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Harringtons Brewer’s Selection Baltic-Ler

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

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (2985) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
Glass, 4-ounce, bottle, during the Mondial de la bière, savoured on June 12 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of beige head, light lacing; nose: roasted barley, sourness, coffee, roasting; mouth: roasted barley, sourness, coffee, roasting, lactic, cherry, lactic finale with presence of roasted barley and sourness, medium-full body, average carbonation, lightly bitter, slick texture; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Verre, 4 onces, bouteille, lors du Mondial de la bière, savourée le 12 juin 2014; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, aigre, café, rôti; bouche : orge torréfiée, aigre, café, rôti, lactique, cerise, finale lactique avec présence d’orge torréfiée et d’aigreur, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement amère, texture coulante; en résumé : correct

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4362) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2014
bottle at mondial 2014, mtl. pours unclear medium dark brown with a tall light beige head, good retention and lacing. roasted sweetish grains, lightly tart lacto contamination imparting more fruitiness - cherries or simply red fruitiness, dark caramelized nuts, grassy, peppery, coffee grains, metal. average carbonation, light to medium body - oily, moderately sweet, lightly tart and spicy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3014) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2014
Bottle - 500ml at Mondial de la Bière (Montréal, QC). Very dark brown body with a thin beige foamy head. Good malty/hoppy aroma with chocolate and woody hints. Its strong malty/hoppy taste carries vineous, oaky, and plummy notes. Ends with a long, warming bitter/oaky finish. Very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leonardus (39) - - APR 28, 2014
Not really overly familiar with this style of beer, but by crikey I enjoyed this bot. This porter was probably a bit too cold straight out of fridge, but I was too impatient to let it warm up a tad. Wow, she’s full of flavours, chocolate and coffee and nuts. It poured with a good head, that kept up with the pace in my clean (ah-hum Monteiths) porter glass and had good lacing. I enjoyed it to the final sediment in the bottom of said glass. Another fine Harringtons drop.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4505) - 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 (1866) - 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 (61) - - 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 (816) - 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.


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