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Skärgaards Porter - Nørrebro Bryghus

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BA SCORE
88
very good

56 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nørrebro Bryghus visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed in collaboration with Lasse Ericsson of Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri, Sweden.

Brewed with honey.

(Beer added by: dogger6253 on 10-18-2007)
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Reviews by sfoley333:
Photo of sfoley333
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Pizza Port bottle shop. Poured into New Belgium snifter, poured a black with hues of brown, and a head that was 2 fingers thick and tan. Smell has sweet scent of wild honey mixed with roasted coffee whiffs and plum. Taste is coco-coffee- honey -coated anisel with a dry roasted bitterness thats well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium body with an active carbonation feel, could be a little thicker. Pretty easy drinking with tons of flavor, I dig this porter.

sfoley333, Apr 18, 2008
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Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another new Scandanavian brew to try,poured into an English pint glass a deep deep dark brown not quite black but close a thinner mocha colored head atop.Raisin and cocoa dominate the aromas up front with hints of black licorice and leafy hop,near perfection flavor wise starts out with just the right sweetness some honey and dark fruit flavors with a hefty roastiness to compliment it, those flavors meld into drying "green" hop finish with a bit of raw nuttiness as well.Wow if you could draw up a modern porter example this would be it, just awesome.

oberon, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

The name refers to this being the second Nordic guest brew that was developed with Lasse Ericsson from Nynäshamn Ångbryggeri in Söderhamn, south of Stockholm. It is apparently a "real Porter," according to the brewery--we're not sure that's entirely accurate though, but who cares.

Near opaque black, with ruby-brown hues and topped with a creamy tan lacing. Char, wood, hint of sherry, brown sugar, soft roasted coffee and chocolate, brown breads in the nose. Fizzy up front, with a building creaminess and up front tanginess. Light sweetness. No real hop character to speak of. Semi-chewy honey center. Cocoa powder, dark breads, raisins, cherries, more char and wood. Some earthy licorice root and black tea leaves. Quite dry overall. Burnt husky finish with some residual fermented honey smoothness. Ghost-like alcohol on the breath.

Lots of complex layers in this one, and the honey notes are subtle, working well and resulting in a good, solid, tasty offering. Worth seeking out if you're a honey-brewed Porter fan.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600ml bottle with Best By 19/6/2008 on the label. Just a little late. Served in a tulip, the beer was a dark brown to black color with a thick tan head. It had a wonderful coffee/roasted malt aroma, sweet chocolate, and licorice. The chocolate and licorice predominated the taste, but also a little coffee and some late hop bitterness. Nice beer, maybe just a trifle on the thin side.

lordofthewiens, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a mocha head that laces into the glass. Smell is roasted barley, mostly. Cream and porter coat and pour down the throat and excite the senses with an active carbonation.
Terrific porter. It's all there, the licorice and molasses, chocolate, coffee grounds, malt, with some honey supporting it.

Sammy, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A honey English porter in a 600mL bottle? Oh those Danes.

Pours a near black body with a tan head. The aroma smells like a typical English porter with sweet, soft caramel and chocolate malts with a like creamy yeast character. The flavor fell a little flat with just a smooth cocoa and light roast malt flavor. I also only found a slight hint of honey in there. A pretty good beer overall, but nothing worth tracking down.

tempest, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with a finger of tan head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Much coffee & a hint of wet cardboard

T: Coffee, dryness, chocolate, iron up front. More dryness & coffee as this warms & along with faint herbal hops & a whisper of chocolate. Finishes with coffee grounds, baker's chocolate, plus a faint vanilla note fights through

MF: Much creamyness, coupled with medium body, fairly smooth

Drinks alright, too much coffee & dryness for me, bloody expensive for what you get $12 for a 20 oz bottle. I can take or leave this

russpowell, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark cola-brown with dark plum highlights around the edges. The head was soft, foamy, and dark khaki in color with an incredible retention. When held up to the light you can see the showering carbonation raining upwards.

S: roasted malt and a soft, lingering coffee bitterness.

T: The flavor yielded grainy coffee bitterness with some charred roasted malt and campfire minerality. Some dark chocolate and faint coffee grind lacing graces the tongue with a dark, earthy (soil) bitterness. Overall the flavor was nice, well balanced, and not overly roasted or bitter providing for a smooth flavor.

M: light, slightly oily with a touch of dark, coffee grind bitterness and lacing while finishing dry.

D: Nice drinkability, smooth and a decent example.

beerthulhu, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

600 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a 1/4 inch tan head. Lacing and head retention are both average. The aroma is roasted malt, honey, and chocolate. It's a mostly sweet smelling brew. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some coffee, charred wood/oak and dark fruit noticable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's silky smooth and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is great, it goes down very easy and it's enjoyable to drink. I think this is a good porter, I wouldn't buy it often because of the price but it is a good beer. This is the third Nørrebro Bryghus beer I've tried and I haven't been disappointed yet.

bluejacket74, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20.3oz (weird size) bottle into 20oz stemless snifter.

As it pours it starts out as a clear dark brown, but once the bottle is empty, it appears as an opaque black. A one finger tan frothy head slowly settles to a thin rim along the glass.

Very light burnt malt aromas with a touch of honey in the background.

Plenty of roasty malts in the flavor. A tiny bit of hops comes in toward the end. The honey is very light and adds a touch of a sweet glaze on the tongue. Full bodied. The burnt yet creamy malts linger for a moment after each sip.

A pretty good porter without too much honey, which adds a nice bit of complexity. Great for the winter season. Recommended.

BeerSox, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

jaydoc, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Xul
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours almost pitch black with a frothy, two finger pale mocha colored head. Retention good and it leaves some light lace down the side of the glass.

S: Sweet, dark malts with distinct coffee notes, dark cherries, vanilla, and some light honey. There's a burnt characteristic lurking in the background that could be construed as almost metallic, but within context it works...could be toned down a bit, but doesn't detract too much.

T: The aforementioned burnt aroma is manifested better as roasted dark malts but really rides the line between strong and overpowering. Dark chocolate and coffee join in while the honey comes in, along with some vanilla, near the finish to sweeten things up.

M: Moderate to full bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and chewy but the bubbles hold it up well.

D: The burnt flavor really takes a toll after a while.

Xul, May 31, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark brown with crimson edges. A foamy tan head slowly fades into a thick collar with sticky, spotty lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of chocolate, smoked grains, caramel dipped fruit, light berries, black grapes, and grain.
Taste is of the same aromas with some woody smoke and caramel standing out among the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, cocoa resounding, with mild astringency lingering along the palate.

weeare138, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 20.3oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Best before 19.06.2008

Listed on the bottle as 6.0% abv.

A: Comes out of the bottle a wonderful looking pitch-black with some faint ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass. Capping this is a creamy, khaki-colored, 2 finger head that quickly evaporates to some splotchy skim and a nice, thick, and unbreakable ring.

S: Wonderful aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, and a certain floral sweetness. Perhaps the Danish honey used in this? Also, as mentioned in earlier reviews, an excellent nutty aroma.

T: Exceptional flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, green hops, anise/black licorice, raisins, honey, overripe plums, roasted nuts, and more chocolate. The chocolate flavors permeate almost every facet of this porter, especially as its' temperature rises.

M: Dry and at the same time silky and creamy. There is definitely a dry roasted malt and fresh hop bitterness to this that is kept in line by the smoothness of the chocolate malt and honey.

D: This is incredible. This porter has so many layers to enjoy and each one is an absolute joy to partake of. Hopefully they'll bottle more of their beers and export them to the US (c'mon Shelton Bros.!!!)

GbVDave, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of bob3701
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wheat style glass. Pours very dark brown almost black with just the faintest of light shining through with a small tan that goes quickly into a thin film with a little lacing. An earthy aroma with hints of dark fruit. A burnt chocolate taste with not much of the bitterness that should come with it. I really don't detect honey but maybe that cuts the bitterness. Silky smooth to drink and goes down very easy. A really good brew.

bob3701, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of movingtrain
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 4.2 ounce bottle poured into a Caracole glass.

Pours a nice dark black...decent head on top (about 1/2 finger's worth). Looks like a good porter.

Aroma gives off coffee, chocolate, smoke, black pepper, caramel, cinnamon, honey, caramelized sugar, and sweet black chocolate.

Tastes of chocolate, honey, pepper, ripe fruit, candy sugar, vanilla, light hops, roasted malts, light smoke, and clove.

Overall, this is a solid porter...one of the best I have tasted. It has some carbonation in the mouthfeel, which lifts the flavors across the palate and keeps them going throughout the drink. It's quite delicious, chalky, chocolaty, and smokey. A great porter...and brewed with honey, which lends a subtle sweet tone on the palate but isn't overwhelming.

movingtrain, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -48.8%

nmann08, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours into the etched SA glass and sets up opaque at the top, but shows mahogany red hues at bottom when held to strong light. Two fingers of light mocha foam, but I had to work to get it, dropping 6 ounces or so from a splashy distance. It did make for some cool waves and fingers of lace though.

Aroma - grainy, slightly metallic, but a decent presence of darker malts. A light yeastiness checks the metallics, but comes off, dare I say, homebrewish.

Taste - roasty, peanutty grain. The first swallow is a little sweet and undeveloped, but after a few swallows worth of palate adjustment, some fine flavors emerge. A light char pairs up with some dark coffee flavors, very nice. Still a touch of metal in the proceedings, but a solid flavor profile. The aftertaste is dry, with the coffee flavor sticking around.

Mouthfeel - smooth, a solid body as a porter should have. Well done.

Drinkability - a fine porter as porters go, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of SamN
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from roomates bomber into a snifter.

Solid black porter with a thin ring of foam that lasts and lasts. A tad thinner than most porters. Big smells of dark malts with a roasted coffee edge. No real honey in the aroma. Creamy and warming smell. Taste is subdued, but active. Starts actually quite watery, moves to earthen toasted malts, finishes on a slightly sweet coffee note. Creamy taste and feel. Pretty straightforward English porter here, just damn solid roasty, dirty malts. Almost no hops, maybe just a touch in the finish. A tad metallic, too. Quite good, actually. Mouthfeel, though still kind of thin, is smooth and pulls delicately from the snifter. Subtle carbonation makes it a real nice sipper.

Great smells, smooth and classic tastes and a great feel. A honey brewed porter without overdoing it on honey. Thumbs up for this great Danish-English porter. Recommended, without a doubt.

SamN, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of bark
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is black, the edge brown-red; the liquid is clear. The two finger head is brown, airy and quite firm. OK lacing.

The smell is luxurious and inviting; I found somewhat dry notes of coffee with whipped cream, honey, liquorice, pumpernickel, nuts and almonds and just a trace of bitterness and alcohol.

The taste is in fact a little lighter than the smell suggests: Dry malty flavours of German rye bread, a mild rigid bitter flavour, mild coffee, some creamy notes and very mild notes of wax and vegetables. The malt is of course heavily roasted, but it is more dry and fruity than burnt. The body is "just medium", as I had expected more of that. The long aftertaste is sweeter, with notes of roasted malt, coffee candy and a hint of matured cheese. The finish adds some honey and caramel.

The carbonation is a little stronger than expected; the many bubbles are small. The liquid is light, but not watery making this beer easy to drink.

A porter that succeeds in being robust and elegant at one time; it got lots of flavours without getting too heavy.

bark, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy tan head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, lots of chocolate/toffee. The taste is slightly sweet at first sip, lots of malts/chocolate/toffee. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice English Porter.

Wasatch, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

20.3 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.
Best before: June 19, 2008.

Pours as light caramel with auburn highlights. Foamy, coffe-colored head that fades to a creamy, intact sheet with good retention. Thick patches of whispy lacing with decent strength.

Creamy, milk chocolate and mocha. Fragrantly spicy coffee with notes of almond and hazlenut. Notes of buttery diacetyl, but more noticeable are the creamy honey and vanilla aromas.

Very creamy milk chocolate and light coffee flavors. The lightly sweetened honey is present up front and long-lived, but not at all overpowering. Caramel and butterscotch notes prior to a brisk, floral bite.

Almost full in body; velvety and extremely smooth & creamy. Balanced and well rounded flavor profiles.

A semi-sweet Porter; unique for its pleasant, butteriness. Practically in complete balance in sweetness, bitterness, and richness.

NEhophead, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly black color with a rocky beige head; the retention was decent but the lacing was only modest

Smell: Chocolate, some roast and an inkling of honey

Taste: Black bread and chocolate, at the outset, with a developing fruity character that adds a bitter contrast by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bread and chocolate flavors prevail, with the honey making a surprising appearance at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really nice; hits all of the bases, with a full flavored, but balanced profile; I was a little nervous about the honey, but it is really like a lagniappe at the end

brentk56, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of e30todamax
4/5  rDev +2.3%

e30todamax, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pitch black and opaque, this beer is topped with a browned, caramel colored head of about a finger in height. Held to a powerful flourescent lamp no light can get through. It appears somewhat hazy as well. When poured it is dark brown.

Smell - Dark malts and a sweet aroma, reminiscent of toffee.

Taste - Roasty flavors and chocolate form the majority of the flavor. There's a spicy characteristic here that I'm assuming comes from the addition of honey. Some dark fruits mid-sip, mostly raisins and plums. Slight coffee flavor as well. The finish is somewhat sweet, tasngy almost, with undertones of honey. The aftertaste is pure black malts, delicious and long lasting. A heating sensation from the alcohol despite being only 6 percent alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Perfectly balanced between viscous and slick and a somewhat heavy carbonation for a porter. The carbonation is quite lively, and compliments the viscosity, keeping it from being cloying with the sweet finish.

Drinkability - I wouldn't want to drink more than one bottle of this stuff I don't think. It's delicious no doubt, a fine example of a more traditional porter, but filling, as it should be. A delightful after dinner drink, I recommend this for sure.

BacklitAvenger, Jun 25, 2009
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Skärgaards Porter from Nørrebro Bryghus
88 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.