Baltic Porter - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 99
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2006

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Reviews by bwiechmann:
Photo of bwiechmann
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into Darkness tulip.

Pours a deep black with a gorgeous tan head. Good lookin' brew.

Smell is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, toffee.

Taste exactly follows nose with an addition of slight smokiness/ roasted bitterness.

Overall, a solid baltic porter. A wonderful warm-up for a cold, dark autumn evening. I'm glad I got to try it and would certainly drink it again if I get the chance. It really opens up as it warms and comes into its own. TJBurgess sent an awesome bif box that included this bottle- much thanks man.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of marvin213
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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!

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


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.

Photo of PatLarsen
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Backer2004
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bashiba
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GSmithBeer
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, Sept. 2010. Per the bartender this is only the second time that this beer had been brewed.

L - Dark blackish with tan thick head, which dissipated to quickly, leaving little to no lacing at all.

S - Good aroma, sweet malted barley and maybe chocolate.

T - Taste is very good roasted malted barley and maybe a hint of chocolate with an interesting hint of smokiness to it.

M/D - Felt lighter than expected but still felt good with good drinkability. The beer was smooth, creamy and had good carbonation. If not for the higher ABV, I could have drunk this all night.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, a HUGE thanks to ThomasHardy for this unbelievable extra. Cheers!
Secondly, I drink this beer in honor of a recently fallen BA member, Joseph London. Though I did not know this individual, seeing that he passed away being less than a year older than me and leaving a wife behind really struck home. My prayers are with his family.

Appearance - Pours a almost pitch black color, with no light getting though the glass when held up to the light. About a finger of tan head is achieved with a moderate pour, that dissipates relatively fast leaving little lacing.

Smell - A lively bitter roasted malt aroma emanates from the glass. This is then mixed with slight bitter chocolate, cocoa, fresh coffee, dark fruits, and licorice.

Taste - Similar to the nose, however, there is a more pronounced chocolate flavor. A bit sweeter than I would have assumed, though there is an interesting smoky flavor that is intertwined within the beer. Dark fruits such as figs, coffee, chocolate, oak, and an odd tartness that makes this just damn delicious.

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy Mouthfeel. Extremely creamy, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - For as high of an ABV as this is, extremely so. I am SO thrilled I was able to try this. An extremely good beer and being enjoyed immensely on this [finally] somewhat cooler Southern California night. Thanks again to ThomasHardy for allowing me to try this beer.

Photo of Bung
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Friend just brought back from W.S.
It did not look that dark while pouring, but once in the glass it is rather black, some brown around the edges. Nice dark tan head about a finger.

The nose has quite a bit of leather and wet tobacco leaves. Malt, cocoa and day old cold coffee.

Taste is much more roasty, malt coffee and anise. There is the tobacco, peat and cocoa. Cocoa and anise finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit more carbonated, which doesn't help with some of the harsher roast tones in the flavor. As is warmed it got a bit creamier, but also a bit thinner to me. However, the abv is non-existent. The slight acrid nature hurts the drinkability just a bit.

Would have liked more sweeter accents, chocolate, vanilla, caramel. It is still good, just not at the top of the style for me and not at the top of Foothills brews that I've had. Keep up the good work though Foothills.

Photo of CooperEllis
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this twice, both times on bottle, this review is from the second bottle had today 1/15/10

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Nice pour, deep, clean dark brown thin white head that leaves quickly; nice thin lacing.

Aroma is up front with roast and chocolate notes with a nice fruit aroma that fills the nostrils.

Full flavor with deep roast and coffee malt flavors. Underneath this is a full fruit layer of plum and raisin. The initial bite is a touch boozy, a touch bitter and overall smooth with a cream tinge.

Exceptional mouthfeel, the carbonation is spot on, the body is medium, perfectly weighted for a porter. It disappears a bit at the death and I miss the last little bit of boozyness that is present at the begining.

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wil and Jay for sharing.
Review from notes.

Pours into a tulip black with reddish edges, flecks of tan foam. Foam lasts for a bit, decent retention. Surface has a matte texture, though there are some larger bubbles visible along the sides of the glass.

Sweet aroma of milk chocolate and malted milk balls, some fried banana lends a bit more in the way of complexity.

Taste is similar to the nose, with lots of milk chocolate, bitter roast coffee and tobacco rounding things out. Sweetness is a bit more understated in the flavor, as it dries out quickly into a roasty aftertaste. Dry, creamy mouthfeel overall.

Overall it's a nice take on a Baltic Porter, not overly sweet, yet the dark fruit component typical of the style seems to be absent. Would drink again anytime...

Photo of Beejay
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ewright for this brew!

A: It pours a very deep brown, in the glass it is opaque black, with a very creamy looking tan head. Very nice looking brew.

S: Dark malts, and syrupy sweet. Caramel and bread notes. There is a hint of booze in this as well.

T: Roasted grains and tasty as hell. There is a nice toasted/kilned malt flavor that is backed by a nice sweetness. There is a hint of dark bread in here as well.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is fine but plentiful. There is a nice creaminess to this that I dig.

D: Roasted and tasty. Quite a delicious beer. Would definitely drink this guy again. 4

Once again thanks ewright!!!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a snifter. 9% ABV, SRM: 40.6, IBU 51.7, no date.

Thanks to a generous Onenote81 for a surprise box containing this among many others!

A - Deep rich black with a plump tan head. Moderate retention kept the foam afloat for a bit but the awesome part was the sticky lace left on the glass. Good clarity while pouring.

S - Dry roasted chocolate and amber malts with a slight coffee sensation. A cold mineral aroma is a little discouraging. Mild hop aroma. Lots of mocha and cocoa which overshadows the mineral after a good swirl.

T - Smooth cocoa and mocha with a nice cake-desert-like flavor. Underlying coffee and roasted malt backbone. Earthy hop notes and accompanying bitterness on the finish.

M - Full-bodied and smooth as velvet with a fantastic round feel on the tongue. Awesome dry cocoa but semi-sweet counteracting finish. A blend of acrid roasted and hoppy bitterness.

D - Good brew with nice drinkability but a bottle definitely worth splitting with a friend. Very nice feel going on in this one! Thanks Jon!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 12/11/10
Thanks to ewright for this hookup.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark black with one finger of thick, foamy espresso coloured head.

S - Very robust nose. Dark roasted malts with a nice sweetness and a bitterness from the hops that cuts through nicely. Chocolate, licorice, dark fruit and toffee. Some noticeable alcohol.

T - Dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, licorice, some bitterness and a slight alcohol bite.

M - Light to medium body, chewy, lightly carbonated. Somewhat watery at times.

Photo of jsanford
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Foothills on BA Sexual Chocolate Release Day.

A - Pours black with a slight reddish tint and a thin ring of white head around the glass.

S - Dark roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate and a slight bit of coffee.

T - Very close to the nose but with the added touch of a slight smokiness and a touch of molasses. Very nice, and more depth is displayed as this one warms up.

M - Rich and creamy, silky even, with prickly carbonation.

D - Dark, rich, smooth and delicious, I was happily surprised by this one. While it may be overshadowed by all the cool barrel-aged releases, this is an great beer that was easily worth the 5 hour trip alone!

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Baltic Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.