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Ølfabrikken Porter - Ølfabrikken

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

360 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 125
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with barley malt, roasted barley, hops, brown sugar and water.

(Beer added by: bark on 07-29-2006)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Black, understated carbonation. Good roast, a little baltic porter bad boy sourness in there. Chocolate malt, but in no way resembling the AMerican or British styles. Mediium to thick mouthfeel.A good porter, consistent with other porters I have had from Scandanavia. I think this was almost a year beyond shelf date, and sent to me without a heads up in a trade about that time.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 03:25:52 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -7.4%

12-04-2012 23:12:14 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rbald42 for hooking me up with this one.

Pours a very dark brown with a very nice tan head with a nice amount of lacing. Smell is loads of chocolate, bits of coffee, roasted malt, slight smoke, and a bit of hops. Taste is very similar with a good amount of residual sugar coming through atop the dominant chocolate flavor. Nice medium mouthfeel and good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 01:13:26 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Impenetrable ebony with one of the darkest chocolate brown heads that I've ever seen on a beer. There's no way in hell that sunlight has a chance. I can't decide which feature is more impressive, the thick creaminess of the cap or the buttery sheets of lace that stick like glue to the glass. There's no hesitation at all, this is one of the best looking storters that I've ever seen.

The nose is a thing of beauty as well. It's both menacingly dark and incredibly well-mannered. In other words, it's a wolf in (black) sheep's clothing. Each sniff delivers a tsunami of coffee with cream, chocolate-covered caramels, molasses cookies, even a puff of smoke. I can also appreciate a hint of tangy fruit that makes me wonder if it's closer to a Baltic porter than a stout. (edit: the style has since been changed.)

Olfabrikken Porter is one of the most explosively flavored *stouts* that I can remember. If this is a porter, it's the biggest, baddest, blackest porter to ever see the light of day. The flavor profile is pretty much the equivalent of the nasal profile. I will say, though, that anise is much more prominent, as is blackstrap molasses. Beers that have molasses added aren't half this molasses-like.

I've been going back and forth, trying to decide if the ultimate flavor score is warranted. It is. Each mouthful is such a sensory overload of amazing flavor that I simply have no choice. I didn't think it was possible, but the beer become even more complex and more delicious as it warms. Don't even think about drinking it at 46-50 degrees, as the brewery suggests.

The mouthfeel is immensely creamy smooth. Even though it gains viscosity and chewiness as it sits, it falls just short of perfection. In fact, the beer as a whole is so close to perfection that it's scary. I had no idea this stuff was this dangerously drinkable. Oh yeah, the 8.0% ABV is buried without a trace.

Olfabrikken Porter has blown me out of the water. It's a beer that delivers a breathtaking amount of flavor in every sip, along with a complexity that I'm barely able to get my palate around. I am humbled by the magnificence of this Danish masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 15:20:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a midnight brown color with a sturdy, dark tan head that patterns the pint glass with lacing

Smell: Roasty and dark chocolate aromas, with molasses and dark fruit

Taste: Chocolate, mint and dark fruit up front, with an interesting sour aspect appearing at mid-palate; the floral, hoppy finish blends with the chocolate to provide a satisfyingly complex result

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A real treat; love the strong roasty aspect that is just a prelude to a variety of interesting elements that make up this unique taste profile

Thanks, JAYBLACK, for the opportunity to revisit at the start of 2013 - still drinking nicely after all these years even though it is no longer at the top of its game

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 23:22:18 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had been hunting this one down for a while now, and little did I know they had it up at Brusin ales in Asheville this whole time! Needless to say I made my way up there as quick as I could to take advantage of the this situation. Well last night I decided the time was right to give this one a whirl. Poured out an extremely thick looking inky black liquid, had an oil like flow to it on the pour. A large tan colored head rose up over it to a height of maybe two inches before finally settling down to a half inch layer across the top that left behind copious amounts of side glass lace that dripped and streaked down the side of the glass. Very nice looking, and almost had the look of an RIS.

The aroma was huge now as well, rich chocolate and vanilla notes just ripping through the air to get to me, it was big, and I knew this right away. Slight touch of oaken alcohol on the smell now mixing in, but overall it was still very sweet smelling. Lots of lactose now with hints of roasted malts and still lots of vanilla and coffee as well, this was very big now for a porter. The flavor did not disappoint. What really stood out for me was how smooth this one was, really coming together very well, and overpowering with flavor but at the same time still remaining remarkably smooth and consistent, really just the picture of smoothness. Huge flavors were all over this one. Lots of coffee and chocolate tones, with hints of dark fruits underneath. Some raisins and spices really coming through quite clearly now as well, pushing the limits of the style to a whole new level. Nice sugary caramel like flow as well coming through. Hints of alcohol underneath, but not too terribly strong, just enough to bring out the flavor very nicely. The finish was very strong, really superb coffee, bitter, slight muddy grass like hops pulling you away with a lasting taste of raisin soaked run like alcohol. Quite nice. This was an ideal sipper, really pulling everything together in a fantastic package. I was really quite impressed by it.



Overall, this deserves its reputation, as it is simply outstanding for the style and really pushes the limits of what can be done with full flavors. I would highly recommend giving this one a shot; it deserves it, now off to buy more!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 01:20:43 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-14-2011 16:53:38 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a small off-white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of coffee is dominant with a good presence of roasted malt. Taste is a mix between medium coffee notes some slightly bitter roasted malt and a vegetable element at the end that didn’t agree with my taste. Body is a bit thin with an oily texture and low carbonation, which fits well for the style. I really don’t get why this is rated so high and I really didn’t pick-up any vinous notes or dried fruits.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 20:27:46 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy cow what a good Porter! The nonchalant bottle says it all: a Baltic Porter with slight smoky, vinous notes from brown sugar, leading to a long, rich finish dominated by chocolate, licorice, and coffee flavors from a special blend of roasted malts. Well, lets see about all that...

The beer opens promising enough with a viscous and volumptuous pour of opaque dark brown color, creamy carbonation that relinquishes a froathy head that rises above the beverage with confidence and withstanding. A lot of lacing/legging shows on the glass during the session. This is one promising beer.

Strong aromas of caramelized malts, toasted chocolates, and a moderate yet pungent hit of smokiness and woodiness rises in the mix and tantilized the nose. Getting past the campfire and chocolates, the beer does show those fruit notes of dates, grapes, anise, plumbs, figs, and rum. Quite appealing and mouthwatering.

Flavors do not disappoint. A nice swirl of chocolate, caramel, and malt sweetness swirl at first; picking up a lot of variety in this order: toast, licorice, rum, soy sauce (smoky), and piney hops last. The beer reveals a new flavor in every sip-- this is a great display of complexity and control.

Textures are even more malty than the flavors and aromas reveal. This is what separates the few great Porters from the hundreds of good ones. The maltiness could be cut with a knife. As the beer fills the mouth with an expansive, rich chocolatey note, the hops, alcohol, and attenuation begin to work to make the beer easily digestible. Thinning into a malty, moderate body the beer begins to settle into a longer cocoa and coffee finish.

The hour I sat with this bomber was a pleasure. I'll happily do this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 03:25:53 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to imperialking for sending a bottle of this my way! Shared yesterday at a tasting.

A: The pour is nearly black with an initially fluffy tan head which dies down to a nice layer on top of the beer.

S: The nose has some excellent roasted malt and coffee aromas which go along nicely with some molasses, dark chocolate, and perhaps even a touch of dark fruit.

T: The flavor offers up a nice contrast of mildly sweet and bitter chocolate along with coffee, roasted malt, and then some more roast for good measure.

M: The body is medium to full with a fairly low level of carbonation and a bitterness on the finish.

D: An excellent porter and very representative of its style. I'm glad to have tried this one and would definitely do so again.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 19:33:41 | More by womencantsail
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque, black body with a medium, dark tan-colored had.

Smell: Well, whaddya know? A wonderfully expressive aroma. Finally! Dark malts galore, with chocolate squares, espresso, and even some breadcrusts.

Taste: Not much to report, really, its all there, and so complex, too. Sweet caramel and vanilla with rich, exquisite dark chocolate. A demitasse of expertly pulled espresso. All at once, its smokey, creamy, sweet, and roasty. Nice roasty finish with only the very mildest hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but very full and creamy. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: I proudly proclaim this to be a sensational porter!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 22:04:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.4%

01-19-2012 04:50:27 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Its great to see the northern European countries newer craft breweries wares showing up now in the states like Nogne and this one,this poured a near opaque black into a Guinness pint glass with a thin but well retained mocha colored head atop.Full and complex aromas complex to the hilt smokey burnt notes along with some cocoa, dark roast coffee and sweet caramel just well rounded with everything being well represented.Big and roasty up front on the palate with a hint of smoke,an underlying caramel sweetness sticks thruout finishing with a unsweetened chocolate trace that lingers for a bit.Wow this is nice it has everything,robust roastiness,caramel sweetness,chocolate,and smoke a real gem of a Baltic porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 23:14:20 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Big thanks to stevglad and the N00b BIF for this bottle.

A world-class baltic porter? Get some! It pours a straight black-brown capped by a bit more than a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, and a secondary blast of milk chocolate (almost chocolate milk). The taste is very similar, with notes of bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, maple syrup, brown sugar-cinnamon, a touch of burnt biscuits, and a single waft of smoke. The body is a nice, steady medium, with a light carbonation and an extremely silky and creamy feel. Overall, I'd say the understated hype for this Danish beauty is more than deserved. Very tasty and very drinkable. Once again, get some!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 06:34:41 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

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

Pours a jet-black with a billowing four fingers of milk-chocolate brown foam. Sticky bits of lace cling randomly to rim.

Plum and roasty malt dominate the aroma.

Taste is solid and roasty, elements of chocolate, coffee, plum, almond, earthy malt and slight bitter twinge of mellow hops (Palisade, Columbus, Saaz). Residual smoky, caramel tones linger long after sipping. A slight metallic note was present when the bottle was first opened, but seems to have subsided as it warmed from cellar to room temperature.

Smooth, creamy, chocolaty mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink, it caresses the palate.

A very well-crafted Baltic Porter...it flirts with becoming an Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 01:41:25 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a two-finger, light brown head of fluffy/pillowy foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very roasty with loads of chocolate and some boozy alcohol. It also had a floral hop presence.

T - This brew has a great blend of sweet chocolate and a bitter coffee-like flavor. There is a subtle boozy flavor.

M - For a brew that checks in a 7.5% the mouthfeel actually seemed a little thin. It was fairly crisp and sharp, though.

D - Despite the mouthfeel, this is still a great tasting brew. Really a fabulous Baltic Porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 21:43:12 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +10%

11-29-2011 03:40:28 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

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

Appearance - Dark, opaque brown with a quarter-inch of caramel-colored head.

Smell - Coffee with cream, chocolate and raw barley.

Taste & mouthfeel - Full-bodied, sweeter than the average porter. Very milky with a mild roastiness and pronounced flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. Lightly carbonated. Pretty gentle stuff; more creamy and sweet than bitter. Tastes a bit under-attenuated.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 23:48:14 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-10-2013 22:54:41 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Jet black body with no light showing through and a two and a half finger, very dark brown head. The head settles quite slowly and leaves a thin ring of lace just above the surface of the beer.

S - Dark roasted grain aroma with lots of chocolate. Slightly nutty with notes of licorice and anise. Some minor fruity, port like aromas as well.

T - Coffee flavors and malt bitterness up front, with spicy character and just a hint of hops. Earthy notes of chicory and anise with black pepper. The flavor transitions into very, very dark chocolate in the middle and the finish is long and roasted, with the distinct character of chocolate covered coffee beans and strong, lingering alcoholic warmth.

M - Thick, oily body, slightly low carbonation, and a bit of sweetness in the finish.

D - Definitely a sipper. The dark grains and the odd spiciness increases the perception of dryness and reinforces the coffee notes. Reminds me in many ways of Oscar Blues Ten Fidy. Overall, a reasonably complex and interesting beer, though the roast character was a bit over the top for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 06:30:00 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Acquired from DrJay courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a very thin brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin but even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very rich and contains dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, black coffee and a slight touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little creamy with strong, bitter-sweet flavors of espresso and dark chocolate. Those rich flavors have a nice coating effect on your throat as you swallow. There's a very mild hops presence as you would expect. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, a little filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice extra-strength porter and is definitely a sipper rather than a pounder. While I couldn't see myself drinking more than two bottles at the very most, this beer is a great one to just sit and relax with.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 04:17:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black like molasses. Even on the way out of the bottle it seems to come slow and thicker. Dark tan head slowly forms well after the pouring is done. The bubbles take time to form and then take even more time getting to the top of the liquid to form head. Nose is slight dust, tar, and molasses. Just slight amounts though. Flavor is massive malts with a very slight chocolate influence. Thick, strong, but smooth. Break out the knife and fork, baby. Feel is very thick liquid, but still holds a bit of a not so syrup like feel. The carbonation is actually a bit higher than one might expect, well higher than I did. But still it seems a bit restricted, as if there is so much going on that it just can't be stronger than those dominating features. This is a heavy hitter. Something to take a swig of and ponder. Come with respect to this one, or don't bother coming at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 17:47:37 | More by RblWthACoz
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

10-20-2012 06:45:53 | More by MasterSki
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid brown, dark as they get, with a roasted tan head on top. Promising look.

Huge roast in the nose, rich chocolate, caramel, molasses, licorice, vast and vastly appealing...very much in line with an Imperial / Baltic Porter / Stout.

Big in the mouth, and instantly swelling with this rich, chocolate-y flavor, made dense and delicious. A touch sweet, then dry, then this, then that. Interesting graph on the label, actually, one I've never seen anywhere else. Five squares, from light to robust, filled up to #4. Then, 5 squares, from mild to bitter, filled to #3. Finally, from dry to sweet, all the way to #5. I'd agree with them all except #3...it's a big, malty thing, and tasty, but not the ultimate degree of sweetness.
Wait, ...maybe it is, actually...
It is as sweet as I like an Imperial Stout/Porter and maybe as bitter, too, but not quite as rich and full, we could go a little further, I think. **cough! ahem** DArkness!
If nothing else, and that's a big IF, for a beer this good, this is definitely the best Danish beer I've ever had. And the most expensive. But, ...worth it? (I paid about $7 for the bottle.) I'm leaning on "yes".
Sweet, yes, robust, yes, and richly rewarding. Dang, this is good stuff.
Thumbs up all the way!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 09:58:00 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent jet black with 2 fingers of caramel/mocha colored head. Some floaties down at the bottom, whoops! This reminds me of old motor oil, average lacing & minimal lacing

S: Iron, chocolate, oaky notes & sherry

T: Iron, licorice, roasted grain, & sweet chocolate up front. A bit of boozey warmth, oaky dryness, raisins, walnuts & more iron as this warms. Finishes with baker's chocolate, rum & sherry notes, cherry, vanilla & molasses

MF: Oily, silky & chewy with pretty nice carbonation

Drinks great for the abv, a very nice Baltic porter, a bit pricey at $ 8 a pint but damn tasty

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 05:44:55 | More by russpowell
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