GarrettB (1523) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
July 10th, 2010 - I’d have to look at my records, but the Olfabrikken Porter might mark my first Danish, and Scandinavian brew. This is a pity, too, because it is a part of the world I admire greatly, and I desperately want their excellence in government administration and dairy products to extend to their brewing prowess. The porter seemed a good place to start. Right from the opening of the bottle it demonstrated it’s pride and fervor - the first time I thought a beer might be made from carnivorous ingredients. Little to no head appears, allowing a deep, thick vent of aroma to hit my nose all at once. Steak. Steak steak steak. The aroma is redolent with grilled steak and seasonings, with some sweet afterthoughts too - raisin, fig and all-spice. Almost as if cognizant of its sugared vitiation, the flavor reveals that the dark fruits have been relegated entirely to the aftertaste, leaving the steak and grilled meat flavor to dominate the flavor profile. And despite the overall aroma and flavor profile, the porter isn’t oily or dark or velvety but tastes discordantly shallow - a symptom of being brewed as a porter and not a stout, no doubt. My canines are well sharpened and always prepared for a small part of animal to chew, but somewhere between the dominance of those steak flavors and the palate, I find some strange and even off putting sensations in this beer. Still, it receives my token SKALLL!
GothGargoyle (2508) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to fonefan for this in trade. Pours a pretty solid black with a chocolate brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted hazelnuts and Brazil nuts. Creamy mouthfeel, smooth on the palate with a nutty finish. Taste is dark chocolate, soy sauce, nuts, hint of coffee and dark fruits.
HenryXXX (204) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour a dark oily black with a dark beige head. The nose is cocoa powder, wood, booze, figs, hazelnuts and chocolate cake. The pallet is cocoa powder, hazelnuts, cake, bitter chocolate, a bit of a woodiness and has a smooth finish with cocoa, and bit sweet chocolate.
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Vignale (3501) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the first bottles I ever bought at Barley wine in Copenhagen in 2006. Label with a typewriter font, black on with. Very appealing. Pours black beer with a nice brown head. The aroma is sweet roasted combined with notes of caramel and hints of alcohol. A very robust, sweet, vinous and fruity porter with lots of coffee and chocolate tones as well as wood, and nuts and hints of tar. The mouthfeel is very creamy and slightly sticky. One of the beers the got me stuck.
maneliquor (3496) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Papsoe. Not sure on a vintage. It had 2005 and 2007 stickers on it but I couldn’t read anything else on the label. Nothing much to say here except that this is a damn solid porter. Great in every way and not let down at all
burg326 (5402) - Florida, USA - APR 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottel that poured a deep dark brwon color, with aromas of coffee, wood, chocolate, nuts, and some dark roast. Flavor is dry cocoa, coffee, nuts, and some wood miixed in and blended nicely. Real great beer, glad my local bar carries this one.
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great pour, very foamy, dark, smells great.
Taste- there is something missing for me, I was expecting a little more complexity, but it is still good, very bitter for a porter, strong bitterness and burnt coffee flavor. I was looking for a little more milky smoothness, it was a little rough around the edges for me but still enjoyable, misses the elite category for me though.
Aniela (4215) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At SMÖF 2011. Black beer with a brown head. Tar, licorice and chocolate aroma. Coffee, malty flavour with some bitterness.
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle at Birra+ in roma thanks Massi! Pours dark brown and black when it settles in with a small brown head. The nose is vanilla big as life. Roasted malt coffee with some chocolate. Slightly metallic. Taste is mildly bitter with a good amount of sweet to balance and a tad salty. Big bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit flat but creamy and the bite from the bitter coffee taste makes up for it. Great beer
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INDASTRIA (129) - Berlin & Rome, GERMANY - FEB 6, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2005 vintage @ Bir&Fud bottega. After almost 3 years of stalking, i can finally say: thanks a lot Mirko for giving me the opportunity to have one of my highest ISOs. Solid jet black color, big viscosity; spongy browny tall head. Very intense aroma of coffee, espresso, roasted malt, grain, milk chocolate, cocoa beans, carob. Taste of coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, vanilla, carob, just a hint of booze and a little bite of cherry, raisin (sherry alike somehow). medium to full body, hot chocolate liquid mouth feel. the bitter chocolate acts the major role in the finish giving both bitterness and sweetness. All of its components are perfectly balanced. no defects perceived, BTW I got neither hops nor herbal notes, maybe this is the only aspect lost in time. Honestly i have no clue about how good this beer was supposed to be in the 2005, or if the current batches are as good as the older ones. This bottle in in particular was still damned good, a masterpiece indeed. It remembered to me the Beer Geek as it was used to be some years ago. I’ve been picturing the moment i could have it for months, and on one snowy evening it just happened unexpectedly. that’s life brotha!