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RATINGS: 765   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Our imperial, Baltic-style porter is inspired by the strong, dark brews exported from Great Britain to Eastern Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. Rich and flavorful with upfront notes of chocolate, caramel and toffee.

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4.4
Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Pours a deep black with a nice head that fades to a slight film. Aroma is moslty chocolate, some toffee, lots of caramel malts, and some coffee, but no roasted malts. The aromas blend together very well. A very slight hint of smoke as it warms. flavor is very malty with a crapload of chocolate malt, some crystal for sweetness and some hops in the end for a nice slight bitterness to balance the flavor. The body is silky smooth and finishes slightly sweet and slightly dry. After a while you can notice just a touch of alcohol in the end. Very smooth in the end. Probably the best baltic I’ve ever had.

4.4
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Bomber - A perfect looking beer. Poured midnight black with thick lasting tan head. Big chocolate, coffee, roasted malt aroma. Damn this beer tastes good. Chocolate, hop, malt flavors with a hint of caramel. Bittersweet finish that is long. At $4 a pop I will be buying many more of these.

4.4
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Oh man. This is incredible stuff. Aromas very oaked and chocolate. Somewhat like a dry red wine. It pours very dark brown with a tan head that didn’t stick around. Flavors abound with chocolate and oak. A bit of vanilla and some sweet finish - almost strawberries a bit. Mm.... I really really like this porter. It’s super smooth and very approachable. Serve this to someone who loves dark chocolate but says they don’t like beer. Amazing. Thanks to JHop who sent this to me.

4.4
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 13, 2007
NorCal tasting Apr 07 - Yowza!! What do we have here!! What an awesome beer!!! Now this is what I wish more brewers would do with their Baltic Porters. Make it so it’s refined, clean and smooth yet still pack a serious punch. Aroma is dark fruit, caramel, toffee, baker’s chocolate with some underlying smoke. Appearance is perfect. Flavors were intense, yet smooth enough to not be overpowering. Any more and it would have been a ragged stout and any less unrefined. Dark fruit, baker’s chocolate, roasted malts, and toffee with just enough of a subtle hop kick to remind you it’s there. Nice job and highly recommended.

4.4
MaliMisho (215) - East Meadow, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2008
What a beer, I loved it. It had a black body with tan head. It was simply delightful, with a gentle chocolate taste, and somehow there was almost a little cherry taste to it.

4.4
robinvboyer (4811) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2008
Aroma is very smokey, it dominated the aroma. There are some subtle notes of chocolate, and toffee, and a touch of coffee. Flavour is very nice, robust dark fruit notes mixed in with bitter chocolate, and smoke, lots and lots of smoke. There is some nice bready, biscuity malt in the finnish, with a googd amount of bitterness with a touch of alcohol. VERY NICE!

4.4
Dscales22 (12) - - DEC 25, 2012
Great taste. 7.2% black ale. A little heavy on the stomach. Would definitely buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 11, 2007
(22 oz. bottle (labelled "XXII Reserve" via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=1 target=blank>jimmack , thanks Jim!, cellared for 10 mos. after trade) This is one nice beer...Pours dark, dark mocha brown with a very thin tan head that pretty much stays. Rich aroma of grape, semi-sweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth and elegant. Feels full until it reaches close to room temp. and then thins out. Nice thin rings and webs of lacing. Flavor is charred, grapey, semi-sweet, milk and bitter chocolate and light coffee. Wonderful flavor. Has a very warming and comforting feel. Alcohol well-hidden. Pleasurable.

4.3
SuzyGreenberg (1604) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2008
22 oz. bottle - purchased at new beer in NYC; pours thin cola brown with quickly fading tan head; aromas are very sweet and alcohol is obvious despite "only" being 7.2%; aromas of candy, toffee and mocha; the sweetness is the key word here; wow, first sip is just divine; body is definitely on the thin side (being a baltic), but full of flavor; toffee and candy dominate over the coffee and/or chocolate of other imperials porters; and just a touch of smoke; due to some other Southampton letdowns, my expectations were lowered for this and that made it even more enjoyable; i like the imperial baltic porter angle rather than the standard imperial porters that are borderline stouts in flavor and texture; this retains all the flavor with a thin, smooth body; something i might aim from in a future homebrew batch

4.3
SudsMcDuff (8541) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 13, 2009
alright alright... . so meaty on the onset, pretty smooth . . .nice roast level .. . lacing is great . . yummy stuff, a roastier baltic .. . great stuff i must say .. .


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