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SSS - Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
87
very good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 9
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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SLeffler27

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours dark b rown to black in a Dogfish Head snifter with ruby red highlights when put to the light. A big, creamy manila head drops quickly to half an inch, then waits out the session.

Deep roasted malt with burnt sugar and some burnt coffee grinds.

Flavor follow the nose adding baker’s chocolate and nuts with a hint of dried fruits and cigar. This is yet another stout that improves with warmth.

Well balanced with a medium body, light carbonation and surprisingly no alcohol.

This is a laid-back beer for conversation. While there is not much to this one, it is done well and would match with a cigar. Having aged 18 months in the bottle, it has clearly mellowed out.

01-22-2012 22:35:42 | More by SLeffler27
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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.

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

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-14-2013 23:34:16 | More by TonyTalon
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angrybabboon

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

02-16-2012 07:01:33 | More by angrybabboon
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

09-18-2011 02:58:31 | More by russwbeck
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

06-13-2013 17:17:29 | More by DeanMoriarty
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jjayjaye

New York

2.65/5  rDev -31.9%

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.

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

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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

Vermont

3.93/5  rDev +1%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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

Nebraska

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-14-2012 05:09:06 | More by rbrefbeerman
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megamass

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-28-2013 05:02:59 | More by megamass
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.2/5  rDev +8%

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!

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

California

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

Bottled 23 May 2008 Bottle #145

A-As soon as I undid the cage the cork came right behind it. Took a lot to keep it from shooting out. Once removed, however, the bottle was not a gusher. Pours shiny black with ruby highlights and a shimmering mocha colored head that fizzles away, leaving no lacing.

S-Could smell this one from a few feet away. Milky coffee, milk chocolate, roasted barley, a hint of grassy hops. Appetizing.

T/M-There's a sharp oxidization flavor right up front, but it disappears really quickly, revealing smoky roasted barley flavors and a chalky mouth coating tannic quality. Oxidized flavors return in the form are sharp fruitiness on the back palate. Warming quality on the back of the throat. Full bodied with light, peppery carbonation.

O-My least favorite from De Molen so far, but still a solid beer worth your attention.

O-

08-12-2011 02:57:31 | More by DaveHS
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kbnooshay

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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

Netherlands

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

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!

07-12-2011 12:29:58 | More by rvdoorn
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-15-2011 18:19:37 | More by kkrez
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DruC4

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.8%

06-18-2012 20:25:42 | More by DruC4
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unclekeith

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-29-2013 21:35:18 | More by unclekeith
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bconsidine

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

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

Sweden

3.85/5  rDev -1%

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!

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

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-05-2014 04:46:35 | More by jsnoek
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -28.5%

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.

06-10-2012 22:49:02 | More by biglite351
SSS from Brouwerij De Molen
87 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.