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RATINGS: 627   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Native to northern Europe, Baltic porters evolved from British porters once exported to the Russian hinterland. Unlike their British cousins, Baltic porters are often brewed as lagers, the tradition we’ve followed. This beer is big, bold & smooth, with malty flavors reminiscent of coffee, dark fruit & raisins. Share one with your comrades!


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
perpetuitas (19) - Scarborough, Maine, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Awesome example of the style! Big, bold and smooth just like the style says. I like the deep flavors that come with this one and it’s amazingly quaffable for such high abv.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3215) - Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2015
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 1/2015. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, light licorice, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Baltic porter. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt, earthy hops, and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1823) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2015
As far as an American made Baltic Porter goes - this stuff hits the mark. Big and bold and beautiful. Dank shit!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (5794) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2015
23/I/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ "I need to get rid of my Belgian ticks" tasting - BB: n/a, 2013 vintage (2015-83) Thanks to Benzai for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, small creamy beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, sugary, overripe banana, vanilla, some chocolate. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: pretty sweet start, some alcohol, dark chocolate, caramel, bit sugary. Aftertaste: fruity, some banana, caramel, alcohol, dried fruits, lots of dark chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shonobiwan (219) - Sound Beach, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2015
22 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured dark almost black with a very nice tan head and tons of lacing. Aroma of fruit and coffee nice and strong. Taste has the sweetness of the fruit and malts combined with coffee notes and a slight bitterness combined with a hint of smoke. Great beer absolutely delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (2994) - BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle shared by Benzai at tderoeck’s place. Stable, light beige, dense head over a very dark chestnut beer, almost black. Very rich and tempting aroma, vanilla, cocoa, candied dates, bayleaf, liquorice, banana, cognac, espresso. Refined sweetish onset, banana, nuts, caramelly malts, oily mouthfeel, very chocolatey (or at least more than expected from a Baltic porter), quite deep and rich, some iron but in a good way; in the finish, a subtle whisky touch pairs beautifully with drying, peppery hop bitterness and residual malt sweetness. Delightful, especially for this style, which is usually less ’lush’ and complex. Typical American craft brewery take on the style, I’d argue.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (4990) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2015
Thanks to Benzai. 650 ml. bottle sampled @ “Tim needs to get rid of his ticks” Tasting. Enjoyed together with tderoeck, Benzai & Alengrin. 2013 Vintage. Black, solid reasonably big beige head. Nose is cold coffee, oily, chicory coffee & liquorish. Taste is bitter chicory coffee, bitter roots & herbs, roast, soy sauce, herbal, bark, pretty thick body. Decent but these just aren’t my preferred flavours.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (9773) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle shared by me @ Tim needs to get rid of his ticks tasting. Black color, medium sized light brown head. Aroma is malts, dark malts, a hint of roast. Taste malts, dark malts, moderately sweet-bitter flavors, bitter, liquorice, soft roast. Velvety oily texture, medium body, soft yet suitable carbonation. Lovely beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1385) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle thanks to Homer321. Shared with friends. Dark clear brown pour with no head. Aroma of dark fruit, marshmallow, chocolate, light roast, cherries. Taste: moderately sweet, lovely roast chocolate, lightly bitter finish with moderate warming. Palate: full body, slick texture, soft appropriate carbonation. Nice mouth coating. Overall: this is pretty freaking tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fredis23 (515) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Black Opaque Color, Huge Long Lasting Mocha Head, Lots Of Lacing. Toasted Malt, Chocolate Aroma. Toasted Malt, Sweet Chocolate, Slight Alcohol Zing To Finish Off. Soft Carbonation, Full Body. While There is A Slight Alcohol Zing, It Hides High ABV Pretty Well. Very Sweet. No Wonder It Is Called Big Beer Series. Nice. Savored and Enjoyed It. Recommended...


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