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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 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 Crosling
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super black. Incredibly dark head, which looks great. Explosively hoppy aroma, but it’s tamed by very fudge-like rich malt characteristics with hints of crushed cookies, chocolate, roast and burnt fruits. Flavor is tremendously complex and loaded with dried fruits and perfectly roasted malts. The finish is especially impressive and seems to last well over 30 seconds. Christian is an artful brewer

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

Solid brown, dark as they get, with a roasted tan head on top. Promising look.

Huge roast in the nose, rich chocolate, caramel, molasses, licorice, vast and vastly appealing...very much in line with an Imperial / Baltic Porter / Stout.

Big in the mouth, and instantly swelling with this rich, chocolate-y flavor, made dense and delicious. A touch sweet, then dry, then this, then that. Interesting graph on the label, actually, one I've never seen anywhere else. Five squares, from light to robust, filled up to #4. Then, 5 squares, from mild to bitter, filled to #3. Finally, from dry to sweet, all the way to #5. I'd agree with them all except #3...it's a big, malty thing, and tasty, but not the ultimate degree of sweetness.
Wait, ...maybe it is, actually...
It is as sweet as I like an Imperial Stout/Porter and maybe as bitter, too, but not quite as rich and full, we could go a little further, I think. **cough! ahem** DArkness!
If nothing else, and that's a big IF, for a beer this good, this is definitely the best Danish beer I've ever had. And the most expensive. But, ...worth it? (I paid about $7 for the bottle.) I'm leaning on "yes".
Sweet, yes, robust, yes, and richly rewarding. Dang, this is good stuff.
Thumbs up all the way!

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Photo of emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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 RedHaze
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a quarter inch mocha colored head that fades slowly to a spotty cap. The lacing is thick, but doesn't stick around for very long.

Smell; I can smell very strong roasted malts and coffee before I get this anywhere near my nose. There's also some chocolate and dark fruits, that give this a bit of a port like quality in the nose. Very nice.

Taste; dark roasted coffee and some sweet chocolate malts assault you at first, and then toffee and a touch of sourness come out. The dark dark roasted malts make a reappearance, mixed with some dark fruits and a bit of black licorice.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very creamy, and velvety smooth, with a very good drinkability despite it's 8% abv. I'm glad I picked up more than just the one bottle. I may just have to go back for some more.

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Photo of Drew966
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Olfabrikken Porter pours an opaque black with a thick head that is the color of chocolate milk from a brown 50 cl bottle. Chocolate malt, a touch of coffee and some alcohol are noticeable in the aroma. Burnt coffee and chocolate, perhaps some raison as well as alcohol can be tasted. Nice thick mouthfeel, appropriate for the style. I like it. Recommended.

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

A - Black, small brown head, small flecks of lacing. Later I found it had a brown color with a yellow tint, but basically black.

S - Chocolate malt, hazelnuts, caramel malt, molasses, absolutely delicious smell.

T - Hazelnuts, molasses, coffe, caramel and toffee. Aftertaste is a light coffee bitterness with a strong toffee presence. Mmmmm . . .

M - Smooth, medium to thick bodied, very refreshing.

D - Absolutely awesome. This beer is so easy to drink and delicious throughout. Everyone should try this one. I absolutely loved this porter. Fantastic.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, thick black with a luscious cocoa brown head. Decent lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

Aromas are superb. Roasted malts, both milk and dark chocolate and brown sugar.

Taste is full of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and burnt toffee. A slight fruitiness appears as well.

Rich mouthfeel. Slight carbonation quickly fades. Lingering burnt toffee bitterness remains.

Overall, this is a good beer, but given it's high price of $10 for a 1 pint 9 oz bottle, I don't think I'd spend the money again.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You might be surprised that this porter from Denmark is actually an export stout. I was expecting something closer to a Baltic porter, but what I got was a lot less complex, less drinkable, and certainly less enjoyable. I might have been slightly more forgiving had I not dropped almost $10 US for little more than a pint.

When viewed as an export stout the Olbrikken Porter is, for the most part, right on style. It pours black with a brown head. It smells mostly of roasted coffee & chocolate malt with hints of alcohol, licorice and an occasional whiff of sweetness. It is medium bodied with a low carbonation that seems too dull and detracts from the beer. The taste is punctuated by dark and chocolate malts with a semi-dry and moderately bitter finish.

For a guy who loves numerous porters and stouts I found this one to be, just less drinkable than most. And for the price, I’d have to recommend leaving this one on the shelf.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a deep, rich dark brown that approaches black, with a thin, wispy dark brown head that just barely floats on the surface. Rich, heavy aroma of dark roasted malt, ai a bit of smoked malt, mocha, burnt coffee, and a hint of dark fruit. Palate is huge and rich - tons of roasted dark malt, coffee, and a light burst of sharply bitter hops, with some smoky notes that become more prevalent as the beer warms up. The significant alcohol presence makes for a warming finish. Mouthfeel is just perfect - thick, rich, and creamy, with a slightly oily sheen that coats the mouth and throat. An excellent, complex, slow-drinking beer that seems to have come out of left field. I hope Shelton Bros. starts bringing in other offerings from this brewery; this one is superb.

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Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a two-finger brown head that descends to a thin, lasting cover. Trailing lace sticks to glass.

The smell is of robust coffee and chocolate.

The taste is of milk chocolate and roasted coffee. Plenty of dark malts. Remains very sweet with just a touch of roasted bitterness in the finish.

It's full-bodied and creamy.

Very malty and sweet. Chocolate is in control with backing of coffee. As nice as it is, for me it's not really worth the up towards ten bucks for just over a pint.

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Photo of Ego
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

glug glug glug this one chugs into me mug (damn that was gay), deep, dark and rich looking foam caps this one, retention is good for a porter (this was not a kamikaze dive pour either), there was also some reverse cascading (cool), this one is pitch black, like a theater with no windows with the curtain still down, the lacing is impressive and clingy, I approach this with much anticipation...

roasted malt, cocoa and hints of sweetness, a little sense of the alcohol is present also. a good nose but nothing great, your standard type of thing going on.

taste etc...
nice body (no, the beer), thick to the point of almost chewy, now that's what I'm talkin' about, the aftertaste of lactic sweetness lingers for a good amount of time, this coats the mouth and the carbonation turns to fluff and then the chocolate/lactic slightly sweet/bitter aftertaste sets in. Wow. This is a really well executed brew, the flavor is rich... you really don't sense the alcohol either.

great beer. not much else to say, this rates more like a russian imperial stout.

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

Tasting with HogtownHarry and biegaman. Classy half liter swingtop.

Pours an opaque black, nice brown head, thick layer of it, beautiful lacing and great retention, really sticks. Smell is wow, very roasty, sweet chocolate, alcohol, very rich and just amazing. Taste knocked me on my ass, huge powerful lactic acidity/sourness, chocolate, coffee, toffee, huge roast, very complex and very good, only one other beer has punished my taste buds at first taste this way. Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and oily, low carbonation, amazing stuff. Thanks for the treat Harry, this was amazing!

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

A huge, gratious thanks to the most kind man I know, HogTownHarry!
Pours from 500ml swingtop, simple label. I try to read the description until I remember, oh right, I don't speak nor can read Danish.
An initial abundance of brown head, fades but very slowly. A deep, deep brown colour, basically black. Aroma of hazelnut, coffee, anise and all overcoated by a lactic sourness. This is Russian Imperial meets Baltic Porter. Wow, heaven. Mouthfeel would reveal even more lactic. Incredibly balanced, smooth to perfection. A long, lingering of coffee, and dark chocolat.
Fantastic depth on the flavour. Some anise, some dried fruit, a long and lingering chocolaty roast finish. An ultimate sipper. I can only imagine how incredible this must be fresh, sampled in the country of origin. Another incredible beer for these cold winter nights...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -30.4%
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 Jredner
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at DenverLogan’s Pre-GABF Tasting. Aroma is very rich with dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, cocoa and rum-raisin. Pours stout black into my cup with a thick mocha head that is a full thumb thick and moderately lasting. Very creamy mouthfeel and huge notes of black coffee, both milk and dark chocolate, cream, raisins, ripe dark and red fruits, vanilla notes and a big blast of roasty bitterness in the finish. Feels and tastes pretty stout like. Damn nice beer though whose beauty is in both balance and amazing flavor concentration.

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