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Skärgaards Porter - Nørrebro Bryghus

Skärgaards PorterSkärgaards Porter

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very good

53 Ratings

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%

Brewed by:
Nørrebro Bryghus visit their website

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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2.33/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was a little disappointed by this rather pricey brew. It was not overly roasty, and it had a slightly unpleasant earthy mustiness that I couldn't quite place but that I really didn't like.

This beer was not as dark as I expected, and it was a black tea brown that was somewhat translucent. Head was present, but not especially notable. Aroma was some roastiness, liquorice, and lots of graininess/cereal and mustiness/earthiness that I did not especially care for. Flavor was more mild than aroma, but was decent with a remote unpleasantness to it. Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

I can't say I'd particularly recommend this beer. There are just a ton of American porters that are better and cheaper than this.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 03:17:15 | More by BeerBelcher
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2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep brown, leather color with a bubbly 1 finger deep head.

Smells of wet cardboard, sweet malts, roasted coffee, toasted malts. Hope it gets better.

Roasted coffee, sour milk, slight malted flavor, faint chocolate & toasted malt flavors.

Medium bodid, moderate carbonation, smooth, somewhat thin.

The cardboard & sour milk flavors were off putting for me. A struggle to complete the bottle.

This was a big miss for me. Perhaps an old or off bottle. Many other porters I'd rather have. I won't be paying $8 for another.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 23:13:27 | More by bbothen
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3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 600 ml bottle into a pint glass. 04/03/08. Best before date of 06/19/08.

Pours a dark brownish black with a large, slightly over three fingers, light tan head. The head dies down pretty quickly leaving no lacing. Smell is odd, something I can't quite figure out. The only thing I really get is sweet chocolate

Taste is nutty, sweet chocolate. Finishes with bitter roasted coffee. Very slight floral hop taste. Bottle says it's brewed with honey, but I can't taste it. Taste is not too bad, but nothing really great either. A bit on the thin side, but smooth. Probably couldn't drink more than one of these, but probably wouldn't want to either.

An interesting combination of sweetness and bitter aftertaste. Given the cost (nearly $12) I'd say it's not worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 03:31:23 | More by bkilpatr
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3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 04:11:56 | More by russpowell
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New York

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/20/08. Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a touch of smoke. Flavor of light sweetness from the honey, jasmine, with some roasted malt. Too sweet for me, I would have liked some more roast.
8/4/7/3/14 (3.6/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 19:46:59 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 02:01:16 | More by Xul
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 03:03:39 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from the bottle into a Rochefort glass.

This beer is very black and with light there is only a hint of brown. The head is a very light tan that rises about 1 finger but sadly it is gone quickly leaving only slight foam around the rim of the glass. The lacing is light.

The aroma is very nice with lots of malts on the front that are very sweet. There is light cherry, vanilla and a tad of honey. I get very small amount of coffee at the end.

Wow, where'd all that coffee come from right on the front of the taste. I wasn't expecting that at all. The coffee is light and roasty that lasts pretty much the whole length of the taste. This taste is also some nice charred wood. At the end you get a little more bitterness. The taste is a little disappointing because its not what I expected and its not very complex having pretty much the same not throughout.

The feel is also down as it is pretty watery and not much of a crisp taste.

Overall, the beer is ok but not great for a porter. It doesn't taste its just a little boring.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 02:16:07 | More by jrallen34
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3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 18:51:51 | More by tempest
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3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an opaque black color. Minimal head and lacing. The smell is largely chocolate and roasted malts. A hint of coffee is in the mix too. The taste is largely of dark chocolate. Over the course of the beer, an honey taste comes through, but it is not that strong. Truly, other flavors are needed to complement the dark chocolate in this beer. It's a bit too simple, even for a porter. The mouthfeel is great. Good carbonation and mouthfeel. The drinkability is okay for the style, but the taste holds this beer back some. I'll definitely buy again, but not too often.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 03:21:23 | More by Jablonski
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3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - dark but some red around the edges. Bubbly off-whirling head that falls quick and leave a little lace.

S - roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, wine and other scents on the mix. Quite complex.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate, fruit and a little smoke, but just a touch.

M - not thin but no real coating, tiny mild tingle on tip of tongue.

D - easily drinkable all night.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 01:29:42 | More by biglite351
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 6dL into a stemmed beer glass. Dark brown with small to moderate white froth. Some retention.

S: chocolate, deep roast

T: bittersweet chocolate bite, smooth dark malt flavor, finish of clover honey. rather subtle all around after the chocolate (which I did not expect) hits.

M: moderate to light body

D: good solid porter, easy to drink, doesn't offer anything special. especially considering the price to import it here ($18 at my usual store)

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 03:56:57 | More by Richardberg
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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep dark brown, almost black with only the faintest of mahogany edges when held to a light source. Completely opaque with a two finger frothy beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate, caramel, oatmeal, nut, toffee, toast, honey, molasses and subtle hops. The deep roasted scent is nicely balanced by the sweetness of the cocoa and honey.

Smokey roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee, chocolate, toffee, oatmeal, hazelnut and toast. The sweetness of the honey, as well as the chocolate, provide a nice balance to the deep roasted malt profile. The mouthfeel is not as thick as I hoped with the addition of honey. It basically has the same feel as an average porter and it seems as if the honey has an affect just on the flavor, adding sweetness. Slight hop presence in the finish providing a very slight bitter dry finish. Well balanced and easy drinking with no trace of alcohol heat. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 03:29:06 | More by corby112
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a small, fizzy, beige head.

Smell: Aroma composed of notes smelling of roasted barley, licorice powder, chocolate, and soil.

Taste: Roasted barley melds with licorice and baker's chocolate delivering a mild sweetness. Faint fruitiness. Light earthy, roasty bitterness. Dash of fresh spring water near the drying, lightly chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Just slightly watery.

Drinkability: A pleasant, relatively light porter. Worth a try, but when you consider the somewhat hefty pricetag, maybe you should look elsewhere for your porter satisfaction.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 05:15:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 19:17:45 | More by weeare138
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 14:03:39 | More by beerthulhu
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is 6% ABV per the label.

Pours black with a rich, tan head that drops to a thick foam but leaves no lace.
Smell is malt, vanilla, oak, coffee, toffee, chocolate but is much lighter than narmal or desired, thus the lower rating.
Taste is malt, caramel, peat, hint of hops, plus the aforementioned coffee, toffee and chocolate. Very nice.
Lightly effervescent with a medium + body, almost creamy texture. Thank you barkeep, may I have another? Please?

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 00:33:44 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 00:24:26 | More by Wasatch
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Keg Liquor.

Poured clear black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate chocolate and roasted coffee aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium sweet creamy coffee flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Solid drinkable brew that I would recommend to a freind.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 22:32:24 | More by tmoneyba
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 02:40:15 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 11:59:22 | More by NEhophead
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North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

600ml bottle into a tulip. no apparent bottling date

Pours a pitch black with an inch thick beige head. Smell is big on roasted malts. Taste is creamy with good cocoa undertones. not too complex but the flavor is very nice. medium bodied with medium carbonation. goes down very easily because of how creamy it is.

overall a very solid porter that youll enjoy if you like the style. cant complain here.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 23:39:27 | More by Axnjxn
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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 03:54:25 | More by Beerbythepool
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 04:00:16 | More by Sammy
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 00:56:11 | More by BeerSox
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Skärgaards Porter from Nørrebro Bryghus
87 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.