Porter - Mikkeller ApS
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4.22/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
01-30-2012 16:58:25 | More by mrfrancis
4.23/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured a bit too cold with a smallish, thick, tan head that soon settled and some lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is an aromatic malt, roast, dark ripe fruit, cocoa. Flavor’s much like nose, bittersweet up front followed by mild carbonic tang. Body is good, but carbonation seems a tad flat. Finish is very long and boozy. All taken together it leaves me without much desire for another .5 liter bottle.
08-10-2012 23:01:17 | More by drpimento
3.98/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
11-16-2011 03:54:01 | More by ADZA
3.85/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
07-13-2012 01:57:41 | More by AgentMunky
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
02-28-2012 19:48:38 | More by Sean9689
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
05-01-2014 17:25:08 | More by dcmchew
4.16/5 rDev -0.2%
A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy khaki colored head.Fades fairly slowly.
S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, black licorice, molasses, vanilla, coffee, some earthy hops.
T - Roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts, black licorice, molasses, roasted coffee, cofffee bitterness, vanilla, some earthy hops and mild bitterness.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a roasted, dry, and sweet finish.
D - Nice strong porter. Great overall balance.
02-03-2013 06:31:11 | More by ngeunit1
3.9/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
10-28-2012 02:54:01 | More by Bung
4.38/5 rDev +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.
04-10-2013 06:01:45 | More by IronDjinn
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
01-05-2014 18:30:56 | More by macrosmatic
4.38/5 rDev +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.
06-22-2012 03:21:37 | More by FreshHawk
4.05/5 rDev -2.9%
Had this on tap at engine 15... very solid big porter.nice thick dark black body with lots of chocolate coffee aroma... tastes like it smells... like the big body on this standard porter... on the big side nearing imperial. This went very well with some chili on a cold day
12-02-2012 03:40:11 | More by CampusCrew
Porter from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.