Tuesday, 24 January 2012

REVIEW #7: Icelandic Toasted Porter (Einstök Ölgerð)

Pours a dark maroon and possesses a light brown head which soon dissipates to nothing. Cookie dough and brown bread comprise the aroma. Cream, caramel and peanuts appear upfront. In the finish, roast coffee and burnt toast; hugely dry with a little balancing sweetness. "Toasted" is an appropriate adjective to be present in the name of this scrumptious, full-bodied porter.

Einstök Ölgerð ("unique brewery") is spearheaded by brewmaster Baldur Karason who learnt his trade at Scotland's Heriot Watt University. The brewery itself is just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle in an area specifically chosen for its supremely pure water, which has to traverse "ancient lava fields"; a feat that would surely purify anything! Two other craft beers are part of the brewery's permanent range: A pale ale and a wheat beer. A limited edition seasonal in the form of a Winter doppelbock is also produced.
  • MALTS: lager, munich, chocolate
  • IBU: ?
  • ABV: 6%

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