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De Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals

Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Bodegraven, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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Collaboration brew with De Molen, Närke & West Lakeview Liquors, brewed in Bodegraven in October 2, 1012. Brewed to commemorate the 25 Year Anniversary of West Lakeview Liquors 1988-2013. Label designed by Dutch artist, Arno Coenen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (1098) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle at home, 7th February 15. Pours fairly clean and dark, slightly see through. Aroma, vanilla, bourbon, molasses. Taste is sweet, vanilla, oak barrel, bourbon, candy, molasses. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olsvammel (3793) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle from a friend. Strong and complex smell with caramel, bourbon, oak and dried fruit. Similar taste. Qutie sweet which balance out the booze from the barrel. The barrel gives it a very nice complex touch with lots of oak, vanilla and bourbon. Almost no carbonation but that is a plus in my book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fombe89 (241) - Asturias, SPAIN - FEB 2, 2015
botella. @Cimmeria, Oviedo 31/01/2015. Color negro, Carbonatacion baja, Aromas a licor. cuerpo denso

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
artmcd8 (1998) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle thanks to charule. Pours a murky maroon brown. No head. Aromas of vanilla, candies dark fruits, butterscotch. Taste is sweet with a nice bourbon alcohol heat. Medium body and light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5340) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 12, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is toffee, vanilla, caramel, sugary, light fruit, taste is rich caramel, dark fruit, sweet, toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (2892) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2014
(De Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals ) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 10.6% Black coloured beer, small brown head with good retention, minimal lacing left behind. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, very appealling. Taste of bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, light wood, dark fruits. Medium thick body, soft carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowenbrau (2410) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 18, 2014
330ml bottle @Cimmeia, Oviedo. 17-12-2014.
BBD: need to check, but was in date for long.
In short: tasty barley wine?.
Pours very dark with little tan head. Short head retetnion, poor lacing. Malty, caramel, liquor, sweet honey aromas. MEdium body, flat carbonation, viscous texture. Taste is quite malty, sweet, plums, raisins, some roasty notes. Warming mouthfeel, liquor profiled. No hints of aging noticed, but still an impressive strong dark ale, verysmooth and enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerardgathier (509) - - DEC 17, 2014
Pitch black. Vanilla bourbon aroma. Taste is bourbon choco vanilla and some coffee. Full body. Lovely

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6690) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle thanks to Eric. A huge brew. Pours a dark brown color with a very small white head. A sweet bready nose, toast, candy. Really this is a lot like a big sweet Doppel. Raisins, toffee, pine, huge dark bread. Sugary sweet, caramel. Damn good. Roasted/burnt caramel. This will get you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
martin00sr (1130) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2014
Murky, very dark brown. Small offwhite head. Aroma has dried fruit, alcohol, raisins and plums, leathery brown sugar. Flavour has warming alcohol, dried fruit, figs and plums. Well balanced bitterness andsherry-sweetness. Malty, boozy finish. Certainly one of the best at the Vollerup Space Race Advent Rating.

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