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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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Photo of Jablonski
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.

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.

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)

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

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 Cyberkedi
4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
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 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.

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)

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 mcsquint
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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 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.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

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.

Photo of PorterLambic
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?

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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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...

Skärgaards Porter from Nørrebro Bryghus
87 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.