War Hammer
Valkyrie Brewing

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Porter - American
Ranked #992
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Ranked #39,716
3.67 | pDev: 16.35%
Valkyrie Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: My second Viking offering tonight, and yet again, the picture in the BA database doesn’t really do the bottle full justice. Heavyweight looking, a thick golden foil encases the crown cap, and almost covers the entire neck of the 22ounce brown glass bottle. The top of the foil has a red round sticker with the words ‘Something Special from Wisconsin’. The main (and only) label has a silver background with dark blue text. A Viking Longboat rides the froth atop a large Mug. Listed as ‘Whole Stein’ and described as <take deep breath> ‘A Coffee Flavored Oatmeal Milk Porter’. No strength or freshness date listed.

Appearance: Very dark black thick viscous pour with a minimal head. What does form is better in nature from a top-up rather than from the initial pour. Still, neither have much retentiveness. The smooth looking ¼” head eventually slowly ‘pops away’ and slowly dissolves to reveal only a halo covering that leaves little lacing. Good carbonation to start with, rapidly descends to minimal levels.

Nose: Sweetish nose overall, dark roasted malts, sugar laden bitter-sweet dark chocolate coffee. Nice nose that lingers heavy in the air above the glass and has some decent strength. Gets more ‘bitter’ as it warms with a stronger roasted coffee feel.

Taste: Starts with lots of burnt skidmark malts that build into a sharp edged dark charcoal malty center. Long after the swallow, the dry finish starts to reveal mocha coffee, dark bitter cooking chocolates and some thick burnt toasted after-tastes.

Mouthfeel: Big and bold it delivers quite a punch at first. The bitter-sweet coffee feel fills the mouth and this mixes well with a lovely soft oatmeal feel that nicely balances the dry bitter chocolate feel. Hardly any time goes by before the thick burnt malts back this up more so with a long bitter after-taste.

Drinkability: Not exactly a pounding Stout, for it does have an Imperial Stout feel, but the impressive taste profile makes this a beer that you want to experience mouthfeel after mouthfeel, which precipitates a high drinking activity which in turn adds to a rather cool quaffability.

Overall: This is quite something, what sounded like a joke at first, this “Coffee Flavored Oatmeal Milk Porter” more than delivers the goods; though I am sure it is an offering than can equally divide a room of dark beer lovers between whether this is a really a Stout, or a Porter. Who cares! It is well worth seeking out.

It's great but I’m on the fence with the style. So here is a 'Stout-Porter' Thanks to BigHuge, for this Wisconsin 'Porter-Stout'!

May 27, 2004
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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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marc77 from California

4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Jet black and opaque. Head settles into a thin, soapy, chestnut layer. Laceless. The aroma is dominated by pronounced, smoky, carbonaceous charcoal like black patent and rounded, dark chocolate. As it breathes, notes of dark molasses tinged with soft caramel surface and lend an impression of cappachino and cream. Very enticing aromawise. Initial wash of simple lactose sweetness in flavor widens into a stately cocoa presence derived from chocolate malt and non descript dark crystal malt. Roasted character augments in intensity, becoming distinctly and agreeably coffee like and firmly burnt mid palate, but the persistent, offsetting mellow lactose undertone prevents any acridity. Hop bitterness is balmy and soft, but adequately offsets residual sweetness. Understated biscuit notes surface late and couple with the chocolate driven malt character to lend a suggestion of chocolate chip pancakes drizzled with molasses. Unfortunately lean in body and over attenuated, although the trace, oat derived silkiness prevents a watery mouthfeel. Finishes with a lingering, gentle extension of milk chocolate and sweetened dark roast coffee. If Whole Stein backed up its outstanding aroma and flavor profile with a hefty malt backbone, this would be a top notch brew. It's certainly quite enjoyable and quaffable, regardless. I could see this being an ideal breakfast beer, since it combines a deeply roasted malt character with a light body. Big thanks to Bighuge for sending this one to my belly.

Sep 12, 2003
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger brown head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Black color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Burnt chocolate nose. Burnt chocolate flavor but smooth, finish has some bitterness but not from hops. $1.59 for a 12oz bottle from Blue Max Liquor Burnsville, Mn.

Sep 26, 2006
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ZAP from Minnesota

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

A nice little surprise here...thought this was a marzen beer and when I poured it out I said "What the F#ck is this?" Turns out I was blessed with a coffee flavored oatmeal stout and a pretty good one at that.

It pours blackish brown with little to know head...nice burnt malt nose with some java tones...taste is heavy on the burnt malt....relatively smooth in the mouth, but not as slick as I expect from an oatmeal...the java notes are subdued on the buds, but nice and unobtrusive...some excellent burn malts with a dark cocoa like flavor....very nice beer.

Sep 11, 2002
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budgood1 from Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

coffee flavored oatmeal milk porter? oh baby.....
this 22 ounces of bomber brewing madness of pours out a black that is impenetrable to light. the rather thick and luscious head sticks around for awhile. big time roasted barley aromas...smells delicious. tastes of yeasty sourness...delicate espresso notes, malted milk balls, black barley malt....definite oatmeal texture...all balanced quite nicely. medium bodied, leaning to the thinnish side, with an extremely smooth and velvety mouthfeel. hints of alcohol bounce in and out. highly drinkable and pretty damn tasty. recommended!
thanks again to the gf for bringing this back from wisconsin awhile back!

May 17, 2003
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Bighuge from Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an opaque brew. Nice creamy brown head tops it off. Lacing ability is good. Coffee, cocoa, sweet lactose, burnt malts and molasses all make an appearance on the nose. There are some nice burnt malt and java tones in this brew. Molasses is on the tongue as well. Some nice graininess also. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. Body is about medium-full. There's actually some lactic sourness barely perceptible too. This is probably my favorite brew from Viking. The label calls this beer a Coffee flavored Oatmeal Milk Porter.

Sep 04, 2002
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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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ADR from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown pour with barely any light transmission. Tannish 1/4 inch head, laces in simple rings with some drips. Nice aroma, roasty coffee with some smoke and a Hershey bar milk chocolate sense. Nice body and mouthfeel, creamy with an oaty influence. Flavor is up there -- coffee-influenced but with a yeasty and orange oil counterpart, possibly hop aided. Sweet malty chocolate sense adds to the profile as it sits and warms up a bit. Worth picking up when in Wisconsin in my book.

Aug 04, 2003
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cokes from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just one hell of a beer. Viking blew me away with this one. Dubbed a "coffee flavored oatmeal milk porter". Sounds sort of gimmicky, but it delivers on all counts.
Pours black with a dark tan/brown head. Fades out, but not quickly.
Oaty sweetness and burnt malts on the nose.
Taste contains both the sweet oatiness and the roastedness but accentuated with some coffee and faint chocolate flavors.
Drinks so nicely...mouthfeel puts their "imperial stout/ baltic porter" to shame.
Just delicious.
One bomber is never enough.
This is top of the line stuff.

May 21, 2002
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TastyTaste from Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber with gold foil, and a label that proclaims "something special from wisonsin" on the top. Jet black body with a little light brown peaking through the bottom of the glass. Head is big and dark tan in color. Overwhelming coffee bean smell dominates the nose. Taste is slightly sweet, like someone added some sugar packets and creamer to a cool cup of coffee. Very little carbonation to speak of, this beer is almost all coffee. It is still very drinkable, even for a non-coffee drinker, such as myself.

Mar 04, 2005
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jreitman from California

4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of coffee and dark grain were very dominant early on but as it sat a nice sweet chocolate aroma overcame them. Very thin layer of light brown head sat on top of an opaque dark brown beer. Light and creamy as one would expect from a beer with oatmeal in it. Sweetened coffee dominated the flavor profile with a nice roasted, bitter grain feeling on the sides of the tongue. Overall I thought the flavors to be a bit subdued, but consequently easily drinkable.

Jul 06, 2003
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viking's Whole Stein delivers an opaque black body with only minimal glints of mahogany when held to the light. It's frothy tan head drops shortly but initially leaves at least a smattering of small, spotty lace about the pint. The nose is rich and bold, however, with notes of bright, sweet caramel; milk chocolate; buttery toffee (diacetyl); and sweet, creamy coffee! As it warms the coffee notes become a bit more roasty; and a waft of almost strawberry-like yeasty fruitiness becomes apparent. Well done! In the mouth it's silky smooth across the palate with a medium body and moderate, very fine-bubbled carbonation that allows it to simply slide away. The flavor delivers everything that the aroma suggests (caramel, light chocolate, coffee) with the addition of a bit more buttery toffee, some nuttiness, a more solid roasted coffee character, and some more "bittersweet" chocolate at the end. It's berry-like fruitiness remains intact, and even carries over into it's dry finish and lingering aftertaste alongside it's nutty, caramelish maltiness. The bitterness is restrained; and it doesn't seem to need to be any fuller as it's low-key roastiness also helps to keep it in check. Hop flavors are minimal at best, but that's OK - this is about malt. And yet it's not overly rich or sweet at all! In fact, it's really well balanced and exceptionally drinkable. It's very nicely done, and certainly worth trying for anyone who's into dark beers and not adverse to a bit of rounding diacetyl!

Dec 26, 2004
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bditty187 from Nebraska

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, black hue, smallish beige head that develops poorly, fades to a soapy collar... minimal, spotty lace was produced. The nose has indications of charcoal, coffee, roasted malts… decent, not very potent. Roasted malt charges the palate with a rush but the lactose provides a substantial sweetness that balances the brew momentarily, toasted chocolate and dry coffee beans finish the taste on a lovely note. The oats add depth and creaminess/silkiness. On the tongue the body appears rather full but as you swallow a definite watery sensation develops… a touch too thin overall. The milk influences become more evident as it warms… it also loses some of the burnt/roasted qualities too. Still Whole Stein is complex and delicious… plenty drinkable and damn lovely to quaff as well. I’d gladly drink this one again, very solid. Try one.

Thanks tavernjef!

Sep 22, 2003
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Gusler from Arizona

4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour is an inky black, the head modest in size, the texture frothy and the color a winsome light chocolate, as it evolves the lace forms a fine sealing sheet upon the glass. The sweet malt seems to dominate the nose, chased by the toasted grains and a hint of fresh brewed coffee also noticed, fresh, crisp, and clean with the start thickly malt and sweet, the top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has a pesky acidity, the hops pertinent in their spiciness, droughty and bittersweet aftertaste lingers on the palate. At 3.5% ABV, this is a Porter that would have me drinking it all night long, never thought of a Porter as a “session beer”, but I do now, thanks to “tavernjef” for this bottle, and my thanks and gratitude to the fine “Crafts People” at Viking Brewery for such a fine beer.

Oct 03, 2003
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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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BeerBuilder from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a deep brown color almost black with a tiny light brown head that leaves a bit of lacing. The aroma is of milk chocolate and lactose, with a bit of roasted malts and coffee. The flavor is of chocolate and a bit of roasted malts with the milky lactose taste. I get a bit of dark fruits as well. It is full in body, yet thin due to a lack of carbonation....which is not surprising in Viking brews. It has a bit of souring in the finish; green apples. It is easy drinking, but one bottle will do. An alright beer, but not one I would seek out again.

Nov 20, 2005
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francisweizen from Alaska

4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Black, with a tan head. This smells like dessert. The aromas are sweet, malty and boozy with an interesting blend of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, caramel, and more! The taste is sweet and sticky up front with an amazingly malty middle and a huge finish of sweet coffee, chocolate, caramel, and more. Like I said, dessert. The mouthfeel is thick, but not too thick considering that this is a stout-porter of some sort and the drinkability is very good as well. An awesomely unique brew from Wisconsin. Ah, yes, i'd like another....

Sep 14, 2004
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thoroughly black in color, with a finely roasted head of tannish foam that sits and stays in the glass.
Deep, dark, arcane aroma, rich as it gets, full as can be, the nose flooded with associations of plums, dates, raisins, coffee, chocolate, molasses, and maybe more.
Thick texture, lush taste, flavor engorges the senses, rich and roasty, but creamy, as well.
A "coffee/milk/oatmeal porter", is it? A tall bill to fill, and somehow they carry it off; it should be a mess, but it's wonderful stuff, an amalgam of the best of many styles of stout/porter, some of which are awfully hard to find good examles of on their lonesomes.
body is about medium, finish is, too, and the flavor remains sweet and creamy, ever so easy to toss back.
Top of the heap of sweet stouts, er, I mean, "milk/coffee/oatmeal porters."

May 18, 2004
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SheepNutz from Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a jet black color with two fingers of dark tan foam. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell consists of coffee, roasted malt, molasses, and caramel. A little light smelling though, you really have to get a big whiff. The taste is certainly not light at all. Sweet burnt malt, chocolate, coffee, and licorice up front. A little hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Slightly dry finish. The mouthfeel is super thick and heavy, very nice. The drinkability is fairly good as well. I'm not sure of the abv, but whatever alcohol content it has is masked nicely. A pleasant surprise, thanks Tavernjef!

Feb 11, 2004
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tavernjef from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great black color, rich looking and thick with a thin cocoa brown head that fades to a leave a few spots of lace and upon drinking gets small patches and strings.

Smell is solid coffee, somewhat espresso-like but closer to a dark coffee, has burnt cookies, dark chocolate and lovely notes of sweet oatmeal and molasses, reminds me of Milk Duds, Malted Milk Balls, a sweet chocolate chip cookie with a burnt bottom dipped in rich coffee. Ahhh....what a fabulous aroma!

Guess what? It tastes like it smells! Starting with easy, sweet dark roasty malts, chocolate tangyness rendering more sweetness and the oatmeal really makes this wonderfully sweet throughout the taste and then finishes strong with a nice rich easy coffee flavor and drying. Again tasting like not-so-thick Milk Duds, Malted Milk Balls, a sweet chocolate chip cookie with a slightly burnt bottom dipped in rich coffee. This is not thick and rich like an Imperial Stout, this a milk version so its much lighter in that regards but just right for what this accomplishes.

Feel is a nice and smooth milky medium body and great lingering of coffee dryness holding some in the finish in the back of the tongue. One hell of a nice "coffee oatmeal milk porter"!
Viking has a acquired a new fan with this one.

Jul 23, 2003
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling courtesy of Feloniousmonk and BIF 20! Thanx!

The chilled bottle is poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a thick viscous black as it glides down the side of the glass.
A lite fluffy tan head foams up half the glass even with the most gentle of pours. Appearance takes a small hit due to overfoaming.
Aroma is roasted malt and coffee mixing with some brown sugar and chocolate milk scent. Appealing on the nose for sure.
First sip reveals a thinner body than expected and slightly prickly carbonation.
Flavor starts with a bit of coffee and sweet chocolate milk again mixing to make a mochaesque start. There is actually a brief hit of piney hops in the middle and then the malts take over again on the finish with a lingering roasted malt dryness in my mouth.
Quite a nice brew that goes down very smoothly. NO idea of abv but the beer offers no clues.
I would drink again if given the opportunity.

Aug 16, 2005
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alexgash from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I must say that this is the first (and only) coffee oatmeal milk porter I've had. Kudos to Viking for their creativity. Pours a murky brown with a light brown head. Smell consists of roasted barley, coffee grounds, smoked salmon, and peat bog, with a bit of a lacto-vanilla edge. Interesting and even weird. Taste is similar with burned roasted malts, some lacto-sweetness, and even some winey tangy-ness. Full, creamy mouthfeel for its strength and quite drinkable.

Feb 02, 2004
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granger10 from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Milky chocolate in color with a medium tan had that dissipates somewhat quickly. Aroma is really sweet and roasted. Nuts, espresso, vanilla, bitter chocolate, and some oak even. Taste is really, really strong on the coffee. Lots of roasted bitter coffee beans in the flavor. I can't believe they don't put any coffee in here. Oatmeal and milk seem to be lacking though. Maybe they help smooth out the roasted bitter flavors but they don't really lend much themselves to the flavor profile. Black licorice is also quite noticeable and some milk chocolate as well. Decent, actually good, but not great and I was hoping for something a little different. Worth a try.

Oct 31, 2005
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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