Capital Square Series Baltic Porter



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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Our Capital Square Series features many rare, one-time pleasures (only 1,000 cases brewed). This baby is a dark hybrid of British and Baltic persuasion. Part porter. Part lager. Part dream come true.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2007
On tap at the Great Dane Hilldale. A nice lookin deep brown beer with a hefty head with a good amount of cascading bubbles (without nitrogen!). Tastes of nuts and fruit,-very drinkable (how does Kirby do it?). Not a lot in the breadth of flavor though. Not very true to style, but a very fine beer nonetheless. Hat’s off to Kirby to try this elusvie style!

muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2016
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #61. 12 ounce bottle drunk from a wine glass at my friends’ house in St. Louis Park, MN, August 2008, while playing Call of Cthulhu (appropriately). Darkly, malevolently translucent with just the barest hint of head...aroma of rum raisins, a bit of tart cherries and vanilla, a hint of licorice, luscious and ripe and full...cherry-sweet at first on the tongue, nice roasty malts balance out the fruits more than adequately...effervescent and light with barely a hint of the alcoholic depths which well up and GRAB YOU AND TAKE YOU DOWN TO THE DEPTHS OF THE DARK UNIVERSE WHERE AZATHOTH’S NUCLEAR CHAOS BOILS AWAY IN THE OUTER REACHES OF ENDLESS TIME AND SPACE, GIBBERING TO THE NAMELESS PIPING OF HIS MAD FLUTE, EMBRACING ALL INSANITY AND THE VOID.

(Games can be as addictive as beer) They should bring this back.

DrnkMcDermott (3122) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Purchased 2009 at Binny’s ($2.69/single). 199th Wisconsin beer! Not a dark brown so much as opaque, with some highlights at the corners of my shaker glass. Nice puff of brown foam. Sweet smell from two feet away: kind of heady and with a note of milk chocolate. Closer in I get the grainy smell that has come with some Baltic and regular porters. Slight suggestion of mint from hops? In a word, interesting. The first sip proclaims a malt that seems no more thick than a regular beer, but then it leaves behind some viscosity of an imperial styled dark beer. A slight hint of apple or pear in the background, and some treacle in the malt roast. Being as this is pretty much my substitute for all the Surly Darkness events I’m missing, it fills the bill pretty nicely. Drinking further brings on a slight heady-ness of alcohol, and some chocolate Easter bunny impressions. Sweet, doesn’t demand gentle sipping. A good, strong dark beer.

Nuffield (4187) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Relatively translucent, dark brown. Mildly roasted and caramelly, but with lighter than expected finishing notes. Not overwhelmingly sweet. Disappointing; not up to the standard set by other Baltic Porters.

nimbleprop (8594) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 14, 2010
12oz bottle pours a transparent, chocolate, brown with a thin, beige head. Looks more like a doppelbock than any type of porter. Nose is malty, yeast, pumpernickel bread, a little fruity, a little chocolate. Nose smells more like a bock. Flavor is sweet, molasses, a little milk chocolate, a little dark chocolate, toasted rye bread, wet malts, plums. Finish is medium bodied and dry. This is a little weird, there’s something that’s just a little off in the nose and flavor.

Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Mahogany with beige film for head. Aroma has a nice mix of sweet malt and dark fruit. Caramel, toffee, light toast, plum and fig. Flavor on par, fruit takes over a little in the finish. Oily smooth body, rolls off the palate.

fonefan (50004) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 26, 2010
Bottle 12fl.oz.
Clear medium to dark red brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, roasted, caramel, bread, light chocolate. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100410]

joergen (28772) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 10, 2010
Bottle at Papsø. Clear red brown coloured with a small off white head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel, drried fruits and chocolate. Sweet and roasted flavour of caramel, dried fruits, liquorice and chocolate. Sweet and roasted finish.

yespr (46766) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 10, 2010
12 fl oz bottle, courtesy of Papsoe. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, toffee and mild vanilla. Slight wooden, Sweet toffee caramelish flavoured. Light bitter and roasted finish.

KimJohansen (10510) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - APR 10, 2010
Clear mahogany with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel, nuts and dark fruits. Sweet flavour with roasted malt, caramel and dark fruits and hints of chocolate.

fiulijn (20993) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2010
Tasting at Papsø
Hazy red-amber color, dark, with small creamy head. Aroma of dark caramel, cereals, light alcohol, dust, vegetable esthers. Smooth mouthfeel, with chocolate flavor, dust, oxidized malt. Low bitterness. Dusty oxidized beer, slighlty flawed.

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