SSS | Brouwerij De Molen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.99%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"based on a 1914 London Style Porter Recipe"

Added by NEhophead on 06-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
118
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
9.77%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
19
For Trade:
1
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Photo of ffejherb
3.89/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ystazi
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cyrushire
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Sean9689
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Holy Grale at their De Molen Tap Takeover Event.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, thin collar.

S - Dark chocolate, toasted malts, light roast, light coffee.

T - Pretty much right in line with the nose with a mix of bitter dark chocolate, toasted bready notes, malts, some coffee beans. Alcohol is well-hidden for 10%. Finish is chocolate & roast.

M - Medium body, over-carbonated, creamy finish.

O - A decent Export Stout (of some sort) but not something I'd really go after again. I didn't hate this beer, but I also didn't think it was good enough to order again or seek out a bottle of.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tons of info on the label, including "Original 1914 Recipe London triple Stout." Brewed 16 Feb. 2011, bottled 21 March 2011. Bottle # 1116 of 1182. 9.99% ABV.

Ok, this is only one of two caged beers that doesn't twist off in exactly six turns. The other was some U.S. beer. Sure the Belgians would never break such tradition. Once uncorked it offers a superbly opaque dark brown (darkest brown) liquid, topped with an absolutely gorgeous light tan head of fluffy stuff, stiff and long lasting. Sheets of mocha lace left on the glass. This thing looks legendary.

Aroma is immediately problematic. Has that stiff, coin-like whiff of something way too mineral/chemical, which masks what seems to be a very bitter roast smell. Also a bit phenolic, chemical, plastic. Uh oh.

Taste isn't as bad as the smell suggests. If you like bitter dark roast mainstream coffee (like Folgers or something) and the allure of powdered chocolate milk mixes (Quik). These are the prevailing flavors, along with a decidedly mineral snap. Alcohol plays into the taste, in a good way, giving it a nice glow that helps keep it on the enjoyable side. Pretty huge layer of smoke; raisin too. In fact, with warming, raisin abounds. Hops are definitely big, bigger than I imagine they were in 1914, betraying the citrus-y ghost of U.S. influence.

I would like this beer a little more if the texture weren't so tingly and sharply carbonated. It's smooth enough but not at all stout-ish, neither in the traditional nor amped-up super-thick American sense. Feels like a bubbly IPA of some kind. Bothers me, as this demands a much milkier texture.

Love the shit out of this brewery's Heaven & Hell (one of the best-ever stouts), but SSS is merely okay. It fails biggest in the Smell and Mouthfeel categories. It has redeeming elements too, but considering how transcendent H&H was, I'll be sipping on it with less enthusiasm than expected.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

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Photo of Chaney
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Magery
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Crosling
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Vylo
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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Photo of Mikeluzzjr
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

[EDIT 07 Apr 2015] Just had a bottle (bottled May 24th 2013). I did remove some of the more trivial observations from my initial review, as well as keeping in some of the more extreme (and perhaps exaggerated) observations... Basically, this beer exhibits much of the same characteristics as their other dark beers - which is great, as I love them - however, despite it's abv and ostensibly fuller/sweeter constitution, this beer doesn't dazzle and it could very well be attributed to poor handling and/or staling oxidation. If you do happen to find a bottle, serve it at cellar temp, and go from there.

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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.

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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!

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Photo of NEhophead
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown bottle; caged & corked.
Served in an oversized wine glass.
Bottle number: 317.

Brewed on January 17, 2008; bottled on February 21, 2008.

Deep molasses-brown in color. Carbonation-filled off-white head that settles as a thin, creamy sheet. No lasting lace to mention

Creamy, milk chocolate with hints of roasted espresso. Rough floral hops admist bitter chocolate and light toffee. Sharp, acidic hints of alcohol.

Bitter dark chocolate and unsweetened caramel. Notes of bland tea along an earthen floral hop profile. Licorice and saffron spices. The alcohol presenece is dull, but warming following the rough finish.

Full bodied; rough, earthen, and slightly dry in texture. The alcohol component adds a touch of slickness to the muddy mouthfeel.

Billed as the "original 1914 recipe London triple stout by Ron Pattinson brewed by the Mill". Certainly drinks like an export stout that is a little more bland and rough than most of the style.

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of FBarber
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/24/2013 - Consumed 2/12/2017.

Pours a dark dirty brown. Opaque and full of floaters and yeast particles. No head to speak of, barely any life in the beer.

Smell has notes of rotting dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, some coffee, and a dirty old hop aroma.

Taste is actually still prey good. There is a strong roasted malt flavor with a woody/ashy flavor. Some dark fruits, with molasses and cocoa. The foreign export stout flavor is in full force here with a strong hoppy presence on the back end proving a slight bitterness. The flavors taste a bit old, muted, but its still solid.

Feel is thin, yet not lacking in fullness from the flavor. Pretty much no carbonation - its still, flat and takes away from the overall quality of the beer.

Overall I would have loved to try this fresh, especially since it clearly did not hold up all that well with age. I imagine, based on what is here now, this was a really interesting and tasty beer when fresh.

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Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.58/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

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Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

SSS from Brouwerij De Molen
3.89 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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