Icelandic Toasted Porter | Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )

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Icelandic Toasted PorterIcelandic Toasted Porter

Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 447
Photo of rex_4539
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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 Marius
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle. Dark brown pour with a medium height tan head. Notes of roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of brewed coffee and licorice. Smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation and a chocolate bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear black color porter with a nice light brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light dry hints of coffee notes. Taste is also a mix of roasted malt with some light dry coffee notes and some black chocolate notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. This is not a style that usually excited me very much but this example was well brewed.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown pretty much black in the glass with a thumb sized light brown head that doesn't lace much.

Aroma is nice said a toasted porter and the nose is defiantly that along with good chocolate and light coffee and toffee notes.

Taste is like the nose nice toasted malts, good bakers chocolate, some light sweetness and coffee mingled in for the finish. Finish is dry with some earthy notes and smoke hints. A good solid porter with nothing added.

Feel is medium with carbonation hitting medium also.

Overall a fine example of the style, no added chocolate or vanilla or whatever just a good brew made with toasted malts.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Semi-opaque, dark brown body, tan head, some loose lacing.

S - Roasted malts, a bit of warmth. A bit of sour grain.

T - Chocolate hints, toast, coffee, a note of minerality and clay,

M - Decent carbonation. Brisk. Clean. A bit thin.

O - Tasty porter. Good mix. Full of roasted malt goodness.

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Photo of pistoterapeuta
4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
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 adamhdg
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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 +6.9%
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 +6.6%
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 +1.6%
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 -0.5%
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%
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 +12.1%
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 +5.5%
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 +2.6%
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 +4.5%
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 +7.7%
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 +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium to big,frothy,beige head
-Follows the nose plus cream and a toasty finish
-low to medium carbonation
-light body
Everything i want from a Porter.

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Photo of tigg924
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
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 -11.6%
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
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 +3.4%
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 +2.4%
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 +5.5%
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 -10%
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 +15.3%
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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