Raccoon Lodge Barrel Aged Baltic Porter

RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
This is a huge Porter that we have been aging in the French Oak wine barrels for six weeks. We brewed it with English Malt and a host of mod-range alpha hops. It is coffee colored and has a range of flavors from toffee to licorice in the finish (no licorice was added).

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Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Bomber. Poured deep brown with a tall, dense cap of khaki head.. set up perfectly in the glass. The aroma opened with fresh, sour oak and vinous notes from the barrel treatment with coffee, baker’s chocolate, and burnt molasses not far behind.. I loved the sweet roasty notes that surrounded.. just a little too much barrel influence, but it was still quite good. The flavor opened with sour oak, metallic notes, and unidentifiable bitterness.. chocolate and molasses at the core with more metallic notes surrounding.. finished with vinous notes, molasses, and coffee bitterness. Medium-bodied and sour throughout from the barrel on the palate.. surprisingly weak across the middle.. balance was OK, but the porter part of it needed more heft.

hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2009
22oz bottle acquired in trade with riversideAK (thanks!). Poured a deeper brown color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of some lighter woodiness, chocolate, nutty, and some dark fruits. Tastes of dark fruits, black cherries, oaky woodiness, and I’m getting some of the wine. Had a tart finish that I really liked. I’m surprised by the lower ratings.

hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2009
bomber from riversideAK...

pours ruby brown... actually, regular ol’ porter color with a soft tan head and moderate drippy lacing.

the nose definitely has a sour barrel note... chocolate, a touch of smoke, roasty grain, fruit and vanilla marshmallows.

the taste is... well... unique, interesting and weird but i am not sure that i am a fan. the barrel has not done good things to this. even knowing ahead of time of the lactic sourness it is still hard to swallow. there are some good characters... medium body, prickly carbonation, easy drinking, cocoa, ashy/charred roast, malt powder and red wine. but, for the most part there is a dominating unpleasant floral quality and very odd lactic sourness which actually hurts my stomach after a bit.

i really wanted to like the concept...6/3/4/3/10/2.6

WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Bottle via Ron @ The Brewery. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is malty and sweet. Taste is oddly sour, which I don’t mind, with a big malt back end.

goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Thanks Beastiefan2k. Poured a very dark brown color with a tan head. Light sweet malt aroma with hints of spice and some alcohol. Sweet malt flavor with a tartness and taste of cola. Lively carbonation in the mouth. Medium bodied.

kramer (6908) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2009
22 oz bottle, shared by Beerlando. Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a minimal beige head. The nose was oddly hoppy with some chocolate, roast, cocoa powder, and a bit of oakiness. The flavor reveals a weird slight sourness, a touch acidic, with some slightly acrid malt. There’s just a touch of what I would call oak, but lots of wood notes that were more like it was aged on pressure treated lumber. Some lingering dark fruits when you make it past all the weirdness. Mouthfeel is a little thin with soft gentle carbonation. A very weird beast for sure, Baltic Porter? I don’t know what they put in that barrel, but a Baltic Porter didn’t come out the other side.

pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2009
22oz bottle from tom..... pours a dark cola brown with reddish brown edges and a thin milky light beige head... lots of wood, sour oak, chocolate, and cherries in the aroma....flavors were sour, tart oak that dominate the porter qualities and do not seem to harmonize with each other. the oak overruns everything and compromises the cohesiveness of the brew. prickly, live carbonation but overall, not to my liking.

jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2008
bottle. Oak aging didnt work here. It adds a weird sourness. Some odd flavors and some off flavors in this one.

Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Bomber. Pours a really dark and translucent chestnut brown color with crimson edges. A frothy, bubbly, beige colored head settles to a wispy film. Scattered micro-spots and thin lines of lacing mark the glass. Aromas include dried sour cherries, raisins, figs, oaky vanilla, and earthy hops. Hints of cocoa sweetness are there as well. Flavors are tart, almost sour, with ascorbic cherries showing strong. Cocoa powder and dry, yeasty notes are accompanied by an almost chemical, woody overtone. Moderate in both body and carbonation, the palate is dry and yeasty. This brew is odd and sub-par for the style. Its almost like they used the freshly emptied sour Kriek barrels to age a thinned-out Baltic impersonator.

GodOfThunder (1271) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Thanks to Beerlando! Pours almost a dark purple color. The smell is full of pine with a little sour fruitiness. Taste is extremely woody with a little tartness and a good amount of hops. A little off balance with the strong wood flavor and odd hoppiness. Not terrible, but I was not really impressed.

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