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Icelandic Toasted Porter - Einstök Ölgerð

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Icelandic Toasted PorterIcelandic Toasted Porter

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85
very good

157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev 0%

djrn2, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

nmann08, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

acurtis, Aug 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Texasfan549, Oct 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

kjkinsey, Sep 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

GRG1313, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

kylehay2004, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Knapp85, May 28, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

mactrail, Oct 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%

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.

Halcyondays, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

BlackHaddock, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -20%

beernads, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

woodychandler, Aug 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

weeare138, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.69/5  rDev -28.3%

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.

lacqueredmouse, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of wl0307
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

wl0307, Jan 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

DoubleJ, Mar 11, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

jdhilt, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Zorro, Nov 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Lare453, Mar 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Griffith, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

deapokid, Mar 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

ste5venla, Feb 16, 2014
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Icelandic Toasted Porter from Einstök Ölgerð
85 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.