Porter - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 11
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADZA on 11-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at Amager Bryghus.
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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a dark chocolate color with a tightly formed one finger deep beige head that settles into a frothy mass.A mix of chocolate,earthy roast,and fruit in the nose,a nice combo...the way an American-style porter should be.A mix of dark coffee roast and molasses-like sweetness on the palate with underlying dark fruit,alcohol, and bitter chocolate,a good mix of roast and mild sweetness.If it could be just a bit fuller in the feel the porter is off the charts,as is it's pretty damn good.

Photo of Loot
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- jet black with Ruby near edges....nice mocha head...

S- roasted and toasted malts...cocoa and a malt sweetness...hint of hops towards the end...

T - Smokey, to chocolatety, espresso notes, ends figgy, fruity. Slightly sweet and Smokey.chalky. barely shows Abv .

M- creamy.

O- GREAT. sessionable. Surprisingly light bodied. Great body smooth taste. Can't go wrong. Nothing totally insanely new with beer just a well made Porter.

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, with a simple, for Mikkeller, label, the only niggling detail being the mention of sugar in the expectedly basic ingredients list.

This beer pours a dark, shadowy abyss, broken only by a sliver of cherry cola basal highlights, with two beefy fingers of puffy, bubbly, thick chocolate milk head, which leaves a solid array of honeycomb lace around the glass as it evenly subsides. Seeexxxy!

It smells of bittersweet chalky baker's chocolate, waxy black licorice strands, lightly breaded caramel malt, a touch of more weighty toffee, coffee liqueur, ash, black musty fruit, some brighter citrus notes, and peppy leafy, herbal hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel/toffee malt, dry mocha latte, a more muddled dark, fleshy fruitiness, laid-back herbal anise, soft orange vodka notes, and softly bitter leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is average, if a bit on the low side, the body medium-full in weight, and mostly smooth, a herbal liqueur edginess taking a small nip as its pound of flesh. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, demure cafe au lait, and lingering bashed-up fruit running the table, until a final oneupmanship from the lingering bitter pine and citric hops.

A nicely boozy, in a restrained, say what? manner, chocolate and coffee on open display, and the hops, well the hops are everything you would expect for something with the 'American' prefix tacked on to the name - interfering, sure, but quite pleasingly so. The booze, on a final note, is not exactly low-key, but does its best to keep the damage to a minimum. Big, brash, and warm - a hug for when you didn't know you needed one.

Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. Sturdy black pour, nice layer of cream colored head. Sinks into the brew a bit to give that nice layered look. Laces just a bit.

Aroma, pretty earthy, some herbal/piney hops. Lesser roast and dark chocolate. Just a little hop forward for me.

Taste, earthy roast and hops. A little pine, roast, anise and chocolates mesh very well. A little tart red fruit in there. Finishes with a nice dark chocolate. The slight piney hop belch is produced from this.

Solid medium body. Carbonation is a tick higher than creamy, but it is close. Abv plenty well hidden. Normally I don't care for the hillier porters, though this is only slightly so, but this is pretty nice. Worth trying depending on the price point of Mikkeler in your area. It's a bit high here so probably a one and done for me.

Photo of jellikit
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle.
Appearance: dark black. Deep ruby when held to light. Thick, foamy, tan head.
Smell: fig. Tobacco. Sweetness.
Taste: tobacco, raisin, chocolate. Light roasted barley. A light hint of smoke.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: very good. Unlike any porter I have had. Complex and tasty.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch frothy tan head. The head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The brew smells like roasted malt, anise, molasses, dark fruit, and some coffee and chocolate. It tastes like roasted malt, anise, dark fruit (mostly grapes), molasses, nuts and coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and smooth and pretty easy to drink. I think it's a good overall porter, although I think it's fruitier than most porters I've had. I'd pick this one up again. $9.99 a bottle at Party Town.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. Just a slight trace of red is visible near the edge of the glass. It poured with a half finger high beige head.
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose. Notes of licorice also become evident as the beer warms up and eventually dominate the smell.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of roasted malt flavors along with notes of licorice.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy to drink and quite tasty porter, especially if you like the flavors of roasted malts but what a beer that is lighter in body than a stout.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml (1 pint 0.9 fl oz.) bottle, with no apparent bottled on or freshness date present. Found this at a local beer store, and having never tried it before, naturally I decided to get it. My second porter brewed by Mikkeller, the other being Mikkeller Fra Til Via (From To Via).

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours two big creamy fingers of dark mocha colored froth on top of an opaque black body. Head thins to a tan ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Smell is of old ice brewed coffee, dark chocolate, and toasted malts. A floral hop aroma in there as well, but subtle. Smells like your typical nice American porter. Maybe a hint of chocolate covered cherries as it warms. Trace amount of booze. A fairly tame, unexciting aroma.

T - Remarkably smooth and creamy, and more full-bodied than a lot of American porters, which I enjoy. Creamy iced coffee roast isn't bitter, toasted malts aren't overdone. Milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee beans, lactose. I could see this being a great breakfast beer. But my god this beer is so creamy and chocolatey and roasty, it's a thing of beauty.

M - Mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy & smooth; goes down way easy for being an 8.00% abv beer. Alcohol is very well hidden, and the carbonation is perfect.

Overall, an outstanding American porter from Mikkeller, in my humble opinion. I would definitely buy more of this if it was more readily available and not as expensive. Definitely a beer I would drink again.

Mikkeller Porter ---4.5/5

Photo of IronDjinn
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a heavy, dense, seemingly oppressive pitch black shade, nearly ominous for what it's worth. For a Porter it looks like one hell of a Stout! No dark brown here, this is light impermeable black. Quick splash of loose tan head that retreats to a ring around the top of the beer.

Toasty, roasty, nutty malt on the nose, prevalent coffee and some mild cocoa.

Toasty, roasty malt up front, molasses, soft milk chocolate, cafe au lait, with a healthy kick of herbal, citrusy hops on the finish. Toasty, nutty character lingers on into the aftertaste along with grapefruit rinds. Once it warms the alcohol warmth really starts to blossom.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller end of the spectrum, not quite as heavy or dense as the appearance hints at. Texture is somewhat sticky yet also a bit thin, while carbonation is minimal.

It works, whatever it is, this American Porter was incredibly enjoyable to drink, and was pleasantly balanced for a Mikkeller offering--everything in its place and no particular aspect trying to steal the show or overwhelm. A total winner, I hope to snap up some more.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Murphys Pint nonic glass.

A - Pours Black as Black mwith a two fingered tanned head that reduces quickly to a film.

S - Very chcolatey with toffee, caramel and a hint of expresso.

T - Nice craamy vanilla followed by dark cocoa. The finish is prolonged toffee and a little coffee.

M - Full mouthfeel and low carbonation.

O - HArd to find a better Porter than this. Its full flavoured and well balanced.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black pour with some dark brown hues. Medium to full size, frothy, bubbly, sticky, cafe colored head. Good retention leaving a nice sticky lacing.

S - Lots of milk chocolate, some dark chocolate, mocha, cream, and vainilla. Fairly sweet with a bit of a roasted bitterness to counteract that.

T - A lot of the same. Dominated by fairly sweet milk chocolate, mocha, and fudge. Some dark chocolate and cream. Roasted earthy and nutty flavors. A touch of bitterness but completely lacking any astringency. Nice caramel undertone.

M - Medium to full body. Average carbonation. Quite smooth and creamy. Nice.

D - Very easy to drink porter. A touch on the sweet side but there is definitely enough roasted flavors to balance that. Great to sip on for dessert.

Notes: Hits all the points that I want in a porter. Loads of chocolate combined with the velvety body makes this perfect for dessert. Nothing extreme or frilly; just a solid, beautiful porter.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some reddish brown highlights near the edges of the glass when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall dense creamy dark tan to mocha head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring around the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some lighter hints of anise and espresso.

T: Moderate flavors of smokey roasted malts with some light hints of iodine (or band-aid flavors). Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that linger. As the beer warms, the flavor of anise becomes more noticeable.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: The alcohol of this beer is well hidden and the complexity and intensity of the flavors and aromas really comes out as the beer warms. A very enjoyable beer to sip over a bit of time

Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Served from tap in a tumbler at Firkin.

Finishing off my Firkin night with a porter I'd had my eye on for a while back in the day (read: a year or so ago). It pours a straight black-brown topped by a finger or so of sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, mild treacle, light anise, light cocoa powder, a touch of nuttiness, and a vague sense of tobacco. The taste hits my tongue with alternation blasts of dark greens and pine resin at one moment and darkly-roasted malts, coffee, and treacle the next. Each wave overlaps with the other, precluding me from properly preparing for what might come next. Gotta say, the hops component here comes across too powerful for my tastes. The body is a staunch medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, this is just too hoppy for its own good (in my eyes, anyway). Seeing beyond the hops, though, and straining to do just that, the base porter seems pretty solid. Just sayin'.

Photo of rmccomas
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my newly acquired Ale Yeah anniversary pint glass.

A; black as my soul with a thick tan head that lingers and laces nicely.
S; mostly roasted malt and piney hops, hints of nut but not substantial
T; knocks my socks off, never was a big fan of porters, but love this brewery so had to try one. has a lot more flavor than most of the style, roasted malt and piney hops from the nose come through with a twist of nuttiness. followed the nose perfectly.
M; usually my problem with porters, theyre too thin, and this one is too, although still better than most others.
O; this is another great effort from one of the best if not the best breweries on the planet. Grab one if you can, deeee-lish!

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Translucent black in color with a 1 finger light khaki head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S - Cocoa, fragrant hops, faint smoke. Simple, yet effective.

T - Cocoa, slightly bitter hops, and black malt start the sip, roasted coffee dominates the middle, and it ends with maple charcoal and light burnt/smokiness.

M - Smooth, low-medium carbonation, full bodied.

O - Pretty drinkable porter, another wonderful beer from Mikkeller.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Almost black, but dark brown in color with lighter brown highlights on the side. Nice tan colored head. Pretty thick after a hard pour, goes away after awhile, but lacing is decent.

Smell is good, very roasty and robust enough for porter lovers. Chocolate and not quite espresso aromas, slightly oaky with a hint of vanilla. There is the tiniest bit of hop presence that tickles your nose, mostly floral.

Taste is a huge step up, very robust and again super roasty. Chocolate malt is king here. Not quite the espresso flavor as the aroma, just more like a really dark roasted coffee. I don't remember reading this being barrel aged, but there are hints of oak and vanilla as well, tastes awesome.

Mouthfeel is great. Full bodied, and a really good carbonation level. Really good balance and smooth. 8% is a little high for you're run of the mill porter, but no bite from it. Super drinkable too. Good enough so that you should share the bottle, but you could easily polish it on your own. A great beer with dessert, but totally not your average porter. Darn you Mikkeller for being so great!

Photo of crnipeter
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque, very dark brown with an inch of tan creamy head that sets at medium pace, without being prone to create much of a lacing on the sides.

Nose is roasty and toffee-ish sweet with dominant chocolate and some coffee in the background. A faint, virtually non-existent dark fruit esters round the aroma profile.

The initially sweet flavor of rich deep chocolate and some dark fruit esters segues to the coffeeish roasty dry finish featuring moderate hop bitterness enhanced by the roasted malts.

Medium-full body with fine carbonation lays soft on the tongue.

Overall, a simplistic but by no means void of anything robust porter (500 ml lacking BB indication, into tulip).

Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and entertaining label art (from 'Keith Shore') served into me Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Expectations are quite high as Mikkeller is me favourite brewery and I quite fancy the style. Mikkel's dark beers are usually always excellent (the one exception that comes to mind is Mikkeller Black). Reviewed live. No best before date.

Maybe me favourite Mikkeller label (so far).

Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Naturally, it was overpriced.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured at a 45 degree angle with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with jalapeno/pineapple pizza.

A: Pours an attractive three finger head of light tan colour, good appealing cream, great thickness, and fantastic retention - especially considering the high ABV. Good lacing. The head is creamy but not frothy or foamy. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. Looks like a pretty good porter. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Nuts, chocolate, hints of roast, cream, dark malts, some caramelization - likely of malt, and maybe toffee. A mild to moderate strength aroma. I've experienced better aromas in a porter, but this one is certainly on the upper end of the spectrum.

T: A slightly creamy open to a very light roasted barley foundation with caramelized dark malts to lend it a fuller body. Cream reemerges on the finish, but with a lesser impact. Hints of nuts, but nothing substantial. Chocolate is a background note, never coming through distinctly at any one point in the structure (even the climax). Some layering (of the dark malts) but little else complexity wise. Elements of subtlety but not quite holistic mastery. Well balanced and built, but not as experimental or bold as I'd expect from a brewery like Mikkeller. Pleasant and enjoyable. No yeast or alcohol (except perhaps as a slight warming sensation in the stomach).

Mf: Smack-your-lips impressive on the finish. Smooth and wet in classic porter fashion. Creamy, but underplayed. Surprisingly thin (in a good way) given the flavour profile it has to support. Not delicate or fragile, but lighter on the palate than many porters. Complements the flavours only generally. This could just as easily be an oatmeal stout - and might be better as one. This lack of style specificity is a bit troublesome in a nitpicky sort of way.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV - which is well-hidden for the most part. I'd certainly try this on draught, but I don't know that I'd get it otherwise. It wouldn't be much better with age on it. It's a solid porter - don't get me wrong - but Mikkeller has far better offerings, especially in the dark beer category. Fans of the style will like this, but won't love it. By all means give it a try if you find it at a respectable price, but don't expect it to be on the level of many of Mikkel's other brews. Its lack of complexity and subtlety hold it back. Mikkel should stick to stouts methinks.

Pairs with pizza okay. Not an ideal pairing by any means. Pairs poorly with spicy food as well. Chocolate or bread would both be better options.

A poor candidate for aging in my opinion.

High C+

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a nice 3 finger fairly dense tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, toast, earth, herbal, bread, caramel, tobacco, and light apple skin fruitiness. Some pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance; but the apple skins throw it off a bit. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, caramel, vanilla, coffee, cream, herbal, earth, and light char. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, coffee, cream, and light char on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors that are quite robust; with a nice malty backbone that is not cloying at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice and straightforward robust porter. Very nice robust and balanced flavors, and extremely easy to sip on. Only knock I have against it is the slightly off aromas. Very enjoyable stuff.

Photo of dakotaben
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with faint head that dissapated quickly.

S- Coffee, nutty

T- Strong, coffee, slight alcohol taste

B- Heavy, low carbonation

Overall, nice beer and I think the best from Mikkeler that I have had. It tastes good and given the strength, the alcohol is hidden nicely.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this porter in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance- The vigorous pour produces a brown sugar foam that stands at least three fingers in width. It is dense and puffy, and it has great retention. Not to mention, that when it finally does fall, it leaves huge chunks of sheet lace.

The body is dark, but has a definite slivers of brown highlights.

Smell- There are waves of dark malts and roast seeping out of the glass. The dark malts are sweet and give the impression of molasses and anise. The roast is soft and adds a little edge to the sweet aspect.

Taste- The drink starts with some of the dark malts, featuring molasses, some cocoa, and even anise. As the drink progresses, it picks up an earthy character and just the slightest touch of roasted malt.

The finish has some char, breadiness, and anise. The drink is sweet, roasty, and delicious.

Mouth feel- For a porter, it is very creamy. And because of this, the body feels to be a good medium body.

Overall- This porter smells great and has the flavors to back up what was promised in the nose. It is nice to have a porter with some complexity that does not just lean on cocoa flavor.

The introduction of syrupy, anise-like dark malts is well appreciated. I hope I am lucky enough to find this beer again some day.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Tauroe for sending this one down! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Very dark brown and opaque. Forms a thin tan creamy head and almost no visible carbonation.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, cacao, a bit creamy, and some sweet maltiness. There's elements here that remind me of amaretto as well.

T: Coffee, lactose creaminess, cacao, and a nutty (almonds? Or almost peanut butter?) flavor at the swallow. Creamy sweet with mild roasted bitterness in the hang.

M: Creamy, heavy body for style. Low carbonation sensation, and alcohol very well-hidden.

O: Wow - this was really pretty damn pleasant. Mikkeller beers are often hit or miss; but this was a hit for sure. Tasty.

Photo of Brad007
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8%? That's reassuring as this beer has been sitting in a fridge for a while.

Dark, dark brown with a thin brown head into my glass. Sweet. Love the colors.

Creamy, boozy with chocolatey overtones in the nose. Wow, this is certainly something special.

Again, boozy with cream, cocoa and licorice upfront. Somewhat thin though.

Woo boy, this one will warm your esophagus. Works better in winter but who cares?

An interesting take on the style that is more about the booze and less about actual porter character. It's just too thin to take seriously.

Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a rocky mocha head; not much lacing left behind

Smell: Mocha dominant, with hints of anise, chocolate and vanilla

Taste: Mocha from the get-go, bringing chocolate, coffee, sugar and cream flavors to the fore; by mid-palate, the beer gets a bit roasty, with some anise adding another dimension in the finish; sugary sweetness lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Although this beer has some age on it and the hops are no longer a factor, the flavors have developed very nicely, thought the sweetness makes finishing the bottle a bit of a challenge

Photo of tmzl
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: dark brown/black chocolate. A thumb high, very solid and consistent foam, brown/caramel color. Low carbonation; good lacing.

Smell: huge roasty, smokey, coffee malt notes. Hint of fresh hop fragrance, a fruity character. Subtle but charming.

Taste: big dark roasted, smokey malt middle then comes a hint of freshness from hops. There's a nice balance of roasted malt and hop flavour. This especially comes to life in the nice bitter coffee/hops aftertaste. The roasted character is not overblown. There are some hints of tart.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth/creamy, medium body. Alcohol well hidden. A nice coating, easy sipper.

Overall: Good representative of a american porter, the hop character with roasted malt make a nice balance, will pick it up again.

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93 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.