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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 Sammy
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, understated carbonation. Good roast, a little baltic porter bad boy sourness in there. Chocolate malt, but in no way resembling the AMerican or British styles. Mediium to thick mouthfeel.A good porter, consistent with other porters I have had from Scandanavia. I think this was almost a year beyond shelf date, and sent to me without a heads up in a trade about that time.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy cow what a good Porter! The nonchalant bottle says it all: a Baltic Porter with slight smoky, vinous notes from brown sugar, leading to a long, rich finish dominated by chocolate, licorice, and coffee flavors from a special blend of roasted malts. Well, lets see about all that...

The beer opens promising enough with a viscous and volumptuous pour of opaque dark brown color, creamy carbonation that relinquishes a froathy head that rises above the beverage with confidence and withstanding. A lot of lacing/legging shows on the glass during the session. This is one promising beer.

Strong aromas of caramelized malts, toasted chocolates, and a moderate yet pungent hit of smokiness and woodiness rises in the mix and tantilized the nose. Getting past the campfire and chocolates, the beer does show those fruit notes of dates, grapes, anise, plumbs, figs, and rum. Quite appealing and mouthwatering.

Flavors do not disappoint. A nice swirl of chocolate, caramel, and malt sweetness swirl at first; picking up a lot of variety in this order: toast, licorice, rum, soy sauce (smoky), and piney hops last. The beer reveals a new flavor in every sip-- this is a great display of complexity and control.

Textures are even more malty than the flavors and aromas reveal. This is what separates the few great Porters from the hundreds of good ones. The maltiness could be cut with a knife. As the beer fills the mouth with an expansive, rich chocolatey note, the hops, alcohol, and attenuation begin to work to make the beer easily digestible. Thinning into a malty, moderate body the beer begins to settle into a longer cocoa and coffee finish.

The hour I sat with this bomber was a pleasure. I'll happily do this again.

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Photo of largadeer
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark, opaque brown with a quarter-inch of caramel-colored head.

Smell - Coffee with cream, chocolate and raw barley.

Taste & mouthfeel - Full-bodied, sweeter than the average porter. Very milky with a mild roastiness and pronounced flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. Lightly carbonated. Pretty gentle stuff; more creamy and sweet than bitter. Tastes a bit under-attenuated.

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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 Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a small off-white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of coffee is dominant with a good presence of roasted malt. Taste is a mix between medium coffee notes some slightly bitter roasted malt and a vegetable element at the end that didn’t agree with my taste. Body is a bit thin with an oily texture and low carbonation, which fits well for the style. I really don’t get why this is rated so high and I really didn’t pick-up any vinous notes or dried fruits.

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Photo of emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a jet-black with a billowing four fingers of milk-chocolate brown foam. Sticky bits of lace cling randomly on the rim.

Plum and roasty malt dominate the aroma.

Taste is solid and roasty, elements of chocolate, coffee, plum, almond, earthy malt and slight bitter twinge of mellow hops (Palisade, Columbus, Saaz). Residual smoky, caramel tones linger long after sipping. A slight metallic note was present when the bottle was first opened, but seems to have subsided as it warmed from cellar to room temperature.

Smooth, creamy, chocolaty mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink, it caresses the palate.

A very well-crafted Baltic Porter...it flirts with becoming an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a two-finger, light brown head of fluffy/pillowy foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very roasty with loads of chocolate and some boozy alcohol. It also had a floral hop presence.

T - This brew has a great blend of sweet chocolate and a bitter coffee-like flavor. There is a subtle boozy flavor.

M - For a brew that checks in a 7.5% the mouthfeel actually seemed a little thin. It was fairly crisp and sharp, though.

D - Despite the mouthfeel, this is still a great tasting brew. Really a fabulous Baltic Porter.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rbald42 for hooking me up with this one.

Pours a very dark brown with a very nice tan head with a nice amount of lacing. Smell is loads of chocolate, bits of coffee, roasted malt, slight smoke, and a bit of hops. Taste is very similar with a good amount of residual sugar coming through atop the dominant chocolate flavor. Nice medium mouthfeel and good drinkability.

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Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Jet black body with no light showing through and a two and a half finger, very dark brown head. The head settles quite slowly and leaves a thin ring of lace just above the surface of the beer.

S - Dark roasted grain aroma with lots of chocolate. Slightly nutty with notes of licorice and anise. Some minor fruity, port like aromas as well.

T - Coffee flavors and malt bitterness up front, with spicy character and just a hint of hops. Earthy notes of chicory and anise with black pepper. The flavor transitions into very, very dark chocolate in the middle and the finish is long and roasted, with the distinct character of chocolate covered coffee beans and strong, lingering alcoholic warmth.

M - Thick, oily body, slightly low carbonation, and a bit of sweetness in the finish.

D - Definitely a sipper. The dark grains and the odd spiciness increases the perception of dryness and reinforces the coffee notes. Reminds me in many ways of Oscar Blues Ten Fidy. Overall, a reasonably complex and interesting beer, though the roast character was a bit over the top for me.

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Photo of oberon
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
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 mothman
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into bruery snifter.

Pours a nice brown head that fades to a thick ring. Color is fairly black.

Aroma: Coffee, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, lactose, chocolate.

Taste: Roasted/burnt malts. Lots of creamy flavors/lactose with vanilla, caramel, and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very rich. Ends roasted and dry with light licorice flavors.

Overall, a very bit porter. Lots of great flavors. Pretty drinkable as well. I am pretty impressed with this one.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle in an oversized tulip glass.

Pours black with a ¾ finger width of frothy milk chocolate colored head. This retains with a thin creamy ring around the edges of the glass, leaving back a cascade of spotty lacing which slowly descends down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of smoky roast, chocolate, brown sugar, and green citrus. This is strong enough feeling in the nose but unfortunately also has a strong underpinning of fusel alcohol underneath with takes a bit away from this.

The taste is quite rich and flavorful, with notes of dark smoky roast and bitter citric hops, which is balanced by a sticky sweet wall of chocolate and sugary molasses flavors. This finishes dry and bitter, with some lingering smokiness hanging on the breath after each sip. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and sits with some chewy heft in the mouth. A bit of a firm prickle runs down the center of the tongue, which adds some liveliness to the feel. Unfortunately, like the aroma, I’m just picking up too much alcohol in the body and taste of this that does add some stinging qualities that distracts a bit from the other flavors.

I had been cellaring this one for a couple of years, so I’m not sure how big of an impact this had on the beer but despite having a rather flavorful smoky and tangy character to it, this just showed too much alcohol (especially for a 8% beer) to be wholly enjoyable for me. It’s definitely intrigued me enough though to maybe track down a fresher bottle of this at some point. Even with the alcohol this is still quite good.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from DrJay courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a very thin brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin but even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very rich and contains dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, black coffee and a slight touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little creamy with strong, bitter-sweet flavors of espresso and dark chocolate. Those rich flavors have a nice coating effect on your throat as you swallow. There's a very mild hops presence as you would expect. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, a little filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice extra-strength porter and is definitely a sipper rather than a pounder. While I couldn't see myself drinking more than two bottles at the very most, this beer is a great one to just sit and relax with.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque, black body with a medium, dark tan-colored had.

Smell: Well, whaddya know? A wonderfully expressive aroma. Finally! Dark malts galore, with chocolate squares, espresso, and even some breadcrusts.

Taste: Not much to report, really, its all there, and so complex, too. Sweet caramel and vanilla with rich, exquisite dark chocolate. A demitasse of expertly pulled espresso. All at once, its smokey, creamy, sweet, and roasty. Nice roasty finish with only the very mildest hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but very full and creamy. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: I proudly proclaim this to be a sensational porter!

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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 mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had been hunting this one down for a while now, and little did I know they had it up at Brusin ales in Asheville this whole time! Needless to say I made my way up there as quick as I could to take advantage of the this situation. Well last night I decided the time was right to give this one a whirl. Poured out an extremely thick looking inky black liquid, had an oil like flow to it on the pour. A large tan colored head rose up over it to a height of maybe two inches before finally settling down to a half inch layer across the top that left behind copious amounts of side glass lace that dripped and streaked down the side of the glass. Very nice looking, and almost had the look of an RIS.

The aroma was huge now as well, rich chocolate and vanilla notes just ripping through the air to get to me, it was big, and I knew this right away. Slight touch of oaken alcohol on the smell now mixing in, but overall it was still very sweet smelling. Lots of lactose now with hints of roasted malts and still lots of vanilla and coffee as well, this was very big now for a porter. The flavor did not disappoint. What really stood out for me was how smooth this one was, really coming together very well, and overpowering with flavor but at the same time still remaining remarkably smooth and consistent, really just the picture of smoothness. Huge flavors were all over this one. Lots of coffee and chocolate tones, with hints of dark fruits underneath. Some raisins and spices really coming through quite clearly now as well, pushing the limits of the style to a whole new level. Nice sugary caramel like flow as well coming through. Hints of alcohol underneath, but not too terribly strong, just enough to bring out the flavor very nicely. The finish was very strong, really superb coffee, bitter, slight muddy grass like hops pulling you away with a lasting taste of raisin soaked run like alcohol. Quite nice. This was an ideal sipper, really pulling everything together in a fantastic package. I was really quite impressed by it.

Overall, this deserves its reputation, as it is simply outstanding for the style and really pushes the limits of what can be done with full flavors. I would highly recommend giving this one a shot; it deserves it, now off to buy more!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was thankful for the opportunity to share this porter - cheers mughugger!
A - poured from the 16.9oz into a sampler glass chilled. Dark as pitch, thick appearance with a beautiful cascade of tan into black. The bead is tiny and the retention is good w/ sticky lace

S - the nose is sweet and rich like a baked tollhouse cookie with some burned parts giving a slightly roasted biscuit element. The mild alcohol aroma is noticed and slight hops rounding out the full aroma

M - It felt like an Imperial stout on the palate with thick viscous malts and char in the texture with mild caramel and sweet vanilla notes w/ moderate carbonation it is a beer that feels full bodied and slightly warm

T - The taste is great, sweet at first with cocoa notes and carmel smoothness in the flavor. The mild black malt gives a overly roasted almost charred accent to the earthy vanilla and biscuit tinges. There is a sweet effect as this is a true baltic porter creamy with the chocolate malt high in the flavor

D - A great porter, very full on flavor with a nice yeast taste making it very drinkable. I would not hesitate to go for this again.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to imperialking for sending a bottle of this my way! Shared yesterday at a tasting.

A: The pour is nearly black with an initially fluffy tan head which dies down to a nice layer on top of the beer.

S: The nose has some excellent roasted malt and coffee aromas which go along nicely with some molasses, dark chocolate, and perhaps even a touch of dark fruit.

T: The flavor offers up a nice contrast of mildly sweet and bitter chocolate along with coffee, roasted malt, and then some more roast for good measure.

M: The body is medium to full with a fairly low level of carbonation and a bitterness on the finish.

D: An excellent porter and very representative of its style. I'm glad to have tried this one and would definitely do so again.

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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 TMoney2591
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Big thanks to stevglad and the N00b BIF for this bottle.

A world-class baltic porter? Get some! It pours a straight black-brown capped by a bit more than a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, and a secondary blast of milk chocolate (almost chocolate milk). The taste is very similar, with notes of bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, maple syrup, brown sugar-cinnamon, a touch of burnt biscuits, and a single waft of smoke. The body is a nice, steady medium, with a light carbonation and an extremely silky and creamy feel. Overall, I'd say the understated hype for this Danish beauty is more than deserved. Very tasty and very drinkable. Once again, get some!

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Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tan head of three fingers at the beginning; settles to thin layer of tight bubbles that form ring lace after every sip. The broth is near black where no light can penetrate--even on the side of the glass.

Usweetened cocoa is the first impression I have on the smell. There's an excellent complexity of alcohol, hop, unmalted barley and chalk.

Smooth, but powerful flavor of unsweetened coffee--lots of black patent malt, I suspect. Bitter swallow, but not from hops. Long aftertaste Rich body with a moderate level of carbonation, chewy.

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Photo of billab914
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Pours black with a one inch mocha colored head. The head settled and clung to the sides and left moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma is chocolaty with some roastedness and coffee coming through as well. It also has a slight bitter sweetness to it as well. Taste has some sweetness and chocolate up front with a bitter roasty coffee finish. Very nicely balanced with the sweetness and bitterness and the flavors meld together nicely.

Mouthfeel is thick with medium to low carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's very good tasting and easy drinking. There are a lot of flavors but they balance out nicely. I had no problem drinking this 22 by myself and would probably pour another glass if the bottle wasn't empty.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12/05/10 notes. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a jet black color with two inches of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, and bitter chocolate.

t - Taste follows the nose; mostly roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. Light vanilla but less than the nose.

m - Full body and low carbonation, the body is smooth and creamy. Great mouthfeel.

d - A good baltic porter. While nothing blew me away about it, it was a well made beer I would certainly drink again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Been looking for this one for years. And here we are chilling in my basement getting it on (sorta). Beer is dark brown and looks like a porter. I feel the earth move under my feet, etc. Seriously nice aroma and flavor. Stop! ...in the name of love, this shit is delicious. Danish roasted malt, light chocolates, vanilla, hints if cherry, prominent dark fruits. Silky smooth and wonderfully intriguing. Lovely.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black like molasses. Even on the way out of the bottle it seems to come slow and thicker. Dark tan head slowly forms well after the pouring is done. The bubbles take time to form and then take even more time getting to the top of the liquid to form head. Nose is slight dust, tar, and molasses. Just slight amounts though. Flavor is massive malts with a very slight chocolate influence. Thick, strong, but smooth. Break out the knife and fork, baby. Feel is very thick liquid, but still holds a bit of a not so syrup like feel. The carbonation is actually a bit higher than one might expect, well higher than I did. But still it seems a bit restricted, as if there is so much going on that it just can't be stronger than those dominating features. This is a heavy hitter. Something to take a swig of and ponder. Come with respect to this one, or don't bother coming at all.

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Ølfabrikken Porter from Ølfabrikken
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