Limfjordsporter | Thisted Bryghus

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Thisted Bryghus

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with liquorice. The recipe was developed during the 70's at the Urban brewery in Aalborg. Thisted bought the name, and the production restarted in 1997.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-10-2002

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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 131
Photo of Snyder18
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark, black, bubbly. Creamy dark brown head starts at about 2.5 inches and very slowly falls to a thin layer with lots of lace on the glass.

Smell - roasted, coffee, spicy, hint of licorice.

Taste - creamy, smoky, malty, roasty, coffee, black pepper. Nicely balanced with hop bitterness laying back to allow the malts and spices to show their stuff.

Mouthfeel - wonderfully full bodied. Creamy with lots of carbonation and alcohol warming.

Drinkability - very drinkable. Surprisingly so given the high alcohol content.

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Photo of daledeee
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am an honest person. I poured this beer and smelled something. I thought I smelled band aids. I cheated and looked at some other reviews to see if I was right. Two out of the first three reviewers said the same thing. Now I know I am not crazy.
I bought this beer with the recommendation from my favorite beer store. I also smell malt but realistically it is mostly bandaids.

The taste is unbelievably smooth with a smoked and dark malt character. Coffee and dark chocolate are in the back ground. The mouth feel is great with a nice smooth ice cream coating on the tongue. Overall this is a good porter. I think I might liike Sinebyrchoff better purely on taste... but appearance, mouth feel are top notch on this one.

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Photo of oldhippie247
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque and for all practical purposes black. Head is tan, full and fluffy with large bubbles.

Big roasted nose that features a soured mash nuance.

Mouthfeel is big and creamy--a definite plus because I was a little worried it would have a thin, vinous character. Deeply roasted malts dominate. ABV is noticeable, but in a nicely balanced way.

Overall a very nice beer. Baltic porter has never been a favorite of mine, but this is a beer I would buy repeatedly.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice.

Label dated 01/07/09

A: Pours a very dark black color with some faint cranberry highlights at the edges. Creamy, one-finger, mocha-colored head dissolves to a sloppy looking skim with random splotches of lace on the glass.

S: Huge nose of peat smoked malt and, to a lesser extent, band-aids. Also in the nose is some bitter dark chocolate and some funky/dirty yeast.

T: See above. Smokey and spicy with flavors of campfire, bitter chocolate, lemon-y hops, and fudge.

M: Pretty bitter, dry, and prickly. Thick smoky coating left on my tongue. Finish is dry, spicy, tangy, and lasts forever.

D: I wasn't sure what to expect when the label says both "Double Brown Stout" and "Porter". I thought this was interesting and enjoyed the spice and the smokiness.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.04/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Okay, I like most flavors in beer, but the one direction I don't like is band-aid. This beer is rife with it. Like a few Belgians that exhibit this flavor, this seems intentional instead of an infection. Unlike those particular Belgian beers, this one seems more an accident of combined flavors than the result of any funkiness. I'm a huge licorice fan, and I like some peat in the glass as well, but the combination here of the strong licorice and strong peat here tastes just like band-aid to me here- and I don't like it at all. I could be wrong, and it could just be infected, but this is not a bottle that's been lingering on a shelf somewhere, the abv is relatively high, and there is no excuse for it and I'll judge accordingly. The pour is nice, black and viscous with a tan head that fades to a thin ring. That viscosity, though is a little unsettling in the mouth. Very thick and almost slick in the mouth. The smell has a bit of that band-aid smell, that grows as it warms. Beyond that, roasty, very peaty and licorice dominate. The taste has that same flavor, especially on the finish. Before that is some very earthy licorice and strong peat- and then tragedy. I won't be having this again.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, with a fluffy tan head that settles into a thin cap for the duration of the beer.

Nose has notes of smokey peat alongside a nice coffee character. Very nice.

Taste is delicious - an earthy, peaty smokiness is the first thing you notice, but underneath the adventurous palate finds a body ringing with licorice and coffee, as well as some smooth cocoa. Smoke isn't afraid to assert itself, but certainly doesn't dominate to the point of drowning out the rest of the flavors. Really delicious beer, and one I could have had about three or four of.

Mouthfeel has plenty of spritzy carbonation, medium bodied, satisfying.

For a smoke beer, extra points for the fact that after I finished this beer, I really, really wanted another. Top notch.

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Photo of Nickls
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Nearing jet black in color, and poured with a generous finger length of a thick creamy light tan head

S - Roasted, chocolatey malt, and a hint of sweetness and a little smokey

T - Definite roasted characteristics, and very bitter chocolate flavors (not quite bittersweet)

M - Medium to creamy MF, nice touch of carbonation

D - Pretty solid drinkability given the richness. I've had more interesting in the style, but this is solid drinking and easy to sip.

Overall, really solid but nothing out of the universe. Would have no trouble revisiting this brew.

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Photo of cgarviereg
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at home ... Deep black ... no head ... deep roast chocolate and toasted malts ... over fizzzy ... smooth toasted roast malts... little sweetness ... quite a bit of chocolate ... gentle bitterness ... medium carbonation ... medium body .. pretty decent.

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Photo of baggio
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10cm snow outside, dark and cold. This evening calls for a porter!

A: Pitch black with a generous creamy head.

S: Chocolate, Liquorice, Smoked malts, Coffee

T: Smoked cheese, Pepper, Liquorice, Cafe latte, Dark chocolate

M: Very filling and complex. Medium carbonation.

I think this is really a smoked porter or damn close to it. It deserves to be sipped at close to room temperature allowing you to enjoy the full complexity of this beer. I'll have to remind myself to get more of this fine brew at my next visit to Denmark.

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Photo of smcreator
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3 finger sustained head for several minutes which slowly went down to a 4 mm sustained head after about 10 minutes. Plenty of lacing. Head is a off-white, but mainly brown/caramel in color. Beer is super dark with a hint of red.
S: Smells of sweet malt and coffee. Very rich. Maybe some cocoa.
T: Tastes like a chilled coffee. Similar after taste to coffee as well. Very nice.
M: Full bodied beer with medium carbonation. So thick that the carbonation is not as big of an issue with this beer.
D: For 7.9 ABV this is an fun beer to drink, but due to the rich flavor it did not score perfect. It will be easy to finish off your class, but it will stick with you.

Nicely done beer. If you like the flavor of a good specialty coffee you will like this beer.

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Photo of jtslay
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BRAVO! for head-retention.

This beer pours (be careful) black with brown head that will last! The smell is of toasty hops. This is definitely a stout porter. The 7.8% is most noticeable in the aroma, which is sweet and mainly of the malt. The taste is smooth and complex with a very pleasing aftertaste that is worth a trip to Denmark. This has a very heavy mouthfeel that lasts and for that reason it is less drinkable than a light lager. Very, very pleased!

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Photo of jspruit
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a copper head from the bottle-even though I brought it back from DK a couple of months ago. Smells great and looks great too.
There are some hints of coffee, licorice, and smokiness in the smell-but it isnt overpowering at all. I think that it drinks relatively smooth for a beer with an ABV this high, but it isnt for the faint of heart as it is a porter (or 'Double Brown Stout' according to the label.) I could drink these all night as they aren't too filling initially, but you do feel the ABV a bit after drinking it so watch out!
This is becoming one of my favorite beers from Denmark and I will continue to bring at least a bottle or two home from each visit if I can.

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Photo of bark
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Colour is pinch black; the liquid is clear. The finger thick brown head slowly sinks down to a thin lid. No lacing.

The smell is roasted-burned with notes of leather, smoked ham, sweet liquorice, and smoked cheese.

The taste is at first almost overwhelming: Alcohol, bitter hops, smoked and heavily roasted malt. It settles with a gentler flavour of salty dry roasted malt, gravy, and broth, very dry medium-bitter hops, some liquorice and a hint of meat. The body is just medium – with all this malt and alcohol this should be a full bodied beer! The dry aftertaste got alcoholic notes, smoked malt and a salty bitter finish.

The carbonation is pretty strong with small bubbles. The liquid is very smooth and a little bit thick.

A very Danish porter (or a Double Brown Stout as they call it): Lower body than the British/Baltic version, more bitterness, more carbonation and more alcohol.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Many many thanks to Ilene, who brought this back from Copenhagen.

Pours jet black but with a thick head. Smells of roasted malts, caramel, cocoa beans, and espresso. Taste is similar with the interesting effect of it being fairly dry (not what you'd expect). Highly carbonated, which was also a pleasant surprise. All in all, great mouthfeel. Drinkability, for some reason, not all that high, considering i really enjoyed the taste.

A pretty good example of the style and one which I wish we could get around here.

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Photo of Jredner
3.04/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smoky, ashy aroma is a mix of BBQ and cigarette butts. Roasty malts beneath that, but I don’t really get any coffee, chocolate, raisin, prune or licorice. Body is deep black with a bubbly but fluffy two finger thick mocha head. Fore is a bit watery. Not thin just not flavorful. Bitter and burnt malts follow and bring some welcome flavor that includes esspresso and baker’s chocolate. very charred and burnt like firewood-in the finish. Different, but not something I’m enamored with.

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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick black porter with strong stouty taste, cocoa, brown nutty oily beer, alcohol. Only a tad sourness but well balanced, malt. Roast, tabacco, pepper, coffee, licorice, Full mouthfeel, well carbonated. Original something I have never had.
Thanks Madsberg.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my bestest biggest brother for bringing this back to me from his sojourn to Aalborg.

Aroma is rich and malty, but not that sweet. More roasty with coffee notes. Esters are not so evident.
A creamy looking tan-brown head that leaves lacing as it settles. Black.
Flavor is very nice. Hint of sweetness at first, then moves to dark rich malt flavors then moving to dry malt roast qualities leaving a long dry bitterness with coffee flavors especially. Touches of fruitiness, just after the start. Every sip seems to bring new flavors and altering balances.
Lightness from carbonation, going to an almost thin feel. Has a slightly warm feel. Ultimately kinda thin.
High drinkability. Complex enough to sip, but light enough to have a couple.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very foamy medium off-white head tops a dark brown body. Appealing chocolate and licorice nose. Meaty, smoky, roasty, vegetal. Intense licorice flavor in that one though they managed to keep a restrained sweetness level. Once again feels rather vegetal. Nice chocolate/coffee roastiness. I can’t find anything bad to say about this no-weakness brew, a greatly blended baltic porter. Huge props to Per!

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Photo of Crosling
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A smoked baltic porter, eh? Sounds interesting. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, anise and smoked malts.

Notes of black licorice, smoked malts, roasted malts and a long, lingering finish of coffee, chocolate and wood. Quite tasty and rare. I am glad Ungstrup shared this with me.

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Photo of anders36
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle that i am drinking is two weeks from being one year old. It has a pitch black colour with a large brownish head. The head disappears quickly though. The smell is smokey and malty. Some hints of licorice and alcohol too. It has a lovely smokey taste, malty too and hints of coffee and licorice. The aftertaste leaves you with a long smokeiness in your mouth. You can not taste the high alcohol in this beer, so be careful when drinking it. I have found a new favourite beer.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Named a "double brown stout" by the brewery (stout and porter in Denmark is more or less the same thing), this is indeed a robust one. Distinct smoked flavour, hints of coffee, dark chocolate, liqourice and spices. Maybe an aquired taste, I like, no - LOVE, this beer more every time I drink it.

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