Skärgaards Porter | Nørrebro Bryghus

very good
45 Reviews
Skärgaards PorterSkärgaards Porter

Brewed by:
Nørrebro Bryghus

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration with Lasse Ericsson of Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri, Sweden.

Brewed with honey.

Added by dogger6253 on 10-18-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

600ml bottle into a tulip. no apparent bottling date

Pours a pitch black with an inch thick beige head. Smell is big on roasted malts. Taste is creamy with good cocoa undertones. not too complex but the flavor is very nice. medium bodied with medium carbonation. goes down very easily because of how creamy it is.

overall a very solid porter that youll enjoy if you like the style. cant complain here.

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Photo of SamN
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from roomates bomber into a snifter.

Solid black porter with a thin ring of foam that lasts and lasts. A tad thinner than most porters. Big smells of dark malts with a roasted coffee edge. No real honey in the aroma. Creamy and warming smell. Taste is subdued, but active. Starts actually quite watery, moves to earthen toasted malts, finishes on a slightly sweet coffee note. Creamy taste and feel. Pretty straightforward English porter here, just damn solid roasty, dirty malts. Almost no hops, maybe just a touch in the finish. A tad metallic, too. Quite good, actually. Mouthfeel, though still kind of thin, is smooth and pulls delicately from the snifter. Subtle carbonation makes it a real nice sipper.

Great smells, smooth and classic tastes and a great feel. A honey brewed porter without overdoing it on honey. Thumbs up for this great Danish-English porter. Recommended, without a doubt.

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Photo of biglite351
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - dark but some red around the edges. Bubbly off-whirling head that falls quick and leave a little lace.

S - roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, wine and other scents on the mix. Quite complex.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate, fruit and a little smoke, but just a touch.

M - not thin but no real coating, tiny mild tingle on tip of tongue.

D - easily drinkable all night.

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Photo of Xul
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours almost pitch black with a frothy, two finger pale mocha colored head. Retention good and it leaves some light lace down the side of the glass.

S: Sweet, dark malts with distinct coffee notes, dark cherries, vanilla, and some light honey. There's a burnt characteristic lurking in the background that could be construed as almost metallic, but within context it works...could be toned down a bit, but doesn't detract too much.

T: The aforementioned burnt aroma is manifested better as roasted dark malts but really rides the line between strong and overpowering. Dark chocolate and coffee join in while the honey comes in, along with some vanilla, near the finish to sweeten things up.

M: Moderate to full bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and chewy but the bubbles hold it up well.

D: The burnt flavor really takes a toll after a while.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 4.2 ounce bottle poured into a Caracole glass.

Pours a nice dark black...decent head on top (about 1/2 finger's worth). Looks like a good porter.

Aroma gives off coffee, chocolate, smoke, black pepper, caramel, cinnamon, honey, caramelized sugar, and sweet black chocolate.

Tastes of chocolate, honey, pepper, ripe fruit, candy sugar, vanilla, light hops, roasted malts, light smoke, and clove.

Overall, this is a solid of the best I have tasted. It has some carbonation in the mouthfeel, which lifts the flavors across the palate and keeps them going throughout the drink. It's quite delicious, chalky, chocolaty, and smokey. A great porter...and brewed with honey, which lends a subtle sweet tone on the palate but isn't overwhelming.

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Photo of bob3701
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wheat style glass. Pours very dark brown almost black with just the faintest of light shining through with a small tan that goes quickly into a thin film with a little lacing. An earthy aroma with hints of dark fruit. A burnt chocolate taste with not much of the bitterness that should come with it. I really don't detect honey but maybe that cuts the bitterness. Silky smooth to drink and goes down very easy. A really good brew.

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is seriously good beer. Hit that nail on the HEAD. And POUND IT DOWN. Very nice portrayl of contrasts: big, bold, huge, yet soft and gentle. Earthy and rarefied. Cocoa but not so bitter. Poured with a great tan head and loads of lace. Color is an opaque dark brown almost black. Aroma is as above; ditto flav. Sinful. make me whine with pleasure. gawd.

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Photo of Beerbythepool
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to nonic pint glass.

Black in color with a tinge of brown on edges when held to light. Nice 2 finger head of molasses color. Light lacing

Smell is rich with raisin, fig and chocolate.

Taste is a little bit of burnt chocolate coffee which is what I expect from a porter. Nice balance without over powering you.

While it is heavy it is still smooth in the mouth and goes down easy. I don't get a lot of honey, but maybe it just cuts down the other flavors enough to make it very drinkable. As it warms I get a slight burn from the alcohol, but I don't mind.

I would have this again especially on a cold night.

As a note, I received this beer in July and wanted to hold it until the winter to drink. I don't think it was past any dates, but it is listed as a beer not to cellar. I will try another soon and see if there is any difference, but I was pleased with this brew.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from the bottle into a Rochefort glass.

This beer is very black and with light there is only a hint of brown. The head is a very light tan that rises about 1 finger but sadly it is gone quickly leaving only slight foam around the rim of the glass. The lacing is light.

The aroma is very nice with lots of malts on the front that are very sweet. There is light cherry, vanilla and a tad of honey. I get very small amount of coffee at the end.

Wow, where'd all that coffee come from right on the front of the taste. I wasn't expecting that at all. The coffee is light and roasty that lasts pretty much the whole length of the taste. This taste is also some nice charred wood. At the end you get a little more bitterness. The taste is a little disappointing because its not what I expected and its not very complex having pretty much the same not throughout.

The feel is also down as it is pretty watery and not much of a crisp taste.

Overall, the beer is ok but not great for a porter. It doesn't taste its just a little boring.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

The name refers to this being the second Nordic guest brew that was developed with Lasse Ericsson from Nynäshamn Ångbryggeri in Söderhamn, south of Stockholm. It is apparently a "real Porter," according to the brewery--we're not sure that's entirely accurate though, but who cares.

Near opaque black, with ruby-brown hues and topped with a creamy tan lacing. Char, wood, hint of sherry, brown sugar, soft roasted coffee and chocolate, brown breads in the nose. Fizzy up front, with a building creaminess and up front tanginess. Light sweetness. No real hop character to speak of. Semi-chewy honey center. Cocoa powder, dark breads, raisins, cherries, more char and wood. Some earthy licorice root and black tea leaves. Quite dry overall. Burnt husky finish with some residual fermented honey smoothness. Ghost-like alcohol on the breath.

Lots of complex layers in this one, and the honey notes are subtle, working well and resulting in a good, solid, tasty offering. Worth seeking out if you're a honey-brewed Porter fan.

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Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep dark brown, almost black with only the faintest of mahogany edges when held to a light source. Completely opaque with a two finger frothy beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate, caramel, oatmeal, nut, toffee, toast, honey, molasses and subtle hops. The deep roasted scent is nicely balanced by the sweetness of the cocoa and honey.

Smokey roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee, chocolate, toffee, oatmeal, hazelnut and toast. The sweetness of the honey, as well as the chocolate, provide a nice balance to the deep roasted malt profile. The mouthfeel is not as thick as I hoped with the addition of honey. It basically has the same feel as an average porter and it seems as if the honey has an affect just on the flavor, adding sweetness. Slight hop presence in the finish providing a very slight bitter dry finish. Well balanced and easy drinking with no trace of alcohol heat. Decent.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- dark black appearance with no light at all coming through, slightly tan head appears after pour, decent look

smell- coffee and espresso completely dominate the nose, burnt malts

Taste- honey and roasted nut flavor, slight smokiness, espresso and coffee dominate the flavor profile

Mouthfeel- rich and creamy yet still decently light bodied

Drinkability- light in body with a huge flavor, a very nice porter, too damn expensive again but yet a very nice example of the porter style with a very enjoyable flavor

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Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pitch black and opaque, this beer is topped with a browned, caramel colored head of about a finger in height. Held to a powerful flourescent lamp no light can get through. It appears somewhat hazy as well. When poured it is dark brown.

Smell - Dark malts and a sweet aroma, reminiscent of toffee.

Taste - Roasty flavors and chocolate form the majority of the flavor. There's a spicy characteristic here that I'm assuming comes from the addition of honey. Some dark fruits mid-sip, mostly raisins and plums. Slight coffee flavor as well. The finish is somewhat sweet, tasngy almost, with undertones of honey. The aftertaste is pure black malts, delicious and long lasting. A heating sensation from the alcohol despite being only 6 percent alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Perfectly balanced between viscous and slick and a somewhat heavy carbonation for a porter. The carbonation is quite lively, and compliments the viscosity, keeping it from being cloying with the sweet finish.

Drinkability - I wouldn't want to drink more than one bottle of this stuff I don't think. It's delicious no doubt, a fine example of a more traditional porter, but filling, as it should be. A delightful after dinner drink, I recommend this for sure.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Keg Liquor.

Poured clear black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate chocolate and roasted coffee aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium sweet creamy coffee flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Solid drinkable brew that I would recommend to a freind.

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Photo of Jablonski
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an opaque black color. Minimal head and lacing. The smell is largely chocolate and roasted malts. A hint of coffee is in the mix too. The taste is largely of dark chocolate. Over the course of the beer, an honey taste comes through, but it is not that strong. Truly, other flavors are needed to complement the dark chocolate in this beer. It's a bit too simple, even for a porter. The mouthfeel is great. Good carbonation and mouthfeel. The drinkability is okay for the style, but the taste holds this beer back some. I'll definitely buy again, but not too often.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours into the etched SA glass and sets up opaque at the top, but shows mahogany red hues at bottom when held to strong light. Two fingers of light mocha foam, but I had to work to get it, dropping 6 ounces or so from a splashy distance. It did make for some cool waves and fingers of lace though.

Aroma - grainy, slightly metallic, but a decent presence of darker malts. A light yeastiness checks the metallics, but comes off, dare I say, homebrewish.

Taste - roasty, peanutty grain. The first swallow is a little sweet and undeveloped, but after a few swallows worth of palate adjustment, some fine flavors emerge. A light char pairs up with some dark coffee flavors, very nice. Still a touch of metal in the proceedings, but a solid flavor profile. The aftertaste is dry, with the coffee flavor sticking around.

Mouthfeel - smooth, a solid body as a porter should have. Well done.

Drinkability - a fine porter as porters go, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 6dL into a stemmed beer glass. Dark brown with small to moderate white froth. Some retention.

S: chocolate, deep roast

T: bittersweet chocolate bite, smooth dark malt flavor, finish of clover honey. rather subtle all around after the chocolate (which I did not expect) hits.

M: moderate to light body

D: good solid porter, easy to drink, doesn't offer anything special. especially considering the price to import it here ($18 at my usual store)

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly black color with a rocky beige head; the retention was decent but the lacing was only modest

Smell: Chocolate, some roast and an inkling of honey

Taste: Black bread and chocolate, at the outset, with a developing fruity character that adds a bitter contrast by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bread and chocolate flavors prevail, with the honey making a surprising appearance at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really nice; hits all of the bases, with a full flavored, but balanced profile; I was a little nervous about the honey, but it is really like a lagniappe at the end

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This porter pours deep brown with a short dense tan head. It smells of sweet black licorice with vanilla and floral honey notes. The taste of roasted malt is balanced by toffee and honey with only a hint of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is moderately light bodied with a low and slightly prickly carbonation. Finishes almost buttery, then dries to leave a hint of cocoa. Overall a very pleasant, well balanced and very drinkable porter.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich, deep sable, the color of dark chocolate, with a fairly thick tan head. Wonderful aroma fills the nose with roast coffee and hints of molasses and unsweetened chocolate. Flavor quite fills the mouth with roast coffee, chocolate and smoke; and has nutty, sweet, and hop-bitter hints. Texture is silky smooth and satisfyingly thick. Finish has a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

600 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a 1/4 inch tan head. Lacing and head retention are both average. The aroma is roasted malt, honey, and chocolate. It's a mostly sweet smelling brew. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some coffee, charred wood/oak and dark fruit noticable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's silky smooth and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is great, it goes down very easy and it's enjoyable to drink. I think this is a good porter, I wouldn't buy it often because of the price but it is a good beer. This is the third Nørrebro Bryghus beer I've tried and I haven't been disappointed yet.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/20/08. Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a touch of smoke. Flavor of light sweetness from the honey, jasmine, with some roasted malt. Too sweet for me, I would have liked some more roast.
8/4/7/3/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20.3oz (weird size) bottle into 20oz stemless snifter.

As it pours it starts out as a clear dark brown, but once the bottle is empty, it appears as an opaque black. A one finger tan frothy head slowly settles to a thin rim along the glass.

Very light burnt malt aromas with a touch of honey in the background.

Plenty of roasty malts in the flavor. A tiny bit of hops comes in toward the end. The honey is very light and adds a touch of a sweet glaze on the tongue. Full bodied. The burnt yet creamy malts linger for a moment after each sip.

A pretty good porter without too much honey, which adds a nice bit of complexity. Great for the winter season. Recommended.

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Photo of mcsquint
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22.3oz bottle into glass.
A - Opaque black in color. Minimal head that dissipates almost instantly. No lacing.
S - Faint aromas of roasted malt and chocolate.
T - Chocolate and dark roast coffee with a bit of licorice and dark cherry. Well balanced malt and hops make for a nice finish.
M - Medium with a slightly fizzy effect.
D - Goes down quite smoothly. Gets more complex as it warms. ABV @ 6% makes it easily drinkable. Worth a try, but at @ $10.00ottle there are better values.

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Photo of bbothen
2.61/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep brown, leather color with a bubbly 1 finger deep head.

Smells of wet cardboard, sweet malts, roasted coffee, toasted malts. Hope it gets better.

Roasted coffee, sour milk, slight malted flavor, faint chocolate & toasted malt flavors.

Medium bodid, moderate carbonation, smooth, somewhat thin.

The cardboard & sour milk flavors were off putting for me. A struggle to complete the bottle.

This was a big miss for me. Perhaps an old or off bottle. Many other porters I'd rather have. I won't be paying $8 for another.

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Skärgaards Porter from Nørrebro Bryghus
3.91 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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