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War Hammer - Valkyrie Brewing

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BA SCORE
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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Valkyrie Brewing visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: SheepNutz on 05-21-2002

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - A strong pour delivers a rich, dark, jet black body. A brown, half finger head rises and fades to a ring around the glass after a minute or two. Pieces of sediment are visible against the glass when held up to the light. Overall, very nice looking body but the head retention on this beer is something to be desired.

S - Lots of coffee notes, along with dark, rich, caramel, toffee and chocolate creamy all combine very nicely. Additionally, there is a nice balance of roasted malts that play in as well. As the beer warms these aspects continue to improve themselves.

T - Unfortunately, the taste of this beer doesn't match up to the smell. Roasted malts, along with a slightly bitter note from the coffee aspect of the beer are what standout. No real strong cream or caramel notes as the smell would have you believe.

M - Medium bodied with a poor amount of carbonation. This beer is begging for some more carbonation to liven things up. Overall, there just isn't enough pushing all the variables of this beer through and what you are left with is a rather lifeless bitter beer.

D - This beer has some good aspects, which seems to be the trend among many of the Viking beers I have tried but there is some work that needs to be done before this will be a top notch beer.

Photo of robbyc1
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black porter with a deep brown 1 inch head, dissipates fast. Not much lacing. Unpasturized, some bits were left in the bottle.

Deep chocolate notes, dark stone fruits, roasty.

Chocolate, plum, brown sugar, slightly bitter up front, middle is sweetish, short finish, with a coffee/charcoal note at the end, well balanced.

Chalky, round and smooth, creamy, fizzy but tight carbonation fits the style well.

Easy drinker, not hot at all, estimate the abv around 6%, nice porter labeled as a coffee, oatmeal, milk porter, not overdone, just right, better than most for this style.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark brown almost black in color. Very little head but, what is there is a nice cocoa brown hue. No lacing.

The aroma is pure chocolate fudge with hints of coffee. Faint hop bitterness can be picked up as well.

The flavor is mainly burnt malt and black coffee. Dark chocolate with an earthy finish.

Creamy mouthfeel and full bodied with hardly any carbonation.

Overall a very nice porter. This was my first Viking beer and I will definately revisit.

Photo of Viggo
2.52/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle picked up in Wisconsin.

Pours an opaque dark brown bordering on black, no light gets through, medium sized light brown head forms, quickly settles to a medium ring around the glass and a thin layer, no real lacing. Smell is very weak, very light lacto sweetness, a bit of coffee and chocolate roast, oats, light fruit, thats it. Taste is slightly bettery, lacto sweet, oats, milky, some chocolate, light coffee roast, biscuit, still very watery. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty crap like the other one I had. Just totally weak and no flavour.

Photo of mnjeff
2.45/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Winter
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of PrinceDarren
2.3/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

"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.

Photo of KeefD
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kmeves
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of morimech
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of aforbes10
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of happygnome
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

Photo of drpimento
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of EliteDigger
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Pitmonkey
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

War Hammer from Valkyrie Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.