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Ølfabrikken PorterØlfabrikken Porter

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Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with barley malt, roasted barley, hops, brown sugar and water.

Added by bark on 07-29-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by HotHabanero:
Photo of HotHabanero
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Pours pitch black with a creamy, tan, medium sized and short lasting head. Some lacing is present. Nose of burned malt, tar and liqourise. The flavour is of dark malt, black coffee and liqourice. Oily texture. Full bodied. Roasty finish. A pleasant brew.

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Photo of joe1510
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle
West Lakeview

Olfabrikken makes one stout porter. After glugging from the bottle to a snifter this beer appears black with no hint of light shining through. The head was a little hard to bring alive but a more aggressive pour brought about a half finger brown head with a hint of purple. The head that did form leaves some great lacing on after each drink.

The nose on this beer is without a doubt good but could stand to be a little more robust. Mil chocolate and dark berries encompass a core of moderate roasted maltiness. There's even a touch of chocolate wafting around in there somewhere. This looks very appetizing.

This beer walks the line between a Baltic porter and a big stout. There's a lot more freshly roasted coffee than I expected and I'm definitely glad it's there. The coffee adds a complexity I don't usually come across in porters and is better of because of it. The coffee just compliments the roastiness and again, like the aroma, chocolate and faint dark berries mingle in the background. This is an exceptional Baltic Porter. One of the best I've come across.

As this beer hits the tongue there's a surprising zestiness from the carbonation that quickly smoothes out becoming more full and rounded. There is a substantial feel midway through until the swallow. Not crazy about the liveliness upfront but it quickly smoothes out to become more than appropriate.

We got 10-12" of snow this morning and this just seems like an appropriate beer for an evening like tonight. Of course I'm sure this would be just as easy to sip any other night.

Olfabrikken makes an exceptional Baltic Porter. This is by far my favorite beer from the new Scandinavian revolution hitting American shores. Big flavors and good drinkability make for a world class beer.

Reviewed: 2/2/08

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Photo of oberon
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its great to see the northern European countries newer craft breweries wares showing up now in the states like Nogne and this one,this poured a near opaque black into a Guinness pint glass with a thin but well retained mocha colored head atop.Full and complex aromas complex to the hilt smokey burnt notes along with some cocoa, dark roast coffee and sweet caramel just well rounded with everything being well represented.Big and roasty up front on the palate with a hint of smoke,an underlying caramel sweetness sticks thruout finishing with a unsweetened chocolate trace that lingers for a bit.Wow this is nice it has everything,robust roastiness,caramel sweetness,chocolate,and smoke a real gem of a Baltic porter.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large bottle picked up at West Lakeview Liquors for $7.50 or 8 bucks.

Deep dark brown with mahogany hues. Just a dark brown skim for head.

Aroma is bold and mildly boozy. It's also loaded with complexity: caramel, dates, licorice, molasses, chocolate, etc...

Taste is even bigger and better. Each aroma is distinctive in the taste yet they all blend together well. Chocolate, caramel, licorice, molasses, dark fruits, lactic flavors, brown sugar, and grain liquor.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, for despite this beer's rather humongous flavor, the body remains mellow, though somewhat warming and boozy. The front is mildy lactic, the middle is sweet, and the finish is dry, roasty, and boozy.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of ricke
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Very dark brown and opaque. A small brown thick head with good retention leaves a nice lid of foam on top of the liquid.

S: A very pleasant smell with lots of aromas of malts with a quite prominent roasted character. A hint of smoke and charcoal. Notes of chocolate and chocolate syrup. Hints of dark fruits and faint hops.

T: The taste starts of nicely with a pleasant sweet flavor of roasted malts, dark chocolate and a note of charcoal. Dark bread and wood. Muted notes of dark fruits and vanilla. A faint hint of hops. The finish has an aggressive bitterness to it that seems out of tune, and a not so integrated taste of alcohol. Notes of chocolate and slightly acidic roasted malts in the finish as well. The finish is actually quite a letdown.

M: Full-bodied, viscous and creamy. Gentle carbonation.

D: A good beer with lots of flavors. But there are some flaws in it. Most importantly, the finish is quite out of balance, which is a real shame. Even though I kind of like it, it's far from its former glory from the time when Christian Skovdal Andersen (now Beer Here) was the head brewer at Ølfabrikken.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the odd 22.3 oz bottle.

Pours oily jet black with a bourbon barrel brown head that fades quickly but retains a thin layer throught the drink.

Big, burnt coffee bean aroma fills the room instantly. Smoke, bitter chocolate, and whisky go well with the alcohol presence.

The flavors are powerful, yet graceful. Roasty up front, sweet in the middle, and a cookie like fade. Brown sugar, bourbon, and dark chocolate come out with the hoppiness as it warms.

The key for this one is not drinking it too cold. That will kill the magnificant complexity of this world class porter.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

Brewed by Ølfabrikken (The Beer Factory) with barley malt, roasted barley, hops, brown sugar and water.

Pitch black, with a gorgeous cascading, creamy coffee-colored foam head that retains and clings to the glass. The nose is a bit nutty and roasted with suggestions of sweetness, powdery chocolate, molasses and a soft floral hop note with a unique herbal aroma. Super silky smooth, even palate. Medium, near chewy mouthfeel. Dark chocolate and mint come to the front. Burnt malts, smoky, chocolate, thick sugary character. Solvent-like alcohol, but clean. Underlying herbal hop character with a minty edge. Orange? Yeah. Charred bitterness in the finish, with a very flavorful pipe tobacco, smoky linger, toasted marshmallow and hint of hazelnut.

Simply put, this is one delicious Porter that lounges on the palate with one of the most seductive finishes we've ever run into.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Pours a pitch black with a thin dark brown head that quickly diminishes to a thin film.

The aroma is excellent with a lot going on - lactic chocolate, vanilla, some grains, coffee, some dark fruits.

The flavor is some sweet chocolate fudge and anise followed by a big burnt bitterness. There's a little sour fruitiness in the background, and a little medicinal aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full and a bit creamy.

Overall, it's similar to the Nogne Imperial Stout. It's much more stout-like than porter-like. The burnt bitterness and anise was a bit much for me. It starts to come together more as it warms.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an English pint. Opaque black with a rich dark brown head. The aroma is pretty big, featuring molassas, and dark chocolate. The flavor reminds me of some of the classic baltic style porter. Licorice, anis, and chocolate. The body is huge, and the texture is similar to mashmellow fluff. This is really a pretty damn wonderful beer. I totally understand all of the hubbub.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

Pours dark brown with a medium brown head. Lots of roasted malt and some coffee in the aroma. The flavor is more of the same with a great roasty component. Alcohol is well hidden. As the beer warms it gets more of a smokey component. The mouthfeel is very creamy and is medium-thick. Very drinkable for a beer of this strength.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into an 8oz taster.

Pours a pitch oily black with a small dark brown head. Nose is strong with dark coffee and chocolate notes, quite sweet with a hint of alcohol.

First off the mouthfeel is phenomenal, it's velvety smooth, creamy and light. There's an awesome coffee bitter finish, light and roasty. Carbonation is perfect, it's unobtrusive and makes it spot on. It's a bit sweet but the roasted bitterness of it makes it near perfect.

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Photo of kpantz
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: I'm blown away, frankly. This "porter" has the complexity and flavor profile exceeding that of many imperial stouts, yet it's more drinkable due to the slightly lighter body (though still formidable) and lower ABV. Just a fantastic ale. Well worth the money.

Appearance: Engine oil with a beautiful, fluffy mocha head that persists at about a finger thick. Pretty nice lacing.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate. A little alcohol in there, too, but it doesn't detract; rather, it adds depth.

Taste: Sweet malts to start, with roasted character shining through rather quickly. Definite coffee flavor, too. I'm seriously chewing some espresso beans here. A little bit of a fruity flavor - perhaps raspberries - as well. Some alcohol and a hint of hop bitterness in the back end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth - little in the way of carbonation. Pretty viscous, especially fr what's being billed as a porter.

Drinkability: This has complexity that only gets better as the beer warms. That, combined with a delightful chewiness and a good compartmentalization of the alcohol, makes this a VERY drinkable brew.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber poured into my GI Tulip glass.

A - The color is black as night without any real light coming through this one. On the whole, this has a nice reflection to it and there was a small amount of carbonation that coud be seen trailing up the glass. The head poured up to about 2 fingers but did not last too long as there was only a small bit of white left sitting on top.

S - hints of caramel, caramel and chocolate waft up from this one. There is also a nice hint of roastiness that helps to bring forth the coffee flavors to the fore front. There are even some light hints of vanilla and oak that came up as well. Really wish the nose was bigger.

T - the first taste that comes in on me was a toffee and caramel sweetness that slowly fades away into a dark chocolate flavor. There is also a hint of vanilla that comes through as well in the sweet flavors. In the sweetness there is also a light hint of anise that comes through as well. There is a lot of roastiness that comes in as well plus some deep bitter cocoa flavor. This one has some very powerful chocolate flavor and then fades away into a roasty coffee flavor that just sits there. Have to say I was really blown away by this one and its flavor profile. Everything is there and everything is big but no single overpowers any of the others as everything seems to meld together just perfectly. The flavors balance each other very well as the roasted bitter coffee and chocolate go perfectly against the sweet beginning.

MF - At first, the mouth has a bit of stickiness to it that comes through good with the caramel flavors. The longer it sits in the mouth, the stickiness seems to fade away and there starts to have some carbonation that seems to well up from out of the blue and helps to bring out the roasted flavors. The carbonation also makes it seems a bit grainy in the mouth as if some coffee grounds got stuck in this brew. A very creamy brew that has a nice milky smoothness to this as well.

D - overall this is really one great brew that just stands out. This Baltic porter is my first one and would definitely say this could stand up to and is better than some bigger stouts that I have had before. I really like this one and would pick it up again for sure. It is not too heavy when you drink it which is nice because it makes it easy to finish the whole bomber without feeling overpowered. An awesome, must try brew.

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Photo of glid02
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta after it went on a brief hiatus.

Pours completely black with a towering two-finger brown head. The head dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and very light floral hops. The roasted malt aromas die down a bit as the beer warms.

Tastes great. Roasted malt and chocolate flavors rule the day, but there are also very light amounts of fruity hop flavors if you let the beer sit for a moment. There's a good bitter ending that's clean.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got one of the best, if not the best, thicknesses for a porter in recent memory for me. Carbonation is subdued but active enough to bring out the flavors. Very smooth.

Drinkability is great. The roasted malt and chocolate flavors take turns and the bitter ending brings a nice finality to the sip.

Overall this beer is all that it's cracked up to be. Be sure to pick one up if you see it around.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Served in a glass mug)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a head made up of a few big yellowish-tan bubbles that soon fade to a thin ring around the rim. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles that glide to the surface at the sides of the glass.

S- The smell of dark rich black roasted malt comes though even during the pour. The smell of light milk chocolate malt and rich dark coffee malt fill out the malt smell.

T- This beer has a full roasted dark malt flavor with a dark molasses quality to it and a nice earthiness. The finish has a nice smooth black roasted bitterness and a soft alcohol taste that lighten up the flavor and clean the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a clean finish from the soft alcohol heat.

D- This beer has some full black roasted flavors with nice support from other roasted malts. The flavors and smells all have the rich malt flavor and not the more common nougat or cocoa nib qualities that taste a bit off. This not a heavy beer light a stout and seems to hit all the qualities I look for in a great baltic porter. With such a great bold flavor and being so drinkable this bottle didn't last long especially on that cold winter night. Just delicious.

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Photo of pwoods
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tprokop for this brew.

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a very deep brown, nearly black, completely opaque. A strong 2+ finger head forms pretty tight and holds nicely. Great lacing.

S: Very oat-y and dry smelling. Some chocolate and coffee, as expected but more of a background note.

T/M: More of the oats and dryness. The chocolate is still subtle but the coffee makes a great move into the foreground. A good dose of hops and bitterness up front, adding to the drying effect. Body is medium heavy with a great milky chocolate feel it to it.

D: Decently drinkable and not too crazy on the ABV. A pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of IntriqKen
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh, my heavens.
THIS is why I keep trying all of the different beers that I can.
Thanks to koholoe for this bottle.

Pours deep, deep black that no light ever penetrated with a dark tan head of very sticky bubbles.

Aroma is immediately smoke. Smoke, smoke, and more smoke, however nothing bitter at all. Smoke with roasted sweet malts following in the aroma.

Taste is definitely smokey, but lots and lots of complex dark chocolates and coffees move into the flavor profile. Roasted malt and roasted coffee...milk to dark chocolate....cappaccino to espresso. All deliciously blended with the smokey malts and all very deliciously smooth.

Mouthfeel is decadent. Velvetly smooth. Aftertaste is roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Nothing sweet...nothing bitter...marvelously blended.

I'm in love.

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Photo of spkissane
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of RomanW70
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks for Dave for this tasty treat!!! Pours jet black with a tan head. Strong aroma of coffee, roast, and chocolate. Taste of chocolate and burnt sugar with some dark fruit notes, moving through a warming alcohol to a lastic coffee bitter. Thick mouthfeel. Excellent beer. Almost indistinguishable from an Imperial stout.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a snifter black in color with bone white head. It's has a creamy fine texture and leaves lacing behind as it dwindles.

Aroma is intense and roasty with great dark malts and fruits in the nose. Alcohol is evident here too.

Flavor is massive as well and could easily be mistaken for a double stout. Thick and creamy, roasty and sweet, nicely bittered both by hops and chocolate malt.

Great oatmeal smoothness to it and very full bodied.

Drinkability is good for the style despite being on the strong/intense side.

Overall an excellent baltic porter.

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Photo of asabreed
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic. Label says that "sugar" is an ingredient. Really? Is that normal?

Appearance: Jet-black with a rich, mocha-colored head grazing on top, leaving clusters of raindrop lacing scattered about the glass's bulb.

Smell: The aroma ends up being sweeter than the taste, with the coffee-minus-cream-but-with-two-sugars going on, along with rich, earthy berries. Alas, the char is there. These aren't roasted malts. They're charred to all hell. Maybe that's why sugar had to be added? Ballsy and rich overall, and I'm digging it.

Taste: I've been using the word raucous a lot when it comes to brews lately, but this sucker definitely deserves that description. Beautifully charred, and though it seems somewhat relentlessly charred, there are the malt flavors that help it come back to earth. The berries here are evident, and almost add a sourness that's nice as an addendum to the rest of the malt flavors, being chocolate mostly, and some black bitter coffee. The hops and charred malts, though, are at the forefront. Any sweetness that comes through doesn't linger, which surprises me that the bottle has it on it every block filled in up to the top, the "sweet" part at the end of that indication line. Black magic marker is evident, along with some tree bark and mild earthy funk.

Mouthfeel: Rich, dense, creamy, and altogether medium-bodied. The carbonation does a fantastic job of not making it cloying in the least, surprisingly, and helps all the darker flavors come together extremely well.

Drinkability: This is a massive sipper that'll ring your bell either way. One of the most fierce yet balanced versions of the style I've ever had. I've been waiting to try this for a long time, and I'm glad I was finally able to. Get your hands on at least one if you can.

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Photo of nkersten
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Many thanks to Alex for sharing this one!

Poured into a night of the barrels tasting glass, vigorous pour gives a brownish tan head and a midnight black liquid with some dark brown hues along the edges of the glass. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, brine and olives. Taste has some chocolate malts, a medicinal alcohol, some roasted flavors. This has a bitterness to it that doesn't seem like it is from the hops. Mouthfeel is coating and somewhat sticky, medium bodied. Light carbonation. For as strange of a beer as this sounds in my description, I thought it was quite good. The flavors go together very well and i think this would be great accompanied by a plate of cheese, olives, and dark figs. Drinkability is good for a baltic porter.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Brown Jug for $9 something. Damn!

Pours a deep thick brown with ruby highlights and a nice fluffy white head that leaves ok lace. Nose is ridiculobust with serious roasted malt and nice coffee bean and bitter chocolate notes and some slight copper. Taste follows. Extremely robust with great roasty toasty malt presence up front. Chocolatey coffee flavors through the middle with a very slight dark fruit flavor between the middle and the finish. Slight smoke is there. A nice little bitter bite on the finish that reminds you there are some hops in this! Mouthfeel is really good, but could be just a touch less dry. Drinkability is great, could easily have a couple of these. Overall a fantastic porter. Defenitely rivals edmund fitz for my favorite of the overall style, but is a clear winner to me so far in the baltic category. Certainly one of Denmarks top 3 readily available beers IMO. The others being beer geek breakfast and carlsberg....haha just f'ing with ya! I can't pick #3. Fantastic porter!!

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Photo of BillyB
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black/opaque color with a thin whispy brown layer of foam on top.

Aromas of milk chocolate, coffee, toffee, treacle, vanilla and a hint of alcohol. Toasty, licorice notes.

Flavor is of rich malty sweetness with a blend of deep malt, dried fruit esters and alcohol.
Slight roasted malt flavor but not burnt. Espresso, coffee, vanilla, cocoa.

Full bodied and smooth with a pleasant alcohol warmth.

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