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Mørke - Pumpernickel Porter - Beer Here

Mørke - Pumpernickel PorterMørke - Pumpernickel Porter

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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 7.49%

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Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration with Shelton Brothers. Lots of rye malt and spices inspired by the dark German bread.

(Beer added by: popery on 10-09-2009)
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Photo of LiquidAmber


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black with a healthy, fine, two finger brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Good aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate and a touch of spicy rye. Flavor is smooth milk and dark chocolate, toasted malt with a hint of char, mild toffee. Finishes with very mellow blended dark malt, chocolate, char and light hop bitterness. Nice medium creamy body. Wow, a beautifully balanced and well integrated porter. The malts are some variety of chocolate malt that is great. Deceptively smooth and mellow mannered, but with interesting additional light flavors of char and light rye spiciness. Really nice. Stumbled on this on a trip and hope to find another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 03:52:49 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown/black with two fingers of frothy mocha head.

Smell - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, spicy rye, cocoa.

Taste - Bold roasted malts, spicy rye notes, a hint of licorice flavour (from the fennel seed).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A porter that sits right on the borderline between stout and porter territory. Very nice roasted malt flavour with the rye and fennel seeds to accompany. Perfect companion for the changing seasons in Alberta.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 03:40:10 | More by leaddog
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. It's officially fall, so time to tackle the pumpkin and darker beers in earnest.

This beer pours a solid black, with very slight basal cola edges, and three pudgy fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly creamy beige head, which leaves some nice layered webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bittersweet chocolate, grainy, bready, and lightly spicy wheat and caramelized barley malt, cafe au lait, a bit of demarara sugar, and mild earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more big cocoa sweetness, day-old coffee, caramel malt, tamely spicy rye grain, dark sugar, a bit of tangy anise, and some earthy, floral, and perfumed hops.

The bubbles are good and plenty, the body a solid medium weight, fairly smooth, and decidedly creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, chocolatey, softly Eastern European bakery in its breadiness, and indistinct in its hoppiness.

An agreeable porter, big and brash, chocolate up the yin and the yang. What I'm not really seeing, hearing (?), smelling, and tasting, is the pumpernickel, beyond a timid rye participant in the overall malt interplay. Ah well, still good for what it is, though, and not for what I thought it might be, I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 05:31:32 | More by biboergosum
Photo of ADZA


3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's been a while my friend and man you look impressive not in a gay way just pure admiration dark kola hue with a khaki laced three finger creamy head and clingy lacing everywhere very good looking,dark chocolate,rye and hops are the main aromas and the mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation the tastes are dark chocolate,bready bready malts,rye,spice and finished with a herbal hoppiness and overall it's a very unique drop that I'd buy again cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 12:59:34 | More by ADZA
Photo of brewcrew76


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - deep brown, black cola appearance with a velvet mocha head. Lots of dotted lacing.

S - bready, bitter sweet chocolate, rye bread, roasted malt sometimes verging on burnt, hints of cola.

T - bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, similar burnt notes as aroma, rye bread, light spice, roasted nuts, light smokey leather.

M - medium to full with low carbonation.

D - very tasty. Baltic porter with rye and spice replacing dark fruits.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 02:20:58 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of AgentMunky


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mikkeller bar in SF.

A dark beer with scattered lacing that is opaque and matte.

It smells like sweet cocoa.

It tastes amazing. Spicy and deep and roasted and really malty. Rich and deep and chocolatey and amazing. Highly recommended. Would have again. And again?

Mouthfeel is round then dry.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2013 05:45:20 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of CowsandBeer


3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle received as a gift from the best bistro/coffee shop in Topeka, KS! Thanks Jayson!

Appearance: A gentle pore from a 16 oz bottle into a Boulevard tulip resulted in two fingers of fizzy, dark brown reddish head. Beautiful black body. Eventually the head reduced itself to a tan ring; a swirl turned it into a nice thick cap. Great legs.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, coffee beans and brown sugar. Black liquorice and toasted rye bread.

Taste: More of those nice roasty dark malts and brown sugar. Spicy rye. Sweet, toasted bread. Bready finish. No heat. Why not? Some pumpernickel bread.

Mouthfeel: Slick and sticky. A thicker mouthfeel would not be a bad idea. Sufficient as it is.

Overall: Would have gone great with some blue cheese! Pleasantly surprised as I was not expecting much. The addition of the rye is what really made the beer for me. Loved the label artwork. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 04:43:23 | More by CowsandBeer
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a pint glass. no bottling date.

Pours a very dark brown, close to black color with a milky inch thick beige head. Very attractive appearance. Off rye aromas on the scent, but not much there honestly. taste is where this one hits home...AMAZINGLY smooth and drinkable. chocolate up front , sweet chocolate not dark, rye in the back, not overpowering but its there. extremely good on the palate. wow im in love. creamy and smooth, no alcohol at all. so easy to drink.

overall im thoroughly impressed and say this one borders on world class. its a desert, a real treat. the bottle artwork is what drew me to this one and im so happy i bought it. amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 01:25:45 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of IPA35


4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A flawless looking beer. Deep, dark brown with a creamy, light tan head that pour big but settles as a nice and creamy one finger head. Lacing is there. Drinking it still leaves a thin creamy head.

Smells nice and interesting. A chocolate forward beer. Nutty, a little 'earthy'. And off the smell this seems to be a reasonably sweet beer. It is slightly different though, I am sure this is the rye. I never really had a rye beer but I can get a form of spiciness most people speak about with rye. This beer has invited me to try more rye beers.

A very very pleasant beer. Nice and balanced. Sweet, chocolaty, caramel, a little spicey and a light roastiness.
No distinct hop aroma's but this beer is nearly three years old, probably the oldest beer I've had by far.

Overall a delicious brew. I don't know about ryebread (pumpernickel), I never eat that (I will seek it out now thanks to this beer), but Dutch ryebread is very different anyway.

Mouthfeel, by the way, is nice and creamy. Medium I'd say with low carbonation.

If you can still find this beer, seek it out as it is good.


As it warms up the spices come out more. Giving it a slight liquorice aroma, added to the ones I mentioned earlier. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 20:19:43 | More by IPA35
Photo of Dope


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No bottle date that I could find. Pretty fresh.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a big, dense medium brown head. Head fades away very slowly - amazing head retention. Thick, almost solid walls of lacing.

S: Lots of smoke and rye. Quite spicy with the rye in fact. Decent roasted malt with char and a touch of chocolate. Decent impersonation of burnt pumpernickel bread.

T: Some char with hints of sweet chocolate up front. Lots of rye. Has sweet caramel backing it all up. Some smoke as it heads towards the middle with some more spicy rye. Smoke is a little more acrid here in the finish, standing mostly alone with just hints of rye. Drying smoky finish.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. A touch dry from the acrid smoke in the finish.

O: Rye is a nice addition to a pretty traditional porter. A little too smoky for my tastes though it isn't overpowering. Just kinda masks the spiciness that I was really looking for. Mouthfeel is good, nice and creamy and slick. Overall quite a good and easy-drinking porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 03:05:33 | More by Dope
Photo of chubby2u

New York

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I didn't taste any pumpernickle whatsoever, but this was one of most balanced, tasty porters i've ever had. Nice and chocolately, great mouthfeel, not too thick, not too thin, hints of coffee. Just a really great choice if you are in the mood for a porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 19:24:47 | More by chubby2u
Photo of DrDemento456


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice and thick, dark and viscous, and with a 1/2 inch of cocoa colored head/

S - Has a weird boozy aspect to the smell which I assume is pumpernickel, mild roasts, and maybe some chocolate. The pumpernickel smells rather spicy.

T - Taste of a well balanced porter. Slightly chalky mostly balanced roast sweetness. Not getting much pumpernickel but it still taste balanced and delicious.

M - Medium bodied, chewy, and creamy. Good porter.

Overall I got this for 5 bucks and even though its no different than most Baltic porters it drinks world class.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 02:32:57 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to barzigkin for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and roasted malt in it, as expected. The flavor is a bit different. There are still a lot of porter qualities such as the chocolate and roasted malt, but there is also a spiciness and a pumpernickel character which goes very well. The alcohol is definitely noticeable. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 19:00:51 | More by Mora2000
Photo of falloutsnow


3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors
No bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass

Enjoyed shortly after the Ølfabrikken Porter, and on that side-by-side comparison, I didn't think Mørke was as good a beer. On its own, it features solid roasted, chocolate, and dark bread notes, but lacks the actual pumpernickel components it purports to have. Also, compared to the Ølfabrikken, it was not as robust with flavor, which I enjoy. Still, one I'd revisit if I found a fresh bottle.

Pours a 2cm head of small to medium-sized bubbles, which has above average retention as it descends over a few minutes, leaving modest lacing along the sides of the glass. Eventually, head settles to a thin cap atop the body. Drink itself is dark brown or black in color that allows no light to pass through it.

Aroma is not as strong as expected, with some modest roasted malt, chocolate, and caramelized sugar sweetness. Not detecting pumpernickel bread or the spices mentioned, which is a bit disappointing.

Taste has roasted malt and milk chocolate tones, alongside some caramelized sugar and mild dark fruit sweetness from the malt and yeast esters. Good, but not great; not as robust as I'd expect a baltic porter to be.

Beer's body has medium levels of carbonation with a medium weight; not watery around the edges at all. Resultant mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy, with a semi-dry finish and just a bit of stickiness from sugars. No ethanol detected.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 23:57:40 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of rtepiak


4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a personal favorite... if you can come across it, like baltics, and want to spend the scandinavian price tag. all the notes you would expect out of a good baltic porter but the quality of this brew is key in its breadiness. body is glorious. beautiful yeast resilience. this is a density that carries everything alone so nicely. nice mesquite. meatiness, molasses that doesn't dominate like a lot of the porters i've had from the region. nice and dry mineral heavy. again this beer is quite earthy yet balanced and malt complex that no one quality is particularly dominating. balance of bitterness, minerality, smoke, molasses, leather, apple pie, and fluff. the beer is held in a time lock with the use of the minerals causing complete stagnation. but its has life in the 'pumpernickel' richness. yes... baltic porter drinkers, the six of you out there... this is a must.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 05:39:59 | More by rtepiak
Photo of superspak


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Gusher upon opening. Pours pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense and creamy tan head with amazing retention that reduces to a nice thick cap that lasts that whole glass. Some beautiful dense soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, toasted malt, dark biscuit, prune, raisin, herbal spiciness, light smoke, and coffee. Nice and well balanced aromas with decent strength and complexity. Taste of big chocolate, molasses, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, toasted biscuit, raisin, prune, coffee, herbal spiciness, and light smoke. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, coffee, toasted biscuit, and light smoke on the finish for a while. Very robust flavors, with great balance and complexity. Medium carbonation and medium body; with a huge creamy and slick mouthfeel that is wonderful. Alcohol is completely hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all at 7.5%. Overall this is a seriously delicious porter. Great robust and balanced flavors; with an awesome mouthfeel that is super smooth to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 05:48:17 | More by superspak
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost black with a dense, dark chestnut froth that lasts a few minutes, leaving only a slight lacing.

The aroma contains chocolate syrup and some roasted coffee beans. This one opens nicely but fades to reveal some astringency while there is a faint background of Kahlua.

While it may be subliminal suggestion, I do think there is pumpernickel to be found. Chocolate syrup is clear. Unfortunately, astringency comes out with warmth and lingers. The finish has a mild bitterness.

Carbonation is sharper than expected from the style while the body is medium and alcohol is as expected.

This one is better with food, but still not what I have come to expect from a porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 13:26:01 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of wisrarebeer


3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep, dark black color, opaque, tan head that poured nicely but resulted in only a veil of bubbles
S: full nose, strong, roasted malt with earthy graininess, dark chocolate
T: full flavored, dark roasted malt with burnt qualities, nice hop balance with no over-the-top bitterness, slightly cloying in finish but not distracting
M: deep, roasted taste, full and rounded

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 03:12:18 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of warnerry


4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure of bottling date. I have been unintentionally cellaring this, probably for about a year.

A - A bit of a gusher on opening. Pours a black with three fingers of dense brown head. Head has amazing retention.

S - Wonderful aroma. Chocolate with a bit of sweetness, dark heavy bread, rye, a bit of caramel and molasses.

T - Chocolate and cocoa with some rye spiciness, and dark bread, and some hop bitterness on the finish. Not quite as good as the smell, but very enjoyable.

M - Medium mouthfeel that has a nice creaminess. Some dryness and bitterness on the finish.

O - Very enjoyable Baltic porter. Nice and creamy. Would definitely get this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 04:15:53 | More by warnerry
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Liquid is black as night, and the head is a creamy, bubbly, tightly-wrapped tan thing...almost looks like mocha-toffee ice cream. Big tan blurbs of lace on the glass.

Aroma is next to godliness. Dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate, toffee, dark wheat bread, smoke, spices that are tough to identify but clearly at work...all mingled together in perfect measure.

This beer captures the pumpernickel vibe well enough...lays heavy on the chocolate (in a good way), and the hops lend their uniquely bitter twist to the overall taste. All found in the aroma is here on the tongue, although the spices could have been slightly louder. Smokiness and the sourness of plum lay extra layers into the taste. Bitter mineral finish, which does not mask the more savory elements of the taste that also linger a good while.

Super smooth and velvety, although not what I would call creamy. Largely because the body isn't a heavy one, but this texture comes with a terrific caress that does not leave me wanting. In fact, it's the most pleasurable aspect of this beer.

This is hardly a news flash, but Scandinavia is the place of beer renaissance right now...taking styles which the Americans have mutated and amplified from their English and Belgian origins, turning it all around and putting their own twist on it. And Beer Here -- aside from finally offering us U.S. Scandi-beer fans a brewery name we can pronounce -- have added themselves to the list of greats with this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 23:36:24 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of kojevergas


3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into 20cl Mikkeller stemware at the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen, Denmark. Reviewed from notes. The price was 35 DKK.

A: Pours a half finger head of tan colour, lovely cream and thickness, and abysmal retention - even considering the high ABV. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Cream, roast, coffee, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and a tinge of spice. A mild strength aroma.

T: Spice, roast, caramel, coffee, etc. The vanilla is buried but present. Complex and suitable for the style. Well built and balanced. Cream is present on the finish - a nice touch. Structurally sound.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a bit sharp. Thick to support its flavours and ABV. Coarse on the climax to bring out the flavour a bit more. I'd like more coarseness and dryness though; this might just be the stout fan in me.

Dr: Relatively high ABV, good drinkability, and a high price.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2011 00:26:50 | More by kojevergas
Photo of cooch69


3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came in a 1/2 liter tall bottle.

The pour on this beer is gorgeous. The head is at least three fingers and is a semi dark tan color. The beer itself is a really dark brown, almost approaching black.

The nose has leafy hops and dark roasty malts. A little hint of leather in the nose as well. The aroma hints that this brew is semi sweet rather than completely dry.

Taste is a bit different in that it's not nearly as bitter as I thought it would be. It does'nt seem as though a ton of hops are used, rather just bitter dark roasted malts.
The malts are really roasty and toasty and there is quite a bit of a sourdough character in this. All of those exotic malts add a really nice slightly sour hint and a rich spiciness. Lots of fresh roasted coffe notes in here to.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid as well. Semi creamy. And the body is lower full.

This one really made me happy. I was split on my decision to try this one and I'm glad that I decided to.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 03:30:20 | More by cooch69
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South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a big, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice, robust aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee.

T: Tasted of chocolate, coffee, malt, and a bready quality. This is a very well-balanced flavor, very complex and flavorful. Almost closer to an American Stout than a Baltic Porter in character, but that's not a problem.

M: A good amount of carbonation, with a somewhat slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: A wholly enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 13:12:28 | More by avalon07
Photo of flexabull


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle in Ashland Oregon of all places.

Pours a really deep brown, almost black color with a small tan head.

Aromas are very bready, dark brown bread, rye, slightly sweet, and boozy with hints of cola.

Taste is full flavored. Some roasted nuts, dark sweet bread, rye, and dark chocolate flavors. Finish is crisp, with some alcohol warmth, and mineral bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and very full feeling.

Overall, a very nice Baltic Porter. I'd happily drink this one again, interesting, unique, and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 03:16:12 | More by flexabull
Photo of bbeane


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a creamy light brown head with nice lacing and decent retention. Beer is black in color with no light coming through when held up to the ceiling

S- First wiff is chocolate, coffee, bit of sweetness. After some swirls in the snifter, you can pick up a some burnt toasty notes in addition to the others

T- Very nice. Seems to have the perfect combination of chocolate, coffee, and toasty notes all meshing from start to finish. The burnt flavor lingers for a bit in your mouth after swallowing

M- Creamy, smooth body with little carbonation

O- It's a shame this one was a bit pricey since it's such a great tasting porter without the super high abv... seems beers with this much flavor are getting harder to find with a somewhat sessionable alcohol content


Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 01:04:11 | More by bbeane
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