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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at Amager Bryghus.

Added by ADZA on 11-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
150
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
16.34%
 
 
Wants:
11
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20
For Trade:
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Photo of CasanovaCummins
2.64/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This actually would qualify as having some of the worst label art ever. Very childish and frankly, lame.

The nose is of bubbly soap. Hoppy bubbly soap. Decent head retention though. I'll credit for that. But I can't get over the smell that reminds me of those little hand soaps that you find in your Grandma's guest bathroom that would lay on top of the towels meant for guests only.

Really thin nutty hops. Not much to chew on. Leaves a strong alcoholic kick to the back of your throat. Little hints of chocolate notes on a wave of hops.

Looking at the dark color, it is not what it looks like it should be. Almost a watery Nutella taste. And I'm catching a burnt coffee bean taste like a soapy Starbucks taste.

My final impression was, Man, that was one soapy ass beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and entertaining label art (from 'Keith Shore') served into me Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Expectations are quite high as Mikkeller is me favourite brewery and I quite fancy the style. Mikkel's dark beers are usually always excellent (the one exception that comes to mind is Mikkeller Black). Reviewed live. No best before date.

Maybe me favourite Mikkeller label (so far).

Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Naturally, it was overpriced.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured at a 45 degree angle with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with jalapeno/pineapple pizza.

A: Pours an attractive three finger head of light tan colour, good appealing cream, great thickness, and fantastic retention - especially considering the high ABV. Good lacing. The head is creamy but not frothy or foamy. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. Looks like a pretty good porter. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Nuts, chocolate, hints of roast, cream, dark malts, some caramelization - likely of malt, and maybe toffee. A mild to moderate strength aroma. I've experienced better aromas in a porter, but this one is certainly on the upper end of the spectrum.

T: A slightly creamy open to a very light roasted barley foundation with caramelized dark malts to lend it a fuller body. Cream reemerges on the finish, but with a lesser impact. Hints of nuts, but nothing substantial. Chocolate is a background note, never coming through distinctly at any one point in the structure (even the climax). Some layering (of the dark malts) but little else complexity wise. Elements of subtlety but not quite holistic mastery. Well balanced and built, but not as experimental or bold as I'd expect from a brewery like Mikkeller. Pleasant and enjoyable. No yeast or alcohol (except perhaps as a slight warming sensation in the stomach).

Mf: Smack-your-lips impressive on the finish. Smooth and wet in classic porter fashion. Creamy, but underplayed. Surprisingly thin (in a good way) given the flavour profile it has to support. Not delicate or fragile, but lighter on the palate than many porters. Complements the flavours only generally. This could just as easily be an oatmeal stout - and might be better as one. This lack of style specificity is a bit troublesome in a nitpicky sort of way.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV - which is well-hidden for the most part. I'd certainly try this on draught, but I don't know that I'd get it otherwise. It wouldn't be much better with age on it. It's a solid porter - don't get me wrong - but Mikkeller has far better offerings, especially in the dark beer category. Fans of the style will like this, but won't love it. By all means give it a try if you find it at a respectable price, but don't expect it to be on the level of many of Mikkel's other brews. Its lack of complexity and subtlety hold it back. Mikkel should stick to stouts methinks.

Pairs with pizza okay. Not an ideal pairing by any means. Pairs poorly with spicy food as well. Chocolate or bread would both be better options.

A poor candidate for aging in my opinion.

High C+

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Served from tap in a tumbler at Firkin.

Finishing off my Firkin night with a porter I'd had my eye on for a while back in the day (read: a year or so ago). It pours a straight black-brown topped by a finger or so of sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, mild treacle, light anise, light cocoa powder, a touch of nuttiness, and a vague sense of tobacco. The taste hits my tongue with alternation blasts of dark greens and pine resin at one moment and darkly-roasted malts, coffee, and treacle the next. Each wave overlaps with the other, precluding me from properly preparing for what might come next. Gotta say, the hops component here comes across too powerful for my tastes. The body is a staunch medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, this is just too hoppy for its own good (in my eyes, anyway). Seeing beyond the hops, though, and straining to do just that, the base porter seems pretty solid. Just sayin'.

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Photo of janubio
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black colour with a big very brwon head. Medium retention, creamy brown lace. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, dried fruits, roasted malts. MEdium body, creamy palate, ok carbonation. Taste of coffee, dark fruits, chocolate, brown sugar. Very good.

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Photo of gford217
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a thick creamy tan head that sits on top as a 2 inch head for ages.

Aroma is very roasty ith lots of dark chocolate malts, cocoa powder and hints of espresso beans. Maybe even a hint of smoke with some light oak notes.

Taste isn't quite as robust as the aroma. There are sweet chocolate notes and roasted dark malts. There may be a little more green hops as well but the coffee and cocoa powder are more subtle.

Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly light bodied for the style, a tad watery even.

This is a nice porter but it's not quite up to the standard of the Hill Farmstead Everett I had last night. Good but not great.

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Photo of Brad007
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8%? That's reassuring as this beer has been sitting in a fridge for a while.

Dark, dark brown with a thin brown head into my glass. Sweet. Love the colors.

Creamy, boozy with chocolatey overtones in the nose. Wow, this is certainly something special.

Again, boozy with cream, cocoa and licorice upfront. Somewhat thin though.

Woo boy, this one will warm your esophagus. Works better in winter but who cares?

An interesting take on the style that is more about the booze and less about actual porter character. It's just too thin to take seriously.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 pt .9 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Poured an immaculate two finger mocha head of thick density. Nice dark mahogany color and fluffy lacing. Just about perfect.

S- Very chocolatey, with roast malts, brown sugar, toffee and coffee. Pleasantly complex.

T- Rich and roasty. Bitter roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. The sugar in the nose isn't as prominent here, but a definite sugar presence is rocking here.

M- Smooth with fizzy carbonation.

O- First Mikkeller beer wasn't a knockout success, but I'll be damned if this isn't a good beer.

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Photo of stcules
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black. Light beige foam, one finger, not so creamy.
Toasted in the smell, touches of chocolate, cocoa powder and coffee. Good.
Good taste too, same notes, plus a good fresh, herbal hop. Again cocoa.
Smooth and pleasant, warming, but well hidden alcohol. Some hazelnut, too.
Toasted aftertaste, coffee, dusty. Quite long and bitter, root-like.
Well balanced, structured and pleasant.

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Photo of dakotaben
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with faint head that dissapated quickly.

S- Coffee, nutty

T- Strong, coffee, slight alcohol taste

B- Heavy, low carbonation

Overall, nice beer and I think the best from Mikkeler that I have had. It tastes good and given the strength, the alcohol is hidden nicely.

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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. Sturdy black pour, nice layer of cream colored head. Sinks into the brew a bit to give that nice layered look. Laces just a bit.

Aroma, pretty earthy, some herbal/piney hops. Lesser roast and dark chocolate. Just a little hop forward for me.

Taste, earthy roast and hops. A little pine, roast, anise and chocolates mesh very well. A little tart red fruit in there. Finishes with a nice dark chocolate. The slight piney hop belch is produced from this.

Solid medium body. Carbonation is a tick higher than creamy, but it is close. Abv plenty well hidden. Normally I don't care for the hillier porters, though this is only slightly so, but this is pretty nice. Worth trying depending on the price point of Mikkeler in your area. It's a bit high here so probably a one and done for me.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a nice 3 finger fairly dense tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, toast, earth, herbal, bread, caramel, tobacco, and light apple skin fruitiness. Some pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance; but the apple skins throw it off a bit. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, caramel, vanilla, coffee, cream, herbal, earth, and light char. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, coffee, cream, and light char on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors that are quite robust; with a nice malty backbone that is not cloying at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice and straightforward robust porter. Very nice robust and balanced flavors, and extremely easy to sip on. Only knock I have against it is the slightly off aromas. Very enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of rmccomas
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my newly acquired Ale Yeah anniversary pint glass.

A; black as my soul with a thick tan head that lingers and laces nicely.
S; mostly roasted malt and piney hops, hints of nut but not substantial
T; knocks my socks off, never was a big fan of porters, but love this brewery so had to try one. has a lot more flavor than most of the style, roasted malt and piney hops from the nose come through with a twist of nuttiness. followed the nose perfectly.
M; usually my problem with porters, theyre too thin, and this one is too, although still better than most others.
O; this is another great effort from one of the best if not the best breweries on the planet. Grab one if you can, deeee-lish!

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a rocky mocha head; not much lacing left behind

Smell: Mocha dominant, with hints of anise, chocolate and vanilla

Taste: Mocha from the get-go, bringing chocolate, coffee, sugar and cream flavors to the fore; by mid-palate, the beer gets a bit roasty, with some anise adding another dimension in the finish; sugary sweetness lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Although this beer has some age on it and the hops are no longer a factor, the flavors have developed very nicely, thought the sweetness makes finishing the bottle a bit of a challenge

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Fluffy, tan head tops a black, menacingly opaque beer.

S: Oh dear gods, this is absolutely positively stunning. My jaw hit the floor. This smells like everything I've ever wanted an imperial stout to smell like, and the closest comparison that comes to mind is Bell's Expedition Stout. More anise than fruit however, though sticky blackberry jam scent rises to the fore. Also bitterer flavours -- light coffee and deep, dry malts. Exotic chocolates and a powerful aroma make this an unbeatable nose. Calling this a porter is a bit like calling a tour bus a 'car'.

T: Hélas! Thin and sour after the exceptional flavour. I can see the porter designation more clearly here. Not weak, as much as light, with a chalky nuttiness mingling with a tart -- almost berry-like -- alcoholic sweetness. Lightly carbonated. A very interesting roasted flavour, sort of acidic. Smackworthy and worthwhile, with a bittering endtaste that lingers before melting into a distant acrid sourness (like coffee).

M: Too thin for the smell. I find myself puckering from the tartness. Not ideal.

O: An interesting, worthwhile porter. Buy one just to sniff it. Seriously. Would smell again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some reddish brown highlights near the edges of the glass when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall dense creamy dark tan to mocha head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring around the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some lighter hints of anise and espresso.

T: Moderate flavors of smokey roasted malts with some light hints of iodine (or band-aid flavors). Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that linger. As the beer warms, the flavor of anise becomes more noticeable.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: The alcohol of this beer is well hidden and the complexity and intensity of the flavors and aromas really comes out as the beer warms. A very enjoyable beer to sip over a bit of time

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Photo of ADZA
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Darkest kola hue which leaves a mocha laced one finger head that stays and leaves little lacing.

S-Dark roasty coffee,xmas pudding,dark berries and dark chocolate.

T-Dark plums,roasted expresso,roasted malts and finished with a big hit of dark bitter belgian chocolate.

M-Light but still has a nice body to it which suits.

O-A nice and easy drinking porter but have had better worth a shot though cheers.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. Just a slight trace of red is visible near the edge of the glass. It poured with a half finger high beige head.
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose. Notes of licorice also become evident as the beer warms up and eventually dominate the smell.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of roasted malt flavors along with notes of licorice.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy to drink and quite tasty porter, especially if you like the flavors of roasted malts but what a beer that is lighter in body than a stout.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Murphys Pint nonic glass.

A - Pours Black as Black mwith a two fingered tanned head that reduces quickly to a film.

S - Very chcolatey with toffee, caramel and a hint of expresso.

T - Nice craamy vanilla followed by dark cocoa. The finish is prolonged toffee and a little coffee.

M - Full mouthfeel and low carbonation.

O - HArd to find a better Porter than this. Its full flavoured and well balanced.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch frothy tan head. The head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The brew smells like roasted malt, anise, molasses, dark fruit, and some coffee and chocolate. It tastes like roasted malt, anise, dark fruit (mostly grapes), molasses, nuts and coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and smooth and pretty easy to drink. I think it's a good overall porter, although I think it's fruitier than most porters I've had. I'd pick this one up again. $9.99 a bottle at Party Town.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.

A: Opaque black. 3 fingers high of head, medium retention.
S: Woody and roasted aroma. Moderate citrus.
T: Strong roasted flavor. Woody and herbal. Slightly sweet. Medium bitterness.
M: Full body. High carbonation.
O: Not a typical porter. It is strong, even stronger than many stouts. And it is not very caramelized malty, the overall profile is more similar to American Black Ale than porter IMO.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, with a simple (for Mikkeller, anyway) label, the only niggling detail being the mention of sugar in the expectedly basic ingredients list.

This beer pours a dark, shadowy abyss, broken only by a sliver of cherry cola basal highlights, with two beefy fingers of puffy, bubbly, and thick chocolate milk head, which leaves a solid array of honeycomb lace around the glass as it evenly subsides. Seeexxxy!

It smells of bittersweet chalky baker's chocolate, waxy black licorice strands, lightly breaded caramel malt, a touch of more weighty toffee, coffee liqueur, wet ash, black musty fruit, some brighter citrus notes, and peppy leafy and herbal green hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel/toffee malt, dry mocha latte, a more muddled dark, fleshy fruitiness, laid-back herbal anise, soft orange vodka notes, and a softly bitter leafy and earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is average, if a bit on the low side, the body medium-full in weight, and mostly smooth, a herbal liqueur edginess taking a small nip as its local pound of flesh,as such. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, demure cafe-au-lait, and lingering bashed-up fruit running the table, until the appearance of a final one-upmanship from the lingering bitter pine and citric hops.

Overall, this is a nicely boozy, in a restrained (say what?) manner, chocolate and coffee on open display, and the hops, well the hops are everything you would expect for something with the 'American' prefix tacked on to the name - interfering, sure, but quite pleasingly so. The booze, on a final note, is not exactly low-key, but does its best to keep the damage to a minimum. Big, brash, and warm - a cuddly hug for when you didn't know you actually needed one.

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Photo of tmzl
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: dark brown/black chocolate. A thumb high, very solid and consistent foam, brown/caramel color. Low carbonation; good lacing.

Smell: huge roasty, smokey, coffee malt notes. Hint of fresh hop fragrance, a fruity character. Subtle but charming.

Taste: big dark roasted, smokey malt middle then comes a hint of freshness from hops. There's a nice balance of roasted malt and hop flavour. This especially comes to life in the nice bitter coffee/hops aftertaste. The roasted character is not overblown. There are some hints of tart.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth/creamy, medium body. Alcohol well hidden. A nice coating, easy sipper.

Overall: Good representative of a american porter, the hop character with roasted malt make a nice balance, will pick it up again.

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Photo of icehawk
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle

Appearance: Opaque black with off white head

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, smoke

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee

Palate: Medium body with slight carbonation. Very little bitterness, with a smooth finish.

Overall: Very drinkable, yet complex porter.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at engine 15... very solid big porter.nice thick dark black body with lots of chocolate coffee aroma... tastes like it smells... like the big body on this standard porter... on the big side nearing imperial. This went very well with some chili on a cold day

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Photo of moose1980
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Has a head that looks closer to belonging to an ice cream float than it does a beer. Aromas of roasted malts and coffee, tiny bit of chocolate, subtly floral and sweet, with an earthy, leather note as well. Taste is very herbal, bitter, with a strong tobacco flavor. Full body with low carbonation. Overall, a great Porter.

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