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SSS - Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
87
very good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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!

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of russwbeck
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of jjayjaye
2.65/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

Photo of sammyg832
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of dbossman
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of cyrushire
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of beerdrifter
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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!

Photo of unclekeith
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DaveHS
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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-

Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of kbnooshay
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

SSS from Brouwerij De Molen
87 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.