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Limfjordsporter - Thisted Bryghus

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 102
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Denmark

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 Georgiabeer
2.04/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Okay, I like most flavors in beer, but the one direction I don't like is band-aid. This beer is rife with it. Like a few Belgians that exhibit this flavor, this seems intentional instead of an infection. Unlike those particular Belgian beers, this one seems more an accident of combined flavors than the result of any funkiness. I'm a huge licorice fan, and I like some peat in the glass as well, but the combination here of the strong licorice and strong peat here tastes just like band-aid to me here- and I don't like it at all. I could be wrong, and it could just be infected, but this is not a bottle that's been lingering on a shelf somewhere, the abv is relatively high, and there is no excuse for it and I'll judge accordingly. The pour is nice, black and viscous with a tan head that fades to a thin ring. That viscosity, though is a little unsettling in the mouth. Very thick and almost slick in the mouth. The smell has a bit of that band-aid smell, that grows as it warms. Beyond that, roasty, very peaty and licorice dominate. The taste has that same flavor, especially on the finish. Before that is some very earthy licorice and strong peat- and then tragedy. I won't be having this again. (1,203 characters)

Photo of sfprint
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one out of a bottle in denmark.

Appearance: Extremely dark, and you can't see through it. Funny fluffiness, sort of congealed head.

Smell: Fresh, sweet but not strong.

Taste: Heavy and strong, thick and powerful.

Mouthfeel: Sort of dry.

Drinkability: Quite decent but I think this one's quite over rated. (318 characters)

Photo of Jredner
3.04/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smoky, ashy aroma is a mix of BBQ and cigarette butts. Roasty malts beneath that, but I don’t really get any coffee, chocolate, raisin, prune or licorice. Body is deep black with a bubbly but fluffy two finger thick mocha head. Fore is a bit watery. Not thin just not flavorful. Bitter and burnt malts follow and bring some welcome flavor that includes esspresso and baker’s chocolate. very charred and burnt like firewood-in the finish. Different, but not something I’m enamored with. (488 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of bark
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Colour is pinch black; the liquid is clear. The finger thick brown head slowly sinks down to a thin lid. No lacing.

The smell is roasted-burned with notes of leather, smoked ham, sweet liquorice, and smoked cheese.

The taste is at first almost overwhelming: Alcohol, bitter hops, smoked and heavily roasted malt. It settles with a gentler flavour of salty dry roasted malt, gravy, and broth, very dry medium-bitter hops, some liquorice and a hint of meat. The body is just medium – with all this malt and alcohol this should be a full bodied beer! The dry aftertaste got alcoholic notes, smoked malt and a salty bitter finish.

The carbonation is pretty strong with small bubbles. The liquid is very smooth and a little bit thick.

A very Danish porter (or a Double Brown Stout as they call it): Lower body than the British/Baltic version, more bitterness, more carbonation and more alcohol. (903 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of jampics2
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Winking Lizard, on the beer tour.

Looks great. Dark black with a cappuchino head. Great head retention.

Poured straight down the center. Smell really comes out - nice chocolate malt on this one.

Taste was good - nice mix of chocolate, mild roast, smoke, and hops.

Thin but flavorful enough. Nice carb.

Overall, I enjoyed this but found it was just a bit of a let down that a pretty beer like this just didn't deliver a knockout flavor. (451 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Smoke/licorice nose. Flavor is smoke and unsweetened licorice. Dry finish. Not the typical Baltic porter. Expensive at $7.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (337 characters)

Photo of cgarviereg
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at home ... Deep black ... no head ... deep roast chocolate and toasted malts ... over fizzzy ... smooth toasted roast malts... little sweetness ... quite a bit of chocolate ... gentle bitterness ... medium carbonation ... medium body .. pretty decent. (259 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black.

A smoked baltic porter, eh? Sounds interesting. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, anise and smoked malts.

Notes of black licorice, smoked malts, roasted malts and a long, lingering finish of coffee, chocolate and wood. Quite tasty and rare. I am glad Ungstrup shared this with me. (287 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this as a second bottle is much more enjoyable when served at a warmer temperature. Pours very dark brown, medium thickness, with a good tan head that leaves a foamy cap and a lot of nice lacing.

Aroma is roasted malts, dark fruits, some light sourness or is that soy sauce? Licorice is plentiful, some chocolate, coffee, a bit of smoke.

Flavor is roasted malts, licorice, chocolate, coffee, somewhat acidic and astringent on the finish, more so toward the bottom of the glass.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy, with a fair amount of prickly carbonation.

While still no Sinebrychoff, this does benefit from a warmer serving temp like the Koff does. Much better this second time around.

Original review Dec 17, 2009:
Pours dark brown with a small beige head that reduces to a ring. Tiny bit of lacing. Aroma is licorice, roasted malt, light coffee, light smoke. Flavor is more licorice, a little chocolate and coffee. Finish picks up some smoked meat notes as I work down the glass. Body is on the thin side, low carbonation. OK. Middle-of-the-road for baltic porters which are one of my favorite styles.
Overall: 3.15 (1,132 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (1,308 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,118 characters)

Photo of ndolover
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, and fairly opaque...minimal head

S: Smoked peat malt, ancho pepper notes, minimal hop aroma

T: Smoked malt, chocolate, cocoa, and pepper notes, mild hop bitterness, very inviting

M: Slick and somewhat unusual for a Baltic Porter...not sure it really is a Baltic.

D: Would get this again and again...almost a rausch beer. (339 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,772 characters)

Photo of Tom2Beer
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
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 (340 characters)

Photo of oldhippie247
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque and for all practical purposes black. Head is tan, full and fluffy with large bubbles.

Big roasted nose that features a soured mash nuance.

Mouthfeel is big and creamy--a definite plus because I was a little worried it would have a thin, vinous character. Deeply roasted malts dominate. ABV is noticeable, but in a nicely balanced way.

Overall a very nice beer. Baltic porter has never been a favorite of mine, but this is a beer I would buy repeatedly. (471 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap in Copenhagen, a local favorite that I had to try.

Pours dark brown with a light tan head, great lacing, super foamy and creamy...The taste is coffee with light nuttyness, quite insteresting, but weird. Light fell but its super easy to drink.

This isn't stunning but unique enough to give it a shot, super easy to drink stout. (346 characters)

Photo of bminor7
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.5 ounce bottle.

Pours into my snifter a thick dark black with hints of ruby towards the edges. The head is large and thick, it is a dark tan.

The nose is quite strong. There are hints of licorice, smoke, roasted malts, chocolate and a pinch of coffee.

The flavors follows the taste with thick malty flavors of coffee, roasted malt, hint of licorice, some fruitiness, cocoa, and a hit of sugar. The alcohol is pretty unnoticeable. The mouthfeel is thick and lightly carbonated.

This is a very good beer. It is highly unique for the baltic porter style, it is more of an american styled porter. It is sweet and decadent but perhaps not so much as the common baltic porter. But it is a nice balanced imperial style porter worth picking up. (744 characters)

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Many many thanks to Ilene, who brought this back from Copenhagen.

Pours jet black but with a thick head. Smells of roasted malts, caramel, cocoa beans, and espresso. Taste is similar with the interesting effect of it being fairly dry (not what you'd expect). Highly carbonated, which was also a pleasant surprise. All in all, great mouthfeel. Drinkability, for some reason, not all that high, considering i really enjoyed the taste.

A pretty good example of the style and one which I wish we could get around here. (522 characters)

Photo of daledeee
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am an honest person. I poured this beer and smelled something. I thought I smelled band aids. I cheated and looked at some other reviews to see if I was right. Two out of the first three reviewers said the same thing. Now I know I am not crazy.
I bought this beer with the recommendation from my favorite beer store. I also smell malt but realistically it is mostly bandaids.

The taste is unbelievably smooth with a smoked and dark malt character. Coffee and dark chocolate are in the back ground. The mouth feel is great with a nice smooth ice cream coating on the tongue. Overall this is a good porter. I think I might liike Sinebyrchoff better purely on taste... but appearance, mouth feel are top notch on this one. (723 characters)

Photo of jtslay
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BRAVO! for head-retention.

This beer pours (be careful) black with brown head that will last! The smell is of toasty hops. This is definitely a stout porter. The 7.8% is most noticeable in the aroma, which is sweet and mainly of the malt. The taste is smooth and complex with a very pleasing aftertaste that is worth a trip to Denmark. This has a very heavy mouthfeel that lasts and for that reason it is less drinkable than a light lager. Very, very pleased! (462 characters)

Photo of JISurfer
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this badboy from Charleston Beer Exchange, was the first bottle sold of it. Wife said it's the first time it's been sold in SC, so she figured I would like to try it. Well, I was happy with it. The boss lady did a good job, with the help of the fine people at CBE.

The taste and smell were the highlights of the beer. Both had subtle characteristics of licorice and smoked malt. I was kind of weary of how the licorice would go with the other components, but it meshed harmonously.

The mouthfeel was very smooth, almost like velvet, as crosses the palate and reaches the throat. Very happy with this offering. Big thanks to the guys down at Charleston Beer Exchange and to the boss lady! (695 characters)

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Limfjordsporter from Thisted Bryghus
88 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.