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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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63 Reviews
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 347
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 28.46%
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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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 347
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 xboxhueg
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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.

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Photo of ksimons
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

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!

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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.


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Photo of elosodelahabra
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

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)

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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 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 BradC
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin head, not much lacing at all.

Don't pick up much aroma...maybe a slight sweet toasted grain smell.

Taste kind of falls flat, some roasted grain, malty sweetness, don't get much coffee at all.

Kind of thin bodied.

Overall, a drinkable porter, a bit on the thin side for me and lacking depth.

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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 nickapalooza86
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black, half finger of head, drinking out of a coffee mug, so it may have a little light on the edges but I sure as hell would not know.

Smell is toffee, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, maybe a earthy hop coming through, chocolate aroma aswell

Taste is roast heavy, burnt notes, earthy hop bitterness, caramel and toffee notes in the middle, finishes with a coffee like bitterness and a little molasses sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium, maybe a little high on carbonation for my tastes in a porter.

Overall a decent showing for a porter here, Do not understand the best by date of 2015 for a standard abv beer, but hey it is from Iceland which is also cool!

Pick it up if you like the style, if you are not that into porters and are just looking to try 1 or two examples of the style I would stick to the likes of Founders Porter and Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald.

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Photo of AAG
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a room-temperature pint glass after pulling the bottle out of the refrigerator.

Appearance - Opaque, very dark, black; poured a nice frothy head which dissipated very quickly; decent lacing on the sides of the glass throughout.

Smell - Chocolate; caramel; malt; spicy (not sure exactly which spices, though), smokey edge.

Taste - Initial bitterness is tempered by chocolate, coffee, caramel, malt-taste. Molasses, dark-fruit, smooth goodness. Very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel - Slightly bitter but smooth, especially for a 6.0 ABV beer.

Overall - Very good porter. I didn't know Iceland had a brewery but I'm pretty impressed! I would seek this porter out again; well done.

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Photo of verge
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass. A short-lived head that dissipates very quickly. Pretty dark, but you can see a little ruby when held up to light.

Nice aroma, smoky. What I want from a porter.

Taste is surprisingly reminiscent of an English porter (though this is supposedly an American porter). Nutty and toffee malt flavors dominate at first. Finish ends up very balanced, and a rather balanced but slightly hoppy aftertaste lives on. American Porter indeed!

This is very enjoyable. My first response upon seeing this beer on the shelf was "there is a brewery in Iceland?" Nice job, Einstok.

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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 PorterLambic
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours near to black as can be. Tall, tan, tiny bubbled head fades evenly and leaves decent lace.
Smell is weak overall with notes of toasted malt, hops, light smokiness and a fruity acidity that I can't put my finger on.
Taste is better with roasted malt, some cardboard, hops, smoke, molasses and a touch of teriyaki. Good balance, too.
Medium bodied and medium effervescence. Slightly warming, somewhat drying. Aftertaste fades evenly leaving a toasty, almost burnt, malt flavor to fade out. Good stuff. Similar to Fade to Black. Nice.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours near black with ruby brown edging. The head sits about a finger thick with fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Spotty lacing with little stick.

Smell - Has that classic roasted euro aroma; notes of toffee and caramel. A little sharp. Faint chocolate.

Taste - Moderate notes of roasted malt and caramel with light touches of toffee upfront. A ghostly trace of mentholated tobacco in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with lively carbonation. Goes down well enough.

Overall - A little funky, but drinkable. Nothing I wouldn't drink again, but by that same token I'm as indifferent to buying it again.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: World Market in Las Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: Aug. 1, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 3, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a brownish almost black color with 2-to-3 fingers of tan frothy tan head. Sporadic, uneven foamy lacing along the sides all the way down. Great retention on the top on the way down.

Smelled dark chocolate, fudge, toffee, caramel, coffee, smoky fire, toast, roasty nuts and tree bark.

Tasted similar to the nose, albeit just a tad bit smokier. Got smoky fire, coffee beans, dark chocolate, toast, ashtray, toast, roasty nuts, fudge, caramel and toffee.

Medium body. Creamy-to-slick texture. Average-to-light carbonation. Long finish.

Just an average porter overall. Nothing too special about 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 shand
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer from Iceland? Why the hell not. Islandic Toasted Porter pours a very deep brown with a finger of well retaining head. The aroma is a little subdued, offering a bit of sweet and slightly toasted malts and some dark fruits. The taste is nice and roasty at first, but really never provides the toastiness promised, instead turning sweeter as the beer lingers on the palate. Overall, Islandic Toasted Porter is really just a slightly above average porter. It's tasty enough, but not worth the import premium.

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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 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 MarioM
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into tulip

A: Pitch black, not light shining through, brown head with obvious carbonation. Medium sized bubbles with no lacing, head was gone after a minute. Very dark brew.

S: Roasted malt, smokiness, slightly sweet, bitter coffee, light chocolate notes as well and an overall dryness.

T: Sweet roasted malt, bitterness is nice, smokiness and the chocolate are well balanced. Great tasting beer. Dryness and bitterness is enjoyable, fits the style well.

M: Carbonation is just right, it first appears to be too carbonated but its very drinkable. Chocolate and roasted smokiness malts remain for a while with some light bitterness. A little warmness also remains, also slight dry.

O: This is my first Icelandic beer, its an American porter, but still glad to be drinking and enjoying a brew from the same country that gave us Bjork and her funky grooves. Very satisfied with the balance and mouth feel of this toasted porter. Great beer overall.

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Icelandic Toasted Porter from Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )
85 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.