X Porter
Midtfyns Bryghus

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Midtfyns Bryghus
Porter - Baltic
3.92 | pDev: 8.42%
Jan 04, 2022
Oct 13, 2010
Very Good
X PorterX Porter
Notes: Collaboration with Brouwerij De Molen (Netherlands)
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

Bottle, at Cardinal’s Ølsymposium. Pitch black colour, moderate tan head. Lovely and well rounded aroma and flavour with all the typical robust porter qualities, but the roastiness is not overdone. Smooth and nicely balanced. Will give a more detailed review on the next occasion.

Jan 04, 2022
3.75 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Mar 08, 2015
4.11 by Alex-Alkis from Sweden on Feb 28, 2015
3.75 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Nov 27, 2014
3.99 by KrisDLSmith from Canada (ON) on Sep 20, 2014
4 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON) on Jul 06, 2014
4 by JMBSH from Colorado on Jun 22, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an above average size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and light coffee. There is also some dark fruits and a bit of a graininess. It ends with a chocolate aftertaste with lingering bitterness from smokey/burnt notes.

Overall - An above average brew. The chocolate flavours are nice and rich and the dark fruit and smokey notes provide a nice contrast. A beer worth picking up.

Jun 12, 2014
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3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by BuckyBeerBeaver from Canada (ON)

X Porter (“XP”) is a collaboration between Midtfyns Bryghus and Brouwerij De Molen of the Netherlands. The beer comes in a brown 500 ml bottle and is 8.0% alcohol with a best before date of April 15, 2015.

XP is a beautiful looking beer, an opaque black colour with a monster 3” chocolate milk coloured head produced with a slightly aggressive pour. The head lingered for about 5 minutes before settling down into a 1/8” cap of foam leaving some modest lacing in its wake. Its aroma is of black licorice, European style dark chocolate and dark roast coffee. The taste is best described as an overpowering combination of black licorice, bitter dark chocolate, bitter dark roast coffee and smoke. The first three linger on throughout the sampling and never clear…as a result I'm struggling to finish the bottle. XP's mouth feel is rich and creamy, reinforced by a soft carbonation and full body. The beer is quite heavy and more than one per sitting would be too much. Given the strong lingering aftertastes one bottle was one too many for Bucky's taste, despite the fact that XP does have several redeeming qualities. XP sells for $5.95 per 500 ml bottle.

Apr 14, 2014
4 by deonreds from New York on Apr 12, 2014
4 by polloenfuego from Canada (NB) on Mar 20, 2014
4.5 by Molson2000 from Canada (ON) on Feb 07, 2014
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3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by hopsolutely from Canada (ON)

A beautiful looking beer that pours an inky black with a densely packed chocolate coloured head. That head disappears quickly leaving less lacing than expected, but still an attractive pour.

Barrel-forward aroma has lots of funk to compliment the caramelized and dark roasted malts. The flavour is sharper and strikes me as less well balanced, with an earthy edge that has more tannins than I'd choose for this style. A nice coffee bitterness finishes along with some harsher tones.

Feb 01, 2014
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4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by BGDrock from Canada (ON)

Appearance: incredibly deep, dark brown, with a beautiful milk chocolate head lingering for ages with lace draping

Aroma: dark chocolate, but not too bitter; anise, but more rich and deep than you often get; touches of dark fruit, coffee; lot's going on

Taste & Mouthfeel: loads of creamy, rich espresso flavour, with chocolate coming through strong in the finish and a fine undercurrent of bitterness from the roast that actually compliments the fuller flavours and lends an almost fruity aspect - like chocolate covered cherries; smooth body makes it feel light, although maybe a touch too thin; some hints of vanilla and molasses

Overall: a truly stunning porter, with a flowing, deep river of flavour and incredibly gentle and luxurious feel

Jan 01, 2014
3.75 by byronic from Canada (ON) on Dec 04, 2013
3.75 by AugustusRex from Canada (ON) on Dec 03, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by ludachris from Canada (ON)

Two fingers of dense and creamy tan coloured head sits on top of its jet black body. As it slowly recedes, thick stripes of lace stick to the glass. This is a big looking porter.

Syrupy raisins and dates lie at its core. Sweet chocolate encases them, giving the impression of Glossetes. The roasted barley character has a smoky edge to it. This rounds it out and gives it some more depth but the sticky dark fruits are the ones that steal the show.

Soft vanilla comes in the picture now, running parallel to the sweet dark chocolate that is present from beginning to end. Its roastiness isn't nearly as pronounced as its sweetness but carries with it a bit of a twang and adds a touch of dryness to the finish. Similar to the nose, the raisins and dates lie at the center. They're a bit syrupy and their sweetness matches the chocolate quality of the beer. As it warms, a quick flash of sweet alcohol grazes the tongue in the finish.

This Porter is quite clean with every flavour well integrated and well rounded. Its body is medium to full with a creamy backing. There's a touch of dryness in the finish but it doesn't change much from the beginning.

I thoroughly enjoyed this Porter from beginning to end. It wasn't too heavy but it packed lots of flavour. More than anything, I was surprised with how clean it came off. Another winner from the Netherlands.

Nov 30, 2013
3.5 by jmkoscie from Canada (ON) on Nov 28, 2013
4.25 by peensteen from Canada (ON) on Nov 27, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mtomlins from Canada (ON)

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Deep, dark brown, clear at the edges. Big creamy head (2+ fingers), persistent.

S: Deep sweet malt, roasted malt, biscuits and bread; dried fruits; dark and juicy (if you can say that about a smell?).

T: A deep, rich character, dark roasted malt, bitterness and dark chocolate.

M: Medium high body, medium carbonation; thick, creamy.

O: A really nice example of a big porter. Lots of sweetness from the malts and dry bitterness from the hops and hard roasting.

Nov 27, 2013
3 by TerryW from Canada (ON) on Nov 14, 2013
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4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

From notes.

A - Poured black with two fingers of mocha head. Mild carbonation coming up to a dense and thick creamy head. No real lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Chocolate, some dark fruits, roast, leather, some alcohol.

T - Sweet with roast. Dark fruit, coffee, chocolate. Quite chocolatey up front then a slightly off or tart dark fruit note comes out. Maybe prune. Lot's of dark malt and chocolate.

M - Mild carbonation, full body, dark fruit finish that is pretty clean with a bit of dryness.

O/D - A nice beer. Complex, tasty, worth a try. Different from other examples of the style and easy to drink.

Nov 14, 2013
4 by andrenaline from Canada (ON) on Oct 25, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a huge dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with light coffee undertones. Taste is also dominated by some lightly sweet black chocolates notes, with light coffee and dry roasted malt notes. Body has a nice creamy texture with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed but though it was slightly lacking in character.

Oct 23, 2013
3 by cfalovo97 from Canada (ON) on Oct 22, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by beerluvr from Canada (ON)

Pours black as night, deep brown and finely bubbled long lasting head. Opaque black in the glass, sherry and dark fruit nose. Roasty malt with background fruit flavors then hops...finishes long, roasty and malty. Very good example and very well made.

Oct 21, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

500 ml bottle picked up from LCBO for about $6 CDN. Left to sit out for about 30-40 minutes before enjoying

Appearance - Black as night, pretty much blots out the sun. Titanic 4 finger of head yielded with a slightly aggressive pour. Massive dark tan (almost brown) head is mountainous and fluffy and lingers for a long while. Copious amount of lacing left on the glass. Formation of the head just takes off with an aggressive pour.

Smell - Big time unprocessed chocolate, black licorice and coffee scents. Faint fruit notes such as plum and raisin. Some smoke is present was well. Big nose and repeated whiffs yield an identity in the black licorice.

Taste- Massive licorice on the tip of the tongue transitioning to chocolate and fruit reminiscent of fruits covered in dark chocolate. Coffee, ash and black licorice again on the backburner. Very strong flavors overall and work together in a reasonably good manner. Fruit notes in particular are more subdued in taste than they are on the nose.

Mouthfeel - Very rich and creamy feeling, less than 1/4 into the pint, I know this beer will almost act as dinner, such is the filling nature of this porter. Quite smooth, aided by medium / low carbonation with a medium finish.The beer is quite heavy is a one beer per sitting type of beer.

Overall - Very glad I tried it since it was unique and quite tasty, and warmed me on this cold wet October day. Nonetheless for the price I can't see myself purchasing this regularly (if it were even available regularly) although was definitely worth the try. For those loving porters ,s touts and other good winter beers I recommend you pick a bottle up.

Oct 18, 2013
3.75 by valianes from Canada (ON) on Oct 16, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

500ml bottle poured into tulip 12/10/13, cheers Liam for sending the bottle

A the darkest brown with a deep cola edge, three fingers of brown foam quickly falls to a thick film and stays there leaving lots of random lace deep down the glass

S sour plum, raisins, chocolate, coffee, faint smoke, coco powder, hint of licorice, and maybe just a little cherry and tobacco

T chocolate covered fruit, sightly sour, more coffee then the nose, chocolate syrup and a little char, tasty stuff

M silky on the way in, not quite creamy, slick on the palate, sticky on the lips, well concealed booze and fruity char lingers on the finish

O well rounded stuff that I'd drink again no questions asked, great example of the style, rich and too easy to drink

About what I expected and I could have a couple more without getting board, well suited for this chilly afternoon

Oct 12, 2013
4 by maltyb from Canada (ON) on Oct 09, 2013
4 by WeissBoy from Canada (ON) on Oct 06, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Digimaika2 from Canada (ON)

(4.25) A: Dark chestnut brown with a very tall and creamy head that has a chocolate milk appearance. Excellent retention with evident lacing.

(4.0) S: Fruity and floral with lighter citrus and tropical fruits noticeable. Secondary aromas of roasted malt with nice dark fruits and lighter cocoa.

(3.75) T: Similar to aroma with quite a fruity and floral focused taste. Roasted malt elements of dark fruits (raisins, plums) and bitter cocoa. An interesting (and appealing) funky creamy blue cheese flavour towards the back end (must be a Danish thing). Slightly smoky. Quite dry with a bittersweet taste.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Creamy and rich with a slight chalky texture.

(3.75) D: A solid porter with a nice fruity and floral mix. The blue cheese taste that I could detect however is a bit odd and I’m still undecided on it. Nevertheless, worthy of a purchase.

Oct 03, 2013
3.75 by HATS4BATS from Canada (ON) on Oct 03, 2013
4 by yancot from Canada (ON) on Oct 01, 2013
4.25 by RedAleMan from Canada (ON) on Sep 29, 2013
4 by jsnoek from Canada (ON) on Sep 28, 2013
4.25 by liamt07 from Canada (ON) on Sep 27, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by biegaman from Canada (ON)

X Porter sounds like a mysterious beer and, indeed, it pours an opaque, inky black tone that surrenders not a single highlight against the light; it's a dark force if I ever seen one! Even its head is of a brownish tone, its dark lacing gives the glass a somber, bistered tone.

The aroma smells like the darkest chocolate I've ever bought or, just as accurately, a coffee pot that hasn't been cleaned in a week. It is a strong, bitter and, frankly, astringent bouquet that has notes of cream, hazelnut, black tea, and licorice root.

It's hard to tell at first whether this is the flavour of a barbecue or a bakeshop; it has a definitively roasty, mesquite-like taste but also sweeter notes of milk chocolate, coffee and pastry. Still, it may taste bitter for the first little while until one becomes accustomed.

The aftertaste is something familiar to every old Greek or Italian man; whether arguing politics or playing chess, these bitter espresso and/or Sambuca- or Ouzo-like notes are practically a right of passage in those cultures. Add a few dominoes or a deck of cards and this beer would be right at home in the streets of Athens or Roma. It's acquired yet eternal, strong yet sapid.

There's nothing sacred about definition - you can define a style how you like. In this case, De Molen and Midtfyns Bryghus have made a porter that doesn't really fit any classification; its mesquite-like roast, spicy hoppiness and dark chocolatey maltiness are an interesting combination. X Porter is a collaboration both breweries should be proud to claim as their own.

Sep 26, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by mick303 from Canada (ON)

Collaboration between De Molen and Midtfyns. Poured into a tulip this has a solid couple fingers of dense light brown head. After this fades off the film is a rich pretty coffee colour. Really solid retention and lacing. Colour is jet black. 4.25

S – thick rich notes of licorice, black malt, some caramel-like apple notes, cinnamon, subtle coffee and woody notes. Some leather notes, coriander, cigar ash, and roast meat. 3.75

T – a bitter start with some spice and citrus, then more hearty lemon, dark cocoa, apple fruits and lots of licorice in there. Also picking up some caramel, slight earthy/dirt notes, lots of oily hop character, dry woody smoke with some salt. Definitely has some hearty log cabin/campfire attributes, and the warmth off this is quite nice on a cold nice. Very full and filling/warming as it goes down, leaving a slight dry malty aftertaste. Balance is good, this has more bitterness and alcohol spice to it than a mild porter, has some oomph to it and is also very tasty. 4

M – big bodied, smooth malty profile, little carbonation and alcohol presence but there is some noticeable earthy and spicey character to it all wound together. Big all round feel but it doesn’t feel heavy, more a slugger with a certain lightness of step, possibly from the lively licorice flavor and lots of bitterness. 4.25

A quite solid, spicy strong porter, lots of earthy, spice, and smoky flavor with a balanced body and it remains interesting and sipable all night. Another really impressive beer from these guys, I was throw initially by the strong bitter licorice, but it really grew on me. 4

Sep 24, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jrenihan from Canada (ON)

BB April 15, 2015

Beer is black with a large tan coloured head. Good retention.

Nose contains a lot of chocolate, roasted malt. While that is very typical stout/porter, there is an additional scent that is a bit hard to place but makes this beer smell quite different. Perhaps a mix of caramel and some fruit. A very heavy and thick scent.

Taste is not as thick as the nose predicted. Bitter chocolate, roasted malt, caramel. There is a thinness to the beer that is surprising, and brings along a flavour that is hard for me to describe. I get a very slight bit of tart cherry, pretty minimal. Moderately bitter.

Full bodied, but with a notable thin, watery feel accompanying it. Doesn't really detract somehow. Low carbonation level.

Overall, quite good indeed.

Sep 23, 2013
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