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Limfjordsporter - Thisted Bryghus

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 113
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Thisted Bryghus
Denmark | website

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter | 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 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The roasty, cocoa-like aroma is superseded by a tart, lactic twang.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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Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of sfprint
3/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured jet black with a thin brown head. This beer is so dark that it's impossible to see if there is any carbonation by the way of rising bubbles. The head died down into lacey patterns on the surface.
S: The smell doesn't stand out that much but is is rather inviting and has aromas of dark roasted malts, smoke and licorice
T: There are very rich flavors of roasted malts and licorice with some hints of coffee and smoke. The overall taste is very well balanced.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and is very smooth.
D: This beer is very easy to drink; you could either sip it if you want to appreciate the flavors or drink it quickly because the alcohol is very well masked. I would definitely have another one of these!

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of faint roasted malts with good amounts of unsweetened chocolate and anise. Also present and more prevalent as the beer warms are well-integrated smoked malts with more of an earthy lean than normal smoked malt.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit smoother. Subtle roasted malt and earthy smoked malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by good amounts of dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip solid amounts of spices come into play - mostly anise but with hints of nutmeg as well. The spices carry through to a mildy bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a solid beer for the style and the mild spices give it another added layer. Worth a shot.

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Photo of ndolover
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of jampics2
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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

Poured from the bottle a deep mahogany-black with a thin mocha-colored head.

Aroma of licorice, roasted malts, bubble gum, and smoke.

The taste is a combination of coffee, cocoa, rye bread, and smoked roasted malts along with licorice and a bubble gum fruitiness.

Medium bodied, dry and sticky, and moderately carbonated.

I'm a big fan of Scandinavian beers and this one didn't disappoint. Well-balanced and quite tasty.

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Photo of crossovert
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
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

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Photo of avalon07
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a completely opaque texture. There was an inch of tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing and retention. An excellent-looking porter.

S: A nice, underplayed aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some licorice.

T: Tasted of chocolate, roasted malt and coffee and hints of licorice in the finish. One of the tastiest and well-balanced Baltic Porters I've had.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An incredibly drinkable Baltic Porter. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/27/2009- from notes.

11.2 oz brown bottle pored into a pint glass. Bottle dated 1/7/09.

A- Pitch black with a burly three finger creamy brown head that hung around for a long time. Great lacing! Looks more like a stout than any porter I've had.

S- Very deep mix of roasty dark chocolate, dark fruits and licorice hints.

T- Like the nose but with some smoked wood/peat notes and some caramelish sweetness.

M- Not as thick as I expected, medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

D- Be it a stout or a porter, this was a great beer. I will definitely pick up some more of these!

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Photo of albern
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is substantial in all aspects. It pours with a huge, gigantic, brown, creamy and frothy head. The retention is amazing as is the billowing lace that covers the sides of the glass. This is the thickest looking porter I've ever seen. Very impressive. The nose is roasted dark malts, some peat and smoked aromas, some chocolate dark notes as well. The nose like everything else with this beer is impactful.

The taste won't disappoint. There are lots of smoked and peaty flavors to this beer, almost mossy in taste, but quite good. There is lots of molasses, brown sugars, charred notes, slightly cherry dark chocolate, and loads of sweet malts. This is a very complex and full palated beer. It has warming alcohol notes, a touch of ABV in the throat, some drying and hop notes towards the finish to balance this out. This is a very full bodied beer, a very thick pour, with a very oily coating on the tongue. The aftertaste is pronounced but the charred flavors don't linger longer than they need to. This beer is well worth seeking out. This is a special beer. L'Chaim.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 01-07-09. Picked this one up at Downeast Beverage in Portland, ME a while back on the recommendation of one of the employees.

Pours a thick and oily black forming a two-finger mocha head that fades slowly leaving a thick sheet of lace down the glass.

The smell is lightly peat smoked malt, fresh brewed coffee, and dark chocolate. I'm not picking up any of the band-aid aromas that others have mentioned.

Taste begins with some light peat smoke flavors before some chocolate and vanilla. Finishes with a bit of coffee bitterness and a hint of liquorice.

Much lighter body than I expected given the thick pour. Creamy and lightly carbonated.

I wish I had grabbed a couple of these as this is quite tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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!

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

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Date on bottle reads 01/07/09. Aroma is dominated by a coffee/sweet malt flavor. High ABV is nicely masked by the lovely flavors of the beer. Taste seems to lean more towards a porter then a "double brown stout". Coffee, licorice, toasted malts dominate the taste. Feels like a milk stout in a creamy sort of way. Yummy beer, all around...nicely complimented my bananas foster dessert.

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Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz capped and foiled bottle:

Pours very dark brown with a brown head that descends to a thin cover. Spots of lacing stick.

The smell is of chocolate cake, some licorice, with earthy, fruity, and roasty notes.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with carmelized brown sugar. Licorice spicing is there, but mild. Dark fruits, earthy tones and a touch of alcohol mix in. It finishes with a dry roastiness and a bitter touch. Nicely balanced, though a bit more bitter than typical.

It is medium bodied and smooth despite acidic touch.

Yum! An interesting brew that is labeled both as a "Double Brown Stout" and "Porter". Which is it? A mix of strong brown, stout and Baltic Porter, I'ld say - and one that works well. An interesting, flavourful beer!

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Photo of Snyder18
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark, black, bubbly. Creamy dark brown head starts at about 2.5 inches and very slowly falls to a thin layer with lots of lace on the glass.

Smell - roasted, coffee, spicy, hint of licorice.

Taste - creamy, smoky, malty, roasty, coffee, black pepper. Nicely balanced with hop bitterness laying back to allow the malts and spices to show their stuff.

Mouthfeel - wonderfully full bodied. Creamy with lots of carbonation and alcohol warming.

Drinkability - very drinkable. Surprisingly so given the high alcohol content.

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Photo of daledeee
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of oldhippie247
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice.

Label dated 01/07/09

A: Pours a very dark black color with some faint cranberry highlights at the edges. Creamy, one-finger, mocha-colored head dissolves to a sloppy looking skim with random splotches of lace on the glass.

S: Huge nose of peat smoked malt and, to a lesser extent, band-aids. Also in the nose is some bitter dark chocolate and some funky/dirty yeast.

T: See above. Smokey and spicy with flavors of campfire, bitter chocolate, lemon-y hops, and fudge.

M: Pretty bitter, dry, and prickly. Thick smoky coating left on my tongue. Finish is dry, spicy, tangy, and lasts forever.

D: I wasn't sure what to expect when the label says both "Double Brown Stout" and "Porter". I thought this was interesting and enjoyed the spice and the smokiness.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.04/5  rDev -48.6%
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.

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

Pours black, with a fluffy tan head that settles into a thin cap for the duration of the beer.

Nose has notes of smokey peat alongside a nice coffee character. Very nice.

Taste is delicious - an earthy, peaty smokiness is the first thing you notice, but underneath the adventurous palate finds a body ringing with licorice and coffee, as well as some smooth cocoa. Smoke isn't afraid to assert itself, but certainly doesn't dominate to the point of drowning out the rest of the flavors. Really delicious beer, and one I could have had about three or four of.

Mouthfeel has plenty of spritzy carbonation, medium bodied, satisfying.

For a smoke beer, extra points for the fact that after I finished this beer, I really, really wanted another. Top notch.

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Limfjordsporter from Thisted Bryghus
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