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Wolverine State Faustian Stout Baltic Porter

Wolverine State Faustian Stout Baltic Porter
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
Donít the let name confuse you. This Baltic porter Ė a style borrowing from Russian Imperial Stouts and Brown Porters Ė is rich and complex and yeah, itís a lager, not a stout. We named ours after Faust, the literary character who traded his soul to the Devil to obtain knowledge and wealth. We made a similar deal to give this rich dark lager the devilishly roasty character it enjoys. The Faustian Stout combines malty sweetness with the aroma of dark, dried fruit, licorice, toffee, and caramel notes. With its higher abv and smooth finish this beer makes a great sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (2218) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2016
From notes. I had this one on draft at the brewery on March 18 after a hockey game. The pour is a nice black color, but it looks a little thin, and the white colored head definitely doesnít convey the richness that I want to see. The aroma is actually pretty good. There is a nice dark fruit that resonates throughout with a good thick roasted malt and a nice dose of chocolate. There is a nice woodiness that is also detectable. The flavors are a little better still. The chocolate definitely takes over, with a nice roasted malt and a good strong dark fruit complexity. Itís nice. There is a light caramel malt trying to poke through on the finish as well. The mouth feel is thicker and the carbonation is a little high. This one would benefit greatly from a softer carb. The aftertaste is lingeringly dry with a good chocolate and dark fruit hanging around. This might be the best beer Iíve had by them since Gulo≥.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
firstsip (727) - Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Tap. Dark brown black. Nice lingering bit of head. Scattered lace. Slight raisiny nose. Full, rich body. Nice peanut butter quality in taste and mouth feel. Like a Baltic porter "light."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (3421) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Tap at Wolverine. Pitch black pour wtih a white creamy head that fades to a ring. Love the complex aroma. Raisins, peanuts, caramel, licorice, figs, chocolate, raspberries, and oak. Tastes very good too and thereís a surprisingly strong fruit flavor to this. Lots of raisins and dark fruit. Almost like Belgian quad without the yeast flavor. Definitely still taste the raspberries and chocolate, some nice nuttiness, some wood. This is a excellent baltic porter. Delicious beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9915) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Sampled from the tap at the 15th annual MBGSF. Pours a hazy semi dark brown with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma kind of has a roasted malt note with some chocolate and a bit of earthy dark grains. Flavor has a dry creamy chocolate note with some roasted malts and coffee that adds a slight bitterness.

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