31:04 | More by COBeerBuff
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 18:32:29 | More by smakawhat
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 16:16:45 | More by beerdrifter
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zeff80

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 01:48:25 | More by zeff80
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Crosling

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 14:34:24 | More by Crosling
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