Rugporter | Amager Bryghus

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Amager Bryghus

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Photo of crnipeter
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours well formed, persistent thick tan head with good stickage, atop of nearly opaque dark reddish coppery to dark brown body. The intense nose spreads enthusiasm with multi-layered complexity of rich malty sweetness enhanced by brown sugar, deep chocolate, esters of plum, raisins and currant, well-baked rye bread and red wine, almost port-like qualities. A careful sniffing reveals mild spicy, piney hops. Thick viscous body with soft carbonation and velvet smoothness starts sweet on the palate, but the initial sweetness soon vanishes being replaced by pronounced roasted flavor of dark malts that combine with hops to provide bitterness that paves the way into relatively dry finish with roast coffee notes and pleasant alcohol warmth that helps to balance the malts. There’s a certain spicy edge to the beer that I couldn’t tell whether provided by hops or rye. (500 ml, BB date August 2013, into tulip).
In short: an intense rye-based Imperial Porter at its best that could be easily mistaken for Imperial Stout.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle at cellar temperature is split between two pint glasses.

The beer has an opaque dark brown body with a huge head of chocolate brown foam. As the head settles lots of pretty lacing remains.

The beer has a very complex nose. There is a lot of toasted malt as well as chocolate malt. In addition, rye spiciness is strong and it mixes well with some peppery bitterness from the aroma hops.

The flavor closely mirrors the aroma. I can taste a lot of chocolate and some toast. Peppery flavors form the rye are strong as I swallow. The beer's taste doesn't betray its ABV; it feels more hearty than strong.

The beer has a medium body and lower carboantion. There is a decent amount of tingling from the rye (if I let the beer rest in my mouth). A thin coating on my lips and inner mouth has some of the chocolate flavors and is slightly sticky.

This is a very good porter. The addition of rye is a nice touch. The fact that it isn't trying to be a baltic porter means that it drinks easily and doesn't suffer from an overly sweet or sticky body. This beer is highly recommended.

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4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is very dark brown, borderline black, a high tan head that settles slowly, leaving tons of lacing.

The smell is vanilla, sugar, plum, Madeira, sherry, nuts, almonds, and a whiff of chocolate.

First we feel an intense sweetness, syrup, candy sugar, raisins, then dark dried fruits, figs, dates, then bitter aromas, coffee beans, flour and cherry seeds. A lot of taste in this one.

The carbonation is high medium, a lot of small, foamy, bubbles, the liquid is soft, a big body, slightly oily and thick. A coarse dryness remains.

A very complex and intense beer, almost RIS-like to me.

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Photo of maximum12
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured mid-poker night, right after a lovely can of Furious. Given to me by my lovely wife for Christmas. You're a keeper!

Poured into my imperial pint glass, this is very dark brown with competent, middle-management carbonation. Nose strikes like a rattlesnake, lovely dark malts, hint of smoke from a distant fire, raw earth. Very nice.

Rugporter is one of the best mash-ups of rye & porter I've tasted. Surprisingly, the dominant flavor is burnt roast that tips over into smoky territory, but in a lovey, restrained manner. Tastes just like the wood-burning oven we used to cook on at the Renaissance Festival in the autumn (when I was young & foolish enough to do such things). Dark maltiness tugs at its forelock, sweet but melded tightly with the roast. Light spiciness & a fingernail full of earthiness rounds out the experience. I had to make this last an entire game of Texas Hold 'Em, otherwise it would have gone rapidly.

Pitch perfect marriage of rye & malt. I'd like to see this one in the fridge more often. This is a unique & excellent beer.

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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is an opaque dark, reddish brown with a tan head that forms easily. Good retention, leaves lots of lacing.

Smells of rye and fresh leather, with a bit of sugar sweetness.

Tastes sweet at first, complemented by dark cherry fruit, then a blast of dark chocolate, concentrated figs, and a porter-like tartness. I taste a little mint in this too. Ends with a long bitter dry finish like that of baker's chocolate.

Body is medium and carbonation level gives this a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a great porter, one of my favorites. Very complex and interesting.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle as part of a beer of the month package from Healthy Spirits. If this is the typical quality of the HS BOTM selections, I am stoked.

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Forms a thick, slightly cratered medium tan head which is standing tall and retaining well. Aroma gives a peppery-spice first impression followed closely by bittersweet chocolate, bready malts, and hints of floral malts. More spice coming through in the flavor, moderately high level of bitterness lingering on into the dry finish. Dark chocolate noted, too and plenty of the rich, roasted malt character one would expect from this style. Medium-full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

This is nothing short of stellar. Rich, spicy, roasty, and one hell of a satisfying brew. Will most certainly be seeking this again.

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4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a glorious appearance with jet black body, dark tan creamy head that is very thick, and gobs of lace as the beer goes down in my dimpled mug. Nose has a thick nougatey-roasty aroma to it, like a liquified Three Muskateers bar. Palate offers a nice dark chocolately sweetness up front with good body, earthy/hearty rye grain influence, followed by roasty flavors and bitterness from the hops to round it out somewhat nicely. Finishes with licorice and dark butterscotch. Pleasure to drink.

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4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a snifter, showing a deep black coloring, with mahogany browns and maroons when held to bright light. It held a one and a half finger tall head of medium brown bubbles, showing nice retention. This left sheets of lacing, and eventually situated into a creamy film across the top, and a crown of bubbles around the edges. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma sang of sweet rye off the bat, met by thickly roasted malts of coffee and dark chocolate, each of which showed a significant raw and chalky character. Additional notes of hazelnut, bittered cocoa, baked white sugar, phenolic clove and mild Band-Aids, black pepper booziness, and vanilla giving freshness, sweetness, and acidic creaminess were also apparent in the mix. Our first impression was that the flavoring showed nice malty sweetness to it, but the real star was the massively roasted coffee malts. As we sipped, coffee malts, wet yeast, and grassy hops were met by big rye bite, adding a certain sweetness savory freshness not typical for a hearty porter. The middle peaked with more bittered grassiness, heavy char, bittered chocolates, and medicinal phenols. Cutting through this bittered core were sweeter notes of cherry syrups, milk chocolate sugars, and creamy lactics. The end came through with a cleaner wash of chocolate malt, milk chocolate sweetness, a revival of that rye freshness, light grassiness, buttery diacetyls, and drying chalkiness. The aftertaste breathed of roasty and chalky coffee malts, light caramels, raw espresso beans, and toasted rye graininess. The body was full, and the carbonation was medium but foamy. Each sip was very smooth, with gloriously soft slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth was thoroughly coated, and a bit sticky, but with eventual astringency and chalk on the back. The abv was fine, and the beer drank pleasantly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the greatly roasted full flavoring of the malts, and the equal punch of coffee and chocolate maltiness in the aroma. This beer is actually pretty exceptional in the fact that they start with a nice base beer and add to it. A lot of breweries tend to try something off kilter on top of trying to make a new style of beer for them, but fall short on both accounts. Here we have an excellent porter base, with rye inclusions that add something truly unique and new for a twist on an already classic beer. This beer is rich, sweet, and savory, and something you should definitely try if you can.

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4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

Poured into a tulip glass - dark chocolate in appearance and smell. Slight carbonation, bringing a little crispness to the flavor. I am impressed on how well the rye malts blend into the porter style, giving it a nice bitterness (more reminiscent of dark chocolate than hops). There is also a nice creaminess provided in the body.

Overall, an excellent beer, definitely to be tried again.

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Photo of nickd717
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nanoslug for this. Mmm rug. I love rug. Rug bread...mmm...I’m a real rug muncher, that’s for sure. It’s one of the few Danish words I know.

Dark brown pour with a small yellowish tan head and good lacing.

Rich roasty aroma with spicy rye, anise, espresso, piney hops, and smoke.

Complex flavor as well. Huge roast and hops - piney mainly - on the flavor with some rye and anise. Some bitter espresso. Really tasty.

Medium-bodied with big hop resins and good dryness with soft carbonation.

Very impressive brew overall.

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Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle labeled "Rye Porter".

Pours dark, dark brown and settles in close to black in the glass with an enormous tan head that sticks to the sides stubbornly, receding to a thick collar.

Aroma is seriously roasted with black malts and spicy rye. Some heavily roasted espresso and cocoa powder with sweet vanilla and licorice.

The taste is thick due to the rye and leaves the palate bathed in roasted black malts, coffee and licorice. The knish is bitter but it's a combination of the roasted malts and a hoppy presence that I didn't get in the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth with soft carbonation and just big and roasty and bitter.

I really enjoyed this beer. The rye lends both a spicy character but also a thickness to the feel that really takes this one to the next level. Big, big fan.

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Photo of ludachris
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's a deep, deep chestnut brown; opaque everywhere but its edges. It looks like a thick Porter when it poured and its viscosity is confirmed by how slowly the carbonation cascades up the glass. At the top rests over a finger's worth of frothy light tan head. The lace sticks in sheets as the head recedes.

Big chocolate immediately comes off the nose. It's dark and sweet. There's a soft earthy roastiness with a touch of smoke. Everything is heightened with a sweet boozy tone. I'm not getting much of the spicy rye character but I'm guessing that's because of the greater ratio of dark malts used in this.

It's big, it's sweet, it's roasty, it's dry. It's everything I love about a Porter. I get the influence of the rye a lot more in the taste. It comes in the back and is matched with the alcohol. It helps to dry everything out while giving off a spicy earthiness that extends into the finish. It's booziness again only amplifies the flavors rather than blowing you back. It comes across as sweet with some fruity esters jumbled up in it. Dark, roasty coffee runs with the booze past the finish.

A bit of slickness comes with its medium/full body. You feel the weight of it most in the back of the palate where the kick of alcohol hits you. The lower level of carbonation makes the body seem bigger as well. Its drinkability is through the roof for me. Most of the credit can be given to how flavorful it is but the body helps as well.

What a Porter. I drank this way too fast for how big it is. I'd gladly take another.

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Photo of biegaman
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amager Rye Porter pours an opaque, deep brown with sticky, shotgun spray foam. The last few ounces were thick as mud and made the complexion correspondingly murky; there's such an abundance of sediment that the bottom of the bottle looks like a solar eclipse.

Amager is Danish but this porter, for all intents and purposes, is American. It has a hoppiness prominent enough to smell of pine bark and minty greens; if I didn't know any better I'd guess this was brewed in the Pacific Northwest. It smells like a milk chocolate peppermint paddy.

The palate, like the aroma, has an abundance of coffee-and-cream flavour, firm notes of spiced chocolate and roasted hazelnut, but what's most appreciated (by my taste buds at least) is the leafy, herbal, pine-accented hoppiness. Rye also adds a distinctive peppercorn-like spice to an otherwise dark, roasty, cocoa-accented brew.

The hops have a rosemary-like savoriness and the malts flavours of custard, chocolate and vanilla reminiscent of crème brûlée as well a coffee-like roast; it's one part sweet, one part savory and entirely rich. A classic dessert beer candidate but might also suit a juicy grilled steak.

Amager Rye Porter reminds me of some of my favourite American porters (and a couple stouts even) plus offers a little spicy something extra - there's not too many guys in the business that make dark beers so simultaneously hoppy and roasty, gratifyingly rich and easily approachable.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amager Bryghus Rye Porter (Rugporter)

Appearance: dark brown, medium-large head, and good lacing.

Smell: rye, grains, dark chocolate, cocoa, and a slight toffee.

Taste: dark chocolate, slight cocoa, grain, and a hint of toffee.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is a very nice smooth porter. The flavors are well balanced and not weak in the slightest.

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Rugporter from Amager Bryghus
4.05 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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