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Hamer & Sikkel | Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
3.77/5
Very Good
82 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#21,357
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
82
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
21
Trade:
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by beerdrifter:
Photo of beerdrifter
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
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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3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of vinivini
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
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 biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Lallsballs77
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a mostly dark brown color with a thin off white to tan thin head. Messy lacing. The smell takes on a moderately thin roasty coffee bean to sweet dark fruity blend running into some milk chocolate. The taste was semi-sweet with the roastiness blending nicely to balance. Delicate aftertaste of the sweet milk chocolate to dark fruits. Dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation runs about a medium. Bitterness seems to be hidden a bit because of the carbonation. Still, it really moves nice and smooth on my tongue. Overall, as an English Porter - all of the aromas and flavors match. The feel is good too. I would definitely have again.

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Photo of cwd
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crosenkrantz
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Treyliff
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jessicapreuss
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, with little light transmission in the glass Foamed out of the bottle and produced a half glass head that dissipated to a persistant half finger khaki head with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa, light coffee and some oxidation notes. Just checked the date on the bottle and this is apparently quite a few years old (although new to the store..thanks Shelton Brothers!!!!). Flavor is dry biscuity toasted malt, cocoa, light quality coffee. Finishes with lingering mocha and a mild bitterness. The initial flavor is very attenuated, but the aftertaste is light, but delightful. Medium bodied with peppery, sharp carbonation; over carbonated. This is a mixed bag. If it's as old as I think it is, I'm missing a quite pleasant porter. The flavor is light, but nice chocolate and coffee flavors that are fully exhibited in the finish. The carbonation makes me think that this is over its prime. I liked this and will retry it if Shelton ever ships fresh beer to the Northwest (in my dreams).

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BdM
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drmeto
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
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 StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Hamer & Sikkel from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 82 ratings
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