Mørke - Pumpernickel Porter
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Baltic Porter
Ranked #32
Ranked #5,005
4.14 | pDev: 7.25%
Nov 23, 2020
Oct 09, 2009
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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Rated by walt5 from Delaware

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Much more like an Imperial stout.
Nov 23, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by sourlinus from Massachusetts

Jun 26, 2016
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Reviewed by FBGordon from Oregon

3.52/5  rDev -15%
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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Reviewed by moose1980 from Germany

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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
Rated: 4.37 by dcmchew from Romania

Oct 31, 2015
Rated: 4 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation

Sep 22, 2015
Rated: 3.94 by Gkruszewski from New York

Sep 04, 2015
Rated: 4.15 by Ciocanelu from Romania

Jul 08, 2015
Rated: 4.12 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Jun 23, 2015
Rated: 4.69 by JiminKY from Kentucky

Mar 22, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by tykechandler from Kentucky

Mar 19, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Feb 06, 2015
Rated: 4 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Nov 19, 2014
Rated: 4 by Farinag16447 from Florida

Nov 02, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Oct 26, 2014
Rated: 4.17 by CaptDavyJones from New York

Oct 17, 2014
Rated: 4 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

Oct 14, 2014
Rated: 4.2 by Johnct from New York

Sep 30, 2014
Rated: 4 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Sep 01, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by BeerBeast from Florida

Aug 25, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by potownbill from New York

Jun 27, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Maillard from Ohio

Jun 03, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by pester from California

May 02, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Kroehny_Loves_Hops from Australia

May 02, 2014
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Reviewed by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
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
Rated: 4.25 by afsdan from Colorado

Mar 23, 2014
Rated: 4 by meatyard from Florida

Mar 16, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by jaymo18 from Virginia

Feb 19, 2014
Rated: 4 by pin from Australia

Feb 15, 2014
Rated: 4 by Eric908 from South Dakota

Jan 31, 2014
Rated: 4 by jaydoc from Kansas

Oct 26, 2013
Rated: 4 by Kmat10 from Canada (AB)

Oct 26, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by FadetoBock from Canada (AB)

Oct 22, 2013
Rated: 4 by polishkaz from Connecticut

Oct 10, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by emerge077 from Illinois

Oct 08, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by ryanpj from Illinois

Sep 29, 2013
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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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