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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 RochefortChris
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No bottle date that I could find. Pretty fresh.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a big, dense medium brown head. Head fades away very slowly - amazing head retention. Thick, almost solid walls of lacing.

S: Lots of smoke and rye. Quite spicy with the rye in fact. Decent roasted malt with char and a touch of chocolate. Decent impersonation of burnt pumpernickel bread.

T: Some char with hints of sweet chocolate up front. Lots of rye. Has sweet caramel backing it all up. Some smoke as it heads towards the middle with some more spicy rye. Smoke is a little more acrid here in the finish, standing mostly alone with just hints of rye. Drying smoky finish.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. A touch dry from the acrid smoke in the finish.

O: Rye is a nice addition to a pretty traditional porter. A little too smoky for my tastes though it isn't overpowering. Just kinda masks the spiciness that I was really looking for. Mouthfeel is good, nice and creamy and slick. Overall quite a good and easy-drinking porter.

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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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice and thick, dark and viscous, and with a 1/2 inch of cocoa colored head/

S - Has a weird boozy aspect to the smell which I assume is pumpernickel, mild roasts, and maybe some chocolate. The pumpernickel smells rather spicy.

T - Taste of a well balanced porter. Slightly chalky mostly balanced roast sweetness. Not getting much pumpernickel but it still taste balanced and delicious.

M - Medium bodied, chewy, and creamy. Good porter.

Overall I got this for 5 bucks and even though its no different than most Baltic porters it drinks world class.

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Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to barzigkin for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and roasted malt in it, as expected. The flavor is a bit different. There are still a lot of porter qualities such as the chocolate and roasted malt, but there is also a spiciness and a pumpernickel character which goes very well. The alcohol is definitely noticeable. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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 LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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 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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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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