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Limfjordsporter - Thisted Bryghus

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very good

63 Reviews
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 107
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-10-2002

Brewed with liquorice. The recipe was developed during the 70's at the Urban brewery in Aalborg. Thisted bought the name, and the production restarted in 1997.
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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle, Irma supermarket, Copenhagen - Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Smell - light smoky, roasted malt. Taste - roasted malts leading to a light dry bitter finish. Fantastic cheap but high quality ale.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass with a thin, light brown head that dissipates to patches. Aroma of sweet toasted malt, cocoa, light lactose and vanilla. Flavor is toasted dark malt with a hint of char, dark chocolate, coffee, light licorice. A smoky char flavor develops in the finish that sits perfectly above the dark malts. Medium bodied with a light creaminess. A very nice smoky stout that has enough complexity that different flavors are revealed throughout the taste and the finishing smokiness is well supported by the flavorful malt. Really quite nicely balanced considering some strong flavors here. I really liked this a lot. Labelled as both a porter and stout, it does hew to the foreign/export stout profile the closest, but is more complex than that style usually is. I would like to try other offerings from this brewery. Nice.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass. From notes. Best before April 2 2015.

Deep dark walnut brown body, some cola like carbonation a bit too. Creamy two finger and tan swiss cheese like head, with some faint clump like lacing. Looks decent.

Nice bouquet with an interesting porter angle. Hints of leafy tobacco and mild chocolate, with a mild sense of licorice as well.

Palate comes out nicely but more toned down and simple than the nose indicates. Mild roasted quality and strangely some caramel hints. Fruity esters a bit with a bit of sticky sensations but the licorice quality seems to come out a bit more toned down. Slightly watery feel on the palate with mild carbonation

A decent brew with a solid porter character but seems to be hard to discern style or one that seems distinct.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/7/2008. Pours hazy fairly pitch black color with brown edges, with a 1 finger dense tan head with goof retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, light smoke, light licorice, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of dark/roasted malt, light licorice, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, coffee, raisin, molasses, light smoke, light licorice, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, light smoke, light licorice, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors, light licorice, and yeast ester flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Baltic porter! All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, licorice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Oblivion in Orlando. Pours a dark black color with a tan head. The aroma is dark as smokey with licorice and chocolate. The taste is smooth up front and turns very roasty with a lot of smoke with bitter coffee and cocoa flavors in a bitter finish. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Definitely recommended!

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Photo of Tom2Beer
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At The Birch Bar in Norfolk, they have it on tap. If you like Imperial Stouts drink this. The Licorice is not a overpowering flavor. It sit in the back to darken the brew and strengthen the Imperial presents. Don't know what it taste like from a bottle just draft is alway far mores balanced an reserve than is over carbonated cousin. Enjoy

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, thanks to mulder1010, into a Mikkeller wine glass.

Black with brown around the edges. Nice light mocha foam on top that leaves spotty lacing and retains really well.

Really nice smell of licorice, ground coffee that isn't too dominant, chocolate too adds to it.

Nice mix of coffee and dairy chocolate and a little tinge of licorice as well. Complex enough to be interesting. Enjoyable.

Lower carbonation, softer at the front and then coffee and licorice bitterness builds. Drinks well.

Very nice beer. Satisfying, complex and all round well done.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle, it had a date on there but I don't remember what it was, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black with a large khaki head, good retention and lacing.

S- Fruit, milk chocolate, bready malt, a bit of roast, very soft and rounded aroma.

T- Less sweet than the aroma, with heavier emphasis on milk chocolate, bread, a bit of roastiness. Some sweetness from dark fruit, molasses.

M- Medium-bodied, soft, creamy feel.

O- A really nice beer, very flavorful but nothing too aggressive, easy to drink and a great bargain at 15 kr (less than $3).

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The dark chocolate colored liquid is covered by a film of tan that breaks apart into a ringlet; leaves a nice, webby pattern behind

Smell: More licorice, molasses and char than chocolate, though there is a sweet character underneath

Taste: Chocolate, up front, with licorice and char building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the molasses adds a bolder, sweeter dimension along with a hint of dark fruit; some smoke underneath, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice beer (more Foreign Export Stout than Baltic Porter, but having elements of both styles) that has a range of subtle flavors

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was discounted and is stamped either 010708 or 010709, I can't make it out. I suspect it is at least three years old.

Two fingers of foamy tan head, and an opaque, dark brown body. Great retention and good lacing.

The nose has a trace of the promised licorice, but a significant tart presence that I'm pretty sure is bretannomyces related. Which I don't think was supposed to be present in this beer. Having been on the shelves so long, I feel that maybe the staff might've tried it to judge the batch, but the clerk told me that many limited allocations he doesn't even taste because they are so sparse.

Yes, this is soured, or infected, or whatever you want to call it. It's not *bad* though, per se, but I imagine this is different than it was intended to be. It's got a pretty bold and bitter malt and licorice presence which works pretty well with the vinegar-y tang. Bit of a surprise, but not totally unwelcome. In fact, without it, this might be too bitter and syrupy/medicinal for my taste.

It's a bit foamy, not great feel-wise.

Well, it was soured and probably a bit old, so take my opinions with a grain of salt, but it's a porter so it should survive (although an 08, if it was one, would be pushing it), and the infection would've been present (if subdued) at time of bottling.

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Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very deep brown at the edges when held to the light, but the bulk of the body is dark black. The head is tan, and full of fish eyes, there is almost a spongy texture going on at the top of it.

S: Thick and malty. There is a dark chocolate coffee thing going on, but there is also a lot of a smokey character, it almost has the sweetness that I associate with cherrywood smoked malt. The finish is black licorice.

T: Dark chocolate, with coffee. There is a lot less smoke in the flavor than the smell would lead you to believe. This guy has a lot of dark bitter chocolate flavor. The finish is earthy and pungent.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is fine and the level seems appropriate for the style.

O: Overall very enjoyable, I like the dark chocolate flavors mixing with a touch of licorice. Very nice.

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Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date of 01 07 09

Black color with a small head that quickly settles to a thin cap. A little bit of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is dominated by roasted malt. Smoke is the only other thing I can identify. This is really a Foreign/Export Stout type of beer.

The flavor is also full of roasted malt. A little burnt and smokey. Licorice is tasted but barely plays a role. Surprising amount of yeast esters come in the finish and helps wipe the palate of burnt bitterness. Alcohol is not detected.

Plenty of body here. The carbonation is well done. Nice creamy texture present.

Needs to go under another style like many beers misidentified in the Baltic Porter style. A good Export Stout from Denmark.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into a Darkness snifter
Bottle date: 28/04/12

A- Pours a 2 finger light brown head that dissipates to a nice bubbly collar around the glass, nice lacing, dark dark brown color.
S- Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, cocoa, slight sweetness in the aroma, earthy notes as well.
T- Roasted malt upfront, coffee, cocoa, smokey notes come out as well, some earthy characteristics in the finish.
M- Medium mouth feel, decent carbonation, smooth drinking.
O- True to style beer, Nothing special or unique, easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ML bottle poured into a CCB snifter
Thanks to Baggio for the beer and Sendsilk for the glass.
Much appreciated to both.
28/04/12 exp date

A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled plain and simple black. No light penetrating the glass. Half finger of dark brownish chocolate head. Head fades pretty quickly to a light brown film. Half circle of lacing on the side of the glass.

S-- Interesting smell. Went from original earthy chocolate, coffee and herbal licorice to a chocolate, Carmel covered orange peel that was still very earthy, or shall I say dirty and herbal. Interesting.

T-- Cold, grity, and old earthy chocolate and coffee. Get Carmel and vanilla as well but really more about the earthiness of this.

M-- Vanilla and Carmel in the front and coffee and licorice in the back. Lots of coffee acidity in this as well. Very clean with a lot of acidity in the finish. Low carbonation and medium feel.

O-- Nice beer. True to style. Not overbearing in any way at all. No gaps or issues with this at all. Alcohol is well hidden and a lot of character to this. Would try this again if got the chance.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is so very pitch black. The pale brown head is thick, creamy and really large. It sinks so slowly into pretty nice lacings.

S: Heavily roasted dark malts, a little bit sweet and some smoked ham. Strong black coffee and some dark bitter chocolate. Faint vanilla, perhaps from oak.

T: Vanilla, heavily roasted malt, kind of sweet. Smoked ham. Kind of burned malt. Strong black coffee.

M: Aftertaste is long and smoky, but also bitter. Body is full and carbonation light.

O: This is a very, very nice light smoked porter - me like!

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Photo of bminor7
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo.

Pours almost black. Hard to get a good head going but eventually it's there. Stays around too, fluffy on the edges with wisps across the surface.

Not much of an aroma...smoky chocoloate malts.

Bitter...chocolatey, has a baltic character? it does seem different than a typical porter. Sugar in the aftertaste.

MF is reasonable.

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Photo of rarbring
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark brown, almost black, a tan head that settles unevenly leaving good lacing.

The beer is sweet dark fruity, vanilla and grape zest.

Tasting sweet brown sugar, vanilla, slightly alcoholic, chocolate, and dark caramel, and lemon peel.

Medium carbonation, rather thin, but fresh, slightly warm alcohol finish.

Fresh and fruity, devious strong. The added licorice is not noted by me.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost the color of ebony wood, deep and dark brown. Big head in a standard pint glass, Creamy looking to start but transitioning to quite a lot of big bubbles after a few minutes. A very thick film, 1/2" thick almost, remains and deposits some fair lacing.
Smell is full of smoky, charred wood, teriyaki, peat, malt and faint notes of wheat and hops. Very much like a rauchbier, very beef jerky-like.
Taste is very nice with the smoked wood, peat and teriyaki first followed by the wheat and hop notes (still faint). Maybe licorice?
Starts creamy and nearly full-bodied, finishes somewhat dry with a light coating of the palate. Medium-bodied at the finish. Light effervescence throughout. This beer is like a cross between a rauchbier and a Baltic porter, two of my very favorite styles. I like it a lot. I could easily imagine drink several of these sitting around a campfire with the temp hanging in the 40's or low 50's F, eating meat cooked over that fire. Aftertaste has an earthy/peaty/smoky note with a hint of black licorice creeping in especially as it warms.

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Photo of drpimento
4.97/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Whoa, character up the wazoo! I let the bottle warm up out of the fridge. Poured with a magnum sized foamy, frothy, fluffy, billowy, sudsy, tan head and lots of clingy lace. Color is an absolutely opaque black brown. Aroma is complex with licorice, dark ripe fruit, roast malt, earth, musty, old leather, gin, cocoa. Flavor is similar but also is quite dry with only a suggestion of possible sweetness if you're being good; plus a little salty tang, leftover coffee, unsweetened cocoa. Body is full, carbonation is spot on and the overall effect is just perfect for this beer. Finish is like flavor with the extremes diminishing first and softer components tapering later in a fairly lengthy process. Too big for a session, but what a work of art!

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Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

actually rather standard artisan baltic porter that i've run into in poland. nice licorice notes... nice smoke. a meaty quality. something that i know to be baltic porter. pour is coca cola brown to black. nose of an equal blend of licorice and smoke. hints of mineral subdued acidity. palate is hunger inducing and quite dry... some chalk and molasses notes. the licorice sets a nice complex sweet that is post fermentable. a nice herbal zing like fennel. excellent blend with the smoke and molasses.

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Photo of jhimstedt
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured oily black, opaque. Little dark tan head left nice film around rim.

S - Roasted malt, deep fruit, slight sour/tartness

T - Roasted malt, chocolate, red fruit, prunes, dates, brown sugar. Slightly sour

M - Silky, not creamy or thin. Nice texture for this beer

Super drinkable, very nuanced and enjoyable beer. Would definitely try and get more.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. olive green bottle, this "double brown stout" is brewed with "liquorice." Jet-black, fairly clear, with a half-inch, dark tan head that retains a foamy collar. The aroma is big and roasty/chocolatey; bold, yet supple, gently hinting and the huge burst of flavor to come. Strong roasted and dark coffee flavors meld with bitter chocolate, light licorice, and a mild bitterness contributed by both the hops and the dark grains. The alcohol is well-hidden here, and the body is lighter than it should be, but somehow gives the impression of bigness. Quite easy to drink, and very assertive with its long roasted finish, but it is a bit too punchy for prolonged quaffing.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Limfjords Porter (Double Brown Stout) is a pitch black liquid with a huge, soft, bistre colored head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It's a unique look. It has a huge aroma of smoke and ash. It smells like a camp fire. It's medium bodied and a bit metallic. The finish is a bit watery and it leaves the tongue dry and a bit numb. It tastes like it smells: smoke and ash. There's a hint of licorice sweetness at the finish. The aftertaste has a lingering bitterness like baking chocolate. The bottle didn't say anything about smoke. In a blind tasting, I'd probably guess this as a smoked Baltic porter. It's very unique.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lately I have been on a Baltic porter kick,time to try this Danish one new to my area.Poured nearly pitch black except for a few deep ruby highlights when held to the light,a 1/2 finger light mocha colore head atop that qas gone quickly.Aromas of bitter chocolate,heavy dark fruit,and has some medicinal-like notes.Thick and chewey feel wich is nice,somewhat boozy with that licorice more prominent on the palate,dark fruit and molasses round out the flavors.A somewhat sweet Baltic porter but there is a decent earthy drying effect in the finish,usually I dont like medicnal flavors,and I dont like black licorice,but I really like this beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although the beer should technically be considered opaque because no sun is able to penetrate it, it still has a notable amount of reddish-brown colour around its base. The complexion, however, on the whole, does look rather oily (an image partially cultivated by the fact that its surface has few bubbles and foam only around its trim).

The roasty, cocoa-like aroma is superseded by a tart, lactic twang. Whether it's intentional, a by-product of such a lengthy voyage or just the bottle showing its age, I'm not entirely sure. But it's not terribly unappealing and, if anything, lends the beer more distinction (something like a chocolate lambic) that suits the receptors in my nostrils just fine.

What do you think of when I mention the Baltic region? An area of so much history and different cultures surely draws many thoughts to mind. For me, however, the first things to spring up are flavours: bittersweet chocolate, black licorice, fudge, stale coffee, earthy hops and dark fruits. (Admittedly, most thoughts I have revolve around beer.)

The mouthfeel has a number of features, most notably a dryness from the roasted malts and a strong bittersweetness from its flavours. Some of the aforementioned sourness leaches onto the palate and, while its brewers might not have intended for it to be there, it adds a uniqueness that isn't all too out of place for the beer's stale, well-voyaged persona.

I've had this style of porter from just about every country in Eastern and Northern Europe and this Danish example fairs very well in comparison with its compatriots. While there are better examples out there, to be sure, Thisted Bryghus' version is worth laying some dough on; this is definitely one that I'll be picking up if I ever do come across it again.

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Limfjordsporter from Thisted Bryghus
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