War Hammer - Valkyrie Brewing
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Reviews by blitheringidiot:
3.53/5 rDev -2.2%
Labe says "Unpasterized: Keep it cool!"
Pours as a buh-lack midnight ink light encasing dark black allowing no light out topped with a scant skim razor thin layer of khaki foam.
Deep scents of roasted malt and sweet brown sugar with some vanilla ice cream hints. Focused nose.
First swigs: Tangy milk and baker's chocolate initial front leads to a chocolate milk and baker's chocolate bitter drink. Seems to revolve around the bitter above all else. Slight funky twinge.
Feel is quite bitter like a big double stout. Leaves a residue of tobacco leaf bitterness behind.
Last swigs: Interesting porter that may need some more development. No dates on the bottle.
08-09-2007 04:18:55 | More by blitheringidiot
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4/5 rDev +10.8%
This was my first dabble with the Vikings but it certainly wont be my last. I was very pleased with this beer from Dallas, Wisconsin. Can anybody tell me where the heck that is? I thought I had been to every small town in this state but Ive never even heard of Dallas.
Anyways, I served it with desert at a dinner party that I recently held alongside good ole fashioned mud pies (Coffee Ice Cream, crushed Oreo, homemade whipped cream, and chocolate sauce). The two complemented each other perfectly and the Viking Porter made a great digestif.
Most of the people at the party were beer nuts and liked the beer as expected. More importantly, however, several folks who dont normally, if ever, drink porters liked it.
One thing that stood out most about the beer is that it was more like a stout, visibly and texturally, then a porter. The coffee/oatmeal/milk flavor kind of made it taste like a stout too. In fact, if I was doing a blind taste test and didnt know better, I would probably think that this was a stout rather than a porter.
As a porter this wasnt as good as my old standbys, Tommy, Fitzie, or Black Earth but it was close and different in positive ways.
I highly recommend this beer for breakfast as it is advertised or for late at night, after dinner.
Yummy, local, and at a fare price.
09-12-2005 21:21:09 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.45/5 rDev -4.4%
12oz bottle pours into my glass a deep black with dark brown edges and a small tan head that appears and quickly falls to a ring around the top. Aromas are big on dark roasted malts, mild chocolate and brewed coffee as well. There's a lactic/creamy tinge to it as well as somewhat of a metallic/sour note. Rather mellow overall.
First sip brings a smooth rush of dark roasted malt upfront. Some mild chocolate flavor moves in along with a touch of coffee as well. Toasted oats add a slickness. It flows down with some slightly sour lactic flavor as well. Finishes with a lingering roasty note.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice slick creaminess imparted by the oats. This one goes down silky smooth with mellow carbonation. Overall, this one just falls a little short for me. With coffee being the first thing listed on the label I was hoping for more coffee flavor. Still, it's a tasty oatmeal, milk porter and worthy trying. Not sure I'd grab it again.
05-08-2008 23:38:28 | More by orbitalr0x
4.33/5 rDev +19.9%
Pours out black with a tan head that stays pretty well and leaves nice lacing throughout the glass. Smell is a bit chocolatey and roasty, but it has a very light smell to it. Taste starts out light, but quickly hits you with a light chocolate and coffee-like flavors. Mouthfeel is just so smooth and rich with a heavier than medium body and real light carbonation on the tongue. Another excellent beer from the folks at Viking; you've found yourselves a new customer!
01-05-2007 08:25:53 | More by badbeer
4.15/5 rDev +15%
Very dark brown pour with barely any light transmission. Tannish 1/4 inch head, laces in simple rings with some drips. Nice aroma, roasty coffee with some smoke and a Hershey bar milk chocolate sense. Nice body and mouthfeel, creamy with an oaty influence. Flavor is up there -- coffee-influenced but with a yeasty and orange oil counterpart, possibly hop aided. Sweet malty chocolate sense adds to the profile as it sits and warms up a bit. Worth picking up when in Wisconsin in my book.
08-04-2003 15:54:55 | More by ADR
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
(Served in a nonic)
described as a coffee Oatmeal Milk Porter on the label
A- This beer has a black dense body with a thin dark tan film of head that fades to a thin ring. The only sign of carbonation is a few tiny bubbles stuck to the glass.
S- This beer has a vinous black malt aroma with some dark chocolate hints with notes of tootsie roll and light pepper. the finish is a soft tangy coffee note that increases as the beer warms.
T- This beer has a roasted black malt favor that turns inky as the beer warms. There is a slight cream flavor with some tap water flavors in the finish. As the beer warms there is a slight coffee bitterness that comes through in the black malt but it is still faint.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a watery/slippery texture. There is no real alcohol heat but a soft astringency from the black malt comes through at the beginning of the sip.
D- This beer has some nice malt aromas and some nice malt flavors but it turns thin and watery at the finish. Great start to this beer just a diluted follow through.
10-16-2008 21:26:49 | More by rhoadsrage
2.78/5 rDev -23%
"A Coffee, Oatmeal, Milk Porter", so states the label.
Pours almost black with literally no head at all.
Aroma is bitter chocolate and roasted dark malts.
Flavor is coffee ground bitterness with hints of chocolate and some definite citrus hop bitterness overpowering what could be smooth.
Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style and hops overpower what should be predominately roasted dark malts.
Also there seems to be a milk or lactose sourness to this brew.
Doesn't really fit into the American Porter catagory, IMHO.
04-15-2007 02:00:48 | More by IntriqKen
4.5/5 rDev +24.7%
This is just one hell of a beer. Viking blew me away with this one. Dubbed a "coffee flavored oatmeal milk porter". Sounds sort of gimmicky, but it delivers on all counts.
Pours black with a dark tan/brown head. Fades out, but not quickly.
Oaty sweetness and burnt malts on the nose.
Taste contains both the sweet oatiness and the roastedness but accentuated with some coffee and faint chocolate flavors.
Drinks so nicely...mouthfeel puts their "imperial stout/ baltic porter" to shame.
One bomber is never enough.
This is top of the line stuff.
05-21-2002 00:53:23 | More by cokes
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
Picked up a 22 oz bomber at Steve's Liquor on University Ave here in Madison. I've been on a porter kick lately and the description on the bottle was intriguing enough for me to give it a try..."A coffee flavored oatmeal milk porter".
Pours an opaque black with a small, short-lived tan head that disapates quickly with some decent lacing. Nose is of sweet chocolate and roasted coffee with some light maltiness. Taste is even better, of baking chocolate, roasted coffee and malt with a slight alcoholic bite. Creaminess makes it like a dessert in and of itself. Nice carbonation makes it fairly easy to drink. Not quite up there with the likes of Black Earth and Edmund Fitz., but good nonetheless. I was pleasantly surprised by this Wisconsin micro, might have to try some of their other offerings.
07-12-2005 05:40:59 | More by Golden2wenty1
4.43/5 rDev +22.7%
Viking's Whole Stein delivers an opaque black body with only minimal glints of mahogany when held to the light. It's frothy tan head drops shortly but initially leaves at least a smattering of small, spotty lace about the pint. The nose is rich and bold, however, with notes of bright, sweet caramel; milk chocolate; buttery toffee (diacetyl); and sweet, creamy coffee! As it warms the coffee notes become a bit more roasty; and a waft of almost strawberry-like yeasty fruitiness becomes apparent. Well done! In the mouth it's silky smooth across the palate with a medium body and moderate, very fine-bubbled carbonation that allows it to simply slide away. The flavor delivers everything that the aroma suggests (caramel, light chocolate, coffee) with the addition of a bit more buttery toffee, some nuttiness, a more solid roasted coffee character, and some more "bittersweet" chocolate at the end. It's berry-like fruitiness remains intact, and even carries over into it's dry finish and lingering aftertaste alongside it's nutty, caramelish maltiness. The bitterness is restrained; and it doesn't seem to need to be any fuller as it's low-key roastiness also helps to keep it in check. Hop flavors are minimal at best, but that's OK - this is about malt. And yet it's not overly rich or sweet at all! In fact, it's really well balanced and exceptionally drinkable. It's very nicely done, and certainly worth trying for anyone who's into dark beers and not adverse to a bit of rounding diacetyl!
12-26-2004 00:56:35 | More by NeroFiddled
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
12oz single, rileys
appearance: pours into a bell's pint glass - big black body with a creamy chocolate head and little lacing
smell: creamy and roasty, trace dark fruits, raisins, dry coffee grounds and bakers chocolate, nice and rich
taste: dark roasted malt, raisin and plum, dates, dry chocolate, coffee grounds, doughy (or is that cardboard?). pretty standard porter
mouthfeel: creamy, but a little light feeling
09-30-2007 23:47:40 | More by dirtylou
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
Poured from a brown stubby bottle into a pint glass.
Wow, this name is pretty accurate, it feels just like I'm drinking milk here. There's some cocoa and roasted oat and barley flavors, but the overall flavor seems a touch empty, or rather, tasting like skim milk. Kinda weird and kinda cool all at once, I'm glad I tried it.
12-24-2007 22:36:28 | More by tempest
3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
Thick, black hue, smallish beige head that develops poorly, fades to a soapy collar... minimal, spotty lace was produced. The nose has indications of charcoal, coffee, roasted malts decent, not very potent. Roasted malt charges the palate with a rush but the lactose provides a substantial sweetness that balances the brew momentarily, toasted chocolate and dry coffee beans finish the taste on a lovely note. The oats add depth and creaminess/silkiness. On the tongue the body appears rather full but as you swallow a definite watery sensation develops a touch too thin overall. The milk influences become more evident as it warms it also loses some of the burnt/roasted qualities too. Still Whole Stein is complex and delicious plenty drinkable and damn lovely to quaff as well. Id gladly drink this one again, very solid. Try one.
09-22-2003 19:54:41 | More by bditty187
3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. Bottle at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. Strong aromas of fresh ground decaf coffee. The flavor continues this run, but adds some very creamy milk and nuts to this combo, to create an interesting mix. Unfortunately, it loses some on the back end with a watery ending.
08-07-2006 14:24:11 | More by CharlesDarwin
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours a black with a small tan head that quickly settles to a thick cap. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass.
I smell coffee, roasted malt with a touch of milk chocolate. An appetizing aroma.
The flavor is more straight forward porter than I expected. Very malty with a burnt bitterness on the finish. I do not get much from the coffee or oatmeal. I also expected some sweetness.
A little thin and a bit overcarbonated. A light body for such a malty beer.
Overall I enjoyed this beer. I expected much more from reading the description on the bottle.
10-19-2008 17:19:40 | More by morimech
3.7/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle t a pint glass the liquid id very dark with very good carbonation. The head is dark tan or coffee mocha, a big fast 3 fingers that fades fast leaving very little lace.
The smell is slightly roasty and a tad fruity.
The taste follows a faint roasty malt gives way to some ok fruity and caramel notes. The hops are light and don't make much of a statement.
The mouthfeel is good. Medium body and good carbonation.
The drinkability is good, easy drinking with some very light yet interesting flavor profile, I would like to try it again.
Big thanks to objectivemonkey for this brew. Prosit MK
12-17-2007 09:15:11 | More by MuenchenerKindl
3.38/5 rDev -6.4%
This beer was my first introduction to the Viking brewery, I had a 22 oz. around 3 years ago. It was really memorable at the time...
This review is from a 12 oz., purchased yesterday in Madison. Clever label with black & white cowhide, and a strip of 3 rear-view cows.
Pours a completely opaque black, slightly dark brown at the edge where it meets the foam. Initial pour results in a finger of tan mocha foam that is very appetizing. The foam disappears after a few minutes.
Smell is very mild, there's a lactic sourness and dark roasted malt after a swirl of the glass.
Taste has all the right elements, coffee, roasty malt, and chocolate. But it seems out of balance with an artificial plastic note in the first few sips. Nice roast coffee & chocolate aftertaste. It seems pretty light and thin for a Porter even, like a watered down Stout.
It's a decent offering, it just could use more body and have a cleaner presence on the palate. The 22oz. I had so long ago seemed much better by comparison.
07-17-2007 01:21:56 | More by emerge077
3.9/5 rDev +8%
The aroma is a melange of coffee, lactose and sweet malts. Deep black with a finger sized tan head. Fore is quite smooth and silky and has a sweet cream and oatcake flavor. Milk chocolate and sweet cream are also present int he middle range and on intot he finish. Amazingly smooth palate. Some grassiness int he finish detracts, but this is a pretty nicely done beer.
04-09-2006 05:58:47 | More by Jredner
2.65/5 rDev -26.6%
Pours a viscous dark brown with minimal ecru head and no real lace.
Aroma has some black licorice, chocolate, charcoal and some toasted grains.
Flavor was below average. Kind of had a chocolate and roasted thing going but that was quickly overtaken by an anise or black licorice flavor that was way too amped up and erased all other flavors.
Mouthfeel was below average as well. Kind of had a tinny feel and no real lasting or coating effect on the palate as it was thin and somewhat lifeless. Jumbled mess of flavors with no real transitions to make enjoyable.
Drinkability was slightly below average. Not a terribly constructed beer but the flavor profile and transitions made it hard to decide what they trying to with this beer. Hard to believe it was supposed to be a Porter.
06-27-2005 00:09:57 | More by CRJMellor
4.33/5 rDev +19.9%
I've had this beer on numerous occasions and it has never disappointed. It pours an opaque black color with a dark brown creamy head.The predominant smells are of chocolate and plum. The taste is a blend of chocolate, coffee, plum and toasted malt. There is a wonderful creaminess, but no discernable bitterness. With all the other flavors, perhaps that's just as well. The mouthfeel is good, but not overly rich. A very nice beer.
10-04-2005 20:57:09 | More by edbeered
1.93/5 rDev -46.5%
This beer's head fades very fast and barely leaves a lacing. The smell is roasty and coffee-like. The taste was like cold coffee and very disgusting. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth and nice. But overall I would never ever try this again. I might not even have another Viking Brew.
01-08-2007 11:05:50 | More by Erdinger2003
4.25/5 rDev +17.7%
The pour is an inky black, the head modest in size, the texture frothy and the color a winsome light chocolate, as it evolves the lace forms a fine sealing sheet upon the glass. The sweet malt seems to dominate the nose, chased by the toasted grains and a hint of fresh brewed coffee also noticed, fresh, crisp, and clean with the start thickly malt and sweet, the top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has a pesky acidity, the hops pertinent in their spiciness, droughty and bittersweet aftertaste lingers on the palate. At 3.5% ABV, this is a Porter that would have me drinking it all night long, never thought of a Porter as a session beer, but I do now, thanks to tavernjef for this bottle, and my thanks and gratitude to the fine Crafts People at Viking Brewery for such a fine beer.
10-03-2003 00:04:16 | More by Gusler
3.5/5 rDev -3%
Thanks to starofindia for this extra, never heard of this brewery before so it's always a pleasure to discover someplace new.
Pours a dark brown/black color, small tan head that fades really fast.
Smell is mostly roasted malt with slight whiff of coffee.
Taste gives a more coffee presence coupled with roasted malt, slight sourness in the aftertaste, not as creamy as I would have expected considering the description, bit thin, an above average porter though.
09-06-2008 22:14:41 | More by deltatauhobbit
War Hammer from Valkyrie Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.