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Porter - Mikkeller ApS

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93
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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 11
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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 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 StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

this porter is the bomb, enormous body, palate coating inky dark brown viscous brew that has an almost belgian yeast character to it, albeit subtly and more up front than in the finish, but a cool twist to a brilliantly made beer. so much body, muddy in look and feel, with an inch or so of mocha colored head with wonderful retention. dry bitter roasty vibe to the grain base, a touch of rye in here too perhaps, it has that big round almost spicy element. the alcohol is hidden real well tell, this drinks a lot quicker than an 8% beer usually does. there is also this lightly toasted marshmallow thing going on towards the finish that i like a lot. i have read people that called this hoppy, i didnt think so, it seems balanced well to me, but my bottle may have some age on it and allowed the hop element to simmer some. overall though one of the better straight ahead porters i have had in recent memory.

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 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 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 JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - Three fingers of creamy mocha foam that displays great retention and copious amounts of glass-coating lace. Body is near-black, display a bit of color only when held up to direct lighting.

S - A mix of dark chocolate, roasted grains, smoke, coffee, light char, and a hint of vanilla and caramel sweetness. No discernible alcohol.

T - The is quite similar. Heavily roasted and lightly charred malts, dark chocolate, touch of espresso, and a very light touch of vanilla and caramel sweetness. Some moderate bitterness builds over time.

M - Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, slightly gritty and dry texture, with only mild stickiness in the finish. Again, minimal alcohol presence.

D - This beer almost exactly matches its utilitarian name. It's a no-frills Porter that re-affirms my belief that Mikkel can brew very good beers when he puts his mind to it. I had no problem drinking the whole 500ml bottle, and would gladly have this again.

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 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 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 afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip New Years Day 2013

A shes a dark one even the foam, not much of an edge just a thumbnail, the foam lasts a few sips and leaves a single ring of lace

S chocolate liqueur and syrup with some licorice and fudge, there's a faint hint of hard nutty toffee and a little dark fruit both fresh and dried, some of those hard coffee candies I can never remember the name of and a little molasses

T not as rich as the nose but still very nice, some char I wasn't picking up on the nose, a little more fruit and less of the many forms of chocolate the nose was pumping out

M leaning towards full with enough bubbles to give it some life, quite sticky on the lips and slick and oily in the mouth, very faint heat but considering its 8% the booze is well hidden

O very well rounded brew with no flaws I just had to bump it up a notch in the overall department, I could drink another for sure, grab one of these if you can

solid Imperial Porter from Mikkeller, worth the 8$ and almost made me feel human after a crappy day

Photo of vfgccp
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful looking porter. Deep cola pour into a solid black body. Creamy, light khaki cap of foam. Nice retention and ok lace.

S - Rye bread, dark bitter chocolate, molasses, almond, Nutella, touch of cold booze.

T - Smooth and roasty. Dark toast, dark chocolate truffles, bitter herbs, pumpernickel bread, toasted hazelnuts.

M - Medium body, spot on for the style. Smooth, creamy finish.

O - A great porter, one of the better examples of the style.

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 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 dcmchew
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black/very dark brown pour, two finger light brown head. Really great retention, lots of tracing.
Rich porter smell: nice rich roasted malts, dark chocolate, macchiato coffee, with hints of smoke, licorice, dark fruit esters and a touch of green leafy hops.
Lots of juiciness in the initial sip, zesty and quite sour, mix of oranges, figs and plums, getting covered by heavily roasted malts, very dark cooking chocolate and strong grounded coffee beans. Licorice and anise. A short burst of citrusy hops in the finish bring a nice crisp feel, but it's rapidly pushed away by ashy, charcoal roast, with a hint of smoke too. Leafy and earthy hops in the aftertaste, with the lingering burnt malts and a touch of the dark fruitiness.
Creamy body with a low carbonation, nicely hidden alcohol, great balance of roasted malts and bitter hops from start to finish (and after).
Very drinkable and tasty porter, though some people would find the sourness off-putting. It worked for me though.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, warm sable just a hair above black with a very thick and rather persistent tan head. Strong, smoky aroma has notes of roast coffee, licorice and semi-sweet chocolate. Bold flavor has a smoky overtone and includes coffee, licorice and chocolate tones plus a bitter hoppy note and more than a hint of sweetness. Full-bodied texture is smooth and quite fizzy, leaving a smoky, chocolaty finish. If this is not the best porter I have ever had, it is certainly one of the best. Keep up the good work, Mikkeller!

Photo of stcules
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Porter from Mikkeller ApS
93 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.