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War Hammer - Valkyrie Brewing

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War HammerWar Hammer

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 17.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Valkyrie Brewing visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SheepNutz on 05-21-2002)
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Photo of mnjeff
2.4/5  rDev -33.5%

Poured from bottle to a cabernet glass (why not)

A: This is a Very dark porter that retains lacing around it's edges well. Light penetrates the sides of the glass. The head does not grow to even 1 finger, just barely lingers.

S: Roasted malts, mild coffee, black licorice

T: No dominant hop component, no dominant malt component. Produces a roasty, malt aftertaste. I would describe the flavors as muted rather than balanced.

M: Very thin, watery

D: This is a drinkable brew, though I expect more "in yo face!" from any kind of coffee or oatmeal porter.

mnjeff, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a near black color with a small off white head and a fairly thing ring of lacing.

Scent of chocolate, some coffee, lactose, oats, and a hint of smoke. A solid, and balanced scent.

Taste of lactose, oats, chocolate, some coffee and faint candy. A bit less impressive than the scent, but this is certainly not a bad beer by any means.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied and smooth with decent carbonation.

paco1029384756, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Winter
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours black, like motor oil. Hard pour barely generated a thin bubbly tan head. The aroma consists of cocoa and milk chocolate. Full-bodied mouthfeel is very smooth, with some slight carbonation. Burnt malt adds a roasted coffee and dark chocolate bitterness to start things off. Oatmeal contributes a smoothness to the drinkability midway. Very dry finish.

Winter, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of PrinceDarren
2.3/5  rDev -36.3%

"Whole Stein" is described as a coffee, oatmeal, milk porter.

Unfortunately, this beer was pretty dull. It was light and easy to drink, but those are properties that I did not expect from a coffee, oatmeal, milk porter.

Nice, creamy mouthfeel - but lacks excitement.

PrinceDarren, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of KeefD
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%

A coffee, oatmeal, milk porter, huh? Sounds interesting to say the least. Very dark brown, nearly opaque, ruby red highlights, two three finger milk coffee head that left some nice rings of lacing. Not much in the way of aroma. Some light coffee notes that are very faded but come out more as it warms, plus some light notes of chocolate and lactic sourness. Coffee is much more pronounced in the flavor, but still not much going on there. The lactic sugars taste more sweet than sour, however there is still lingering sourness in the background. Coffee and chocolate are the main malt players in this one and hops bitterness can barely be detected. Just not much going on the flavor department. A bit watered down. Could use some more black patent. Mouthfeel is medium-light, low carbonation very silky and smooth, but wish it had more body. A tasty beer for sure, and an interesting take on the style. I liked it, but wouldn't make an effort to seek it out again.

KeefD, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev +10.8%

looks and smells like a milk stout. when popped it smelled of straight forward beer at first. pour is opaque... maybe just a bit off. after a bit smell is coffee, chocolate, lactose cream stout, and a light smoked oats. taste is like a decent milk stout but the apple is much more prevalent here than usual. little bit of tobacco earth. not bad.

rtepiak, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of kmeves
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Pours a deep brown with a small creamy brown head. Aroma is moderately sweet, big coffee notes, milk chocolate, some roast and light oatmeal. Flavor is chocolate, less coffee than the nose and roast. Medium body, creamy texture. A so so Porter, I've come to expect a lot more from Wisconsin brewers.

kmeves, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%

Appearance: Pours an opaque, black body with a tiny, tan-colored head.

Smell: Roast and dark chocolate on the nose with a slight herbal, earthy note.

Taste: A bit of roast and coffee with some lightly sweetish dark chocolate hints. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Sweetened black coffee on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Acceptable, but thin and wholly unremarkable. Thanks, but no thanks.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%

This beer didn't leave much of an impression on me. My prominent reaction was one of disappointment; this beer has some nice qualities, most notably a pleasant smell, but lacks much else and has a very flat mouthfeel which really detracted from my enjoyment of this beer and would lead me to not recommend it.

Whole Stein pours black and lifeless, with virtually no head and a bit of thinness in the body detectable as early as the pour from the bottle to the glass. Aroma is a pleasant sweet coffee smell. Flavor is preceded by a hit-over-the-head of flatness and lack of carbonation or mouthfeel complexity. This beer is flat and thin, and that ruined most of what came after it (the taste). There was some reasonably intense coffee notes, but those weren't enough to make me re-try this very understated beer.

I would not recommend this beer. I got my bottle at Three Cellars in Franklin, WI.

BeerBelcher, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%

From a brown 12oz bottle - Pours a dark brown color with a slight head and below average carbonation. Smells of roasted coffee and malts. First sip is sweet then it is all coffee. Chocolate notes are very prevalent. Very light bodied. Almost too light bodied. The under carbonation really hurts the mouthfeel. Just fair.

ATLbeerDog, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of morimech
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.

morimech, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

rhoadsrage, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
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.

deltatauhobbit, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

Coffee oatmeal milk porter? Hmmm...I like all those words...

Pours dark brown to red and transparent, with a whisper of a head, kind of watery looking. Smells grainy, notes of chocolate milkshake. Taste is a balanced mix of bitter chocolate, well-steeped coffee, oat porridge, and grassy hops. Hop finish blends well with the chocolate flavors in an interesting fashion. mild metallic flavor on the finish. Nice soft, almost velvety mouthfeel.

aforbes10, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
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.

orbitalr0x, May 08, 2008
Photo of happygnome
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%

a: pours a nice deep dark brown color with about an inch of tan head that dissapears not too fast leaving a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass
s: strong aromas of coffee, cocoa, sweet oatmeal, and cream
t: flavors of coffee and cocoa come out first the oatmeal and sweetness are very well balanced
m: medium to full bodied beer with a little carbonation

overall, i really loved this brew at $6 for a 4 pack its not too expensive so it will be a staple in my fridge

happygnome, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of drpimento
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours with a fine tight dark head, tiny bit of lace. Almost opaque dark brown. Light aroma. Creamy mouth, roasty nutty, coffee, toffee, yummy decent brew. Drinkable. Good finish. Carbonated just right for the style. Not a summer beer. Perhaps almost a session beer.

drpimento, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of EliteDigger
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%

Had this a couple years ago at the Great Taste and I thought it was pretty good. Tried it again the next year and it was just ok. Hadn't had it for awhile so when I saw some, I bought a single at Rileys....
A- Dark body with almost no head to speak of. Small ring of tiny bubbles around the edge of glass.
S-Weak coffee, some chocolate, cardboard(?) and that's about it.
T-Two words-Watered down. Stale coffee, bittersweet chocolate, slight sweetness and that's about it.... unimpressive to say the least.
M-With almost zero carbonation the mouthfeel suffers incredibly. Feel like I'm drinking thick water.
D-I'm sure you could drink these all day...if you wanted to. But one is almost one too many.
Maybe I got a bad bottle... I sure hope that's the case. I'll probably give it a try again in another couple years but am extremely disappointed.

EliteDigger, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
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

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of Pitmonkey
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured with excessive carbonation, with foam overflowing my glass before I got to the 3/4 mark. Huge head dissolves into a low cap made of up fairly large bubbles which further fades to a tiny ring of fine bubbles at the very edge of the glass.

The color is black with no light penetration. When I hold a high powered flashlight up next to the glass I get some deep red coming through and it looks creepily like the Eye of Sauron.

The smell is wonderful coffee and deeply roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is overwhelmed by carbonation, big bubbles popping all over, but as that subsides the flavors of coffee, heavily roasted malt, sweetness and some alcohol notes, the finish is of pleasant lingering coffee and sweetness. Every sip immediately turns to foam as it hits my tongue.

I have always liked this porter and look forward to it every time. I do not recall this level of carbonation in the past, but this is the first time I have consumed it with an eye toward reviewing. I am scoring drinkability lower because I only ever want one before moving on, but I really enjoy that one. This is a big flavorful beer and definitely the best "breakfast" beer I have come across. If they could only work eggs and bacon into the mix...

Pitmonkey, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
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

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of dogger6253
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

Real dark, thick body - almost black. No head at all, just a thin ring around the glass.

Smell is nice: coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, bits of alcohol mixed in as well.

Really watered down taste...some nice coffee and chocolate flavor, but not very pronounced or developed.

Lightly carbonated, medium body. It's really easy to sip, but not really impressive in most respects.

dogger6253, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of soulgrowl
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%

Appearance: Thick, blackish coffee brown with an impossibly pathetic toasted marshmallow tan head. Impressively sloshy and sticky in the glass, but the head (or lack thereof) unfortunately keeps me from rating this above average.

Smell: Luscious mocha, swirls of dark chocolate fudge, brownies, teacher's lounge coffee, cola, and light burnt toast notes. Reminiscent of tiramisu. Exactly how you want a "coffee, oatmeal, milk" porter to smell: rich and bittersweet.

Taste: Nutty and sweet, a quilt of coffee, milk chocolate, baker's chocolate, and plain oatmeal. Remarkably crisp and bright on the palate, almost like a Schwarzbier. Finish hits with some tangy, floral hop bitterness followed by a generous aftertaste of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, with initially rough-and-tumble bubbles that lend a sharp airiness to the beer. Effervescence gradually subsides to allow the thick, sticky, malty body to coat the mouth.

Drinkability: Hell yes. Easily adds up to any other like-minded brew. No Mackesons XXX or Barney Flats, but damn good and damn drinkable, especially for something so stout.

soulgrowl, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of 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.

blitheringidiot, Aug 09, 2007
War Hammer from Valkyrie Brewing
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