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Reviews: 118
Hads: 178
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 5.3%
Wants: 33
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.50% ABV

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Beer added by: popery on 10-09-2009

Brewed in collaboration with Shelton Brothers. Lots of rye malt and spices inspired by the dark German bread.
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jonah's beer, opaque black with a big head. Very smoke. Mouthfeel is creamy. Sourness, it is a baltic. Good with food. Big lace. Like an RIS porter. The chocolate, the bitterness, licorice root, wanted by beers, altogether good. A must try porter. T (249 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (630 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/black with a dark brown head that quickly fades.

Nose is all "black" scents-deep sugared black coffee/espresso; burnt maple syrup; dark carmel; black chocolate with hints of bing cherries; sugared whiskey/cognac and coffee-port.
Great nose.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick and with nice cream character.

Flavors are just flat out huge black coffee, black dark chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate syrup with undertones of bing cherries, bourbon and port.

Finish is all black espresso, bold, sugared and rich.

This is one nice porter (although tastes full on stout to me). You feel like your drinking liquid rich flavorful Russian pumpernickel with all the black molasses character that's indicative of such a bread. A real winner if you like big, bold and rich coffee/chocolate brews. (806 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin film of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some added hints of licorice and pumpernickel.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. Compared to other porters, this beer feels a bit heavier.
O: This is a good beer to sip because the flavors keep the taste interesting. (493 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a fudgy brown chocolate with a massive cap that leaves a dancing pattern of squiggles around the glass

Smell: Pumpernickel bread and dark chocolate, along with hints of rye and citrusy hops

Taste: Opens with a pumpernickel bread and chocolate character that adds a spicy rye element by mid-palate; after the swallow, the spicy flavors persist and, to some extent, push the bread and chocolate to the sidelines in the finish; tobacco in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very impressive, though I would not have called it a Baltic Porter; another one of those beers that defies a style but is still very, very good (679 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (574 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"[This offering] emerged from my desire to create a beer that has the same qualities as dark, savory and sweet pumpernickel bread."

--Christian Skovdal Anderson, brewer and owner of Beer Here

Toasted pumpernickel bread... if it was covered with a thick layer of dark chocolate. Thin highlights of scarlet and gold can be seen along the edges of the glass. The massive and magnificent crown of foam looks just like a coffee milkshake and is doing a wonderful job laying down finely stippled sheets of lace.

The nose smells more like spiced chocolate and coffee sauce rather than any sort of bread. It's an outstanding aroma and should become even bolder once the still thick head has had a chance to melt. Note: it does.

Mr. Anderson is the co-founder of Olfabrikken and has since moved on to create his own company. I'm not sure that Beer Here is a bona fide brewery yet, since this offering was brewed and bottled at Nogne. Oh yeah, it's terrific stuff that is at least as good as Dark Hops. Maybe better.

The nature of the Baltic porter beast is that there's much more bittersweet chocolate and black coffee than is present in pumpernickel bread. As can be seen in the quote, Christian wasn't trying to make the beer taste *exactly* like the bread, he just wanted to give it similar qualities.

The use of rye malt and caraway seeds was an inspired touch, as they add a sensational spiciness to go along with sweet and bitter. Thankfully, tartness is kept to a bare minimum, although there is a hint of citrus that might be due to American hops. This is a tremendous creation that is now (at mid-bottle) allowing me to grant the higher of the two considered taste scores. If this stuff was more available and less expensive, I'd buy it by the case.

The mouthfeel holds up its end with no trouble at all. It's lush and softly creamy, with just enough size for the ABV. Beautifully buried bubbles do yeoman's work behind the scenes, which is pretty much the case with all world-class beer.

From where I sit, on the strength of this beer and Dark Hops, Beer Here has entered the upper echelon of Scandanavian craft brewing, right alongside Olfabrikken and Nogne. Bottom line: Morke Pumpernickel Porter is the first great beer of 2010. (2,240 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  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. (1,212 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been intruiged by this beer,I was glad to grab a few bottles over this weekend.Poured into a imperial nonic dark chocolate brown with a toasted almond colored head atop,the dark bread (rye) really makes a big presence in the aromas,bitter chocolate is almost as big and goes well up against the sharp rye.Alot going on palate wise,big dark bread and bitter chocolate,mild fruity esters,and char round out the complex flavors.This is one damn good beer,flavorful as all get out and complex as hell. (504 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (701 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a fine tan head which fades quickly leaving a trace of lace. Smell is a combination of minty spices and hops with a bit of smoke. Taste is faintly smoked peat, roasted malt and earthy grains. Mouthfeel is full, like of like chewing tobacco in an odd but good way with a nice creamy texture. Overall, very interesting and enjoyable. (348 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out an onyx black body with a thick, creamy-looking, tan-toned head. Smattering of tan lacing on the way down.

Smell: Dark, roasty with notes of dark bread and spice (which become more fragrant as it warms), with supporting, background hints of dark chocolate and dark fruits. Dark this, dark that.

Taste: Largely roasty beginning with sweet tastes of toasted bread, almond sugar, and melty bittersweet dark chocolate soon following down the line. The rye delivers a piquant spiciness, as does the, well, spices. Dark fruitiness tasting of prune juice lurking within. Most of the bitterness seems to have been gleaned from the roasted, burnt malts. After the bitterness passes, a sweet, rich taste of chocolate ganache settles on the tongue and lasts well beyond the supposed finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel all around.

Drinkability: Rich, roasty, and enjoyable without anymore alcohol than needed (or wanted, really). Given a couple minutes to warm, it does indeed settle into a fair taste of pumpernickel. Happy to have Beer Here available in the Great State of Georgia and I'm looking forward to trying a bottle or two of that Dark Hops I also saw available at Hop City. (1,301 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Three Floyds tulip pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for getting another shot with this beer!

A couple bottle of this made their ways to me in NoVa last year, but I was in the midst of a reviewing hiatus. Good to try it again. It pours a sleek obsidian topped by a finger of dirty sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate, cracked black pepper, clove, brown sugar, and charred pretzel. The taste brings in more of the same, with some more pepper and some bitterer dark chocolate. The body is a solid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a very enjoyable Baltic porter, but I'd have to admit that I feel it to be a bit much to have more than one of these things at a time. (748 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Mørke Pumpernickel Porter
"Stout with spices added". No freshness date.

Appearance: Almost black body, opaque. Creamy orange-tinted dark tan head. Excellent retention and lacing leaves rings of lace about the glass.

Aroma: Roasty like cold black coffee. Slightly spicy, and very rye-like. In a way it's almost smokey, but I know that's just the roastiness.

Flavor: Rich, but surprisingly straightforward and not particularly complex. I get some spiciness that's reminiscent of carraway but I don't know if it is, it may just be rye. But there's no molasses, thus it doesn't quite hit the mark for "pumpernickel". It's roasty with some bittersweet chocolate, and some mild underlying fruitiness. There are no real hops to speak of, although there is some grassy character; but hops aren't really needed, and to be honest they'd just be in the way of the malt and spice. On the upside, it's well-balanced and smooth - very polished. It finishes with a quick vanishing note of sweetish malt followed by a bit of bitterness and then a quick dusting of spiciness. Some minor bitterness lingers beyond that, but it's pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and supple. It's smooth and creamy, but there's almost too much malt there. A moderate carbonation lends a delicate tingle to the palate.

Overall: Rich, roasty, completely full bodied - a sipper to be sure! The spiciness lends it some delicate, but much needed character. I think a slight drop in the original gravity might conjour a little more magic from it, but it's fairly impressive as it is based on girth. (1,562 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean9689 for picking this one up. Served in my Surly pint glass. The best before section is empty.

A - Pours with three fingers of creamy mocha foam. Retention is solid, but there's not much in the way of lacing with only a few fingers extending from a thin solid cap. The body is pitch black, with only the faintest hint of brown at the bottom of the glass.

S - Black malts, dark roast coffee, pumpernickel bread, anise, a touch of dark chocolate, some smokiness and spicy rye, and maybe a bit of nuttiness. It sweetens as it warms, with a touch of caramel. Very rich and well-balanced Baltic Porter.

T - The taste is good, but less complex. Roasty coffee bitterness, spicy rye malt, dark pumpernickel, anise and caraway seed, and a touch of dark chocolate. A little more sweetness would help offset the bitter and spicy elements. Aftertaste is unsurprisingly bitter, but not overpowering.

M - A bit of zesty carbonation that is appropriate for the style, but not overly harsh. Chewy and viscous body, with nice creamy smoothness. Minimal warmth.

D - It's no surprise that Christian (formerly of Ølfabrikken) knows how to make a mean porter. If not for the premium import price this would be a regular in my fridge - it's a tasty porter that offers some unique and well-integrated flavors. Alcohol is well-hidden, texture is excellent, and bitterness is well-attenuated. I also dig the 500ml serving size - big enough to share, but small enough to kill by myself. (1,480 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,139 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a rich brown head that stays. Looks almost like an espresso with creamy froth. Trailing lace slides down glass with some stickage.

The smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate, pumpernickel bread, carroway seeds and minty rye that is quite noticeable.

The taste is of pumpernickel bread and minty rye. Spicy with a firm chocolate/roasted coffee character.

It has a rich, velvety/silky full body.

An interesting brew - minty spicing from rye, at times, just a tad too forward, but works well to give an extra spiciness to balance the sweetness and breadiness. Interesting pumpernickel character that is not too overwhelming. Pretty complex. Certainly unique.

Contract brewed by Nogne-O - in small letters says it's a stout brewed with spices. To me, more of a stout than a porter, though in that boderline between the two (and the name fits better with porter, anyway). Definately recommended! (912 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a goblet.

Pours 1 finger of dark tan head. Color is a deep brown/black.

Aroma: Tons of spices, very rye-like. Chocolate, vanilla, apples, and oak flavors. Very nice.

Taset: Chocolate and spice, rye, oak, ginger, caramel, oak, vanilla, and some smoke flavors.

Mouthfeel: Cream, smooth, and smoked. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, for a spiced beer, this is pretty great. Nice flavors all around with the spices not over powering the other flavors. Very happy with this one. (539 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear brown color with a short 1/4" head that breaks apart immediately. No lace develops.

Smell: roasted malt and bread tones are easy to pull from the glass.

Taste: bready roasted malt, soft chocolate tones, prunes, and a hearty bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Drinkability: nice flavored beer that is a bit of a slow sipper, but interesting throughout. Worth trying this one. (516 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a deep brown to black with a firm one finger layer of off-white foam, good lace.

S: Rye, coffee, very bready and pleasant.

T: Pumpernickel defines it well. Very much like the bread, the spicy rye malt is quite tasty and works well with the roast and chocolate of the darker malt. Nice notes of molasses in there as well. Hops are very much in the background, like in many Scandinavian beers.

M: Full-bodied, thick rich feel, elegant carbonation, certainly something for a Northern winter.

D: My first from Beer Here and it was quite a treat, hopefully some more from them will show up soon. (629 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid beer. Pours black with a thin tan head that sticks around. Really does smell of pumpernickel- and licorice. The taste exhibits more of the pumpernickel and still has the licorice, as well as some spice. Nice and dry and spicy with caraway and Swedish licorice. Rich flavors without sweetness in a porter/stout- I like it! Chewy in the mouth, but finishes smooth. An interesting beer, and well worth having. (417 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed at Norway's Nøgne Ø by Denmark's second most prolific non-brewery, sent to California and picked up by an Australian to sample. What a multicultural brew... I like that "Hops were harmed in the production of this beer".

Looked as though it wasn't forming a head as I poured it, so made the mistake of enhancing the angle, leaving me with a good five centimetres of foam once the head coalesces. Body indeed, as they would say in Denmark, mørke, a deep and dark red-black colour which light has trouble penetrating, even though it doesn't seem to be opaque with sediment. Head is frothy and tan, leaving little lacing, but looking boisterous as it collapses. Pretty tasty looking brew, it has to be said.

Nose is relatively dark, but reasonably subdued. Some clout of burnt rubber, a hint of bourbon barrel but minimal spice as suggested by the title. Smells robust and roasted at least, a very pleasant stout character (which the bottle claims it is, despite the name of the brew: "Stout with spices added"). Not as robust as some, but true enough and tasty enough.

Taste is also pleasant and true, without really pushing the envelope. Spice? I wish it had it, because it would probably liven up the beer a lot. What we end up with is a roasty and deep, but reasonably generic. The rye perhaps lends a slight rugbrød note to it, and the dry finish rather accentuates the yeast and bread characters. Perhaps it is slightly different to a standard stout or dark baltic porter - in fact, the more I drink, the more I get a pumpernickel bread character to it - but it doesn't extend the realms of beerdom in the ways I thought it might. Feel is smooth and clear, with a slight sheen.

Certainly not a bad beer. In fact, it's one that I enjoyed a great deal, and would enjoy again. Possibly a beer that didn't quite live up to its potential in my mind, but certainly a worth brew nonetheless. (1,902 characters)

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap today at Max's.

The beer pours a very dark cola color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing considerasble licorise, coffee and dark chocolate. The beer is every bit as good on the palate, where once again the licorise seems to dominate. Also, while there's some moderate sweetness initially, the finish is actually quite dry. As for pumpernickel, there's something of a "rye-ness" to the beer, which may represent the pumpernickel and seems to help dry this beer out. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but but there's plenty of flavor, and the finish is pretty long. Drinkabilty is good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

Nothing extraordinairy, but I thought this nevertheless a pretty solid beer. (764 characters)

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Mørke - Pumpernickel Porter from Beer Here
92 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.