Friday, March 20, 2015

Einstök Icelandic Toasted Porter


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1308) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2015
I split an 11.2oz bottle with two friends. We each poured it into a sampler glass. It was bottled on 12/9/14 and was sent to me by a friend in Florida (thanks, Mike!).

Appearance: Murky, mud-like hazy brownish/red. Pours to a fairly large, tan, frothy head which retains and laces well.

Smell: Fairly typical porter aroma, though milder than most. The toasted malt is subtle. There seems to be a slight tang to the aroma as I swear I detect a tuna-like scent.

Taste: If I didn’t know what I was drinking, I’d probably think this was someone’s homebrewed porter. It definitely has all the characteristics you look for in the style, only nothing about it really pops. Toasted dark malt is certainly the most prominent, but it’s not quite as robust as I was expecting (or hoping for). This is closer to a traditional brown ale with sweet caramel and a touch of toffee. It’s also quite hoppy as there’s genuine bitterness here and it accentuates the toasted character well. Overall, it’s still pretty mild and uncomplicated, but there’s nothing off-putting about the palette.

Drinkability: At 6% ABV, this is not exactly the thick, viscous syrup the label would seem to indicate it is. The mouthfeel is medium at best with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Still, it’s smooth and leaves little aftertaste. Probably a little too light to stand up to savory food, but would work as a tailgating beverage. 
Grade: 6/10