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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.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured darker than expected with a thick, stand-still 3" tan head. Fresh smells of Danish rye making me long for days of yore, travels through Europe, stinky cheese and hostel bunks. I feel as if I inhale deep enough, my nose would be greeted with cornmeal and flour dust.

Oh, so yum. As I sip, I ponder the thin line between stout & porter. This is called a porter, but also a stout brewed with spices(?). I guess, technically, it's a thick Baltic-style porter (with ale yeast?) and really, who cares? It's really good. Bready pumpernickle that suggests dark roast coffee and creamy well-crafted dark-as-hell chocolate.

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Photo of grub
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

don't quite remember where i got this one, but thanks to whoever!

500ml bottle. sampled feb 27/2011.

pours deep dark brown, nearly black and mostly opaque. a dense light brown head forms, dropping quickly to a fat ring around the glass and leaving plenty of spotty lace.

aroma is great. coffee and dark chocolate. caraway. pumpernickel bread, perhaps lightly toasted. touch of alcohol. spicy and lightly herbal. slightly earthy. light caramel.

taste is good. dark and bittersweet chocolate. espresso. bit of milk chocolate. caraway and pumpernickel. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. lightly warming alcohol. bit of caramel. medium-light bitterness level, more chocolatey than hoppy. herbal and earthy, with a touch of spicy bite from the caraway.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. pretty well balanced, just a little of the alcoholic heat coming through. nice depth. the extra dimension from the caraway and spice mixes well with the base beer. good stuff.

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Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours a pretty dense, dark brownish black, pretty opaque, very thick light brown head forms and slowly settles to a thick and chunky ring around the glass, thin layer, great retention, drops some nice lacing all over the glass.

Smell is neat, quite bready, some raisin and caramel, brown sugar, a touch of chocolate wafer, caraway, some astringent roast and a bit of smoke, lightly spicy, some booze in the nose, quite grapey, just a touch of citrus/fruit, neat.

Taste is nice, really intense and roasty, dry chocolate wafer, lightly fruity and sweet, brown sugar and caramel, bit of biscuit, some raisin and grape, a light hint of cocoa and rye spice in the finish, a touch of booze, roasty bitterness going down, pretty neat.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium to full bodied, very slick and lightly oily, low to medium carbonation. Goes down pretty easy and mouthfeel is great. Nice stuff. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of megahurts4
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer Here Mørke Pumpernickel Porter

Appearance: dark brown, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: cocoa, pumpernickel bread, and dark chocolate.

Taste: cocoa, dark chocolate, and some rye/pumpernickel.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

The aroma is very large, but the taste is not as powerful. The most impressive portion is the smoothness.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: mars black and very opaque. Tan head with light to medium retention but excellent lacing. This stuff is deep.

S: very dark chocolate pushing the brink of where bitter becomes sour and a hint of toasted pumpernickel.

T: flavors follow suit. It jumps from bitter almost to sour (chocolate). Espresso biscotti and some nice fruity esters. This is good stuff and different from the others in the style I have tried! Finally a semi sour version.

M: astringent

D: medium plus.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a massive 4" head with a malted milk chocolate color. Not much bouquet but a very complex flavor with chocolate and coffee as well as rye bread. Nice zing in the aftertaste. Really a prime example of a deep dark flavorful porter, and with a great name as well. Keep 'em coming Morke.

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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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Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with solid amounts of spicy and bready aromas. Also present are slight amounts of dark chocolate aromas and earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more robust. Heavy roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by spicy and light molasses flavors. The molasses fades quickly as moderate amounts of earthy and slightly herbal hop flavors make their way into things. Mild dark chocolate flavors come into play before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I feel as though the pumpernickel influence is larger in the tap version than in the bottle, almost as though it was dry-breaded. It reduces the nose slightly, but anyway you can find it, it is worth a shot.

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Photo of haazer
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Hulmeville Inn.

A- Pitch black, deffinitely an opaque brew except for few dark cherry accents around the glass. Pour left 1 finger of kahlua colored head. As I downed the brew there were sheets of lace left down half of the glass.

S- Good roasted aroma, chocolate malts. Ever so slightly can detect a citrus presence. All very faint though, had to really dip my nose in.

T- Very creamy, milky, and smoky flavored malts. Picked up a tangy soy sauce flavor. Biggest taste is the pumpernickel bread aftertaste though, definitely did a good job on nailing that. Could've been a little more pronounced but theres a lot goin on in this beer. Also in the aftertaste is some slight heat, and pine.

M- Incredibly smooth, milky and creamy(see above). Not dry like other porters. Medium to full bodied.

D- Amazing porter, highly drinkable. Booze is not present at all in this one. The smell was a bit of a let down considering other porters reputation, but still one of the best tasting porters I've had.

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

On tap today at Max's.

The beer pours a very dark cola color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing considerasble licorise, coffee and dark chocolate. The beer is every bit as good on the palate, where once again the licorise seems to dominate. Also, while there's some moderate sweetness initially, the finish is actually quite dry. As for pumpernickel, there's something of a "rye-ness" to the beer, which may represent the pumpernickel and seems to help dry this beer out. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but but there's plenty of flavor, and the finish is pretty long. Drinkabilty is good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

Nothing extraordinairy, but I thought this nevertheless a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a deep brown to black with a firm one finger layer of off-white foam, good lace.

S: Rye, coffee, very bready and pleasant.

T: Pumpernickel defines it well. Very much like the bread, the spicy rye malt is quite tasty and works well with the roast and chocolate of the darker malt. Nice notes of molasses in there as well. Hops are very much in the background, like in many Scandinavian beers.

M: Full-bodied, thick rich feel, elegant carbonation, certainly something for a Northern winter.

D: My first from Beer Here and it was quite a treat, hopefully some more from them will show up soon.

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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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Mørke - Pumpernickel Porter from Beer Here
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