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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A deep, dense and thoughtful beer with many layers of flavors, from sweet and soothing maltiness to hints of chocolate character and background. All co-mingle into a smooth, silky flavor that is contemplative but robust. While this beer was top fermented keeping true to historic roots of the style, the brew was conditioned as a bottom fermented variation, producing a softer roundness in the final product. 9.2% abv OG 1.080 IBU:23
2012 vintage: 8.2% abv

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (6005) - Arizona, USA - DEC 15, 2012
In tap at three penny, great thick roasty rich beer, awesome addition to the Vermont brew scence

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13655) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 A deep dark porter with a thick frothy brown head. In aroma, a smooth chocolate with light coffee notes, light soy sauce. In mouth, a nice sweet chocolate with coffee grinds, vanilla, alcohol warmth, mocha coffee, beautiful. On tap at the brewpub, March 17, 2012.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (5898) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - FEB 6, 2017
Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a frothy white head managing to dissipate at a good pace. Mild lacing. The aroma starts off with a huge sweet milk chocolate base. Crisp nutty notes follow in. Dark fruits play with some dark chocolate. The flavor yields to the sweet side with a soft smooth bitterness from the dark chocolate. Dark fruits seem to fall back way more. Lingering robust dark chocolate plays with the sweet side in the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a spectacular sessionability about it. ABV seems well hidden. Overall, I liked this one a lot for me as the ABV doesnt seem as pronounced as in other Baltic porters. Also, the dark fruits really dont make any noise in this one so much, so another quality somewhat missing from this. Still, something about it that I would love to come back to.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (2021) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2012
tap at pub. pours dark brown with redish head. aroma of nuts and prunes. taste was thick and toffee sweet

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9765) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2009
My Bottom Line:
From this cracking Baltic Porter seep plentiful raisins and biscuits, a complex and drinkable flavor display which also evolves into roasted angles and dark chocolate ideas.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the dark brown hued blackness.
-Alcohol is not really apparent in the flavor profile.
-This could use a few more dextrins, imho. Although in the strong lager category, this could not be crisper and more drinkable.
-These guys are brewing top notch, amenable lagers. Bravo!

On tap at the Vermont Brewers Fest.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
In short: A roasted Baltic porter that is more drinkable than it should be. Almost a session brew. Very good.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Black body topped by a small beige head
In long: Main flavours are a medium level roastiness, toasted cookies, some black liquorice and cooked raisins. All that is followed by an effective grassy resinous bitterness. The beer sure does not feel sweet or syrupy like many Baltic porters. Alcohol well hidden. Another nice beer from Bobcat Caf. Drinks like a 6% brew. This brewpub as improved so much since my first visit and getting so much good comments that they will soon be able to sell undercarbonated beers at twice the price.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Draft at the brewpub - Poured a dark brown in color with a medium tan head that settled to a covering over the beer, Aroma is malty with roasted malts and some chocolate. Flavor is also roasty and slightly sweet with hints of chocolate, dark fruit and some bitter spices. Even though it has a fairly high ABV, alcohol is not apparent at all. Drinkably dangerous...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12386) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2009
on tap-pours a tight light brown head and dark brown with red color. Aroma is roasty, dark malt, some nut. Taste is roasty, dark malt-licorice/anise, slight acidic hops. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3887) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of very rich roasted malt. Flavor again of sweet rich roasted malt, vanilla, nougat, molasses, and sweet lagery (the only descriptor I can think of) malt. Good stuff. 7/4/7/4/14 [3.6/5]

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (3426) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Pours jet black with nice head. Aroma is light roast and some chocolate. Taste is nice and simple baltic porter with smooth roasty character and light chocolate. Very simple and drinkable for the high abv.


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