Mørke - Pumpernickel Porter | Beer Here

120 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Mørke - Pumpernickel PorterMørke - Pumpernickel Porter

Brewed by:
Beer Here

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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 184
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.

 552 characters

Photo of flexabull
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle in Ashland Oregon of all places.

Pours a really deep brown, almost black color with a small tan head.

Aromas are very bready, dark brown bread, rye, slightly sweet, and boozy with hints of cola.

Taste is full flavored. Some roasted nuts, dark sweet bread, rye, and dark chocolate flavors. Finish is crisp, with some alcohol warmth, and mineral bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and very full feeling.

Overall, a very nice Baltic Porter. I'd happily drink this one again, interesting, unique, and tasty.

 527 characters

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

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a creamy light brown head with nice lacing and decent retention. Beer is black in color with no light coming through when held up to the ceiling

S- First wiff is chocolate, coffee, bit of sweetness. After some swirls in the snifter, you can pick up a some burnt toasty notes in addition to the others

T- Very nice. Seems to have the perfect combination of chocolate, coffee, and toasty notes all meshing from start to finish. The burnt flavor lingers for a bit in your mouth after swallowing

M- Creamy, smooth body with little carbonation

O- It's a shame this one was a bit pricey since it's such a great tasting porter without the super high abv... seems beers with this much flavor are getting harder to find with a somewhat sessionable alcohol content


 819 characters

Photo of drpimento
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. Let it warm a bit out of the fridge and upon opening it was a low gusher. Poured with a medium sized, thick, Color is an absolutely opaque brown black. Aroma is cocoa, dark ripe fruit, roast, malt, slight anise, and yes, pumpernickel bread. Flavor is similar with only very slight sweetness, some astringency, and very slight tang from mild carbonics. Body is full, lush, with a few high points and soft carbonation. Finish is like flavor, has medium length, and some alcohol warmth. Slow drinking session beer.

 527 characters

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pt bottle served into a Pint glass.Enjoyed on feb´11
Pours deep dark brown in color.Creamy,medium size bubble,light brown crown.Lasting froth & nice lacing rings left.Yeast & toasted malt aromas.Mildy sour at first taste followed by spices,coffee & choco hints.Dry nut smooth bitternes & earthy sensation.Good carbonation.Toasted coffee aftertaste while dry bitterness remains.Balanced flavors & aromas.ABV is well hidden so drinkability becomes extremely pleasant.

 468 characters

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

Bottle purchased at the Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA. Poured in to brandy snifter.

A - Dark brown with one finger of espresso coloured head.

S - Sweetness initially on the nose. Caramel, brown sugar and molasses compliment the roasted malt and nutty notes of the porter.

T - Follows the nose. Dark caramel, brown sugar, cocoa, roasted malts. Overall a somewhat sweet beer with a slight bitterness in the finish. There is also a good smoky flavour that seems to only show in the finish at first but then becomes incorporated in to the beer better.

M - Light to medium body; moderate carbonation.

 605 characters

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.

 574 characters

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.


 786 characters

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.

 764 characters

Photo of The3rdbeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemless red wine glass! haha don't judge me I was at a friends house at a BBQ.

A- Minimal head like a fingers worth, bubbly stuff that receded pretty fast. Dark hue, opaque for sure.

S- Like the crust of bread, pumpernickel to be exact! Some dark roasted malts, a little sweetness, some spices!! amazing in the nose.

T- Roasted Malt! followed by the sweetness, but finished with a smokey yeasty note that really finishes off the pumpernickel taste perfectly! great with BBQ altho I would like some sweet salty notes with this beer.

M- medium thickness in the mouth, not super warming from the alcohol but it makes a nice addition to the viscosity of the beer.

O- Great Porter! very nice how they manage to capture the essence of Pumpernickel. I want to drink this again, and will.

 801 characters

Photo of laituegonflable
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, dark dark brown colour, only a sliver of colour really visible. Head is stunning: beige, dense, small bubbles that wobbles on top but retains, with a beautiful, vibrant cascade when poured. Lace is clingy and thick, like coffee foam. That's a stunning beer.

Smell is very pleasant and roasty. Very grainy, with dark rye bread and some quinoa notes. Some espresso grounds add darker bitterness, while there are some light caramel and raisin notes just brushing it with sweetness. For 7.5%, it could have had more oomph. As it is, it's just nice.

Taste is roasty form the get-go, with dark espresso blending with caramel notes on the assault to give a kind of coffee cake flavour. Roastiness carries the baton to the mid, where it provides a nice earthy bitterness late with a big lift from the spices - fennel, with maybe a touch of star anise and nutmeg. Finish is a bit dry, with dark grain providing a mild bitterness that doesn't have the intensity of a stout, but retains a pleasant smoothness instead. Great palate - sweet, spicy and bitter but retaining a balance and drinkability that you just couldn't do with a stout.

Smooth feel. Not seamless as there's a bit of sharp carbonation midway but otherwise brilliant.

Cracking beer; great use of unusual ingredients to spice up what is already a smooth, drinkable brew.

 1,343 characters

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'.

 367 characters

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.

 1,013 characters

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

Fine line between Porter and stout. Nice black body with only a thin film of tan head. Dark roasted malt with chocolate flavor and a mildly bitter aftertaste. Thick smooth almost oily mouthfeel. This is a really tasty thick porter. Loved having on tap at 775 in Reno.

 267 characters

Photo of atigerlife
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, black. Very dark creamy 1 finger head that has very good retention. Very impressive to look at.

Aroma is sweet. Some burnt marshmallow.

Flavor has some coffee, burnt marshmallow, wood, dark chocolate, and some bread.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly cleansing and slightly dry at the end.

Overall, just a wonderful beer. Not sure that this reminds me of pumpernickel bread, but it is very drinkable.

 423 characters

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.

 648 characters

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.

 630 characters

Photo of Vdubb86
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter

Thanks to pvequalsnrt for sending me this unsolicited want...what a guy.

As a homebrewer, I truly which to try and remake the flavor of every artisan bread as some point in time or another. Pumpernickel appears to me to be one of those more difficult ones. This is a very dirty deep dark brown color with a sandy foam. The aroma is really really pleasant. There is the sour from the rye some interesting spice notes that I almost attribute to caraway. Along with a good amount of molasses. It's the next best thing to fresh baked. The flavors are a rich dark chocolate flavor mixed with what I taste as caraway seeds or black pepper. Then it's all finished off with a sweet dark bead molasses. It's a touch too harsh on my tongue, but it's still a very well made beer, and rather enjoyable.

 812 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Three Floyds tulip pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for getting another shot with this beer!

A couple bottle of this made their ways to me in NoVa last year, but I was in the midst of a reviewing hiatus. Good to try it again. It pours a sleek obsidian topped by a finger of dirty sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate, cracked black pepper, clove, brown sugar, and charred pretzel. The taste brings in more of the same, with some more pepper and some bitterer dark chocolate. The body is a solid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a very enjoyable Baltic porter, but I'd have to admit that I feel it to be a bit much to have more than one of these things at a time.

 748 characters

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

Poured into a Swiss wine snifter.

Pours with one finger of dark brown head crowning a nearly black (and certainly opaque) body.

Smells of dark chocolate infused with toasted nuts. I detect roasted malts intermingled with the chocolate, and maybe an ever-so-slight spiciness in the roasty malt notes. With a little swirl, some bitter-infused dark fruit rises to the surface, but doesn't overpower the chocolate.

This flavor is one that screams attention to detail. Wonderful balance of flavors, with some bold and contrasting ideas swirling in its murky depths. Starting off in the mouth this tastes like a Baltic porter that means business (as in; this beer could hang with some of the best out there, which in itself is an accomplishment) but this is just the beginning. The usual dark fruit and deeply dark malts over-arched by bittering hops (but not hop flavor) show up. After these flavors make their appearance, the overall flavor just keeps going and going. Long after the beer is gone from my mouth I still taste it, and it continues to change. The aftertaste is long, and dries out into an amazing dark chocolate malty flavor that isn't sweet in all the right ways, and just keeps lasting on and on.

The body is medium but feels on the heavy side because of all the flavor. Drinkability is high considering the ABV.

Conclusion: I love traditional Baltic Porters, and this beer tastes like one with the additional bonus of extra-bold chocolate flavors. I do not get pumpernickel per se, but I do taste layers of complexity and well-balanced excellence. In my opinion; an outstanding brew.

 1,602 characters

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.

 493 characters

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.

 263 characters

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.

 1,562 characters

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.

 568 characters

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

review by style:
bottle from awesome girlfriend from beertopia in omaha.
pours a nice black stouty with a dark tan head of about a finger.
Nose has some rye on it, actually smells like a dark bread, pumpernickel, I assume, but couldnt tell you what the bread smells like. the nose is almost spicy, with some roasted malts and chocolate coming through.
Taste is a bit more boring that the nose, but has a lot of porter characteristics coming through, a bit thinner, but has a nice velvety consistency, smooth as hell. a bit of spice and rye on the palate as well mixing with the dark roasted, slightly burnt flavors.

 616 characters

Mørke - Pumpernickel Porter from Beer Here
4.14 out of 5 based on 184 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.