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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 Chico1985
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard/impossible to find this in stores around here now, so a good find at Dirty Truth at only $10/bomber.

Pours black with a small brown head, forms a ring quickly not leaving much lacing.

Smell/taste - Smell was good but taste killed it. Lots of great flavors present. Bitter chocolate, espresso, smoke, brown sugar, vanilla, light notes of coconut and dark fruit. A bit of a hop punch as well. Surprising amount of sweetness considering the style but a good mixture of smoky, roasty, and sweet. Nice complexity with no unwanted flavors.

Silky smooth mouthfeel with lowish carbonation, a bit of alcohol noticeable now and then.

A great beer, half this bomber was gone in a flash.

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Photo of sendsilk
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally found one of these a few weeks back and havve been waiting to try it. $11 for I guess a 16 oz bottle.

A- Nice, very dark and rich looking. Very small head even with a fairly vigorous pour that dissipates almost immediately.

S- Pretty freaking good. Nice dark bourbon and cocoa notes.

T- Not too shabby. Definitely a nice taste but a little sweet. Almost like a milk stout. Fine flavors here to enjoy though.

M- This is the one weak point of this porter. Pretty light mouthfeel. The taste is there but just a hint more to the mouth thickness would be good for me.

O- A GREAT porter. One of the bext in the style that I have ever tried. If you see one grab it, it's worth trying but because of the expense (this one was $11) it will be a while before I have another one.

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

22oz bottle, Boulevard tulip,

It's as black as it gets and the head is dark and beautiful. The texture of the head is like custard, the color like milk chocolate, and the retention decent.

I sense no bells and whistles in this beer, it just does what it does very well. Excellent aromas of the expected very dark fruits, sweetened espresso, dark roast, bitter dark chocolate, and just the hint of alcohol. It also has hints of licorice and is a bit smokey.

The flavors are equally as enticing. Very rich dark chocolate flows back over the tongue and perfectly bitter coffee and roast work to balance. Sweet vinous fruit mingles and isn't too prominent. This seems very much like an Imperial Stout, possibly one using Belgian yeast, but that is no flaw.

Velvety is the best adjective I have for the mouthfeel. Perhaps oily is appropriate. The carbonation is moderate-low and overall it's one of the best I've encountered.

While I'm not actually sure what could make this beer better, it is very, very good. It's done with style, with class, and with no extraneous ingredients. It's better than many of the big Stouts at 7.5% abv. A bigger beer is not always a better beer.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the bottle with the medium brown head, which was nicely sustained, and gave way to some incredibly sticking lacing. The body was a completely opaque jet black color. No visible carbonation.

S- The rich nose comprised of stewed malts and roasty aromas. A mild low alpha hop character protrudes from the background. Nuances of dark chocolate and licorice. Sweet, rich and simply elegant.

T- A nice replicate of the nose with stewed and roasted malts, which are met with a mild hop bitterness, and a moderate roasty bitterness midway. The finish is a little drier than I would have liked, but the flavor is still wonderfully dynamic and likeable.

M- And incredibly thick and chewy body, accented by a wonderfully soft carbonation- Very much like a velvet blanket on the tongue. Low astringency and virtually no alcohol detected on the pallet.

D- Dangerously quaffable. Incredibly smooth and rich, non-bloating, and wonderfully dynamic. I could skip this ad infinitum.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
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 GeezLynn
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No date on bottle, but probably around a year old.

Scores very nice on appearance - dark cola brown, almost black with a billowing brown head and great retention. Smell is a combination of chocolate raisins, roasted malt, musty oats and a touch of acidic cherry. Flavor is surprisingly ashy, as well as slightly bitter, with dark chocolate, light cherry and raisin. The roasted malt is heavy and almost burnt tasting, but not overly so. Finish is long and bitter. Along with appearance, the mouthfeel is also exceptional for this beer. Smooth and creamy, with light carbonation.

A bit ashy for me, but the nice mouthfeel makes up for it. Pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.69/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Monk's Café tumbler. No date or info.

Thanks to bnieman and his Dad for sharing this with me and to Thorpe429 for sending me a bottle!

A - Totally black in color with a dense tan head. Low retention with a few spots of sticky lace.

S - Dense roasted chocolate malt in the aroma with low coffee notes. While the nose is fairly one-dimensional, it smells damn good!

T - Heavily roasted in the flavor and very dry cocoa with dirt and bitter chocolate. A bit too dry.

M - Medium-full bodied Baltic Porter with a beyond-dry texture profile that's pretty distracting.

D - I wouldn't want much of this very dry, acrid bitter brew. Smooth and rich for the medium body though. Better the second time around as it was probably more fresh but I didn't re-review it.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a dark burnt sienna. Produced a decent tan head & retention.

(S)- A good nutty aspect with a raisin-rich molasses and roasted profile. Bits of cocoa.

(T)- A good roastedness. Nice mellow nuttiness with molasses and raisin.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Mellow, yet rich and smooth.

(D)- A good porter for sure. Mellow, yet rich and smooth. Definitely worth acquiring.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/26/2011

A: chocolate, boozey, slightly smokey

Ap: black with ½ finger mocha colored head full of large bubbles, nice lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, well balanced, medium body

Af: chocolate, bitter on the end, caramel, vanilla-but very subtle

O: a delicious after dinner treat, I'd have another


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Photo of djmichaelk
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a jet-black, with a couple of fingers of mocha-colored head that fades to a thin ring around the glass. Decent lacing and retention.

S - Brown sugar, caramel, roast, and maybe a little tobacco. Nice smelling beer, a little on the sweet side.

T - Wow... the flavor has a ton of hops that I didn't get in the nose. It contrasts nicely with the roastiness, and then that's backed up by the caramelized sugar aspect. Very nice blend of flavors.

M - Great carbonation, silky feel.

D - The only thing that hurts this beer is the high-ish abv. Otherwise I'd be reaching for another right now.

O - Been waiting to try this one, and it lived up to the (small) hype. Outstanding beer, and I'll be buying more for sure.

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Photo of Soneast
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a black color, grows a creamy, quarter-inch thick brown colored head, that recedes relatively quickly, leaving a sudsy ring that leaves a nice curtain of lace on the glass.

The aroma is rich and fudgey, lots of chocolate character, with just a hint of roastiness, reminiscent of coffee and slightly boozy. There is really quite a bit going on here, just complex and rich.

The flavor is a rich combination of milk chocolates and mild coffee, dark caramel and burnt sugar flavors. While there is a definite malt character to the beer, the finish is just awesome, slightly bitter roastiness but bringing amazing balance to all the upfront malt flavors.

Creamy smooth texture with a medium-heavy body. Really a great, complex porter. Very well balanced with some delicious chocolate/coffee flavors.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber without a freshness date. Pours a very black color with a dark brown foam. Average retention and nice lacing, good looking beverage here.

Nose is exxxtra rich and chocolaty. Lots of roast and milky sweetness. Piney hops are there in smaller amounts.

Big and bold for a mere 7.5%'er, thick and viscous. Not as sweet as it smells and there is more hop bitterness than I originally thought. Healthy amount of chocolate with a raisiny fruitiness as it warms. Mouthfeel is very big, rich without the accompanying smooth creaminess. A very nice beer, but it is not my favorite porter out there.

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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 chalsk
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Baltic Porter that has taken down Duck Rabbit as No. 1. Ok, here we go. Pours a black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of dark fruit, coffee, and roast. Has a sweet start, dry roasty malt flavor in the middle. Dark fruit and chocolate notes combine through the dry bitter finish. A great, great brew. But not as good as the Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed this earlier, but decided to revisit with an older vintage. 650mL bottle. Bottled in September '07. Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark, charcoal brown. Produced a fingers width of mocha colored head that quickly dissipated. Very little lacing as consumed.

S- Upfront you get a potent amount of dark fruit, molasses, and roasted, chocolate malts. The deeper you inhale the more you pick up on the back end of the aroma, which finishes with alcohol, brown sugar and a tiny bit or vanilla.

T- Initially plenty of chocolate malts combine with some brown sugar and molasses to give a nice start to this brew. As the beer sits on the palate, the sweetness starts to subside a bit and a dark fruit flavor comes in. Finishes with a tremendous amount of roasted malts, offering a unique contrast to the earlier flavors.

M- Perfect viscosity for this style. Low carbonation and a nice thick body. Not too chewy, but just enough.

D- The alcohol is not really an issue here. The flavors and body was spot on making this one easy to enjoy.

Overall, talk about how much a difference in aging makes. I originally gave this beer a B+ when I first had it. However, this 3 year old version is not only infinitely better, it's one of the better porters I can remember having in a long, long time. The flavors have really mellowed out and created complex, cohesive flavors.

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Photo of crossovert
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

650ml bomber.

It pours a dense balck with a nice greyish tan head that sticks for a ncie bit and then receded with not much lacing.

the smell is pretty awesome. Just a thick rich, perfect scent for the Baltic porter. It has tons of chocolate, a hint of roastiness, and a hint of intriguing cinnamon.

The flavor isn't as sweet as I was expecting, it is still pretty sweet, but it has a nice roastiness/smokiness that balances the typical sweetness of the style a bit. The main flavors are chocolate and dark fruit. There is almost a woodiness to it as well. The flavor is intense, but I think it could come together just a bit more coherently.

It is a nice beer, the flavor could be better, but overall it is enjoyable

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Photo of asabreed
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
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 uturn
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22.3oz capped bomber poured a Bush chalice.

A: This beer poured a very dark brown almost black with a thin dark tan head which dissipated very quickly.

S: The nose was sweet & smoky with hints of dark cocoa and coffee.

T: The taste was coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, molasses and brown sugar, but not too sweet as it finished with some bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel was smooth, creamy & with a medium to full body.

D: The drinkability was excellent and leaves you wanting more.

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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 Evil_Pidde
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Really dark pour, almost pitch black. The dark brown head is small and sinks fast, leaving only little lacings.

S: Lots of chocolate malt in it - light roasted. Dark dried fruits toghether with sweetness from the malt. Some coffee as well.

T: Roasted malt, faint smoke. Chocolate and coffee. Sweetness. Faint bitter hops. Loads of dark dried fruits.

M: Fullbodied with nice carbonation. Aftertaste lingers, leaving some sweetness as well as bitterness.

D: Truely, a very nice Baltic Porter - I'm buying more if I can find it!

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Photo of dasenebler
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber, this Porter pours an unctuous, inky black, totally opaque. The head was dark and creamy, but did not lace or retain terribly well.

The aroma is nice, with a fat milk chocolate note along with some subtle dark fruit and espresso.

Huge, unctuous texture coats the palate with waves of rich, dark malty goodness. The flavor is layered and sublime: chocolate, dulce de leche, molasses, roasted coffee and licorice. Roast character is impeccably executed: not acidic or too bitter. The carbonation was low, but just enough to compliment and lift the heavy, oily mouthfeel. Malty and succulent but not overly sweet, this is an awesome porter.

Very well-crafted and decadent brew here. Loved it.

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Photo of nkersten
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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 cooch69
3.26/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Porter is as black as can be with a cinnamon head that fades down into a nice film.
The nose shows hop bitterness, roasted malts and malt bitterness as well. It did kind of remind me of burnt smores.
The taste reveals an upfront biterness followed by a roasty maltiness in the finish. I got notes of Dark Chocolate and molasses. Aparently it was brewed with brown sugar. There is a slight alcohol burn, but this beer is very easy to drink for 7.5%ABV. The mouthfeel and finish impressed me the most on this beer. It is very smooth.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served at 50 degrees in my DT tulip. Pours one shade shy of black with a half inch, frothy, coffee-colored head embedded with clusters of ringlets. Head quickly disperses into a swirl and clusters of bubbles, but is reinvigorated with a gentle swirl of the bowl. Some lacing, but no legs. Nose reveals cocoa intermixed with vinous fruit, brown sugar, a light slightly vegetal coffee roast and a subtle smokiness. Taste follows nose; however the roasted coffee/cocoa asserts itself, with the vinous quality being more of an afterthought. There's also a touch of lactose in here and a little bit of lingering char bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a light carbonation and a nice silky viscosity and a little bit of vinous acidity that adds a little complexity to the mouthfeel. This is a great Baltic Porter, nice complexity and a respectable abv. A truly top notch beer.

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Photo of biglite351
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark as night with a tall dark head. Much darker than I expect from a porter.

S - amazing deep roasted malts chocolate and goodness.

T - smokey malts and cocoa. A bit of bitterness in the middle. The flavor drops quickly. Maybe some coffee in the after taste.

M - solid coating with a late tingle on the front sides of tongue.

D - I could drink this for most of an evening.

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Ølfabrikken Porter from Ølfabrikken
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