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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 107
Photo of terrabyte
1.54/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours dark black, with a large brown head. The head disappeared completely, and there's no lacing.

Has a very sour smell to it. Reminds me of cheap wine left open after a day.

The flavor is... well, the mouthfeel is too distracting to tell. There's no carbonation. It's completely limp. It seems like a weak wine, even the aftertaste. Hints of sour grapes. There are some milk stout flavors with some oats. But it's very mute, and quite changed without the carbonation.

I'll have to revisit this review at a later date if I run into more beers like this, or find out it went flat or bad on me.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
2.02/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer's head fades very fast and barely leaves a lacing. The smell is roasty and coffee-like. The taste was like cold coffee and very disgusting. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth and nice. But overall I would never ever try this again. I might not even have another Viking Brew.

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Photo of PrinceDarren
2.3/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

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Photo of mnjeff
2.45/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
2.52/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.57/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle received via GIF8 from stewdawg. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/8" brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven film, with average lacing. Aroma is coffee with a lactic tartness. Taste is worty, coffee malty yet thin, with a touch of tartness and a chalky close. Mouthfeel is thin and undercarbonated, and drinkability is actually more like flatish soda than beer. Won't be looking too hard for this one again, unfortunately.

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Photo of CRJMellor
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a viscous dark brown with minimal ecru head and no real lace.
Aroma has some black licorice, chocolate, charcoal and some toasted grains.
Flavor was below average. Kind of had a chocolate and roasted thing going but that was quickly overtaken by an anise or black licorice flavor that was way too amped up and erased all other flavors.
Mouthfeel was below average as well. Kind of had a tinny feel and no real lasting or coating effect on the palate as it was thin and somewhat lifeless. Jumbled mess of flavors with no real transitions to make enjoyable.
Drinkability was slightly below average. Not a terribly constructed beer but the flavor profile and transitions made it hard to decide what they trying to with this beer. Hard to believe it was supposed to be a Porter.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"A Coffee, Oatmeal, Milk Porter", so states the label.
Pours almost black with literally no head at all.
Aroma is bitter chocolate and roasted dark malts.
Flavor is coffee ground bitterness with hints of chocolate and some definite citrus hop bitterness overpowering what could be smooth.
Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style and hops overpower what should be predominately roasted dark malts.
Also there seems to be a milk or lactose sourness to this brew.
Doesn't really fit into the American Porter catagory, IMHO.

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Photo of kmeves
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of EliteDigger
3.07/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this a couple years ago at the Great Taste and I thought it was pretty good. Tried it again the next year and it was just ok. Hadn't had it for awhile so when I saw some, I bought a single at Rileys....
A- Dark body with almost no head to speak of. Small ring of tiny bubbles around the edge of glass.
S-Weak coffee, some chocolate, cardboard(?) and that's about it.
T-Two words-Watered down. Stale coffee, bittersweet chocolate, slight sweetness and that's about it.... unimpressive to say the least.
M-With almost zero carbonation the mouthfeel suffers incredibly. Feel like I'm drinking thick water.
D-I'm sure you could drink these all day...if you wanted to. But one is almost one too many.
Maybe I got a bad bottle... I sure hope that's the case. I'll probably give it a try again in another couple years but am extremely disappointed.

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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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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a brown 12oz bottle - Pours a dark brown color with a slight head and below average carbonation. Smells of roasted coffee and malts. First sip is sweet then it is all coffee. Chocolate notes are very prevalent. Very light bodied. Almost too light bodied. The under carbonation really hurts the mouthfeel. Just fair.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours black with little head to begin with, then nothing, a bit of lacing. Aroma is slightly bittersweet, but slightly sour, like the milk went bad. And if there is coffee in here its faint, cause all I"m smelling thats good is butterscotch cookies. I'm not really a fan of this, just comes off awkward and goofy.

Taste makes a bit more sense, the porter characteristics coming through, that funny butterscotch makes an appearance toward the end. But again, sour. Its not making anything here bad per se, just.. well, odd. Its a strange duck, but somehow I actually kind of like it. Mouth is pretty decent, though any carbonation is sorely lacking, but taht makes it rather smooth. All in all, not bad, but not again.

Now, this is about the third Viking brew I've had in the past week, and besides the Lime thinger, the disturbing theme is this sour funk in them all, and I wonder if they're having problems lately, cuase I've had Viking brews before and wasn't turned off. Hmm... Maybe, if I hear that they really do have quality control issues or something, I'll give their line another go.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours black with a very thin brown head even with a vigorous pour.

S - Burnt coffee, some lactic sourness, vanilla and roasted malt.

T - Heavy sourness and burnt coffee. The sourness is over powering and makes it hard to find other flavors.

M - Thin

D - Not a horrible beer but it needs to loose the sourness. Not one I will try again.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of KeefD
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was my first introduction to the Viking brewery, I had a 22 oz. around 3 years ago. It was really memorable at the time...

This review is from a 12 oz., purchased yesterday in Madison. Clever label with black & white cowhide, and a strip of 3 rear-view cows.

Pours a completely opaque black, slightly dark brown at the edge where it meets the foam. Initial pour results in a finger of tan mocha foam that is very appetizing. The foam disappears after a few minutes.

Smell is very mild, there's a lactic sourness and dark roasted malt after a swirl of the glass.

Taste has all the right elements, coffee, roasty malt, and chocolate. But it seems out of balance with an artificial plastic note in the first few sips. Nice roast coffee & chocolate aftertaste. It seems pretty light and thin for a Porter even, like a watered down Stout.

It's a decent offering, it just could use more body and have a cleaner presence on the palate. The 22oz. I had so long ago seemed much better by comparison.

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Photo of Mdog
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Completely opaque black even when held to light, no head to speak of.

Smell: Multiple snorts only give a slight coffee aroma.

Taste: Strong bitter coffee sweetened with a little chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy.

Drinkability: I don't drink coffee but I don't mind coffee flavors in beer, pretty good.

Picked up a couple Viking brews that I'd had before. This had a lot more coffee flavor than I remembered but is one of Viking's better offerings. Probably one of the few that I would pick up a 4 pack from them.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle pours into my glass a deep black with dark brown edges and a small tan head that appears and quickly falls to a ring around the top. Aromas are big on dark roasted malts, mild chocolate and brewed coffee as well. There's a lactic/creamy tinge to it as well as somewhat of a metallic/sour note. Rather mellow overall.

First sip brings a smooth rush of dark roasted malt upfront. Some mild chocolate flavor moves in along with a touch of coffee as well. Toasted oats add a slickness. It flows down with some slightly sour lactic flavor as well. Finishes with a lingering roasty note.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice slick creaminess imparted by the oats. This one goes down silky smooth with mellow carbonation. Overall, this one just falls a little short for me. With coffee being the first thing listed on the label I was hoping for more coffee flavor. Still, it's a tasty oatmeal, milk porter and worthy trying. Not sure I'd grab it again.

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Photo of drpimento
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a fine tight dark head, tiny bit of lace. Almost opaque dark brown. Light aroma. Creamy mouth, roasty nutty, coffee, toffee, yummy decent brew. Drinkable. Good finish. Carbonated just right for the style. Not a summer beer. Perhaps almost a session beer.

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

Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. Bottle at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. Strong aromas of fresh ground decaf coffee. The flavor continues this run, but adds some very creamy milk and nuts to this combo, to create an interesting mix. Unfortunately, it loses some on the back end with a watery ending.

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

Thanks to starofindia for this extra, never heard of this brewery before so it's always a pleasure to discover someplace new.

Pours a dark brown/black color, small tan head that fades really fast.

Smell is mostly roasted malt with slight whiff of coffee.

Taste gives a more coffee presence coupled with roasted malt, slight sourness in the aftertaste, not as creamy as I would have expected considering the description, bit thin, an above average porter though.

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