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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:
1
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Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Chris (spycow). Bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours black, tan-colored head, thin collar, wisps.

S - Nice level of roast and sweet malts. There's some coffee beans, light dark chocolate, and cream in there as well. Spot-on how I like my Porters.

T - Similar to the nose. Roast, toasted malts, dark chocolate, expresso, cream. Very robust, but a nice balance of roast and sweetness that I really enjoy.

M - Medium to full, rich and creamy, good carbonation.

O - An excellent porter that I would have again, if offered up. It's straight forward with the roast and sweetness, but that's what makes me like this beer. It's not trying to be anything else but a great porter. Recommend.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Tauroe for sending this one down! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Very dark brown and opaque. Forms a thin tan creamy head and almost no visible carbonation.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, cacao, a bit creamy, and some sweet maltiness. There's elements here that remind me of amaretto as well.

T: Coffee, lactose creaminess, cacao, and a nutty (almonds? Or almost peanut butter?) flavor at the swallow. Creamy sweet with mild roasted bitterness in the hang.

M: Creamy, heavy body for style. Low carbonation sensation, and alcohol very well-hidden.

O: Wow - this was really pretty damn pleasant. Mikkeller beers are often hit or miss; but this was a hit for sure. Tasty.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy khaki colored head.Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, black licorice, molasses, vanilla, coffee, some earthy hops.

T - Roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts, black licorice, molasses, roasted coffee, cofffee bitterness, vanilla, some earthy hops and mild bitterness.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a roasted, dry, and sweet finish.

D - Nice strong porter. Great overall balance.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a heavy, dense, seemingly oppressive pitch black shade, nearly ominous for what it's worth. For a Porter it looks like one hell of a Stout! No dark brown here, this is light impermeable black. Quick splash of loose tan head that retreats to a ring around the top of the beer.

Toasty, roasty, nutty malt on the nose, prevalent coffee and some mild cocoa.

Toasty, roasty malt up front, molasses, soft milk chocolate, cafe au lait, with a healthy kick of herbal, citrusy hops on the finish. Toasty, nutty character lingers on into the aftertaste along with grapefruit rinds. Once it warms the alcohol warmth really starts to blossom.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller end of the spectrum, not quite as heavy or dense as the appearance hints at. Texture is somewhat sticky yet also a bit thin, while carbonation is minimal.

It works, whatever it is, this American Porter was incredibly enjoyable to drink, and was pleasantly balanced for a Mikkeller offering--everything in its place and no particular aspect trying to steal the show or overwhelm. A total winner, I hope to snap up some more.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black pour with some dark brown hues. Medium to full size, frothy, bubbly, sticky, cafe colored head. Good retention leaving a nice sticky lacing.

S - Lots of milk chocolate, some dark chocolate, mocha, cream, and vainilla. Fairly sweet with a bit of a roasted bitterness to counteract that.

T - A lot of the same. Dominated by fairly sweet milk chocolate, mocha, and fudge. Some dark chocolate and cream. Roasted earthy and nutty flavors. A touch of bitterness but completely lacking any astringency. Nice caramel undertone.

M - Medium to full body. Average carbonation. Quite smooth and creamy. Nice.

D - Very easy to drink porter. A touch on the sweet side but there is definitely enough roasted flavors to balance that. Great to sip on for dessert.

Notes: Hits all the points that I want in a porter. Loads of chocolate combined with the velvety body makes this perfect for dessert. Nothing extreme or frilly; just a solid, beautiful 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 mick303
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle with no noticeable freshness date, even on the usual cap. Poured pitch black and opaque, head was quite slight, and was a rich dark caramel brown in colour. One of the darker heads I've seen. But there was really good lacing and some whispy film. 4.25

Smell: huge notes of dark roasted malts, full bodied coffee, dark chocolate, some definite spice along with dark cherries. Hops provide some of strong bitter espresso notes, nuttiness, a trace of alcohol. Really rich, but still very balanced. 4.5

Taste: A big roasted malt profile before some of the herbal astringent hops kick in. Really roasty, bbq meat, dry bitter coffee, leather with a subdued fruitiness, a hint of molasses sweetness. The hops come through nicely on the end with tart lychees, dry wood on finish with a drying bitterness. Really tasty, a nice balance of the roasty dark malts and the hops and between both, some really interesting complexity. 4.5

Mouthfeel: Obviously quite big and very rich, but with a nice silkiness to it, a little alcohol spice at times but really well contained and balanced. A big malty mouthfeel, coating and luscious. The balance is excellent, leaving a residual lingering hop bitterness. Warming and surprisingly drinkable and tasty. 4.25

Really great. An exceptional interpretation with a lot of countering hop bitterness leaving a satisfying coffee and dark molasses aftertaste. Really well done to let the various ingredients all come through yet keep the balance throughout. Not overly boozey with enough big malt to pack some serious complexity, still really pleasant and satisfying to too drink. As a beer verging on Imperial territory it combines some of the Imperial Stout malty complexity with good drinkability and some acidic hoppiness. Excellent, seek this one out.

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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 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 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 AndyAvalanche
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Almost black, but dark brown in color with lighter brown highlights on the side. Nice tan colored head. Pretty thick after a hard pour, goes away after awhile, but lacing is decent.

Smell is good, very roasty and robust enough for porter lovers. Chocolate and not quite espresso aromas, slightly oaky with a hint of vanilla. There is the tiniest bit of hop presence that tickles your nose, mostly floral.

Taste is a huge step up, very robust and again super roasty. Chocolate malt is king here. Not quite the espresso flavor as the aroma, just more like a really dark roasted coffee. I don't remember reading this being barrel aged, but there are hints of oak and vanilla as well, tastes awesome.

Mouthfeel is great. Full bodied, and a really good carbonation level. Really good balance and smooth. 8% is a little high for you're run of the mill porter, but no bite from it. Super drinkable too. Good enough so that you should share the bottle, but you could easily polish it on your own. A great beer with dessert, but totally not your average porter. Darn you Mikkeller for being so great!

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this porter in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance- The vigorous pour produces a brown sugar foam that stands at least three fingers in width. It is dense and puffy, and it has great retention. Not to mention, that when it finally does fall, it leaves huge chunks of sheet lace.

The body is dark, but has a definite slivers of brown highlights.

Smell- There are waves of dark malts and roast seeping out of the glass. The dark malts are sweet and give the impression of molasses and anise. The roast is soft and adds a little edge to the sweet aspect.

Taste- The drink starts with some of the dark malts, featuring molasses, some cocoa, and even anise. As the drink progresses, it picks up an earthy character and just the slightest touch of roasted malt.

The finish has some char, breadiness, and anise. The drink is sweet, roasty, and delicious.

Mouth feel- For a porter, it is very creamy. And because of this, the body feels to be a good medium body.

Overall- This porter smells great and has the flavors to back up what was promised in the nose. It is nice to have a porter with some complexity that does not just lean on cocoa flavor.

The introduction of syrupy, anise-like dark malts is well appreciated. I hope I am lucky enough to find this beer again some day.

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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 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 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 Rickythejeweler
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Translucent black in color with a 1 finger light khaki head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S - Cocoa, fragrant hops, faint smoke. Simple, yet effective.

T - Cocoa, slightly bitter hops, and black malt start the sip, roasted coffee dominates the middle, and it ends with maple charcoal and light burnt/smokiness.

M - Smooth, low-medium carbonation, full bodied.

O - Pretty drinkable porter, another wonderful beer from Mikkeller.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque, very dark brown with an inch of tan creamy head that sets at medium pace, without being prone to create much of a lacing on the sides.

Nose is roasty and toffee-ish sweet with dominant chocolate and some coffee in the background. A faint, virtually non-existent dark fruit esters round the aroma profile.

The initially sweet flavor of rich deep chocolate and some dark fruit esters segues to the coffeeish roasty dry finish featuring moderate hop bitterness enhanced by the roasted malts.

Medium-full body with fine carbonation lays soft on the tongue.

Overall, a simplistic but by no means void of anything robust porter (500 ml lacking BB indication, into tulip).

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Photo of jellikit
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle.
Appearance: dark black. Deep ruby when held to light. Thick, foamy, tan head.
Smell: fig. Tobacco. Sweetness.
Taste: tobacco, raisin, chocolate. Light roasted barley. A light hint of smoke.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: very good. Unlike any porter I have had. Complex and tasty.

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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 Doodler
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle shared with buds over the holidays. Poured into a snifter a deep chocolate with a thick creamy head. Nose is roasted malts,licorice, cocoa and hints of coffee. Taste is caramel and malts. Has some sweet chocolate and dark fruits on the finish. Smooth mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Nice.

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Photo of Ratman197
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle shared by Doodler ( thanks Scott) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, bitter chocolate and charcoal. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of charcoal, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and earthiness with a smooth dry lingering bitter chocolate finish.

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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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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 Loot
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- jet black with Ruby near edges....nice mocha head...

S- roasted and toasted malts...cocoa and a malt sweetness...hint of hops towards the end...

T - Smokey, to chocolatety, espresso notes, ends figgy, fruity. Slightly sweet and Smokey.chalky. barely shows Abv .

M- creamy.

O- GREAT. sessionable. Surprisingly light bodied. Great body smooth taste. Can't go wrong. Nothing totally insanely new with beer just a well made Porter.

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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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4.1 out of 5 based on 150 ratings.
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