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Ølfabrikken Porter - Ølfabrikken

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Ølfabrikken PorterØlfabrikken Porter

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

364 Ratings
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96
world-class

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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 122
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 07-29-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with barley malt, roasted barley, hops, brown sugar and water.
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Ratings: 364 | Reviews: 330
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Been looking for this one for years. And here we are chilling in my basement getting it on (sorta). Beer is dark brown and looks like a porter. I feel the earth move under my feet, etc. Seriously nice aroma and flavor. Stop! ...in the name of love, this shit is delicious. Danish roasted malt, light chocolates, vanilla, hints if cherry, prominent dark fruits. Silky smooth and wonderfully intriguing. Lovely.

Photo of woosterbill
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from 2009 or so into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. I bought this back when it was on the old Top 100, and am just now getting around to trying it. Oops.

A: Black body with clear reddish-brown highlights underneath an inch of fine tan head. Retention and lacing are pretty good for a vintage beer, but nothing spectacular.

S: Rich and intense, with tons of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, char, and earthiness. Excellent.

T: Follows the nose, but with greater complexity - bittersweet chocolate malt up front, followed by intense licorice and coffee roastiness. Some pleasant dark fruits show up toward the end, along with a hint of vanilla. Long, lingering baker's chocolate and anise on the finish. Just enough residual sweetness to avoid astringency. Terrific.

M: Excellent body for the style, with a moderate amount of soft, creamy carbonation. Great.

O: Lovely beer. I wouldn't have guessed it was more than a year old, as it's still quite vibrant. Really enjoyable.

Cheers!

Photo of brian44556
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Fantome tulip. No dating on the bottle. Picked up in 2010.

Pours an opaque black with a one-finger head. Great lacing along the sides of the glass. Aromas are rather complex. I would compare it to a smoked chocolate covered coffee bean (if they existed) in with a mixture of dark fruits and pecans. Licorice, faded coffee, and chocolate highlight the taste. This has been cellaring for a few years I think this would have been better sooner rather than later. Full bodied, a nice heavy porter with a creamy mouthful. Overall a good baltic porter. Glad I had a chance to try it (I notice it has been retired). I wish I would have drank it when I picked it up, because I don't think it benefited from the age.

Photo of joe1510
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle
$6.99
West Lakeview

Olfabrikken makes one stout porter. After glugging from the bottle to a snifter this beer appears black with no hint of light shining through. The head was a little hard to bring alive but a more aggressive pour brought about a half finger brown head with a hint of purple. The head that did form leaves some great lacing on after each drink.

The nose on this beer is without a doubt good but could stand to be a little more robust. Mil chocolate and dark berries encompass a core of moderate roasted maltiness. There's even a touch of chocolate wafting around in there somewhere. This looks very appetizing.

This beer walks the line between a Baltic porter and a big stout. There's a lot more freshly roasted coffee than I expected and I'm definitely glad it's there. The coffee adds a complexity I don't usually come across in porters and is better of because of it. The coffee just compliments the roastiness and again, like the aroma, chocolate and faint dark berries mingle in the background. This is an exceptional Baltic Porter. One of the best I've come across.

As this beer hits the tongue there's a surprising zestiness from the carbonation that quickly smoothes out becoming more full and rounded. There is a substantial feel midway through until the swallow. Not crazy about the liveliness upfront but it quickly smoothes out to become more than appropriate.

We got 10-12" of snow this morning and this just seems like an appropriate beer for an evening like tonight. Of course I'm sure this would be just as easy to sip any other night.

Olfabrikken makes an exceptional Baltic Porter. This is by far my favorite beer from the new Scandinavian revolution hitting American shores. Big flavors and good drinkability make for a world class beer.

Reviewed: 2/2/08

Photo of zac16125
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

660mL bottle into a snifter
no bottle dating

This is my 400th BA review, and #93 of the top 100 (based off the top 100 list at the time I started the quest, a little over 2 years ago. Yes, Olfabrikken Porter used to be a top 100 beer!). A huge thanks to coreyfmcdonald for sending this one over via trade. Once I found out this was no longer being brewed, there was a time when I thought I would never get to try this one and thus never finish the top 100 I set out to complete. Thanks again man.

A: Pours an absolutely jet black, without any browning on the edges even when held to light. 1 fingers width of bubbly mocha colored head dissipates down quickly. Leaves a few small patches of lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate fudge, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, dark fruits that are vinous and almost tart at times, some boozy notes. It smells like it was aged in a barrel, but I know it was not. An almost perfect nose for a baltic porter. Incredible.

T: Roasted malt, herbaceous/grassy notes, bakers chocolate, oak. Its mostly roasty and herbacous up front, with the sweet flavors coming out on the finish. I also get heavy cream, bitter black coffee, subtle dark fruits like date and fig. Flavors linger forever in the aftertaste. Excellent

M/D: Silky smooth, full bodied, not quite thick, but somewhat chewy. ABV is kept in check, and drinkability is good.

O: This is everything I look for in a Baltic Porter. Its a damn shame this has been retired, and I likely will never get to enjoy it again. This is the epitome of the style for me. Exceptional

Photo of FosterJM
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1639th Review on BA
Bottle to 20oz Nonic
22oz

Thanks to Ehammond1 for this bottle.

App- This was a deep dark brown. Like a bit of chocolate mixed with that brown crayon from a crayola box. It was a bit of a dense center with some ruby edges and sat in the glass with a rich looking app. The head was a good 2 fingers and slightly pulled apart with some good cling. A very good looking porter.

Smell- This was a nice and full aromatic porter. It started off a bit smoky with a little bit of candied chocolate sweetness and the once it got a little above 60 it became much more smooth on the nose. No booze, no grainy porter notes, just a bit more chocolate and malt. Like a beer milkshake.

Taste- A really great Porter. This opened a bit small at 1st with a bit of the flavors seemingly playing on their own. A little chocolate, a little smokey and a touch malty. Once it warmed a little passed the 60 mark it transformed into pure bliss to where I couldnt put the glass down. It was gone before I knew it. Silky smooth at points and blended well when a bit more of the chocolate come out. No trace of a normal porter hop bite either.

Mouth- Sublimely smooth and medium body. A great body on this one, with silky chocolates malts making it like a beer milk. A good carbonation level with a touch of prickly behind but more of a medium body.

Drink- I am really sad I only had 1 bottle of this one. The beer is drinking fantastic lately and cant thank E enough for this beer. Would love more! Could see why it was a Top 100 for a while.

Photo of Gregfalone
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer review ever, so ill do my best-

Serving- Poured from a 650 ml bottle marked "minst holdbar til 2007 09" into a 22oz wheat beer glass.

Appearance- Beer pours out almost syrupy and nearly black, with 1 finger of light brown head, that dissipates after a minute or two, completely disapearing 3/4 of the way through,leaving no lacing. No light shows through this beer whatsoever. Looks like used motor oil. I like used motor oil!

Aroma- Smells of roasted malts, Carmel, delicious coffee,brown sugar
and a hint of smoked meats.

Taste- This one starts off bitter, and dark fruits in the middle, but not sweet. like dates, but without sugar. It ends almost like a port wine. Slightly sweeter than the beginning, but still not "sweet". I guess it's literally bittersweet. Can slightly detect the alcohol

Mouth- Medium-heavy to heavy body, nice and thick. Perfect carbonation. Coats well, makes me want a steak.

Overall- This beer is no longer produced, and I think it is a real shame. I was lucky to spot it sitting on the shelf at my local neighborhood liqourstore. This is a very good Baltic porter, I wish I could compare it to a fresh one, but I guess that will never happen. If I ever see this again, I will most definately buy it.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris (raveskdr) for sharing this rarity that's been on my wants for a long time.

The beer pours a great very dark brown with very little head and no lacing whatsoever even with a swirl, has a very viscous look.

The smell is very well balanced, no flavors really stand out its all quite compact and delicious smelling. Like a really decadent dessert with great sweet chocolatey notes and succulent malt, almost likes milkshake. Dark fruits add in, giving it the Baltic porter character that disguises some of the roast. Very nice aroma.

The taste is very similar, and again has a very compact and smooth palate to the flavor, very refined and tight. Nice dark fruits, a little soy sauce (without being salty), slight roast, a lot less sweetness than the aroma though so it is not at all cloying but I do wish it was a little sweeter it would balance out the mid palate very nicely and propel the other flavors.

The palate is good, not as viscous as hoped almost bordering on watery but very smooth and no burn or heat from alcohol at all, a,so very little carbonation.

A very nice beer, a star in the Baltic porter style!

Photo of falloutsnow
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
No bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass

Ølfabrikken Porter is an excellent Baltic Porter, less sweet than others in the style, with a focus on roasted characters that outweigh any sweetness by a significant factor. For some, this may be not appropriate, but I found this a highly enjoyable "big" porter with plenty of robust aromas and tastes. I only wish it was more readily available (and still in production?).

Pours a tan head that is 2cm in height, composed of small and medium-sized bubbles. Leaves modest, spot-like lacing along the side of the glass as it descends. Eventually, head settles to a thin cap atop the body. Drink itself is extremely dark brown or black in color (unable to tell) that allows no light to pass through it. Unable to see any carbonation.

Aroma features strong roasted malt, chocolate malt, and coffee scents (strength in that order), with minor notes of prune-like sweetness and brown sugar. Scents are generally

Taste features strong, dominant roasted malt and coffee beans along with some vanilla, caramelized sugar, and chocolate. A flurry of rich, roasted flavors of all sorts, quite delicious.

Medium to medium-heavy bodied, with medium-level carbonation that's just enough to effervesce this slightly on the palate. Resultant mouthfeel is generally smooth, but with enough carbonation to have everything move on the palate purposefully and not feel stagnant. Closes dry, with a bit of residual stickiness.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black with a brown ring at the top. Just over a 1/4 inch mocha colored head and ok retention. The head settles to a thin collar

Smell: Lots of chocolate malt and some coffee with just a whiff of vanilla and brown sugar

Taste: Roasted malt and roasted coffee upfront with some brown sugar mid palate and finishes with a nice amount of chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body low carbonation and a silky sticky finish

Overall: Just a great beer

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a goblet

A: Pours pitch black with a finger of dense medium brown head. Retention is great. Beautiful beer.

S: Strong roasted malts dominate with molasses, smoke, and dark chocolate in the background. I also get some dark fruits in the background, but it's fairly weak. As the beer warms up, I get more and more dark fruits and molasses.

T: Upfront, I get strong dark chocolate and molasses. Interestingly, roasted malts and smokiness build strength as I take more sips. Moderate hop bitterness is present, enough to balance the beer without being overpowering.

M: Quite thick with strong carbonation.

O: A very solid Baltic Porter. Nothing overly interesting, but it's not trying to be. I very much enjoyed this.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle in an oversized tulip glass.

Pours black with a ¾ finger width of frothy milk chocolate colored head. This retains with a thin creamy ring around the edges of the glass, leaving back a cascade of spotty lacing which slowly descends down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of smoky roast, chocolate, brown sugar, and green citrus. This is strong enough feeling in the nose but unfortunately also has a strong underpinning of fusel alcohol underneath with takes a bit away from this.

The taste is quite rich and flavorful, with notes of dark smoky roast and bitter citric hops, which is balanced by a sticky sweet wall of chocolate and sugary molasses flavors. This finishes dry and bitter, with some lingering smokiness hanging on the breath after each sip. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and sits with some chewy heft in the mouth. A bit of a firm prickle runs down the center of the tongue, which adds some liveliness to the feel. Unfortunately, like the aroma, I’m just picking up too much alcohol in the body and taste of this that does add some stinging qualities that distracts a bit from the other flavors.

I had been cellaring this one for a couple of years, so I’m not sure how big of an impact this had on the beer but despite having a rather flavorful smoky and tangy character to it, this just showed too much alcohol (especially for a 8% beer) to be wholly enjoyable for me. It’s definitely intrigued me enough though to maybe track down a fresher bottle of this at some point. Even with the alcohol this is still quite good.

Photo of auroracrisis
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a snifter.

Black, small head on the pour with a ring as it is settles. Not very dense, a shade of red or brown can be seen around the edges of the body against the light.

Roast, fudge, and chocolate greet your nose with a touch of earthyness. More roast in the form of espresso and bakers chocolate lie directly behind the initial aroma. This one is all about that nice, toasty roast.

Opens with soft roasty notes of espresso and the sweet/bitter combination of the darkest fudge you can imagine. Moves further into more sweet, oily flavors of rich darker chocolates. A hint at earthyness as well on the finish.

Thin-medium on the tongue with a touch of drying. A bit oily too, and almost no carbonation.

Great roast and chocolate flavors displayed on a nice oily canvas. It's a shame this brewery went out of business, I am really liking this beer.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with medium brown head.

Smell: Really smoky and roasty nose. Has a fruity note in there too!

Taste: Smoke is heavy in this beer; its smoke notes are both meaty (like bacon) and roasty. Even finding a little bit of charcoal and earthiness in there as well from the smoke notes. Some chocolate and black licorice that add some sweetness that help to break up all the smoke dominating the beer. I also get a hint of plums and raisins. The finish and aftertaste is all smoky.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer feels like its a well made beer and the carbonation is appropriate for the style. Very drinkable baltic porter. Not boozey at all.

Overall: Really nice Batic Porter. I think that Killer Kapowski and this beer are the best Baltic Porter I have drank; but I do prefer killer kapowski. I wish this beer was just a little less smoky and just a bit sweeter. Not much else I would change.

Photo of abraxel
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted side-by-side with a few other highly-rated baltic porters.

A - Looks about the same as all the others: dark dark brown, with a finger or two of chocolatey head. This one has better head retention than the others and leaves little trails of lacing down the glass.

S - Roasty toasty chocolate, a dollop of dark fruits (grapes and prunes?), and altogether tastiness.

T - Roasty, chocolatey, slightly smoky malt; fruity esters that blend with the malt seamlessly; and a nice twinge of sourness that pulls everything together but is somehow elusive. It's an acidity that's obviously there but that I can't seem to single out or focus on. This is, basically, everything that I love about baltic porters.

M - Moderately thick and chewy. Very little alcohol to speak of.

Overall, this is fantastic. This is everything a baltic porter should be.

Photo of brew3crew
3.33/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In line at founders for CBS. Thanks Cam

A-brown boey with brown head that quickly disapates

S-little bit of smokiness but really not that much

T-smokiness and a lot of malt. Maybe a little bit if oxidation? Don't know if that's it but it tastes like it

M-medium body and smooth

O-decent beer but not my style

Photo of Urbancaver
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish tints. A nice yellowed head. Smells roasty as all get out. Lots of dark malt sweetness. Tastes malty and a bit boozy. Strong roasted characteristics. Nice thick mouthfeel. Overall quite enjoyable. Definitely a solid Baltic porter

Photo of scottfrie
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle thanks to craytonic. Pours into Anderson Valley snifter.

A: Pours black with a very dense dark brown head that took its time to recede into a thick film that left a thin network of lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet notes of coffee, chocolate and maybe marshmallows. This is very rich and a bit boozy.
T: Very rich flavors of chocolate, nuts, vanilla and coffee. Super roasted all around, rich, and potent. The finish is sweet with brown sugar and the aftertaste is very roasted and lingers forever.
M: Velvety soft mouthfeel due to a thick body, low carbonation that is ever so soft. No acidity, no bitterness, and the sweetness from the sugar is far from overpowering or cloying.
O: Rivals and maybe surpasses Smuttynose Baltic. This is one incredibly smooth and rich beer without a trace of bitterness or acidity. Very well done.

Photo of julian
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Color of the midnight sky on a moonless night...in the middle of the jungle. Thick coating of mocha colored head that lasts for awhile leaving big a bubbly layer on the surface. Beautiful.
4.5

S: Roasty, chocolatey, nutty, earthy, mild coffee aromas.
4

T&M: This is an incredible porter. Almost stout like in mouthfeel and taste. This has a rich, oily, thick feel but is also very drinkable. Amazing taste of dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, nuts, hint of dark fruit and brown sugar. Oh man, so good.
4.5/4.5

O: A 7.2% Porter that tastes like a Stout and is absolutely incredible. I love it.
4.5

Photo of aasher
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to find this one at a store that gets very little craft traffic. This one pours a medium bodied midnight black in color with chestnut highlights and a slight beige ring around the glass. It smells of sweet malts, chocolate malt, roasted malts, and bitter coffee beans. It tastes of sweet chocolate and very bitter, yet authentic coffee beans. It's pretty similar to coffee from a French press. I really like the finish, it's very "beany". It drinks light in consistency yet coats your mouth pretty well, leaving behind nice and rich coffee flavors. It's easy to drink yet still a sipper due to the complexity. Overall this is a damn fine porter, I'm glad I finally found it.

Photo of SykDoc
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this courtesy of a trade with Gonzoillini, much thanks. Poured into a tulip. It pours very dark and is opaque when held to the light. A one inch mocha colored head forms and reduces to a nice lacing.

The aroma is good with a primarily milky sweetness, some smoke, and a chocolate maltiness. Somewhat simple but good.

The taste is where it's at. Big notes of smoke, dark chocolate malts, some milky sweetness. Also roasted coffee and an interesting fruitiness that seems to include multiple tastes.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat light for a porter. Low carbonation with a smoothness that is followed by a nice dry finish. A residual bitter note also lingers.

Overall, this is an easy beer to drink due to reasonable ABV, solid flavors without destroying my palate. Very good.

Photo of Marty30
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to smokeypeat for this long time want. Poured into a Duvel tulip at 55 degrees.

A. Dark,black,no light shines through this brew. 2 finger khaki colored head. Some sticky lacing.A nice quarter inch cap remains.

S. Big smokey notes in here I got them right away. Roasted malts,bacon, dark chocolate.

T. Wow big flavor in here, Roasted malt burnt flavor. I taste bacon, Walnut,dark chocolate.Leaves a smokey aftertaste.

M. Medium feel that is velvety smooth.Coats the mouth.Good carbonation for the style.

Overall I am very impressed with this,there is tons of smoke and roasted notes ,very well put together. Must try.

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into cervoise.

A - Dark brown to lighter black. Brown edging. The head on this thing is a thing of beauty. About 2 fingers, fluffy, a deep mocha brown with darker lines through it. Excellent

S - Roast coffee and bitter chocolate. Some charcoal and wood. Slight grass and pine with a bit of grains.

T - Great tasting beer. Big espresso and bakers chocolate. A nice subdued smokiness accented by some fruit (currants, orange zest, banana (very minor though)) and caramel malt.

M - Medium, silky and smooth

O - This is an easy drinking porter. Fantastic looking beer that had huge roast and malty flavour profiles. Very good.

Photo of thagr81us
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to Rake for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured pitch black with a two finger tan head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and cream. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, brown sugar, dark chocolate, and cream. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium high carbonation (almost creamy in texture). Overall this brew amazed me if I'm honest... The mouthfeel on this one was other-worldly from what I ususally get from a Baltic Porter! The flavor was quite excellent as well and very well balanced. The aroma was also very nice and inviting to the senses. Not a lot could be said wrong about this brew at all... Really glad I got the chance to try this one as it had been on my Wants for a LONG time. An excellent example of the style!

Photo of wchollif
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thecpj for this bottle

Poured a dark brown, not black like some "baltics" I've had. The head was very nice coffee color, for that I was impressed. The nose was good malty with some banana. The flavor of this beer really shines. It's really high on roasted malts but not burnt. Caramel flavor and low perceived alcohol with light mouthfeel makes this very drinkable.

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Ølfabrikken Porter from Ølfabrikken
96 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.