War Hammer | Valkyrie Brewing

BA SCORE
45.8%
Liked This Beer
3.61 w/ 107 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Valkyrie Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
valkyriebrewery.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SheepNutz on 05-21-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,463
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
107
Liked:
49
Avg:
3.61/5
pDev:
16.62%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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4.51/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cfred371
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KevChiTown
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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3.76/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Stevedore
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
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

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Lemke10
3.72/5  rDev +3%
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.

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1/5  rDev -72.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Chaz
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

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War Hammer from Valkyrie Brewing
Beer rating: 45.8% out of 100 with 107 ratings
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