Sierra Nevada Dark Forces Baltic Porter

RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Dark Force Baltic Porter - Brewed with the help from our friends at Pizza Port near San Diego. This beer is a deep russet-brown with heady malt aromas. It has layers of roasty, malt-driven flavors, with notes of chocolate and smoke and hints of black cherry-like fruity highlights. The beer finishes medium-dry and is surprisingly drinkable for something so complex.

Original Gravity: 20.2 P Bitterness Units: 25 IBU Color: Ruby Brown Bittering Hops: Sterling Finishing Hops: Strissselpalt Malts: Euro-Pils, Munich Wheat, Chocolate, Caramel (45) Special B, Carafa III & Roasted Barley

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Tap at Strong Ale Fest. Pours deep brown to near black. Weaker foam. Nose is sweet cola, raisins, cinnamon, dark bread roll. Taste is Abbey Quadrupel style with plums, raisins, sweet cola. Too sweet for me and seems incorrect for style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
o_Merlin_o (214) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2013
One of the darkest beers I've ever seen. Completely opaque. Aroma of sweet coffee beans. Definite coffee flavor. A beautifully strong beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (1548) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2013
On tap @ Pizza Port Bressi Ranch. Pours super dark watery brown with thin pale mocha head. Aroma is slightly tart mild chocolate malt. Taste is bitter roasty malt with smooth chocolate flavor. Black cherry and faint vanilla notes on the clean dry finish. Very drinkable for a baltic porter - doesnt seem like 8.4% abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Tap @ PP Carlsbad. Black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is dark, bitter chocolate and roast with some underlying darker fruit. Taste is chocolate, light bitterness, roasted malt, and soft raisin. Clean mouthfeel. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 18, 2010
SD Strong Ale Fest 2010. Black color/ fleeting tan head. Nice chocolate, black licorice, roasty aromas. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Tasty chocolate, dark roast malt, black coffee, black licorice spice flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16347) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
A: The pour is an impenetrable black color with a minimal tan head forming and leaving a thin ring around the glass. S: The nose is quite roasty with some dark chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Licorice and dark, almost burnt, sugar provides some more sweetness. T: Lots of roasted malts and an almost smokey flavor. Quite sweet with plenty of licorice, molasses, and dark caramel. This is a very sweet beer, much more so than I would have expected. M: The body is medium with a low, smooth carbonation. D: A little too sweet to be able to drink much of this, but still a good beer. I think I prefer Empire Strikes Black, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7921) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 15, 2010
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Pours nearly black with a very small tan head that fades quickly. Aromas of dark fruit, vanilla, chocolate, leather, raisins and berries. Flavors of banana, vanilla, roast, fruit, rye bread, and a caramel sweetness. Medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Good but not great by any stretch. I dont know if I am a fan of the style in general. Aroma, not much there to be honest. A bit of roast and stone fruit, cherry? fig?. Appearance is black very thin head. Taste is where this misses the mark. Its a bit like a watery stout. The roast is there in the taste more than the aroma but still a bit weak. Im missing the complexity here. Palate is nice but a bit thin and dry for me. Overall its worth trying but perhaps not re-trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Deep black pour. The nose is quite fresh and clean with a touch of light dark roastiness. A slight touch of molasses and a touch of light roastiness on the finish. Softly earthy maltiness with a touch of light grassiness on the finish. Clean tasting although there is a touch of anise. Authentically malty with a very clean yeast profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
A decent offering, well worth the money and id possibly get it again. Just didnt knock my socks off. Slightly bland, watery body, weak nose, ive had much better.

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