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

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

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from bottle into tulip pint glass. Pours a very dark brown with a khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nose: coffee grounds, peach, and pepper; palate: dark malts and dark, unsweetened chocolate. Dry for a porter -- medium bodied, with refreshingly light "mouthfeel." I have had this brew before; goes well with not overly spicy meat and cheese dishes.

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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 Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Epcot

Pours a deep brown color with a creamy off-white head that has great retention after the pour. Smells of toasted malt, chocolate, light char & coffee. Tastes of toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla cream, earthy coffee, finishes slightly dry with more chocolate on the linger. Medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and finish. Solid porter

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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 ygtbsm94
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, faint caramel & coffee, light carbo. Taste sweet toasted malt, cocoa, coffee, faint smokiness, slight nuttiness, medium body.

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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 secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pretty well black, with a little to no highlights. Lace is short but attractive.

Aroma: Roasty coffee malts, with a real iced coffee vibe. Toffee, chocolate…pretty traditional porter.

Taste: Coffee and cocoa with some toffee. A little sweet touch before a more charred, burnt finish. Very easy to drink and a pretty well-done traditional porter here.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glad these beers have made their way to colorado. i like the toasted porter here quite a lot. coal black from the tap with less than an inch of contrasting very light head with decent retention and lace. there doesnt appear to be too much viscosity, and i find this light and drinkable as i get into it. some great grain character here, coffee and brown bread, morning vibes all over this, slight nutty quality, almond maybe, mildly burnt unmalted barley, but its not bitter like some of these can be. the yeast almost presents a baltic porter vibe, lager yeast properties are present, its dry and crisp for the style, has a fluffiness about it without being big, and is extremely easy drinking for its color. coffee in the finish, still only minimally bitter, clean at the end, nicely carbonated, wintery but not exclusively so. i think this beer will do well in colorado, its different enough to be interesting but not so weird as to be polarizing. it apparently travels well too, this didnt taste old or stale to me at all. quality porter on the lighter side.

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Photo of Radome
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle.

L - Deepest brown color and appears clear when the light hits near the edges of the glass. Light tan head is initially moderately thick, then becomes a solid, thin sheet with lots of lacing.

S - Nice aromas of fresh coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, lightly toasted wood. No hops or yeast notes.

T - Flavors are clean and crisp, and malt-centered. I get moderate levels of chocolate, dark roasted coffee and light smoke. No hops or yeast flavors. All fade out very quickly in a dry finish.

F - Light body; moderate, spritzy carbonation. Low hops bitterness but just a hint of burnt, acrid bite from dark malt. No alcohol presence.

O - Overall I find this a clean porter with an exceedingly light body and dry finish. The flavors and aromas are nice, but they don't linger long enough, fading out too suddenly into an over-dry finish, in my opinion.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is the first time I am having an Icelandic beer and I liked it.

Look: It is dark brown almost black with a half inch mocca colored head.

Aroma: the aroma is toasted malts and some coffee

Taste: Toasted malts, some coffee, raisins, it is pretty good.

Feel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and clean.

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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 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 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 Marius
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -1.8%
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 +4.7%
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 +4.7%
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 +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 adamhdg
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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%
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 The_Kriek_Freak
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +0.8%
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 -1.3%
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 +4.2%
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 +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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Icelandic Toasted Porter from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
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