Einstök Ölgerđ
Brewed at Viking Ölgerd

Style: Porter
Akureyri, Iceland


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RATINGS: 610   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
With clear notes of espresso, dark chocolate and a hint of authentic Icelandic coffee, this Porter is dark and rich, offering a medium body that is robust, yet smooth on the palate and easy to drink. There’s no need to be afraid of the dark anymore.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4237) - BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2016
Icelandic porter with tan coloured, moussy, dense, ’membranous’ lacing head and very dark, hazy burgundy robe, blackish in general appearance. Rather ’animalistic’ aroma of smoked bacon, toasted rye bread, home made caramel, charcoal, strongly reduced beef broth or even gravy, some vague FFF, moist mushrooms, fermenting tree or even tobacco leaves, sharply smelling wet leather, coffee grounds, unsugared chocolate, fried egg, black olive, haemoglobin iron, faint hints of dried thyme, cigarette ashes, earthy cooked potato, dried fig and raw blackcurrant. Restrained onset of deeply meaty umami, biltong- and cured bacon-like sensations, very little to almost no sweetness, ’basic’ sourishness, salty touch of dried seaweed somewhere, softish carbo, mellow and lean mouthfeel, gliding effortlessly over the tongue and consisting of very nutty and indeed very thoroughly toasted malt bitterness evolving into a mouth-filling roasted bitterness with traits of bitter chocolate and cold black coffee (but not so much espresso), gaining a bit more bitterness in the end thanks to peppery, leafy hops, closing all the sweetness down completely - not a difficult task in this case, as there is almost no sweetness to begin with. A spicy bitterness rounds things off and the alcohol remains perfectly hidden, as should be the case for a 6% ABV beer. Dubbed a ’toasted porter’ by its creators but this is in all respects a typical ’smoked porter’, the American craft beer hybrid which began its own life since Alaskan Smoked Porter twenty years ago. In this respect, it is a fulfilling, well-equipped example of this hybrid style, albeit a bit rough on the edges; I am, however, convinced it conceals great ageing potential, as so many smoked beers do. Interesting beer for sure, but most of all: interesting to see how even a relatively ’remote’ community like the Icelanders have picked up the international craft beer revolution now. Enjoyed this - twice, in fact, thanks Jan for sharing last week’s bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
peponi (1317) - Mainz, GERMANY - MAY 27, 2016
Aroma: roasted, chrunchy bread, ashy, bitter chocolate, something like bonfire, coffee. Appearance: black color and brown head. Taste: low herbal bitterness, really roasted, bonfire, bitter chocolate, coffee, dry. Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, roasted finish. Overall: Really good porter, drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thanatosti (1425) - Culemborg, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2016
33 cl. bottle @ home, bought @ Wijnzinnig, Gendt. Pitch black with a tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Taste is medium bitter and the body is full and round. Good porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niller (1341) - Hammel, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2016
Bottle from Kvickly, Risskov. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma and taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, lots of coffee, caramel. Medium body. Creamy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Slightly bitter roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
floydslip (326) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Dark cola-colored beer with a foamy beige head. Nose of rich roasted grain, unsweetened cocoa, and coffee. Flavor is dry with a pronounced toasted grain flavor with overtones of dark chocolate and coffee. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TaxiDriver (1678) - Stadland, GERMANY - MAY 15, 2016
The aroma of roasted malt and milk chocolate, also some espresso. The small light beige head is foamy and has a normal duration. The body is black. A taste of malt, coffee, some toffee, the finish is very long and bitter. The body is medium strong to very strong, very creamy and oily with a normal carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2517) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Draft. Deep brown body with a small, frothy beige head. Aroma of roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, herbal hops, vanilla. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Lots of roast and coffee in the taste. The chocolate and nicely balanced with the bitterness. Tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nisse666 (5973) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2016
Bottle from Savure-Biere cons 2016-05-10 Göteborg AR: coffey, dull AP: dark brown, wee stouty cream coffey lid F: fizzy, dry, wee watery, espresso coffey, caramel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CrazEase (7) - Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2016 does not count
Enjoyed from bottle. Pretty good beer. Quite dark, medium body. fairly sweet. Little bit of coffee flavor. This beer is not bitter. Not from hops, not from coffee. I love hops and prefer an abundance of strong hop flavor in all my beer and this beer is far to the sweet side of flavor. For what it is is is quite good though, easy drinking and quite the treat. Would prefer more hop but still very good, not great, but yummy, cheers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gespuccian (105) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2016
Nose is coffee, cocoa, roasted malt. Pours a dark opaque brown with a finger of tan head. Taste is cocoa, coffee, some roast malt. Not overly bitter, very smooth, with a clean finish.

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