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)

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Added by Gueuzedude on 07-04-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 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 glid02
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Five Points in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy warm brown color with a two-finger light tan head. The head sticks around for quite awhile before dissipating into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. There's not much lacing.

Smells mostly of roasted malt, bready malt, and mild dark fruits. There's also a decent amount of chocolate aroma as the beer warms.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Bready/nutty flavors up front followed shortly by roasted malts. The sip ends in a good taste of chocolate with a slight dark fruit aftertaste and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit too carbonated in the beginning, but it smooths out fast.

Drinkability is good. I'm a bigger fan of the chocolate taste as the beer warms, rather than the roasted taste in the beginning, but it goes down easily whenever.

Overall this is a good porter, but I think the price is a bit steep. I'm intrigued by their RIS, but I have a hard time paying the same amount for a bomber as I would for eight Ten Fidy's. Worth a shot if you're really into English porters.

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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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two-for-two from this brewery with this very enjoyable and basically well done porter. Chocolate aroma. A tiny head, though white bubbly on dark brown. A real natural carbonation that added to mouthfeel and drinkability. Taste is a tad sour, it works.

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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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 wesley14
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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 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 yossarian14
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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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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 BDeibs
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 LambicKing
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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 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 Eziel
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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1914 Porter from Brouwerij De Molen
3.65 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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