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: 24
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 lacqueredmouse
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

330ml brown bottle purchased from some random shop in Soho, London. My first Icelandic beer.

Pours a pleasant deep brown, opaque and firmly hazed. Head forms a fine but unpersistent head of beige that nonetheless leaves some large-patterned lace. Fine carbonation when tilted. Looks reasonably good.

Nose is extremely mild, to the point of pointlessness, if you get my meaning. Some faint, toasty malt, perhaps a suggestion of smoke, and a little citric fragrance. But it's searching for it to find these characters. Mostly, it's almost pointless.

Taste is certainly a little better. Smooth malt forms a solid basis, and although it doesn't do a lot with what's there, there is a touch of roasted malt, and some faint smoky characters that almost leave a spicy twinge on the back. Still, it's extremely weak as well: nothing like a robust flavour.

Feel is weak and thin: it's perhaps this more than anything that makes this beer seem so insipid.

Overall, this is pretty bad. It's a very, very poor effort at a porter, or any sort of dark beer in general. While I'm pleased to have tried a beer from Iceland, this is a very disappointing introduction to the country's output. (1,179 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque dark brown, with ruby edges. A tan head appears and disappears just as quickly. Coffee, coffee, coffee nose. Mouthfeel is a real let down, but not as disappointing as the flavor of this dog. Coffee up front that fades way too quickly leaving a currant or two just before it goes away forever. It has promise for a moment. But, just a moment. How'd this make it to American shelves?? (398 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2013. Picked up ages ago from Trembling Madness in York. Porter made from volcano-filtered water sounds good...

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A residue remains in the bottle, suggesting bottle conditioning. A very dark brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy light brown foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of grainy malt with hints of fruity ale yeast, mild caramel and faint chocolate. A slight warming whiff of alcohol in the background, along with a whisper of marzipan.

Tastes of mild dark malt with a dry finish. Notes of fruity yeast esters, subtle roasted grain, a hint of chocolate, earthiness and faint stewed leaves. There is a slight harshness in the background, along with hints of solventy booze and cardboard. A mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity ale yeast, faint ash and wet cardboard.

Meh; a sub-standard porter. Both the aroma and flavour are surprisingly bland and don't reflect what you see in the glass. Where are the roasted malt notes? The impression I get is that this a regular ale in 'porter' clothing - the colour has been achieved using patent malt that adds little to the beer's character. Disappointing, as I've enjoyed the other beers produced by Einstok. This one falls short of the mark; no need to seek it out. (1,495 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle at Lola Gaspar, the ultimate hipster joint in Downtown SanTana, CA.

Raul did it and Raul just said, "aite." Nothin' to trip on. Nothin' to get a panty in a knot. Just drink it with a homie and do yer thang thang. And I when I say "thang," yeah, that thang. (273 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The joy of Beachwood BBQ. I knew I would be repayed somehow for my little contribution. How about two beers from Iceland? Let's start with the Toasted Porter. On to the beer:

It's black, not much of a surprise. There is spotty lace clinging around the glass as the beer kicks it up. The nose is rather bland to be honest. There is just a hint fo cocoa, otherwise it's tough to sense. But its fortune changes in the taste, where things become more reasonable. To me, it tastes like an oatmeal porter. It's mineraly too (must be that volcanic water). Medium bodied, easy in the mouth, and pleasant to drink.

This is a more than fair attempt at a porter from Iceland. It could be more aromic, but otherwise it's on the right path. (730 characters)

Photo of shand
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer from Iceland? Why the hell not. Islandic Toasted Porter pours a very deep brown with a finger of well retaining head. The aroma is a little subdued, offering a bit of sweet and slightly toasted malts and some dark fruits. The taste is nice and roasty at first, but really never provides the toastiness promised, instead turning sweeter as the beer lingers on the palate. Overall, Islandic Toasted Porter is really just a slightly above average porter. It's tasty enough, but not worth the import premium. (511 characters)

Photo of thepeter
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep dark brown with an amber hue in the light. Not much head or lacing, still. Toasted malt and cocoa in the aroma as well as a good amount of candy sugar. Taste is much of the same, heavier on the Candy sugar than I expected but not as much coffee as I expected from the style. A nice bitter finish with little to no after taste. Palate is medium and nicely carbonated. Overall, I wish the flavor profile was more comlex and had more elements but it is a good beer, a bit on the sweet side but I like sweet. (515 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

31st August 2012: Icelandic or should I say ‘Einstok’ tasting evening at a mates house. He’d bought two bottles of four different Einstok brews. All poured carefully into a ‘Straffe Hendrik’ badged chalice. The third beer was a 33cl Bottle of this (best before 24 Sep 2013).

Dark brown; almost black body, with a small tanned head on top.

The nose was a smoky mix of maltiness with dark chocolate and some coffee esters.

The taste was a strange blend of alcoholic Cola, semi-sweet caramel, ground coffee, dark chocolate with Brazil nuts and a smoked German Ham.

Almost rich and creamy: but not quiet that smooth, the finish was leaning towards a bitter chocolate feel and although I found it enjoyable it lacked a little body strength for a true Porter style beer. (778 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours pitch black with small head and respectable lacing.

Aroma is of mild coffee and roasted malts.

The taste is moderatelt bitter with a very noticeable smoked flavour. It reminded me of smoked ham in the finish. There were hints of coffee in the flavour and very mild chocolate notes

Overall this was quite enjoyable and had a strong smoked character. The other flavours were a little muted a it felt just a bit more light and easy drinking in the mouthfell than I would have preferred.

75/100 (500 characters)

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

From a bottle, pours dark brown, almost black. Very still, thin brown head with not much retention.

The nose is smoke, roasted malts, very toasty, a little chocolate. Flavors are dry roast, oats, bitter dark chocolate, a little dough. This was interesting a and a fun one to try. (285 characters)

Photo of ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep, impenetrable brown color. Mild tan foam which disspersed rapidly. Light chocolate scent. Tastes of chocolate and coffee. Sweet and a little syrupy (at least in mouthfeel) but with enough bitterness to even it out. Overall it's pretty tasty if you're in the mood for something intense and thick. (300 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Near jet black in the tall Aventinus blass. Plenty of foam with a pleasing carbonation in the mouth.

There's a distinctly different kind of dark malt flavor here, along with an espresso bitterness. I don't know about "toasted," but there is a rich variety of roasted grain. On the sweeter side, but seems very appropriate to the dark flavors. Slightly winey and chocolatey. Not so aromatic.

Thoroughly drinkable dark beer. From the 330 ml bottle bought, I have to admit, at BevMo in San Diego, but it's all for a good cause. I'm all for supporting "sustainable Iceland" products, as long as they don't try one with fermented shark flavor. (640 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours near black with ruby brown edging. The head sits about a finger thick with fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Spotty lacing with little stick.

Smell - Has that classic roasted euro aroma; notes of toffee and caramel. A little sharp. Faint chocolate.

Taste - Moderate notes of roasted malt and caramel with light touches of toffee upfront. A ghostly trace of mentholated tobacco in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with lively carbonation. Goes down well enough.

Overall - A little funky, but drinkable. Nothing I wouldn't drink again, but by that same token I'm as indifferent to buying it again. (662 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving no lace. Ton of yeast left in bottle. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Baked chocolate nose and flavor is baked/burnt chocolate. 330ml bottle, from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California. (286 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours near to black as can be. Tall, tan, tiny bubbled head fades evenly and leaves decent lace.
Smell is weak overall with notes of toasted malt, hops, light smokiness and a fruity acidity that I can't put my finger on.
Taste is better with roasted malt, some cardboard, hops, smoke, molasses and a touch of teriyaki. Good balance, too.
Medium bodied and medium effervescence. Slightly warming, somewhat drying. Aftertaste fades evenly leaving a toasty, almost burnt, malt flavor to fade out. Good stuff. Similar to Fade to Black. Nice. (540 characters)

Photo of BradC
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin head, not much lacing at all.

Don't pick up much aroma...maybe a slight sweet toasted grain smell.

Taste kind of falls flat, some roasted grain, malty sweetness, don't get much coffee at all.

Kind of thin bodied.

Overall, a drinkable porter, a bit on the thin side for me and lacking depth. (325 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: World Market in Las Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: Aug. 1, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 3, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a brownish almost black color with 2-to-3 fingers of tan frothy tan head. Sporadic, uneven foamy lacing along the sides all the way down. Great retention on the top on the way down.

Smelled dark chocolate, fudge, toffee, caramel, coffee, smoky fire, toast, roasty nuts and tree bark.

Tasted similar to the nose, albeit just a tad bit smokier. Got smoky fire, coffee beans, dark chocolate, toast, ashtray, toast, roasty nuts, fudge, caramel and toffee.

Medium body. Creamy-to-slick texture. Average-to-light carbonation. Long finish.

Just an average porter overall. Nothing too special about it. (788 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly thin black with a smaller tan head.

Aroma is not real enticing. Faint chocolate, roasted malts, and signifigantly sweet. Not sure what is lending the sweetness. Also, I dont pick up much in the way of coffee.

Taste is pretty sweet initially and things are looking pretty bad for this one, but then a little bit of ashy/smokiness surfaces and the coffee flavors appear out of nowhere. A smooth espresso/latte flavor that seems to linger long after. It seems to improve more and more as time passes. The chocolate and malt falvors are pretty average. Still cant put my finger on the sweet and odd flavor up front, but it manages to overcome it.

Body is a tad thin, but not really moreso than several other solid American porters. A little drying though.

I honestly thought this one was going to be pretty bad. It looked alright, smelled worse, then at first tasted the same. It turned out to be fairly decent though. It is a hang with 'em kind of beer. I wouldnt hesitate trying it if I were you depending on other options. I wouldn't expect anyone to fall in love with it and be a repeat buyer either. (1,122 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black, half finger of head, drinking out of a coffee mug, so it may have a little light on the edges but I sure as hell would not know.

Smell is toffee, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, maybe a earthy hop coming through, chocolate aroma aswell

Taste is roast heavy, burnt notes, earthy hop bitterness, caramel and toffee notes in the middle, finishes with a coffee like bitterness and a little molasses sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium, maybe a little high on carbonation for my tastes in a porter.

Overall a decent showing for a porter here, Do not understand the best by date of 2015 for a standard abv beer, but hey it is from Iceland which is also cool!

Pick it up if you like the style, if you are not that into porters and are just looking to try 1 or two examples of the style I would stick to the likes of Founders Porter and Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald. (872 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

I am continuing the Bottle Divestment of the Summer of 2014 and I became inspired by one that was recently dropped off for me by my local, in-person trader, tone77. I have the Sugarcubes playing to accompany this (optional, but not for me) review.

From the bottle: "N65/W18"; "Ale Brewed with Icelandic Roasted Coffee"; "With clear noteds of toffee and dark chocolate, this Porter is roasty and rich, offering a medium body that is robust, yet smooth on the palate. Toasted and chocolate malts give it a sinister black color, but its easy-to-drink taste will have you believing that there's no more need to be afraid of the dark. DREKKTU. SIGRADU. ENDURTAKTU!"; "Sustainable Iceland since 874 AD".

There were noticeable lees sitting in the punt of the bottle, so I employed a gentle pour after popping the cap. Employing a Bartender's Trick, I gave it a gentle swirl, bringing up a finger of fizzy, light-brown head with decent retention. Color was a Very Dark Brown, but not quite Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with garnet highlights visible. nose had a nice coffee roastiness along with a light nuttiness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy. Taste was not as bitter as the nose had led me to expect, but instead had a nuttiness offsetting the coffee flavors. It was like a Porter approaching being a Stout. Finish was semi-dry and it suddenly hit me - it was like when we cut Mess Decks' coffee's bitterness with chicory! I liked the way that it was not so bitter as to be overwhelming. (1,504 characters)

Photo of AAG
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a room-temperature pint glass after pulling the bottle out of the refrigerator.

Appearance - Opaque, very dark, black; poured a nice frothy head which dissipated very quickly; decent lacing on the sides of the glass throughout.

Smell - Chocolate; caramel; malt; spicy (not sure exactly which spices, though), smokey edge.

Taste - Initial bitterness is tempered by chocolate, coffee, caramel, malt-taste. Molasses, dark-fruit, smooth goodness. Very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel - Slightly bitter but smooth, especially for a 6.0 ABV beer.

Overall - Very good porter. I didn't know Iceland had a brewery but I'm pretty impressed! I would seek this porter out again; well done. (685 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, and some slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty and smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion. (463 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown nearly black colored beer with a small brown colored head that doesn't last.

Smells strongly of toasted grain and cocoa powder. Mild patent malt with a trace of coffee and smoke. Solid aroma of a porter.

Starts out roasty and toasty mainly coffee and burnt wheat toast. Mild amount of sweetness this isn't a bone dry porter. Mild chocolate and coffee flavors this is all well balanced with no single flavor taking over. Checks all the proper flavors for a porter.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a very well balanced porter. A tasty beer that illustrates the characteristics of a porter well enough to be used as a type specimen. (639 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Opaque seal brown liquid is topped by a highly active smattering of tan foam that recedes to a nearly non-existent collar.

Toasted grain (unsurprising), pie crusts, and light coffee notes in the nose. Faint herbal note as well.

The palate follows the nose with the addition of faint roast coffee, mineral rich water, and a moderate astringency from roast malt and a light black pepper note, presumably from hops. Finishes dry and earthy.

Light-bodied with average carbonation.

The water makes this unique, though the roasty base is well crafted as well. Worth a try, though not necessarily worth paying a few dollars more for the import. (711 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle with a BB date of 26 Nov. 2016
From Edinburgh (High Spirits) consumed in the garden of Kellie Castle in Fife.

Medium plus body with meat medium soft carbonation.

Dark chocolate and some coffee in the finish: more coffee than earlier.
Moderately strong flavor with slightly bitter balance and a touch of sour.
Lightly smokey but essentially no char. (369 characters)

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Icelandic Toasted Porter from Einstök Ölgerð
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