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Brewed by Harringtons Breweries (Christchurch)
Style: Baltic Porter
Christchurch, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Indeigenous to norhtern Europe, Baltic porters historically stem from the shipping of British porters to the Russian hinterland. Unlike their British cousins, Baltic porters are often brewed with lager yeast, which is the tradition we follow. Big and bold, no preservatives, unpasteurised, unfiltered and 100% natural, giving you flavours of coffee, dark fruit & raisins, this black beer is smooth as a chocolate swirl.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4347) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma has chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Black coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is smooth, has chocolate. Some carbonation there. Nice flavours.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (1379) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2014
500ml bottle Pours dark mahogany, looking near black in the glass, with a thin head, most of which soon disappears. Feel: Full body and nicely smooth; low but adequate carbonation. Aroma: sweet and fruity, with hints of raisins and cherries. Dark roasted malts in the background. Somehow, much less pleasant than this sounds. Flavor: Sweet and fruity but better than the aroma. Still rather boozy, with a suggestion of bourbon or brandy in the finish and aftertaste. Feel: Near medium body and nicely smooth; low but adequate carbonation. O: a boozy, sweet porter.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
craiggyNZ (9) - - JUN 27, 2013 does not count
Initial thought was that it was a one trick pony, but one that I liked a lot. Definite improvement as it warmed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tonybaldeagle (56) - - JUN 2, 2013
Much better when warm. The chocolate and caramel tones are strong and the tastes are elegant. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cantabrian (762) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 23, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2014 “Ball tickler”…is that it? Is that what Baltic Ler comes down to? …*facepalm*… I must confess that, as a devotee of Baltic Porters, the first time when I tried this beer about a year ago, I did bother to try to find the inconspicuous Baltic port allegedly named “Ler”. Well, there is indeed a place called “Ler” in Norway, probably within the Artic Circle, but but I’m not even sure if ships can reach it, and it is far, far away from the Baltic Sea. Not that one. Then, there is a place in Germany called Leer, by an inlet in the North Sea (so it’s still rather far away from the Baltic). With a famous cheese named after its local dam, I thought that maybe it was a Hansa League Port, maybe the referred “Ler” port. But no. Ball-tickler…Tongue and cheek? Well, let’s leave body parts out of the conversation, as the beer is actually much better than the pun. By far the best of Harrington’s dark beers. Not as pungent salty or seductive as I would like to, but certainly this Baltic Ler is more than good to seduce me when the lights are off. And of course when the lights are on. Nice and oily black. There’s plenty of red fruits, dates, malts, chocolates and spices in the nose, I mean the aroma (I said I’d stay out of anatomical parts) and flavours. I don’t get much coffee, which is a plus, and there is even some resinous absynth touch it. It’s a mouthful, greasy of course, as a Baltic porter should be. Great job!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2012
This is fantastic! Gorgeous flavours: prunes; raisins; coffee; vanilla and touch of cocoa. Beautiful mouthfeel: pinguid with slight carbonation. A perfect encapsulation of a baltic porter; a must for stout/porter fans. Thoroughly impressed.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omega (639) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2012
Promised so much this beer. Pours black as night. but lacks a degree of viscosity to make this beer engaging. Coffee flavours do develop in the back palate.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodies_Best (229) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 23, 2012
Served cold initially but pours very dark brown with tan head that doesn?t last long. Strong aroma of malty chocolate with slight sweet and fruity notes. Taste is bitter, chocolate, alcohol and sits full and heavy on the roof of the mouth. A little acidic for me maybe from the lager yeast? Fruit and alcohol aftertaste which work. As warms up, it turns to a really pleasing and well balanced drop. Almost a woody and macadamia nut taste which is interesting.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (1483) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 6, 2012
Very dark brown in colour with a mocha head that hung around one minute and disappeared the next into a ring around the edge of the glass. Big, fruity and rich. Black doris plums, coffee grinds, dark chocolate and all sorts of spicy good things. This smells exceptionally good. Smooth and silky and then a flush of coffeeness and then dark berry fruit - cherries, plums, prunes and blackcurrants. Lip smacking dark chocolate. This beer is smooth and unctuous. The finish is enduring and verges toward the coffee and fruity flavours. A real treat and a credit to the brewer. Excellent stuff.


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