1914 Porter | Brouwerij De Molen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 30
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of augustgarage
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
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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3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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 -18.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of beergoot
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -9.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of kmatlack
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3%
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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 47 ratings