Formerly brewed at Bryggeriet Ølfabrikken (Gourmetbryggeriet - Harboe)
Style: Baltic Porter
Roskilde, Denmark


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RATINGS: 1022   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Editor’s note: Has also been brewed at Bryggeriet S.C. Fuglsang and Nøgne Ø in Grimstad, Norway
Introduced at ’Fynske Øldage’ 2005.

English: A dark and rich porter inspired by the Baltic porters traditionally made in Scandinavia. Roasted without being burned or bitter, with the flavor dominated by dried fruits and vinous notes. High amounts of residual sugars and a fruity aroma makes this beer the perfect companion for chocolate desserts, if served lightly chilled. Brewed on Maris Otter ale malt, British Brown Malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, two types of caramel malt and brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - FEB 12, 2006
Sweet nose, woody. Black color with a big spongy tan head. Chocolate malt flavors, roasted notes and a touch of tobacco. Bitter like bitter chocolate. Very dry with a lingering charcoal roastedness at the end. Silky texture, medium body. Fairly aggressive for a porter but it’s not a stout. Lots of character, well-balance and just well done. Really really enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - FEB 6, 2006
(on bottle)IAt last I get around to taste the hype; and it´s well earned. A grand brew, pitchblack and a sort-of lasting head, dark beige. has a great and not too roasted nose of Coffee, tar, toffee, molasses and a spicy hint; staranis, nutmeg? The mouthfeel is great, well balanced carbonation, smooth in the very meaning. Taste is hard roasted, yet nutty and creamy too. Finnish is also very nice, intense, but not too much. A gem of a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2006
Huge thanks to Jacob and Dixen for this treasure - you guys rock! Well - a darn fine brew. Pours a beautiful opaque black color with a beautiful hazelnutbrown big rocky head on top. Very pleasant intense toasted malt, espresso and chocolate nose. Delicious silky mouthfeel. Charcoal, tart, raosted malt in the taste. Nutmeg and bitter chocolate in the finish. Lasts forever! Very nice brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1412) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2006
Many thanks to Duff for giving the Sydney lads a chance to sample the latest rocket to burn up the RateBeer Top 50. It was a highlight among a raft of fine brews gathered to celebrate the return of the prodigal son to the Sunburnt Country. Conditions were not ideal for a wintry Scandinavian porter - a humid Sunday afternoon in Sydney with the mercury brushing 30C - but this beer would stand out in any conditions. It looked faultless: jet black with a fat, enduring head that laced magnificently. The roasty aroma showed cocoa powder, charcoal and also a faint detracting chemical taint that reminded me of bath grout. Wonderful creamy smooth mouthfeel, closer to an imperial stout than a porter (Baltics excepted). Intense espresso flavours, with a bit of barnyard and a hop kick as big as Texas in the finish. Very lactic and much more bitter than the average porter. I can see why this is rating so well on the site. (Bottle, Duff homecoming gathering)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 2, 2006
pours a dark black colour with a big brown tainted creamy foam; strong aroma of capuccino, notes of chocolate and cocoa, caramel and biscuit; full-bodied and with a very robust bitterness; long roasty aftertaste of molasses and licorice with notes of alcohol and mocha - amazingly complex and deeply impressive, a big thanks to Papsoe for this one !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2006
Bottle. Stoked to try this with the Sydney lads, made it even more special. NIce rich roasted character, mixed with a touch a of brown sugar. Touches of slight sticky soy sauce characters. Roasty, bitter, with some toasty malt characters, chocolatey. Full bodied. A fantastic full bodied porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2006
courtesy of duff at highlandlad’s. very nice porter verging on a foreign stout for my money. super-roasty, sharp burnt aroma, with some underlying butter and malt. great start. full malty sweetness to start, then drying out dramatically with a combination of rough dry bitter roast and some piney high-alpha hops. reminded me a lot of SN porter strangely enough - another stout masquerading as a porter. very tasty but not out of this world - it was up against some pretty good dark beers (southhampton, sinebrychoff, gonzo, yeti, dedolle stout, beergeekbrekky, god jul etc) and didn’t stand out particularly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2006
Handpumped@Ølbaren. Black color with a brown head. The taste is a strong dry and roasted body with notes of chocolate and coffee. Very nice and balanced notes of hops on the palate. Very nice beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Plovmand (6303) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2005
On tab at Ølbaren. Wow this one is fantastic. Deep brown almost black body with dark brown head. Aroma of dark chokolate, dark roasted malts and brown sugar. Thick in mouth but in a lovely way. Almost cocoa like. Tasting notes of coffee, chocolate, nuts and a little smoke.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Sampled 12/15/2005 from a grolsch bottle that was filled from cask in Denmark end of November. Thanks to Secret Santa! Dark clear brown body; reddish tint. No head, just some large bubbles around the edge of the glass. Aroma has chocolate, light woody vanilla, blueberry, sweet tanniny earth. Some vinous roasted flowers too. I wasn’t too fond of the aroma at first, but it really grew on me and it became quite savoring as it warmed (note that it wasn’t overly chilled when I started). Slight tanniny sour chocolate taste. Vanilla, light lactic acid, more chocolate and blueberry skins. Aged cheese burps. Flat, but not a problem here. A little dry too. A bit tart, but not overly so. Very good overall; its hard to tell what the 2-3 weeks of travel time did to it, but I’d say I got a good sample. Maybe some slight oxidation, but its still easy to pick out the delicious details. And it reallly opened up after a few minutes of concentration.

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