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Icelandic Toasted Porter - Einstök Ölgerð

Icelandic Toasted PorterIcelandic Toasted Porter

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BA SCORE
83
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91 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%


Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð visit their website
Iceland

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thepeter on 01-03-2012)
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.69/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 16:27:37 | More by lacqueredmouse
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DocJitsu

California

2.98/5  rDev -19%
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??

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 05:04:40 | More by DocJitsu
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 01:53:28 | More by jazzyjeff13
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RaulMondesi

California

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 07:05:33 | More by RaulMondesi
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DoubleJ

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 02:57:04 | More by DoubleJ
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 20:05:28 | More by thepeter
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shand

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 23:34:48 | More by shand
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 13:24:34 | More by BlackHaddock
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mactrail

California

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 03:30:49 | More by mactrail
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 22:44:52 | More by jdhilt
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TheSixthRing

California

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 01:47:58 | More by TheSixthRing
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BucannonXC5

California

3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 08:52:23 | More by BucannonXC5
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 01:38:53 | More by PorterLambic
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 16:21:40 | More by nickapalooza86
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 03:40:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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AAG

Texas

3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:16:24 | More by AAG
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Zorro

California

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 01:56:41 | More by Zorro
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augustgarage

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-19-2012 06:17:03 | More by augustgarage
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased from UTOBEER recently, coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned but also unfiltered; bottled on 23/07/2013, BB 23/07/2015, served lightly chilled in a straight pint glass. Notes: this bottle comes at 5.2%abv., and the front label specifies this ale is brewed with "Icelandic roasted coffee"...!!!

A: pours a nearly black colour in the glass, coming with a restrained layer of dark beige foam and rather mild carbonation.
S: on the nose, it’s pretty clean, featuring toasted malts upfront, jammy black fruits and roast nuts behind, while dark chocolates seem to lend some extra pleasure overall.
T: pretty light-bodied on the entry, the foretaste comes fairly bitter-sweet malty, with leather-ish and earthy notes overall, reminiscent of roasted nuts a lot along with some cocoa-like profile of sweeter side of dark malts; followed by lightly bitter, acidic and burned cold coffee (voila!), mildly lubricating in the finish, pleasantly bitter but rather clean as well.
M&O: mildly carbonated, not to the point of being “smooth” but not far off, either, while the flavour profile is generally balanced against a moderate body. An all-round good drinking porter/stout with some decent quality to it. I like it.


Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 20:58:05 | More by wl0307
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MarioM

California

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into tulip

A: Pitch black, not light shining through, brown head with obvious carbonation. Medium sized bubbles with no lacing, head was gone after a minute. Very dark brew.

S: Roasted malt, smokiness, slightly sweet, bitter coffee, light chocolate notes as well and an overall dryness.

T: Sweet roasted malt, bitterness is nice, smokiness and the chocolate are well balanced. Great tasting beer. Dryness and bitterness is enjoyable, fits the style well.

M: Carbonation is just right, it first appears to be too carbonated but its very drinkable. Chocolate and roasted smokiness malts remain for a while with some light bitterness. A little warmness also remains, also slight dry.

O: This is my first Icelandic beer, its an American porter, but still glad to be drinking and enjoying a brew from the same country that gave us Bjork and her funky grooves. Very satisfied with the balance and mouth feel of this toasted porter. Great beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 04:37:38 | More by MarioM
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JacStance

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 04:35:08 | More by JacStance
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 05:25:01 | More by Fatehunter
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 23:24:42 | More by CwrwAmByth
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verge

California

4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 06:18:49 | More by verge
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BrewTasting

Nevada

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
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 :)

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 01:54:06 | More by BrewTasting
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Icelandic Toasted Porter from Einstök Ölgerð
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