Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Baltic Porter
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (5100) - Victoria, British Columbia, - MAR 12, 2014
Pours a lasting creamy, off-white head atop an opaque body. Nose of ash, popcorn and nail polish. Flavour is roasty and alcoholic, some ruby cranberry. Interesting but doesn’t taste terribly Baltic. Tasty but somewhat thin.My vote for labelling between these breweries goes to Hoyne. Hoyne’s is drawn up like a 1950s Tintin drawing while the Driftwood label resembles more of the 2 dimensional South Park style. Both bottles for the accompanying picture were bought from The Strath for around $8 each.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jgb9348 (5553) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Dark brown coloured body with a cola glow at the bottom and a decent, single centimetre tall light brown head - only about 50% opaque, pretty light for the style. Aroma of milk, lactose, nuts, earth, caramel, raisins and a bit of metal - interesting. Medium-bodied; Strong malt and metal flavour at first with raisins, some pungent smoke and earth and little else. Aftertaste is pretty boring and more fitting for an old ale or a typical porter and not a baltic porter. Overall, definitely not worth searching out nor buying this if you can still find it in a store, and not even fathomable to buy this then bring it back home across the whole of Canada and the USA to drink it at home, like I did! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Legacy Liqour Store in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on 08-June-2015 for CA$9,45 sampled at home in Washington on 08-October-2015, four months later.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagerboy (1880) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
Bomber, Driftwood label, cellared 8 months. Deep dark ruby hued brown, mostly lasting fine tan foam. Toasty malty chocolate aroma. Taste is initially bolder darker roasted malt, it smoothes out quickly, sweet milky chocolate, some caramel and vanilla hints, faint Noble hop influence. Softer carbonation, medium bodied, lightly hopped. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (14586) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle thanks to Ferris. Pours brown with tan head. Nose/taste of dusty cocoa, roast chocolate, coffee and black licorice. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5522) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 29, 2014
650ml bottle pours black in color with a finger of beige head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark pitted fruits with some chocolate and grass. Taste is a grassy hop bitterness with a pronounced dark fruit and chocolate malty sweetness finishing with a red wine dryness. Body is a little thin for the style and carbonation is adequate. A decent Baltic porter, but needs a little more body to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfearnley (1663) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle to pint glass Chocolate, brown sugar, and some Belgian yeast. Dark brown with a very creamy 1 cm tan head with good retention. Chocolate/cocoa, coffee, and nutmeg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (12106) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle - Hoyne - Roast malts and some dark fruit. Jet black with a rich beige head. Dark malts, light bitterness and a light malty finish. A very light and plain Baltic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (15277) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
Dark brown, with a bubbly head. The aroma has a thin brown malt character...more Hoyne than Driftwood...and there’s a bit of toast. The taste is sweet, little bit oily, creosote, touch of marmite, but then it gets thin...kind of weird, it doesn’t really come together, definitely nothing Baltic, that’s for sure.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
khays (89) - - APR 6, 2014
Very dark brown, almost black colour. Very rich aroma with notes of molasses. The aroma is plagued with a slight metallic smell which worries me. Decent mouthfeel, even and fine carbonation, medium body slightly bitter finish. Tasting yields notes of burnt, roasted barley, molasses and pepper, very slight nut flavour. Not sweet! This is a drinkable beer and if your looking for a none sweet 8% dark beer, this might be your porter. I am excited to think that the these two brewers that share a parking lot are working together, but it seems a bit out of the comfort zone for Hoyne and the off smell is not typically something attached to Driftwood brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (18577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
Bottle from Legacy Liquor, Vancouver
Hoyne label

Dark brown color, almost black; medium sized head. Dark malts aroma, cereals, light coffee, earth, some stale bread. Good body, but lean; the malt flavor is semi-sweet and a bit bready, caramel; earthy, dusty touch, and low bitterness; low level of bitterness.
A bit confused.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3775) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
black,small tan head.Nose of dry roast,dark fruit & alcohol notes.Big boozy roast palate,tinny notes.Med bitter end, spicy Belgian yeast. Somewhat harsh alcohol heat makes this unpleasant

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