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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 seh410
3.22/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Solid black. Absolutely no light getting through this beer what so ever. It pours with a rather large and foamy mocha colored head. The head takes a bit to dissipate and leaves beautiful lacing on the sides of the glass

Aroma: You can smell the sourness of the pumpernickel up front with some coffee tones as well. It smells rich and roasted.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A little spicy, a little bitter on the back end. You can taste the pumpernickel - it's sour and yeah, I guess a little grainy, like people have been saying. It's definitely bready and dark, and there is some roasted chocolate in the background. The mouthfeel isn't overly heavy but it coats the tongue and lingers around a bit afterwards with a bitter bite.

Notes: Eh. It's not the great for me. A little too dark, a little too bitter for what I feel like drinking right now. I split a bomber and definitely was not looking for anymore

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Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of FBGordon
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, black colour with a small but nice tan head. Some lacing.

Hot, spicy alcohol. Mild fruity esters. Roasted malts. It seems that something is lacking and while this is nice, the aroma is a touch hot.

Smooth yet dry roasty malt with some bitter cacao and moderate bitterness. A touch hot. Mild spicy rye. To me this doesn't scream pumpernickel. Sure, I get some bitter, dark grain but other than that it falls a little flat.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fair.

On the whole this beer is not entirely satisfying. There is nothing particularly wrong with it but the flavours fail to excite and the hotness is a bit of a letdown.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is nearly black with a sturdy tan head forming on top.

S: The nose is definitely reminiscent of a dark rye bread. Really hearty and slightly spiced along with a hint of sourness. Some slight caramel sweetness to go along with it.

T: A very surprising smokiness to the flavor. In fact, that's just about all you taste. Fairly bitter with not too much of the rye/pumpernickel actually coming through. Not much in the way of sweetness, either.

M: The body is medium with a fairly high carbonation.

D: I really enjoyed the way this beer smelled, but the flavor was just off in some way. It did not seem to match up with my expectations from the nose.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black with a very thick and creamy 3 inch dark tan head that fades to a small cap. Nice rings of lacing around the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark breads, roasted malts, and some toasted nuts. Taste is of dark crusty bread, dark malts, and spices. There is a sourness to this beer and a bitter aftertaste that I can only attribute to spices that were used to try to get the pumpernickel flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit flat and the beer is thick and creamy. Overall, this was an interesting beer to try. A good attempt to try to get a dark bread flavor but the sourness and spices aren't that great in my opinion.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
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

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Photo of spicelab
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With thanks to [email protected]

Chocolate brownie colour, stonking two-finger ultra-dense rich head of fine bubbles that you can actually see descend back into the body near the interface. Sticky lace trails after it falls. Wicked.

Plenty of floral esters and coconut at first, but soon enough the distinctive heavily roasted pumpernickel aroma tickles your nostrils. Pretty straightforward with nicely balance.

Yep, pumpernickel alright. Bitterness is suitably high - in keeping with what happens if you toast the stuff. There's a fair whack of pepper, spice, liquorice and raw cocoa. The floral characters are also here. That's about it.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected and almost demure. It fairly tiptoes across the palate, with a mild amount of bitterness on the roof of the mouth and rear palate.

Nice and approachable, with the pumpernickel character pretty well nailed. However, the background is a bit unremarkable with not a great deal else going on, and no real surprises as you get through it.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small tan head.
Nose shows dark chocolate, spices, vanilla and coffee. Quite an interesting mix!
Very similar flavours, some soft alcohol also joins in. Quite sweet, and quite a mouthful as well.
Moderate low carbonation could really be higher.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a heavy looking black liquid. The head was brown and thick looking also. The smell of the beer was roasted with a touch of spice on the nose. The taste of the beer was good but I felt like it was missing some of the rye flavors. Perhaps I have a difficult time picking up that specific flavor. I always seem to struggle with rye for some reason. It's a good tasting beer overall though. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, I'm surprised this is still a porter and not a stout. Overall this beer is pretty good. I would drink it again if it was around.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - deep mahogany with purple fringes and cream head, no lacing to speak of

S - toasty malts, rye seed, coffee, spice

T - quite bitter coffee, but with residual sweetness. Leaves a round and (overly?) complex impression.

M - medium to full body, oily coating. Feels like a bigger beer the abv and style imply.

D - strength and spice keep it from being super drinkable

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Photo of kwjd
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was a bit of a gusher upon opening. Once that was handled, it pours an incredibly dark brown with thick tan head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Smells of chocolate and roated malt. I don't get pumpernickel, but maybe that's just me. Smooth mouthfeel, as you'd expect from the style. Very nice baltic porter.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 12/31/2009. Bottle. Pours black with a pretty thick, dark tan head. Aroma of rich bitter chocolate (with some saltiness like a chocolate-covered pretzel) and roasted malt. Flavor of sweet roasted malt and some salty chocolate in the finish. Some bready, pumpernickel notes in the finish. Very enjoyable porter with complex flavors.

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Photo of Chico1985
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, black color, opaque

Smell: pumpernickel and roasted dark malt

Taste: pumpernickel, rye, coffee and chocolate at the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium/high carbonation, moderately sweet, full body

Drinkability: An interesting tasting beer that does not taste like any other Baltic porters I have had. This has several layers of flavor and is very complex. Very good for the style, but probably not good enough to justify me getting it again at the highish price.

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Photo of foogerd
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark black opaque body with an expresso colored head about one inch big.

S- Coffee, some dark chocolate slight bready rye aroma, when agitated the rye smell really comes out and in a very dry spicy way.

T- The taste is a little less interesting than the nose, typical porter characteristics with some bready ryeness and spices mostly caraway, very acidic and dry. At some points I do feel like im drinking bread, other sips it just seems like a typical porter.

M- Smooth silky body, low carbonation.

O- Very decent porter, nothing thats going to blow your mind.

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Photo of danadeny
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark chocolate brown body and a drity brown head that settles quickly. Smells of sweet alcohol and fruits, maybe a little coco and fig. Surprisingly not too much roasted / toasted malt. Tastes a hint of bitterness up front balanced with the alcohol, maybe a hint of coco. Again not too much roasted / toasted malt up front, lighter then what i was expecting. The finish is a hint more bitter than the middle, but in general a decent balance with a firm hop finish. Overal a lighter beer than what the eye may tell you, the lighter character of the pumpernickel versus malt may be why. Mouthfeel is oily and think and drinability is better than average. A solid beer with no complaints

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Photo of cooch69
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of beertooth
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into an Imperial pint glass.

This beer is a deep, rich black with a creamy two fingers of milk chocolate head.

The nose is really rich. I'm picking out coffee, chocolate, rye, pumpernickel, black licorice, and some burnt sugar.

The taste follows the nose. Bitter coffee, spicy rye and pumpernickle breads, licorice, cocoa powder and bitter black chocolate. It finishes a little sticky and dry.

Mouthfeel is full with a low level of carbonation.

A tasty Baltic Porter, but one that should be shared.

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Photo of Diomede
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at the Westside New Leaf in Santa Cruz.

Opened as a bit of a gusher, but poured with a nice one finger head. Good color, the head reminded me of a well made coffee drink, mocha or otherwise.

Definitely a coffee aroma going on, but there's also a strong pumpernickel scent coming through. Kind of like toasted rye bread. Nice.

Spicy flavors going on with each sip, definitely more pronounced as it warms. Bread-y, a tad sweet, and a broad coffee flavor swirling around with each sip.

Has a nice coat to it when it hits the tongue. Almost like drinking silk.

Drinkable? Yea. How many? Probably one or two in an evening tops. It tastes a bit stronger than it actually says it is. Overall though, a very solid offering.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to matt for supplying me with this one. we were both very excited to try this as we had actually talked about homebrewing this exact style!

poured out of a bomber into my bruery snifter.

pours a nice black with a tan head that doesn't leave any lace, but does float along the top of the brew for the entirety of the experience. smells very "baltic." heavy on malts and grains with a slight alcoholic aroma. some rye present in the nose, but nothing overwhelming. tastes slightly smokey and has a lot of leather. very little rye, hardly noticeable until it actually warms up. It's got a big malt backbone with slight bitterness from the hops. A slight spiciness rounds this out to make a pretty tasty beer. It has that typical "not that heavy" porter feel, which for the style is very good. This is a fairly drinkable beer, I just wish that the rye was more prevalent than it is.

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Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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