Cantabrian (1161) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - 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! Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 26, 2014
I am delighted to have sampled this beer thanks to the generosity of Cantabrian. Bless him.
This appears as black as sin with a mocha head. The aroma is faintly salty but mostly of molasses and of darker chocolates, licorice and powdered cocoa. A taste reveals brine and thick oiliness. Have you ever tried Zouta drops - that kooky Dutch licorce that is salty and intensely salty? Yeah it’s a bit like that only not completely unpleasant like Zouta drops. There are flavours of molasses and oysters and just wow... sweet salty goodness. What a treat. Just glorious. thewolf (12801) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle, bought @ Jacobsen. Pours deep black with a medium, creamy, beige head. Aroma has chocolate, cocoa, salt, soft smoke. Low carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has chocolate, light roasted, mild salty, elegant. Very good balance. Dry cocoa and light citrus. A very balanced Stout. PapaVillum (955) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2014
75 cl, flaske, limited edition no 6970, 10,0 % ABV, købt i Husbryggeriet Jacobsens Visitors Center i Valby på den gamle Carlsberg grund, 15. juli 2014.
Sort sort Baltic Porter med flot 1 1/2 cm tyk moccafarvet skumtop, tætskummende. Ikke helt "olie" men medium i konsistens.
Aromaen er lettere røget og der er duft af tjære, kaffe, brændt malt.
Dejlig fuldendt smag af porter. Brændt, salt, bittert, sødt. Rund og fyldig. Meget vellykket balance mellem sødme og det bitter/brændte. Oveni er der den svage antydning af salt qua det tilsatte indhold af østers og salturt. Sidstnævnte to ingredienser kom dog mere til udtryk i fadversionen, som jeg smagte første gang til Ørsted Ølbars Mash Up i sommeren 2013.
Brygget ligger desuden dejligt i munden: let perlende og blødt qua et nedjusteret indhold af kuldioxid.
Eftersmagen er lang og fastholdende.
Én lang nydelse og klart den bedste øl, gutterne på Jacobsen har smidt af sig. Og nu er det ud på terrassen med resten og tænde en cerut som akkompagnement til dette bryg! Benzai (16682) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2013
Draught @ Ørsted Ølbar. Opaque pitch black color, small beige to light brown head. Aroma and taste are malts, a lot of roasted malts, dark chocolate, bitter, coffee. Very nice beer, this is what a baltic porter should be like imo. Lovely.
Skinnyviking (9719) - 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. back (2243) - Holstebro, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2013
Sort skum brun lidt
Kaffe tømme malt
Bitter lidt sød modrate
joergen (29216) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2013
Draught at Mash Up at Ørsted Ølbar.
Black coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Roasted aroma of caramel, licorice and cough drops.
Roasted flavour of licorice, caramel and smoke with notes of alcohol.
Roasted finish. saxo (19522) - 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. Rasmus40 (21988) - 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