Baltic PorterThis 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.
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!
- 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.
- Big grain, light cocoa, and sweet porter goodness. Light grassy and earthy hop bitterness shows. Husky grains, bready yeast, and overall a solid aroma.
- 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.
- 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
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)