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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Celebrate the anniversary of Pop the Cap with our GABF Gold and Silver award winning Baltic Porter. Brewed only once before, and now bottled in a limited, commemorative edition only available at Samís Quick Shop and Foothills. Our Baltic Porter is the perfect way to celebrate NC craft brewing and this special anniversary.

Alc. 9% by Vol. SRM: 40.6 IBU: 51.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Pour thanks to daknole. Brown with a khaki head. Aromas of campfire smoke, chocolate, coffee. Flavor shows the same and is reinforced with some nice roasted malt notes. Overall body is moderate to full, moderately sweet and finishes with a light roasted bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1476) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2010
22 oz. bottle purchased from Foothills. Dark black pour with a healthy tan head. Aroma of smoky malts, roasted espresso, walnuts, and hints of dark fruit. Huge dark coffee flavors jump out with noticeable smoke and bitter chocolate. The finish is lingering but there is little, if any, detectable alcohol warmth. This is really quite fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle picked up at the brewpub. Strong cocoa in the nose with cream, woody/smoke notes, and toffee. A dark fruit presence sneaks in after the fact. Pours dark; looks black with some amber coming through, and a thick fluffy head. This is a very smooth drinking Porter, creamy, but also assertive. Chocolate is very prominent in the flavor which isnít surprising following the aroma. Dark fruit mixes in with roasty coffee, light bitterness, and some char in the finish. Porters typically arenít one of my favorite styles but this is good stuff. Probably one of the best Porters Iíve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2729) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2010
bottle, from Samís Quik Stop. Good aroma, sweet, malty. Nutty, yeasty, chocolate, marshmallow, little ash, got caramel as it warmed. Dark orangy brown color, small head, little to no lace. I poured rather slow though. Sweet bitter flavor. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter sweet finish. Very nice brew, certainly met expectations. Flavor rocked with rich malty flavor, lots of chocolate, nice sweet streak about it, flavor had nice transition as it warmed, kept getting sweeter, Love the Foothills....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9401) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Dark dark brown pour. Light brown head. Aroma is smokey, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, dark pumpernickel toast. Flavor is loaded with chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, toffee. Helluva good porter. Yes indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 27, 2010
courtesy of beerness, thanks! beautiful pour, spot on. the aroma is slightly off and funky, but i sort of like it for some reason lol! the taste is nice, a tinge pof funk which adds a nice quality and attributes to a great mouth feel. super velvety and creamy. nice stuff! and interesting!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Bottle from Samís in Durham. Pours nearly black with large tan head. Nose shows generous bitter chocolate, dark fruits and cherries, some nuttiness, and mild ash. Ash cones through a bit more on the taste. Palate is full for the style. Not as intense as some Baltics, but damn good. Still canít beat Duck Rabbit, especially dollar for dollar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
princesslala (131) - DENMARK - AUG 21, 2010
Black with a small tan head. Roasty, chocolaty, malty, coffee aroma. The flavor is of bitter dark chocolate and is slightly ashy. Bit of a thin body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Got to try this one at the brewpub at the release party. One of the first three glasses poured off the keg. Served from tap into a Foothills fat pilsner (at least how I would describe it). Pours a deep dark brown basically black with a one finger light tan head that lingers throughout. Maintains phenomanial lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt, subtle fruit, oatmeal, and a very slight hop hint. The flavor was of oatmeal, malt, dark fruit, and a hint of alcohol upon warming up to room temperature. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation, almost a creamy texture as it goes down. Overall this was quite an excellent brew. Had a very smooth and creamy feel to it that made it go down oh-so easy. The appearance on this one was quite good. While the aroma was quite complex it lacked some intensity to it, but was still nice. However, the flavor totally made up for the lack of aroma intensity. This is a definite must try for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bottle from the mighty Samís Quik Shop. Only a hint of light leaks through this near-black brew. The light tan headís pretty minimal, but lasted throughout the entire glass. I havenít had a ton of Baltic Porters, so I can best describe it by comparing it to the Duck Rabbit version, which is a personal favorite. A lot of the same flavors are apparent, like dark chocolate, prunes, and coffee, though significantly more muted in taste and aroma. It also leans more towards the chocolate flavors like an imperial stout than the heavy fruits of a baltic. With almost no heat to indicate the strength, it finishes very clean with a pleasant, quick hop note. Basically, itís smoother, milder, and less complex than the Duck Rabbit, which isnít necessarily a bad thing, just different. The lack of heat and already smooth flavors leaves me less inclined to age my other bottles as long as Iíd expected to. Perhaps Iíll lay one down for a couple years to see what happens, but it just doesnít strike me as a beer meant to age.

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