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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Beer Here
Denmark
beerhere.dk

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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184
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120
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
7.25%
 
 
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Ratings: 184 |  Reviews: 120
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jonah's beer, opaque black with a big head. Very smoke. Mouthfeel is creamy. Sourness, it is a baltic. Good with food. Big lace. Like an RIS porter. The chocolate, the bitterness, licorice root, wanted by beers, altogether good. A must try porter. T

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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 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 spycow
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin film of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some added hints of licorice and pumpernickel.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. Compared to other porters, this beer feels a bit heavier.
O: This is a good beer to sip because the flavors keep the taste interesting.

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Photo of biboergosum
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.

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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 emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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 dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a goblet.

Pours 1 finger of dark tan head. Color is a deep brown/black.

Aroma: Tons of spices, very rye-like. Chocolate, vanilla, apples, and oak flavors. Very nice.

Taset: Chocolate and spice, rye, oak, ginger, caramel, oak, vanilla, and some smoke flavors.

Mouthfeel: Cream, smooth, and smoked. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, for a spiced beer, this is pretty great. Nice flavors all around with the spices not over powering the other flavors. Very happy with this one.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Mørke Pumpernickel Porter
"Stout with spices added". No freshness date.

Appearance: Almost black body, opaque. Creamy orange-tinted dark tan head. Excellent retention and lacing leaves rings of lace about the glass.

Aroma: Roasty like cold black coffee. Slightly spicy, and very rye-like. In a way it's almost smokey, but I know that's just the roastiness.

Flavor: Rich, but surprisingly straightforward and not particularly complex. I get some spiciness that's reminiscent of carraway but I don't know if it is, it may just be rye. But there's no molasses, thus it doesn't quite hit the mark for "pumpernickel". It's roasty with some bittersweet chocolate, and some mild underlying fruitiness. There are no real hops to speak of, although there is some grassy character; but hops aren't really needed, and to be honest they'd just be in the way of the malt and spice. On the upside, it's well-balanced and smooth - very polished. It finishes with a quick vanishing note of sweetish malt followed by a bit of bitterness and then a quick dusting of spiciness. Some minor bitterness lingers beyond that, but it's pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and supple. It's smooth and creamy, but there's almost too much malt there. A moderate carbonation lends a delicate tingle to the palate.

Overall: Rich, roasty, completely full bodied - a sipper to be sure! The spiciness lends it some delicate, but much needed character. I think a slight drop in the original gravity might conjour a little more magic from it, but it's fairly impressive as it is based on girth.

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Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been intruiged by this beer,I was glad to grab a few bottles over this weekend.Poured into a imperial nonic dark chocolate brown with a toasted almond colored head atop,the dark bread (rye) really makes a big presence in the aromas,bitter chocolate is almost as big and goes well up against the sharp rye.Alot going on palate wise,big dark bread and bitter chocolate,mild fruity esters,and char round out the complex flavors.This is one damn good beer,flavorful as all get out and complex as hell.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a fine tan head which fades quickly leaving a trace of lace. Smell is a combination of minty spices and hops with a bit of smoke. Taste is faintly smoked peat, roasted malt and earthy grains. Mouthfeel is full, like of like chewing tobacco in an odd but good way with a nice creamy texture. Overall, very interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out an onyx black body with a thick, creamy-looking, tan-toned head. Smattering of tan lacing on the way down.

Smell: Dark, roasty with notes of dark bread and spice (which become more fragrant as it warms), with supporting, background hints of dark chocolate and dark fruits. Dark this, dark that.

Taste: Largely roasty beginning with sweet tastes of toasted bread, almond sugar, and melty bittersweet dark chocolate soon following down the line. The rye delivers a piquant spiciness, as does the, well, spices. Dark fruitiness tasting of prune juice lurking within. Most of the bitterness seems to have been gleaned from the roasted, burnt malts. After the bitterness passes, a sweet, rich taste of chocolate ganache settles on the tongue and lasts well beyond the supposed finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel all around.

Drinkability: Rich, roasty, and enjoyable without anymore alcohol than needed (or wanted, really). Given a couple minutes to warm, it does indeed settle into a fair taste of pumpernickel. Happy to have Beer Here available in the Great State of Georgia and I'm looking forward to trying a bottle or two of that Dark Hops I also saw available at Hop City.

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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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