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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
rom the realm of darkness, from the landscape of dreams, Crystal Norde is the baltic porter for your fortress of solitude. We channeled some mystic sorcery with this beer, with the proof being in the porter. Roasted up then lagered out for the long haul, this 7% palace of porter hits all the right notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christpuncher (2396) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2015
really liked this porter. smokey and roasted malts dominate the flavors with some hopp undertones. smells like roasted malts and some chocolate. leaves a bitter finish. pours black with a tan head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rubbishystuff (2149) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2015 I rather liked this. Lots of bock like malt flavor, rich smooth. Tastes bigger than it is. Serving: Growler from the Brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARH (1045) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2014 On tap poured into a 5oz English tulip sampler glass. The aroma is earthy and roasty with a nice combination of coffee beans with raisins, dark chocolate, and some bread. It pours a deep, dark, nearly opaque caramel color with a yellow-brown head thatís a combination of sudsy and snowy. It has good retention and ample lace. The taste is a medium bitterness and medium sweetness. The medium full, rich body lands more on the oily side with a fizzy carbonation. It?s very coffee-forward throughout the drink, with some touches of chocolate and raisin / fig, finishing with a chalky coffee note - kinda like the left over fresh grounded grains on the bottom of the coffee mug. The aftertaste is fig and candy grape with some dark chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1948) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Tap. Pours dark brown tan head. Aroma of chocolate and toffee taste is sweet and dry. Bitter chocolate

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (10313) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Big fruit flavors in this one, still roasty, a unique take on the style as it is a kind of ambiguous beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1729) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2013
This was a gift from my upstairs neighbor, thanks upstairs neighbor! Enjoyed from mini-growler a day before leaving for two weeks while nursing a hangover from the night before. I canít not drink this! Appearance is a dark dark brown/black with a rich off white head that laces to the glass. Aroma of nuts, chocolate, yeast, roasted malt, smells nice. Taste goes down nice, smooth, and rich. Chocolate notes really shine, it does taste a bit yeastier than other porters, but it could be because of its freshness. Very very good brew, and such a nice gift!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2013
draft, a big roasty and nutty porter, full bodied, really chocolately, clean finish. a classic robust porter fermented with a lager yeast. excellent stuff, now go ahead and make a baltic porter next time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2013
32 oz. growler served in a Cigar City snifter. A: Pours a semi clear brown with a thin wispy head forming on the pour. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass. S: Residual fruity esters from the yeast. Light roasted malts and some minimal unsweetened chocolate. T: Nicely malted. Creamy and roasted malts with a sugary base. Dark chocolate with a light hop bitterness and a mild astringent dryness from the roast. M: A little light for a Baltic porter with some medium carbonation and a drying roasted finish. O: Very solid Baltic porter. A tad two fruity for me, but otherwise thereís nothing wrong with this. Easy drinking. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Draft at Half Acre. Pours a deep black with a brown head. This is not a Baltic, FYI. Itís an Imperial Porter or even a Foreign Stout. Whatever. Roasty and chocolate on the nose, rich malt complexity, faint caramel and a kiss of hops. On tasting, the roast is super-forward. Clean overall. Really drinkable, faint warming. Chocolate and dry finish. Good body on this one. Superb stuff, just not a damn baltic...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6650) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2013
12 oz draft on tap at the Tap Room (Chicago, Iíll). Pours a deeper black rich pour, good deep opaque flavors, with frothy tannish head. Laces as a mellow ring, small lacing. Deeper hues, good body. Aromas are roasty and toasty, cocoa and caramel, touch of dark fruit, roasty dryness and mellow earthy hops, kiss of pine. Cocoa, bakers chocolate, gentle coffee influencce. A deeper pretzel and baked bread influence as we get further. Initial is medium bodied, a firm slick roasty and cocoa element, wheat bread, lots of biscuits, and gentle dark fruit raisin kisses. Firm dry bakers chocolate. Pretzels, a bit of silky dark malt elements into the back. Milk chocolate, cocoa, and roasty coffee. Pretty well constructed as it dries out a bit into the backend. Cereal, grainy, gentle roast and darker silky malt influence. Fruity and dark malt roast, dryness come firmly.

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