VertBaconStrips (2088) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - 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 (4244) - 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 (4121) - 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 (9149) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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 (9421) - 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 (8210) - 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).
visionthing (2813) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle from Vinmonopolet, Vika. Pours very dark brown with a small tanned head. Aroma of roasted malt with chocolate and caramel and hints of hops, coffee and smoke. Quite sweet and malty with caramel and roasty notes. Finishes slighty dry with some bitterness. A tad to sweet for my taste, but still pleasant.
esp0r (2008) - NORWAY - SEP 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home
Pours dark, black in glass, tanned head. (Small head for a de Molen) Smells of hops, roasted malts, hints of coffee and grass. Light to moderate sweet, quite dry, roasty with some coffee. Moderate bitter, some earth and coffee. A quite nice schwarz wit a cool back story. Not the most innovative or challenging schwar, but highly drinkable, it’s good beer material
PhillyCraft (3333) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, pours a dark black with off white, thick, soapy head, full sheets of lacing. Aromas of roast, bread, coffee, and some licorice. Taste is bread, caramel, chocolate, spice, sticky sweet malts, mollases. Palate is a little sticky at first but finishes with a refreshing lager flavor. Aftertaste is nuts, and roasted malts. Pretty solid.
dutchtuga (143) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Again a fantastic De Molen beer! It has all the rich flavours from a good stout, but still manages to be a very friendly and refreshing beer to drink. Nice soft touches of chocolate, caramel and coffee.