brock1984 (21) - Troy, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
AROMA Malt: coffee, chocolate, roasty, Yeast: dough, APPEARANCE Color: black, Head: frothy, tan foam, TASTE light sweetness, medium bitterness, PALATE full body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, OVERALL Very true to the brewing style. Wonderful Baltic Porter. Borderlines a stout. Must try if you love dark beers.
Chad9976 (1244) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. I received this bottle in a trade with a friend in Florida (thanks, Matt!).
Appearance: Opaque black body with light reddish/brown highlights. No visible carbonation. Pours to a fairly large, dark tan, frothy head which laces and retains quite well.
Smell: Remarkably sweet aroma with a distinct lager character, not unlike a schwarzbier.
Taste: I love collaboration brews because they tend to be experimental and unusual, though in the case of Jurata, Cigar City and Coronado Brewing seemed to have played it completely safe. Theyíve brewed an exactly-to-spec Baltic Porter and made an excellent one at that. No weird ingredients or eccentric approach here, which is rather unusual for these breweries Ė which is what makes it unique.
The palate opens up with a lightly sweet taste of cola and a touch of dark chocolate and roasted malt. It has a distinct lager quality to it, making great use of its Baltic Porter style (itís not trying to be a stout). Additional sweetness on the finish akin to that found in milk stouts due to lactose sugar. A slight dairy/milky/vanilla character can be found on the backend as well. Itís delectable to be sure, though the flavors are still constrained enough to not be cloying (or mind-blowing, unfortunately). Still, there is nothing to dislike and everything to enjoy about this beer.
Drinkability: What makes Jurata so successful isnít just its palate, but the way it drinks Ė like the lager it is. The mouthfeel is on the thinner side with consistent crispness. Itís not thick and syrupy the way an imperial stout would be. Itís even refreshing for a moment while in the mouth, and goes down extremely smooth with no warmth from the 8% ABV at all. It makes full use of its potential, though at no point is it dense or obese. This should be packaged in 12oz bottles and sold as six-packs.
teromous (77) - - AUG 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Black body with a very fluffy light tan head. It leaves good lacing on the glass. It is a very nice looking beer.
Aroma: A faint acrid burnt smell but not unpleasant. Not a lot of nose on this beer.
Taste: Wow itís hard to describe the combination of flavors...it probably doesnít make sense but it has a very keen taste. Itís like a balance of lofty roasted flavor against a caramel malty flavor resting on a knifeís edge. The roast flavor is more like a campfire the day after a camp-out as opposed to the blaze it was the night before. It lingers in the back edges of the palate and is not does not impose. There is this creeping sweetness of the caramel malt that slides in from time to time. Some earthy hop flavor and bitterness peaks through too. This beer is clean!
Palate: Very crisp on the palate. It is a full bodied beer that jumps in to make an appearance and slides out gracefully, leaving a hint of bitterness at the back of the tongue.
Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It is an excellent Baltic Porter. I think the best concise way to describe it is that the beer is very full in flavor but cleans up after itself very quickly, which is one of the hallmarks I find in a good Baltic Porter. I would buy it again but unfortunately this is a collaboration beer and Iím not sure if it will be available again. Itís not a beer I would stockpile, but I am very glad that I bought it. Cheers!
mikedR (1336) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful porter. Roasty, but not too much. Slightly sweet, but not too much. Just a perfectly balanced beer; recommended!
firemarshal (178) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve been waiting forever to get my hands on any kind of Cigar City brew, even if it is a collab. Pours a dark brown with deep red hue, light brown head. Aroma is candied chocolate, licorice, roasted malts, and light alcohol. I just canít quit taking it in. I could drink it all as it evaporates through my nose. But on to the taste. Deep chocolate coffee roasted grains up front. Transitions to a bitter bite of hops and finishes thick and satisfying. Iím not a porter fan but Iím going back to the store to get more of these for winter. One of the best beers Iíve ever experienced. If this is anything close to what I can expect from Cigar City, I may just have to sell it all and move to Tampa.
Busick (390) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a delicious Baltic Porter! Pours like something you would need to survive on a ship that smells of rotten shellfish and bait! A great brew!!!
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SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Trader Joeís: Aroma is subtle with a soft touch of roast malts that would have been easily forgettable. The drink is tart and almost taste lactic while also having a notice of mildly roast malt but even though the alcohol does deliver upfront presence of ABV it warms up rather nicely. Poured a dark opaque brown liquid with frothy topping of foam.
markwise (4543) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beer Frog in Spring Hill. Pours a hazy porter brown with a cream colored head. Nose is lager, spice, cola, dark fruit, some mild coffee, and earth with an undertone of something I canít quite figure. Flavor starts off with earth, dry coffee, then goes to spice, dark fruit, more coffee, cola, vague sweetness then finishes off-dry with lingering yeast, dry fruit, and spice. True to style for a Baltic Porter and very nice overall.
WillRunForBeer (855) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Ale House. Pours motor oil black with a big brown head. Aroma is dark malts, coffee. Thick and malty, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee. Nice flavor and great, full mouthfeel.
grimreaperguru (236) - santee, California, USA - APR 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a jet black color with a dark ruby red on the edges and a small tan head. The aroma was of chocolate, coffee, and light caramel. The flavor was of coffee with notes of chocolate and roasted malt. It goes down smooth with a light bitter aftertaste. Overall a very good beer.