Midtfyns / De Molen X Porter
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Midtfyns / De Molen X PorterMidtfyns / De Molen X Porter
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Style:
Baltic Porter
Ranked #102
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,696
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 8.59%
Reviews:
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Midtfyns / De Molen X PorterMidtfyns / De Molen X Porter
Notes: Brewed in collaboration with Dutch brewery De Molen.
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Reviews by Asgeirr:
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4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dense and opaque bistre/dark brown colour along with a tall, frothy crown of a russet brown tone, it slowly dissipates as some carbonation makes itself visible through the otherwise so dense wall of liquid darkness that makes up this beer.

Smell: A forefront of licorice and molasses in a combination that makes one think about -- surprise sweet licorice! Furthermore, and deeper in, some dried figs och plums along with a touch of charcoal, ashes and roasted malt do appear along with what might be a hint of juniper and pine. Finally, a tad of freshness a la grape. It's buried way in, but it's in there I tells ya!

Taste: Sweet Louise with a slice o' cheese, this was more balt-malt than one could expect in a single bottle. Upfront smoke character, really charcoal like. Thereafter an almost sour, and menthol-like flavour pops up but it's quickly put to sleep by a more fervent salmiak and tar-like taste, way more juniper than the in the smells.

Continually, a bitter cocoa -- and on a lighter note a dulce de leche (lactose caramel) -- flavour portrudes and intermixes at the end which adds a pleasant plateau of sweetness to the mix.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat low in carbonation, really full and round, not as rough or coarse of a course as one'd expect, however it carries a distinctly dry touch to the aftertaste.

Overall: On my behalf, this was a very integral beer as it really complemented the different sensory aspects with each other; carrying a diverse yet unified arsenal of flavours and scents.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle picked up from LCBO for about $6 CDN. Left to sit out for about 30-40 minutes before enjoying

Appearance - Black as night, pretty much blots out the sun. Titanic 4 finger of head yielded with a slightly aggressive pour. Massive dark tan (almost brown) head is mountainous and fluffy and lingers for a long while. Copious amount of lacing left on the glass. Formation of the head just takes off with an aggressive pour.

Smell - Big time unprocessed chocolate, black licorice and coffee scents. Faint fruit notes such as plum and raisin. Some smoke is present was well. Big nose and repeated whiffs yield an identity in the black licorice.

Taste- Massive licorice on the tip of the tongue transitioning to chocolate and fruit reminiscent of fruits covered in dark chocolate. Coffee, ash and black licorice again on the backburner. Very strong flavors overall and work together in a reasonably good manner. Fruit notes in particular are more subdued in taste than they are on the nose.

Mouthfeel - Very rich and creamy feeling, less than 1/4 into the pint, I know this beer will almost act as dinner, such is the filling nature of this porter. Quite smooth, aided by medium / low carbonation with a medium finish.The beer is quite heavy is a one beer per sitting type of beer.

Overall - Very glad I tried it since it was unique and quite tasty, and warmed me on this cold wet October day. Nonetheless for the price I can't see myself purchasing this regularly (if it were even available regularly) although was definitely worth the try. For those loving porters ,s touts and other good winter beers I recommend you pick a bottle up.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.07/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

X Porter (“XP”) is a collaboration between Midtfyns Bryghus and Brouwerij De Molen of the Netherlands. The beer comes in a brown 500 ml bottle and is 8.0% alcohol with a best before date of April 15, 2015.

XP is a beautiful looking beer, an opaque black colour with a monster 3” chocolate milk coloured head produced with a slightly aggressive pour. The head lingered for about 5 minutes before settling down into a 1/8” cap of foam leaving some modest lacing in its wake. Its aroma is of black licorice, European style dark chocolate and dark roast coffee. The taste is best described as an overpowering combination of black licorice, bitter dark chocolate, bitter dark roast coffee and smoke. The first three linger on throughout the sampling and never clear…as a result I'm struggling to finish the bottle. XP's mouth feel is rich and creamy, reinforced by a soft carbonation and full body. The beer is quite heavy and more than one per sitting would be too much. Given the strong lingering aftertastes one bottle was one too many for Bucky's taste, despite the fact that XP does have several redeeming qualities. XP sells for $5.95 per 500 ml bottle.

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beerluvr
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as night, deep brown and finely bubbled long lasting head. Opaque black in the glass, sherry and dark fruit nose. Roasty malt with background fruit flavors then hops...finishes long, roasty and malty. Very good example and very well made.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a huge dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with light coffee undertones. Taste is also dominated by some lightly sweet black chocolates notes, with light coffee and dry roasted malt notes. Body has a nice creamy texture with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed but though it was slightly lacking in character.

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bark
2.91/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The three finger head is compact and deep brown, it sinks slowly leaving some lacing. The liquid is black (75 EBC).

The smell is bitter and sweet. Strong notes of milk chocolate and cocoa. Nuts, hints of coconuts, raisins, lactose and paint. Some oxidised notes of dried fruits and strawberry jam.

The taste is bitter; the bitterness is rough and harsh. Dry burned malty notes. Some red berries and (artificial) caramel. Some nuts and dark chocolate. Medium body. The aftertaste is harsh and dry with some alcohol, roasted malts, lactose and sharp bitter flavours. The finish is dry with hints of ashes and chloride.

The carbonation is mild; the large bubbles are short-lived. The liquid is dry and a bit sticky.

The odd chemical notes and harsh bitterness spoiled much of this beer for me.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of biegaman
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

X Porter sounds like a mysterious beer and, indeed, it pours an opaque, inky black tone that surrenders not a single highlight against the light; it's a dark force if I ever seen one! Even its head is of a brownish tone, its dark lacing gives the glass a somber, bistered tone.

The aroma smells like the darkest chocolate I've ever bought or, just as accurately, a coffee pot that hasn't been cleaned in a week. It is a strong, bitter and, frankly, astringent bouquet that has notes of cream, hazelnut, black tea, and licorice root.

It's hard to tell at first whether this is the flavour of a barbecue or a bakeshop; it has a definitively roasty, mesquite-like taste but also sweeter notes of milk chocolate, coffee and pastry. Still, it may taste bitter for the first little while until one becomes accustomed.

The aftertaste is something familiar to every old Greek or Italian man; whether arguing politics or playing chess, these bitter espresso and/or Sambuca- or Ouzo-like notes are practically a right of passage in those cultures. Add a few dominoes or a deck of cards and this beer would be right at home in the streets of Athens or Roma. It's acquired yet eternal, strong yet sapid.

There's nothing sacred about definition - you can define a style how you like. In this case, De Molen and Midtfyns Bryghus have made a porter that doesn't really fit any classification; its mesquite-like roast, spicy hoppiness and dark chocolatey maltiness are an interesting combination. X Porter is a collaboration both breweries should be proud to claim as their own.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jason. I'd never heard of this beer before. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - A big tan foam settles to a thick collar and a few wisps on top, but minimal lacework. Pretty much black.

S - Smells a lot like a European stout. I'm guessing this wasn't brewed with lager yeast either. Fruity yeast, roasted malts, powdered chocolate, hints of smoke and char.

T - Roasted grains, toasted malt, lightly smokey, and not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Nice notes of licorice, dark chocolate, and espresso.

M - Smooth texture, medium body, pleasant moderate carbonation, and a dry and toasty finish with a bit of grain to it. No obvious alcohol present.

D - As with most European dark beers, I find this a touch too roasty and burnt for my tastes. That being said, it's a solidly crafted strong porter with no obvious flaws. We finished this bottle very quickly, but it wasn't a overly memorable beer.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Jeffo
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at De Molen's beer shop in Bodegraven.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.

Note: Collaboration between Midtfyns Bryghus and De Molen for the 2nd BOREFTS Festival at De Molen in Bodegraven.

APPEARANCE: Pretty thick, black pour produces a two finger, thicker, tight looking chocolate colored head with great retention. Pitch black and minimum carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and ring. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Starts out great, but need to leave some lacing to bring it over the hump.

SMELL: Roasted and charred malts with some smoky elements as well. Pure chocolate notes, some espresso, and some cocoa powder in there. Lots of toffee as well as caramel in the nose. Advertises a sweet ride.

TASTE: Sweetness confirmed. Roasted malts up front, with some dark chocolate and cocoa powder, as well as hints of espresso. Lots of caramel sweetness comes out through the middle as well. A big, bold, and long lasting aftertaste has plenty of sweet caramel, toffee, as well as some bitter chocolate for balance. Very flavorful and the booze is well hidden, but a little too sweet over the long haul for me.

PALATE: Full, heavy body with lower end carbonation. Heavy and creamy on the palate, goes down fine but finishes slightly too mouth-coating. Though not cloying, it's a little too sticky for top honors.

OVERALL: A pretty good brew overall. It was a little on the sweet side for me, which hurt it's drinkability somewhat, but nevertheless, this was a big, flavorful porter that I'm glad I had the chance to try before it dried up. Good collaboration guys. Cheers!

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Photo of ludachris
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Two fingers of dense and creamy tan coloured head sits on top of its jet black body. As it slowly recedes, thick stripes of lace stick to the glass. This is a big looking porter.

Syrupy raisins and dates lie at its core. Sweet chocolate encases them, giving the impression of Glossetes. The roasted barley character has a smoky edge to it. This rounds it out and gives it some more depth but the sticky dark fruits are the ones that steal the show.

Soft vanilla comes in the picture now, running parallel to the sweet dark chocolate that is present from beginning to end. Its roastiness isn't nearly as pronounced as its sweetness but carries with it a bit of a twang and adds a touch of dryness to the finish. Similar to the nose, the raisins and dates lie at the center. They're a bit syrupy and their sweetness matches the chocolate quality of the beer. As it warms, a quick flash of sweet alcohol grazes the tongue in the finish.

This Porter is quite clean with every flavour well integrated and well rounded. Its body is medium to full with a creamy backing. There's a touch of dryness in the finish but it doesn't change much from the beginning.

I thoroughly enjoyed this Porter from beginning to end. It wasn't too heavy but it packed lots of flavour. More than anything, I was surprised with how clean it came off. Another winner from the Netherlands.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 12/10/13, cheers Liam for sending the bottle

A the darkest brown with a deep cola edge, three fingers of brown foam quickly falls to a thick film and stays there leaving lots of random lace deep down the glass

S sour plum, raisins, chocolate, coffee, faint smoke, coco powder, hint of licorice, and maybe just a little cherry and tobacco

T chocolate covered fruit, sightly sour, more coffee then the nose, chocolate syrup and a little char, tasty stuff

M silky on the way in, not quite creamy, slick on the palate, sticky on the lips, well concealed booze and fruity char lingers on the finish

O well rounded stuff that I'd drink again no questions asked, great example of the style, rich and too easy to drink

About what I expected and I could have a couple more without getting board, well suited for this chilly afternoon

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours motor-oil-black with a large compact brown head that sets into some lacings.

S: Lots of sweetness; dark dried fruits galore. Roasted malt, a bit burnt almost. Rich chocolate and faint vanilla. Some coffee-notes. Liqourice.

T: Again sweet, hard roasted malts. Dark dried fruits with a vanilla twist (from oak). Strong black coffee and some dark bitter chocolate. Some bitter hops as well.

M: Long lovely dry (bone-dry, actually) bitter aftertaste - feels almost like eating cacao-powder. Body is full while carbonation is held back.

O: The best part in this beer is the bone-dry aftertaste that stays forever.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A - Poured black with two fingers of mocha head. Mild carbonation coming up to a dense and thick creamy head. No real lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Chocolate, some dark fruits, roast, leather, some alcohol.

T - Sweet with roast. Dark fruit, coffee, chocolate. Quite chocolatey up front then a slightly off or tart dark fruit note comes out. Maybe prune. Lot's of dark malt and chocolate.

M - Mild carbonation, full body, dark fruit finish that is pretty clean with a bit of dryness.

O/D - A nice beer. Complex, tasty, worth a try. Different from other examples of the style and easy to drink.

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Midtfyns / De Molen X Porter from Midtfyns Bryghus
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 52 ratings