Monday, April 9

Beer Review: Lompoc Brewing Batch 69 Baltic Porter

Batch 69

Baltic Porter
This strong dark beer has hints of chocolate and black licorice. It was brewed with a lager yeast giving it a much cleaner smoother finish than a traditional porter.
ABV: 7.7%

(Spring Release) 


I was lucky and am thankful for receiving this brew for nothing at a tasting event of many fine beers tonight (which I will write on more later). I have had this beer before, but realized I have never formerly written a review of it, so here it goes! 

Appearance: (3.5)
- This porter is solid black. I can't really see any color in the edged of the glass while holding it up to the light. Finger of light gray/tan head quickly settles to a medium ring of foam around the glass, and a thin island staying put. I just get the feeling that this is a sleeper. 

Smell: (4.0)
- Big grain, light cocoa, and sweet porter goodness. Light grassy and earthy hop bitterness shows. Husky grains, bready yeast, and overall a solid aroma. 

Taste: (4.0)
- Nice esters and tart lager-like flare to a porter. Chocolate, light licorice as described, and a clean tart flare to balance and add character. Light coffee notes are present as well. I like the husky grain presence, and the grassy hops which play a big role in this beers bitterness. 

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- This is a nice medium to heavy bodied brew. Super smooth and creamy, lightly drying, and cloying. It's a chewy number for sure. No pun intended. It finishes quite dry, which is nice, and doesn't leave a big chalky feel which is awesome. High marks on the feel. Only slight downside might be the rather foamy carbonation which can cause a filling quality. 

Overall: (4.0)
- This is a solid porter. Great taste, no off flavors, a nice spicy licorice touch, and just the right mouth feel to make this beer superb all around. I must say though that I like the monster mash a little better which was stated as really being the Ale version of this porter. Though I am sure some other small things differentiate them as well. 

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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