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Icelandic Toasted Porter - Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )

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BA SCORE
85
very good

70 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 371
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 27.66%
Wants: 27
Gots: 115 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )
Iceland | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thepeter on 01-03-2012

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Photo of Jeffo
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from the wine guy down the road

From a bottle into a snifter
Beer brewed with Icelandic roasted coffee
14.5*P
6% ABV

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a two finger, looser, foamy and fizzy light tan head with decent retention. Clear dark brown body with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to faint wisp and clings to the glass as it recedes. Splotchy wisp and some touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Toasted bread, cacao powder, leather aromas, and some light coffee. Roasted and burnt character too with notes of toffee.

TASTE: Roasted character with toasted malts, coffee and cacao notes up front. More flavor at the swallow with roasted grain, cacao, bitter roasted coffee, leather, and some burnt black malts lingering on the palate. Quite roasted and toasted with plenty of flavor after the swallow.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Lighter on the palate, creamy as well, goes down fine and finishes a touch dry.

OVERALL: Pretty good. Not quite as good a porter as their IPA is an IPA, but still solid. A little too toasted and burnt perhaps, but plenty of flavor and enough going on to be enjoyable. Check it out if you get the chance.

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Photo of PrincessMeriwhite
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is black with a 2 finger pale head. Minimal lacing.
Smell is a bit odd with a mildly smokey kick.
Taste is toasty, oaky, and warm with subtle hints of chocolate and coffee.
Feel is mildly smooth and light.
Overall, great stout.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sweet, Toasty, Coffee, Smooth

I’m usually not a weather-oriented beer geek, yet I feel like this is exactly the beer I want or need with winter approaching. Einstök delivers a lot of flavor right from the start, with a lingering but subtle sweetness throughout that keeps the roasted grain character in check. Toffee and chocolate meet charcoal with a big toasty edge. The world needs more Porters like this.

Look 4.25 | Smell 3.75 | Taste 3.75 | Feel 4.25 | Overall 4.00

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #107 (DEC 2015)

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a thin head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of coffee, (slightly burnt) toasted dark bread, chocolate.

The taste is roasty/toasty - coffee with toasted dark bread. Chocolate and an earthy bitter touch in the balanced finish.

It has a rich medium body.

A pleasant coffee-forward porter. It has a nice roasty/toasted character.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Valhalla in Manhattan. Arrived in a tulip glass.

Appearance: In a dimly-lit bar, this looked like a solid black stout. Not much in the way of head or lacing.

Smell: Not unlike burnt toast, with underlying hints of coffee and char.

Taste: Blackened bitter malts, heavy with char, and dark, burnt toast open and close the flavor profile, tumbling around one another over the tongue. A mineral tone is present throughout, lending a somewhat stony and metallic tinge to the flavor profile. There is not much in the way of additional flavors per se, simply the layers of char, toast, ash, blackened coffee, and minerality.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin and light in body, which is fine - I've found the designation of "porter" and "stout" these days to be largely based on how thick or thin the mouthfeel. Easily quaffable.

Overall: A solidly okay porter, with some interesting notes from the minerality involved. If said minerality is an effect of the water used, as I've seen suggested on reviews of the Einstok White, then I'm looking forward to trying that beer.

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Photo of stevoj
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous beer. Thick, silky head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate. taste is nice and bitter like a German Schwarzbier, not sweet like some of the porters sampled recently. Nice roasted grain flavor with elements of dark chocolate, prunes, cherries. Makes me want to go back to Iceland....

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

Poured into snifter. The color is dark coffee, nearly black with a one finger, light tan head and lacing. The smell is primarily smoke, peat, and burnt chocolate. The taste largely follows the nose. The primary taste is burnt coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt but with a significant amount of bitterness. There is, however, a faint brown sugar sweetness at the finish. This is a pleasant, medium-bodied porter, nicely carbonated and the 6% ABV is barely noticeable. Overall, this is a good porter but not at the level of Founders, Eddy Fitz or some of the others. It could use a little more dark fruit or some vanilla such as Victory at Sea. This would be a fine porter to drink at a bar but there are better options out there to purchase by the bottle.

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Photo of LantGladstone
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

no bbe 6% abv 330ml bottle from ales by mail


Appearance (Look) = 6%
clear brown creamy cream coloured head

Smell = 24%
sugary, plum, malt


Taste = 40%
smelled better than tasted. a bit watery, alcohol, a weird cider taste off the back end. slightly metallic? In the front I think I'm picking up lactose? no ingredients list except that it is made with coffee. maybe I can pick up some coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel (Feel) = 10%
feels almost like a milk stout but with some astringency. sticky at the end.

Overall = 20%
It gets better with drinking. It wasn't horrible initially but it becomes ok as you sip. Not my favourite but not horrible.

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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 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.
4.25/4/3.5/3.75/3.5
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 jeranbrews
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A - SUper dark, Low beige head, some lacing. Poors nice chunky yeast clumps. Carbonation clings to the glass like soda. 4

S - Smokey and toasted. Freshly brewed (weak) coffee and charcoal from the neighbors house 2 houses down the streak. Not much in the way of hops, some nondescript malt flavors. 4.25

T - Not overly complex. Some malted barley flavors, not many hops, not much in the way of spices or esters to speak of. A tiny bit disappointing but still totally tasty and easily sessionable. Aftertaste is simple hops and roast malts. 3.25

M - Cold fizzy almost acidic despite the almost nonexistant head. A tiny bit watery but still smooth and a touch of lingering mouth coating. 3.25

O - Nice average but not record breaking porter. The toasted smells were the most enjoyable portion. Would have again. 4.

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Photo of JRed
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in body with off-white head that dissipates. Aroma of cocoa, coffee, wood. Tastes of cocoa, light coffee, earth, wood, toast, roast, some mild bitterness to clean it up. Medium body with medium carbonation. Very smooth and slammable.

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Photo of Dainslaif
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I tried this at the OC Brew Hee Haw. Being one of the few stouts/porters in the event, I wish they hadn't run out, as it was quite good. Strong porter flavor with a bit of the toasted taste coming out. Smooth finish.

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Photo of NateBunney
4.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am not sure why this beer is rated as low as it is. This is one of the best beers I drink. This brewery has perfected their malt roast process to produce a truly toast flavor as opposed to a roast flavor. Amazingly drinkable beer with complex and unique flavored.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black ale with a mocha foam head that'll leave some lace on your glass

S: faint char and chocolate malt dryness and roastiness; subtler hints of something sweet beneath

T: the dark malts are indeed toasty, with flashes of stale espresso, dry char, and wet toast; mild coffee flavors linger

M: fairly light and drying, hidden deep is a dark bitterness that will linger on your palate

O: it's not a go-to style for me, but this has all the points you'd enjoy in an "American porter" - has a rustic, almost smoky element to it; black coffee undercurrents - very mellow, but with a bit of bite.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with just a trace of light seeping through. A fingernail of light brown covers 2/3's of the top. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is of dark malt, toffee, and a hint of smoke. The flavor is bitter due to roasted barley with more toffee, dark chocolate and that trace of smoke in the fade. The mouth is chewy and dry.

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Photo of Adam-beerismyfriend
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mellow, toffee ,chocolate, and coffee aromas. Pours to a VERY dark almost black hue. tastes much of caramel, and toasted barley, lingering coffee flavour. Pleasant and would recommend to anyone who is into porter.

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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 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 dank203
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

dark with little head formed on the pour. aroma notes of toffee, caramel, roasted coffee, biscuit malt. coffee, dark chocolate, hint of dark fruit and licorice on palate. dry roasted finish, lingering bitter chalkiness

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Photo of Sweasty
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always looking for new breweries to try. Eisnstok's porter is my first beer from Iceland. The Toasted Porter pours a nice black. A few hints of light offer some ruby tones around the edges. Things are topped off by a couple fingers worth of light khaki head. Head settles to a ring leaving a fair bit of lace in its wake.

Toasted Porter offers a nice nose. Dark roasted notes hit upfront. Coffee stands out. Some sweet chocolate notes present as well. Some light caramel and toffee notes rounds things out.

The taste matches the nose. Dark roasty flavors up front. Coffee stands out. Thats followed by some semi-sweet chocolate notes. Sweet caramel and some sticky toffee flow beneath the roasty notes. The finish is roasty with a lingering toffee quality.

Toasted Porter has a nice medium body. The Carbonation is adequate and helps lighten things ups a bit.

Einstok's Icelandic Porter is my first brew from the country. Its quite the tasty brew. This brew will definitely be a go to porter for me. It hits all the right notes, and is quite quaffable. If this is the quality I can expect from Einstok and the rest of Iceland, I may have new beer country to explore.

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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 ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Icelandic Toasted Porter from Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )
85 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.