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Skärgaards Porter - Nørrebro Bryghus

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BA SCORE
87
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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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 45 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -48.8%

nmann08, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.33/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

BeerBelcher, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of bbothen
2.6/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

bbothen, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -23.3%

djrn2, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Yabev15
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Yabev15, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of fountainofyouth
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

fountainofyouth, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of bkilpatr
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

bkilpatr, Apr 04, 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 LilBeerDoctor
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 28, 2008
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
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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 jrallen34
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

jrallen34, Dec 03, 2009
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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
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3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Jablonski, May 10, 2009
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3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

biglite351, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

corby112, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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)

Richardberg, Mar 12, 2009
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3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 30, 2008
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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
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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
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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
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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
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

e30todamax, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
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?

PorterLambic, Feb 26, 2008
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Skärgaards Porter from Nørrebro Bryghus
87 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.