Mørke - Pumpernickel Porter
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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #27
Ranked #3,620
4.15 | pDev: 7.23%
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Mørke - Pumpernickel PorterMørke - Pumpernickel Porter
Notes: Brewed in collaboration with Shelton Brothers. Lots of rye malt and spices inspired by the dark German bread.
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FBGordon from Florida

3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle into a room temperature snifter.

A: Pours opaque with a thick khaki head that maintains well and laces beautifully throughout.

S: Some notes of coffee and chocolate take a back seat to hops, fennel and rye, making it spicy in the nose.

T: Some roast up front, with coffee and a little chocolate afterwards, move quickly to a little hop bitterness and dry bready flavors of rye and fennel, but without being overpowering. All of the notes come together and leave a pleasant roast aftertaste.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation, the rye and fennel notes lend a little bit of astrigency to the beer, but it is not unpleasant.

O: A well-balanced and novel approach to the style, the rye and fennel add to the hop bitterness, leaving you with a big Baltic porter that flirts with the Russian Imperial Stout style.

Apr 07, 2016
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moose1980 from Germany

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with some dark brown edges and a dense, three-finger, cappuccino-like head that dissipated extremely slowly. Big bubbles with moderate lacing.

S - Lives up to the name. Bready, roasted malts. A very peaty, earthy aroma is also present. It all works well together, with a heavy pepperiness to it.

T - Rye bread upfront, followed by a moderate liquorice flavor. The fennel really lingers, and although enjoyable, I felt like paired with food it would be better (I tried a few different cheeses, which didn't quite seem to work. Switched to a complementary bread, which really intensified the spices.)

M - Mouthfeel was moderately thick, with a dry, bitter aftertaste.

O - Overall, a really nice beer. However, I would recommend sharing the half litre bottle, as the spices are quite pronounced (although I would say this is the beer's strength, as it is a 'pumpernickel porter' after all.)

Feb 21, 2016
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml split with Kevin. Label states that it's brewed with rye and fennel seed.

A - Dark brown body, nearly black but some clarity is noticeable. Nice fluffy cloud of beige head retains great at about a half-finger, nice lace too.

S - Good amount of roast, definitely getting a dark bread vibe there as well. Chocolate, licorice, spices. Some nutty and coffee tones along with some hoppiness. A touch on the tame side but pretty nice.

T - More chocolate/sweetness forward, though still a decent amount of roast and some smokiness there as well. Less so than the nose, it doesn't really scream 'pumpernickel' to me, but the fennel seed/licorice is definitely there along with some other various spices. Still some hop action there as well (grass/pine).

M - Somewhat high carbonation for the style, bitterness makes this somewhat of a sipper, body is fine overall. Flavors are intense enough to maybe mistake this for an imperial stout, but the feel itself retains its porter-ness.

O - While I'm not sure it exactly delivers as a pumpernickel beer, it is still a solid porter-leaning-towards-stout, the fennel and spice elements add a unique touch.

Apr 29, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black with a healthy, fine, two finger brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Good aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate and a touch of spicy rye. Flavor is smooth milk and dark chocolate, toasted malt with a hint of char, mild toffee. Finishes with very mellow blended dark malt, chocolate, char and light hop bitterness. Nice medium creamy body. Wow, a beautifully balanced and well integrated porter. The malts are some variety of chocolate malt that is great. Deceptively smooth and mellow mannered, but with interesting additional light flavors of char and light rye spiciness. Really nice. Stumbled on this on a trip and hope to find another bottle.

Apr 03, 2014
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown/black with two fingers of frothy mocha head.

Smell - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, spicy rye, cocoa.

Taste - Bold roasted malts, spicy rye notes, a hint of licorice flavour (from the fennel seed).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A porter that sits right on the borderline between stout and porter territory. Very nice roasted malt flavour with the rye and fennel seeds to accompany. Perfect companion for the changing seasons in Alberta.

Sep 23, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. It's officially fall, so time to tackle the pumpkin and darker beers in earnest.

This beer pours a solid black, with very slight basal cola edges, and three pudgy fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly creamy beige head, which leaves some nice layered webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bittersweet chocolate, grainy, bready, and lightly spicy wheat and caramelized barley malt, cafe au lait, a bit of demarara sugar, and mild earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more big cocoa sweetness, day-old coffee, caramel malt, tamely spicy rye grain, dark sugar, a bit of tangy anise, and some earthy, floral, and perfumed hops.

The bubbles are good and plenty, the body a solid medium weight, fairly smooth, and decidedly creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, chocolatey, softly Eastern European bakery in its breadiness, and indistinct in its hoppiness.

An agreeable porter, big and brash, chocolate up the yin and the yang. What I'm not really seeing, hearing (?), smelling, and tasting, is the pumpernickel, beyond a timid rye participant in the overall malt interplay. Ah well, still good for what it is, though, and not for what I thought it might be, I suppose.

Sep 21, 2013
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ADZA from Australia

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's been a while my friend and man you look impressive not in a gay way just pure admiration dark kola hue with a khaki laced three finger creamy head and clingy lacing everywhere very good looking,dark chocolate,rye and hops are the main aromas and the mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation the tastes are dark chocolate,bready bready malts,rye,spice and finished with a herbal hoppiness and overall it's a very unique drop that I'd buy again cheers.

Sep 12, 2013
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brewcrew76 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - deep brown, black cola appearance with a velvet mocha head. Lots of dotted lacing.

S - bready, bitter sweet chocolate, rye bread, roasted malt sometimes verging on burnt, hints of cola.

T - bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, similar burnt notes as aroma, rye bread, light spice, roasted nuts, light smokey leather.

M - medium to full with low carbonation.

D - very tasty. Baltic porter with rye and spice replacing dark fruits.

Sep 03, 2013
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AgentMunky from New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mikkeller bar in SF.

A dark beer with scattered lacing that is opaque and matte.

It smells like sweet cocoa.

It tastes amazing. Spicy and deep and roasted and really malty. Rich and deep and chocolatey and amazing. Highly recommended. Would have again. And again?

Mouthfeel is round then dry.

Jul 19, 2013
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CowsandBeer from Nebraska

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle received as a gift from the best bistro/coffee shop in Topeka, KS! Thanks Jayson!

Appearance: A gentle pore from a 16 oz bottle into a Boulevard tulip resulted in two fingers of fizzy, dark brown reddish head. Beautiful black body. Eventually the head reduced itself to a tan ring; a swirl turned it into a nice thick cap. Great legs.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, coffee beans and brown sugar. Black liquorice and toasted rye bread.

Taste: More of those nice roasty dark malts and brown sugar. Spicy rye. Sweet, toasted bread. Bready finish. No heat. Why not? Some pumpernickel bread.

Mouthfeel: Slick and sticky. A thicker mouthfeel would not be a bad idea. Sufficient as it is.

Overall: Would have gone great with some blue cheese! Pleasantly surprised as I was not expecting much. The addition of the rye is what really made the beer for me. Loved the label artwork. Recommended.

Jul 19, 2013
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a pint glass. no bottling date.

Pours a very dark brown, close to black color with a milky inch thick beige head. Very attractive appearance. Off rye aromas on the scent, but not much there honestly. taste is where this one hits home...AMAZINGLY smooth and drinkable. chocolate up front , sweet chocolate not dark, rye in the back, not overpowering but its there. extremely good on the palate. wow im in love. creamy and smooth, no alcohol at all. so easy to drink.

overall im thoroughly impressed and say this one borders on world class. its a desert, a real treat. the bottle artwork is what drew me to this one and im so happy i bought it. amazing beer.

Jun 18, 2013
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IPA35 from Netherlands

4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A flawless looking beer. Deep, dark brown with a creamy, light tan head that pour big but settles as a nice and creamy one finger head. Lacing is there. Drinking it still leaves a thin creamy head.

Smells nice and interesting. A chocolate forward beer. Nutty, a little 'earthy'. And off the smell this seems to be a reasonably sweet beer. It is slightly different though, I am sure this is the rye. I never really had a rye beer but I can get a form of spiciness most people speak about with rye. This beer has invited me to try more rye beers.

A very very pleasant beer. Nice and balanced. Sweet, chocolaty, caramel, a little spicey and a light roastiness.
No distinct hop aroma's but this beer is nearly three years old, probably the oldest beer I've had by far.

Overall a delicious brew. I don't know about ryebread (pumpernickel), I never eat that (I will seek it out now thanks to this beer), but Dutch ryebread is very different anyway.

Mouthfeel, by the way, is nice and creamy. Medium I'd say with low carbonation.

If you can still find this beer, seek it out as it is good.


As it warms up the spices come out more. Giving it a slight liquorice aroma, added to the ones I mentioned earlier. Good stuff!

Jun 01, 2013
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No bottle date that I could find. Pretty fresh.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a big, dense medium brown head. Head fades away very slowly - amazing head retention. Thick, almost solid walls of lacing.

S: Lots of smoke and rye. Quite spicy with the rye in fact. Decent roasted malt with char and a touch of chocolate. Decent impersonation of burnt pumpernickel bread.

T: Some char with hints of sweet chocolate up front. Lots of rye. Has sweet caramel backing it all up. Some smoke as it heads towards the middle with some more spicy rye. Smoke is a little more acrid here in the finish, standing mostly alone with just hints of rye. Drying smoky finish.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. A touch dry from the acrid smoke in the finish.

O: Rye is a nice addition to a pretty traditional porter. A little too smoky for my tastes though it isn't overpowering. Just kinda masks the spiciness that I was really looking for. Mouthfeel is good, nice and creamy and slick. Overall quite a good and easy-drinking porter.

Feb 13, 2013
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chubby2u from New York

4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I didn't taste any pumpernickle whatsoever, but this was one of most balanced, tasty porters i've ever had. Nice and chocolately, great mouthfeel, not too thick, not too thin, hints of coffee. Just a really great choice if you are in the mood for a porter.

Jan 18, 2013
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice and thick, dark and viscous, and with a 1/2 inch of cocoa colored head/

S - Has a weird boozy aspect to the smell which I assume is pumpernickel, mild roasts, and maybe some chocolate. The pumpernickel smells rather spicy.

T - Taste of a well balanced porter. Slightly chalky mostly balanced roast sweetness. Not getting much pumpernickel but it still taste balanced and delicious.

M - Medium bodied, chewy, and creamy. Good porter.

Overall I got this for 5 bucks and even though its no different than most Baltic porters it drinks world class.

Nov 25, 2012
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Mora2000 from Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to barzigkin for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and roasted malt in it, as expected. The flavor is a bit different. There are still a lot of porter qualities such as the chocolate and roasted malt, but there is also a spiciness and a pumpernickel character which goes very well. The alcohol is definitely noticeable. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Aug 05, 2012
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falloutsnow from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors
No bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass

Enjoyed shortly after the Ølfabrikken Porter, and on that side-by-side comparison, I didn't think Mørke was as good a beer. On its own, it features solid roasted, chocolate, and dark bread notes, but lacks the actual pumpernickel components it purports to have. Also, compared to the Ølfabrikken, it was not as robust with flavor, which I enjoy. Still, one I'd revisit if I found a fresh bottle.

Pours a 2cm head of small to medium-sized bubbles, which has above average retention as it descends over a few minutes, leaving modest lacing along the sides of the glass. Eventually, head settles to a thin cap atop the body. Drink itself is dark brown or black in color that allows no light to pass through it.

Aroma is not as strong as expected, with some modest roasted malt, chocolate, and caramelized sugar sweetness. Not detecting pumpernickel bread or the spices mentioned, which is a bit disappointing.

Taste has roasted malt and milk chocolate tones, alongside some caramelized sugar and mild dark fruit sweetness from the malt and yeast esters. Good, but not great; not as robust as I'd expect a baltic porter to be.

Beer's body has medium levels of carbonation with a medium weight; not watery around the edges at all. Resultant mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy, with a semi-dry finish and just a bit of stickiness from sugars. No ethanol detected.

Jun 10, 2012
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rtepiak from Poland

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a personal favorite... if you can come across it, like baltics, and want to spend the scandinavian price tag. all the notes you would expect out of a good baltic porter but the quality of this brew is key in its breadiness. body is glorious. beautiful yeast resilience. this is a density that carries everything alone so nicely. nice mesquite. meatiness, molasses that doesn't dominate like a lot of the porters i've had from the region. nice and dry mineral heavy. again this beer is quite earthy yet balanced and malt complex that no one quality is particularly dominating. balance of bitterness, minerality, smoke, molasses, leather, apple pie, and fluff. the beer is held in a time lock with the use of the minerals causing complete stagnation. but its has life in the 'pumpernickel' richness. yes... baltic porter drinkers, the six of you out there... this is a must.

Apr 17, 2012
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superspak from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Gusher upon opening. Pours pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense and creamy tan head with amazing retention that reduces to a nice thick cap that lasts that whole glass. Some beautiful dense soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, toasted malt, dark biscuit, prune, raisin, herbal spiciness, light smoke, and coffee. Nice and well balanced aromas with decent strength and complexity. Taste of big chocolate, molasses, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, toasted biscuit, raisin, prune, coffee, herbal spiciness, and light smoke. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, coffee, toasted biscuit, and light smoke on the finish for a while. Very robust flavors, with great balance and complexity. Medium carbonation and medium body; with a huge creamy and slick mouthfeel that is wonderful. Alcohol is completely hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all at 7.5%. Overall this is a seriously delicious porter. Great robust and balanced flavors; with an awesome mouthfeel that is super smooth to drink.

Apr 06, 2012
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost black with a dense, dark chestnut froth that lasts a few minutes, leaving only a slight lacing.

The aroma contains chocolate syrup and some roasted coffee beans. This one opens nicely but fades to reveal some astringency while there is a faint background of Kahlua.

While it may be subliminal suggestion, I do think there is pumpernickel to be found. Chocolate syrup is clear. Unfortunately, astringency comes out with warmth and lingers. The finish has a mild bitterness.

Carbonation is sharper than expected from the style while the body is medium and alcohol is as expected.

This one is better with food, but still not what I have come to expect from a porter.

Mar 03, 2012
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep, dark black color, opaque, tan head that poured nicely but resulted in only a veil of bubbles
S: full nose, strong, roasted malt with earthy graininess, dark chocolate
T: full flavored, dark roasted malt with burnt qualities, nice hop balance with no over-the-top bitterness, slightly cloying in finish but not distracting
M: deep, roasted taste, full and rounded

Dec 29, 2011
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warnerry from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure of bottling date. I have been unintentionally cellaring this, probably for about a year.

A - A bit of a gusher on opening. Pours a black with three fingers of dense brown head. Head has amazing retention.

S - Wonderful aroma. Chocolate with a bit of sweetness, dark heavy bread, rye, a bit of caramel and molasses.

T - Chocolate and cocoa with some rye spiciness, and dark bread, and some hop bitterness on the finish. Not quite as good as the smell, but very enjoyable.

M - Medium mouthfeel that has a nice creaminess. Some dryness and bitterness on the finish.

O - Very enjoyable Baltic porter. Nice and creamy. Would definitely get this again.

Dec 28, 2011
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Liquid is black as night, and the head is a creamy, bubbly, tightly-wrapped tan thing...almost looks like mocha-toffee ice cream. Big tan blurbs of lace on the glass.

Aroma is next to godliness. Dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate, toffee, dark wheat bread, smoke, spices that are tough to identify but clearly at work...all mingled together in perfect measure.

This beer captures the pumpernickel vibe well enough...lays heavy on the chocolate (in a good way), and the hops lend their uniquely bitter twist to the overall taste. All found in the aroma is here on the tongue, although the spices could have been slightly louder. Smokiness and the sourness of plum lay extra layers into the taste. Bitter mineral finish, which does not mask the more savory elements of the taste that also linger a good while.

Super smooth and velvety, although not what I would call creamy. Largely because the body isn't a heavy one, but this texture comes with a terrific caress that does not leave me wanting. In fact, it's the most pleasurable aspect of this beer.

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Dec 24, 2011
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into 20cl Mikkeller stemware at the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen, Denmark. Reviewed from notes. The price was 35 DKK.

A: Pours a half finger head of tan colour, lovely cream and thickness, and abysmal retention - even considering the high ABV. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Cream, roast, coffee, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and a tinge of spice. A mild strength aroma.

T: Spice, roast, caramel, coffee, etc. The vanilla is buried but present. Complex and suitable for the style. Well built and balanced. Cream is present on the finish - a nice touch. Structurally sound.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a bit sharp. Thick to support its flavours and ABV. Coarse on the climax to bring out the flavour a bit more. I'd like more coarseness and dryness though; this might just be the stout fan in me.

Dr: Relatively high ABV, good drinkability, and a high price.

Dec 07, 2011
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cooch69 from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came in a 1/2 liter tall bottle.

The pour on this beer is gorgeous. The head is at least three fingers and is a semi dark tan color. The beer itself is a really dark brown, almost approaching black.

The nose has leafy hops and dark roasty malts. A little hint of leather in the nose as well. The aroma hints that this brew is semi sweet rather than completely dry.

Taste is a bit different in that it's not nearly as bitter as I thought it would be. It does'nt seem as though a ton of hops are used, rather just bitter dark roasted malts.
The malts are really roasty and toasty and there is quite a bit of a sourdough character in this. All of those exotic malts add a really nice slightly sour hint and a rich spiciness. Lots of fresh roasted coffe notes in here to.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid as well. Semi creamy. And the body is lower full.

This one really made me happy. I was split on my decision to try this one and I'm glad that I decided to.

Nov 01, 2011
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 185 ratings