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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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CBC’s Barrel-Aged “Baltic” Porter Release Date: 11 August, 2005 Colonel Albert Bacon Blanton (1881-1959) began working at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Franklin County, Kentucky, when he was sixteen. Five years later, he was President of the whiskey plant. For over fifty-five years, Col. Blanton dedicated himself to the distillery, and as a true bourbon aristocrat, developed world-class straight Kentucky bourbons (believing blends to be inferior) and occasionally produced and bottled a single-barrel bourbon. In 1984 the Buffalo Trace Distillery released Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon in his honor, the first in the world to be commercially released. Why is this at all important to a small craft brewery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, far from the hills and farms of old Kentucky? ‘Cuz we’ve got some of their barrels. The Colonel’s Porter, named in honor of the innovator, aristocrat, and visionary, is an interesting blend of Porter styles. Brewed stronger and further attenuated than our house porter (in the tradition of Northern and eastern European porters), with accents of caramel, cherries, figs, and roast malt, it has aged for over six months in fresh, second-use (the first being the bourbon) American oak barrels from the Buffalo Trace Distillery. While the contribution of whiskey flavors is slight, noticeable in a perfumed note of wildflowers and hot alcohol, the wood itself has contributed an extraordinary smoothness, with notes of vanilla and charred oak rounding out the beer’s myriad complexities. A mere two hundred gallons of The Colonel’s Porter resides now in our serving tank. How long it will last is anyone’s guess. We suggest, though, that you get around to trying it sooner rather than later. And as you raise you glass, take a moment to savor the commingling of style, flavor, aroma, and history in your glass. OG:1.064 FG:1.012 ABV:7.2%


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
NOTF 2010. Deep brown-black pour. The nose is lightly bretty with a soft backing of licorice along with some herbal contributions. Chewy with a mixture of chocolate and spice. A little bit of caraway-like flavour in addition to some caramel character through the middle. Earthy bitterness and a lingering chewy palate. It’s decent, but a little muddled to me.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pour yields a very, very dark brew with a thin tan head and a bit of lacing as it moves down the glass. The nose is really quite off. There is the bit of earth and lightly-puckering sourness, but behind that there is some cardboard oxidation and a bit of a spruce character. Very strange. This comes through even more in the flavor and puts the Brett and porter notes in the background. Feel is oxidized with a bit of sourness and moderate carbonation. This seems like it could have been good, but something was off in what I had. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 03-15-2011

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010 Oaked aroma. Dark coloured strong in alcohol a little sour and fruity with a hint of bitterness in a warming malt finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2011
(Draught) jet black pour with a nice thick head. Nose of sour cherry, cinnamon and lactose. Taste is very tart, lacto, toasty, plain yogurt notes, cherries, bakers chocolate, and some grape vinousness as well. Thick and creamy. Really nice baltic porter, I sure thought it was soured though in a good way.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2010
sample from the pitcher @ GABF on 9/18/10. black pour with a tan head. brett nose with light barrel notes. medium funky body - the brett takes center stage then the porter comes in - very interesting... never had anything like this. wild on the front, porter on the sides and mixed well on the back of the mouth. funky, malty finish with barrel notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfish120love (937) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Pours a dark brown. Smells of oak, almost sour cherry from the acidity. The beer is sour while being chocolaty and sweet. The flavors are seperate, but come together in a way that you wouldn’t expect(perfect harmony). The palate is a bit chalky.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Sampled at GABF on 9/17/2010. This Baltic Porter pours a eclipse black color from the tap. Medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee, tart, funky and woody. A medium to full bodied Baltic Porter. The malts are chocolate, coffee, fruity and tart. The hops are herbal. Funky and tart with chocolate, coffee and some bourbon in the background. Nicely balanced. Interesting beer, although I wonder if a little more aging would bring out more of the wood character. I can’t recall when, if ever, I have had a funky porter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is tart.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9877) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2010
A dark porter with a thin lacing dark brown head. In aroma, superb dark acid cherries, Brett/horseblanket, ground cherries, and vinegar acids. In mouth, a surprisingly smooth yet intense porter with ground cherries, lactic acid, Brett, very funky and complex. On tap at brewpub, July 1 2010.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6318) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 18, 2010
Draught at the brewpub as The Colonel Barrel-Aged Wild Porter. Black. Huge bretty, aged aroma like a Rodenbach. Caramel and cherry. Sweet-sour-burnt flavor with a big, bretty, sour edge and slight coffee roasting. Some sweet fruit as well, with a hugely bitterfinish. Wacky--interesting, original, and fun.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Great cherry pit and leather aroma. Flavor is a complex mix of tartness, light dark roasted bitterness, astringency, and just a tiny bit of residual sugar. Really nice.


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