Beer here ‘Mørke’ pumpernickel porter


image“The idea behind Mørke is to brew a beer with the same characteristics as the deliciously spicy dark Pumpernickel rye bread. The base is floor malted Maris Otter and a range of roasted malts providing the beer with a complex malt profile spiced with crushed fennel seeds. It is lightly hopped to provide the malts with big playground.”

Aahh the Danish are at it again! This time around it’s this interesting looking ‘pumpernickel porter’. We’ve done a little research to see if actual pumpernickel (a type of dark German rye bread) was used in the brew, or whether a type of rye malt was used, but we had no luck. Served in a beer tulip the dense black pour presents with a frothy cappuccino head that leaves thick, blotchy lacing down the glass. The aroma offers a slightly pungent mix of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt, sourdough, wholemeal, spice and subtle alcohol. Quite oily in the mouth with medium body. Medium carbonation makes way for a slightly hoppy-bitter and moreish palate. Plenty of dark chocolate, wholemeal bread, espresso, spice and roasted malt make for a perfect winter warmer. Once it warms, slowly easing alcohol (7.5%) makes it even more drinkable. The boys at beer here have absolutely nailed it. Bang on guys.