Baltic Porter De L'Ancrier - Hopfenstark
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3.86/5 rDev +2.1%
Bottle from Peluso in Montreal.
A - Pours lighter than expected. Coming out of the bottle it's a version of brown. Rusty brown colour. Not entirely opaque, but it's definitely black-ish. One finger of beige head and fairly strong carbonation. Decent spattering of lace and a film of retention.
S - Licorice, red ale qualities. Bready. A tart twang with some fruity notes. Not a whole lot going on.
T - Bitter up front. Roasty with good amount of coffee. Plummy dark fruit character. Maybe a bit of charred something or other and/or smoke. A bit of a tart fruit note and licorice there as well. Vinous? Quite complex and interesting, but I'm not quite convinced I really enjoy off the bat. It gets much better as time goes and well integrated.
M - Mild to medium carbonation, medium to full body, tart dark fruit finish.
O/D - A very interesting Baltic Porter. Complex and nothing like any other example of the style I've tried. Not the greatest beer from Hopfenstark I've had, but it was enjoyable. While some of the elements weren't exactly my style, nothing really offended and it was pretty tasty.
09-23-2013 22:25:13 | More by tbeckett
3.81/5 rDev +0.8%
On-tap at Station Ho.St in Montreal
The beer is a dark ruby red/brown in colour, with a small tan head. Head fades quickly, nice lacing.
Smell contains burnt caramel and toffee quite strongly. A sweet aroma. Nice but hard to get anything past that sweet malty scent.
Taste contains burnt caramel, quite malty. Toffee and a touch of cocoa. Finish is all toffee and caramel. This is a sweet beer- not crazily sweet, but noticeably. Not a big roast flavour.
Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Quite sticky. Some astringency.
Overall, pretty good. The caramel/toffee flavours are pretty overpowering. I like those flavours, so the beer works for me, but I can imagine others not being into this one.
09-02-2013 22:24:06 | More by jrenihan
3.35/5 rDev -11.4%
Pours a dark brown, near black with little head. Scent leads with strong boozy notes of red wine and blends with dark cocoa and earthy dark roasted and toasted grain. Taste follows suit, pleasant red wine notes clouded by a touch of lingering booziness, notes of cocoa and dark cherry come through, lingering sweetness, solid roasted and toasted dried grain. Thin for the style even with lower carbonation. A touch too much lingering alcohol in the nose and taste and the thin body leave me slightly disappointed in a brewery i have heard a lot of positive things about.
04-23-2012 15:32:46 | More by rfgetz
4.68/5 rDev +23.8%
341 ml bottle consumed 1/2/12, from notes. Poured fridge cold into a sampling glass. Bottle received on trade via papat444. Huge thanks for this gem! Cellared since summer 2010.
A: Deep dark body with ruby red edges. Smallish head and decennlackng
S: Very intriguing nose, with licorice, roasted malts and some cocoa
T: Licorice in the body too along with molasses and light notes of smoke in body. A hint of tartness... What a great body...
M: Enjoyable, well carbonated with roasted bitterness sticking a bit with a touch of sweetness too.
O: What a steallar beer. One of the other people sampling found it terribly tart and drainpoured it. I didn't per kegged it that way and loved it. If the tartness wasn't meant to be there, drink it now before it gets too strong. This was aged for 1.5+ years.
01-09-2012 03:18:36 | More by kjyost
4.45/5 rDev +17.7%
rich dark brown in color with the only thing separating it from Jet Black being a nice reddish hue around the sides and bottom. Huge head of tan comes up quickly and lifts to a height of around two inches, never totally settling down, but instead sitting on top with a huge amount of lacing coming down the sides. Aroma is so much different then I was expecting. Rich notes of cherries and dark malts coming through immediately. Hints of a light hoppiness and just mounds and mounds of chocolate at first. Warming though really brought out a large amount of fruit and raspberries and dark cherry seems to dominate here. Each sip was like a decadent dessert trapped in a bottle. Rich, velvet like carbonation, and warm soothing flavors
11-24-2011 02:04:06 | More by mikesgroove
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
is this right? Or did i mess it up by not having the beer in a bottle? a lean render of that is still and evident in abv. A bit flat or... Not as voluminous and viscous as some. The smoked malt makes the beer. Its fantastic but quite one dimensional. Lacks the spunk. I've had lean baltics like this in poland. But this does carry any of the interesting tanin notes. Just the effect of great malt. No grit and in turn it makes the alcohol seems like an additive instead of a heat that puts hair on knuckles.
07-18-2011 22:00:27 | More by rtepiak
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
Pours up with little head, a cola-coloured appearance. Smells of molasses and brown sugar.
Sweet-tasting with overtones of molasses, licorice and vanilla. The ABV is only 8% but a sweet whisky profile is in the aftertaste. Could use a little more dryness in the finish.
Well done-as most Hopfenstark offerings are-but not my favourite of their roster.
06-30-2011 23:46:22 | More by Matt1516
4/5 rDev +5.8%
Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with nice light brown foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of rich black chocolate with light residual sugar notes. Taste is also a great mix between some rich black chocolate with light roasted notes. Body is bit thin for style with great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with great drinkability factor.
04-30-2011 03:00:36 | More by Phyl21ca
1.78/5 rDev -52.9%
Well this one was a disappointment. I had absolutely no head even though I poured very very aggressively. Lightly black or more dark brown. Bananas in the aroma... not inviting. Watery in the mouth, no complexity at all... a disappointment. Maybe an infected bottle... I'm not sure I'll try another one. It looks like a cola... drain poor. Sorry.
04-23-2011 18:11:38 | More by ZorPrime
3.6/5 rDev -4.8%
I've never seen a gusher like this in my life. This bottle was sitting in my fridge for weeks and I didn't agitate it in any way, so I know this wasn't my bad. As soon as I opened the cap, a snake of frothy tan-coloured head slowly started making its way out the top of the bottle...and didn't ever stop! Even when I had poured more than half of the bottle, this head was still slowly rising to the top and escaping down the neck.
Body looks a bit thin, opaque and black. Good cover of rocky tan-coloured head. Good retention and decent lacing.
Nice malty nose with caramel, a little molasses and good roast. Earthy (a little reminiscent of pilsner) hops, lots of minerals, vanilla bean, faint oak.
Seems like a nice flavour but it's pretty buried under all the carbonation. Most of what's found in the nose is here as well: solid roast, earthy hops, molasses, wood and minerals along with over-ripe pear and fig, slight coffee and tobacco. The yeast seems slightly Belgian in character, with some hints at dark spices off in the background. Alcohol shows up through the finish but is well-balanced, as is the beer in general.
Explosively foamy; like Unibroue's carbonation on steroids, or like Chimay but with giant bubbles. This makes for a somewhat-pleasantly thick body in spite of what looked to be a thin pour but the carbonation is way over the top. This honestly might be the most carbonated liquid I've ever had in my mouth.
Something is definitely not right here, I'm thinking there was some kind of mistake with this batch. I can tell there's a worthwhile porter under the mountain of foamy head, but I'd want to be certain the problem is solved before I pick this up again (especially at $10 a bottle). Pretty easy drinking in spite of this, I imagine this would be pretty alright with a more appropriate carbonation.
04-10-2011 02:31:53 | More by eat
3.55/5 rDev -6.1%
I think this is my first bottled Hopfenstark
A- Very, very dark brown. Very hard to create some head and it actually looks flat.
S- Chocolate, rubbing alcohol, black licorice and then red licorice once warmer.
T- More roasty than the smell bringing some nice coffe flavour in the finish. Very sweet. A bit watery. Hops are light but still give you a nice taste of vegetation and citrus.
M-Too thin for me. Very low carbonation. Not dry or sticky.
D- Pretty good. Easy to drink. 8% is very well hidden.
Don't think I'll ever buy it again but if you particularly like baltic porters go ahead and try it.
EDIT: Just read some of the other reviews and see people talking about big fluffy tan heads. Are we drinking the same beer? This is one of the flattest beers I've ever had.
02-12-2011 04:03:44 | More by Yoonisaykul
3.05/5 rDev -19.3%
22oz Bottle Purchased from CBX in Charleston.
Pours nearly pitch black with tan highlights, short lived off white head. Nose had a touch of tartness in front. Odd. Not picking out many other flavors. Doesn't smell bad, actually kinda nice. Wonder if it's infected?
Taste is sweet malts with lightly tart overtones. I'm picking up a little more residual sugar than I'd like. Otherwise, very nice. Mouth is okay. Fairly silky. Drinkability is good.
Edit: As this beer warmed, the vinegar component overtook the beer. It ended up being a drainpour :-/. Sigh.
11-13-2010 19:42:18 | More by mondegreen
3.63/5 rDev -4%
Thanks to freud for bringing this down for me!
750mL capped brown glass, high-shouldered bottle. No date. A red X on the cap under a $8.99 price tag, though. Hmmm....curious.
Appearance: Super explosive carbonation. A slow, careful pour produced 4 inches of fluffy tan head! Opaque brown and seems clear.
Nose: Roasty, creamy, chocolaty, coffee-y.
Palate: Carbonation is explosive and almost acidic. Medium-light bodied and crisp. Roasted black malts come through, some light coffee and cream flavors, 80% cacao chocolate. Dry finish.
Notes: Fairly dry and thinner than I expected. I think the high carbonation might have been the result of the yeast working away in the bottle, and that would explain the dryness too. I've heard this place can be somewhat inconsistent with bottlings, so not sure about that. Mouthfeel score suffers due to explosive carbonation. Tasty and would recommend.
07-16-2010 03:26:44 | More by SFLpunk
3.65/5 rDev -3.4%
On tap at the Mondial de la Biere.
Pitch black pour with a tan collar. Some lace spots. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and tobacco. Strong coffee and chocolate flavours, with dark fruit at the back. Alcohol isn't all that noticeable, and the molasses notes are quite subdued. Some sweetness, but far less so than a lot of entries in the style. Medium mouthfeel and low carb.
I was slightly disappointed with this baltic porter, as I went into it with high expectations. It seemed to lack the fullness of flavour I would expect from the style, and the sweetness I like was toned down. To its credit, it didn't drink like an 8% beer, but for the amount they were charging it represented poor value for money.
06-08-2010 13:54:46 | More by bobsy
Baltic Porter De L'Ancrier from Hopfenstark
85 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.