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Baltic Porter - Foothills Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 101
Gots: 32 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2006)
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black with mahogany highlights around the edges, and a frothy, low profile, dense, light tan head. Aromas of roasted highlights, toasted bread, bitter coffee, hints of vanilla, hints of booze, and some earthy and woody highlights. Smells aren't overpowering, but very inviting. Flavors are bitter coffee forward, with heavily roasted qualities. Wood characteristics, old world fruit rich sweetness, and hints of smoke. There is also a building warmth from the increased ABV. This is deep and layered. Robust body, but crisp enough to stay true to style. The aftertaste is heavy roast, subtle smoke, and bitterness. Smooth, slightly dry finish. This is a big beer, and it is damn tasty!

05-21-2014 19:56:17 | More by GarthDanielson
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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +2%

Had on tap yesterday at the brewpub.Poured a deep cola brown with thinner but well retained lighter mocha colored head,aromas are heavily roasted with plenty of dark fruit,this is one roasted motha here.Intensly roasty and earthy on the palate,some licorice flavors as well,the sweetness is pretty subdued in my opinion,just dark fruit and a tinge of molasses.Lightly prickly in the feel but not anything to earth shattering,an intensely roasted Baltic porter.

08-16-2010 12:24:25 | More by oberon
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marvin213

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%

Really dark brown/black like a good porter should be, and the tan foamy cap completely coats the liquid even minutes after the pour. Love the warrior-type on the bottle, though I always like when breweries actually name the beers (beyond 'blank brewery' style). The head on this one was a wee bit lighter/whiter than perfection.

I can waft a nice, roasty, chocolatey maltness toward the nose. It's nice, but a little underwhelming, honestly. I actually seem to smell the hop presence in this here Baltic porter.

It's a little overroasted on the tongue, as if imparted with coffee left in the pot too long. Coupled with that hop influence I smelled, this is a relatively bitter Baltic porter. The maltiness is there just enough for balance.

The mouthfeel is a little lacking, in large part because of that overroastedness, and a diluted wateriness remiscent of that coffe pot sitting too long. Overall, it's a good beer. As we all get more critical of overpriced bombers, I'd say this one is just good enough to meet the big bottle!

08-04-2011 21:22:14 | More by marvin213
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. This one was on my wants for a long time.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very nice. The dominant flavor is heavy, dark chocolate with some roasted malt and a little bit of sugar or molasses mixed in.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of milk chocolate and roasted malt, along with some cream notes. Not really a traditional Baltic Porter flavor profile, but a very enjoyable chocolate-bomb of a beer.

Medium to full mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer definitely didn't disappoint. Another good beer from North Carolina.

12-31-2010 20:11:17 | More by Mora2000
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ehammond1


3.35/5  rDev -18.3%

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Black body with a small dark brown head that doesn't last long, eventually leaving some small bubbles and spots of stick down the glass.

Some mild roast and smoke character in the aroma, with very mild chocolate, and some char. There's a bit of dark fruit. Above average, but not at all special.

A decidedly average Baltic porter, in almost every way possible. Mild flavors of roast and char, a bit of smoke, moderate bitterness, and minerals combine for an altogether boring, though drinkable Baltic porter.

Medium bodied with somewhat high carbonation for the style.

Altogether, average and unexciting.

07-06-2012 03:28:18 | More by ehammond1
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PatLarsen

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours with generous head. Below sits a super dark, deep, yet shiny mahogany-like color. Dessertish and nutty aromas lift from the glass, maybe a touch of must, coffee, whipped cream, hazelnuts, and a touch of roasted malt around the edges. Flavors again have a dessertish quality and a nutty character, like hazelnuts, with some creamy vibes going on as well. Its sweet to a point, but it doesn’t come across as overly sweet as the nutty qualities of the malts, the creaminess of the body, and the touch of hop bitterness in the finish make it all come together quite nicely.

07-14-2011 23:01:37 | More by PatLarsen
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glid02

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Bottle via trade with Brad - thanks!

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with crisp dark chocolate aromas. Also present are hints of heavier black malts.

Tastes very similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip the roasted malt flavors intensify a bit as the flavors dry out, carrying through to a crisp and moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall this was a solid beer without bells and whistles that is just very well done. Not terribly complex but close to flawless. Well worth a shot.

10-07-2010 02:20:09 | More by glid02
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

10-20-2013 20:44:32 | More by acurtis
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whitekiboko

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

12-27-2011 00:59:28 | More by whitekiboko
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Appears deep dark brown topped by a thin, chocolate milk colored head. The head comes and goes with each good swirl of the glass. This looks like a baltic porter. So, what else have we here....

Aroma is nicely satisfying. Lots of chocolate, light and dark, meaty smokiness, roasty malts, and grapes/raisins. Some woodiness going on here too. The flavor is very chocolaty, roasty, smooth, and lightly bitter. I like the texture a lot. Along with all the chocolate above, it feels kind of like melty chocolate though not as thick. Smooth and silky. This fine beverage hides its high ABV very well.

This isn't as intense or complex as some of the other baltic porters I've had. I do like the way everything fits together in this one though. Overall a solid and yummy choice.

06-29-2011 00:23:18 | More by tastybeer
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

An exceptional looking beer, to say the least. The head is a mocha color, frothy and foamy and firm, with a wide variety of bubble-sizes that makes me think of an ice cream float of some sort. The color is as black as I can recall seeing, whether on a porter, a stout, or whatever. Deep into the abyss, none more black...

As the color hints, the malts here were either charred to a crisp or they used the darkest grains available. And the smell proves that. There's a hell of a lot of roast going on, like dark roast coffee, no sugar, no cream, just black, thanks. While I could trick myself into thinking I smell chocolate, I don't know...and if I do smell chocolate, it's the kind burned on the bottom of the pan. It points to the possibility of a one-dimensional flavor, but aroma isn't everything...

It tastes roasty, toasty, charred and burnt, indeed. That's the main characteristic, but there's a certain something that reminds of steamed milk a layer below, a green sort of bitterness from the hops, and a vinous dryness of flavor and feel. Juicy dark fruits, like plum and raisin, attempt to work their way in, but they don't quite make it. Alcohol provides a thin line of warmth, and chocolate notes start popping out nicely as the beer warms. And then some fruits do come in, mostly dark berries (raspberry, blackberry). Do note that this thing transforms over a 1/2 hour's time...don't judge it in the first 5 minutes.

The char character makes this taste/feel dry, although there's also a juiciness coming in that always marks a great Baltic Porter. So you get a kind of push/pull with that, moderate carbonation, and a pretty smooth, slick ride overall.

Here's the thing with this beer: the flavor creeps up on you, and its complexities unroll and unfold over time and with warming. At first, I wasn't all that impressed, and now I'm halfway through the bomber thinking it's pretty damn great. The world needs more Baltic porters, and I'm glad this one is a mere hour's drive away (while it lasts).

09-16-2010 22:46:54 | More by Metalmonk
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

11-15-2011 18:28:20 | More by twowheelssoar
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Label reads: "August 13, 2005 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 Quik Shop and Foothills. Our Baltic Porter is the perfect way to celebrate NC craft brewing and this special anniversary."

Celebrate, indeed.

Pours a deep, deep brown with cola-colored edges and a creamy light brown head. Nose is big and roasted.

It's a little too cold at first, but the big, bold flavors are evident. Roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and alcohol, with a balance of bitterness and sweetness. Shockingly drinkable, very smooth.

A very excellent tribute to Pop the Cap's 5th anniversary.

10-15-2010 00:47:56 | More by RockyTopHeel
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -9%

A tasty though not great porter. Yes, chocolate and sweetness all whipped up, fluffy and granular malted milk mouthfeel. The bitterness is hops and I was Ok with it, although my 23-year old who shared the bottle thought it was a it metallic and not spot on the style.
Thanks Mikegroove.

10-23-2011 01:21:36 | More by Sammy
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jh1982

Nevada

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-15-2011 01:07:49 | More by jh1982
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mhenson42

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

07-22-2012 23:38:09 | More by mhenson42
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Photekut

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

05-18-2013 22:01:43 | More by Photekut
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prototypic

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +2%

Huge thanks to kkipple for this one!

Baltic Porter pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It's nearly opaque, but a few burgundy highlights cut through with backlighting. A tan head tops it and rises to about a finger in height. It recedes rather quickly, and leaves a light, sticky web of lace clinging to the glass.

The nose is good, but is lacking just a little in the strength department. A mix of roasted and chocolate malts greets the nose first. The chocolate variety smells bittersweet. Roasted coffee is definitely in the mix and smells very nice. There's a slightly charred or burnt scent to it. Perhaps it's still the coffee. Alcohol is masked well and doesn't come through strong at all. Smells good. A bump in strength might elevate it.

The flavor is explosive! This is delicious! Roasted malts are the centerpiece and have a tremendous flavor. Bittersweet dark chocolate is present to a lesser extent, but complements the huge roasted flavor well. Coffee tastes quite strong. I'm a big fan, so that works for me. It's actually a little tough to tell if the coffee or the strong roasted malts are responsible for the burnt or charred flavor that emerges. I don't really care - it tastes delicious. Secondary flavors include light dark fruit, anise, and an acidic flavor. Alcohol is masked very well. Finishes with a strong roasty, burnt, and charred chocolate flavor.

Baltic Porter has a body that's on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is dialed down pretty well, but it feels a tad thin. More heft is needed. Drinkability is quite good. This is a damn tasty beer that goes down pretty easy. A bomber is the perfect size. The intense roasted flavor grows a little tiresome by the end of the bottle, but a bomber is no problem.

I'm really impressed with Foothills Brewing Company beer. Baltic Porter isn't quite the gem that Sexual Chocolate is, but it's damn good. The flavor is absolutely huge. If you're in to big time roasty, charred, or burnt flavors, Baltic Porter is for you. I could handle a little more heft in terms of body, but that's about it. This is very good stuff as it is. Thanks, Dan! Really enjoyed this one.

03-06-2011 04:22:22 | More by prototypic
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-05-2014 23:56:07 | More by Kegatron
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Backer2004

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Okay, I accidentally purchased this at Moondogs at Mellow Mushroom. Little did I realize until someone asked what i was drinking did I remember this was last years Best of the Baltic Porters. Not only that, I was sipping on the 2006 version. Man, what good stuff, worth every penny ($7.00). Nice deep dark hues with lots of coffee, chocolate, licorice notes. Definitely try to get your hands on some.

01-31-2008 01:18:52 | More by Backer2004
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bashiba

Iowa

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured a nice deep dark brown with a thick and creamy long lasting head. Has some nice Mahogany highlights.

The smell is very full, big molasses sweet dark fruit and smoked malt are all apparent.

The flavor is smokey and sweet with nice dark fruit and toffee notes. Nice complexity, great dark malt flavors and smoke balancing with a nice fruity sweetness.

The mouthfeel is creamy and velvety.

Very Very good baltic porter, really like it.

Turned out to be a very nice choice for review #1,000.

09-26-2011 22:53:21 | More by bashiba
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

Picked this up at the bottle release awhile back. Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Pours pitch black with a two finger tan head that slowly subsided to one finger. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, caramel, and cream. The flavor was of roasted malt, cream, dark fruit, and subtle alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was still quite an excellent brew. It was better on tap if I'm honest, but still very nice. The flavor just wasn't as pronounced as on tap, but it is still a definite must try if you get the chance.

09-20-2010 12:23:59 | More by thagr81us
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Bunuelian

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-09-2014 19:50:24 | More by Bunuelian
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

08-13-2013 07:09:49 | More by GRG1313
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GSmithBeer

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -16.3%

A: dark brown. looked the part of a porter.
S: malty, roasted malt, and maybe a bit of alcohol in there.
T: chocolate, get a bit of that. roasted malts. maybe a little coffee. but out of all the porters i have been playing with lately nothing special.
M: good carbonation and on the heavy side of body.
O: gave it a 3.5 overall, given my range of 3.0 to 4. i get it has alcohol, and i love that. but it just seemed like it was all about that. nothing distinctive other than that.

03-28-2011 22:13:01 | More by GSmithBeer
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Baltic Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.