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Porter - Mikkeller ApS

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92
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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mick303
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle with no noticeable freshness date, even on the usual cap. Poured pitch black and opaque, head was quite slight, and was a rich dark caramel brown in colour. One of the darker heads I've seen. But there was really good lacing and some whispy film. 4.25

Smell: huge notes of dark roasted malts, full bodied coffee, dark chocolate, some definite spice along with dark cherries. Hops provide some of strong bitter espresso notes, nuttiness, a trace of alcohol. Really rich, but still very balanced. 4.5

Taste: A big roasted malt profile before some of the herbal astringent hops kick in. Really roasty, bbq meat, dry bitter coffee, leather with a subdued fruitiness, a hint of molasses sweetness. The hops come through nicely on the end with tart lychees, dry wood on finish with a drying bitterness. Really tasty, a nice balance of the roasty dark malts and the hops and between both, some really interesting complexity. 4.5

Mouthfeel: Obviously quite big and very rich, but with a nice silkiness to it, a little alcohol spice at times but really well contained and balanced. A big malty mouthfeel, coating and luscious. The balance is excellent, leaving a residual lingering hop bitterness. Warming and surprisingly drinkable and tasty. 4.25

Really great. An exceptional interpretation with a lot of countering hop bitterness leaving a satisfying coffee and dark molasses aftertaste. Really well done to let the various ingredients all come through yet keep the balance throughout. Not overly boozey with enough big malt to pack some serious complexity, still really pleasant and satisfying to too drink. As a beer verging on Imperial territory it combines some of the Imperial Stout malty complexity with good drinkability and some acidic hoppiness. Excellent, seek this one out.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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 crnipeter
4.42/5  rDev +6%
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 vfgccp
4.42/5  rDev +6%
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 Loot
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
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 IronDjinn
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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 FreshHawk
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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 AndyAvalanche
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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 dcmchew
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Rickythejeweler
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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 macrosmatic
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Doodler
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle shared with buds over the holidays. Poured into a snifter a deep chocolate with a thick creamy head. Nose is roasted malts,licorice, cocoa and hints of coffee. Taste is caramel and malts. Has some sweet chocolate and dark fruits on the finish. Smooth mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Nice.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Porter from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.