Icelandic Toasted Porter - Einstök Ölgerð

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Icelandic Toasted PorterIcelandic Toasted Porter

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86
very good

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 298
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 23
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
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Iceland

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 NateBunney
4.83/5  rDev +26.4%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,122 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of Adam-beerismyfriend
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (213 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of dank203
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
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 (221 characters)

Photo of Sweasty
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,171 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,144 characters)

Photo of demon
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch black and no light coming through the sides. About 1 cm of head develops that diminishes slowly. Quite a bit of lacing develops. Looks like a very inviting porter.

S - Smells like a good porter. Considering it contains roasted coffee, the coffee notes are more subtle than pronounced. Roasted malt notes come through.

T - Roasty, toasty, chocolaty, coffee goodness here. Very sweet. Not very hoppy. Very well rounded flavors. Not overly complex, but also not monotonous. There is a bit of coffee bitterness on the aftertaste, though pleasantly so.

F - The mouthfeel on this one is incredibly pleasant. Extremely smooth. Just enough of that frothy goodness to leave a yummy beer coating on the palate.

O - If you are looking for a new porter to try, this is an excellent choice. The drinkability of this beer is great. I personally am NOT a fan of coffee beers, but the brewers of this beer smartly chose to have the coffee notes be subtle in a very good way. So many coffee/espresso beers out there are totally overwhelming in terms of coffee flavor. These guys executed this one just right. (1,106 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (219 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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 (578 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours pitch black with just a thin wispy medium tan head. A touch of lacing around the sides of the glass but that's about it.

The one thing I noticed lacking in the aroma is the coffee advertised on the bottle. There is the slightest hint but I was really expecting it to jump out at me. More caramel and dark chocolate than anything.

The flavor is also quite light on the coffee but expands on the dark chocolate found in the aroma. There is also a certain nuttiness here that reminds me of chocolate covered almonds. Subtle sweetness and prickly carbonation leads to a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, a pretty average porter. My first beer from Iceland it really isn't bad. I would gladly have another one. (742 characters)

Photo of evianIPA
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle from Vinbudin in Reykjavik December 2014

I can't think of a better session porter that I've ever had.
It's both smooth and rich whilst not being sweet and the finish and nice and neutral.
Very chocolatey with hints of coffee and liquorice. I could drink this by the half dozen! (293 characters)

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 (919 characters)

Photo of xboxhueg
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours very black, more so than I was expecting for a porter. Deep roasty malt character and coffee coming through on the taste, mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Really good porter. (190 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

Almost black with a creamy looking head. Roasted malt and coffee aroma. Taste also has a nice roasted body with coffee and some chocolate sweetness. Medium body. One of the more flavorful porters I have had. Try it if you ever find yourself in Iceland! (257 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +4.7%

11.2 oz bottle. Pours black with creamy, long lasting, beige head. Aroma is of toasted malt, coffee, bread crust, brown sugar and dark fruit. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Toasted malt, brown sugar, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, grain fill the mouth. Finish is long and bitter. Delicious Porter. (307 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours pitch black with small head and respectable lacing.

Aroma is of mild coffee and roasted malts.

The taste is moderatelt bitter with a very noticeable smoked flavour. It reminded me of smoked ham in the finish. There were hints of coffee in the flavour and very mild chocolate notes

Overall this was quite enjoyable and had a strong smoked character. The other flavours were a little muted a it felt just a bit more light and easy drinking in the mouthfell than I would have preferred.

75/100 (500 characters)

Photo of elosodelahabra
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Couldn't get my Pops to try a sip of this one, which turned out to be fine, more delicious and surprisingly refreshing Icelandic Porter for me!

Poured dark-as-tar black and little foam on top, very faint smell of roasted coffee and maybe oats. Not for sure oats, definitely maybe oats.

Taste was light on the tongue and didn't try to hold me down on the kitchen floor and hit me over the head with alcohol or coffee or any smoky-type flavor. It was delicious, very drinkable and had a nice little flourish at the end that said, "don't forget big boy, I was lightly toasted."

I really enjoyed this beer, even if you're scared of dark beer, don't fear, this one's well worth your dinero. (689 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +4.7%

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass at Caddyshanks in Orlando.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted, chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, smoke, and earthy notes.

Taste: Same as above. Chocolate and toffee sweetness stand out with a little bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, a little sweet from the chocolate, medium bodied, some bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Never seen the bottle so I had to try it. Need to enjoy a few of these before heading back to Boston. (676 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into small pint glass.
A: Pours an extremely dark black-brown with a nice 1-2 inch light tan head with decent retention. (4)
S: Coffee dominates the aroma. Mild roasted nuttiness. Hint of chocolate malt. (3.75)
T: Medium roast coffee, nutty note, dark chocolate. (3.75)
M: Very smooth and darkly sweet. Hint of creamy feel. Very little bitterness in the feel. (3.75)
D: A nice example of style. The coffee note was a bit off, otherwise a solid brew. (3.75) (486 characters)

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