stravale (2579) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Nina’s Mini Mart, Edinburgh
Black..slight ruby edges...tan head that dissipates to thin layer
Aroma - roasted malts...deep roast...bit of smoke...burnt crust...woody...some bitter hops in background...bit of dark chocolate...savoury bit meaty...ashy...quite complex
Taste - as above...lots of roast...bit of sweet dark malts to counterblaance...bit sooty....rather complex...powerful flavour for 5.1%
Palate - soft carb...thin to medium body....mouthcoating burnt crust with underlying sweet dark malts and bitter hops...bit acidic tang. Finish as main flavour...long lingering dryish burnt crust and rich woody dark malts - but not too much.
Overall - Complex flavour and aroma for the abv. Interesting, a good brew - 1 bottle is just the right amount though
CamdenD (1123) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate is understated. Poured extremely flat and tastes undercarbonated, leaving the palate a bit underwhelming. Otherwise this is a very nice beer and quite drinkable at 5.1.
Grima (2212) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - FEB 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer in the glass is very dark brown, almost black, with a fine creamy head. It smells strongly coffee, with plenty of roasted malt, peat, toffee and chocolate. Starts with a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, lots aromas of roasted coffee, with some caramel in the background, overall very sweet. The middle part shows a lot of burnt malts, combined with sweet chocolate and coffee. In the finish properly roasted malty, again with burnt malts and a slight berry-hoppy note. Awesome Porter!
Storm_Warning (82) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Currently drinking while typing. After being poured you will smell a reasonable aroma in this brew, not a massive collision of screaming scents like other De Molen beers. Primarily you can smell burnt malts, herb like hops, soy sauce, coffee, burnt sugar, roasted nuts and liquorice. The appearance is fantastic! Dark moody black colour with a slight hint of reddish brown light glow around the edges of the glass but with one absolutely incredible beige head of tight wound long lasting foaminess which is creamy and leaves nice lacing. Great flavours in this too, clean sharp dose of flavour which instantly mellows into a lengthy after flavour. Tastes of smokey and burnt malts, yeast, dark hops with a herb edge, coffee, liquorice, vanilla and a long lasting but subtle aftertaste of bitterness, malts and cereals. Medium body and feel with an over done carbonation which doesn’t suit the beer well and nulls some of the tastes slightly. Good brew definitely, not one of the better De Molens out there but certainly doesn’t cast a shadow over their name! Mainly too carbonated, other than that go try one!
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 33cl. Pitch black with a small bubbly beige head. Vanilla, dark chocolate, mocha and figs showing up in the nose. Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Remarkably smooth. Lovely earthy hop profile. Good bitterness. Nice malt back. Dry minty finish which is reminiscent of vanilla, oak, chocolate and walnuts. Deeply delicious.
teddybeer (2933) - Madrid, SPAIN - FEB 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle. Black colour with a frothy and creamy tan head. Perfect lasting and nice lacing. Aroma is to dark coffee and black chocolate, slightly sweet. Flavous has notes of expresso, black chocolate, strong to licorice, moderate bittery with a final to burnt malts and with a moderate duration. Carbonation is medium. Body is medium to high. Texture is oily.
TheMuzz (6) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Almost no head, dark red body. Powerful aroma of all things dark and toasted. Delicious, bitter with oaty and coffee flavours. Quite strong alcohol note for it’s strength, quite thin perhaps. Nice though, and despite absence of head, had good fizz.
ysusi (19) - Mexico, MEXICO - JAN 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml Bottle. Reddish brown with almost no head. Cocoa aromas explode as soon as you open it. Some sweet notes in mouth, followed by coffee bitterness, some cereal sensation, dryness and lightly spicy hopped finish. Nicely carbonated even with the first impression of no head. Wonderful porter. One of my new favorites on the style.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Reddish black pour, thin off-white film. Big dark chocolate, oat flavour, bizarrely something red fruits too. Lavender?! Not bad, just interesting. Very slight sweetness on the palate, followed by spicy tang and big weetabix/oat dryness. Spicy, bone-dry hop finish. Interesting.
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with almost zero head. Dry nose with hints of black coffee and spice. Again, dry is the word for the flavours, real roasty, grainy oatiness and a hint of something really unusual (lavender maybe?). Very drinkable, surprisingly unusual.