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Icelandic Toasted Porter - Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )

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Icelandic Toasted PorterIcelandic Toasted Porter

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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 349
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 28.19%
Wants: 27
Gots: 105 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer appears jet black when viewed from afar but upon closer inspection when held up to a bright light it is clear dark red in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and malt extracts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste seems to have flavors of malt extracts and bits of associated sweetness along with notes of dark malts and hints of chocolate. Slight hints of roasted malts also become noticeable as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but the smell and taste lacks the complexity of the fine examples of the style. My favorite part about this beer was its smooth mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mactrail
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

duvel chalice.

A: Cola pour, whispy, weakly holding corkboard colored head that dissipates quickly. Weak non-committing lace coverage.

S: Dry powdered chocolate, almonds with a touch of dry vanilla. Weak strength, needs some help (swirling) to get any satisfaction, and again quickly vanishes.

T: Watery chocolate flavor at first, thin based, toasted almond, dry vanilla that followed the nose. Touch of bittering aftertaste. Buttery caramel sweetness, soda bread with a bit of dry wine like alcohol (dry grape skin) occurring on the finish.

M: Creamy body, slick and slippery texture, a bit light per style and under par, no carbonation.

O: Subtle toasted grains and toasted almond notes are the highlights here. The body is a bit thin, some tinny, metallic nature creeps in. Sweet chocoalte, not a lot of depth body and flavor wise. 3.25 is a fair assessment here, enough flashes that saves it from a 3.0.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus goblet.
A: Opaque black with creamy, light brown head.
S: Smells roasty-toasty with dusty milk chocolate.
T/M: Surprisingly bitter. It's not all roast, but a lot of it is. Beneath that is a creamy body with some nice, sweet chocolate before bitterness -- this time metallic -- comes back to end the flavor on a bit of an off note. Mostly good though!
O: Perhaps the first non-lager Icelandic beer I've had, and the best (though that's an incredibly low bar).

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft. black in color, off-white colored head. good head retention. Nice toasted marshmallow flavors to balance the roasty malt flavors in the aroma and taste. medium bodied.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a dark cola color with thick creamy tan head of 2 cm foaming up and fading to a sticky edge layer with a few wispy islands on the surface.
Aroma is roasted malt and some brown sugar sweetness, a little bit of dark bakers chocolate mixed in as well. No hints of hop character or any booze either. A nice appealing malty laden nose.
First sip reveals a smooth textured body with very fine and slightly tingly carbonation. Flavor is as you would expect from the appearance and nose. Lots of malt characters with some roasted malt notes and a bit of chocolate and some brown sugar as well. The label mentions coffee but I dont get too much of a coffee quality anywhere, which I was expecting when I popped the cap.
The beer is amazingly drinkable and the booze isnt apparent anywhere.
Not overly complex but enjoyable, I admit to being a little disappointed, but this certainly isnt a bad beer.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Icelandic Toasted Porter from Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )
85 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.