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Limfjords Porter (329 of 1001)

Rating: 3.75

The first of two beers from the 1001 beers list that I managed to try whilst in Denmark recently, sadly I didn’t make as much progress with the list as I would have liked to whilst visiting Copenhagen at the end of last month but I did at least manage to sample this one as well as a Carlsberg brewed beer from the list. This Baltic porter is one brewed with liquorice that was originally brewed from the 1970’s by Urban Brewery based in Aalborg until they closed in 1986; Thisted then bought the name and the beer re-entered production in 1989, then undergoing several recipe changes over the years to end up in its current form in 1997; remaining unchanged since then. Despite not being a beer that I had heard of prior to my trip to Denmark, the beer is apparently quite a highly regarded Baltic style porter and current ranks as the 20th best of the style on the RateBeer website as well as being ranked 39th in the same category on the Beer Advocate site. I managed to pick this particular bottle up in a Netto supermarket whilst wandering through Copenhagen and sampled it at our apartment later that night and it seemed to be available in the odd bar that I visited too but I wasn’t able to find it on-tap anywhere during my visit, although I did stop looking as hard after I managed to find a bottle to try first.

Limfjords Porter

Appearance (4/5): This one pours a very dark mahogany brown colour that looks like it is pitch black at first glance. There is a one and a half centimetre tall head on top that is creamy looks and sits a tan brown colour with good retention and little movement over the opening few minutes whilst leaving a trace of lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (7/10): Strong roasted malts and a few smoky touches kick things off, there was quite a strong aroma to this one with a lot of dark notes as you would expect and plenty of chocolate too. Around the middle there was some toffee coming through that added to the sweetness a little and I got a few raisins and plums too before a background coffee aroma and the tiniest bit of liquorice came through as well; although I’d probably have struggled to detect any of the later had it not been mentioned by the brewer.
Taste (7/10): There was quite a bit of dark chocolate to kick things off with the taste and as a results there was some pleasant sweetness and sugars off the back of that. The beer opened up with a few rich, dark flavours that featured cocoa, some coffee and a helping of darker fruits that included figs, dates, plums and raisins (the usual for the style really). The liquorice came through a lot stronger with the taste than the nose around the middle and was backed up by some dark, roasted malts and a touch of barley along with some earthy flavours before a little sugar rounded things off nicely.
Palate (4/5): Quite a thick, full-bodied beer that was sweet and quite rich too with some sugars and a strong, warming alcohol feel to proceedings that made it seem boozy, particularly towards the end. There was a nice balance with the roasted malts and sweetness complimenting each other nicely whilst the beer came through as a strong one with light carbonation and an earthy bitterness that stayed with you at the end.

Overall (15/20): Definitely a strong beer, this one was quite boozy with perhaps a touch more alcohol showing than I’d have liked but it didn’t overpower and was by no means a bad beer as a result. There was some good roasted flavours and a pleasantly malty taste that came through with some nice chocolate sweetness to balance things out a little and there was hints of liquorice in the taste too that didn’t disappoint. It was a full-bodied beer that seemed quite smooth and filling with a warming feel to it that; nice stuff all round.

Brewed In: Thisted, Region Nordjylland, Denmark
Brewery: Thisted Bryghus
First Brewed: circa. 1970’s (Urban Brewery) / 1989 (Thisted Bryghus) / 1997 for current recipe
Type: Baltic Porter
Abv: 7.9%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Netto Supermarket (Copenhagen)
Price: 18 Danish Krone (approx. £1.98)

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