Icelandic Toasted Porter
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

Icelandic Toasted PorterIcelandic Toasted Porter
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Style:
Porter - Robust
Ranked #50
ABV:
6%
Score:
87
Ranked #19,755
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 10.91%
Reviews:
147
Ratings:
653
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Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
 
Iceland
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Year-round
Wants
  43
Gots
  221
SCORE
87
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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sjdevel from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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

Sep 24, 2019
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NateBunney from California

4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am not sure why this beer is rated as low as it is. This is one of the best beers I drink. This brewery has perfected their malt roast process to produce a truly toast flavor as opposed to a roast flavor. Amazingly drinkable beer with complex and unique flavored.

Jul 03, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, some chocolate. Taste is black coffee, light chocolate,hints of smoke, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a decent beer.

Sep 18, 2017
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evianIPA from Australia

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle from Vinbudin in Reykjavik December 2014

I can't think of a better session porter that I've ever had.
It's both smooth and rich whilst not being sweet and the finish and nice and neutral.
Very chocolatey with hints of coffee and liquorice. I could drink this by the half dozen!

Dec 31, 2014
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OldhouseRecs from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Dec 11, 2014
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Adam-beerismyfriend from Wales

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mellow, toffee ,chocolate, and coffee aromas. Pours to a VERY dark almost black hue. tastes much of caramel, and toasted barley, lingering coffee flavour. Pleasant and would recommend to anyone who is into porter.

May 22, 2015
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Liquoric3 from Germany

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Oct 16, 2013
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rsuarez1982 from Texas

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aug 20, 2017
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BaconManic from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Nov 16, 2014
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risenz from England

3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nov 05, 2015
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Zraly from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Nov 10, 2019
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2GOOFY from California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Oct 28, 2012
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Steve_N from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Heorot

Sep 23, 2016
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Monarch_Black from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Jul 22, 2019
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Syracuse12 from New Jersey

3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 27, 2015
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monk2021 from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

May 14, 2016
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zenithberwyn from California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Jan 19, 2014
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RyantheReformer from Florida

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oct 16, 2015
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BidYouABrew from Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 27, 2019
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Jazz_brew from California

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Jun 22, 2013
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Spotty10255

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jun 14, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 24, 2015
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Squire from Mississippi

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep dark brown color.

Aroma of roasted malt and medium roasted coffee. There's something in the background giving off a fresh, lively scent which I first thought was hops but later believed it's more like freshly brewed coffee.

Taste is roasted malt and coffee. That's it but they are clear, distinct and good tasting flavors. I could add roasted nuts but dark malt and coffee cover it pretty well.

Texture is medium which is surprising considering the brew's appearance.

This Porter emphasizes the coffee aspect which, according to the brewer, is real coffee added during the brewing process. Overall it's a pleasant, flavorful rendition of a Porter that could be a bit more robust.

May 29, 2017
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sweet, Toasty, Coffee, Smooth

I’m usually not a weather-oriented beer geek, yet I feel like this is exactly the beer I want or need with winter approaching. Einstök delivers a lot of flavor right from the start, with a lingering but subtle sweetness throughout that keeps the roasted grain character in check. Toffee and chocolate meet charcoal with a big toasty edge. The world needs more Porters like this.

Look 4.25 | Smell 3.75 | Taste 3.75 | Feel 4.25 | Overall 4.00

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #107 (DEC 2015)

Jan 24, 2016
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Thedrizzle from Florida

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Nov 15, 2013
Icelandic Toasted Porter from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 653 ratings