1914 Porter | Brouwerij De Molen

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1914 Porter1914 Porter

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Brouwerij De Molen

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Gueuzedude on 07-04-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottled October 2008 (bottle #207 of 450). Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Samuel Smith nonic.

Bit of a gusher. Clear burnt umber body with bright rufous highlights and a rocky highly active wheat crown that settles to a thin half finger of foam. Loose soapy lacing; decent retention.

Oxidation is noted in nose, though this comes across more as aged fruit and brandy than wet cardboard and the like...despite hints of berries and very light roast coffee, the beer smells a bit, for lack of a better term, "sweaty."

Tart palate entry with lots of fruit and a fast roasty dry finish. Nutty and bright. Though I prefer more modern incarnations of this ale style, the gentle sourness isn't necessarily out of place in a historical re-creation. Improves a bit once given a chance to breath. An interesting flavor profile that grows on you if you set aside your expectations and put yourself in mind of how this would have been brewed 100 years ago.

This bottle (and probably this batch) ended up a bit overcarbonated, especially for the style. You'd be forgiven for thinking this was an eccentric dark belgian ale (except for the low gravity).

A curiosity I wouldn't seek out again any time soon, though I'd probably pick up another bottle on the cheap before tying up my home-brew equipment to replicate it. Still, I have a lot of respect for Ron Pattinson, and it's evident that this ale is the result of careful craft and studious research.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewed in September 2008 bottled in October 2008

A - Well for 5 years old I still get a 1/4 inch of head that recedes to a mild mocha lace ring. Color is a very clear dark brown with no sediment (which is nice)
S - Mild sour cherry notes with some chalky roast and a touch of chocolate. Doesn't smell too oxidized.
T - Well obviously you get a shit ton of cardboard out of this like licking a box but soft flavors of roasted malts and faint cocoa powder. Far from terrible but far beyond it's prime.
M - Light to medium whatever ABV has been aged out. Now it's kind of like flat Guinness.

Overall I picked this up for 5 bucks at the "House of 1,000 beers" and was intrigued by the low bottle count (bottle 260 out of 450) I guess this beer is a pretty good example of an English porter but I have to disagree that it will age for 5 years. Most porters of this ABV start to fall off after 2 years. Still after 5 it's far from terrible.

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Photo of Dope
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled March 13th, 2009. 4 years old. Uh oh.

A: Medium/dark brown pour. Big light, fluffy, effervescent light brown head. Fizzy head fades fairly slowly. Almost zero lacing.

S: Acetone and sherry. Cardboard boxes.

T: Mild roasted malt, a little smoky. Very plain and bland. Oxidation isn't as bad as the aroma but everything tastes very cardboardy, especially in the aftertaste.

M: Light/medium bodied.

O: A pretty plain and boring porter. It's pretty unoffensive and smooth but there's not a whole lot of flavor here. Very mellow. Age has not improved it all either with the obvious oxidation. Alas.

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Photo of beergoot
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewed 17 february 2011
Bottled 22 march 2011
Bottle # 1016 1182

Cork immediately popped off the bottle upon loosening the wire cage. Luckily, there was only minor loss of beer...

Light brown body topped with a thick, chunky head. Fair roasted malt aroma backed with a slight sourness. Taste is much like the aroma but with dark malt flavors slightly dominating; fair bitterness at the finish; lightly burnt toast. Light-bodied feel; semi-dry finish.

An okay porter. Too bad it's not clear what the brewer's were aiming for with this beer style-wise. Seems a bit lightweight compared to more modern porters, yet there is nothing really mentioned on the bottle or the brewery web site about the original recipe other than it was was found " in some old obscure building in London". An interesting find for the curious...

Late note: July 05th, 2014

Had another bottle: Brewed 10 February 2009, bottled March 13 2009, bottle # 135, ABV 5.3%, Kent Golding hops for bittering and final hop addition (per the bottle's label)...

Pretty much the same observations and notes from above. I might give the 'Mouthfeel' a 3.5 bump, but otherwise a solid 3.5 overall. Slightly cocoa flavored, a tad sour, smooth and tasty although far from being stunning. Worth trying if only for it's different take on most modern day porter styles...

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Photo of Bung
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750. A very dark brown with a billowy cream head. Not a gusher, but looks like a high level of carbonation. Lasted quite a while.

Aroma, earthy, molasses and some slightly tart milk chocolate.

Taste, More roast malt, peaty. An earthy yeastiness. Chocolate, a light red fruit note. Slight coffee and more cocoa finish. All these things are masked by an over abundance of carbonation...

The carbonation causes this to fill the mouth, but really hides some nice flavors I think. Comes off a bit thin and watery also because of this. Abv is low enough to drink a bunch, but the carbonation and price eliminate the desire. Still not sure why the northern euros like to carb everything like its a Saison.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle number 611. a really nice porter. pours deep dark brown, like chocolate fudge. good tan bubbly head on top. smells like milk chocolate and really roasty malts. flavor has some definite chocolate notes going on, as well as a much lighter malt profile than the appearance would indicate. this is a very smooth beer, velvet mouthfeel and a medium to full body. not as complex and interesting as i had hopped, but this was an excellent porter quite different from what i expected. was nice as an after dinner drink, but for the price i likely will not buy this one again.

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Photo of kmatlack
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 C&C bottle. No bottle date, bottle number 253 out of 450.

A- Pours a dark brown with a surprisingly attractive caramel colored head. Head sticks around for the duration of the beer. Kinda creamy looking with dark spots from the yeast. Little bit of lacing on the glass.

S- Awesome aromas of dark roasted malts, hazelnuts, fresh baked bread. A little dull but this isnt really an in your face style of brew.

T- Follows the nose, you get alot more coffee in the taste. It is not very sweet on the tongue, which is good. You are left with a really good aftertaste that reminded me of biscuits.

M- Not really that thick, a little bit slick, good on the carbonation.

O- Have not had a whole lot of beers in this style but i rather enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gushes like every de Molen beer. Moussy taupe head over cola, in both fizz and color, body. Mocha, nut, cherry stones and earth on the nose.
Acidic brown malts, some milk chocolate, soil, and some EKG prickly spice to finish.
Nutty brown malt finish and lean tingly linger. Light-medium, crisp, dry, fizzy.

Brown malts rule here, which is historically accurate, I think. But this is fizzier and lighter than I expected. That and the overflow make me think this is over attenuated.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 3/13/09. Reviewed from notes.

The initial pour is cola black with a huge, light tan head of very tight bubbles. When held up to the light, the body of the beer looks more like a deep ruby barely translucent around the edges. Big soapy bubbles cling to the glass.

The aroma is not terribly pleasant, though not unexpected given the age of this bottle. Tart cherries and an almost pungent sourness dominate the nose. There's a bread-like character to the smell as well. Not much malt here.

The taste is far better than the smell led me to expect. Again, those tart cherries are very forward, but it's actually pretty delicious. There's a touch of coffee in the mid-palate, and maybe a little caramel. A slight metallic twang, but nothing terribly off-putting. This is a little weak, a little watery, but for a two and a half-year old porter the taste has held up very well.

Overcarbonated and thin, the mouthfeel can't quite stand up to the flavor profile. I'd be curious to try a much fresher bottle.

An interesting experiment, and a bottle I'm happy to have purchased. I suspect that this bottle had been hanging around the store from which I purchased it for some time, slowly inching its way to the front of the pack until it ended up on the edge of a bottom shelf. Much better than I expected.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pich black with about three fingers of light/airy looking head. Retention is pretty solid. Nose exhibits some lactic sourness with some chocolate, hazelnuts, plum, raisins, a touch vinous.

Tastes of chocolate, plum, raisins, coffee, smoke, light lactic sourness. Lingering smoke/coffee.

Medium bodied, extremely well carbonated. Finishes quite dry.

Interesting. I dig it.

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Photo of HappiestCow
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

(from notes) Hooked up to the tap and got really excited to try an "original" recipe, especially from Ron Pattinson's historical stand point.

A: Poured thin offthe tap, very little foam. Body not quite totally opaque, but still quite dark.

S: Mild chocolate and coffee, Resembles the smell of a rich chocolate malt, but with a small coffee kick.

T: Hints of molasses, chocolate, and coffee. Has a unique sour finish which I really am enjoying, nothing face puckering, just enough to have a nice sour note. Portersare not my got to beer, so haven't had many, am thinking thesour finish is unique.

M: Thin, not like other porters in feel, yet it is the 'original' ...so...

D: To thin for me, butam loving the end note, making me want more, luckily there is more, so more I shall have. not to sad that this is a one-off though.

(on writing review) Can not say that I have craved this beer again, not that it was bad, just nothing real special drinking. Was a nice history lesson though.

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Photo of t0nydean
1.89/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

my second disappointment in a week...jeez

purchased a 750ml from Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, MA in Feb 2011

opened this beer to an explosive bang! that was a little alarming...poured it and the nice looking dark brown head bloomed out of the glass and onto everything...really unusual for a London Porter.

I take a sip and find that this beer is carbonated beyond what I would expect for even champagne, its like club soda. Very weird for a porter of course, it must have been bottled with an excess of sugars or an unusually hearty strain of yeast...it was undrinkable in this state, literally too fizzy to swallow.

Wanting to taste this beer because it otherwise looked and smelled promising I left it out overnight to see if the carbonation would subside, and it did not.
When I poured it out it literally filled the sink with brown fizz like baking soda and vinegar.

On to the next brew...

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Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle. Bottle 652 of 672. Bottled 3/13/2009.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is that of a basic English porter with slight twist. The first aromas I get are a lot of chocolate and coffee. I also get some roasted malt. At the end of the aroma is some tart dark fruit notes, which makes me wonder if the beer is going to be slightly sour.

The flavor is basic porter. I get a ton of roasted malt and chocolate. There is not much coffee in the flavor and no detectable hops. As I get toward the end of the glass and the beer warms up toward room temperature, I start to get a little bit of the dark fruit tartness that I got in the aroma. The tartness goes very well with the other flavors, particularly the chocolate.

Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL Poured into a Tulip

Really generous of T to bring this one out at a recent tasting. Bottled on 1 Oct, 2008 this is bottle 037 of 450, and is one of the De Molen white-label recreations.

L: Deep brown, with some nasty sediment, touch of wispy head around the edges, but just a touch.

S: Crisp and sweet out the gate, into a smokey rye middle. Fades into a nice smooth and light finish ... touch of rye lingering.

T: Tastes like it smells. Little burnt crispness in the middle, Lingering bittersweet finish. Not bad.

F: More than a touch light, and a tad under-carbonated. I know this beer has been sitting for 2 years ... but none-the-less. I've had this problem more than a bit with porters, particularly with some years on them. Bottle advertises to store in a dark cool place for up to 5 years ...

D: All in all good, if a bit underwhelming, still ... they apparently made pretty damn good beer in 1914.

Only regret here is not snagging a pic of the bottle. T has one, maybe I can snag a copy of it.

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Photo of vancurly
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprised not to see this beer already listed in the De Molen stable.

Picked up at Platinum Cellars, North Strathfield, Sydney.

Plain black-on-white label, giving me lots of information about the beer: original and final gravities, colour, bittering units, hops etc.

Mentions that this is an "Original 1914 Recipe London-Style Porter" And that it will be good for 5 years.

Brewed February 11 2009.
Bottled March 14 2009.
Bottle number 090.

a) Tan, rocky head. Very dark brown with ruby highlights when the light passes through.

s) Rich caramel and chocolate. Hint of age, with some raisins and preservd fruit coming through.

t) Significant malty-complex flavour profile. A touch of ash, and what also appears to be a slight lactic sourness. Nicely balanced bitterness.

m) Fairly light body, with a touch of astringency.

d) The flavour is quite a talking point, and the slight sourness and dryness makes this very drinkable.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky cola hue with very frothy, foamy head that looks like whipped egg-whites, bubbly around the sides and some fairly fierce bead up the glass. Lace is not very existent. Pretty damn special though, in the good sense.

Nose is quite smokey - a lot of carbon character with a meaty, plummy robustness to it. Quite roasty with a slight musty note as well. Hints of chocolate and sultanas hiding at the back, pretty nice.

Taste is quite meaty as well, fairly sour for the most part with a dark, robust, smokey flavour, hint of peat smoke and some barbecue sauce on it as well. Yeah, quite strongly flavoured, plum and espresso joining the mix on the mid. Trying to enjoy it, but the flavours really are quite challenging; a lot of sour roasty notes producing some really organic overtones that seem almost rotting at times. Decent structure, just takes some getting used to.

Quite tingly on the feel, not thick enough to absorb the carbonation. Lots of texture, I think too much actually.

Enjoyable enough beer, but very strongly flavoured. I've had far more alcoholic beers that are easier to handle and quaff than this boldness. I don't hate it, but I couldn't drink a whole lot of it.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very, very dark brown, with a slightly ruby-hued tinge to it when held to the light. Good clarity is evident. Head is a huge billowy puff of light brown candy floss, which leaves globs of foamy lacing as it collapses. Looks pretty impressive.

Big roasted, slightly tart chocolate characters on the nose, with a decent whiff of slightly acerbic booze. It has slightly too much vinous acidity to it, I'd prefer a lot more roasted and chocolate. But it's still pretty tasty.

Thin palate, with a definite hint of acidity, possibly cherries, something kirschy and slightly crisp. Mostly filled out with lots of roasted grain and a bit of dark boozy notes. There's something too thin to it though, and again that tartness is very odd.

Not quite sure what to make of this. It's not a big, roasty beer, and it definitely has some funky characters to it that seem a little off. Certainly not one of my favourite dark ales, but it's interesting enough to look at.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This porter is a bit unusual to say the least- definitely a different take (an earlier take) on the style, and while a little challenging, I enjoyed it. Poured a hazy chestnut with a swirly head. Smells of charcoal, dark fruit, licorice, and a hint of mint. Tastes very light up front, followed by a slightly chalky chocolate flavor, carob, and light charcoal and fruit notes. Overcarbonated, but smooth. Interesting.

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Photo of ADZA
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First things first i love the look of these bottles they are very simple and all about the brew bottle number 450,the champagne bottlecork pops nicely with nice carbonation but not gushing out by any means like i have heard from other mates so i think its definately had time to settle down it pours a coca cola cherry hue which leaves a creamy two finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is a mixture of aromas of coffee,oak,mocha and some dark chocolate bitterness,it has a pleasant easy light feeling mouthfeel with tastes of coffee,mocha,roasted nuts and some cherry bitterness right at the end,overall its a nice brew that is a decent example of the style and very easy to session on without being a world beater as there are better porters out there.

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Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad, very servicable. Bottle started to foam over after opening. Poured with a nice foamy froth tan head and a bit of lace. Color is a hazy medium amber with a little hazy. Aroma is malty coffee cocoa a bit roast and on the milder side. Ditto flavor; Body is ok ditto carbonation. Finish is good; easy.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I drank this from a bottle into my Orval glas.

The beer pours light for porter, a darkish brown but shows pretty light and clear held up to the light. There is a lot of carbonation, at least three full fingers of head with good retenino, not great lacing though.

The aroma is on the lighter side with german style malts, light smoke, and coffee.

The taste is watery coffee not very lasting and the feel is super light, like water again.

Not a good beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Better have plenty of towels handy if you try this bad boy - the bottle I bought fizzed like the champagne that winners of the World Series spray all over the locker room. It pours a nice dark opaque chocolate brown with a thick, if not persistent, beige head. Aroma is not promising - malty, slightly chocolaty and a bit sweet, but not strong. Flavor is malty with just a touch of mocha, not really like a porter. Texture is fairly smooth and quite fizzy. Something of a downer, but not undrinkable.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

$14.99 at Hop City. Bottle 498 of 708. Poured into a snifter. Split with my wife and served with a lovely dinner of steak, baked potato, and simple salad.

Pours a cola brown with a fizzy cola head, but I would say the analogy stops there.

Aroma of caramelized malts, cocoa, some earthy spice, tangy yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Very nice.

Taste closely follows aroma, with roasty caramel malt slightly burnt around the edges to produce a molasses-like character. Cocoa. Dark, dried fruits like raisins and prunes in the middle, followed by a yeasty tang, some anise-like herbal bite, and a smooth, semi-sweet finish. Little hop flavor or aroma except for a bit of grassiness, but there is a solid bitterness to counter the malty sweetness. Very reminscient of a dubbel.

Mouthfeel is thinnish, but with plenty of flavor. Doesn't feel watered down at all. I found that the fizzy carbonation dissapated a bit to quickly and left the last half a bit flat, but that was my only complaint.

A perfect match for my steak and a beautiful, full-flavored beer that is not over-the-top. If I had a simple bistro or grill, I would be proud to serve it as a companion pairing. Terrific little project and one that I hope Ron can repeat with other styles.

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Photo of gford217
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #208 shared by ATLBeerdog at the Brick Store.

It sounded like a champagne bottle when the top popped on this one. It pours very light for a porter, a hazy iced tea brown with a big tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves traces of lacing.

The aroma was very unique for a porter with some dry chocolate sweetness along with a sizable toasted malt backbone. There was a surprising amount of hops in the nose as well. Overall, an interesting mix of aromas that I wasn't expecting.

The taste follows the aroma with the chocolate malts forming the backbone with an initial spicy hop kick up front and a sour bitterness in the finish that seemed as much from the baker's chocolate than from the hops, but it was dry either way. Again, very unique taste.

The mouthfeel is fairly light for the style with lots of carbonation, probably a little too much for my liking.

This was certainly not what I expected when I saw this bottle. It's light for a porter but was still decent.

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Photo of Deuane
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brouweris Porter
Bottle 670 of 708. Thanks to Kramer17801 for breaking out a bottle of this.

A-Murky, deep brownish copper with a thin tan head. Head revives nicely with a bit of swirling and leaves spotty lace.

S-A rather unusual chocolate aroma that I had a hard time wrapping myself around. Interesting dark fruit aroma, fig?, that I picked up in the background. Held together well with supportive sweet roasted malt.

T-Again with that odd chocolate malt. Bitter bite of dark chocolate and a touch of spicy hops. Finishes with a dry, sour twang finish.

M-Medium-light body with decent lingering flavours and a dry finish. Feels a bit light to me for a porter.

D-Interesting "old world" representation on this classic style. Certainly not a bad brew but it doesn't quite hit the mark for me. I found some of the flavours to be "odd" and even somewhat unappealing.

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