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Outer Banks Iron Binnacle Baltic Porter

Outer Banks Iron Binnacle Baltic Porter
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This strong Scandinavian style porter is rich, rotund & velvety smooth with flavors of chocolate, nuts and raisins. A hint about the name - a "binnacle" is the non-magnetic compass holder on a ship.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6260) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2015
On draft at the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills NC. Pours a clear cola brown with a tan head. Light roasty nose. Flavors of licorice and leather. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Smoky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1820) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2011
On tap. Pours black with a creamy khaki head. Aroma of smoke and light booze. The flavor is rich chocolate and peat smoked malts mostly. Surprisingly easy to drink. Really nicely done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2011
From the tap poured a dark brown color with a good amount of head. Sweet malty flavor with a lasting finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Serving: Draft at the brewpub. It pours a very dark brown with a light tan head. The nose has a nice bit of smoked and roasted malt. The flavor is mildly sweet and woody with some smoke, a little scotch, and alcohol. Very mild mannered flavor wise. The alcohol becomes a little obvious as it warms. It lacks some of the darker roasted notes I associate with the style. Medium to rich body with an oily mouthfeel. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Growler shared by Dogbrick. Clear light brown pour with a big tan head. Malty and caramelly aroma, and smells more like a bock. Caramel malt flavor with sugar and lager yeast. Now that I’ve read the description for a Baltic Porter, I guess this is a good representation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11621) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Growler courtesy of a traveling colleague. The beer pours a dark brown-amber color with a medium thin light beige head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Roasted malt, yeast and touches of fruit in the nose. Medium, dry body with flavors of dark fruit, yeast and malt. Bits of dark chocolate as well. The finish is roasty and yeasty with a mild chocolate coffee aftertaste. Interesting (more traditional?) take on the style, and it’s nice that they didn’t just slap the word "Baltic" where "Imperial" would have been more appropriate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2009
On tap at brewery. Pours clear dark brown/mahogany with ruby highlights and a beige head that quick subsides. Has a light floral hoppy aroma with some muted cocoa, cola, and carob notes. Flavor balances hoppy with some fruity fig and raisin, cola, and juniper berry notes and a dry alcoholic finish. Medium bodied with low carbonation. This is very light for a baltic porter - both in color which is translucent and in body. However, it works quite well as a strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2006 On tap at the OBBS. Opaque walnut color with no head. The relatively heavy aroma greats you with roasted malts some dark fruit and some lightly sweet cola hints. Not a bad flavor (and somewhat meeting the commercial description) of nuts, raisons and hints of spiced chocolate. Unfortunately there is some kind of sickly sweetness that really distracts from the overall taste. The body is very creamy and full. I picked up a growler of this for a friend, as it seemed right up his alley. I’ll let you know what he thought (as he does not rate on line).

Book_M_Dano said he opened the growler to have a glass one evening and before he knew it...he had finished the entire growler. Very good in his opinion (3.6-3.9).

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