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Hamer & Sikkel | Brouwerij De Molen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Absumaster on 06-27-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
74
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
28.05%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 74
Photo of Sabtos
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Damn near gushing khaki head, with a clear, dark red-brown body. At full pour, including some of the sediment at the bottom of the bottle, it turns it to a muddy, Cocoa Puffs milk.

Smell is nutty caramel, nougat, and downright sticky toffee pudding. I even get some peanut butter.

Taste is treacle, and again stick toffee pudding. They were going for English Porter, well the English feel is layered on thick, regardless of my lack of experience with the actual style English Porter. I also taste cake, nuts, caramel, and a little sweet cola. As it warms, raisin, and smoke emerge.

This beer livens as soon as it hits the palate. Light, fizzy, really frothy and bubbly.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a murky dark brown with a small off-white head that has short retention

S- malty aromas of brown bread, caramel, some nuttiness along with some cocoa

T- tons of flavor, given the abv; big brown may notes of bread crust, caramel, chocolate, roast and plenty of earthiness, finishes nutty and sweet

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy into the finish

O- solid and straight up, with high drinkability

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Photo of rex_4539
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black color, one finger brown head, nice lacing, minimal carbonation.

S: Sweet coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Superb!

T: Coffee, roasted malts.

F: Extremely smooth and drinkable.

O: This is an amazing porter. Will definitely grab it again.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle, Beergium - Pours darkish brown/black with a very large tanned foamy head. Medium/high carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - roasted malts, yeasty, caramel. Taste - sweet, lightly smoked malts with a light bitter finish. Lovely porter.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hue is extremely dark brown, nearly black. Head poured 3 or 4 fingers of frothy light-tan foam. The head was absolutely massive and took a long time to settle down. Hopefully it's not infected or something!

Smell: very richly malty with a little bit of chocolate and roasty character. The malt on this bad boy is huge, especially considering its moderate ABV.

Taste: a roasty character with a little bit of chocolate and a nicely malty base. I happen to really like it.

Mouthfeel: medium or medium-light body with an absolutely massive carbonation. This beer doesn't taste infected or soured at all, but the carbonation is really absolutely insane. I like the creaminess but damn, and you'll almost never hear me say this, the carbonation could be taken down a notch!

Overall: a good beer. Crazy carbonation; prepare for a gusher. Still absolutely worth trying.

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Photo of drmeto
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with copper tinges and a medium,frothy,beige head
S:
-chocolate,nutty,sour
T:
-nutty ,coffee,chocolate,spicy,vanilla,toasty
F:
-light to medium body
-medium to high carbonation
O:
Very flat on the nose.Taste is o.k

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Photo of sleazo
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Rake in London. Nice roast chocolate and coffee nose. The flavor is amazing though. Starts out with the nice rosy coffee and seek chocolate notes but ends with a nice fig and plum finish. Outstanding

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark bodied with brown hues and ruby highlights. Fluffy khaki head laces and retains nicely.

Nose is somewhat sweet with the cocoa and caramel presence overlaying the rest.

More pronounced roasty coffee on the flavor with some bread and chocolate.

Dry and a fairly light body.

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Very good interesting beer. Poured with a large thick long-lasting light tan head, some lace and a very dark brown color. aroma is that of dark malt licorice leather perfume Cocoa. Flavor is like aroma; more complex and has some saltiness to it; very tasty. Perfect body. I could drink this solve the day and all the night.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Just a wee bit of Googling, and general inference, points the way to the purported style.

This beer pours a clear, very dark cola brown hue, with one measly finger of silkily foamy beige head, which, all for naught, seeps away in an instance, leaving but a few random specks of lace around the glass.

It smells of biscuity, chocolate-forward caramel malt, a bit of ash, and soft leafy, earthy hops. The taste is much more coffee-accented, as the astringent espresso pitches ahead, the caramel malt morphing heavily towards the bready side of things, the bittersweet chocolate hovering in stasis, with some soft earthy, weedy hops lingering in the background.

The bubbles are present, accounted for, and no more effusive than that; the body on the light side of medium weight, due to an unfortunate thinning character, but generally smooth nonetheless. It finishes off-dry, barely, as the chocolate and graininess of the malt falter, and the acerbic coffee and hops notes take up the flag.

An agreeable enough porter, although the lack of overt sourness (being my relatively new benchmark) seems quite lacking here. Otherwise, a decent enough offering.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, tan-colored, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very underplayed aroma of malt, hops, and some chocolate.

T: The taste was very much like the aroma: A good amount of malt, light hops, and a mild chocolate tinge. Like the smell, the taste was a bit on the thin and unremarkable side.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not necessarily a bad beer, but kind of unremarkable.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Clem's and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : deep black color, very little tan head with too big tan bubbles.
Smell : caramel and roasted malt aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted malt flavors, leading to bitter finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style English Porter.
To drink at cellar t°.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Dark brown, almost black pour with tan two finger head that fades quickly with minimal lacing. Nice roasty nose with hints of cocoa and espresso with a touch of brown bread. The roasted malt dominates the taste. Tons of cocoa and bitter dark chocolate with hints of espresso and sweet caramel with a bit of brown bread, fresh hops and vanilla. I'm usually not a big Porter fan because they often have a thin and watery mouthfeel. But this is much more substantive then most Porters I've experienced. It's not as thick and chewy as a stout, but has a nice medium body to it with a subtle creaminess. This is by far the best Porter I've tasted. So glad I picked up two of these!

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Photo of Jeffo
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this at the Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A slight gusher. Pours a three finger medium-thin looking fluffy noisy crackly beige head that quickly pops and cracks away. Dark brown in color with lots of carbonation. Head quickly fades to a thick foam cap. A think wisp and a ring remains, leaving touches of lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Decent strength nose for the ABV. Roasted malts with hints of pure chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Some freshly baked dark bread from the barely as well. Quite nice actually, especially once the head dies down somewhat.

TASTE: Roasted malts and lots of pure cocoa powder. Flavors of fresh dark bread again. Some caramel malt in there as well, leading into some bitter chocolate and coffee notes at the finish. Mild but lingering aftertaste is bitter-sweet and plenty roasted.

PALATE: Medium-thin body and slightly lighter on the palate. Very creamy smooth for sure, goes down smooth with higher end carbonation, and finishes dry on the palate. Light and creamy for sure.

OVERALL: A decent and drinkable porter. This is definitely a Belgian style porter, and showcases some of the more agreeable flavors and aromas in the style. Check it out if you can.

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Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Absumaster for delivering this good porter only available back home. Black and lots of off-white bubbly head. Lots of lace. Mollasses and sharp nose, also farmy-the yeast? Above average mouthfeel and a bit sour in the finish, like a dark Belgian.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown beer with a creamy, settling head.

Smell is roasted and burned with chocolate malt notes. Some woody notes. Mild.

Taste is burned with notes of raw tobacco leaves. Burned character is mild. The label mentiones the use of oak chips in the beer, which give the beer a woody taste, that is a little sharp at the back of my tongue. Bitterness is medium and never takes the lead.

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Hamer & Sikkel from Brouwerij De Molen
3.85 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
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