Icelandic Toasted Porter - Einstök Ölgerð

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Icelandic Toasted PorterIcelandic Toasted Porter

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86
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 298
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 23
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: thepeter on 01-03-2012

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Photo of NateBunney
4.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am not sure why this beer is rated as low as it is. This is one of the best beers I drink. This brewery has perfected their malt roast process to produce a truly toast flavor as opposed to a roast flavor. Amazingly drinkable beer with complex and unique flavored. (268 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is one dark porter. Not cola-colored, not coffee brown, but solid black. Looks fantastic, with a thin, tight layer of foam atop. I’m excited to try it.

Great roast aroma. It has undertones of dark cherries and some Italian roast espresso along with a touch of cacao. Flavor has a mild roast to it. Some bitter chocolate undergirds it as well. It is exceptionally smooth, with a lightly sweet finish. This was incredible! My favorite of the Einstok brews. (467 characters)

Photo of evianIPA
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle from Vinbudin in Reykjavik December 2014

I can't think of a better session porter that I've ever had.
It's both smooth and rich whilst not being sweet and the finish and nice and neutral.
Very chocolatey with hints of coffee and liquorice. I could drink this by the half dozen! (293 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 330 mL bottle, thanks Chuck,

A: Pours a super deep brown with a light tan head, solid retention and lace.

S: Very nice smell. Some minor smoke, molasses, licorice and toffee.

T: Lots of sweet creamed coffee, dark chocolate, a classic English style flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, light on the palate, a drinkable beer, clean finish.

O: My first beer ever from Iceland, this is really impressive. Up there with the classics of England. (459 characters)

Photo of BrewTasting
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from Pizza Port bottle shop in Carlsbad, CA - Great store.

This embodies a porter to me, I feel like I could drink it all day.

A -Poured into New Belgium Globe glass. Very minimal head, with a deep brown color, keeping the light out with a slight red fringe at the top.

S - This beer smells great to me, a little smokey with a toasted coffee scent.

T & M - Mouthfeel holds carbonation up front, once it warms up it mellows nicely in the middle. This beer tastes like a porter should. It doesn't grip the tongue but blends to it. Coffee notes are definitely there but just the perfect ammount. It's slightly smokey, nutty, with good malt character.

Overall - This beer is a great example of a porter, it has wonderful flavors, it's refreshing, and if you see a bottle pick it up and enjoy.. Just remember to buy 2 :) (839 characters)

Photo of demon
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch black and no light coming through the sides. About 1 cm of head develops that diminishes slowly. Quite a bit of lacing develops. Looks like a very inviting porter.

S - Smells like a good porter. Considering it contains roasted coffee, the coffee notes are more subtle than pronounced. Roasted malt notes come through.

T - Roasty, toasty, chocolaty, coffee goodness here. Very sweet. Not very hoppy. Very well rounded flavors. Not overly complex, but also not monotonous. There is a bit of coffee bitterness on the aftertaste, though pleasantly so.

F - The mouthfeel on this one is incredibly pleasant. Extremely smooth. Just enough of that frothy goodness to leave a yummy beer coating on the palate.

O - If you are looking for a new porter to try, this is an excellent choice. The drinkability of this beer is great. I personally am NOT a fan of coffee beers, but the brewers of this beer smartly chose to have the coffee notes be subtle in a very good way. So many coffee/espresso beers out there are totally overwhelming in terms of coffee flavor. These guys executed this one just right. (1,106 characters)

Photo of xboxhueg
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours very black, more so than I was expecting for a porter. Deep roasty malt character and coffee coming through on the taste, mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Really good porter. (190 characters)

Photo of verge
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass. A short-lived head that dissipates very quickly. Pretty dark, but you can see a little ruby when held up to light.

Nice aroma, smoky. What I want from a porter.

Taste is surprisingly reminiscent of an English porter (though this is supposedly an American porter). Nutty and toffee malt flavors dominate at first. Finish ends up very balanced, and a rather balanced but slightly hoppy aftertaste lives on. American Porter indeed!

This is very enjoyable. My first response upon seeing this beer on the shelf was "there is a brewery in Iceland?" Nice job, Einstok. (606 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

Almost black with a creamy looking head. Roasted malt and coffee aroma. Taste also has a nice roasted body with coffee and some chocolate sweetness. Medium body. One of the more flavorful porters I have had. Try it if you ever find yourself in Iceland! (257 characters)

Photo of dank203
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

dark with little head formed on the pour. aroma notes of toffee, caramel, roasted coffee, biscuit malt. coffee, dark chocolate, hint of dark fruit and licorice on palate. dry roasted finish, lingering bitter chalkiness (221 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this bottle chilled in a stout glass.

The color is dark brown with opaque clarity and two fingers of tan head with fine bead and lace sticks with good retention. The smell is very good with strong toasted grain in the aroma and light yeast smell which has a mineral aspect and light dried fruit ester with subtle caramel odor from the malt. The feel is excellent with medium body and moderately low carbonation with roasted grain texture and mild sweetness with subtle spice quality with smooth feel toward the finish which is semi-dry with mild alcohol influence.

The taste is great with malt presence that hints at dark chocolate with a coffee-like roastiness and mild toffee sweetness and dark dried fruit flavors with a mild spice element in the background. The taste has a slight char in the malt with gentle raisin-like flavor and slightly herbal hop quality which is complimentary. Overall I really enjoyed this beer more than I expected to be honest. The porter is very good and enjoyable in every way -very pleasurable to drink with nice balance. The coffee is mellow and the abv level is within range to enjoy multiples. (1,144 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours borderline black with a small beige head, quick to a thin film of foam on top.
Awesome roasted malts on the nose, really rich, bit salty, nutty, with chocolate and some roasted coffee bean, a bit of burnt sugar, light woody notes. But an incredibly fragrant roast, wow!
That's present in the taste, too, a rich deep roast, with a pinch of salt, almost like a bit of sea water in there, with some clear dark chocolate, faint toffees and burnt sugar. Some faint red apple. A nice coffee bean character, roasted, dusty, with a bit of black coffee acidity towards the finish. Finishes with the roasted dark malts, but they don't get ashy.
Not even in the aftertaste. Toasted dark bread, some baking chocolate, some coffee powder. Hint of dried dark fruit showing up. Medium body, medium carbonation, would've liked it smoother.
A great porter, another great example of deep roasted malty beers from the Northern countries. This is becoming a habit. A good one. (962 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American Porter - what a load of shite.

This "Porter" was poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown/black colour with a small and quickly fading head.

Smells quite dark and sweet, very malty.

Tastes quite sweet and dry, dark with some roasted flavour on the finish.

Overall a very nice beer, very tasty and fairly drinkable. (355 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate black with oxblood highlights and a lumpy tan head. 4
Acidic malts, a whack of phenolic meaty smoke, and brown soda toast. 4
Prune, fruit brack, some smoke, a hit of cola, more bacon and a bit of branch hops. 4
Dark roast coffee end and drying linger.
Light-med, lively, crisp. 4

I wish the label said if there was smoked malt - it sure tastes like it. That plus traditional porter notes plus the judicious coffee gives this a lot to chew over. For all the flavour, a light enough body and incredibly clean finish - very much like a porter. Exceeds expectations. 4.25 (578 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1/18...pours pitch black, full fast tan foam. Builds and settles with some layering left. Coffee grounds nose, softer java sense. Smooth, creamy, milky flavor, very balanced. Subdued bitter, flavorful but not lingering. (219 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black ale with a mocha foam head that'll leave some lace on your glass

S: faint char and chocolate malt dryness and roastiness; subtler hints of something sweet beneath

T: the dark malts are indeed toasty, with flashes of stale espresso, dry char, and wet toast; mild coffee flavors linger

M: fairly light and drying, hidden deep is a dark bitterness that will linger on your palate

O: it's not a go-to style for me, but this has all the points you'd enjoy in an "American porter" - has a rustic, almost smoky element to it; black coffee undercurrents - very mellow, but with a bit of bite. (597 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +4.7%

11.2 oz bottle. Pours black with creamy, long lasting, beige head. Aroma is of toasted malt, coffee, bread crust, brown sugar and dark fruit. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Toasted malt, brown sugar, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, grain fill the mouth. Finish is long and bitter. Delicious Porter. (307 characters)

Photo of elosodelahabra
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Couldn't get my Pops to try a sip of this one, which turned out to be fine, more delicious and surprisingly refreshing Icelandic Porter for me!

Poured dark-as-tar black and little foam on top, very faint smell of roasted coffee and maybe oats. Not for sure oats, definitely maybe oats.

Taste was light on the tongue and didn't try to hold me down on the kitchen floor and hit me over the head with alcohol or coffee or any smoky-type flavor. It was delicious, very drinkable and had a nice little flourish at the end that said, "don't forget big boy, I was lightly toasted."

I really enjoyed this beer, even if you're scared of dark beer, don't fear, this one's well worth your dinero. (689 characters)

Photo of Sweasty
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always looking for new breweries to try. Eisnstok's porter is my first beer from Iceland. The Toasted Porter pours a nice black. A few hints of light offer some ruby tones around the edges. Things are topped off by a couple fingers worth of light khaki head. Head settles to a ring leaving a fair bit of lace in its wake.

Toasted Porter offers a nice nose. Dark roasted notes hit upfront. Coffee stands out. Some sweet chocolate notes present as well. Some light caramel and toffee notes rounds things out.

The taste matches the nose. Dark roasty flavors up front. Coffee stands out. Thats followed by some semi-sweet chocolate notes. Sweet caramel and some sticky toffee flow beneath the roasty notes. The finish is roasty with a lingering toffee quality.

Toasted Porter has a nice medium body. The Carbonation is adequate and helps lighten things ups a bit.

Einstok's Icelandic Porter is my first brew from the country. Its quite the tasty brew. This brew will definitely be a go to porter for me. It hits all the right notes, and is quite quaffable. If this is the quality I can expect from Einstok and the rest of Iceland, I may have new beer country to explore. (1,171 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a nice layer of khaki colored head. Chocolate, whiskey, oak, and some cream notes come through on the nose; follows onto the palate. Nice mouthfeel, rich, hearty. Finishes with whiskey and some chocolate notes. Good example of the style. (267 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +4.7%

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass at Caddyshanks in Orlando.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted, chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, smoke, and earthy notes.

Taste: Same as above. Chocolate and toffee sweetness stand out with a little bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, a little sweet from the chocolate, medium bodied, some bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Never seen the bottle so I had to try it. Need to enjoy a few of these before heading back to Boston. (676 characters)

Photo of Adam-beerismyfriend
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mellow, toffee ,chocolate, and coffee aromas. Pours to a VERY dark almost black hue. tastes much of caramel, and toasted barley, lingering coffee flavour. Pleasant and would recommend to anyone who is into porter. (213 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thin head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted/toasted malt. Singular but good.
The taste has a mild sweetness from the roasted malt, then some burnt wood joins in for a balanced ale.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation and a medium to heavy body.
An enjoyable drink. (282 characters)

Photo of JacStance
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/black with a khaki head that has little retention but decent lacing. Looks great in a glass.

Its aroma is slightly sweet, with the majority of flavors being vanilla and mild coffee, with a smoky undertone.

The name doesn't lie, this definitely tastes toasted. It’s got a smoky, roasted flavor that appears throughout the beer. Less pronounced flavors include dark chocolate, roasted malts, and an unmistakable anise-like flavor.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, and the entire beer has a very clean taste to it. The beer is brewed with water from prehistoric glaciers near the Arctic Circle, which supposedly produce the purest water on earth, so that’s no surprise. The body almost reminds me of a black lager rather than a porter because of how smooth and easy-drinking it is.

Overall, a very good beer. It manages to take the usual flavors of a porter but not seem bland or boring. It has all the characteristics of a roasted porter, but still manages to create its own identity. I would suggest you give this one a try if you get the chance, Its beer from the arctic circle, for crying out loud! (1,136 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with just a trace of light seeping through. A fingernail of light brown covers 2/3's of the top. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is of dark malt, toffee, and a hint of smoke. The flavor is bitter due to roasted barley with more toffee, dark chocolate and that trace of smoke in the fade. The mouth is chewy and dry. (335 characters)

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Icelandic Toasted Porter from Einstök Ölgerð
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