DuffMan (9538) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Dec 3 Beer Advent Calendar. Gotta say, I am VERY impressed with the quality of the breweries in this thing so far! De Molen...YES! Very dark brown pour, with a haziness that is evident as I hold the beer against the light. A nice classic schwarz profile of roast and bitter chocolate, with some subtle yeasty fruit esters thrown in for good measure. Solid.
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour. Aroma is warm and inviting with molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits. Medium bodied, almost creamy, low carbonation. Flavour is dark chocolate, coffee, as well as wet wood and some bitterness on the finish. Alcohol provides some warmth. Enjoyable.
gunnar (7859) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours almost pitch black with a big creamy tanned head. Aroma of light roasted malts, chocolate. Taste is sweet chocolate, moderate roasted barley, short bitter finish.Soft carbonated,light oily mouthfeel. Decent beer.
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,33 bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Bottled 17/11/2011. Pours black with a small brown head that leaves a nice lacing. some chocolate and roasted malt to the nose. Medium sweetness, medium bitterness and medium sourness. Some salty aftertaste. Good Schwarzbier
VertBaconStrips (2317) - Blerkablerka, NIUE - OCT 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I gotta say that I hate these de molen labels... only for the reason that the seemingly randomly organized letters in the names have no identifying quality to me. Black with a crazy amount of chunky sediment on the bottom. Smells decent enough - roasty and dry, dry wood, light fruit, coconut... stale cereal in an old box. Napalm Death is currently shredding my ear canals. Yums - light tartness shows up right before midway and tags along with the brown sugar, roast, faint bitterness on the finish, light fruit.. super tasty. Not up to making an effort with this tonight.
reebtogi (5676) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle pours a dark brown almost black color with an off-white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted grains with chocolate. Taste is a roasted grain and hoppy bitterness with a chocolate malty sweetness. Medium bodied with decent carbonation leaving a pleasant sensation on the palate. An easy drinking schwarzbier that is quite tasty and recommended.
ClubGonzo (5416) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a jet black body with a massive "De Molen style" light beige head. Nose is leather, licorice and grains with yeasty hints and nuts in the back. Taste is licorice, leather, grains and mellow nutty tones. Some bitter grass in the back. Once again, the mouthfeel suffers from De Molen’s far-too-frequent overcarbonation; fizzy, big-bubbled pops of CO2 repeatedly slashes into my palate and takes points of an otherwise nice beer. Please DM; chill with the priming sugar or whatever the hell you are doing. Please! :-S
Theydon_Bois (16850) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the Sussex Arms, Twickenham Green - 30/09/12.
Rich dark brown bordering black with a thin coffee head. Floaty bits staging their own beerlympics visible in the glass!
Malty, nutty nose a little treacle toffee.
Taste matches nose, malt forward.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Drinkable but felt a little short changed compared to the usual quality of De Molen!
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2014 330ml bottle (Queen’s Head, London) (6:4:6:4:13=3.3)
Mashy grainy aroma. Lots of husky grains in the body. Rich and full, but feels a bit sub-par for de Molen. A good "save", but you’d hope a designed beer would come out better than this accidental one.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Bierkompass.de) (7:4:6:4:13=3.4)
Pleasant grainy aroma at first, chocolatey later, even later more mashy, some bananey yeast maybe. Very dark, some ruby glints, small tan head. Very malty body, grainy and husky, a little bit nutty. Some nuttiness and marmite in the finish. Anna detects that it’s old, and sure enough, it was BB2013-11, and it’s now 2014-01. Held up well.
Rune (11120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Valkendorf. Beige bubbly head. Clear, coal coloured body. Impact of dark malts to the nose with hints of dusty hops. Liquorice malts to the fore in the flavour profile supported by grassy hops and nuts. Bittersweet malty ending. Medium bodied. Ok (hotel room, Bergen 17.09.2012).