Porter - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 139
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 4.91%
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 FreshHawk
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,192 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,022 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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! (1,154 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of rmccomas
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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! (718 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
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+ (3,256 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (1,283 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Chris (spycow). Bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours black, tan-colored head, thin collar, wisps.

S - Nice level of roast and sweet malts. There's some coffee beans, light dark chocolate, and cream in there as well. Spot-on how I like my Porters.

T - Similar to the nose. Roast, toasted malts, dark chocolate, expresso, cream. Very robust, but a nice balance of roast and sweetness that I really enjoy.

M - Medium to full, rich and creamy, good carbonation.

O - An excellent porter that I would have again, if offered up. It's straight forward with the roast and sweetness, but that's what makes me like this beer. It's not trying to be anything else but a great porter. Recommend. (695 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a virtually opaque black with a tight tan head.

S: Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted grain, coffee, cocoa powder, and caramel are present on the nose.

T: A grainy, mildly tart entry quickly reveals notes of dark, bitter chocolate, cocoa powder, caramel, roasted grain, leather, tobacco, coffee, and earthy, herbal hops. The finish is malty and somewhat astringent with leather and earthy hops moving to the fore, while traces of cocoa and coffee can be found in the background.

M: Medium-bodied and somewhat dry. Carbonation is unobtrusive. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Very drinkable and approachable for a strong porter.

O: This is another winner from Mikkeller. As far as American-style porters go, this is one of the most appealing I've tried. The flavors are gorgeously layered, the aroma is enticing, and it has a great texture. If you have not tried this one yet, it would be a good idea to do so. (918 characters)

Photo of CasanovaCummins
2.64/5  rDev -35.1%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of Doodler
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of Ratman197
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle shared by Doodler ( thanks Scott) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, bitter chocolate and charcoal. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of charcoal, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and earthiness with a smooth dry lingering bitter chocolate finish. (347 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
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! (520 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Darkest kola hue which leaves a mocha laced one finger head that stays and leaves little lacing.

S-Dark roasty coffee,xmas pudding,dark berries and dark chocolate.

T-Dark plums,roasted expresso,roasted malts and finished with a big hit of dark bitter belgian chocolate.

M-Light but still has a nice body to it which suits.

O-A nice and easy drinking porter but have had better worth a shot though cheers. (418 characters)

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Porter from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.