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Midtfyns / De Molen X PorterMidtfyns / De Molen X Porter

Brewed by:
Midtfyns Bryghus

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration with Dutch brewery De Molen.

Added by Jeffo on 10-13-2010

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by DARIVA:
Photo of DARIVA
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This is a black beer with a beautiful head.

SMELL: This beer smells like chocolate and nougat.

TASTE: This beer tastes like chocolate and is slightly bitter.

MOUTH FEEL: This beer has a reasonable balance and is slightly syrupy.

OVERALL: Poor drinkable, long bitter aftertaste and a bit distinct aftertaste.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BGDrock
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: incredibly deep, dark brown, with a beautiful milk chocolate head lingering for ages with lace draping

Aroma: dark chocolate, but not too bitter; anise, but more rich and deep than you often get; touches of dark fruit, coffee; lot's going on

Taste & Mouthfeel: loads of creamy, rich espresso flavour, with chocolate coming through strong in the finish and a fine undercurrent of bitterness from the roast that actually compliments the fuller flavours and lends an almost fruity aspect - like chocolate covered cherries; smooth body makes it feel light, although maybe a touch too thin; some hints of vanilla and molasses

Overall: a truly stunning porter, with a flowing, deep river of flavour and incredibly gentle and luxurious feel

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerluvr
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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 jsnoek
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of mtomlins
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Deep, dark brown, clear at the edges. Big creamy head (2+ fingers), persistent.

S: Deep sweet malt, roasted malt, biscuits and bread; dried fruits; dark and juicy (if you can say that about a smell?).

T: A deep, rich character, dark roasted malt, bitterness and dark chocolate.

M: Medium high body, medium carbonation; thick, creamy.

O: A really nice example of a big porter. Lots of sweetness from the malts and dry bitterness from the hops and hard roasting.

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Photo of Sneevel
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MRsojourner
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an above average size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and light coffee. There is also some dark fruits and a bit of a graininess. It ends with a chocolate aftertaste with lingering bitterness from smokey/burnt notes.

Overall - An above average brew. The chocolate flavours are nice and rich and the dark fruit and smokey notes provide a nice contrast. A beer worth picking up.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ludachris
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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 rarbring
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A black brew with hints of red, dark chestnut head, no lacing but good curtains.

The smell is from sweet dried fruits, vanilla, licorice, dark roasted bread.

Tasting sweet, figs, dates, whole grain porridge, coffee beans, licorice.

Little carbonation, thick and sticky, a huge body and slightly dry.

A complex, yet rather balanced porter. A bit sweet.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Asgeirr
4.47/5  rDev +14%
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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Photo of byronic
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of jrenihan
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB April 15, 2015

Beer is black with a large tan coloured head. Good retention.

Nose contains a lot of chocolate, roasted malt. While that is very typical stout/porter, there is an additional scent that is a bit hard to place but makes this beer smell quite different. Perhaps a mix of caramel and some fruit. A very heavy and thick scent.

Taste is not as thick as the nose predicted. Bitter chocolate, roasted malt, caramel. There is a thinness to the beer that is surprising, and brings along a flavour that is hard for me to describe. I get a very slight bit of tart cherry, pretty minimal. Moderately bitter.

Full bodied, but with a notable thin, watery feel accompanying it. Doesn't really detract somehow. Low carbonation level.

Overall, quite good indeed.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bark
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
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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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
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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Midtfyns / De Molen X Porter from Midtfyns Bryghus
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 52 ratings