Icelandic Toasted Porter | Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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102 Reviews
Icelandic Toasted PorterIcelandic Toasted Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Iceland
einstokbeer.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by thepeter on 01-03-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
494
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.99%
 
 
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Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 494
Photo of NateBunney
4.83/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

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Photo of pistoterapeuta
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I thinks this is one of the best beer i ever try, the water is something special feels so pure, and the toasted taste is unique, and very easy to drink and feel.

Is the only one what i can get from Iceland , i like taste more beers from this country sometime

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Photo of elNopalero
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is one dark porter. Not cola-colored, not coffee brown, but solid black. Looks fantastic, with a thin, tight layer of foam atop. I’m excited to try it.

Great roast aroma. It has undertones of dark cherries and some Italian roast espresso along with a touch of cacao. Flavor has a mild roast to it. Some bitter chocolate undergirds it as well. It is exceptionally smooth, with a lightly sweet finish. This was incredible! My favorite of the Einstok brews.

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Photo of evianIPA
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 330 mL bottle, thanks Chuck,

A: Pours a super deep brown with a light tan head, solid retention and lace.

S: Very nice smell. Some minor smoke, molasses, licorice and toffee.

T: Lots of sweet creamed coffee, dark chocolate, a classic English style flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, light on the palate, a drinkable beer, clean finish.

O: My first beer ever from Iceland, this is really impressive. Up there with the classics of England.

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Photo of BrewTasting
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from Pizza Port bottle shop in Carlsbad, CA - Great store.

This embodies a porter to me, I feel like I could drink it all day.

A -Poured into New Belgium Globe glass. Very minimal head, with a deep brown color, keeping the light out with a slight red fringe at the top.

S - This beer smells great to me, a little smokey with a toasted coffee scent.

T & M - Mouthfeel holds carbonation up front, once it warms up it mellows nicely in the middle. This beer tastes like a porter should. It doesn't grip the tongue but blends to it. Coffee notes are definitely there but just the perfect ammount. It's slightly smokey, nutty, with good malt character.

Overall - This beer is a great example of a porter, it has wonderful flavors, it's refreshing, and if you see a bottle pick it up and enjoy.. Just remember to buy 2 :)

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Photo of stevoj
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous beer. Thick, silky head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate. taste is nice and bitter like a German Schwarzbier, not sweet like some of the porters sampled recently. Nice roasted grain flavor with elements of dark chocolate, prunes, cherries. Makes me want to go back to Iceland....

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, no freshness date... poured into a teku)

L: impenetrably dark brown liquid (at first) with a tall peak of glistening, open-spongy foam that fades slow... some crystally smears of lace to and fro, very thin collar left (no cap)

S: toasted almond, brown bread, little hint of vanilla on the edges and coffee at the back... no discernible hops (perhaps an faint earthy note), no booziness, not overtly roasty (as far as dark malt)... the toasty-nutty aroma is worth the price of admission alone

T: the roastiness certainly comes out more on the palate... very small hint of dried dark fruit and molasses midway... fantastic swell of nutty malt and woody-grassy grain in the finish, along with a mellow smokiness that lingers through into the aftertaste... black roasty bitterness sticks to the back of the palate and has a firm bite to it...

F: tight, softly slick-smooth body that drops off stealth at the back... lovely clean and (oily paper) dry afterglow... bit of a phenolic hum and parching tug after awhile - courtesy of the roast and smoke... its dryness is clinical and moreish

O: for some reason I've avoided this beer for awhile now, despite seeing it at virtually every store in the region... a little bit surprised how this ends up being very much more like an American porter (or stout, depending) rather than having a Scandinavian/Baltic dark malt/sugar complexity - but I'll take it... pleasing flavors for those who enjoy this type of brew - worth buying a pack

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Photo of demon
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch black and no light coming through the sides. About 1 cm of head develops that diminishes slowly. Quite a bit of lacing develops. Looks like a very inviting porter.

S - Smells like a good porter. Considering it contains roasted coffee, the coffee notes are more subtle than pronounced. Roasted malt notes come through.

T - Roasty, toasty, chocolaty, coffee goodness here. Very sweet. Not very hoppy. Very well rounded flavors. Not overly complex, but also not monotonous. There is a bit of coffee bitterness on the aftertaste, though pleasantly so.

F - The mouthfeel on this one is incredibly pleasant. Extremely smooth. Just enough of that frothy goodness to leave a yummy beer coating on the palate.

O - If you are looking for a new porter to try, this is an excellent choice. The drinkability of this beer is great. I personally am NOT a fan of coffee beers, but the brewers of this beer smartly chose to have the coffee notes be subtle in a very good way. So many coffee/espresso beers out there are totally overwhelming in terms of coffee flavor. These guys executed this one just right.

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Photo of aquabears
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with no head. Smells quite roasty and almost coffee. Taste is sweet and roasty, hints of licorice and bitter chocolate. Medium body - carbonation hits you up front but disappears very quickly. Slick and creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of xboxhueg
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours very black, more so than I was expecting for a porter. Deep roasty malt character and coffee coming through on the taste, mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Really good porter.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a fan of this beers price tag, but regardless it's pretty good.

Pours a dark brown, almost black hue with a one finger khaki colored head. The beer leaves no lacing, but I'm not mad at it. The aroma is promising. Smells of cocoa, medium roast coffee, chocolate malt and smokey firewood with hints of vanilla beans.

For a 6% porter the taste is pretty much right on the money. It has a nice, gentle, bitter dark chocolate and coffee taste to it upfront.

Midpalate to complement the bitterness, notes of sweet tobacco, fudge, creme de cacao, half and half, roasted marshmallows, vanilla and more coffee round things out. The finish is long and pronounced, the aftertaste of the beer remaining on your tongue and continuing to unfold itself over time.

Silky and smooth, the beer has a mid-heavy body and low carbonation. Hides it's abv well, quite sessionable.

Overall this is a fantastic coffee porter with savory notes of chocolate. It's hardly worth the price though, and I doubt I will be buying it again.

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Photo of singletary
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It poured a dark brown color with a thin tan head. The smell is of roasted malts and coffee. The taste is of coffee with a mild Smokey flavor to it. The body is medium with a great taste to it. Overall a really great drink and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of verge
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass. A short-lived head that dissipates very quickly. Pretty dark, but you can see a little ruby when held up to light.

Nice aroma, smoky. What I want from a porter.

Taste is surprisingly reminiscent of an English porter (though this is supposedly an American porter). Nutty and toffee malt flavors dominate at first. Finish ends up very balanced, and a rather balanced but slightly hoppy aftertaste lives on. American Porter indeed!

This is very enjoyable. My first response upon seeing this beer on the shelf was "there is a brewery in Iceland?" Nice job, Einstok.

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Photo of ksimons
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

Almost black with a creamy looking head. Roasted malt and coffee aroma. Taste also has a nice roasted body with coffee and some chocolate sweetness. Medium body. One of the more flavorful porters I have had. Try it if you ever find yourself in Iceland!

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Photo of crisis1290
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A super dark brown body, with a tan head, some loose lacing to boot. The smell was that of roasted malts , chocolate , coffee, and roasted malts . The taste was chocolate with hints, toast, roasted coffee, with sweetness / toffee notes, but not too much, just the right amount ! Decent carbonation. A very tasty porter. Good mix. Full of roasted malt, bready goodness. Silky and smooth for sure. It has a mid-heavy body and low carbonation. Einstok Toasted Porter hides it's 6.0% ABV quite well. One of the better porters I have had the pleasure of tasting in a long time.

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Photo of JRed
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in body with off-white head that dissipates. Aroma of cocoa, coffee, wood. Tastes of cocoa, light coffee, earth, wood, toast, roast, some mild bitterness to clean it up. Medium body with medium carbonation. Very smooth and slammable.

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Photo of dank203
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

dark with little head formed on the pour. aroma notes of toffee, caramel, roasted coffee, biscuit malt. coffee, dark chocolate, hint of dark fruit and licorice on palate. dry roasted finish, lingering bitter chalkiness

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Photo of rex_4539
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Jet black color, three finger brown head, superb lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Dark chocolate, some roasted coffee.

T: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, some raisins. Malty on the back end.

F: Medium bodied, full flavored.

O: Good porter with excellent roasted coffee character.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this bottle chilled in a stout glass.

The color is dark brown with opaque clarity and two fingers of tan head with fine bead and lace sticks with good retention. The smell is very good with strong toasted grain in the aroma and light yeast smell which has a mineral aspect and light dried fruit ester with subtle caramel odor from the malt. The feel is excellent with medium body and moderately low carbonation with roasted grain texture and mild sweetness with subtle spice quality with smooth feel toward the finish which is semi-dry with mild alcohol influence.

The taste is great with malt presence that hints at dark chocolate with a coffee-like roastiness and mild toffee sweetness and dark dried fruit flavors with a mild spice element in the background. The taste has a slight char in the malt with gentle raisin-like flavor and slightly herbal hop quality which is complimentary. Overall I really enjoyed this beer more than I expected to be honest. The porter is very good and enjoyable in every way -very pleasurable to drink with nice balance. The coffee is mellow and the abv level is within range to enjoy multiples.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours borderline black with a small beige head, quick to a thin film of foam on top.
Awesome roasted malts on the nose, really rich, bit salty, nutty, with chocolate and some roasted coffee bean, a bit of burnt sugar, light woody notes. But an incredibly fragrant roast, wow!
That's present in the taste, too, a rich deep roast, with a pinch of salt, almost like a bit of sea water in there, with some clear dark chocolate, faint toffees and burnt sugar. Some faint red apple. A nice coffee bean character, roasted, dusty, with a bit of black coffee acidity towards the finish. Finishes with the roasted dark malts, but they don't get ashy.
Not even in the aftertaste. Toasted dark bread, some baking chocolate, some coffee powder. Hint of dried dark fruit showing up. Medium body, medium carbonation, would've liked it smoother.
A great porter, another great example of deep roasted malty beers from the Northern countries. This is becoming a habit. A good one.

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Photo of Spike
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 330ml bottle.
L: Very dark brown, black at the core. Huge, lumpy, mocha-coloured head. Several rings of lacing.
S: Understated, sweet, toasted coffee & cocoa.
T: Toffee, chocolate, coffee. Gentle, not powerful. Semi-sweet with a dry finish.
F: Super smooth. Light body with some carbonation. Solid bitterness provides a bite.
O: Easy-to-drink, silken, toasted porter. Balance is gorgeous.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speiglau Stout glass.

Extremely black beer with a thin tan head which clings to the glass.

A definite astringent aroma on the nose along with a complex roasted note.

A light mouth feel but lots of rich roasted malt flavor like a blend of coffee and roast chocolate.

Excellent Porter.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American Porter - what a load of shite.

This "Porter" was poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown/black colour with a small and quickly fading head.

Smells quite dark and sweet, very malty.

Tastes quite sweet and dry, dark with some roasted flavour on the finish.

Overall a very nice beer, very tasty and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate black with oxblood highlights and a lumpy tan head. 4
Acidic malts, a whack of phenolic meaty smoke, and brown soda toast. 4
Prune, fruit brack, some smoke, a hit of cola, more bacon and a bit of branch hops. 4
Dark roast coffee end and drying linger.
Light-med, lively, crisp. 4

I wish the label said if there was smoked malt - it sure tastes like it. That plus traditional porter notes plus the judicious coffee gives this a lot to chew over. For all the flavour, a light enough body and incredibly clean finish - very much like a porter. Exceeds expectations. 4.25

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