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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

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Added by SheepNutz on 05-21-2002

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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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 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 bditty187
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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!

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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 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 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 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 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 ZAP
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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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 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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