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Baltic Porter - Uncommon Brewers

Baltic PorterBaltic Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

148 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 148
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%


Brewed by:
Uncommon Brewers visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: illidurit on 01-31-2009)
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Darkness fills the glass, lacing drapes the top. Smells of spice, licorice and anise with suggestions of vanilla and white peppercorn, plus a bonus of melon fruitiness. Creamy, smooth medium body. Roasty char goes right to a licorice root and anise that build and then stick to the palate. Dry charred graininess. Treacle or molasses sweetness in the middle. Fruitiness is vague, but rises up a bit with the mild heat from the alcohol. Burnt finish is semidry. A good twist on a traditional style; spice additions are at a perfect level to compliment rather than take over. Tallboy cans FTW!

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 14:36:12 | More by BeerAdvocate
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bernat1971

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-16-2014 08:44:48 | More by bernat1971
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours out with an opaque licorice-colored liquid that is topped by a somewhat thin mocha head; a decent amount of lacing clings

Smell: Sweetened chocolate and licorice tones; a very subtle hint of dark fruit

Taste: Sweetened chocolate, up front, with hints of caramel, coffee and a vague sense of prune developing; the finish is rather sweet and lacks complexity

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer though it seemed a bit one-dimensional to me; as others have noted, it has elements of other styles (at first it seemed a bit like a dubbel but that faded as the beer warmed) but then finished with a more chocolatey American style

Thanks, bytemesis (from the other site), for the opportunity

Serving type: can

12-13-2013 00:53:59 | More by brentk56
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humulusphile

California

2/5  rDev -46.9%

12-12-2013 09:06:08 | More by humulusphile
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-10-2013 07:26:32 | More by drewone
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leprakhan

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

12-05-2013 08:33:30 | More by leprakhan
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

10-22-2013 03:39:18 | More by LambicPentameter
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Jones153

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.4%

10-20-2013 23:48:58 | More by Jones153
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a can of this as a volunteer extra at an EBF a while back. Time to drink it and make room for another Heady Topper in my mini-fridge.

Beautiful, dark brown body, bordering on black. Moderate light brown head, fell off pretty quick.

Nose is tart dark fruits.

Flavor is initially tart and bitter, then smooths out a bit to a dark bitter-chocolate sweetness. Rich and satisfying on a cold-ish autumn evening.

Mouthfeel is slick and slightly chewy. Nice mouthful.

Overall, a very nice brew. I love the Baltic Porter style, and it can be hard to come by. Glad I had this one.

Serving type: can

10-10-2013 22:37:34 | More by ghostwalker
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paresis

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%

10-08-2013 01:57:42 | More by paresis
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-15-2013 17:10:46 | More by kjkinsey
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Amerikon

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-18-2013 00:51:25 | More by Amerikon
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-28-2013 14:41:49 | More by tom10101
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-17-2013 13:47:00 | More by doremite
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at Buy-Rite in Jersey City recently. I like the other beers that I've had from Uncommon and felt that the product design, tall boy cans, and styles of their beers were indeed, uncommon. That wasn't the case here as this Baltic Porter didn't have anything outstanding about it. It was still an enjoyable beer however, with the alcohol well-hidden and the body full without having a smoky or roasted mouthfeel.

The pour to this was different, to say the least. A massive head quickly formed as I slowly emptied the contents of the can out and I had to let it settle for a while before filling up my pint glass sufficiently enough. As for the aroma, it smelled like bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and booze. Could this be a Belgian-style Dubbel or Tripel? Not quite, but there was enough here to remind me of it. This was strong but the alcohol wasn't necessarily detectable per se. There was some cherry and fig here along with some thin vanilla extract underneath that, with the roasted body coming out subtly in the aftertaste. The lacing was minimal, with only a few clumps on the side of my pint glass as I worked my way through this.

This was pretty typical in terms of the strength of the booze but didn't pack a terribly strong punch. There was enough to like here but nothing major stood out from start to fnish. A bit less carbonation and more body would have made this stand out but as is, this was a Baltic Porter that most people should easily enjoy, once the novelties are overlooked.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 20:24:46 | More by JerzDevl2000
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flagmantho

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark ruby-brown with a haze-free body and strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam which is holding up pretty well. An attractive brew.

Smell: darkly malty with a little bit of chocolate and dark fruit; there's a phenolic hint here which really reminds me of a dubbel. I'm also getting a vegetal hint that I don't like too much; so, not bad, but it could be cleaner.

Taste: a little more phenolic in flavor than the aroma. This is not strictly a bad thing, but the beer's other complexities get lost between this and the alcohol. Once again, it could be cleaner.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, mouth-filling creaminess. Great!

Overall: this is an interesting beer; it really does remind me more of a phenolic, hot dubbel than a Baltic porter. Unfortunately, it's just a little too hot and messy to be great.

Serving type: can

07-05-2013 06:08:01 | More by flagmantho
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-23-2013 14:05:53 | More by Kirk
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As stated on the label this beer is very unfiltered and unpasteurized. It is so active one of the cans in my 4-pack exploded in the back of my Prius on a hot day, sounded like a gun went off. I pulled off the road into a parking lot and guzzled down the remaining warm beer which was excellent even hot. The remaining three cans were bloated on the top from internal pressure.

Later, after cooling down to "cellar temperature" as instructed on the can I opened an intact can. A huge persistent tan head that persisted for over 15 minutes. Extremely dark, appears opaque and unfiltered as stated on the can. Aroma is complex sweet chocolate and vanilla with earthiness, licorice and anise notes. A lingering persistent chocolate-coffee, herbal finish. Bordering on cloyingly sweet but enjoyable nevertheless.

Update on 8-15-2013: Suffering from a sore throat and tonsillitis I decided to try a can of the Baltic Porter instead of licorice root tea. Not only did I feel better, but the next day my throat infection and pain was much better. Now I plan to keep a few cans of this around for medicinal purposes.

Serving type: can

06-22-2013 12:47:58 | More by wattoclone
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b-one

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-19-2013 01:47:18 | More by b-one
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Huffs

New York

2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, developed a nice full head, tan in color. Appearance was dark brown to black with an aroma that held hints of malt and spice. Taste was of a pronounced malt and chocolates with hints of caramel and cpice. Mouthfeel was moderate with a tangy, licorace aftertaste.

Serving type: can

06-04-2013 00:45:48 | More by Huffs
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strongaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-29-2013 17:26:49 | More by strongaf
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tugg407

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

05-13-2013 04:16:05 | More by tugg407
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Monalenard

Illinois

3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

pours black with a giant cola head with big bubbles to match that quickly dissipate to leave a brown, actively fizzy right. No lacing. This carbonation is the number one reason that i usually hate porters (i don't really have a number two reason). However, that is the style, so i'm not sure what i expected. The nose is pretty nice, you can sense that there is going to be an alcohol burn not unlike that of a dark scotch ale-loch down comes to mind. Subtle to medium hops, toasted malts, vanilla, maybe a little coffee or its just a confusion of the toasty notes and the vanilla. either way, quite nice. Taste, goddamnit bubbles, fuck off, i'm trying to taste this beer. again, this is what i hate about porters, they're good but you have to TRY to taste them through a thick electric fence of abrasive carbonation. The taste follows the nose exactly and its very good. I suspect i might have scored this part higher if i could actually taste it more through the assault of the novelty children's drink this is bred with. Maybe thats just me, and this is just a porter for ya. So, i don't think i really even need to address mouthfeel at this point. I love all beer just for the sake of variety and when i want dark i typically stick to my stouts but every once in a while i just have to remind myself that porters aren't my thing... backtracking- definitely some coffee.

Serving type: can

05-07-2013 19:09:43 | More by Monalenard
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cyrushire

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

05-03-2013 06:14:16 | More by cyrushire
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-03-2013 05:29:47 | More by MarkyMOD
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Baltic Porter from Uncommon Brewers
85 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.