Icelandic Toasted Porter | Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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Icelandic Toasted PorterIcelandic Toasted Porter

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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 BucannonXC5
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: World Market in Las Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: Aug. 1, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 3, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a brownish almost black color with 2-to-3 fingers of tan frothy tan head. Sporadic, uneven foamy lacing along the sides all the way down. Great retention on the top on the way down.

Smelled dark chocolate, fudge, toffee, caramel, coffee, smoky fire, toast, roasty nuts and tree bark.

Tasted similar to the nose, albeit just a tad bit smokier. Got smoky fire, coffee beans, dark chocolate, toast, ashtray, toast, roasty nuts, fudge, caramel and toffee.

Medium body. Creamy-to-slick texture. Average-to-light carbonation. Long finish.

Just an average porter overall. Nothing too special about it.

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Photo of kurt5316
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving no lace. Ton of yeast left in bottle. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Baked chocolate nose and flavor is baked/burnt chocolate. 330ml bottle, from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

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Photo of ajtorres311
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Shanop1288
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of elkinbrown
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Jazz_brew
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of shand
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer from Iceland? Why the hell not. Islandic Toasted Porter pours a very deep brown with a finger of well retaining head. The aroma is a little subdued, offering a bit of sweet and slightly toasted malts and some dark fruits. The taste is nice and roasty at first, but really never provides the toastiness promised, instead turning sweeter as the beer lingers on the palate. Overall, Islandic Toasted Porter is really just a slightly above average porter. It's tasty enough, but not worth the import premium.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thin head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted/toasted malt. Singular but good.
The taste has a mild sweetness from the roasted malt, then some burnt wood joins in for a balanced ale.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation and a medium to heavy body.
An enjoyable drink.

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Photo of eulerthegrape
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2013. Picked up ages ago from Trembling Madness in York. Porter made from volcano-filtered water sounds good...

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A residue remains in the bottle, suggesting bottle conditioning. A very dark brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy light brown foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of grainy malt with hints of fruity ale yeast, mild caramel and faint chocolate. A slight warming whiff of alcohol in the background, along with a whisper of marzipan.

Tastes of mild dark malt with a dry finish. Notes of fruity yeast esters, subtle roasted grain, a hint of chocolate, earthiness and faint stewed leaves. There is a slight harshness in the background, along with hints of solventy booze and cardboard. A mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity ale yeast, faint ash and wet cardboard.

Meh; a sub-standard porter. Both the aroma and flavour are surprisingly bland and don't reflect what you see in the glass. Where are the roasted malt notes? The impression I get is that this a regular ale in 'porter' clothing - the colour has been achieved using patent malt that adds little to the beer's character. Disappointing, as I've enjoyed the other beers produced by Einstok. This one falls short of the mark; no need to seek it out.

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Photo of Cirus
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of MarioM
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into tulip

A: Pitch black, not light shining through, brown head with obvious carbonation. Medium sized bubbles with no lacing, head was gone after a minute. Very dark brew.

S: Roasted malt, smokiness, slightly sweet, bitter coffee, light chocolate notes as well and an overall dryness.

T: Sweet roasted malt, bitterness is nice, smokiness and the chocolate are well balanced. Great tasting beer. Dryness and bitterness is enjoyable, fits the style well.

M: Carbonation is just right, it first appears to be too carbonated but its very drinkable. Chocolate and roasted smokiness malts remain for a while with some light bitterness. A little warmness also remains, also slight dry.

O: This is my first Icelandic beer, its an American porter, but still glad to be drinking and enjoying a brew from the same country that gave us Bjork and her funky grooves. Very satisfied with the balance and mouth feel of this toasted porter. Great beer overall.

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3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle at Lola Gaspar, the ultimate hipster joint in Downtown SanTana, CA.

Raul did it and Raul just said, "aite." Nothin' to trip on. Nothin' to get a panty in a knot. Just drink it with a homie and do yer thang thang. And I when I say "thang," yeah, that thang.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque dark brown, with ruby edges. A tan head appears and disappears just as quickly. Coffee, coffee, coffee nose. Mouthfeel is a real let down, but not as disappointing as the flavor of this dog. Coffee up front that fades way too quickly leaving a currant or two just before it goes away forever. It has promise for a moment. But, just a moment. How'd this make it to American shelves??

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Near jet black in the tall Aventinus blass. Plenty of foam with a pleasing carbonation in the mouth.

There's a distinctly different kind of dark malt flavor here, along with an espresso bitterness. I don't know about "toasted," but there is a rich variety of roasted grain. On the sweeter side, but seems very appropriate to the dark flavors. Slightly winey and chocolatey. Not so aromatic.

Thoroughly drinkable dark beer. From the 330 ml bottle bought, I have to admit, at BevMo in San Diego, but it's all for a good cause. I'm all for supporting "sustainable Iceland" products, as long as they don't try one with fermented shark flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Icelandic Toasted Porter from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 567 ratings