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Orange Yuzu Glad I Said Porter - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 23
Hads: 117
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 23.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

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Beer added by: kojevergas on 01-24-2013

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, earth, citrus fruit, and slight hot dog juice aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, citrus fruit, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an odd aroma but solid flavors when the beer warms up.

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down and left a thin head covering the surface nd a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with hints of orange citrus.
T: The taste very much follows th smell, except that the orange flavors are a bit stronger.
M: It feels light- to radium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink. I just wished that it had a little more flavors of oranges.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

from the knock knock joke on the label to the last citrusy sip, I liked this twisted porter. it pours cocoa brown, shiny, with an inch or so of tan froth. the nose is pretty basic porter, some vanilla and orange peel amongst the heavily roasted barley and ale yeast. the flavor starts that way too when its real cold, but as it warms this beautiful citrus acidic tartness blossoms toward the middle and the finish and really transforms the roasty malt flavors into candy and chocolaty goodness. its amazing how much the fruit open up as this beer warm, making the last sip entirely different from the first. I had to google what yuzu was, its a sour orange to grapefruit tree fruit from asia, and I really do taste it in addition to the orange. this might also be a cool combination of flavors in a lighter beer, say a wit. good feel, creamy despite the acid from the fruit, and full bodied. easy drinking for what it is. not a beer ill rush to buy again at 7 bucks for an 11.2oz. bottle, but like all mikkeller beers it was original and well done.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Nice little illustrated knock-knock groaner on the label.

This beer pours solid, impermeable black, with only the slightest of basal cola syrup highlights, and three fingers of densely packed fermenting yeast foam head, finely textured, even a bit bubbly, which leaves some nice splattered snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of gritty, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate - with a musty, dried orange center - some oily nuttiness, coffee beans, and earthy, fallen leaf hops. The taste is more of the same, but with a more rounded orange flavour - still musty, and a bit tarter, but extricated from the cocoa, which does well to otherwise blend with the toasty caramel and coffee notes. A heightened musty, lightly sour green character evolves, sort of hanging on to the soft earthy hops.

The carbonation is generally quite understated, the body mostly smooth, and a decent medium weight, which isn't bad, of course, but kind of underwhelming in the presence of lactose and oats on the ingredient list. It finishes off-dry, the milky chocolate and mirror-world orange sweetness gaining the upper hand over those zingy, sour vegetal hops.

A just adequate porter, as it just seems that there's too many things happening, and not much of it is coordinated. The sourness is a mild put-off as well (given that it seems to come from the hops, and not the lactose), and I would prefer my orange to be more Yuletide-like, when married to chocolate. An amusing marketing concept, though, I'll give them that.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with colorful label (depicting a flat knock knock joke) and standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Judging by the mini-label on the neck, this seems to be the recommended vessel. Reviewed live. This is my favourite brewer, and his dark beers tend to be amazing, so I have high expectations. 6% ABV. "Ale brewed with orange and yuzu." I had to google yuzu; apparently it's a hybrid citrus fruit. Bravo, Mikkel. More obscure ingredients that will probably make an interesting if not amazing beer.

Cost was $7.49 USD plus tax at a local SoCal beer store. Brewed at De Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. No wonder it's so damned expensive.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a beautiful tan colour frothy four finger head of incredible smooth rolling cream, fantastic thickness, and amazing (8+ minute) retention. Good lacing as the head recedes (when it finally does recede, that is). Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Spot-on for a porter. The head is making me crave it already. I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Roasted barley in the background, coffee, coffee roast, cream, milky notes, dark malts, chocolate/cocoa, and yes - strange subtle fruit notes. A bit like a mandarin orange. Orange flavoured chocolate comes to mind as an overall descriptor for the aroma. Caramelized sugars and light floral hops come through. The fruit is light and backgrounded; if I wasn't looking for it I might not catch it. No, scratch that. It becomes more prominent as it warms. No alcohol or yeast is detectable. An intriguing aroma for a porter. I can't wait to try it. Moderate to fairly strong.

T: A delightful if strange blend of Mandarin orange, orange peel, citrus zest, and chocolate. Dark malts form the foundation with near perfect caramel notes lending it more depth of flavour. Floral hops complement the subtle fruit notes - which work well balanced against the chocolate and light coffee. Roast is too buried, but at least it's there; that's more than I find in most porters. A bit of a sour edge from the fruit just on the finish. Well built for a porter; the fruit is not a gimmick (hey, it's not like Brewdog brewed it...Zing!). No yeast character or alcohol comes through. It's nicely executed, but it lacks the complexity I'd expect from a great porter. That said, it is certainly unique - a characteristic I always applaud. The weird orange fruit notes go shockingly well here; at the hands of a lesser brewer this would be a wretched mess. Can you imagine the Karl Strauss version of this? The craft is masterful, and the result is a solid brew that doesn't fit conveniently in the conventions of a porter.

Mf: Strange; it's crisp from the fruit. Smooth and wet with enough coarseness to bring out the flavour but enough smoothness to keep it drinkable and even refreshing. A refreshing Porter? Hm. Who knew fruit would do so well? Perfect carbonation and thickness. Where it suffers is in its palate presence; it's just so brief on the palate. There's hardly any time for the flavours to really impact.

Dr: Very drinkable; I could down it all night. The price is a bit horrid, but I'm glad I tried it. A unique porter that every fan of porters or Mikkeller (or both) should give a go. Another boundary-pushing interesting brew from who I consider to be the best brewer alive. Would I get it again? No, probably not, but only because of the price. I'd pay $5 for this and be satisfied. I'd try it on-draught, I suppose. It's an interesting one, and it stands out in the vast world of porters. That alone says a lot. Hides its ABV well, but that's probably not why you'd buy it.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, with some wacky artwork performing the knock-knock joke whose punchline names the beer. Good work, Mikkeller. Purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a deep brown, with translucent edges. Head forms a filmy laced top and a crisper ring of pale brown. Lacing is excellent, tight and intricate. Lighter than expected body, but it holds some nice fine carbonation. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is undeniably odd. Roasted, slightly nutty and quite brown malt tones, giving toasted bread and sweet brioche, mingled with a sharp, bitter-sour citrus tone—peely, dank and potent. Together it provides an earthy, organic character: not far from loamy soil turned with compost. It's rich and pungent, but slightly disconcerting at the same time.

Taste is dark. Indeed, the roast which was present on the nose didn't prepare me for just how sharply dark this was going to be. Bitter chocolate characters, coffee grounds and char are very prominent here, and I believe they're accentuated by the bitter citrus character. This character doesn't linger like hop acids would, but they set off the tastebuds to accept the bitterness from the roasted malts, so they have a similar effect. It's quite an intense experience, and an extremely interesting one.

Feel is light, but decent enough. It doesn't get in the way of the beer by any means.

Overall, this was an odd, but rewarding beer experience. The yuzu doesn't make its own flavour so noticeable, but it does accentuate and distinguish some of the flavours already extant in the beer. I'm not quite sure what to make of it, but I'm very pleased to have tried it.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

A - Goodness... Say what you will about Mikkeller, but you can't argue that the man makes amazing looking beers. Bowling ball black body with a towering, creamy, light tan pillow of head. Outrageous retention and lace.

S - Bright orange zest and dark chocolate, dark roast malts, just a hint of smoke, bread crust.

T - Bitter orange, touch of cocoa, lemon zest, light roasted grains.

M - Disappointingly thin body made even lighter by a bright acidity.

O - Great concept but the execution leaves a lot to be desired in the flavor profile and body.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan had that sticked around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. It's a great smelling brew, it smells like roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, oranges/orange peel, and some coffee. It tastes like roasted malt, nuts, milk and bittersweet chocolate, burnt/charred malt, slightly tart citrus/oranges, citrus peel and a bit of a mineral flavor. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and slick. It's also smooth and easy to drink. I like this beer a lot, I should have bought another bottle. I'll have to grab one if I ever come across this again. It's pricey at $17.99 a bottle, but I liked this one a lot.

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Photo of popery
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown. The beer isn't quite black in the middle, and there's a fair border of color around the edges. Smallish beige head, lots of small bubbles. The aroma has an interesting blend of citrus bite and chocolate and roasted malt flavors. It's just a bit simple, and the citrus is a little too astringent. The underlying porter is rather gentle and sweet, and the harsher citrus doesn't quite work against it. The same issues exist in the taste, though you get more porter flavor, which is a plus. The beer smells and tastes more like limes than oranges. I can't quite speak to yuzu flavor, which I have tried but not for some time. At any rate, it's actually growing on me quite a bit as the beer warms. However, this is a beer that you really need to smell and taste at the same time. The delicacy of the citrus comes out more in the aroma and the complexity of the porter shines in the taste. Mikkeller makes excellent porters/stouts, and the base beer here is no different. Lots of chocolate, some pleasant coffee notes, solid roast and a sweet caramel background. Finish is all citrus and chocolate, like a chocolate orange slice. Mouthfeel is rather gentle. Soft little bubbles. At first, it seemed a bit crisp and light, but I think that's just the citrus flavor playing tricks on my palate. This is an interesting beer. At first, I was ready to give it a lower rating, but this beer works quite well as a package. On their own, the aroma and taste aren't particularly impressive. It's when the two are allowed to blend that this beer reaches its potential. That said, I would be interested to try a similar combination of flavors in a stronger beer. I would definitely buy an imperial version of this beer.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a jet black with an enormous, thick khaki head.

S: Aromas of mandarin orange, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla bean, roasted grain, and leather express themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of mandarin orange, dark chocolate, heather, leather, heavy cream, roasted grain, yuzu, vanilla bean, coffee, mulberry, blackberry, and lemony, grassy hops fill the mouth. The finish is sweet, rich, and fruity with robust vanilla bean, orange, yuzu, heavy cream, and dark chocolate notes.

M: On the lighter side of medium and smooth. Starts off dry, but gets a bit syrupy by mid-palate. Carbonation is a bit discreet for my liking-it could stand to be firmer.

O: An interesting porter to say the least and one that would make a perfect dessert beer. A few minor tweaks would make this a smashing success.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at When Pigs Fly. Served in a snifter, the beer was a dark brown color with a small tan head. There was a good deal of lace.

Nice aroma of chocolate, coffee, and citrus.

The taste improved on the aroma. Milk chocolate, coffee, and molasses up front, leading to orange zest, then a bit of cocoa late. Nice.

A sweet beer, very enjoyable.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a bit of brown and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades normal.

S - Roasted chocolate, coffee, molasses, black licorice, orange peel, vanilla, milk chocolate.

T - Sweet milk chocolate malts, roasted coffee, molasses, black licorice, orange peel, some deeper cocoa notes, touch of floral hops.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and roasty finish.

D - Nice balanced porter. The orange peel is a nice touch.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quick notes

Appearance - Black/deep brown. Frothy, sticky khaki head that leaves great lacing.

Aroma - Chocolate covered oranges. Slight grapefruit tartness.

Taste - similar to nose with a hint of mineral, and slight nuttiness.

Mouthfeel - Would like a bit more carbonation, but the head would never stop. It's silky and creamy. Very well done.

Overall - Surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I've have a few Mikkeller beers that underwhelmed recently. Will look for this again!

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Photo of Flounder57
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass:

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles coming up through the glass. More lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Chocolate, smoke, roasted malts, earth, fresh orange peel and candy.

Taste: Really smokey and charcoal, a little orange, earthy notes, and lasting bitterness from the malted barley.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, light, medium carbonation, ash, and bitterness.

Overall: A good porter that could be better with a little less camp fire feeling. Orange could be smelled well, but barely noticeable in the taste.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle (1 pint 9.4 fl oz) with no apparent bottled on date present. Orange foil around the cap. Acquired this bottle from a local beer store for $15.99. It was the only time I've ever seen this beer available in my area, and it was the only bottle they had.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours four giant fingers of creamy pillowy mocha colored fluff on top of a rich dark opaque black-brown body. Beautiful rings of lace.

S - Smells phenomenal. At first, chocolate and bitter coffee bean roast is apparent, and as it sits, mouthwatering tart citrus orange & yuzu aromas come out. This smells how I wish Pipeworks Orange Truffle Abduction had smelled.

T - Taste follows the nose perfectly: dark chocolate, bitter coffee bean roast, some mineral water, and some tartness from the yuzu & orange. The orange and yuzu add just enough sour citric to the mix without being distracting.

M - Feel is of some bitter roast and light citrus on the palate.

Overall, I thought it was fantastic. Perfectly blended exotic yuzu fruit and orange with the classic elements of a nice porter. Well done, Mikkeller. I can definitely say I would have this again if it was more readily available to me. Highly recommended.

Mikkeller Orange Yuzu Glad I Said Porter ---4.5/5

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Attractive but not drop-dead gorgeous, with a pretty damn black body and a long-lasting crown of latte-brown foam. Yuzu is immediately detectable in the aroma, with its distinctive lime-mandarin-evergreen aroma poking through a typic porter profile, with the standard malted milk balls, bitter caramel, and oatmeal aromas. The slight soy sauce note typical of porters of this strength combined with the fresh yuzu acidity reminds me of ponzu, in a good way – I don't mean that you could actually dip tempura or gyoza in this. Then again...

The flavor is well balanced and perhaps too restrained; it's chocolatey with a touch of coffee and caramel like a good porter should be, and the yuzu's citric tang lends a nice but subtle contrast. Overall the whole thing is too dry and a little bit subdued – nothing really jumps out at me.

That said, it's perfectly pleasant to drink and I can imagine it would be incredibly versatile with food: Japanese izakaya fare would be an obvious match, but I can see it working beautifully with Chinese, Korean, Indian, Lebanese, and even American BBQ.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

When you pour this beer, you get a typical Porter looking beer - Black with a big Tan coloured head. The head retention is absolutely great, owing to the Wheat in the brew. On the nose you get lots of Citrus/Orange notes, owing to the Yuzu and some Coffee and Chocolate undertones. There's also a bit of sweet Lactose in the Aroma too. When you taste this beer, you get a big initial kick of Coffee, followed by some Lactose sweetness and ending with the Citrus and Orange notes in the beer. The mouthfeel is quite light for a Porter and is a little more acidic than some beers. It finishes quite sweet. Quite lightly carbonated also. At 6% I can see myself drinking quite a few of these beers in one day

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an unbranded stemmed ale glass

Pours a very dark mocha brown capped with a two finger fluffy light beige head. Big bakers chocolate, citrus peel, roasted grain and malt on the nose. Opens with dark chocolate joined by roasted barley and roasted malt and yuzu juice. Light espresso notes appear transisitoning into the finish dominated by bittering hops combined with mandarin orange and tart yuzu peel. Light medium bodied, a touch of creaminess, but fairly slick. I really enjoyed this brew, very unique. The dark chocolate notes combine perfectly with the added orange and yuzu. Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit commonly used in cooking. This brew paired perfectly with Japanese hiyashi rice.

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Photo of pants678
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a beige head.

Roasty and toasty with a real subtle fruit scent--possibly the best smelling porter I've had.

Matches the nose for roasted malt, not shy at all and has a smoke sort of edge to it--I'd love to know the grain bill. The orange's apparent, and it's exactly what I wanted when I grabbed this bottle. Not chocolatey to me, it's tangy and just weird enough. Low ABV means I can see this one through without being tanked. What sucks is I grabbed the last bottle.

A big, hearty robust porter that hits the spot.

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Photo of BlazerT
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Teku. Bottle.
App: Very dark brown with beige, medium, semi-densed head. Medium lasting. Poor lacing.
Ar: Roasted malts aroma - dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits (plums), hints of menthol, tart and zesty lemon.
T: Again dark, roasted malts (coffee, chocolate), coffee and lemon acidity noticable, also some vanila, earthy aftertaste, soft notes of alcohol.
P: Dry, soft carbonation, oily texture, long roasted and bitter finish.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Mikkeller!
A: Dark as night, with lovely lacing. Pours foamy but the head fades rather quickly.
S: Typical porter flavors (smoky, chocolate, tobacco, coffee), only very faint and gentle.
T: Again with your typical porter flavors (and again, fairly gentle on the flavoring), with a well-balanced tart and sweet element from the orange/yuzu. I liked how these flavors complimented each other well.
M: Smooth, silky. Didn't notice carbonation. Mouthfeel kinda reminded me of red wine, even,
O: An interesting and yet highly drinkable porter.

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Photo of ChristopherTenore
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A) A very dark brown and it was completely opaque. The head that was formed had a dark cola like color to it and dissipated rather quickly.

S) The nose was very nutty and warm with toasted malts. Under that there was a slight hint or citrus and a sweet toffee quality as well.

T) This beer was bold. It was extremely hearty yet not overwhelming. There is a heavy toasted note with undertones of chocolate. There is also a slight sweetness that comes in at the end along with a citrus note to finish.

MF) Light and bubbly. The beer did not leave a heavy feeling yet it coats your mouth nicely. There is a a velvety quality to it.

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Photo of Grimmity
4.93/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had it twice, first time was a bottle share from the bro in law and it was so good that I had him buy one just for my wife and I. There are few beers I crave and this is one of them.
The smell is seducing. The texture is light and silky. The flavor is a slight citrus to accompany a solid porter.

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Orange Yuzu Glad I Said Porter from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.