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Thisted Bryghus Limfjordsporter

This is a special one folks, one of the few really good Danish macro brews. I had this brought over from Denmark by my friend Jens who visited me for a week in late January. As a sign of good faith I sent him back with a Founder’s Breakfast Stout. As with all beers this one has a story attached to it.

This beer was introduced to me by Jim, an American friend I made during my semester in Copenhagen who had been living in Scandinavia for the last 5 or so years. He helped show me the ropes and it was nice to have someone to talk to with a shared cultural vocabulary. When Jim and myself were in the city and we needed to kill some time (too cold to just hang around outside in Copenhagen) we would stop by a bodega near Studenterhuset and one of the post offices and it was a 50/50 shot as to whether I ordered a Tuborg Classic or Limfjordsporter. Bodega’s are the Danish equivalent of a dive bar but with less seediness, more like a small local pub. These days they are the only bars that allow smoking and they have kept their local crowd. Lots of wood and smoke in a Bodega and also the cheapest beer you can buy outside of the supermarket. Average price of 20-25 DKK (about $5 when I was there) for regular beer and 25-30 for a ‘luxury’ beer. It feels good to hold one of the heavy standardized Danish beer bottles with their characteristic rough worn areas, been at least 8 months since I’ve done that.

Limfjordsporter pours a near pitch black with a strong brown/tan head. The smell is decidedly smokey with some sweet malt hiding behind. The smell is fairly close to a ruachbier but less aggressive. The taste is bitter, smokey and alcohol forward. Some coffee tones and even liquorice here but smokiness dominates. Simple and effective combo but a bit boozy. Mouthfeel is heavy in body, medium carb, and somewhat creamy.

I’m a bit biased when it comes to this one as it reminds me of good times abroad. This is a good foreign stout that isn’t too complicated yet interestingly smokey. Perhaps a bit too boozy but still a very good beer, especially for a Danish macro.

Man do I want to go back and visit the frozen North.

Rating: A

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