War Hammer | Valkyrie Brewing

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Valkyrie Brewing
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)
described as a coffee Oatmeal Milk Porter on the label
A- This beer has a black dense body with a thin dark tan film of head that fades to a thin ring. The only sign of carbonation is a few tiny bubbles stuck to the glass.

S- This beer has a vinous black malt aroma with some dark chocolate hints with notes of tootsie roll and light pepper. the finish is a soft tangy coffee note that increases as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a roasted black malt favor that turns inky as the beer warms. There is a slight cream flavor with some tap water flavors in the finish. As the beer warms there is a slight coffee bitterness that comes through in the black malt but it is still faint.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a watery/slippery texture. There is no real alcohol heat but a soft astringency from the black malt comes through at the beginning of the sip.

D- This beer has some nice malt aromas and some nice malt flavors but it turns thin and watery at the finish. Great start to this beer just a diluted follow through.

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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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Photo of aforbes10
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffee oatmeal milk porter? Hmmm...I like all those words...

Pours dark brown to red and transparent, with a whisper of a head, kind of watery looking. Smells grainy, notes of chocolate milkshake. Taste is a balanced mix of bitter chocolate, well-steeped coffee, oat porridge, and grassy hops. Hop finish blends well with the chocolate flavors in an interesting fashion. mild metallic flavor on the finish. Nice soft, almost velvety mouthfeel.

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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 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 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 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 tempest
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown stubby bottle into a pint glass.

Wow, this name is pretty accurate, it feels just like I'm drinking milk here. There's some cocoa and roasted oat and barley flavors, but the overall flavor seems a touch empty, or rather, tasting like skim milk. Kinda weird and kinda cool all at once, I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle t a pint glass the liquid id very dark with very good carbonation. The head is dark tan or coffee mocha, a big fast 3 fingers that fades fast leaving very little lace.

The smell is slightly roasty and a tad fruity.

The taste follows a faint roasty malt gives way to some ok fruity and caramel notes. The hops are light and don't make much of a statement.

The mouthfeel is good. Medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, easy drinking with some very light yet interesting flavor profile, I would like to try it again.

Big thanks to objectivemonkey for this brew. Prosit MK

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Photo of Pitmonkey
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with excessive carbonation, with foam overflowing my glass before I got to the 3/4 mark. Huge head dissolves into a low cap made of up fairly large bubbles which further fades to a tiny ring of fine bubbles at the very edge of the glass.

The color is black with no light penetration. When I hold a high powered flashlight up next to the glass I get some deep red coming through and it looks creepily like the Eye of Sauron.

The smell is wonderful coffee and deeply roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is overwhelmed by carbonation, big bubbles popping all over, but as that subsides the flavors of coffee, heavily roasted malt, sweetness and some alcohol notes, the finish is of pleasant lingering coffee and sweetness. Every sip immediately turns to foam as it hits my tongue.

I have always liked this porter and look forward to it every time. I do not recall this level of carbonation in the past, but this is the first time I have consumed it with an eye toward reviewing. I am scoring drinkability lower because I only ever want one before moving on, but I really enjoy that one. This is a big flavorful beer and definitely the best "breakfast" beer I have come across. If they could only work eggs and bacon into the mix...

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Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, rileys

appearance: pours into a bell's pint glass - big black body with a creamy chocolate head and little lacing

smell: creamy and roasty, trace dark fruits, raisins, dry coffee grounds and bakers chocolate, nice and rich

taste: dark roasted malt, raisin and plum, dates, dry chocolate, coffee grounds, doughy (or is that cardboard?). pretty standard porter

mouthfeel: creamy, but a little light feeling

drinkability: good

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Photo of dogger6253
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real dark, thick body - almost black. No head at all, just a thin ring around the glass.

Smell is nice: coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, bits of alcohol mixed in as well.

Really watered down taste...some nice coffee and chocolate flavor, but not very pronounced or developed.

Lightly carbonated, medium body. It's really easy to sip, but not really impressive in most respects.

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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 blitheringidiot
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Labe says "Unpasterized: Keep it cool!"

Pours as a buh-lack midnight ink light encasing dark black allowing no light out topped with a scant skim razor thin layer of khaki foam.

Deep scents of roasted malt and sweet brown sugar with some vanilla ice cream hints. Focused nose.

First swigs: Tangy milk and baker's chocolate initial front leads to a chocolate milk and baker's chocolate bitter drink. Seems to revolve around the bitter above all else. Slight funky twinge.

Feel is quite bitter like a big double stout. Leaves a residue of tobacco leaf bitterness behind.

Last swigs: Interesting porter that may need some more development. No dates on the bottle.

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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 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 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 Scoobydank
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:little to no head. What was there is a light brown shade. Very dark black when looking at it in a glass.
S: Roasted coffee beans with a tiny bit of milk chocolate
T:A good dark coffee taste. A nice dark roasted malt flavor lingered on the sides of my mouth for a bit.
M:Because of the light tiny bubbles, this had the feel of a milky creamy mouth feel.
D:I think this a very drinkable Porter. Had some great character, not hot, so very approachable.

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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 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 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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black coffee black topped by a coffee-with-cream colored head that is a scant one finger in height, even after a somewhat vigorous pour. It looks like carbonation (as in 'a lack of') might be an issue. The bubbly foam is already approaching extinction and no lace graces the glass. Good looking beer though.

I like the nose quite a bit. It smells like fudge brownies studded with butterscotch bits and flecks of vanilla bean. Even though the brewery calls this beer 'a coffee, oatmeal and milk porter', I can't say that I appreciate the java. Why don't they just call it a breakfast porter and be done with it? Anyway, the aroma, while different and probably not everyone's cup of joe, is very nice.

So that's where the coffee went. Odd that it isn't more prominent in the nose. The flavor profile consists of roasted coffee grounds with a bitterness that tastes like it was born of citric hops. The reason that I don't love Whole Stein is a quality that I've noticed in other Viking offerings; namely, a close to overbearing lactic sourness.

I don't mind that characteristic in most porters, in fact I think it adds flavor interest in many cases, I just don't like it to be present to quite this degree. It tastes like curdled cream was added to my breakfast coffee (even though I don't drink coffee, never have and never will). Some of the diacetyl butterscotchiness is still present, although it doesn't work quite as well within the somewhat scattershot flavor profile.

The body/mouthfeel isn't bad for a porter, with one exception. Given the look on the pour, I wasn't expecting much carbonation and that is exactly what I got (or didn't get). Even though it isn't completely flat, the beer lacks any sort of life in the mouth and is, obviously, the poorer for it. This isn't the first Viking beer to suffer this fate. I'm wondering if the boys from Dallas might have some quality control issues.

Whole Stein (Holstein. Milk porter. Get it?) is an interesting beer, but not an especially good one. I get the feeling that something might have gone wrong with this particular batch, but the fact that I've had similar problems with this brewery in the past makes me think that they have bigger issues. The next time I make the trek up to Madison, I'll grab another bottle and give Whole Stein another go round.

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Photo of ryantupy
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a very loght bodied beer that was great in the morning. It pours a dark coffee black color with a very small head. It smlled of smokiness with a hint of sweetness. Maybe even a little bit of coffee in there to. It tasted pretty good and enjoyable it was very smooth and had a creamy kinda mouthfeel to it. I would definatly give this beer another shot. While it definatly is not my favorite of its style it is worth another shot.

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War Hammer from Valkyrie Brewing
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