War Hammer
Valkyrie Brewing

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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #1,000
ABV:
not listed
Score:
83
Ranked #39,524
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 16.35%
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
110
From:
Valkyrie Brewing
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
83
Good
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scaliasux from Wisconsin

3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L - Very dark brown. Light brown, thin head.

S - Dark malts and coffee; a little bread; a little chocolate.

T - Unexpected fruity acidity, dark malts, coffee.

F - Light.

O - This is definitely something different.

Jun 26, 2020
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black color. The head was minimal, and brown colored.
The nose has got hints of coffee. Nothing too strong.
Taste - a mellow blend of coffee, and lactose. Fairly well blended, and not too strong.
Decent body.
Decent coffee beer. I am enjoying his.

Oct 12, 2017
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Cfred371 from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This bottle was at least a month old, as my dad gave it to me as a gift around Christmas. I let the beer warm for 20 minutes or so.

Look the beer pours a dark brown, with some light coming through on the very edges of the glass. Poured fairly aggressively with minimal head. What head does come up is a khaki color.

Smell: first hint was not what I expected, but seems common in reviews: dark fruit, specifically like a raisin scent. I don't get much else

Taste: raisin, oatmeal, and, possibly a stretch, the finish has some chocolate to it. I was surprised how little coffee I got from War Hammer.

Feel: not terribly carbonated, and about a medium to a little more of a mouthfeel. There is a slight bitterness in the finish that will linger, but it's really not too much.

Overall: A nice beer, but certainly not a world class brew. I'm curious how much coffee they use in their recipe or if the coffee just dies off quickly.

Jan 27, 2016
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KevChiTown

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Super interesting only because I expected "coffee-milk-stout-porter"s kinda aways good generic flavor. This one however, is nothing like that. Straight up dried fruit in the nose and taste that right away, I felt would be followed by a sourness, which never came. Very cool beer, nice surprise, will keep an eye out now for something else from Valkyrie.

Feb 24, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, unknown bottling date. Served in a snifter 11/14/2014.

A- Dark brown body, opaque and dark. Minimal mocha head, very little retention time, no lacing. [3.5]

S- Coffee, dark fruit, no roast. Hint of milk chocolate. Earthy. Not particularly impressive, fairly average nose. [3]

F- Initial taste is odd, with the dark fruit flavours giving me a slight cherry flavour without any tartness; switching over fairly quickly to a mildly bitter coffee flavour mixed in with minimal milk chocolate sweetness, finishing off with a bitter, resinous earthiness and coffee bean. There is not very much depth or intensity of any one flavour; it is simultaneously strange and bland. [3.25]

M- On the thinner side; low in carbonation and quite astringent coffee bean and cherry flavours on the finish. It gets a bit more drinkable as it finishes, but for the most part it's not something I'm looking to guzzle, as it is fairly bitter and slightly metallic on the finish overall. [3]

O- Weird beer. I may have gotten an old bottle, but the coffee flavours manifest mostly as a bitterness on the finish and there is minimal lactose character with little to no roast character that porters typically have. Not a beer I would recommend, unfortunately. [3]

Final score: 3.14

Nov 14, 2014
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Lemke10 from Wisconsin

3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a very dark brown/black color with a very minimal head. The aroma is mild with coffee and roasted malts. The taste isn’t is big and bold as I was expecting. The flavor is pretty simple with roasted malts, caramel malts, and coffee. At 4.5% this is missing the big bold taste that 8.0%+ stouts have. Now putting this stuff in a bourbon barrel would make it taste delicious.

Nov 16, 2013
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

War Hammer pours a black color with a nice small tan head. There is a nice creamy coffee aroma. The taste has a nice creamy coffee flavor, with a nice light malty and oatty backbone. Nice drinkable flavor, just a bit watery. Overall a nice spin on a porter, good creamy flavors, enjoyable.

Apr 09, 2013
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Chaz from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inky-black to the sight (dark, cola-brown when held to direct sunlight) and topped with generous dark tan head. Head subsides at an average pace and leaves sufficient lacing behind throughout the duration of the drink.

On the nose there's more cocoa than I remember from past go-rounds, along with a slightly tangy/acidic character, some smoke and roasted/dark malts. Fairly complex but not in any sense "overwhelming" -- just a touch unique, I'd say.

First sensation and combination of thoughts as this one hits the gullet: SMOOTH. Bittersweet, roasty, aromatic, with those cocoa notes rising to the fore and all-but dominating throughout. The lactose sugar undercuts any real sweetness and adds something tangible in the area of the palate where I usually expect to find bitterness. Almost a cheese curd-like aftertaste... This beer's like washing some cheese curds down with a chocolate milk and a beer chaser, all on a hot summer's day!

Lighter roast character throughout, and combined with the cocoa and acidity it's as much like cold press / espresso as you'll find in a beer that isn't marketed as a coffee-anything ; )

This is definitely an easy-drinker, and that's a good thing as it's not too strong (4/5% ABV). In a more general sense, it's probably a little too light on the palate to impress very many people as being true-to-style. It reminds me a little of Guinness Draught in that way. So there's plenty of fizz, even a couple months out from bottling.

"War Hammer" is much as I remember it in its former incarnation as Whole Stein, even down to the yeast left in the base of the bottle!

A nice beer, not bad at all, and just a touch out of the ordinary.

Jul 01, 2012
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TATURBO for a bottle of this beer to sample. Thanks chris!

12oz shorty poured into snifter.

Appearance: light black bodied beer with a huge 3 fingers plus light brown head. A rootbeer float / cola like head that slowely drops down to thin cap. Not much lacing from the head, but justa little spotty lace.

Smell: Roasty and nutty. Lactose, chocolate, and oats.

Taste: Little bit of roast and milk chocolates. The beer has a finish of really salty peanuts and a bit of oxidation is noted in the beer as soy sauce, but it fairly minimal at this point. Also a little bit of roast expresso lingers once the salty peanuts and soy sauce notes subside.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied for a porter with very high carbonation. This beer has too much carbonation. Its very aggressively carbonated and really almost harsh and prickly. It does inhance the roast notes in the beer. its also a bit thinner than i would have expected.

Overall: Tame the carbonation down and make the beer a little bit thicker and you would have a great beer! It not a bad beer and its better than average, just a little bit rough around the edges.

Jun 01, 2012
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Deuane from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dusted the cobwebs off of this one, hope it's still good. Thanks to nflmvp for this one!

A-Deep, dark brown/black with a monstrous tan head (hope it's not infected) that slowly settles to a thin cap of retention. Head holds on strong and leaves nice swaths of lace.

S-Subtle and muted but notes of ashy coffee, milk chocolate and roasted malt does come though although quite disappointingly so.

T-Well, the flavours on the palate come through nicely thank you very much. Rather rich, earthy bitter, chocolate cover espresso beans with a smoothing moderation from lactose and creamy oatmeal.

M-Medium-light and feels a bit on the thin side. Decent overall though with good lingering earthy coffee and roasted chocolate malt bitterness.

D-A few misgivings give way and all totaled this turns out to be a nicely drinking brew. Full flavoured, even if a touch this in the body. A tasty combination that works well together. This would be a great flavour combo for your favorite barista!

Dec 31, 2010
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Lukafer from Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I popped it open and started gushing everywhere, but it doesn't taste or smell infected

Pours a very dark brown/black with 3 fingers of head, lots of sediment.  Smells are leather, oats and some chocolate.  Tastes are chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and a nice cocoa finish.  Mouthfeel is pretty medium, drinkability is pretty good. 

Nov 22, 2010
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bonkers from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in as an extra from mrkanable. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It is pitch black in appearance with a very, very thin tan head that does not stick around. The aroma is faint coffee. The flavor is heavy on coffee and chocolate, with a lingering bitter finish. The beer is a bit thin for a porter, the carbonation is average. Overall a decent porter.

Jan 09, 2010
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Wisconsin from Wisconsin

3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - A strong pour delivers a rich, dark, jet black body. A brown, half finger head rises and fades to a ring around the glass after a minute or two. Pieces of sediment are visible against the glass when held up to the light. Overall, very nice looking body but the head retention on this beer is something to be desired.

S - Lots of coffee notes, along with dark, rich, caramel, toffee and chocolate creamy all combine very nicely. Additionally, there is a nice balance of roasted malts that play in as well. As the beer warms these aspects continue to improve themselves.

T - Unfortunately, the taste of this beer doesn't match up to the smell. Roasted malts, along with a slightly bitter note from the coffee aspect of the beer are what standout. No real strong cream or caramel notes as the smell would have you believe.

M - Medium bodied with a poor amount of carbonation. This beer is begging for some more carbonation to liven things up. Overall, there just isn't enough pushing all the variables of this beer through and what you are left with is a rather lifeless bitter beer.

D - This beer has some good aspects, which seems to be the trend among many of the Viking beers I have tried but there is some work that needs to be done before this will be a top notch beer.

Dec 01, 2009
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robbyc1 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black porter with a deep brown 1 inch head, dissipates fast. Not much lacing. Unpasturized, some bits were left in the bottle.

Deep chocolate notes, dark stone fruits, roasty.

Chocolate, plum, brown sugar, slightly bitter up front, middle is sweetish, short finish, with a coffee/charcoal note at the end, well balanced.

Chalky, round and smooth, creamy, fizzy but tight carbonation fits the style well.

Easy drinker, not hot at all, estimate the abv around 6%, nice porter labeled as a coffee, oatmeal, milk porter, not overdone, just right, better than most for this style.

Nov 20, 2009
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beerwolf77 from Wisconsin

3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark brown almost black in color. Very little head but, what is there is a nice cocoa brown hue. No lacing.

The aroma is pure chocolate fudge with hints of coffee. Faint hop bitterness can be picked up as well.

The flavor is mainly burnt malt and black coffee. Dark chocolate with an earthy finish.

Creamy mouthfeel and full bodied with hardly any carbonation.

Overall a very nice porter. This was my first Viking beer and I will definately revisit.

Oct 08, 2009
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

2.52/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle picked up in Wisconsin.

Pours an opaque dark brown bordering on black, no light gets through, medium sized light brown head forms, quickly settles to a medium ring around the glass and a thin layer, no real lacing. Smell is very weak, very light lacto sweetness, a bit of coffee and chocolate roast, oats, light fruit, thats it. Taste is slightly bettery, lacto sweet, oats, milky, some chocolate, light coffee roast, biscuit, still very watery. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty crap like the other one I had. Just totally weak and no flavour.

Sep 23, 2009
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mnjeff from Minnesota

2.45/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to a cabernet glass (why not)

A: This is a Very dark porter that retains lacing around it's edges well. Light penetrates the sides of the glass. The head does not grow to even 1 finger, just barely lingers.

S: Roasted malts, mild coffee, black licorice

T: No dominant hop component, no dominant malt component. Produces a roasty, malt aftertaste. I would describe the flavors as muted rather than balanced.

M: Very thin, watery

D: This is a drinkable brew, though I expect more "in yo face!" from any kind of coffee or oatmeal porter.

Sep 20, 2009
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paco1029384756 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a small off white head and a fairly thing ring of lacing.

Scent of chocolate, some coffee, lactose, oats, and a hint of smoke. A solid, and balanced scent.

Taste of lactose, oats, chocolate, some coffee and faint candy. A bit less impressive than the scent, but this is certainly not a bad beer by any means.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied and smooth with decent carbonation.

Aug 23, 2009
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Winter from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, like motor oil. Hard pour barely generated a thin bubbly tan head. The aroma consists of cocoa and milk chocolate. Full-bodied mouthfeel is very smooth, with some slight carbonation. Burnt malt adds a roasted coffee and dark chocolate bitterness to start things off. Oatmeal contributes a smoothness to the drinkability midway. Very dry finish.

Jun 23, 2009
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PrinceDarren from Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

"Whole Stein" is described as a coffee, oatmeal, milk porter.

Unfortunately, this beer was pretty dull. It was light and easy to drink, but those are properties that I did not expect from a coffee, oatmeal, milk porter.

Nice, creamy mouthfeel - but lacks excitement.

Apr 29, 2009
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KeefD from Minnesota

3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A coffee, oatmeal, milk porter, huh? Sounds interesting to say the least. Very dark brown, nearly opaque, ruby red highlights, two three finger milk coffee head that left some nice rings of lacing. Not much in the way of aroma. Some light coffee notes that are very faded but come out more as it warms, plus some light notes of chocolate and lactic sourness. Coffee is much more pronounced in the flavor, but still not much going on there. The lactic sugars taste more sweet than sour, however there is still lingering sourness in the background. Coffee and chocolate are the main malt players in this one and hops bitterness can barely be detected. Just not much going on the flavor department. A bit watered down. Could use some more black patent. Mouthfeel is medium-light, low carbonation very silky and smooth, but wish it had more body. A tasty beer for sure, and an interesting take on the style. I liked it, but wouldn't make an effort to seek it out again.

Feb 23, 2009
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rtepiak from Poland

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks and smells like a milk stout. when popped it smelled of straight forward beer at first. pour is opaque... maybe just a bit off. after a bit smell is coffee, chocolate, lactose cream stout, and a light smoked oats. taste is like a decent milk stout but the apple is much more prevalent here than usual. little bit of tobacco earth. not bad.

Dec 07, 2008
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kmeves from Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown with a small creamy brown head. Aroma is moderately sweet, big coffee notes, milk chocolate, some roast and light oatmeal. Flavor is chocolate, less coffee than the nose and roast. Medium body, creamy texture. A so so Porter, I've come to expect a lot more from Wisconsin brewers.

Dec 03, 2008
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque, black body with a tiny, tan-colored head.

Smell: Roast and dark chocolate on the nose with a slight herbal, earthy note.

Taste: A bit of roast and coffee with some lightly sweetish dark chocolate hints. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Sweetened black coffee on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Acceptable, but thin and wholly unremarkable. Thanks, but no thanks.

Nov 29, 2008
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BeerBelcher from Ohio

3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer didn't leave much of an impression on me. My prominent reaction was one of disappointment; this beer has some nice qualities, most notably a pleasant smell, but lacks much else and has a very flat mouthfeel which really detracted from my enjoyment of this beer and would lead me to not recommend it.

Whole Stein pours black and lifeless, with virtually no head and a bit of thinness in the body detectable as early as the pour from the bottle to the glass. Aroma is a pleasant sweet coffee smell. Flavor is preceded by a hit-over-the-head of flatness and lack of carbonation or mouthfeel complexity. This beer is flat and thin, and that ruined most of what came after it (the taste). There was some reasonably intense coffee notes, but those weren't enough to make me re-try this very understated beer.

I would not recommend this beer. I got my bottle at Three Cellars in Franklin, WI.

Nov 10, 2008
War Hammer from Valkyrie Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 110 ratings