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 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 PorterLambic
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an extremely dark brown. No light getting through here. A solid 1" head dark tan/cocoa in color. Good lace, too.
Smell is sweet, malt, smoky, whiskey, molasses and soy. Great balance.
Taste is malt, soy, smoke, sweet, vanilla and light coffee. Great balance here as well.
Smooth, rich, full-bodied and creamy. Chewy with a very light effervescence. A seriously great brew, absolutely excellent. I wish I hadn't left so much yeast in the bottom of the bottle, though.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Gotta catch the Giants game so...must...hurry!! Pours a wicked thick dark black, with a creamy smooth dark tan head. Good lace and all around a pleasant pour. Aroma is huge full of roasted barley, some dark fruit like figs in there, some really subtle vanilla. Kind of typical for a porter, but nice none the less. Wow, the flavor is incredible. Huge and roasty, but has a lot of other stuff going on. Immediate hints of oak and/or cask aging...Really nice. Enormous flavor that washes over you with impact, like a really big wave at the ocean when you're running along it with your kids and it takes you by surprise. Really earthy tones in here, and very "warm" tasting, kind of like a bonfire at the beach. Really excellent, but the finish is a tad bitter in a bad way. That's really my only problem with this ale. Great on all counts except for a mildly typical aroma and some off bitterness in the finish. $7.99/22oz. bomber though so it ain't cheap. You should try it if you find it, but be prepared to pay for it.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass (and refilled).
Opaque black with a 1/2" light brown head that quickly recedes to a ring, leaves thin sheeting around the glass when swirled.
Nice rich smells of molasses, brown sugar, smoke, some roasty malts, a touch of carob.
Rich taste! Light brown sugar, tangy high-quality dark chocolate, a little roasty coffee. Ends dry but with a hint of sweetness, and has a long and pleasantly bitter aftertaste of delicious juicy coffee grounds and cacao nibs. Alcohol comes out and the flavors thin a little as it warms up.
Medium bodied, clings gently to the tongue, smooth for all of its complexity.
I kind of liked it cold more than warm, oddly, but quality all around. The aftertaste was superb. Definitely deserves its reputation.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I apologize to the good trader who sent this to me -- it's been over a year & I forget who it was!

Poured into a stemmed tulip: What seems to be solid black, I'm not really getting any highlights. Half a finger of cappuccino head that thins out, leaving moderate lacing.

Strong nose of dark fruits (raisin, plum, you know), slightly tart, with a roasty cocoa in the background. Subtle smoky meatiness, too, just barely perceptible.

Much more roast-forward in the taste, the fruit takes a backseat to roasted barley & rich malt. Leaves a long, coffee-like aftertaste. The third or fourth sip reveals a sweeter, chocolate flavor, & that smoky tang from the smell is there again, just hanging out around the corners. Familiar flavors that change a little with each sip, real good stuff. Just enough alcohol to be perceptible without adding too much heat.

Full mouthfeel, just a little sting from booze & some powerful roast feel. Mildly fatiguing.

I like a lot of flavor with moderate alcohol, which is what this one delivers. While delicious, the roast provides a bit of wear, & I imagine it would be hard to appreciate a lot after this. But if that means I have to stick with this one for a while, I'm not complaining.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber served into a tulip glass

A black, stout-like body sits heavy in the glass. An aggressive pour yields a little over one finger of head that is a very dark tan in color. The large-bubbled foam laces in textbook notches.

There is a lot going on in the nose; way more than you expect from a porter, Baltic or otherwise. I think that this beer wouldn't stand out if placed in a blind smelling of imperial stouts. First up is the deep grain smell that indicates a strongly malty dark beer. Next is the roast of coffee, not enough to make one think "coffee porter" but pleasantly strong nonetheless. A considerable element of sticky dark fruits come out - fig, prune - with a bitter flourish of licorice. This really does smell more like an imperial stout than a Baltic Porter. There is so much complexity of aroma here for a beer of only 7.5% ABV. The smells aren't innovative, just well-executed and plentiful.

The taste is all porter and man, is it good. Dark chocolate and lots of roasted coffee beans make up the bulk of this malt-bomb. Lots of bitterness but it doesn't overwhelm the palate because the sweetness is just as strong. The kind of dark fruit flavors that are characteristic of the Baltic Porter style work to balance the bitterness. The finish is fig yielding to coffee and char. As the beer warms to a proper temperature some new flavors emerge. The hops give a bright lupulin note to the finish and a certain small level of smoky flavor stalks around the whole drink.

The mouthfeel is just-right for a Baltic Porter. It is on the thick side but not so far removed from medium-bodied that you mistake it for something other than a porter beer. The flavor, while strong, is balanced enough to make the whole bomber a very easy drink. Again, the flavor payoff for just a 7.5% ABV beer is tremendous.

A wonderful Baltic Porter; perhaps the best I've had. I love Okocim Porter but that beer doesn't have the bitterness (and subsequently, the complexity) that Olfabrikken Porter has. Any fan of bold stouts and porters should owe it to themselves to find this beer.

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Photo of jpmclaug
2.78/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into my DFH Pint Glass.

A - Black as can be with a dark tan head.

S - Coffee aroma's are strong, mixed with dark chocolate notes and a hint of sweet vanilla.

T - Burnt coffee, mixed with a hoppy bite seems to be the dominate flavors. A little acidic flavor. Honestly not as much roast and dark malt as I was hoping.

M - medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.

D - Not all that pleasant of a beer honestly. The flavors remind me a bit of burnt coffee and there is a strange acidic notes. I don't think I would try this one again. I don't get how this can be so highly rated.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours near black with a lot of cascading tan head that dissipates to about a finger. A decent amount of foamy lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

S: Roasty malt, some coffee, and dark chocolate/coco powder.

T: Dark roasted malt and hints of burnt coffee dominate most of the initial flavor. Some chocolate and slightly citric hops begin to come through mid-sip as well. The quaff finishes smokey and slightly acidic.

M: Close to full bodied and pretty smooth. The alcohol is hidden well.

D: Baltic porters aren't my favorite style, but I enjoyed this one nonetheless. It's a nice sipper, but not something I would have more than one of in a night.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice black beer with a brown head that dissipated nicely and left some impressive lacing at the beginning and throughout the drink.

S - Nice roasted malts and bitter cocoa. Little bit of caramel, slightly creamy.

T - Roasted malts are huge in this one, has a nice coffee and roasted malt bitterness with some dark chocolate that adds a minimal touch of sweetness. Great take on a porter.

M - Full bodied, pretty high carbonation relative to the style.

D - Drank the bomber, but was a bit of a struggle at the end. Seemed to be higher than the 7.5% abv that it was.

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

Appearance -- Pours chocolate brown, jet black in the glass, with a finger of big, bubbly tan head that soon dissipates into a bit of brown fog and a dirty halo.

Smell -- Fresh ground coffee, dark chocolate, hint of cherry, some char/smokiness in the background.

Taste -- Dark chocolate, raisin, some cherry bonbon, touch of mint, char, burnt coffee.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-heavy as far as body, with a nice amount of carbonation; a bit creamy, a bit prickly. Coats the mouth for certain.

Drinkability -- Picked this up on a recommendation and was quite pleased. Really walks the line between fruity/chocolate sweetness and roast bitterness. There was so much coffee flavor that I scoured the label looking for the word 'coffee'. Certainly one of the better porters that I have come across.

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

Pours up absolutely black with a light brown head. Caramel coloured lacing adheres to the sides of my pint glass. This looks terrific.
Smell is chewey caramel candy, spent coffee grounds, & dark chocolate. This smells wonderful; very inviting, indeed.
Most of the nuances in the smell are likewise present in the flavour, as well, along with pleasantly bitter earthy European-style hops.
Mouthfeel is heavier than one would expect from a porter, but not as heavy as I would have thought from this particular beer. Nice and smooth with mild carbonation.
Very, very well crafted porter!! I will definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of hardy008
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Extremely dark brown, with a 2 finger dark brown head with very good retention. Very nice aroma featuring roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses.

The taste also features roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses. Nice balance of sweetness and coffee bitterness. There also seems to be a little bit of smoke, which is a nice addition to a very good beer.

Full bodied, smooth, creamy, and properly carbonated. This beer clings to the side of the glass almost like Ten FIDY, but is not quite as viscous. This is highly drinkable, and the 7.5 % abv is about as close to perfect as is possible.

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

pours black/dark brown with a nice, tan head.Very aromatic beer. Smells like mad chocolate malts, coffee. Smells very good actually. tatses sweet, coffee, chocolate, hops. Slightly bitter finish. Great drinkability. smooth mouthfeel. This is a very good porter. probably one of the best that I have ever tasted.

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Photo of theghost3
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

300th beer review on BA! Pours an opaque black with a beautiful 3-finger hot chocolate brown head. Lots of lacing.

Smell is toasted coffee and chocolate malts with some charcoal. The taste is a nice balance of sweet--dark chocolate and brown sugar and bitter--charcoal, burnt toast, roasted coffee, and there are also vinous qualities. Mouthfeel is thick, somewhat carbonated, and slightly sticky.

This is a very drinkable Porter. Big, bold flavors; one of my favorites. Perfect with any grilled meat.

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

Poured into a mug. Big thanks to Gyle41386 for this one.

5.0 A: This is quite a dark one with pitch black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy, creamy light brown head that has good retention to the last 1/2 inch, then refuses to fall any more for several minutes. Lacing is spotty, but plentiful.

4.5 S: Espresso strength coffee loaded with whipped high fat content cream. Roasted and dark caramel malts give layers of depth without being at all harsh. Not to be overlooked is sweet chocolate that mixes with the coffee to come across as a strong and sweet cafe mocha.

4.0 T: The first flavor is again strong coffee, only this time without the cream. This is a bit drier than I expected, and with more roasted character. Roasted and toasted malts are plentiful with dark crystal forming additional sweet, roasty flavors. Chocolate is less pronounced than in the nose and is more bitter than sweet. Tinge of alcohol throughout.

3.0 M: Medium body, which is lighter than I was expecting and much lighter than I had hoped. Good carbonation. Not quite as smooth or creamy as I'd like with a bitter, slightly alcoholic, and burnt lingering aftertaste.

4.0 D: Quality brew and I enjoyed it quite a bit. The appearance is a thing of beauty, with the nose nearly as enchanting. Good solid flavor with a couple minor issues. Mouthfeel was lacking, but didn't effect my overall impression too much.

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

Pours mostly black with some brownness near the edges of the glass, smaller charred oak brown colored head, head is kind of spotty but nicely consistent lacing. Aromas of dark fruit, grape, smokey, roasty. Tastes of raisin, ash, smoke, licorice. Lots of fruit and excessive roast. With the roasted barley this would surely be called a stout if it came from a US craft brewer. Feel is medium to thick, nicely slick and oily. A nice beer, easy enough to drink, though I would quicker call this an imperial stout than a porter, but historically they were the same thing anyway!

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Photo of craytonic
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably the standard bearer for the baltic porter style.

Appearance: Dark brown/choclate pour, nice head and decent lasing.

Smell: Quite delicious, sweet coffee with cream (not the typical burnt coffee ground taste), perfect and rich chocolate, caramel, molasses, dark rum, figs, and prunes.

Taste: Delicious, blackstap molasses, sweet coffee with cream, perfect chocolate flavor, caramel.

Mouthfeel: creamy and smooth

Drinkability: Impressive and delicious; a nice treat.

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Photo of drpimento
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer and according to the reviews i should be gushingly full of praise for it. It is good, no doubt. But it haint that friggin good. It's really good. just. anyway. poured with a nice tan head with lace. Color is an opaque brownish black. Aroma is super aromatic blend of malt black patent earth coffee cocoa leather. Flav is same but so much more rich. Body is full rich round and has killer carbonation. Kindo session,

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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 jminsc76
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into an Allagash tulip, pours a large copper head, very creamy and almost like ice cream. The legs are incredibly thick, displaying an almost espresso consistency. The body is black and impenetrable. Looks good.

Aromas of graham crackers, coffee, roast, and toasted malts. Followed this up with a lovely "ahhh, that smells good."

Molasses and chocolate up front, espresso on the finish. A lot of intense flavors going on here, with a bit of fruit such as cherries and raspberries. Some really sweet flavors combined with very roasty flavors. I ain't complaining.

The mouthfeel is medium strength and slightly light and fluffy.

Overall, I am not event sure if you could classify this as a Baltic Porter; drinks a lot like an Imperial Porter. Has all the coffee and chocolate-y flavors mixed with some molasses, and perhaps that's where the Baltic aspect comes from. Regardless, it's all that and more. Love it .

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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 beerwolf77
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is pitch black. One of the darkest porters I've ever seen. The mocha hued head reaches two fingers before settling to leave a smattering of lace.

The aroma is wonderful. Roast malt, coffee and chocolate. Light hops. I swear I'm getting hints of peanut butter.

The flavor is a nice mix of smoked malt, chocolate and coffee. Some hops come through giving it bitter finish.

Medium to full body. Silky mouthfeel.

Overall a very good porter. Super tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of Jayli
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a thick, rich, opaque dark chocolate brown. One finger of brown, sudsy head that recedes almost instantly. Spotty lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is of dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses and chocolate.

T: Taste starts with roasted malts flavoring, coupled with a whole lot of sweetness. Caramel, toffee, molasses, and brown sugar really fill out the middle making this beer extremely sweet. The sweetness is quickly overtaken by a sharp bitter chocolate, dark burnt malt and coffee/espresso flavoring. Touch of cocoa hits in the aftertaste.

M: Fuller side of medium body, low to moderate carbonation, somewhat crisp feel with dry finish.

D: Decently balanced, good representation of the style. I could have a pint or two, but that is about all I can sit with in a night.

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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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Ølfabrikken Porter from Ølfabrikken
4.33 out of 5 based on 366 ratings.
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