War Hammer | Valkyrie Brewing

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Valkyrie Brewing
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SheepNutz on 05-21-2002

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Photo of francisweizen
4.55/5  rDev +26%
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....

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Photo of Lupigrant
4.51/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
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'!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

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Photo of happygnome
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: pours a nice deep dark brown color with about an inch of tan head that dissapears not too fast leaving a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass
s: strong aromas of coffee, cocoa, sweet oatmeal, and cream
t: flavors of coffee and cocoa come out first the oatmeal and sweetness are very well balanced
m: medium to full bodied beer with a little carbonation

overall, i really loved this brew at $6 for a 4 pack its not too expensive so it will be a staple in my fridge

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
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!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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."

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Photo of edbeered
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer on numerous occasions and it has never disappointed. It pours an opaque black color with a dark brown creamy head.The predominant smells are of chocolate and plum. The taste is a blend of chocolate, coffee, plum and toasted malt. There is a wonderful creaminess, but no discernable bitterness. With all the other flavors, perhaps that's just as well. The mouthfeel is good, but not overly rich. A very nice beer.

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Photo of battlekow
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is described as a "coffee, oatmeal, milk porter." I don't know what the technical difference between a stout and a porter is, but this skirts it. Pitch black, opaque like a stout, with a very dark brown head. Smells sweet, like coffee with cream added. Tastes delicious, like a milk stout mixed with a good, smooth porter. Really nice bitter finish with a just a bit of sweetness. Great beer, smooth and easy to drink, but with a lot of character. Only thing wrong with Whole Stein is the name: puns are for shame.

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Photo of badbeer
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out black with a tan head that stays pretty well and leaves nice lacing throughout the glass. Smell is a bit chocolatey and roasty, but it has a very light smell to it. Taste starts out light, but quickly hits you with a light chocolate and coffee-like flavors. Mouthfeel is just so smooth and rich with a heavier than medium body and real light carbonation on the tongue. Another excellent beer from the folks at Viking; you've found yourselves a new customer!

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Photo of Gusler
4.26/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick, blackish coffee brown with an impossibly pathetic toasted marshmallow tan head. Impressively sloshy and sticky in the glass, but the head (or lack thereof) unfortunately keeps me from rating this above average.

Smell: Luscious mocha, swirls of dark chocolate fudge, brownies, teacher's lounge coffee, cola, and light burnt toast notes. Reminiscent of tiramisu. Exactly how you want a "coffee, oatmeal, milk" porter to smell: rich and bittersweet.

Taste: Nutty and sweet, a quilt of coffee, milk chocolate, baker's chocolate, and plain oatmeal. Remarkably crisp and bright on the palate, almost like a Schwarzbier. Finish hits with some tangy, floral hop bitterness followed by a generous aftertaste of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, with initially rough-and-tumble bubbles that lend a sharp airiness to the beer. Effervescence gradually subsides to allow the thick, sticky, malty body to coat the mouth.

Drinkability: Hell yes. Easily adds up to any other like-minded brew. No Mackesons XXX or Barney Flats, but damn good and damn drinkable, especially for something so stout.

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Photo of ADR
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of Skidz
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep dark brown, and is almost completely opaque in the glass, just a very small reddish tinge near the edges. Small dark brown head achieved with vigorous pouring.

I could smell this the second I opened the bottle, a good foot and a half away from my nose too. Heavy on the roastedness and generally sweet. Coffee lingers around, but that's about it. Nothing too complex here.

Tatses largely bitter with strong punches of deep roasted grain, coffee and just some slight hints of chocolate. Oats definately present a large portion of this beer. Nothing overly exciting, but nothing to complain about either.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with wonderful carbonation that is perfect for the style; present and tingly, but not overpowering. Slides around your mouth so easily, it's hard to not want to swallow it immediately. A good, quality micro brew from WI.

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Photo of ccs
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice body, good mouthfeel, very smooth. I liked this a lot and wished I had more. Very mild coffee/chocolate flavor, and the lactose made me think of a mocha. The aroma was that of roasted malt and coffee. Very dark, but not black. I would only have two of these at a sitting--they drink like a meal. Great beer!

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22 oz bomber at Steve's Liquor on University Ave here in Madison. I've been on a porter kick lately and the description on the bottle was intriguing enough for me to give it a try..."A coffee flavored oatmeal milk porter".

Pours an opaque black with a small, short-lived tan head that disapates quickly with some decent lacing. Nose is of sweet chocolate and roasted coffee with some light maltiness. Taste is even better, of baking chocolate, roasted coffee and malt with a slight alcoholic bite. Creaminess makes it like a dessert in and of itself. Nice carbonation makes it fairly easy to drink. Not quite up there with the likes of Black Earth and Edmund Fitz., but good nonetheless. I was pleasantly surprised by this Wisconsin micro, might have to try some of their other offerings.

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Photo of marc77
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of jreitman
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first dabble with the Vikings but it certainly won’t be my last. I was very pleased with this beer from Dallas, Wisconsin. Can anybody tell me where the heck that is? I thought I had been to every small town in this state but I’ve never even heard of Dallas.

Anyways, I served it with desert at a dinner party that I recently held alongside good ole’ fashioned mud pies (Coffee Ice Cream, crushed Oreo, homemade whipped cream, and chocolate sauce). The two complemented each other perfectly and the Viking Porter made a great digestif.

Most of the people at the party were beer nuts and liked the beer as expected. More importantly, however, several folks who don’t normally, if ever, drink porters liked it.

One thing that stood out most about the beer is that it was more like a stout, visibly and texturally, then a porter. The coffee/oatmeal/milk flavor kind of made it taste like a stout too. In fact, if I was doing a blind taste test and didn’t know better, I would probably think that this was a stout rather than a porter.

As a porter this wasn’t as good as my old standbys, Tommy, Fitzie, or Black Earth but it was close and different in positive ways.

I highly recommend this beer for breakfast as it is advertised or for late at night, after dinner.

Yummy, local, and at a fare price.

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Photo of robbyc1
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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War Hammer from Valkyrie Brewing
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