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Brewed by Husbryggeriet Jacobsen (Carlsberg)
Style: Baltic Porter
Valby, Denmark

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Et hundrede år efter at Carlsberg´s grundlægger Carls Jacobsen donerede statuen af den Lille Havfrue til København, er der brygget en øl til at markere denne lejlighed. Mermaid Porter er tjæresort med god fylde og et skum så kraftigt, at man skulle tro selveste Vestenvinden havde blæst det op. Øllet dufter indbydende af friskbagte beskøjter, tovværk og skippers nystoppede snadde. Smagen er rig på varme, malt og lakridsagtig bitterhed. Mermaid Porter er brygget til ære for Den Lille Havfrue udført af billedhuggeren Edvard Eriksen. Det var bryggeren Carl Jacobsen som fik ideen til statuen og det var takket være hans gavmilde donation, at Den Lille Havfrue kunne præsenteres for offentligheden d. 23. august 1913. Ingredienser: brygget af bygmalt, rugmalt, havregryn, hvedemalt, rørsukker, salturt, østers, humle og gær. Flaskens indhold svarer til 5 genstande. Alkohol styrke 10%. Mermaid Porter sælges i en gaveæske med 2 x 0,75 l. øl.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10925) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2013
pitch dark, small brown head. roasted malts, caramel, bitterness, dry. flavor is roasted malts, sugar, dry, licorice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
humlelala (1035) - DENMARK - OCT 26, 2013
(75 cl bottle #4192 from the Jacobsen shop; BBD: August 23rd 2113) Pours black with big tan head that recedes quickly leaving surface film and some lace. Aroma is roasted malt with notes of tar and licorice. Creamy texture, soft carbonation, medium to full body with a long, roasted bitter finish. Flavour is somewhat remniscient of salt licorice. The alcohol is very well integrated.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
back (1329) - Holstebro, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2013
Sort skum brun lidt Kaffe tømme malt Bitter lidt sød modrate Cremet blød @f1

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (11787) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and liquorice. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. Oily. 121013

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11372) - DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle #3127. Almost black with medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, medium sweet, liquorice and medium bitter.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (14158) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, chocolate, coffee, licorice, caramel, notes of nuts and hops. Full bodied and bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StoutHead (715) - DENMARK - OCT 3, 2013
Bottle. Completely black, Poured into two glasses, which for some reason had small but differently colored heads. Not much aroma. Tastes are of roasted malt, salty soy sauce notes and lots of licorice. Medium to full body with an oily feel, and a hoppy and a boozy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13779) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2013
Draught at Ørsted Ølbar - Mash-Up Sunday. Black - offwhite head. Oiley. High malty. Fruity. Smokey. Sweetness. Nice body. Light bitterness. Chocolate. Licorice.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cantabrian (880) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 6, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 I just could not believe what my eyes were reading on the Carlsberg website: they’d come up with a Baltic Porter, but not just an ordinary Baltic Porter, which is my number 2 beer obsession. This was a Baltic Porter brewed with my number 1 beer and culinary obsession: oysters! A special edition, one hundred years after Carlsberg’s founder Carl Jacobsen donated the statue of the Little Mermaid to Copenhagen, there is now this beer brewed to mark this occasion. And if that was not enough, they were selling online a gift box with two bottles. Yeah, sure, but certainly not for export to New Zealand, right? Well, within four days the beer was arriving here at my door, in Christchurch. Was the hype too much? Would I be disappointed with this dream mermaid, a hybrid of a true “Baltic” Baltic Porter x Oyster Stout? Well, I just had to wait 4 more days to try it on Friday night. I must confess that this was a farking amazing beer experience, to the point of even making my wife jealous at the beginning, when she saw me shamelessly indulging in gratification provided by the little mermaid. And I do have to say that it is not just enthusiasm and there was a low point. The first whiff was a bit of a turn off. I get that strong coffee note, actually , the rather foul nose of caffeine after it has been through the whole length of someone’s digestive tract. As the pitch black, oily beer is poured, the aromas are expanded and one feels a bit more of an expresso with dark fruits. So the nose was the lowest point. The porter looked pretty formidable in the glass, petrol black with a nice, durable brown head. The flavour was an amazing multi-layered display of chocolates, espresso, liquorice, black currants and tar, so nicely woven together, with a tremendous amount of briny, nice and salty, the great sweet & salty taste of oysters. It’s funny that my son tried it - with no previous warning - and he liked the beer, but made a clear statement about “a certain salt water flavour”. Well, I’d expect nothing else from a mermaid. The palate is oily as the Baltic, resinous as amber sap, salty on the tongue, full-bodied and terribly seductive. Indeed this is how a Baltic Porter should be, regardless of having oysters in it or not. The ultimate icon for the style. An exhilarating drink, very stimulating, a great trigger for appetites. In the end, perhaps I should just ad that my wife was happy that this little mermaid filled me with vibrant happiness and plenty of oyster mojo after all!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skinnyviking (7231) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle at the launch at the brewery. High creamy and long lasting brown head. As expected the body is indeed pitch black. Nice and powerful roasted malt with an intense coffee aroma. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, liquorice and a bit of smoke. There is not much hops bitterness but the beer does, hoever, not appear too sweet. Alcohol lovely subdued. Very well balanced.


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