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Midtfyns / De Molen X Porter - Midtfyns Bryghus

Midtfyns / De Molen X PorterMidtfyns / De Molen X Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

45 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%


Brewed by:
Midtfyns Bryghus visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration with Dutch brewery De Molen.

(Beer added by: Jeffo on 10-13-2010)
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BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

3.04/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

X Porter (“XP”) is a collaboration between Midtfyns Bryghus and Brouwerij De Molen of the Netherlands. The beer comes in a brown 500 ml bottle and is 8.0% alcohol with a best before date of April 15, 2015.

XP is a beautiful looking beer, an opaque black colour with a monster 3” chocolate milk coloured head produced with a slightly aggressive pour. The head lingered for about 5 minutes before settling down into a 1/8” cap of foam leaving some modest lacing in its wake. Its aroma is of black licorice, European style dark chocolate and dark roast coffee. The taste is best described as an overpowering combination of black licorice, bitter dark chocolate, bitter dark roast coffee and smoke. The first three linger on throughout the sampling and never clear…as a result I'm struggling to finish the bottle. XP's mouth feel is rich and creamy, reinforced by a soft carbonation and full body. The beer is quite heavy and more than one per sitting would be too much. Given the strong lingering aftertastes one bottle was one too many for Bucky's taste, despite the fact that XP does have several redeeming qualities. XP sells for $5.95 per 500 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 23:17:50 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful looking beer that pours an inky black with a densely packed chocolate coloured head. That head disappears quickly leaving less lacing than expected, but still an attractive pour.

Barrel-forward aroma has lots of funk to compliment the caramelized and dark roasted malts. The flavour is sharper and strikes me as less well balanced, with an earthy edge that has more tannins than I'd choose for this style. A nice coffee bitterness finishes along with some harsher tones.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 02:14:26 | More by hopsolutely
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: incredibly deep, dark brown, with a beautiful milk chocolate head lingering for ages with lace draping

Aroma: dark chocolate, but not too bitter; anise, but more rich and deep than you often get; touches of dark fruit, coffee; lot's going on

Taste & Mouthfeel: loads of creamy, rich espresso flavour, with chocolate coming through strong in the finish and a fine undercurrent of bitterness from the roast that actually compliments the fuller flavours and lends an almost fruity aspect - like chocolate covered cherries; smooth body makes it feel light, although maybe a touch too thin; some hints of vanilla and molasses

Overall: a truly stunning porter, with a flowing, deep river of flavour and incredibly gentle and luxurious feel

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 16:28:11 | More by BGDrock
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Two fingers of dense and creamy tan coloured head sits on top of its jet black body. As it slowly recedes, thick stripes of lace stick to the glass. This is a big looking porter.

Syrupy raisins and dates lie at its core. Sweet chocolate encases them, giving the impression of Glossetes. The roasted barley character has a smoky edge to it. This rounds it out and gives it some more depth but the sticky dark fruits are the ones that steal the show.

Soft vanilla comes in the picture now, running parallel to the sweet dark chocolate that is present from beginning to end. Its roastiness isn't nearly as pronounced as its sweetness but carries with it a bit of a twang and adds a touch of dryness to the finish. Similar to the nose, the raisins and dates lie at the center. They're a bit syrupy and their sweetness matches the chocolate quality of the beer. As it warms, a quick flash of sweet alcohol grazes the tongue in the finish.

This Porter is quite clean with every flavour well integrated and well rounded. Its body is medium to full with a creamy backing. There's a touch of dryness in the finish but it doesn't change much from the beginning.

I thoroughly enjoyed this Porter from beginning to end. It wasn't too heavy but it packed lots of flavour. More than anything, I was surprised with how clean it came off. Another winner from the Netherlands.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 23:33:53 | More by ludachris
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Deep, dark brown, clear at the edges. Big creamy head (2+ fingers), persistent.

S: Deep sweet malt, roasted malt, biscuits and bread; dried fruits; dark and juicy (if you can say that about a smell?).

T: A deep, rich character, dark roasted malt, bitterness and dark chocolate.

M: Medium high body, medium carbonation; thick, creamy.

O: A really nice example of a big porter. Lots of sweetness from the malts and dry bitterness from the hops and hard roasting.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 18:21:41 | More by mtomlins
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A - Poured black with two fingers of mocha head. Mild carbonation coming up to a dense and thick creamy head. No real lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Chocolate, some dark fruits, roast, leather, some alcohol.

T - Sweet with roast. Dark fruit, coffee, chocolate. Quite chocolatey up front then a slightly off or tart dark fruit note comes out. Maybe prune. Lot's of dark malt and chocolate.

M - Mild carbonation, full body, dark fruit finish that is pretty clean with a bit of dryness.

O/D - A nice beer. Complex, tasty, worth a try. Different from other examples of the style and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 01:36:31 | More by tbeckett
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a huge dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with light coffee undertones. Taste is also dominated by some lightly sweet black chocolates notes, with light coffee and dry roasted malt notes. Body has a nice creamy texture with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed but though it was slightly lacking in character.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 17:15:53 | More by Phyl21ca
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as night, deep brown and finely bubbled long lasting head. Opaque black in the glass, sherry and dark fruit nose. Roasty malt with background fruit flavors then hops...finishes long, roasty and malty. Very good example and very well made.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 02:29:17 | More by beerluvr
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle picked up from LCBO for about $6 CDN. Left to sit out for about 30-40 minutes before enjoying

Appearance - Black as night, pretty much blots out the sun. Titanic 4 finger of head yielded with a slightly aggressive pour. Massive dark tan (almost brown) head is mountainous and fluffy and lingers for a long while. Copious amount of lacing left on the glass. Formation of the head just takes off with an aggressive pour.

Smell - Big time unprocessed chocolate, black licorice and coffee scents. Faint fruit notes such as plum and raisin. Some smoke is present was well. Big nose and repeated whiffs yield an identity in the black licorice.

Taste- Massive licorice on the tip of the tongue transitioning to chocolate and fruit reminiscent of fruits covered in dark chocolate. Coffee, ash and black licorice again on the backburner. Very strong flavors overall and work together in a reasonably good manner. Fruit notes in particular are more subdued in taste than they are on the nose.

Mouthfeel - Very rich and creamy feeling, less than 1/4 into the pint, I know this beer will almost act as dinner, such is the filling nature of this porter. Quite smooth, aided by medium / low carbonation with a medium finish.The beer is quite heavy is a one beer per sitting type of beer.

Overall - Very glad I tried it since it was unique and quite tasty, and warmed me on this cold wet October day. Nonetheless for the price I can't see myself purchasing this regularly (if it were even available regularly) although was definitely worth the try. For those loving porters ,s touts and other good winter beers I recommend you pick a bottle up.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 23:14:35 | More by DenisKolkin
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 12/10/13, cheers Liam for sending the bottle

A the darkest brown with a deep cola edge, three fingers of brown foam quickly falls to a thick film and stays there leaving lots of random lace deep down the glass

S sour plum, raisins, chocolate, coffee, faint smoke, coco powder, hint of licorice, and maybe just a little cherry and tobacco

T chocolate covered fruit, sightly sour, more coffee then the nose, chocolate syrup and a little char, tasty stuff

M silky on the way in, not quite creamy, slick on the palate, sticky on the lips, well concealed booze and fruity char lingers on the finish

O well rounded stuff that I'd drink again no questions asked, great example of the style, rich and too easy to drink

About what I expected and I could have a couple more without getting board, well suited for this chilly afternoon

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 18:09:48 | More by wordemupg
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(4.25) A: Dark chestnut brown with a very tall and creamy head that has a chocolate milk appearance. Excellent retention with evident lacing.

(4.0) S: Fruity and floral with lighter citrus and tropical fruits noticeable. Secondary aromas of roasted malt with nice dark fruits and lighter cocoa.

(3.75) T: Similar to aroma with quite a fruity and floral focused taste. Roasted malt elements of dark fruits (raisins, plums) and bitter cocoa. An interesting (and appealing) funky creamy blue cheese flavour towards the back end (must be a Danish thing). Slightly smoky. Quite dry with a bittersweet taste.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Creamy and rich with a slight chalky texture.

(3.75) D: A solid porter with a nice fruity and floral mix. The blue cheese taste that I could detect however is a bit odd and I’m still undecided on it. Nevertheless, worthy of a purchase.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 01:29:46 | More by Digimaika2
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

X Porter sounds like a mysterious beer and, indeed, it pours an opaque, inky black tone that surrenders not a single highlight against the light; it's a dark force if I ever seen one! Even its head is of a brownish tone, its dark lacing gives the glass a somber, bistered tone.

The aroma smells like the darkest chocolate I've ever bought or, just as accurately, a coffee pot that hasn't been cleaned in a week. It is a strong, bitter and, frankly, astringent bouquet that has notes of cream, hazelnut, black tea, and licorice root.

It's hard to tell at first whether this is the flavour of a barbecue or a bakeshop; it has a definitively roasty, mesquite-like taste but also sweeter notes of milk chocolate, coffee and pastry. Still, it may taste bitter for the first little while until one becomes accustomed.

The aftertaste is something familiar to every old Greek or Italian man; whether arguing politics or playing chess, these bitter espresso and/or Sambuca- or Ouzo-like notes are practically a right of passage in those cultures. Add a few dominoes or a deck of cards and this beer would be right at home in the streets of Athens or Roma. It's acquired yet eternal, strong yet sapid.

There's nothing sacred about definition - you can define a style how you like. In this case, De Molen and Midtfyns Bryghus have made a porter that doesn't really fit any classification; its mesquite-like roast, spicy hoppiness and dark chocolatey maltiness are an interesting combination. X Porter is a collaboration both breweries should be proud to claim as their own.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 04:20:19 | More by biegaman
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Collaboration between De Molen and Midtfyns. Poured into a tulip this has a solid couple fingers of dense light brown head. After this fades off the film is a rich pretty coffee colour. Really solid retention and lacing. Colour is jet black. 4.25

S – thick rich notes of licorice, black malt, some caramel-like apple notes, cinnamon, subtle coffee and woody notes. Some leather notes, coriander, cigar ash, and roast meat. 3.75

T – a bitter start with some spice and citrus, then more hearty lemon, dark cocoa, apple fruits and lots of licorice in there. Also picking up some caramel, slight earthy/dirt notes, lots of oily hop character, dry woody smoke with some salt. Definitely has some hearty log cabin/campfire attributes, and the warmth off this is quite nice on a cold nice. Very full and filling/warming as it goes down, leaving a slight dry malty aftertaste. Balance is good, this has more bitterness and alcohol spice to it than a mild porter, has some oomph to it and is also very tasty. 4

M – big bodied, smooth malty profile, little carbonation and alcohol presence but there is some noticeable earthy and spicey character to it all wound together. Big all round feel but it doesn’t feel heavy, more a slugger with a certain lightness of step, possibly from the lively licorice flavor and lots of bitterness. 4.25

A quite solid, spicy strong porter, lots of earthy, spice, and smoky flavor with a balanced body and it remains interesting and sipable all night. Another really impressive beer from these guys, I was throw initially by the strong bitter licorice, but it really grew on me. 4

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 01:42:19 | More by mick303
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB April 15, 2015

Beer is black with a large tan coloured head. Good retention.

Nose contains a lot of chocolate, roasted malt. While that is very typical stout/porter, there is an additional scent that is a bit hard to place but makes this beer smell quite different. Perhaps a mix of caramel and some fruit. A very heavy and thick scent.

Taste is not as thick as the nose predicted. Bitter chocolate, roasted malt, caramel. There is a thinness to the beer that is surprising, and brings along a flavour that is hard for me to describe. I get a very slight bit of tart cherry, pretty minimal. Moderately bitter.

Full bodied, but with a notable thin, watery feel accompanying it. Doesn't really detract somehow. Low carbonation level.

Overall, quite good indeed.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 01:06:10 | More by jrenihan
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bark

Sweden

2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The three finger head is compact and deep brown, it sinks slowly leaving some lacing. The liquid is black (75 EBC).

The smell is bitter and sweet. Strong notes of milk chocolate and cocoa. Nuts, hints of coconuts, raisins, lactose and paint. Some oxidised notes of dried fruits and strawberry jam.

The taste is bitter; the bitterness is rough and harsh. Dry burned malty notes. Some red berries and (artificial) caramel. Some nuts and dark chocolate. Medium body. The aftertaste is harsh and dry with some alcohol, roasted malts, lactose and sharp bitter flavours. The finish is dry with hints of ashes and chloride.

The carbonation is mild; the large bubbles are short-lived. The liquid is dry and a bit sticky.

The odd chemical notes and harsh bitterness spoiled much of this beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 18:47:37 | More by bark
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DARIVA

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This is a black beer with a beautiful head.

SMELL: This beer smells like chocolate and nougat.

TASTE: This beer tastes like chocolate and is slightly bitter.

MOUTH FEEL: This beer has a reasonable balance and is slightly syrupy.

OVERALL: Poor drinkable, long bitter aftertaste and a bit distinct aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 20:19:58 | More by DARIVA
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Sunnanek

Sweden

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours motor-oil-black with a large compact brown head that sets into some lacings.

S: Lots of sweetness; dark dried fruits galore. Roasted malt, a bit burnt almost. Rich chocolate and faint vanilla. Some coffee-notes. Liqourice.

T: Again sweet, hard roasted malts. Dark dried fruits with a vanilla twist (from oak). Strong black coffee and some dark bitter chocolate. Some bitter hops as well.

M: Long lovely dry (bone-dry, actually) bitter aftertaste - feels almost like eating cacao-powder. Body is full while carbonation is held back.

O: The best part in this beer is the bone-dry aftertaste that stays forever.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 16:52:59 | More by Sunnanek
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MasterSki

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jason. I'd never heard of this beer before. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - A big tan foam settles to a thick collar and a few wisps on top, but minimal lacework. Pretty much black.

S - Smells a lot like a European stout. I'm guessing this wasn't brewed with lager yeast either. Fruity yeast, roasted malts, powdered chocolate, hints of smoke and char.

T - Roasted grains, toasted malt, lightly smokey, and not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Nice notes of licorice, dark chocolate, and espresso.

M - Smooth texture, medium body, pleasant moderate carbonation, and a dry and toasty finish with a bit of grain to it. No obvious alcohol present.

D - As with most European dark beers, I find this a touch too roasty and burnt for my tastes. That being said, it's a solidly crafted strong porter with no obvious flaws. We finished this bottle very quickly, but it wasn't a overly memorable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 21:28:43 | More by MasterSki
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Asgeirr

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dense and opaque bistre/dark brown colour along with a tall, frothy crown of a russet brown tone, it slowly dissipates as some carbonation makes itself visible through the otherwise so dense wall of liquid darkness that makes up this beer.

Smell: A forefront of licorice and molasses in a combination that makes one think about -- surprise sweet licorice! Furthermore, and deeper in, some dried figs och plums along with a touch of charcoal, ashes and roasted malt do appear along with what might be a hint of juniper and pine. Finally, a tad of freshness a la grape. It's buried way in, but it's in there I tells ya!

Taste: Sweet Louise with a slice o' cheese, this was more balt-malt than one could expect in a single bottle. Upfront smoke character, really charcoal like. Thereafter an almost sour, and menthol-like flavour pops up but it's quickly put to sleep by a more fervent salmiak and tar-like taste, way more juniper than the in the smells.

Continually, a bitter cocoa -- and on a lighter note a dulce de leche (lactose caramel) -- flavour portrudes and intermixes at the end which adds a pleasant plateau of sweetness to the mix.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat low in carbonation, really full and round, not as rough or coarse of a course as one'd expect, however it carries a distinctly dry touch to the aftertaste.

Overall: On my behalf, this was a very integral beer as it really complemented the different sensory aspects with each other; carrying a diverse yet unified arsenal of flavours and scents.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 19:51:58 | More by Asgeirr
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: pours a very black color with a nice fluffy brown head.
Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet caramel, candy sugar and something smoky.
Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel and toffee sweetness. Slightly bitter aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a medium body
Overall: Nice beer, happy to have tried it, bit too sweet maybe, making the beer slightly unbalanced

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 10:13:20 | More by rvdoorn
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rarbring

Sweden

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A black brew with hints of red, dark chestnut head, no lacing but good curtains.

The smell is from sweet dried fruits, vanilla, licorice, dark roasted bread.

Tasting sweet, figs, dates, whole grain porridge, coffee beans, licorice.

Little carbonation, thick and sticky, a huge body and slightly dry.

A complex, yet rather balanced porter. A bit sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 19:54:42 | More by rarbring
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at De Molen's beer shop in Bodegraven.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.

Note: Collaboration between Midtfyns Bryghus and De Molen for the 2nd BOREFTS Festival at De Molen in Bodegraven.

APPEARANCE: Pretty thick, black pour produces a two finger, thicker, tight looking chocolate colored head with great retention. Pitch black and minimum carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and ring. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Starts out great, but need to leave some lacing to bring it over the hump.

SMELL: Roasted and charred malts with some smoky elements as well. Pure chocolate notes, some espresso, and some cocoa powder in there. Lots of toffee as well as caramel in the nose. Advertises a sweet ride.

TASTE: Sweetness confirmed. Roasted malts up front, with some dark chocolate and cocoa powder, as well as hints of espresso. Lots of caramel sweetness comes out through the middle as well. A big, bold, and long lasting aftertaste has plenty of sweet caramel, toffee, as well as some bitter chocolate for balance. Very flavorful and the booze is well hidden, but a little too sweet over the long haul for me.

PALATE: Full, heavy body with lower end carbonation. Heavy and creamy on the palate, goes down fine but finishes slightly too mouth-coating. Though not cloying, it's a little too sticky for top honors.

OVERALL: A pretty good brew overall. It was a little on the sweet side for me, which hurt it's drinkability somewhat, but nevertheless, this was a big, flavorful porter that I'm glad I had the chance to try before it dried up. Good collaboration guys. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 11:53:26 | More by Jeffo
Midtfyns / De Molen X Porter from Midtfyns Bryghus
87 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.