Icelandic Toasted Porter | Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )

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Icelandic Toasted PorterIcelandic Toasted Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )
Iceland | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by thepeter on 01-03-2012

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83
Ratings:
437
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
26.72%
 
 
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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 437
Photo of adamhdg
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black with a coffee colored 1 inch head. Smells of roasted grains. Taste of mild grains with very subtle coffee notes. It was good but I do like something with a bigger punch.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Saveur-Biere. In Teku glass. At dinner, with chicken steaks. Very good. Good body for the style and a great balance between roastyness, bitterness and the sweetness of its finish

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Jet black with a very thick, tan, head that has good retention and excellent lacing.
Nose: Coffee roastiness all around.
Taste: Very bitter at first but sweet and syrupy in the aftertaste (especially as it warms up). Notes of coffee, cocoa powder.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with plenty of gentle carbonation.
Overall: As a big time Iceland-o-phile, I'm not going to be very objective about this one. This is one cool beverage. It's a very enjoyable beer which however perhaps lacks in complexity. I still can't believe that we can get this beer here, all the way from remote Akureyri.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle into a Spiegleau Stout glass. Paid £2.70 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, very dark brown, almost black body that when held to the light shows some ruby glimmers near the edges of the glass. A thin, one-finger in height, light tan coloured head quickly fades to a thin film and collar, leaving behind only minuscule specks of lace.

Toasted grains and hints of dried dark fruit lead the relatively subtle nose upfront. A slightly darker roasted profile becomes noticeable underneath, developing in complexity as the beer warm to encompass aromas of smoke, char, earth and coffee, Taste follows in much the same way, making only a few small changes to the billing. Slightly sweet toasty grains lead initially, before being joined by a faint mixture of dried dark fruits. Subtle but lasting notes of smoke and char are present from start to finish, adding a layer of interest to the beers roasty backbone and mid palate. Towards the latter half, smooth espresso-like coffee profiles, slightly burnt caramel, wood-smoke and liquorice combine in building towards a complex and bittersweet finish. In the mouth, a reasonably smooth, light to medium body remains hugely quaffable, despite slightly over-aggressive carbonation. On the end, smooth lingering, coffee and earthy cocoa finish semi-dry and toasty without any perceptible alcohol or astringency.

Overall this is a very good beer. It expertly captures the toasted profile the name promises, but with enough restraint to avoid becoming too sweet, bitter, ashy or dry. The mellow, smoky, charred profiles that run throughout the beers backbone combine just enough complexity with high drinkability and low(ish) 6% ABV to maintain interest and make an excellent session choice. Recommended.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a pretty dark brown, with a big fluffy mocha colored head and a good amount of lacing.

This smells like caramel, chocolate, coffee, and toasted bread.

This is slightly thin tasting but pleasant enough. The toasted aspect is nice and strong, with toasty bread, toffee, toasted malt, cream, and a bit of chocolate and caramel. There's really no hop character to speak of here.

This is medium bodied, a little too thin for my expectations, with a very creamy mouthfeel.

A nice little porter, but I wish it was much richer.

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Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/1/2016. Pours lightly hazy very dark brown color, with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, caramel, brown sugar, light nuttiness/smoke, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, caramel, brown sugar, light nuttiness/smoke, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, caramel, brown sugar, light nuttiness/smoke, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from hop/roast bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is a great American porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Stevedore
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a shaker pint glass. Pours a dark black body, dark even by porter standards. Two finger offwhite head, good retention, nice lacing. Smells of toasted malt, espresso, milk chocolate. Clean, aromatic and roasty. Flavour is similarly roasty, with lots of toasted malt, no char, milk chocolate, a half shot of acidic espresso, lingering lactose-like sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not thin at all, substantial, good carbonation and refreshingly roasty finish. A nice porter, I enjoyed this one a lot and would love to have regular access to the fresh stuff.

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Photo of jmv0009
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark smokey Porter. Lots of smoke with a sweet raisin flavor. Pretty heavy beer you won't be able to drink more than 3 before you are full. Great beer though.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark Porter with a light caramel colored head on top. Has a roasted coffee smell along with something sweet. Has a roasted malt and toffee flavor.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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 drmeto
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium to big,frothy,beige head
S:
-coffee,licorice,oats,mocha,nutty
T:
-Follows the nose plus cream and a toasty finish
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-light body
O:
Everything i want from a Porter.

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Photo of tigg924
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with minimal head. Taste is roasted malts, light coffee, and a bit of toasted grain. Above average to average porter. One that I enjoy, but would not rush out to get again.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from the wine guy down the road

From a bottle into a snifter
Beer brewed with Icelandic roasted coffee
14.5*P
6% ABV

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a two finger, looser, foamy and fizzy light tan head with decent retention. Clear dark brown body with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to faint wisp and clings to the glass as it recedes. Splotchy wisp and some touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Toasted bread, cacao powder, leather aromas, and some light coffee. Roasted and burnt character too with notes of toffee.

TASTE: Roasted character with toasted malts, coffee and cacao notes up front. More flavor at the swallow with roasted grain, cacao, bitter roasted coffee, leather, and some burnt black malts lingering on the palate. Quite roasted and toasted with plenty of flavor after the swallow.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Lighter on the palate, creamy as well, goes down fine and finishes a touch dry.

OVERALL: Pretty good. Not quite as good a porter as their IPA is an IPA, but still solid. A little too toasted and burnt perhaps, but plenty of flavor and enough going on to be enjoyable. Check it out if you get the chance.

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Photo of PrincessMeriwhite
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is black with a 2 finger pale head. Minimal lacing.
Smell is a bit odd with a mildly smokey kick.
Taste is toasty, oaky, and warm with subtle hints of chocolate and coffee.
Feel is mildly smooth and light.
Overall, great stout.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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)

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a thin head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of coffee, (slightly burnt) toasted dark bread, chocolate.

The taste is roasty/toasty - coffee with toasted dark bread. Chocolate and an earthy bitter touch in the balanced finish.

It has a rich medium body.

A pleasant coffee-forward porter. It has a nice roasty/toasted character.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Valhalla in Manhattan. Arrived in a tulip glass.

Appearance: In a dimly-lit bar, this looked like a solid black stout. Not much in the way of head or lacing.

Smell: Not unlike burnt toast, with underlying hints of coffee and char.

Taste: Blackened bitter malts, heavy with char, and dark, burnt toast open and close the flavor profile, tumbling around one another over the tongue. A mineral tone is present throughout, lending a somewhat stony and metallic tinge to the flavor profile. There is not much in the way of additional flavors per se, simply the layers of char, toast, ash, blackened coffee, and minerality.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin and light in body, which is fine - I've found the designation of "porter" and "stout" these days to be largely based on how thick or thin the mouthfeel. Easily quaffable.

Overall: A solidly okay porter, with some interesting notes from the minerality involved. If said minerality is an effect of the water used, as I've seen suggested on reviews of the Einstok White, then I'm looking forward to trying that beer.

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Photo of stevoj
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
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 MacMalt
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter. The color is dark coffee, nearly black with a one finger, light tan head and lacing. The smell is primarily smoke, peat, and burnt chocolate. The taste largely follows the nose. The primary taste is burnt coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt but with a significant amount of bitterness. There is, however, a faint brown sugar sweetness at the finish. This is a pleasant, medium-bodied porter, nicely carbonated and the 6% ABV is barely noticeable. Overall, this is a good porter but not at the level of Founders, Eddy Fitz or some of the others. It could use a little more dark fruit or some vanilla such as Victory at Sea. This would be a fine porter to drink at a bar but there are better options out there to purchase by the bottle.

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Photo of LantGladstone
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

no bbe 6% abv 330ml bottle from ales by mail


Appearance (Look) = 6%
clear brown creamy cream coloured head

Smell = 24%
sugary, plum, malt


Taste = 40%
smelled better than tasted. a bit watery, alcohol, a weird cider taste off the back end. slightly metallic? In the front I think I'm picking up lactose? no ingredients list except that it is made with coffee. maybe I can pick up some coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel (Feel) = 10%
feels almost like a milk stout but with some astringency. sticky at the end.

Overall = 20%
It gets better with drinking. It wasn't horrible initially but it becomes ok as you sip. Not my favourite but not horrible.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a dark cola color with thick creamy tan head of 2 cm foaming up and fading to a sticky edge layer with a few wispy islands on the surface.
Aroma is roasted malt and some brown sugar sweetness, a little bit of dark bakers chocolate mixed in as well. No hints of hop character or any booze either. A nice appealing malty laden nose.
First sip reveals a smooth textured body with very fine and slightly tingly carbonation. Flavor is as you would expect from the appearance and nose. Lots of malt characters with some roasted malt notes and a bit of chocolate and some brown sugar as well. The label mentions coffee but I dont get too much of a coffee quality anywhere, which I was expecting when I popped the cap.
The beer is amazingly drinkable and the booze isnt apparent anywhere.
Not overly complex but enjoyable, I admit to being a little disappointed, but this certainly isnt a bad beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

duvel chalice.

A: Cola pour, whispy, weakly holding corkboard colored head that dissipates quickly. Weak non-committing lace coverage.

S: Dry powdered chocolate, almonds with a touch of dry vanilla. Weak strength, needs some help (swirling) to get any satisfaction, and again quickly vanishes.

T: Watery chocolate flavor at first, thin based, toasted almond, dry vanilla that followed the nose. Touch of bittering aftertaste. Buttery caramel sweetness, soda bread with a bit of dry wine like alcohol (dry grape skin) occurring on the finish.

M: Creamy body, slick and slippery texture, a bit light per style and under par, no carbonation.

O: Subtle toasted grains and toasted almond notes are the highlights here. The body is a bit thin, some tinny, metallic nature creeps in. Sweet chocoalte, not a lot of depth body and flavor wise. 3.25 is a fair assessment here, enough flashes that saves it from a 3.0.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus goblet.
4.25/4/3.5/3.75/3.5
A: Opaque black with creamy, light brown head.
S: Smells roasty-toasty with dusty milk chocolate.
T/M: Surprisingly bitter. It's not all roast, but a lot of it is. Beneath that is a creamy body with some nice, sweet chocolate before bitterness -- this time metallic -- comes back to end the flavor on a bit of an off note. Mostly good though!
O: Perhaps the first non-lager Icelandic beer I've had, and the best (though that's an incredibly low bar).

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A - SUper dark, Low beige head, some lacing. Poors nice chunky yeast clumps. Carbonation clings to the glass like soda. 4

S - Smokey and toasted. Freshly brewed (weak) coffee and charcoal from the neighbors house 2 houses down the streak. Not much in the way of hops, some nondescript malt flavors. 4.25

T - Not overly complex. Some malted barley flavors, not many hops, not much in the way of spices or esters to speak of. A tiny bit disappointing but still totally tasty and easily sessionable. Aftertaste is simple hops and roast malts. 3.25

M - Cold fizzy almost acidic despite the almost nonexistant head. A tiny bit watery but still smooth and a touch of lingering mouth coating. 3.25

O - Nice average but not record breaking porter. The toasted smells were the most enjoyable portion. Would have again. 4.

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Icelandic Toasted Porter from Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )
3.78 out of 5 based on 437 ratings.
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