Ølfabrikken Winter Porter

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Baltic Porter
4.18 | pDev: 9.81%
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 26
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a rather modest head that fritter away rather quickly - I was surprised to get any head at all when the cork withdrew silently from the bottle

Smell: Chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and a sour cherry tone

Taste: Chocolate and dark fruit flavors, up front,. but the sour elements take over and ruin the finish

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation

Overall: Brewed in 2007 but supposed to last until 2017 - I guess it didn't quite make it that far (but I will be generous with my scores though this is a drain pour)

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Photo of MasterSki
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Bottled 12/2007, best before 12/2017. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - A half-finger of light mocha foam settles to a thick collar and partial cap, leaving behind splotchy lacework. The body is pitch black, with the faintest red-brown glint at the upper lip when held to the light.

S - It's got that quintessential Scandinavian character to it. Heavily roasted malts, dark chocolate, light smoke, and some salt and olive brine character that I get from from other Ølfabrikken offerings. There's a hint of oxidation and mineral note creeping in - I don't think this will make it to 2017 to be honest.

T - The taste is sweeter, with some of the honey shining through and suggesting a smoked meat note when combined with the char and smoke. Plenty of licorice, dark chocolate, and some caramel and dark fruits in there as well. Less apparent age, and shockingly well hidden alcohol. I would never have guessed this is stronger than their regular porter.

M - Medium-full body, chewy and sticky texture, lower carbonation, and no alcohol heat present. The residual feel is smokey and mouth-coating.

D - I think the age blunted some of the things that make this beer distinct from the regular Porter - the coffee and honey are pretty much faded memories. It's still quite good, although it's too rich and intense to drink in large quantities. Was probably better fresh, but we'll never know due to the ownership changes at Ølfabrikken.

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Photo of corby112
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a deep, dark ruby/chestnut brown color that appears pitch black in the glass. Almost completely opaque with slight mahogany edges and a two and a half finger frothy, dark mocha head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with large rings and chunks of soapy mocha lacing.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of sweet chocolate, molasses and candy sugar. Slightly acrid smelling with hints of burnt toast and a slight lactic cream presence.

Full bodied with a luscious, silky chocolate malt flavor. There's a nice balance of sweet flavor and subtle roasted malt. Hints of milk chocolate, caramel and hazelnut balanced by toast, slight alcohol heat and faint spice. Slightly dry finish. The high ABV is excellently masked, making this beer dangerously drinkable. One of the best examples of the style that I've ever had. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Bung
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml. From 2008. This was black, pretty much, some brown around the edges. Thin layer of whispy tan head.

Heavy malt, fig and booze in the aroma. Lighter molasses and dark chocolate.

Malty molasses, but heavier dark fruits and fig. Dark chocolates and cocoa.
Goes downhill quickly.
Nothing would lead me to believe the bottle has turned, other than this slight sour fruit and acridness. So, I think this is just really a let down from what I was expecting.
The alcohol is well hidden though, nothing like the booziness in the nose.

Viscous full body. Still enough carbonation to keep cloyingness at bay. The acrid coffee and sour fruit really hurt the drinkability for me though.

Maybe worth trying, would try again since the style is one I really like and have especially liked the ones listed at the right...except this one. Reminds me a bit of a New Glarus porter, that was different, but not really that good.
Probably a great brew for a sour fan.

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Photo of koopa
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased online from liquid solutions back in 2008.

Appeareance: Pours an extremely dark brown with a 1 finger beige crown that shows good retention and lace.

Smell: Nice roast malt, chocolate, a hint of red fruit, and some spice.

Taste: Same as nose but the chocolate stands out and some vanilla rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: Hefty, creamy, and delicious!

Drinkability: Smooth and tasty but strong and thick!

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Photo of jgasparine
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sample bottle was dated 2005.

A- Poured with a 1/4" tan head, which quickly receded to a haze layer and a touch of nice lacing. The body was a completely opaque dark brown, almost black, with no visible carbonation.

S- Smells strongly of rum-soaked raisins and plums, with strong complimentary roasted malt aromas. There is a faint underlying booziness throughout. Smells delicious and intoxicating.

T- Heavy flavors of dark fruit (raisins, plums and prunes) come bursting through on the palate, and are backed with smooth candy and roasted malts. Some faint sourness hits the back of the tongue midway. Finishes with a little sour fruitiness and some big booziness. The heat from the alcohol pleasantly burns the throat and sinuses on the way down. What a fantastic winter warmer!

M- Wonderfully thick oily body. Fantastically underattenuated and complimented with a "velvet blanket" of carbonation. An exquisite mouthfeel for a Baltic Porter.

D- Very drinkable, but the alcohol can become a bit much... This beautiful winter warmer is best split with a friend or two.

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Photo of Travlr
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle stored for 15 months prior to serving.
A: Deep dark maroon with medium beige head that settles to a thin layer and nice lacing.
S: Dark chocolate aroma with berries and light spice, possibly cinnamon.
T: Flavor begins with sweet chocolate with a bitter cocoa edge, dark fruit, and vanilla. Nicely complex.
M: Great body, exactly as expected for a winter brew.
D: Worth seeking out. Laying it down for a season mellows it quite a bit.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked bottle from Champane's Wine.

Poured a clear dark brown color with a moderate frothy head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate roast coffee, chocolate malt and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a thick smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

A smooth drinkable brew.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a big wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

Almost black. Small dark tan head. Speckles and blots of lace.

Deep roasty and sweet aroma, chocolate with caramel, fresh herbs, and some fruit. Some light smokiness pokes through now and then.

Tastes sweet and suprisingly tart and fruity, berries and chocolate, with a good dose of roastiness, herbal hop flavor and light bitterness, and an unusual rustic honey flavor. A lot going on, but it's fairly cohesive. Tangy in a very unusual way, and I like it. Long long finish, fresh herbs and tangy honey.

Smooth round texture with some nice thickness, quite easy to drink.

Good interesting beer, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of gford217
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, dark brown, almost black in the glass with a one-inch tan head that receded slowly.

The aroma is textbook Baltic porter with a huge sweet roasted malt aroma with some bittersweet chocolate. There is definitely a bit of alcohol in the nose.

The taste really explodes on the palate and it took me a few sips to sort things out. There's a huge blast of licorice and chocolate sweetness up front but with an interesting and slightly astringent bitterness. The honey is present and actually lingers into the finish.

The mouthfeel is slick and almost oily with subdued carbonation. It has a dry-ish finish with some cocoa powder on the palate.

This is an interesting and very sweet Baltic porter and taste was very complex though I'm not sure it came together completely for me. I still think this is a notch below their standard porter.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Quite the viscous pour out of an unceremonious cork popping. Basically a pitch black color with a nice sticky tan head that seems to whittle down to a covering. Aromas of booze, raisins, toffee, sherry notes, tootsie roll, and not a whole lot in the way of roasted malts. On the palate, it really opens up to a complex drive through roasted malt, chocolate, honey, burnt cocoa powder, finishing quite boozy with some floral hops and a touch oaky. Despite its borderline cloying sweetness, this is a really nice baltic porter.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml.

Pours an oily black with a very thin ring of brown highlight and a very quick brown head. Faint, vanilla creamed coffee with a very hearty dollop of honey in the nose. Not to mention the sweet, and faintly herbal chocolate aroma. Smells comfortingly warm. The taste and palate starts chocolate and honey sweet with a sweet brown sgar viscocity. Then some Bergamot, coffee, mix with the some milky chocolate. The finish has that same chocolat falvor only a little drier with some warm alcohol and a little honeyed green tea. Sweet, dry, malty and warm sipping porter. Watch out for those crafty Danes!!!

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Photo of hopdog
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared courtesy of dickinsonbeer (thanks!).

Poured a dark and deep brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, nutty, caramel, and some dark fruits. Tastes of roast, dark fruits, ligther nuttiness, and caramel. Light to medium alcohol in the finish (but I would not have guessed 11%).

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Initial impression - label describes it as a Winter Porter, brewed with honey. Packaged in a corked 750 ml bottle. If I interpret the label correctly, it was packaged in 11/2007 and it recommended to be cellared through 11/2017. After pouring, looks, smells, drinks like a baltic porter. Some alcohol burn, but mostly sweet malt, dark cocoa bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft and silky, almost like marshmallow fluff.

Appearance is black, no light gets through. Thin tan to brown head, that does not last. Probably due to high alcohol content (11% abv). Beautiful belgian lace on glass following each sip, that clings to the glass until the last drop.

Aroma is sweet, malty, with a hint of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate.

Initial tsste is like most baltic (Polish) porters, sweet malt, with subdued (but evident) roasted flavors of coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is like no other baltic porter I've tasted. Very silky, almost like meringue initially on the palate.

Drinkability is very high. This will sustain you through the harsh Chicago winters. And I'll definitely buy a few to lay down for the next few years. But I don't think they'll last for 10 years. And at $14.99 a bottle, it is definitely a special treat.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Olfabrikken + Porter = purchased.

Pours a deep impenetrable black with a light tan head that lingers forever and leaves solid lacing.

Nose is not quite as roasty as expected. A bit of spice in there. I can actually smell the honey in here. Some roasted malt and deep black graininess as well.

Wow. A very unique and tasty porter. The honey really makes its presence known. The taste starts off with spices and big roasted malt tones. Chocolate and Vanilla flavors are in there for sure. The honey starts to come out strong in the middle, and rises until the finish. They may have actually gone a touch overboard with the honey here. Roasted malt, and slight bitterness on the finish. Honey and dark malts linger along with sugar on the lips long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is damn good here. A nice viscosity without being too soupy. Carbonation is about perfect, which I didnt expect after the depressing lack of POP when the cork came out.

Drinkability is pretty solid, but the large honey presence doesnt help any. A tiny bit too sweet IMO, making drinkability a bit tougher, but overall its pretty good.

Overall a very good and enjoyable brew. I would tone back the honey just a tiny touch, but other than that quite favorable. I nice winter touch on their line. Even though I would tone back the honey a touch, I REALLY like what they have done with it here. A good beer, and one to try for sure.

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

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into two small white wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Tappedato: 11/12 - 2007
Mindst holdbar til 1/12 - 2017

A: Pours a inky pitch-black color capped with a khaki colored head that measures about 1/2 finger thick.

S: Very interesting aromas of bitter dark chocolate, licorice, cocoa powder, cherry, sweet honey, caramel, and milk chocolate.

T: See above. Loads of chocolate flavors mix it up with blackened malt, licorice, dark fruit, yeast, chocolate cake, alcohol, and citrusy hops. Really cool tangy honey flavor, as well.

M: Full and creamy with a tantilizing dry bitterness that leads into some tangy fruit and a creeping bit of alcohol burn.

D: The alcohol presence is obvious but not intrusive. We were intrigued by how chocolatey this was. Awesome!

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Photo of marksto
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a large corked bottle at Crown Liquors in Carmel IN. Label is mostly in Danish (I guess) with a smalled label affixed by the importer Shelton Bros that reads "porter brewed with honey."

The cork came out with no audible "pop," but light carbonation is evident as it pours dark and thick into the glass with a light tan head. Inviting aroma of carmel, roast, alcohol, dark fruit. Flavor offers luscious complexity. Just the right level of carmelly sweetness, with light roast, a delicate peppery element, and an earthy-dark fruity character that is very pleasing. The sweetness does not come across to me as honey, so surprised to see it described that way on the label. It also has a nice, viscous mouthfeel, and the alcohol offers just a pleasing, warming sensation that melts into the flavors and is not harsh at all.

Overall, a most outstanding strong baltic porter. Very surprised to see only one prior review. This is the first offering I've had from this brewery, and I'll be seeking more. Highly recommend.

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Ølfabrikken Winter Porter from Ølfabrikken
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 26 ratings