Höfn, Icelandic for a ‘Port’, is a dark, medium bodied Porter.
Porters are dark brown coloured beer characterised by medium maltiness, chocolate, caramel and toffee aromas with a restrained bitterness.
Originally the style was created in London in the 18th century as a blend of brown, pale and stale ales; subsequently brewing one beer with a mixture of pale and dark malts replicated the popular taste.
Hofn is made with Fuggle and Admiral hops, Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate and Roasted malts plus additional flaked oats.
Basque brewer Mala Gissona is based in San Sebastian. Inspired by the local seafarers, they are particularly drawn to the Basque whalers who have ventured around Iceland since, at least, 1412.
Roasted and malty aromas are replicated on the flavour side together with hints of chocolate; a light bitterness balances its medium body and mouthfeel.
Try drinking with oysters, grilled meats with vegetables, mild blue cheeses, sweet pastry, biscuits and sponge cakes.