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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
88 96 74 4 8 2
Porter by Ølfabrikken
Baltic Porter
7.50 % ABV


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Review by everetends on 06/24/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 9 19 5 10 2010
Old Review
22 oz bomber I picked up at Hop City in Atlanta, GA. I was kinda shocked to see this one on the shelf because I have been wanting to try this for a while. I think the bottle was 8.99 or so, not bad for a so called world class porter. Served up in a standard pint. Lets hit it.

A: Pours a very black, jet black in fact. This beer has really nice shine to it, glossy even. Held to the light, no light is coming through this beer, just isn't going to happen. Maybe where the head meets the beer, you get a dark brown color iwith a little light coming through. The head was about half a finger of medium brown in color. It falls to a thin ring but damn does that ring create some lace coverage on the glass. I was not expecting that much from seemingly so little head. We are off to a fine start for sure.

S: Smell is a bit more simple than I was expecting but goon nonetheless. Getting some nice chocolate malt presence but it is more of a dark and bitter chocolate than an overly sweet milk chocolate. Light toffee resting behind the chocolate. Coffee aroma comes out with a nice dark roast, pretty much a heavy espresso quality. There is a slight peppery quality, just an ever so light spice presence (may be the hops?). Then there is a nice finish of some licorice goodness mixed with maybe a touch of fig.

T: Damn nice, damn nice, sir. Starts out with a really nice and dark coffee bean presence. It has a touch of cream and bitterness to it. This mixes beautifully with a beautiful chocolate malt. Dark and bitter chocolate, almost like chomping on a cocoa bean. Right on. The spiciness it toned down quite a bit in the flavor, just a touch of nipping spice every once in a while. The licorice is light, coming on with some prune, dark grape (not sweet), and some fig. Everything is just so big and dynamic, but it is meshing so incredibly well. The flavors all balance beautifully and create a wonderfully cohesive brew.

M: Wow, big and full in body. This beer is thick, chunky and chewy. At times its a bit gritty. It just has such an involved feel. So nice. The carbonation is light, allowing the beer to be big and creamy. The ABV is just enough. It gives you the warming you want and deserve from such a great beer, but it doesn't bring a stupid amount of heat. The 7.5% is right where this beer should be. The aftertaste is some really nice coffee and dark fruits.

D: Wow, are we sure this isn't a stout? This beer is big but still somehow remains a nice porter. The flavors are amazing and the feel is spot on (just what I wanted from this beer). This beer is great and highly deserving of being on the top 100 but I think it should be further up on that list. It works on every level and is just so pleasing. This beer knows what is up, and was well worth the price of admission. This will be a repeat buy for sure and will probably stay in the cellar for those nights I know I want a great beer that will never disappoint. This is such a beer.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-10-2009 05:34:13

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 12 18 5 10 0
A generous pour reveals an un-earthly black and viscous porter.... wow. Two fingers of fluffy, milk chocolate colored head snaps to it's peak, and begins an immediate retreat. Beautiful strands of lacing caress the perimeter of the glass.
Gorgeous.

Wow... again. The aroma is mind blowing. I have nose quaffed RIS' that couldn't hold a candle to this. Huge amounts of perfectly roasted malts - bitter and smoky. What really gets my nipples hard is the sweetness of this... licorice, brown sugar, toffee and sweet chocolate. Some prune and strong notes of fig. Throw some bitter black coffee into this... utterly amazing.

I think I have a new favorite beer. Everything I had hopes for when I first inhaled this sweet nectar has come true... More of a wood smokey-ness to the taste... which I completely dig. Everything else follows the nose almost exactly. Not as sweet as the aroma leads it to be, but the bitterness is there - and in a most excellent way. The finish is the best part - everything just floats on the tongue, reminding you of what a truly phenomenal experience your senses are enjoying... Sweet Baby Jesus... take me home.

Full in body, smoooth, creamy, sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on. Big boozy nature to this one... I love it. Warm and inviting.

A Porter??!! This thing has everything I would look for in a monster RIS! Big and ballsy, tasty, and what a fantastic sipper! Complex and balanced... this Porter makes my head swim every time I take a sip. Just such a well made beer... A Porter??!!! Doesn't taste like any porter I have ever had, reminds me more of Ten FIDY then anything else - and just as good!
A MUST TRY!!

Served In: Tulip

Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 10 19 4 9 0
500ml Bottle
$6.99
West Lakeview

Olfabrikken makes one stout porter. After glugging from the bottle to a snifter this beer appears black with no hint of light shining through. The head was a little hard to bring alive but a more aggressive pour brought about a half finger brown head with a hint of purple. The head that did form leaves some great lacing on after each drink.

The nose on this beer is without a doubt good but could stand to be a little more robust. Mil chocolate and dark berries encompass a core of moderate roasted maltiness. There's even a touch of chocolate wafting around in there somewhere. This looks very appetizing.

This beer walks the line between a Baltic porter and a big stout. There's a lot more freshly roasted coffee than I expected and I'm definitely glad it's there. The coffee adds a complexity I don't usually come across in porters and is better of because of it. The coffee just compliments the roastiness and again, like the aroma, chocolate and faint dark berries mingle in the background. This is an exceptional Baltic Porter. One of the best I've come across.

As this beer hits the tongue there's a surprising zestiness from the carbonation that quickly smoothes out becoming more full and rounded. There is a substantial feel midway through until the swallow. Not crazy about the liveliness upfront but it quickly smoothes out to become more than appropriate.

We got 10-12" of snow this morning and this just seems like an appropriate beer for an evening like tonight. Of course I'm sure this would be just as easy to sip any other night.

Olfabrikken makes an exceptional Baltic Porter. This is by far my favorite beer from the new Scandinavian revolution hitting American shores. Big flavors and good drinkability make for a world class beer.

Reviewed: 2/2/08

Price: $6.99 Served In: Snifter

Review by smellysell on 09/13/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 8 16 3 8 2008
Appearance
Pours jet black with a dense, light brown head. The head has very strong retention and leaves thick lacing.

Smell
Immediately hit with a lot of sweetness when you put this to your nose for the initial smell. After sitting for a bit there are tons of roasty malts, brown sugar, and molasses.

Taste
Much like the aroma, there is a heavy sweetness up front. In the middle there is a strong molasses flavor along with a hint of smokiness. It finishes with a slight, burnt chocolate bitterness. It is very well balanced, but I was a bit disappointed with the lack of complexity.

Feel
This was surprisingly light and thin bodied. The carbonation was pretty light, exactly what I expect from a Baltic. I’m hoping with some time in the cellar it might gain some creaminess to the body.

Overall
This is probably the most sessionable Baltic porter I’ve had, but really lacked the complexity I was expecting/hoping for. This is a good beer, but with all the hype it gets I was expecting a bit more. I won’t hesitate to drink more, but won’t go out of my way to hunt more down.

Served In: Pint Glass

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