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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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A deep, dense and thoughtful beer with many layers of flavors, from sweet and soothing maltiness to hints of chocolate character and background. All co-mingle into a smooth, silky flavor that is contemplative but robust. While this beer was top fermented keeping true to historic roots of the style, the brew was conditioned as a bottom fermented variation, producing a softer roundness in the final product. 9.2% abv OG 1.080 IBU:23
2012 vintage: 8.2% abv


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Draft at the brewpub - Poured a dark brown in color with a medium tan head that settled to a covering over the beer, Aroma is malty with roasted malts and some chocolate. Flavor is also roasty and slightly sweet with hints of chocolate, dark fruit and some bitter spices. Even though it has a fairly high ABV, alcohol is not apparent at all. Drinkably dangerous...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (5628) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2009
En fût. Verre de dégustation directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Légère odeur de chocolat avec une pointe de raisins secs. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat et de petits fruits confits avec une pointe d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de chocolat en arrière goût. (Rating #2534)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
In short: A roasted Baltic porter that is more drinkable than it should be. Almost a session brew. Very good.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Black body topped by a small beige head
In long: Main flavours are a medium level roastiness, toasted cookies, some black liquorice and cooked raisins. All that is followed by an effective grassy resinous bitterness. The beer sure does not feel sweet or syrupy like many Baltic porters. Alcohol well hidden. Another nice beer from Bobcat Café. Drinks like a 6% brew. This brewpub as improved so much since my first visit and getting so much good comments that they will soon be able to sell undercarbonated beers at twice the price.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2009
My Bottom Line:
From this cracking Baltic Porter seep plentiful raisins and biscuits, a complex and drinkable flavor display which also evolves into roasted angles and dark chocolate ideas.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the dark brown hued blackness.
-Alcohol is not really apparent in the flavor profile.
-This could use a few more dextrins, imho. Although in the strong lager category, this could not be crisper and more drinkable.
-These guys’ are brewing top notch, amenable lagers. Bravo!

On tap at the Vermont Brewers’ Fest.


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