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Icelandic Toasted Porter - Einstök Ölgerð

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Icelandic Toasted PorterIcelandic Toasted Porter

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84
good

117 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-27-2012 03:17:51 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

10-05-2012 13:46:49 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.1%

09-26-2013 00:20:26 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

05-28-2014 02:59:20 | More by Knapp85
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-27-2014 23:19:59 | More by GRG1313
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mactrail

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 00:45:23 | More by Halcyondays
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -18.9%

06-07-2014 18:54:05 | More by beernads
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-04-2013 22:14:10 | More by weeare138
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.69/5  rDev -27.3%
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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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Zorro

California

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 02:57:04 | More by DoubleJ
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Lare453

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

03-23-2014 07:48:11 | More by Lare453
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.9%

03-23-2014 01:54:11 | More by deapokid
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Mitchster

Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-10-2014 21:55:12 | More by Mitchster
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

02-16-2014 20:52:18 | More by ste5venla
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-04-2014 01:53:24 | More by IdrinkGas
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-20-2013 06:33:25 | More by WDJersey
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

05-11-2014 01:55:41 | More by Smarty_Pints
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
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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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-02-2014 23:09:00 | More by Durandal_777
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Icelandic Toasted Porter from Einstök Ölgerð
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