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Mørke - Pumpernickel PorterMørke - Pumpernickel Porter

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Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration with Shelton Brothers. Lots of rye malt and spices inspired by the dark German bread.

Added by popery on 10-09-2009

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Photo of codewarrior
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL singleton into a snifter.

Let me preface this by saying that I've never considered myself a Porter person, in fact I've never really understood why you would make a porter when you could make a stout. It just seems sort of half-assed by comparison. That being said, there are a lot of Porters around this winter, and I've been surprised to find a few fully-assed bottles. This guy is no excption.

L: Geyser on uncapping. Pours deep black with 1-finger thick stouty head.

S: Deep in the nose. Deep. Up front it's sweet, fading into a bitter rye middle that goes on and on. Boozy swirl in the finish.

T: Sweet into a huge rye middle. From there the bottom drops out and plunges into a bitter rye with lasting booze/bitter in the finish. I didn't know this style was capable of this depth or complexity.

F: Great feel, if only a touch thin.

D: Yay for my mouth! Yay for my soul!

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Photo of brentk56
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a fudgy brown chocolate with a massive cap that leaves a dancing pattern of squiggles around the glass

Smell: Pumpernickel bread and dark chocolate, along with hints of rye and citrusy hops

Taste: Opens with a pumpernickel bread and chocolate character that adds a spicy rye element by mid-palate; after the swallow, the spicy flavors persist and, to some extent, push the bread and chocolate to the sidelines in the finish; tobacco in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very impressive, though I would not have called it a Baltic Porter; another one of those beers that defies a style but is still very, very good

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Photo of chubby2u
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of generallee
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint .9oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a list of ingredients and the abv% (7.5).

Appearance: On top of a very dark brown to black body sits a tall thick and very creamy head. The tan colored head hangs on forever and makes lots of thick sticky lacing that coast the glass.

Smell: The aroma is wonderful and inviting right from the poop of the cap. It is full of rich chocolately and dark bready maltiness with a hint of black licorice.

Taste/Palate: Not to be outdone by the aroma its medium to full body is packed with tasty chocolate like maltiness with dark roasted notes and dark bready rye malt flavors. I am also picking up some light hints of black licorice or star anise, as well as a very slight hint of caraway seed. All of this is wrapped up in pleasant mellow boozy warmth that blends right into the finish with some nice earthy hop flavor and moderate bitterness. The palate is maybe a touch light but still very enjoyable and smooth.

Notes: This porter is outstanding in my opinion and would definitely recommend it. I will also have to seek it out again as it was the last bottle at the beer store and it has not been restocked.

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Photo of BigMike
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed and bottled by Beer Here at Nøgne ø Grimstad, Norway

A: Pours pitch black with one of the creamiest heads ive ever seen that's light brown in color and is just clinging to the glass like crazy. A really really gorgeous looking beer.

S: Tons of deep dark roasted malts. Rum soaked pumpernickle drizzled with milk chocolate. Some noticable alcohol.

T: Lots of chocolate. Some vanilla and dark breadiness. Roasted coffee in the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is right on. Medium to full bodied with spot on carbonation. Super smooth and creamy.

Overall: Judging from the two beers I've had from them. This along with Dark Hops. Beer Here is easily one of my favorite breweries. Mørke is easily one of my top beers from 2010.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the bottle (foaming like nobody's business!) a very dark sable, only a whisker above black, with a very thick, fine-bubbled, light beige head. Rich aroma is smoky with an overtone of fresh pumpernickel bread and hints of malt and molasses. Mouth-filling flavor is like liquid pumpernickel with mocha and molasses undertones and just a teeny hint of hops and a whisper of sweetness. Lively, fizzy texture is fairly smooth and leaves a nice tingle.

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Photo of boston2bburg
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty damn dark and opaque with a dark tan head, fine bubbles which clump on the glass.

Tremendous depth to the aroma, with creamy caramel and toffee melding into fresh rye bread, pastry, and some black pepper at the end. Christmas pudding and and pumpernickel round it out. Spices enhance, but its hard to pick them out. Port-like undertones.

Very creamy, dextrinous, slick mouthfeel makes the caramel, chocolate, and dark bread flavors pop. Spicing is faint but brightens it up further. A touch of roastiness balances moreso than any hops. Dark raisin/plum flavors poke out with warmth. Carbonation is slight, letting the flavors linger on the palate longer. Could use a bit more bite, but makes for a highly drinkable beer. Alcohol warms subtly. Definitely check it out.

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Photo of mikey711
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was looking to try something different and was recommended this by the fine people of Oak Tree

A: Thick syrupy black with an inch and a half thick layer of tight brown head. Lacing is excellent.

S: Heavy chocolate notes followed by roast. I guess that unusual spice is pumpernickel and very pleasant.

T: Big roasty note up front that leads into a big chocolate note that leads into some breadiness and pumpernickel. All the flavors go extremely well together. The chocolate dominates a little but the finish is distinctly pumpernickel

M: Rich flavors, full bodied, milky and creamy. Everything about it is right

D: Very easy to drink, and the uniqueness of it seperates it from many beers in my opinion. Could I have this everyday, probably not, but is it an excellent porter, yes. I believe this would go great with food, just not sre what exactly. Someone ponder that for me.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, dense deep-tan head with excellent retention that never sets down and clings to the walls is underlain by apparently opaque dark brown body with ruby highlights when held to the light. Aroma is dark malts with chocolate character, rich non-roasted malt sweetness with caramel notes, leather, esters of prune, plum and black currant, red wine qualities and sporadic traces of fennel. The initial sweet flavor with notes of dark fruit is quickly replaced by dark malt roastiness leading into the slightly dry finish with roast coffee aftertaste. Soft carbonation is trapped within the thick, viscous body with smooth texture. (500 ml, batch 515 with freshness date 17. June 2014, into tulip.)

In short, a roasty-sweet Baltic Porter verging on Imperial Stout.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/black with a dark brown head that quickly fades.

Nose is all "black" scents-deep sugared black coffee/espresso; burnt maple syrup; dark carmel; black chocolate with hints of bing cherries; sugared whiskey/cognac and coffee-port.
Great nose.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick and with nice cream character.

Flavors are just flat out huge black coffee, black dark chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate syrup with undertones of bing cherries, bourbon and port.

Finish is all black espresso, bold, sugared and rich.

This is one nice porter (although tastes full on stout to me). You feel like your drinking liquid rich flavorful Russian pumpernickel with all the black molasses character that's indicative of such a bread. A real winner if you like big, bold and rich coffee/chocolate brews.

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Photo of IPA35
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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Photo of cvfish
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a dark brown color that produced a huge fluffy tan head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer roasted malts, bitter coffee, chocolate, and a spice that I could not pinpoint, but I would guess is the pumpernickel

T - Since pumpernickel is a form of rye, there was a nice addition of the rye to a porter, but was very flavorful mix of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and then bit of iced coco

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a smooth, medium bodied with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer was great, I hope others have access to this beer, this was great and looking forward to hording many of these beers

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Photo of SwartzCr
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a nice dark tan head that evaporates quickly. The smell is a pleasant dark porter with dark sugary notes. Mouth feel is dry rather than creamy, and the taste is all dark, heavy, oily, and rich. A little sweetness upfront, with a tame aftertaste coming more from the mouth feel than the flavor. Very nice to drink, and very heavy for a 'porter'.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"[This offering] emerged from my desire to create a beer that has the same qualities as dark, savory and sweet pumpernickel bread."

--Christian Skovdal Anderson, brewer and owner of Beer Here

Toasted pumpernickel bread... if it was covered with a thick layer of dark chocolate. Thin highlights of scarlet and gold can be seen along the edges of the glass. The massive and magnificent crown of foam looks just like a coffee milkshake and is doing a wonderful job laying down finely stippled sheets of lace.

The nose smells more like spiced chocolate and coffee sauce rather than any sort of bread. It's an outstanding aroma and should become even bolder once the still thick head has had a chance to melt. Note: it does.

Mr. Anderson is the co-founder of Olfabrikken and has since moved on to create his own company. I'm not sure that Beer Here is a bona fide brewery yet, since this offering was brewed and bottled at Nogne. Oh yeah, it's terrific stuff that is at least as good as Dark Hops. Maybe better.

The nature of the Baltic porter beast is that there's much more bittersweet chocolate and black coffee than is present in pumpernickel bread. As can be seen in the quote, Christian wasn't trying to make the beer taste *exactly* like the bread, he just wanted to give it similar qualities.

The use of rye malt and caraway seeds was an inspired touch, as they add a sensational spiciness to go along with sweet and bitter. Thankfully, tartness is kept to a bare minimum, although there is a hint of citrus that might be due to American hops. This is a tremendous creation that is now (at mid-bottle) allowing me to grant the higher of the two considered taste scores. If this stuff was more available and less expensive, I'd buy it by the case.

The mouthfeel holds up its end with no trouble at all. It's lush and softly creamy, with just enough size for the ABV. Beautifully buried bubbles do yeoman's work behind the scenes, which is pretty much the case with all world-class beer.

From where I sit, on the strength of this beer and Dark Hops, Beer Here has entered the upper echelon of Scandanavian craft brewing, right alongside Olfabrikken and Nogne. Bottom line: Morke Pumpernickel Porter is the first great beer of 2010.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured darker than expected with a thick, stand-still 3" tan head. Fresh smells of Danish rye making me long for days of yore, travels through Europe, stinky cheese and hostel bunks. I feel as if I inhale deep enough, my nose would be greeted with cornmeal and flour dust.

Oh, so yum. As I sip, I ponder the thin line between stout & porter. This is called a porter, but also a stout brewed with spices(?). I guess, technically, it's a thick Baltic-style porter (with ale yeast?) and really, who cares? It's really good. Bready pumpernickle that suggests dark roast coffee and creamy well-crafted dark-as-hell chocolate.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Was a bit of a foamer upon opening.

A- A deep, dark black liquid with just a bit of light coming through at the edges. The brown head is thin but creamy and has some good retention.

S- Sweet dark roasted malt, smoke, and bread. Very aromatic and appealing.

T- Smoke, pumpernickel bread, sweet caramel. The roasted and sweet aspects go nicely together. Unique.

M- Creamy and thick like a milkshake. Perfect.

D- A bit of a sipper but very well executed. I have trouble finding faults in this beer. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of popery
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, rich and dark, Beer Here's Mørke Pumpernickel Porter is a delicious porter with a big roasted malt flavor. The beer pours very dark brown, opaquely black in the glass. There's a thick mocha-colored head that laces the sides of the glass with a mass of bubbles as I drink it. The aroma is sweet, roasted malt but noticeably simpler than the flavor. The flavor is round and full. There are notes of black coffee, dark chocolate, hot cocoa and burnt caramel in the malt. The hops add a hint of earth and minerals. The beer's thick, creamy mouthfeel accentuates the flavor very well. It reminds me quite a bit of a bitter, complex (and cold) cup of hot cocoa. I don't know how it was brewed, how pumpernickel was utilized, but it works exceptionally well. Without knowing the name of the beer, I'm not sure that I'd really pick up on it, but there do seem to be some rich toasted bread flavors and a bit of spicy rye and licorice in the beer. The creamy mouthfeel married with the rich malt flavors is really what makes this beer stand out. Absolutely delicious porter.

I'm calling it a Baltic Porter because Ølfabrikken's is there, but I'm not really sure if that's correct. Also, I have no idea about availability. This beer was brewed at Nøgne Ø.

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Photo of nickd717
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from K&L Redwood City. This beer was highly recommended by Nick3, and he wasn't kidding.

Pours black with an awesome huge tan head, leaving thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strong and great with pumpernickel, roasted malt, and a little smoke.

Flavor is intense pumpernickel bread, roasted malt, sweet caramel, licorice, and a great smoky finish. Really unique and tasty.

Medium-full bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate.

Overall, this is a really bomb ass beer. Bomb ass. Hopefully these guys start sending more of their "Beer Here," because the two I've had so far have been great.

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Photo of avalon07
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a big, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice, robust aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee.

T: Tasted of chocolate, coffee, malt, and a bready quality. This is a very well-balanced flavor, very complex and flavorful. Almost closer to an American Stout than a Baltic Porter in character, but that's not a problem.

M: A good amount of carbonation, with a somewhat slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: A wholly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of oldhippie247
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours very deep brown with a tan head full of medium-sized bubbles. Lacing covers the glass nicely and lingers all the way down.

Aromas are soft and include a creamy-chocolatey undertone with relatively little roasted character and no noticeable alcohol.

Chocolately elements follow through on the palate, creating a silky smooth, round mouthfeel.

Overall I was very pleased with the Morke. Great aromas, flavors, and (gasp) drinkability.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into pint glass
Purchased at HopCity in Atlanta

A: Black and very dark with a handsome brown head that foams up excitedly, even though it doesn't leave much lace (7.5% ABV) the head wants to cling to the glass

S: Smoked malt hits the nose right away, very distinct aroma, hops appear as a spicy note along with some alcohol presence, as it warms that distinct grainy pumpernickel smell gains intensity

T: Rich and creamy roasted malt, smokiness isn't present in taste, that kick of hops hits with alcohol spice again to give a little break from the dark roasted malt, hops empart little bitterness but good flavor, again as it warms it tastes more and more like pumpernickel, by the end of your glass if served just chilled it tastes like you just swallowed a bite of bread

M: Nice and light for the amount of dark flavors present, stays true to a porter mouthfeel, mild carbonation

D: Not super high like some porters because of the amount of flavor here, but still very nice

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a 2 inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, pumpernickel bread and some caramel. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some coffee and charred/burnt malt in there. The brew has a good lingering bitter roasty/burnt finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and creamy, and it's well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it goes down easy and it's smooth. I think it's a pretty good brew overall, I recommend it. Due to the price it's not something I'd drink all the time, but I would definitely buy this again in the future.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured beautifully...like nothing I've ever seen. Dark black inky pour with a head that rose up starting out a light tan color then changed in color to a deeper caramel hue and never disappeared completely - very nice. The aroma is that of dark roasted malts, subtle chocolate, an almost sour hint that gets up in your nose (the pumpernickel, perhaps), very bready and biscuity. The taste is complex with dark bitter chocolate, ever so slight caramel and vanilla, and definitely pumpernickel bread - the abv. is present as well. The mouthfeel is wonderful with a creamy chocolate milk texture and not a whole lot of carbonation - not getting any burn from the abv. Overall I am very pleased with this beer, I will definitely be snagging a few more of these to let age.


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Photo of Jayli
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at The Publick House Provisions on 11/11/09

A: This beer pours a nice deep dark opaque chocolate brown. A one finger of light brown head sits on top, recedes to a 1/4 cap that retains the length of the beer. Nice sticky lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is of hefty roasted malts, very distinct pumpernickel flavoring, and hints of coffee.

T: Taste is far more complex than the nose lets on. Taste is of big roasted, semi burnt malts up in the forefront. It's followed with big bitter dark chocolate and pumpernickel flavoring. Finish is coffee and a touch of hops that gives it a bite.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, thick and creamy body to the beer, goes down very silky with a sticky finish.

D: This is definitely a different beer. The pumpernickel brings a nice interesting twist to the beer. Very tasty, goes down easily. I'm not sure that I could sit with it for a night, however a pint or two are highly enjoyable.

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