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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 abraxel
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted side-by-side with a few other highly-rated baltic porters.

A - Looks about the same as all the others: dark dark brown, with a finger or two of chocolatey head. This one has better head retention than the others and leaves little trails of lacing down the glass.

S - Roasty toasty chocolate, a dollop of dark fruits (grapes and prunes?), and altogether tastiness.

T - Roasty, chocolatey, slightly smoky malt; fruity esters that blend with the malt seamlessly; and a nice twinge of sourness that pulls everything together but is somehow elusive. It's an acidity that's obviously there but that I can't seem to single out or focus on. This is, basically, everything that I love about baltic porters.

M - Moderately thick and chewy. Very little alcohol to speak of.

Overall, this is fantastic. This is everything a baltic porter should be.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.33/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In line at founders for CBS. Thanks Cam

A-brown boey with brown head that quickly disapates

S-little bit of smokiness but really not that much

T-smokiness and a lot of malt. Maybe a little bit if oxidation? Don't know if that's it but it tastes like it

M-medium body and smooth

O-decent beer but not my style

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish tints. A nice yellowed head. Smells roasty as all get out. Lots of dark malt sweetness. Tastes malty and a bit boozy. Strong roasted characteristics. Nice thick mouthfeel. Overall quite enjoyable. Definitely a solid Baltic porter

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Photo of scottfrie
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle thanks to craytonic. Pours into Anderson Valley snifter.

A: Pours black with a very dense dark brown head that took its time to recede into a thick film that left a thin network of lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet notes of coffee, chocolate and maybe marshmallows. This is very rich and a bit boozy.
T: Very rich flavors of chocolate, nuts, vanilla and coffee. Super roasted all around, rich, and potent. The finish is sweet with brown sugar and the aftertaste is very roasted and lingers forever.
M: Velvety soft mouthfeel due to a thick body, low carbonation that is ever so soft. No acidity, no bitterness, and the sweetness from the sugar is far from overpowering or cloying.
O: Rivals and maybe surpasses Smuttynose Baltic. This is one incredibly smooth and rich beer without a trace of bitterness or acidity. Very well done.

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

A: Color of the midnight sky on a moonless night...in the middle of the jungle. Thick coating of mocha colored head that lasts for awhile leaving big a bubbly layer on the surface. Beautiful.

S: Roasty, chocolatey, nutty, earthy, mild coffee aromas.

T&M: This is an incredible porter. Almost stout like in mouthfeel and taste. This has a rich, oily, thick feel but is also very drinkable. Amazing taste of dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, nuts, hint of dark fruit and brown sugar. Oh man, so good.

O: A 7.2% Porter that tastes like a Stout and is absolutely incredible. I love it.

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

I was lucky enough to find this one at a store that gets very little craft traffic. This one pours a medium bodied midnight black in color with chestnut highlights and a slight beige ring around the glass. It smells of sweet malts, chocolate malt, roasted malts, and bitter coffee beans. It tastes of sweet chocolate and very bitter, yet authentic coffee beans. It's pretty similar to coffee from a French press. I really like the finish, it's very "beany". It drinks light in consistency yet coats your mouth pretty well, leaving behind nice and rich coffee flavors. It's easy to drink yet still a sipper due to the complexity. Overall this is a damn fine porter, I'm glad I finally found it.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this courtesy of a trade with Gonzoillini, much thanks. Poured into a tulip. It pours very dark and is opaque when held to the light. A one inch mocha colored head forms and reduces to a nice lacing.

The aroma is good with a primarily milky sweetness, some smoke, and a chocolate maltiness. Somewhat simple but good.

The taste is where it's at. Big notes of smoke, dark chocolate malts, some milky sweetness. Also roasted coffee and an interesting fruitiness that seems to include multiple tastes.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat light for a porter. Low carbonation with a smoothness that is followed by a nice dry finish. A residual bitter note also lingers.

Overall, this is an easy beer to drink due to reasonable ABV, solid flavors without destroying my palate. Very good.

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Photo of Marty30
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to smokeypeat for this long time want. Poured into a Duvel tulip at 55 degrees.

A. Dark,black,no light shines through this brew. 2 finger khaki colored head. Some sticky lacing.A nice quarter inch cap remains.

S. Big smokey notes in here I got them right away. Roasted malts,bacon, dark chocolate.

T. Wow big flavor in here, Roasted malt burnt flavor. I taste bacon, Walnut,dark chocolate.Leaves a smokey aftertaste.

M. Medium feel that is velvety smooth.Coats the mouth.Good carbonation for the style.

Overall I am very impressed with this,there is tons of smoke and roasted notes ,very well put together. Must try.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into cervoise.

A - Dark brown to lighter black. Brown edging. The head on this thing is a thing of beauty. About 2 fingers, fluffy, a deep mocha brown with darker lines through it. Excellent

S - Roast coffee and bitter chocolate. Some charcoal and wood. Slight grass and pine with a bit of grains.

T - Great tasting beer. Big espresso and bakers chocolate. A nice subdued smokiness accented by some fruit (currants, orange zest, banana (very minor though)) and caramel malt.

M - Medium, silky and smooth

O - This is an easy drinking porter. Fantastic looking beer that had huge roast and malty flavour profiles. Very good.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to Rake for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured pitch black with a two finger tan head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and cream. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, brown sugar, dark chocolate, and cream. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium high carbonation (almost creamy in texture). Overall this brew amazed me if I'm honest... The mouthfeel on this one was other-worldly from what I ususally get from a Baltic Porter! The flavor was quite excellent as well and very well balanced. The aroma was also very nice and inviting to the senses. Not a lot could be said wrong about this brew at all... Really glad I got the chance to try this one as it had been on my Wants for a LONG time. An excellent example of the style!

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Photo of wchollif
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thecpj for this bottle

Poured a dark brown, not black like some "baltics" I've had. The head was very nice coffee color, for that I was impressed. The nose was good malty with some banana. The flavor of this beer really shines. It's really high on roasted malts but not burnt. Caramel flavor and low perceived alcohol with light mouthfeel makes this very drinkable.

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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 -1.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +0.9%
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 +2.8%
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 GeezLynn
4.18/5  rDev -3%
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 -14.4%
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 -10.4%
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 -4.4%
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 -5.3%
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 +1.4%
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 -5.6%
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%
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 +2.1%
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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Ølfabrikken Porter from Ølfabrikken
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 366 ratings
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