Ølfabrikken Porter | Ølfabrikken

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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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Photo of IntriqKen
5/5  rDev +15.5%
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 +15.5%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of kevgod
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of dcolatriano
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of theformula
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of canucklehead
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Phyl21ca for this beer

Well it hard to tell the quality by sight alone of a porter since even average ones look black as night and have a big tan head. It was the nose that told me that this was one special beer. I couldn't stop smelling the deep fruit nose combined with coffee, chocolate, roasted meat, old leather. This maybe the best smelling beer I have come across. The beer was huge in taste and yet incredibly drinkable. There was a sourness that added to the complexity and gave the coffee and chocolate notes a great counterpoint. Brilliant beer that gets all 5's from me.

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Photo of DoctorB2B
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is more full and complex than a lot of imperial stouts claim to be. Pours a very dark brown almost black with a nice frothy beige head that quickly dissipates into a nice lacing that lasts. Aroma of dark fruits like raisin, plum and black cherries. The 8% abv is very well masked resulting in a very smooth tasting beer with a roasted maltiness that has hints of dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and sugar cane. Slightly sweet dry finish. Excellent!

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Tilley4
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me begin by saying that I would GLADLY move to Denmark if I could drink this beer everyday. Holy smokes, this is a special beer.

Blacker than hell, no head. Dark, dark chocolatey, malty smell. Imagine dumping Hershey's chocolate syrup in a strong ass cup of coffee.

Good grief, this is amazing. Absolutely the darkest, smokiest, richest porter I've ever had. I had the Alpha Klaus on Christmas Eve and these two are pretty close. I may actually give this a slight advantage simply because it tastes so wonderful..

I've been drinking more porters here lately and this is the cream of the crop so far.... Man, this is amazing.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of xav33
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ølfabrikken Porter
1/2 liter bottle
Moderate pour in an English pint
Recent brewing(?), enjoyed 06/07

Poured pitch black. So black it sucked out all the life out of the plants in the room from overabsorption of ambient light. Head was a medium sized mostly lasting frothy mocha head.

Smelt of strong coffee, dark dried fruit, cocoa, molasses, tar.

Flavor was upfront strong bitter tar and smoke with moderate sweet cocoa followed by a harsh bitter nutty, dark roast coffee and burnt taste and moderate sweet raisins taste on a long bitter finish.

Overall, this beer is not for the faint of heart, but is plenty hearty. It could revive the dead. The Necronomicon in a bottle.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma is rich, smoky, with a strong coffee-ish undertone and a firm hint of unsweetened chocolate - the sort of aroma I expect from a good porter. It pours a rich, opaque black - not sable, but solid black - with a thick, frothy tan head. Strong, satisfying flavor lives up to the promise of the aroma and appearance, being strongly smoky with tones of rich roasted coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and burnt caramel, with nutty and butterscotch hints. Texture is satisfyingly smooth and thick, leaving a smoky aftertaste that has touches of both hoppy bitterness and honey sweetness. I know ratings of all 5's are supposed to be rare, but this beer deserves a perfect rating!

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ølfabrikken Porter poured a VERY dark black with a thin but thick and very brown head. Pours like oil. The aroma attacks the sense! Full of rich chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Wow. This is one rich beer. This tastes like a dark belgian chocolate. There is a pleasant but WILD sweetness to the brew. I can't possibly explain the joy, roasty richness and overal awesomeness of this beer. While it kind of reminds me of brooklyn black chocolate stout this is still a porter at heart. Its just an insanely rich one. The feel is very very smooth and slightly drying. The body is slightly thinner than I expected. Perfect drinkability.

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Photo of russpowell
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent jet black with 2 fingers of caramel/mocha colored head. Some floaties down at the bottom, whoops! This reminds me of old motor oil, average lacing & minimal lacing

S: Iron, chocolate, oaky notes & sherry

T: Iron, licorice, roasted grain, & sweet chocolate up front. A bit of boozey warmth, oaky dryness, raisins, walnuts & more iron as this warms. Finishes with baker's chocolate, rum & sherry notes, cherry, vanilla & molasses

MF: Oily, silky & chewy with pretty nice carbonation

Drinks great for the abv, a very nice Baltic porter, a bit pricey at $ 8 a pint but damn tasty

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Olfabrikken Porter, 22.3oz bomber into a snifter.

a moderate pour generates a one inch mocha colored head with lots of creamy little bubbles, with a dense dark brown body. Decent stick to the glass.

Sweet dark fruits and malt, milk chocolate malt balls, powdered cocoa. A very rich and creamy nose, soft and subtle with great complexity.

Roasty, sweet, dark dry fruits, bakers chocolate. It's akin to a chocolate malted milkshake, with a shot of breakfast brew coffee and cream, and a nice bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel is lush and creamy, the absolute perfection. Best mouthfeel I have ever come across.

Way too easy to drink, this beer is near perfection. Too high of an ABV to session, but too tasty to not throw back very easily.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml into imperial pint glass.

Pitch black, absolutely no light can get through. The head is a dark brown that carries a slight red tint. The thick one inch head lasts a very long time before settling to a frothy cap. Which each sip the head regenerates a little as the beer swishes a little. Strong lacing along the glass.

The aroma is light hop (I should say burried hop) along with a strong raisin scent. The roasted malt comes through. A little bit of alcohol can be detected.

The beer is thick and syrupy, leaving a coating in your mouth after each gulp. The most noticeable characteristic of the flavor is a strong roasted malt flavor, similar to a cup of black coffee. A little bit of grassy hop can be tasted behind the malt. A little bit of the raisin can be tasted, and pairs well with the caramel taste. A touch of chocolate comes in here and there. Full bodied and thick, with a smooth oily feel. The finish is bitter from the malt, with a touch of lingering hop and raisin. A bit of the alcohol can be felt, but it is well hidden.

The beer says Porter but it falls into the export stout category. This one is very warming, so it's great for the winter. I really enjoyed drinking this one. It's a great beer for the high-gravity malt lovers. Not all of us want to experience a mouthfull of hops. Highly recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a midnight brown color with a sturdy, dark tan head that patterns the pint glass with lacing

Smell: Roasty and dark chocolate aromas, with molasses and dark fruit

Taste: Chocolate, mint and dark fruit up front, with an interesting sour aspect appearing at mid-palate; the floral, hoppy finish blends with the chocolate to provide a satisfyingly complex result

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A real treat; love the strong roasty aspect that is just a prelude to a variety of interesting elements that make up this unique taste profile

Thanks, JAYBLACK, for the opportunity to revisit at the start of 2013 - still drinking nicely after all these years even though it is no longer at the top of its game

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Photo of hero27
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22.3 oz bottle
7.5% abv

Bottle given by IBUnit63 in trade, many thanks!

Pours a rich chestnut color..unassuming head of tan froth sits on top.
God in heaven, if you are reading this review prior to trying this beer...please, PLEASE let this warm up to 50-60 degrees before even attempting a sip. This beer is best enjoyed quite warm, trust me...
Slightly smoky aroma..heavy dark chocolate lingers in, with a punch of fresh roasted coffee & grain..enticing.
Roasted toffee malts, rich, bitter dark chocolate..
Mouthfeel is sublime..creamy, smooth, and no alcohol presence noted.
Amazingly easy to drink, and supremely enjoyable.

Well deserving of it's reputation...This is easily one of the best Baltic Porters in the world, if not THE best.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Impenetrable ebony with one of the darkest chocolate brown heads that I've ever seen on a beer. There's no way in hell that sunlight has a chance. I can't decide which feature is more impressive, the thick creaminess of the cap or the buttery sheets of lace that stick like glue to the glass. There's no hesitation at all, this is one of the best looking storters that I've ever seen.

The nose is a thing of beauty as well. It's both menacingly dark and incredibly well-mannered. In other words, it's a wolf in (black) sheep's clothing. Each sniff delivers a tsunami of coffee with cream, chocolate-covered caramels, molasses cookies, even a puff of smoke. I can also appreciate a hint of tangy fruit that makes me wonder if it's closer to a Baltic porter than a stout. (edit: the style has since been changed.)

Olfabrikken Porter is one of the most explosively flavored *stouts* that I can remember. If this is a porter, it's the biggest, baddest, blackest porter to ever see the light of day. The flavor profile is pretty much the equivalent of the nasal profile. I will say, though, that anise is much more prominent, as is blackstrap molasses. Beers that have molasses added aren't half this molasses-like.

I've been going back and forth, trying to decide if the ultimate flavor score is warranted. It is. Each mouthful is such a sensory overload of amazing flavor that I simply have no choice. I didn't think it was possible, but the beer become even more complex and more delicious as it warms. Don't even think about drinking it at 46-50 degrees, as the brewery suggests.

The mouthfeel is immensely creamy smooth. Even though it gains viscosity and chewiness as it sits, it falls just short of perfection. In fact, the beer as a whole is so close to perfection that it's scary. I had no idea this stuff was this dangerously drinkable. Oh yeah, the 8.0% ABV is buried without a trace.

Olfabrikken Porter has blown me out of the water. It's a beer that delivers a breathtaking amount of flavor in every sip, along with a complexity that I'm barely able to get my palate around. I am humbled by the magnificence of this Danish masterpiece.

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Photo of peabody
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really dark blackness/motor oil/ with one finger of brown suds. Very fine bubbles.
Wonderful lacing occurs as the mix warms.
Smell is raisin and chocolate and caramel malts.
Taste is a mix of dark chocolate with coffee and malty sugars. This is really good.
Mouthfeel is not oily at all and the hops keep the clean intact.
Drinkability is off the charts here but I can't get this brew locally. So I have to move it to a 4.5.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an obsidian black color with a decent sized dark mocha colored head with very good staying power for the entire beer.
Smell: Impressive scents of roasted grain, coffee, caramel, milk chocolate, and a hint of vanilla in the nose.
Taste: The flavor profile is the perfect continuation of the nose with base flavors of milk chocolate, coffee, caramel, licorice, and plums. The flavors combine brilliantly with no harsh alcohol burn as well.
Mouthfeel: This beer is full bodied and very smooth with the warming alcohol coming in at the back of the palate with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: This was an awesome Baltic porter, I will be stocking the cellar with a few bottles of this tasty beer.

Just an awesome beer that I am excited Indiana is now getting. I will be getting this beer many times during the winter.

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Photo of morimech
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is as good as Baltic Porters get. Not quite black in color but a very dark brown. The mocha colored head is small and does not hang around for long before settling to a thin cap. Not much for lacing as well. The aroma is a dark malt paradise. Some fruity esters give a vinous quality. A touch of alcohol lets you know this is a strong beer. The flavor is not as complex as Mikkeller collaboration porters, but this is pure porter flavor and pleasure. Malty, chocolatey, slightly fruity, herbal, with a hint of alcohol in the finish that helps cleanse the palate. Not overly sweet and suits my palate nicely. Full bodied but just a touch overcarbonated keeps this from being perfect. I really enjoyed this beer and finally glad I had the opportunity after being a want of mine for a long time. Now that I know I can have it anytime I want, I think I will.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Wonderful hints of chocolate and vinalla hit the nose as soon as the beer hits the glass. Just a massive malt bill here. Licorice, brown sugar, oatmeal, it's like a meal in a glass and the beer still hasn't even warmed up to its proper serving temperature yet.

Smooth and silky mouthfeel. This beer is what every porter should aspire to be. Other porters keep posters of this porter over their beds. Even a bit too cold this beer demonstrates impecable complexity. Slightly smokey, deeply sweet (licorice and burnt brown sugar) malts mix in with an agressive malt bitterness (that reminds me of a cold cup of coffee) that scrapes the roof of your mouth. The beer could look a bit nicer head retention wise but looks otherwise imposing in its inky blakness.

It's hard to imagine a Baltic porter getting any better than this, it is quickly becoming one of my favorite styles. A big beer that is dangerously drinkable. A must have for any porter fan.

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