RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Celebrate the anniversary of Pop the Cap with our GABF Gold and Silver award winning Baltic Porter. Brewed only once before, and now bottled in a limited, commemorative edition only available at Sam’s Quick Shop and Foothills. Our Baltic Porter is the perfect way to celebrate NC craft brewing and this special anniversary.

Alc. 9% by Vol. SRM: 40.6 IBU: 51.7

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wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 27, 2010
courtesy of beerness, thanks! beautiful pour, spot on. the aroma is slightly off and funky, but i sort of like it for some reason lol! the taste is nice, a tinge pof funk which adds a nice quality and attributes to a great mouth feel. super velvety and creamy. nice stuff! and interesting!

durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Bottle from Sam’s in Durham. Pours nearly black with large tan head. Nose shows generous bitter chocolate, dark fruits and cherries, some nuttiness, and mild ash. Ash cones through a bit more on the taste. Palate is full for the style. Not as intense as some Baltics, but damn good. Still can’t beat Duck Rabbit, especially dollar for dollar.

princesslala (131) - DENMARK - AUG 21, 2010
Black with a small tan head. Roasty, chocolaty, malty, coffee aroma. The flavor is of bitter dark chocolate and is slightly ashy. Bit of a thin body.

thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Got to try this one at the brewpub at the release party. One of the first three glasses poured off the keg. Served from tap into a Foothills fat pilsner (at least how I would describe it). Pours a deep dark brown basically black with a one finger light tan head that lingers throughout. Maintains phenomanial lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt, subtle fruit, oatmeal, and a very slight hop hint. The flavor was of oatmeal, malt, dark fruit, and a hint of alcohol upon warming up to room temperature. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation, almost a creamy texture as it goes down. Overall this was quite an excellent brew. Had a very smooth and creamy feel to it that made it go down oh-so easy. The appearance on this one was quite good. While the aroma was quite complex it lacked some intensity to it, but was still nice. However, the flavor totally made up for the lack of aroma intensity. This is a definite must try for sure.

DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bottle from the mighty Sam’s Quik Shop. Only a hint of light leaks through this near-black brew. The light tan head’s pretty minimal, but lasted throughout the entire glass. I haven’t had a ton of Baltic Porters, so I can best describe it by comparing it to the Duck Rabbit version, which is a personal favorite. A lot of the same flavors are apparent, like dark chocolate, prunes, and coffee, though significantly more muted in taste and aroma. It also leans more towards the chocolate flavors like an imperial stout than the heavy fruits of a baltic. With almost no heat to indicate the strength, it finishes very clean with a pleasant, quick hop note. Basically, it’s smoother, milder, and less complex than the Duck Rabbit, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just different. The lack of heat and already smooth flavors leaves me less inclined to age my other bottles as long as I’d expected to. Perhaps I’ll lay one down for a couple years to see what happens, but it just doesn’t strike me as a beer meant to age.

BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Gold @ GABF 0 This beer is phenomenal. Everyone raves about the Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter, but in my opinion this one smokes it. Rich and fullbodied, very robust, chocolate and roastiness. Some very much appreciated bitterness in the finish, but retaining balance. Creamy with just a touch of sweetness in the finish.

fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
GABF. Nice black pour with decent tan head. Roasty malty aromas. Similar flavors with a nice full body and decent dustiness. Pretty tasty

goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2007
GABF 2007: Poured black with a brown head. Big sweet roasted malt and coffee aroma. Hint of ash as well. the flavor was roasty, sweet and sugary with a hint of dark bitter chocolate. Medium bodied.

MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Jet black pour tall tan head, thick lace. A bit of a light aroma, a touch sweet some milk chocolate roasty. Full well coated palate, extra creamy. Well roasted silky chocolate flavor taste has a touch of bitter coccoa powder lightly grass hop in the finish. Fantastic.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2010
Date: March 31, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Mellow Mushroom, Asheville
Appearance: black, lasting fine tan head, thick spidery lace
Aroma: rich dry dark chocolate aroma
Flavor: very dry and bitter dark chocolate flavor, a bit of a chalky character, lots of chocolate but needs some sweetness

Date: October 12, 2007
Source: gabf
Score: 3.0 to 3.6
picking up more body and sweetness,

Date: August 27, 2010
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma, sweet fruityness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice fruityness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

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