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Porter - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

123 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at Amager Bryghus.

(Beer added by: ADZA on 11-16-2011)
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CasanovaCummins

Nevada

2.63/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This actually would qualify as having some of the worst label art ever. Very childish and frankly, lame.

The nose is of bubbly soap. Hoppy bubbly soap. Decent head retention though. I'll credit for that. But I can't get over the smell that reminds me of those little hand soaps that you find in your Grandma's guest bathroom that would lay on top of the towels meant for guests only.

Really thin nutty hops. Not much to chew on. Leaves a strong alcoholic kick to the back of your throat. Little hints of chocolate notes on a wave of hops.

Looking at the dark color, it is not what it looks like it should be. Almost a watery Nutella taste. And I'm catching a burnt coffee bean taste like a soapy Starbucks taste.

My final impression was, Man, that was one soapy ass beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 20:16:18 | More by CasanovaCummins
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phishbone23

New York

3/5  rDev -28.2%

01-23-2013 13:56:22 | More by phishbone23
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kojevergas

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
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+

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 06:45:23 | More by kojevergas
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random846

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

09-07-2013 01:55:16 | More by random846
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

07-20-2014 07:28:12 | More by GRG1313
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MaineMike

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

01-01-2012 23:15:56 | More by MaineMike
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

02-16-2013 19:46:02 | More by justintcoons
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

01-12-2013 20:11:50 | More by spycow
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

09-30-2013 18:10:03 | More by ChicagoNick
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gford217

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a thick creamy tan head that sits on top as a 2 inch head for ages.

Aroma is very roasty ith lots of dark chocolate malts, cocoa powder and hints of espresso beans. Maybe even a hint of smoke with some light oak notes.

Taste isn't quite as robust as the aroma. There are sweet chocolate notes and roasted dark malts. There may be a little more green hops as well but the coffee and cocoa powder are more subtle.

Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly light bodied for the style, a tad watery even.

This is a nice porter but it's not quite up to the standard of the Hill Farmstead Everett I had last night. Good but not great.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 04:52:33 | More by gford217
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

06-20-2013 17:39:00 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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edwardprung

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

08-28-2012 23:09:51 | More by edwardprung
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N8DAGR8

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

01-09-2012 14:11:53 | More by N8DAGR8
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KAF

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-23-2014 01:52:31 | More by KAF
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

10-09-2012 23:28:27 | More by nickfl
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Brad007

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 01:40:28 | More by Brad007
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Murrhey

Montana

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 pt .9 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Poured an immaculate two finger mocha head of thick density. Nice dark mahogany color and fluffy lacing. Just about perfect.

S- Very chocolatey, with roast malts, brown sugar, toffee and coffee. Pleasantly complex.

T- Rich and roasty. Bitter roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. The sugar in the nose isn't as prominent here, but a definite sugar presence is rocking here.

M- Smooth with fizzy carbonation.

O- First Mikkeller beer wasn't a knockout success, but I'll be damned if this isn't a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 04:24:34 | More by Murrhey
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dakotaben

North Dakota

3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 02:23:29 | More by dakotaben
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AgentMunky

California

3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Fluffy, tan head tops a black, menacingly opaque beer.

S: Oh dear gods, this is absolutely positively stunning. My jaw hit the floor. This smells like everything I've ever wanted an imperial stout to smell like, and the closest comparison that comes to mind is Bell's Expedition Stout. More anise than fruit however, though sticky blackberry jam scent rises to the fore. Also bitterer flavours -- light coffee and deep, dry malts. Exotic chocolates and a powerful aroma make this an unbeatable nose. Calling this a porter is a bit like calling a tour bus a 'car'.

T: Hélas! Thin and sour after the exceptional flavour. I can see the porter designation more clearly here. Not weak, as much as light, with a chalky nuttiness mingling with a tart -- almost berry-like -- alcoholic sweetness. Lightly carbonated. A very interesting roasted flavour, sort of acidic. Smackworthy and worthwhile, with a bittering endtaste that lingers before melting into a distant acrid sourness (like coffee).

M: Too thin for the smell. I find myself puckering from the tartness. Not ideal.

O: An interesting, worthwhile porter. Buy one just to sniff it. Seriously. Would smell again.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 01:57:41 | More by AgentMunky
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stcules

Italy

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

Black. Light beige foam, one finger, not so creamy.
Toasted in the smell, touches of chocolate, cocoa powder and coffee. Good.
Good taste too, same notes, plus a good fresh, herbal hop. Again cocoa.
Smooth and pleasant, warming, but well hidden alcohol. Some hazelnut, too.
Toasted aftertaste, coffee, dusty. Quite long and bitter, root-like.
Well balanced, structured and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 19:11:57 | More by stcules
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Bung

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 02:54:01 | More by Bung
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rmccomas

Georgia

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 12:11:01 | More by rmccomas
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 01:42:19 | More by superspak
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 19:00:25 | More by brentk56
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 20:47:45 | More by dbrauneis
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Porter from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.