Icelandic Toasted Porter
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

Icelandic Toasted PorterIcelandic Toasted Porter
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Style:
Robust Porter
Ranked #53
ABV:
6%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,721
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 10.94%
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
647
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Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
 
Iceland
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Year-round
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Icelandic Toasted PorterIcelandic Toasted Porter
Notes: With notes of coffee and dark chocolate, this porter is roasty and rich, with a robust, yet smooth body. Toasted malts give it a sinister black color, but its crisp taste will have you believing that there’s no more need to be afraid of the dark.

Lager malt, Munich malt, chocolate malt, Bavarian hops, with the slight addition of authentic Icelandic roasted coffee.
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Photo of GarrettB
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

March 22nd, 2016 - When I first enjoyed this beer in Iceland I had never heard of the brewery, but boy is it keyed in to the Icelandic identity. Vikings, high prices, and a clean minimalism make this an inviting beer. I've since seen it in the states, but this felt like a local treat the first time I enjoyed this brew. The hotel hasn't provided any glasses good for tasting so I go ahead with the crude, sub-optimal sniffing of the bottle neck, which is spritzy and almost lemony, with some grapefruit notes. Very strange, but the body is somewhat in step with the aroma, showing off a light body and zesty palate. The flavor is more clued into the stated style, with black licorice and blackened meat taste.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a can, pours as an essentially opaque black with a thin khaki head. Slight aroma, but a bit like roasted malts. Flavor is coffee and roast-sweet-malt forward with caramel, toffee, and hop's bitterness on the back end. Overall, very solid flavors and body, but (to my taste) it's overly sweet to be world class (perhaps that's just me; lacking a sweet tooth).

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a black color with a light brown head that slowly reduces as you watch. In the nose, it is coffee and chocolate. In the mouth, it is roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a dark brown, nearly black color with a one finger head of tan foam. The head fades quite fast leaving just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a coffee and dark chocolate smell mixed with some aromas of molasses and a bit of dark fruit of raisin and prune. Along with these smells comes a little bit of a roasted coffee smell and some dark roasted malt.
Taste – The taste begins with a slightly drier and nice roasty taste with lots of roasted malt, some coffee, and a bit of dark chocolate. There is a little bit of caramel and toffee upfront which seem to dwindle as the taste moves forward. As the taste moves forward a little bit of toast and char and a touch of smoke come to the tongue and leave one with a nice roasty and toasty taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thicker and chewier side for a brew of 6 % with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the style and the flavors, the feel is awesome and makes for one nice medium for all the rich flavors of the brew.
Overall – A pretty nice toasty and roasty porter with a nice easy drinking feel. Definitely a good one to try if you get a chance.

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Photo of woodsman13
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black in the glass with good head retention and lacing. Definitely getting the toasted aspect. Not getting much of the coffee. High carbonation initially and creamy mouthfeel. Got some chalky bitterness to it. Some caramel sweetness. The toasted and tobacco flavor is dominant. As the carbonation settles down I'm getting some more sweeter notes but this time on the chocolate side.

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pitch black. Two fingers of khaki head with good retention.

Smell: Dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla. Like a cake.

Taste: Roast coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla. Sweet with very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy body with high carbonation.

Overall: This is a dessert beer aimed toward dark chocolate and sweet coffee lovers.

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Photo of Zraly
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark charcoal brown with minimal head. Malty nose with a hint of coffee. Very smooth and light-bodied for style. Hints of char, fruit, and coffee with a hint of coconut/oak mingling. Residual sweetness. Easy to drink and enjoy. Worth buying if you can find a six pack for $10.

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Photo of Beejay
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: black body with a small tan head.

S: sweet smelling with notes of chocolate and caramel. A bit of toasted marshmallow in the finish.

T: milk chocolate, caramel, and roasted grains, not a lot of coffee, but just a touch in the finish.

M: medium light in body, carbonation is plentiful, and semi dry finish.

O: overall not a bad brew.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - super dark brown / nearly black - 2 finger head from a 12 oz can - head retention is pretty weak - nice foam ring exists after

Smell - some rich chocolate and slight caramel - then some charred oak and some toffee and dark brown sugar

Taste - slight hop bite and then a bite of charred/burnt grains - gets sweet only slightly (with chocolate/coffee/toffee/dark brown sugar) then heads towards the tart/bitter black malt side - gets a bit smokey and pretty rich - very flavorful - earthy aftertaste and a slight buttery popcorn hint as well

Feel - a bit thin for a porter - was hoping for a full bodied brew but this is more on the medium body level

Overall - very flavorful and rich - nice chocolate and caramel flavors and not too overpowering with the "toasted" notes. Would buy again

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.92/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

330ml bottle IsK469 (approx £3) from the Vinbudin state liquor shop in downtown Reykjavik, Iceland.
L- Black, when viewed under lamplight. Thin tan head.
S- Toasty and coffee.
T- Very coffee and toasty.
M- A bit rich (ie sweet) for me.
O- Disappointing, roasty/toasty flavour overwhelms all.
Prod 30/7/19 BB 30/7/2021

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Photo of octortus
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL Bottle. ABV 6%.
Appearance: Dark brown/Almost black, Just under a finger of smooth and creamy light brown head, OK retention, Broken cap.
Aroma: Dark chocolate, Slight caramel, Toasted malts, Syrup, Charred wood, Dark brown sugar.
Mouthfeel: Just under medium body, Smooth, Low carbonation, Bittersweet finish.
Flavour: Dark chocolate, Toasted/Lightly roasted malts, Molasses, Bitterness (Black malt/hops?), Slight coffee, Dark brown sugar, Charred wood/smoky.
Overall: Bittersweet, pretty much in all aspects of this beer.

Review: 66

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft macs tavern Philly
Tan foamy dense head, good retention and lacing, dark brown almost black color

Nose very toasty grainy, dark cocoa and coffee, little caramel, roast, toasty malt gets a bit fruity, earthy root like and spice characters

Taste more roasty toasty malt, very lager like fruity character, some caramel, light chocolate and roasty coffee, interesting dark fruits, mild bitterness, little candy like sweetness but not too sweet, hint marshmallow, dry but mild sticky finish, lingering chocolate, bitter finish with lingering roasted coffee beans

Mouth is med bod, carb is little light but tingly carbonic bite, little soft lager but fluffy

Overall pretty interesting, seems lagered which is nice, good fruits, very Baltic porter like

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Photo of jcruelty
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasty bitter cocoa flavor.Very little head and a boring label. This is heavily touted at the local bodega, not sure if they have some kind of marketing deal . It's ok.

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Photo of Monarch_Black
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really like this beer. So few good, dark beers at the beer shop nowadays. Poured with about a 1-2" head. Opaque and coffee colored. Light bulb doesn't even shine through. Smooth and creamy, malty, bitter taste with only light carbonation. Very good example of a dark beer without all of the extra flavors. It isn't a chocolate-salted-caramel-coconut-peanut-butter porter. Just a really nice dark porter. Will be buying again.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours near black with a reddish hue if you hold it to the light, nice 3 finger creamy/foamy mocha colored head. Smell is somewhat muted, hints of caramel, cacao nibs, coffee. Taste is sensational. Like melted milk chocolate,caramel,Bavarian hops, mild back end some coffee. Feels amazing. Perfectly crafted, nice carbonation, drinks medium finishes medium dry. Overall I really don't get the low scoring. This Porter is amazing, except they took out 8/10th of an ounce for each bottle.

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

Dark brown pour with a beige head. Mild taste but very drinkable. Taste of coffee but very mild. White head, drinkable but basic. Simple but totally fine.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

BF 29/MAR/2020.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a shrinking, thinning, light beige head.

Smell: Coffee-dunked toasted bread, very thin hints of chocolate, torched turbinado, subtle fruitiness and mild hops lurking within.

Taste: Within, it's a glossed dark maltiness housing some coffeeish tones, a very faint amount of chocolate shavings, a dark breadiness and some lightly cooked sugars (crème brûlée tops). Some fruitiness well integrated within. No more than a dash of hops. Fades out with the same dark maltiness it rolled in with.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Fairly smooth in its qualities and a little understated in the aromatics and flavor, though it's pleasant, particularly given time to come up to temp.

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Photo of poneill12
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Smooth drinking porter but with a nice bite. A little sharpness which is good not overly sweet. Not too thick or viscous but still heavy enough for a 6% beer.

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Photo of Michelleroo
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My fave part...how it feels in my mouth. It’s a lovely color and smells yummy. I would definitely buy again and *not* share again this time with SO.

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Photo of bfor
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black - can't see light through it. Two finger head. Clean sweet smell with chocolate. Medium-smooth body. Coffee and chocolate notes with a hoppy aftertaste.

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Photo of JayDubTrub
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyable, good beer, not mind blowing. I do get hint of toffee on the nose, the taste is bit drier and thinner than most porters. It's lager-like, making for easy drinking given the style. Roast hits you on the finish. Carb more akin to an English porter, brief head on pour that quickly dissipates and adds to 'dry' feel.

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Photo of champ103
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Received as a gift from a friend.

A: Pours a near opaque brown color. A dense tan head rises to over two fingers. Excellent retention and rings of lace are left behind.
S: I get kind of an odd nose that I can't really put my finger on. Maybe some mineral quality from the water used? Anyway, certainly malty. Grains are more prominent than expected. Very light chocolate and coffee aromas.
T: Cereal grains, light chocolate, just a touch of coffee. A bit of roasted bitterness lingering. Simple enough and not bad at all, though nothing really shines for me.
M/O: A medium body and moderate carbonation. I feel this should be a bit heftier, a bit watery. Though not hard to drink. Nice enough to have a few if in the mood.

Not bad at all. Missing just something for me though. I can't really put my finger on it, but there are several various Porter examples I prefer (both from breweries and specific styles). Certainly interesting to try if you come across it, as your mileage may vary. Glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of Nass
2/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yes, I agree this is very hoppy for the style & all of those hops are just throwing this beer off. Well at least I was able to say that I was able to sample a beer from Iceland, but hopefully I can try a better offering from Iceland, i'm sure that they can produce a beer that is better this mess. Cheers! C-

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - great dark brown with a good film
Smell - roasted malts and a little bit of toffee
Taste - sweet slight toffee, slight dark chocolate bitterness
Feel - medium body with a light carbonation
Overall - pretty good toasted porter

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pushing the porter into the roasty world, The Einstok brewers take the Engish brown porter and give it a bit of Icelandic heft with local coffee.

Dark brown but not crossing over into black territory, the Iclelandic Toasted Porter crowns with a sturdy tan cap and strikes the nose with earthy, dark, roasted coffee. But an undertow of caramel, toast and nuttiness brings the porter into play. Sweet on the front of the tongue, the taste of caramel, chocolate, candied nuttiness and a savory molasses-like richness.

And as the sweetness slowly drifts away from the middle palate, the toasted, nutty and savory aspects of malt remain and give the coffee the complexity that rounds out the bitter edges of roast. Cocoa and coffee grounds bring a walnut-like bite and a tar flavor to the late palate while the beer's stone fruit character emerges with a bock-like character.

Full bodied but lightened by the tannins of coffee and toast, the taste suggests something larger but the beer's texture is just a notch above being called drinkable. Sipping and savoring is the demeanor of the session as the ale hosts a wealth of nuanced complexities that hide underneath the earth, ash and char.

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Icelandic Toasted Porter from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 647 ratings