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Mørke - Pumpernickel Porter - Beer Here

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Mørke - Pumpernickel PorterMørke - Pumpernickel Porter

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176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 33
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Mørke - Pumpernickel Porter from Beer Here
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