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Mørke - Pumpernickel Porter - Beer Here

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Mørke - Pumpernickel PorterMørke - Pumpernickel Porter

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 31
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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3/5  rDev -27.5%

spoonhawk, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of seh410
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%

Appearance: Solid black. Absolutely no light getting through this beer what so ever. It pours with a rather large and foamy mocha colored head. The head takes a bit to dissipate and leaves beautiful lacing on the sides of the glass

Aroma: You can smell the sourness of the pumpernickel up front with some coffee tones as well. It smells rich and roasted.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A little spicy, a little bitter on the back end. You can taste the pumpernickel - it's sour and yeah, I guess a little grainy, like people have been saying. It's definitely bready and dark, and there is some roasted chocolate in the background. The mouthfeel isn't overly heavy but it coats the tongue and lingers around a bit afterwards with a bitter bite.

Notes: Eh. It's not the great for me. A little too dark, a little too bitter for what I feel like drinking right now. I split a bomber and definitely was not looking for anymore

seh410, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

kojevergas, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

whartontallboy, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

KAF, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of dgilks
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%

Deep, black colour with a small but nice tan head. Some lacing.

Hot, spicy alcohol. Mild fruity esters. Roasted malts. It seems that something is lacking and while this is nice, the aroma is a touch hot.

Smooth yet dry roasty malt with some bitter cacao and moderate bitterness. A touch hot. Mild spicy rye. To me this doesn't scream pumpernickel. Sure, I get some bitter, dark grain but other than that it falls a little flat.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fair.

On the whole this beer is not entirely satisfying. There is nothing particularly wrong with it but the flavours fail to excite and the hotness is a bit of a letdown.

dgilks, May 09, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is nearly black with a sturdy tan head forming on top.

S: The nose is definitely reminiscent of a dark rye bread. Really hearty and slightly spiced along with a hint of sourness. Some slight caramel sweetness to go along with it.

T: A very surprising smokiness to the flavor. In fact, that's just about all you taste. Fairly bitter with not too much of the rye/pumpernickel actually coming through. Not much in the way of sweetness, either.

M: The body is medium with a fairly high carbonation.

D: I really enjoyed the way this beer smelled, but the flavor was just off in some way. It did not seem to match up with my expectations from the nose.

womencantsail, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%

Pours a pitch black with a very thick and creamy 3 inch dark tan head that fades to a small cap. Nice rings of lacing around the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark breads, roasted malts, and some toasted nuts. Taste is of dark crusty bread, dark malts, and spices. There is a sourness to this beer and a bitter aftertaste that I can only attribute to spices that were used to try to get the pumpernickel flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit flat and the beer is thick and creamy. Overall, this was an interesting beer to try. A good attempt to try to get a dark bread flavor but the sourness and spices aren't that great in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, May 08, 2011
Photo of SLeffler27
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

SLeffler27, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours black with a small tan head.
Nose shows dark chocolate, spices, vanilla and coffee. Quite an interesting mix!
Very similar flavours, some soft alcohol also joins in. Quite sweet, and quite a mouthful as well.
Moderate low carbonation could really be higher.

CrazyDavros, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of spicelab
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%

With thanks to Chris@Slowbeer.

Chocolate brownie colour, stonking two-finger ultra-dense rich head of fine bubbles that you can actually see descend back into the body near the interface. Sticky lace trails after it falls. Wicked.

Plenty of floral esters and coconut at first, but soon enough the distinctive heavily roasted pumpernickel aroma tickles your nostrils. Pretty straightforward with nicely balance.

Yep, pumpernickel alright. Bitterness is suitably high - in keeping with what happens if you toast the stuff. There's a fair whack of pepper, spice, liquorice and raw cocoa. The floral characters are also here. That's about it.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected and almost demure. It fairly tiptoes across the palate, with a mild amount of bitterness on the roof of the mouth and rear palate.

Nice and approachable, with the pumpernickel character pretty well nailed. However, the background is a bit unremarkable with not a great deal else going on, and no real surprises as you get through it.

spicelab, May 25, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

emerge077, Oct 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

LJWalker, May 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

crobinso, Jun 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

harpus, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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

wisrarebeer, Dec 29, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

ryanpj, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%

This beer poured out as a heavy looking black liquid. The head was brown and thick looking also. The smell of the beer was roasted with a touch of spice on the nose. The taste of the beer was good but I felt like it was missing some of the rye flavors. Perhaps I have a difficult time picking up that specific flavor. I always seem to struggle with rye for some reason. It's a good tasting beer overall though. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, I'm surprised this is still a porter and not a stout. Overall this beer is pretty good. I would drink it again if it was around.

Knapp85, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of CowsandBeer
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

CowsandBeer, Jul 19, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

Bottle was a bit of a gusher upon opening. Once that was handled, it pours an incredibly dark brown with thick tan head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Smells of chocolate and roated malt. I don't get pumpernickel, but maybe that's just me. Smooth mouthfeel, as you'd expect from the style. Very nice baltic porter.

kwjd, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of Richardberg
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

A - deep mahogany with purple fringes and cream head, no lacing to speak of

S - toasty malts, rye seed, coffee, spice

T - quite bitter coffee, but with residual sweetness. Leaves a round and (overly?) complex impression.

M - medium to full body, oily coating. Feels like a bigger beer the abv and style imply.

D - strength and spice keep it from being super drinkable

Richardberg, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -7%

Reviewed on 12/31/2009. Bottle. Pours black with a pretty thick, dark tan head. Aroma of rich bitter chocolate (with some saltiness like a chocolate-covered pretzel) and roasted malt. Flavor of sweet roasted malt and some salty chocolate in the finish. Some bready, pumpernickel notes in the finish. Very enjoyable porter with complex flavors.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
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3.86/5  rDev -6.8%

500ml split with Kevin. Label states that it's brewed with rye and fennel seed.

A - Dark brown body, nearly black but some clarity is noticeable. Nice fluffy cloud of beige head retains great at about a half-finger, nice lace too.

S - Good amount of roast, definitely getting a dark bread vibe there as well. Chocolate, licorice, spices. Some nutty and coffee tones along with some hoppiness. A touch on the tame side but pretty nice.

T - More chocolate/sweetness forward, though still a decent amount of roast and some smokiness there as well. Less so than the nose, it doesn't really scream 'pumpernickel' to me, but the fennel seed/licorice is definitely there along with some other various spices. Still some hop action there as well (grass/pine).

M - Somewhat high carbonation for the style, bitterness makes this somewhat of a sipper, body is fine overall. Flavors are intense enough to maybe mistake this for an imperial stout, but the feel itself retains its porter-ness.

O - While I'm not sure it exactly delivers as a pumpernickel beer, it is still a solid porter-leaning-towards-stout, the fennel and spice elements add a unique touch.

Chico1985, Apr 29, 2014
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