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Equinox Betelgeuse Baltic Porter

Equinox Betelgeuse Baltic Porter
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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Betelgeuse pours dark brown with deep copper highlights beneath a light tan head. The aroma has a rich malt complexity, toasty and a bit bready. The dark malts are subdued, giving way to a rich flavor with hints of caramel and nuts. Medium-full bodied, this Baltic Porter has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. ABV 6.5% / IBU: 30

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2011
On tap at the brewery. Poured a deep brown color with ruby highlights and a thin off-white head that faded to a ring. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, nuts, and bread. Smooth, sweet entry with immediate notes of roasted malt and coffee lead into a bit of a burnt nuttiness that lingers into the finish where it is paired with a moderate breadiness. Low carbonation and smooth mouth feel. Overall, this was a decent beer, but it seemed more like a regular porter than a baltic porter, lacking that yeastiness and dark fruitiness I have grown to enjoy. Hopefully they will give it another shot and it will turn out a little different.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (10475) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Tap @ brewery. Dark brown appearance with a light tan head. Roasted and slightly burnt dark malts and less subtle than the aroma of most Baltic Porters. Roasted, burnt malty flavor with a touch of an espresso flavor. Again the flavor is more bold than most of the style. Roasted finish. Not too bad but more like a Stout than a Porter or even a Baltic Porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Tap at Equinox - seems a lot like their oatmeal stout brewed with a different yeast - very bitter and highly roasty, with a pronounced ashy character - smooth at first, with a distinct lagered quality, but much like the oatmeal stout, it has an odd acidity that almost works with the mild esters in the background, but not quite - rough but drinkable.

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