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Skärgaards Porter - Nørrebro Bryghus

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Skärgaards PorterSkärgaards Porter

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56 Ratings

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dogger6253 on 10-18-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Brewed with honey.
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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich, deep sable, the color of dark chocolate, with a fairly thick tan head. Wonderful aroma fills the nose with roast coffee and hints of molasses and unsweetened chocolate. Flavor quite fills the mouth with roast coffee, chocolate and smoke; and has nutty, sweet, and hop-bitter hints. Texture is silky smooth and satisfyingly thick. Finish has a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Photo of dogger6253
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black... Mocha head. The body is completely opaque. The head falls to form a sort of dark halo atop the body. There's a ring around the glass, and a spot that remains in the center throughout the entire drink.

There's a strong alcohol smell going on, bits of hops mixed in. Licorice, coffee and chocolate and a little more bitterness to the smell and the flavor. The aroma is overall, very earthy and roasted.

The taste is much the same, heavily roasted, sliding through the bitterness to an incredible sweetness - caramel malts, honey, brown sugar. Very nutty too. The alcohol isn't as much a factor in the flavor as it was in the aroma. The hops are only slightly there and licorice kind of surfaces from time to time. Very complex flavor, well balanced. Each sip is slightly different. Wonderful flavors.

The body was pretty heavy, I thought a little closer to the stout side of things. There was a light amount of carbonation. Each sip was incredibly thick and syrupy. Rich flavors stay behind long after each swallow. I thought this was surprisingly accessible for such a heavy beer. The taste is the major draw here, but overall enitrely good. I'm going to have to find more of this.

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.!!!)

Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is seriously good beer. Hit that nail on the HEAD. And POUND IT DOWN. Very nice portrayl of contrasts: big, bold, huge, yet soft and gentle. Earthy and rarefied. Cocoa but not so bitter. Poured with a great tan head and loads of lace. Color is an opaque dark brown almost black. Aroma is as above; ditto flav. Sinful. make me whine with pleasure. gawd.

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of yemenmocha
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with generous head at first that disappears after several minutes of viewing.

Nose has a roasty marshmallow quality, roasty but nougat-sweet. Dry chocolate cake.

Palate has a coffee chocolate roastiness with some thick sweetness, and thick body as well. Very chewy and handsome.

Finish is medium to long with a carbonation tingle and dry roastiness on the palate.

Worth seeking out.

Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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

Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bulky 1 pt, 4.3 oz. bottle, gracefully adorned with a simple yet stunning label - gotta love that Scandinavian design aesthetic. Poured to a pair of pint glasses with a friend to conclude an evening of dinner and socializing.

Best before: 19.06.2008.
6.0% Alc/Vol

A: Deep ebony pour with a puffy, 1-finger of light tan head. Drops gradually to a shallow dense cream. Not much stick to this soft head.

S: Rather alluring aroma of plump fruit, berries in particular, mocha coffee, cocoa and dashes of nutmeg, cinnamon and anise. Hints of yeast and spicy sweetness much like fine Baltic Porters.

T: Powdery cocoa is plentiful; sweet and fairly dry in the finish. Caramel sweetness, a healthy dose of ripe fruit (again, berries - is that cream they're steeping in?). A spicing not unlike black tea and the use of sweet honey that is noticeable. At times I got just a hint of lactic (or oxidized) souring), but it benefited the more bitter malt roasts and light sweetness.A deftly crafted chocolate-forward porter with a litany of flavors beneath.

M: Smooth and faintly coating 'medium' mouthfeel. Fair carbonation. Fiinshes with some chalkiness and drying.

D: Did not know what to expect from this; all agreed it was delicious and perfectly satisfying as a nightcap. Though the bottle was evenly split, I'd have had no problem whatsoever consuming the whole thing - it's just that good. One I'd be certain to grab again, regardless of a rather lofty price tag...

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Stunner97
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- dark black appearance with no light at all coming through, slightly tan head appears after pour, decent look

smell- coffee and espresso completely dominate the nose, burnt malts

Taste- honey and roasted nut flavor, slight smokiness, espresso and coffee dominate the flavor profile

Mouthfeel- rich and creamy yet still decently light bodied

Drinkability- light in body with a huge flavor, a very nice porter, too damn expensive again but yet a very nice example of the porter style with a very enjoyable flavor

Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of SamN
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of bark
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of sfoley333
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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.

Photo of AMo
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Norrebro Bryghus Skargaards Porter pours a deep cola brown from the bottle and settles into the pint as an opaque black with a short tan head. Initial smell is mild, but pleasant of roastiness and malt. The taste has a good porter flavor with absolutely no bitterness. After first pour its a bit on the faint side, but quickly begins to develop roasted malt and slight coffee like notes. The honey or any sweetness is difficult to detect, but it did seem to knock out any bitterness this might have had otherwise. Mouthfeel is super silky smooth with a low carbonation and moderate density. Overall drinkability is extremely easy and quite enjoyable. Nice meld of flavors that continue to develop in nose and taste thought the glass.

Photo of mcsquint
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22.3oz bottle into glass.
A - Opaque black in color. Minimal head that dissipates almost instantly. No lacing.
S - Faint aromas of roasted malt and chocolate.
T - Chocolate and dark roast coffee with a bit of licorice and dark cherry. Well balanced malt and hops make for a nice finish.
M - Medium with a slightly fizzy effect.
D - Goes down quite smoothly. Gets more complex as it warms. ABV @ 6% makes it easily drinkable. Worth a try, but at @ $10.00ottle there are better values.

Photo of movingtrain
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of 86sportster883
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This porter pours deep brown with a short dense tan head. It smells of sweet black licorice with vanilla and floral honey notes. The taste of roasted malt is balanced by toffee and honey with only a hint of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is moderately light bodied with a low and slightly prickly carbonation. Finishes almost buttery, then dries to leave a hint of cocoa. Overall a very pleasant, well balanced and very drinkable porter.

Photo of Beerbythepool
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to nonic pint glass.

Black in color with a tinge of brown on edges when held to light. Nice 2 finger head of molasses color. Light lacing

Smell is rich with raisin, fig and chocolate.

Taste is a little bit of burnt chocolate coffee which is what I expect from a porter. Nice balance without over powering you.

While it is heavy it is still smooth in the mouth and goes down easy. I don't get a lot of honey, but maybe it just cuts down the other flavors enough to make it very drinkable. As it warms I get a slight burn from the alcohol, but I don't mind.

I would have this again especially on a cold night.

As a note, I received this beer in July and wanted to hold it until the winter to drink. I don't think it was past any dates, but it is listed as a beer not to cellar. I will try another soon and see if there is any difference, but I was pleased with this brew.

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Skärgaards Porter from Nørrebro Bryghus
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