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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 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 oglmcdgl
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the hulme.

A- comes to me with two fingers of coffee and cream colored head that rises above the glass and holds for a good bit. After the head settles your left with a few spots of sticky lace and a thin ring. Pitch black in color with a red brown glow at the edges. One hell of a nice looking brew.

S- dark roasted malts, burnt coffee, a touch of anise and molasses. You do get pumpernickle in there with some bitter chocolate as well. A mild dark berry hit deep in there.

T- roasty and malty up front with I shit you not pumpernickle bread. The name is not lying. Molasses and burnt brown sugar with a bit of chocolate covered blackberries. Touch of anise and coffee. Long roasty finish.

M- above medium in body and a lighter carb that does just enough to keep it light and airy. A good swish around the mouth brings a nice creamy feel to things. No sign if the abv at all.

D- this is one killer baltic porter. One of the best I've had in fact. On this cold winters night it hits the spot.

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

Drank from a 1 pt .9 fl oz bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

The dark brown liquid was topped by a small, foamy, cocoa-colored head which faded to a thick ring. Small droplets of lacing trickled down the glass with each sip.

The aroma was rather average initially. Roasted malts were noticeable. A touch steely. As the liquid warmed, the nose became much sweeter and subtle nuances began to come out. Cocoa and brown sugar notes were apparent. Some dark chocolate and licorice too. Spices and coffee were also detectible.

Like the aroma, the flavor profile began rather ordinary but improved with time. Dark malts dominated the front end. Black coffee notes came through as well. Fruity in the center. The beer finished roasty, moderately hoppy and dry. The hops were crisp and minty.

The one aspect of this beer that really impressed me was the mouthfeel. Although the liquid was merely medium bodied, it was rich, smooth, creamy and supple with a fine, tongue-blanketing effervescence.

Because Mørke Pumpernickel Porter straddles the boundary between an American porter and a Baltic porter, yet is categorized as the latter, I might have been a bit overly critical of it. Regardless, this beer is enjoyable but nothing worth going out of your way for. Furthermore, if the taste or aroma showcased more rye character, I would have perhaps given it higher marks.

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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 Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid beer. Pours black with a thin tan head that sticks around. Really does smell of pumpernickel- and licorice. The taste exhibits more of the pumpernickel and still has the licorice, as well as some spice. Nice and dry and spicy with caraway and Swedish licorice. Rich flavors without sweetness in a porter/stout- I like it! Chewy in the mouth, but finishes smooth. An interesting beer, and well worth having.

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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 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 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 lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed at Norway's Nøgne Ø by Denmark's second most prolific non-brewery, sent to California and picked up by an Australian to sample. What a multicultural brew... I like that "Hops were harmed in the production of this beer".

Looked as though it wasn't forming a head as I poured it, so made the mistake of enhancing the angle, leaving me with a good five centimetres of foam once the head coalesces. Body indeed, as they would say in Denmark, mørke, a deep and dark red-black colour which light has trouble penetrating, even though it doesn't seem to be opaque with sediment. Head is frothy and tan, leaving little lacing, but looking boisterous as it collapses. Pretty tasty looking brew, it has to be said.

Nose is relatively dark, but reasonably subdued. Some clout of burnt rubber, a hint of bourbon barrel but minimal spice as suggested by the title. Smells robust and roasted at least, a very pleasant stout character (which the bottle claims it is, despite the name of the brew: "Stout with spices added"). Not as robust as some, but true enough and tasty enough.

Taste is also pleasant and true, without really pushing the envelope. Spice? I wish it had it, because it would probably liven up the beer a lot. What we end up with is a roasty and deep, but reasonably generic. The rye perhaps lends a slight rugbrød note to it, and the dry finish rather accentuates the yeast and bread characters. Perhaps it is slightly different to a standard stout or dark baltic porter - in fact, the more I drink, the more I get a pumpernickel bread character to it - but it doesn't extend the realms of beerdom in the ways I thought it might. Feel is smooth and clear, with a slight sheen.

Certainly not a bad beer. In fact, it's one that I enjoyed a great deal, and would enjoy again. Possibly a beer that didn't quite live up to its potential in my mind, but certainly a worth brew nonetheless.

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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 Xul
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with ruby highlights near the edges, capped by a finger and a half of frothy beige head. Retenntion is great as the head settles down a finger and holds steady there, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S: The pumpernickel is evident up front with rye characteristics and some very light sourness, followed by chocolate, vanilla and caramel notes, some light coffee, and dark fruits in the background.

T: Dark, roasted malts up front mingle with some caramel sweetness. Pumpernickel comes in on the mid-palate with a touch more sour character and a bit of a charred taste, before big chocolate and coffee come in near the backend. Long finish of coffee and dark fruits - cherries and figs, mostly.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to moderate carbonation, very smooth and lightly creamy.

D: The pumpernickel flavor, while interesting, detracts a bit from the drinkability...but it's still a very good porter.

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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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Photo of Sigmund
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård. Batch #425. ABV is 7.5%. Pitch black colour, huge brown head. Moderately roasty aroma, notes of mild coffee, chocolate and fennel seeds, possibly other undefined spices too. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. The flavour has notes of pumpernickel bread (no surprise!), fennel seeds, coffee and dark chocolate, hints of liquorice. An impressive, well made and tasty beer, but (if anything) I would perhaps recommend going a bit easier on the fennel seeds.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head that laces beautifully. Even though the brew is black, I could still see some bubbling action visible on the extreme exterior.

The aroma is primarily chocolate/mocha, and a little booze laces over it all. Roasted grains and pumpernickel spiced bread also come through.

The taste is a little boozier than expected for a 7.5% ABV. However the booze did mellow out once this warmed up and became extra enjoyable. There are notes of ancient grains in this that actually come across as rye rather than pumpernickel (however those flavors are a bit similar, anyway). There's also a hopped, bitter mocha flavor underneath everything that sits on the tongue a while.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a full body. Enough carbonation to give it a lively froth on the tongue.

The brew mellows out (especially the booziness) as it warms up, and therefore increases the drinkability as you go.

It's been a while since I've had something that blended and changed so much as it warmed up just over 5 minutes. Loved it. Went great with cheddar.

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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 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 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 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 jdhilt
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Black color, no highlights. Nose is roasted chocolate. Flavor is slightly bready, but mostly roasted chocolate. Pricey at $8.45 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a snifter. Props to busternuggz for the trade!

Healthy foam builds to an inch in height on the pour--toasted cork-colored and creamy in consistency. Sticky at the edges, where it meets with a coffee-black body that shows a bit of tar-like resilience in its viscosity. The aroma is breathtakingly unique: sweet vanilla, cinnamon, and pumpkin gourd backed by a sweet, grainy rye presence courtesy of the Pumpernickel. Lots of other brewing spices in the mix, too (grains of paradise, perhaps coriander?). Slight wafts of Baker's chocolate and coffee in the background. The complexity and sweetness become slightly overbearing after a while, knocking the aroma a small peg down from 'perfect'.

Rye bread spice and dark chocolate nibs coat the palate with each sip. A bit grainy, with an earthy hop bitterness and fresh Orange peel on the finish. I taste Juniper in here somewhere, too. Again, the sweet-spice combination is unique and very tasty, but eventually wears out my palate. Mouthfeel is thick and chalky at times, but well-carbonated and light on the tongue at others. To say this beer is 'all over the place' wouldn't be too far off, but most of the elements really work well together to make for an enjoyable, original beer experience. Really been impressed with the two offerings I've had from Beer Here, although I shouldn't be too surprised--the ex-Ølfabrikken brewer now makes Beer Here. And both have put out exceptional Baltic Porter's.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Nogne O pint glass (in honor of where this was brewed!). Thanks to Jayli for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a pretty viscous and inky black. Perched on top is two fingers of incredibly creamy, slowly receding, khaki colored head. A few thick and sticky ropes were left on the glass.

S: Picked up some aromas of dark chocolate, black licorice, caraway rye, dark fruit, mint, cocoa, and pine.

T: Pretty much just as above with more emphasis on the rye, chocolate, and licorice with an assist from some espresso, roasted malt, carmelized sugar, and milk chocolate.

M: Very full and creamy. Sure, there is a little bit of a tingle that plays on the tongue, but what won me over was the big rounded mouthfeel.

D: Whoa! This was my first Beer Here beer and it was so good I want to go right out and pick up a bottle of Dark Hops.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours up absolutely black with only the tiniest sliver of burgundy around the edges of the glass when held to a lamp. A slightly assertive pour yields a big, three finger cookie dough coloured head that remains in place for a few minutes before gradually subsiding. Baltic Porter is one of my absolute favourite styles and this one looks terrific.
Nose is bitter chocolate, spent coffee grounds, an assortment of spices, licorice, perhaps, and while there is a bit of breadiness here, I must admit, there really isn't much in the way of pumpernickel. Still smells quite lovely, though.
Taste is a bit sweeter than I had envisioned with most, if not all, of the nuances in the nose translating into the flavour, as well.
A bit more of a pronounced dark breadiness, I suppose, if you use your imagination a bit, but I still cannot really detect any pumpernickel bread. Delicious, nevertheless.
Mouthfeel is heavy and coating; almost chewy. This is a rather thick, solid porter. All things considered, however, this was quite drinkable. One the right night, preferably in the Autumn, I could see drinking two bombers of this. It's fairly heavy, but this is a very well crafted Porter by the Danes and absolutely fantastic. Brilliant!

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Photo of kk73
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is dark brown to almost black, very little to no head and very little to no lacing. Lightly carbonated.

Smells of big time roasted malt and with some chocolate, a little spice but not getting to much pumpernickel.

Taste of roasted malt with a touch of coffee, and getting a little spice maybe some rye with a little licorice.

Mouthful is smooth and creamy a bit chewy, but so damn smooth. Not overly carbonated seems just right for the style and a little dry on the finish. Alcohol is present but not overpowering.

Drinkability I thought was pretty good. Probably a nice sipper due to the big roasty malts and spice. Overall a very good offering and one that I would purchase and drink again.

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Mørke - Pumpernickel Porter from Beer Here
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 184 ratings
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