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RATINGS: 749   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1859) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Draught at Bobbique: Pours dark dark with large tan head. Has a chocolate malty, and weakly bitter arouma. Wonderful chocolate coffee notes, a nice dry but not too bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2009
22 oz. Very nice looking dark pour, nearly black with some brown head. Chocolate, molasses, peat and roast malt aroma. Flavor matches these well. Plenty of dark chocolate, roast malt and some coffee. More coffee and licorice in the finish. Thick full body, good carbonation. Gets a little more bitey when it warms for a while, only because it was still near 80 out and I drank the whole bomber. Drinkability is excellent, abv not noticeable at all. One of the better Baltic’s I’ve had for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
juiceisloose (1296) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Pours a very dark brown color with a nice sized foamy, tan colored head that leaves nice rings of lace around the glass. The aroma is nice and shows dark chocolate, toasted caramel, roasted coffee, and bittersweet cocoa. Some earthy hops come through as well. The flavor is just as malt forward as the nose lets on with rich chocolate and sweet caramel up front followed by roasted coffee, and some earthy hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied and really smooth and easy drinking with good carbonation with a lingering roasty finish. This is a great example of the style and a very tasty brew at that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark black color with a big foamy beigish head. Nose is dark chocolates and lots of roastyness and dark malts. Palate is thick and foamy, quite rich. Flavors of dark roasted malts with very nice hints of chocolate. a nice dry mouthfeel in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Bottle thanks to TURDFERGUSON. Smell is really not very existent. Some cherry, some wood....some chocolate. Pours dark with not much head. Some coffee and chocolate notes in the flavor...some light fruit. Nice palate of a bit of creaminess and some carbonation to even it out. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2711) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Bottle with thanks to coyotehunter. Pours a dark brown with little head. Aromas? well, there’s a bit of dark malt, with some grapefruit or something hoppy, bananas and Hubba Bubba. Flavor is cola-like, with a very fizzy texture has a bit of cloves, some vanilla and a little wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4986) - Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Aroma is strong, malty, slightly smoky and chocolaty with a hint of yeast and quite appetizing. It pours an opaque dark chocolate brown, just about sable, with a very thick, if not too persistent, tan head. Flavor is chocolaty and a little sweet with an undertone of roast coffee. Texture is thick, oily and strongly tingly so it practically dances down the pipes. Recommended!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
22oz bottle obtained at McKinnon’s in Salem, NH. Pours an opaque black body with a good half inch or so of light tan head. Chocolate, black licorice, with some banana, nut and bubblegum notes comprise the aroma. Black licorice with some banana, nut, and bubblegum notes hit the palate initially, with strong dark chocolate and coffee hitting later toward the finish, bits of vanilla throughout. On the heavier side of medium-bodied with ample carbonation to clear the palate, but not too much. One sip definitely invites another, with the complexity and medium body. Possibly the best example of the style I’ve found thus far, and leaps and bounds better than Smuttynose RIS. Good stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (5565) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Location: 22 oz bottle from Gilly’s, 8/17/09

Aroma: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts
Appearance: Dark brown color, 3 fingers of fluffy brown head, lots of lacing
Flavor: Big maltiness, burnt, some faint smokey, with the same flavors apparent in the nose, some licorice, light bitterness, but really just a malt bomb all over
Palate: A bit on the oily side, medium to full body, chewy and creamy
Overall Impression: I believe this is my first Baltic Porter, and I found it to be quite tasty. A nice beer indeed. I’m glad this is my first from the style, because it is pretty tasty, making me want to try more Baltic Porters.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2009
on-tap at Cole’s. Aroma of chocolate, and roast. Black, but reflecting light. Brown soapy head, some alce. Full mouthfeel, carbonation is right there. Fiere chocolate is right in front, the finish is coffee, with some sourness running through mid-sip.

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