War Hammer | Valkyrie Brewing

108 Ratings

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 88
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 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 dfried
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one wholesome beer. It has a decent porter flavor as a backdrop, heavy but not a burnt taste, which it colors in nicely with coffee and milk to give this beer one complex flavor. I couldn't decide if I would rather have a Whole Stein for breakfast on a bright sunny Saturday morning, or to wind down after a long day next to a fire on a winter evening. This beer would be a great selection for either one really. The milk in it, and the coffee too for that matter, definitely reduces its drinkability. It's more of a novelty beer than anything, but it's a damn good one.

Starbucks, eat your heart out!

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Photo of Jredner
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is a melange of coffee, lactose and sweet malts. Deep black with a finger sized tan head. Fore is quite smooth and silky and has a sweet cream and oatcake flavor. Milk chocolate and sweet cream are also present int he middle range and on intot he finish. Amazingly smooth palate. Some grassiness int he finish detracts, but this is a pretty nicely done beer.

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Photo of iron78
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the pour had a dark brown head, thinned fast. Very dark in the glass, not letting any light through.
Smelled like a hot chocolate or a mocha coffee with cream.
Very creamy, silky feel. Maybe a bit thin, or could be that it was so smooth it seemed lighter.
The flavor is a good balance of chocolate and coffee. The lactose and oatmeal taking away any bitterness from the coffe flavor. A good balance of additives to make it a different brew than just a porter.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a deep brown color almost black with a tiny light brown head that leaves a bit of lacing. The aroma is of milk chocolate and lactose, with a bit of roasted malts and coffee. The flavor is of chocolate and a bit of roasted malts with the milky lactose taste. I get a bit of dark fruits as well. It is full in body, yet thin due to a lack of carbonation....which is not surprising in Viking brews. It has a bit of souring in the finish; green apples. It is easy drinking, but one bottle will do. An alright beer, but not one I would seek out again.

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Photo of granger10
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Milky chocolate in color with a medium tan had that dissipates somewhat quickly. Aroma is really sweet and roasted. Nuts, espresso, vanilla, bitter chocolate, and some oak even. Taste is really, really strong on the coffee. Lots of roasted bitter coffee beans in the flavor. I can't believe they don't put any coffee in here. Oatmeal and milk seem to be lacking though. Maybe they help smooth out the roasted bitter flavors but they don't really lend much themselves to the flavor profile. Black licorice is also quite noticeable and some milk chocolate as well. Decent, actually good, but not great and I was hoping for something a little different. Worth a try.

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

thanks goes to styles for shaing this at the kuhnhenns gathering on 6/10. poured a dark brown with a light tan head. aroma coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, oatmeal, and a nice touch of hops. flavor gotta love the coffee, roasted malts, chocolate. very good.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 bnuttz
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

very dark black color color with a small dark tan head. Smells of sweet lactose and bitter dark malts, nothing really special. Taste is of chocolate and oats. Not bitter at all, balance is great in this one. Very smooth and much like a session oatmeal stout. I would guess the ABV is not too high on this one, or at least it is very well hidden. Smooth and drinkable like no other. This does mean that it is pretty thin on the mouth though.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber with gold foil, and a label that proclaims "something special from wisonsin" on the top. Jet black body with a little light brown peaking through the bottom of the glass. Head is big and dark tan in color. Overwhelming coffee bean smell dominates the nose. Taste is slightly sweet, like someone added some sugar packets and creamer to a cool cup of coffee. Very little carbonation to speak of, this beer is almost all coffee. It is still very drinkable, even for a non-coffee drinker, such as myself.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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War Hammer from Valkyrie Brewing
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