Baltic Porter - Uncommon Brewers
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4.88/5 rDev +29.1%
I had this cask-conditioned at the Toad in the Hole, Santa Rosa. It is a rich, very strongly flavoured, yet complex, balanced, and very smooth Baltic Porter. It has clear Baltic Porter qualities yet also its own character.
It's blakc with a big brown head, slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps but leaving only weak traces of lace.
The aroma is strong and pungent, but pleasant, complex, and balanced. It is richly fruity with dark, rich fermented, stewed fruit (prunes, figs, etc.), brown bread, hints of rum and molasses, dark chocolate.
The taste is similar. It's very rich and strong and pungent, restrained just before becoming truly intense, with a lot of rich complexity, and very full-bodied, well-rounded, and very well-integrated. It has strong, fermented, caramelized fruit, dark dried figs, prunes, etc., fermented ginger bread with black-strap molasses and hints of bdark toast, rum, dark chocolate and coffee, all interplaying harmoniously. The feel is rich, oily and extremely silky and smooth, with a little liveliness nevertheless. It's hints at its alcohol and one can easily guess from the robustness, etc., that this is pretty high, but the alcohol itself is well-hidden. This is a wonderful strong porter, very rich and complex yet incredibly balanced and well-integrated. It's amazingly easy to drink despite its strength and robust flavour.
04-22-2009 22:40:03 | More by Offa
4.68/5 rDev +23.8%
More CANned beer from a once-obscure brewery in north-central Cali! I love being the founder of The CANQuest (TM) because it has left me attuned to (seemingly) any brewery that is putting their beers into a CAN. I had some of their Siamese Twin Ale a couple of years ago and was mighty impressed. Let's hope the trend CANtinues.
From the CAN: "Late in the 18th century Britain's great brewing families were working hard to break into new markets. For the Baltic Sea ports they created an eport version of the traditional British Porter. Styled like an IPA to preserve them for the voyage, those profound Baltic Porters served to ward off the chill winds of that northern sea. That said, we weren't satisfied with the Baltic Porter's traditionally subtle hint of black licorice. This ale features a blend of whole licorice root and star anise to create an uncommon addition to that traditional export Porter's hearty character."; "Ale brewed with Licorice and Star Anise"; " Our beers are unfiltered, unpasteurized and undoubtedly uncommon. They're designed to grow over time as they age. Store in a cool place and witness the change."; "Uncommon Brewers - In 2002 we set out to discover the forgotten potential of an ancient beverage all too often taken for granted. Uncommon Brewers was born out of that exploration. Our products are sourced whenever possible from local farms and growers. Some are even harvested by hand from the hills of Northern California."
The Crack & Glug produced one of the most intimidating beer that I have ever had come out of a CAN! It was dense and black with a finger of defiantly thick deep-brown head that seemed impervious to humidity or anything. It had the best staying power of any head I CAN remember. Color was a deep, dark brown/black with only cola highlights at the edges. Nose smelled like licorice, simply put. I was reminded of my mother's love of Twizzlers Nibs when I was a kid, but I had to be desperate to want to eat them as black licorice was not my bag as a kid. Nor is it today, but in terms of innovation, I have to give the brewers major props! Damn, this beer really made my taste buds sit up and take notice. I really could not get much more than the anise flavor from this beer, but that, coupled with its thick mouthfeel, was enough. The finish was like I had just chewed up a bag of black licorice. Phew! One was puh-lehn-tee, but what a one. No way is this going into any cooler but the one for Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually), when it will help to break the winter doldrums. Kudos for taking such a chance!
06-15-2011 23:00:34 | More by woodychandler
4.5/5 rDev +19%
Appearance: From a tallboy is a black as a blackhole in outerspace. On top is a dark beige head about in a finger in height.
Aroma: It's malt forward that has a molasses and caramelized sugar aroma. Raosted hops, dark coffee, dark bread with a wisp of rye.
Taste: Lots of malty sweetness, espresso, carob, touches of rye and pumpernickel. Dark roasted hops that are mostly floral with a very creamy almost like silk mouthfeel and even a little bit of a buttery texture.
Notes: An amazing creamy, drinkable beer that I will pick up again. Cheers.
01-30-2012 01:19:16 | More by horshack7
4.5/5 rDev +19%
It appears solid black with a coffee brown large head.
It smells of toasted roasted malts. There is a bit of a vanilla like smell. I also get a bit of a slightly fruity smell. There is also a subtle licorice smell.
It tastes initially quite smoky, but it is not overbearingly smoky. I get a mild vanilla like flavor. There is a slight fruity yeast taste to the beer. The beer finishes with a nice licorice herbal like taste. This beer is very well balanced. All of the flavors mix perfectly with each other.
There is moderate low carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel.
The drinkability is very good. The beer goes down smooth.
Overall a fantastic Baltic Porter this is most likely my favorite Baltic Porter to date.
02-26-2011 02:36:15 | More by chumba526
4.5/5 rDev +19%
Pour – very, very dark. This is pitch in color pretty much with only a thin coffee-colored head. This is pretty much impossible to see through and looks rich and flavorful.
Aroma – molasses, licorice, Tootsie-Rolls, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, Play-Doh and some earthy notes. Quite a lot going on in the nose with this beer.
Taste – one sip and you know this is something unique. Lots of dark roasted malt flavor combines with the licorice and molasses notes and there is an effervescence on the tongue that is hard to describe. A bit of a sweet, dry finish almost like eating dried fruits. There is also just the faintest hints of citrus hop flavor and some bitterness biting in the end.
Overall - very good. You've got to know a little bit about this particular style of beer to full appreciate it. Uncommon Brewers does this one well, perhaps well enough to be the best of their canned offerings so far. Well done.
11-08-2011 03:34:24 | More by indiapaleale
4.5/5 rDev +19%
Appearance: Very dark almost black. Nice tan head, about one finger thick. The head faded quickly and didn't lace the glass at all (4.75/5)
Smell: Smelt like roasted coffee and chocolate (4.5/5)
Mouthfeel: Slight thickness, tingle of carbonation (4.25/5)
Taste: Roasted flavor coffee, hint of chocolate. Very good. (4.5/5)
Overall: Very good, one of the better porters I have had. Very easy to drink, nice flavor and mouthfell (4.5/5)
08-21-2014 01:10:56 | More by the_awesometeer
4.38/5 rDev +15.9%
On tap at the Bay Area Craft Beer Festival. Poured a dark brown into my tasting glass with maybe half a finger of head that quickly dissipated. Little to no lacing when I tried to agitate the glass to promote more head, indicating a fairly viscous and possibly syrupy beer. I couldn't see any carbonation through the dark beer.
Nose was dark fruits (plums and raisins primarily) and anise licorice flavors. Some breadiness as well, but it did not smell overly sweet, which I was worried about when I saw how syrupy it looked.
Taste follows the nose, with the licorice being at just the right level, balanced by a little sweetness from the malt, and some fruitiness. I'm not normally a fan of licorice, but this had a really pleasant flavor. Little to no aftertaste left on the tongue, with a nice smooth and almost creamy mouthfeel from the medium to full body.
Very easy to drink, and I had around three samples at the beer fest before they ran out of it.
10-24-2010 21:06:01 | More by nataku00
4.35/5 rDev +15.1%
Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - poured into Imp pint glass
Pours VERY dark with tan leather head, soapy bubbles. Easily agitated back to full 1/2 inch head. half a point ded for the lack of lacing. Smells complex and interesting.. Lots of licorice (obviously as it states on the can that it is brewed with licorice root and star anise) and some other chocolate artifacts. Taste follows but also adds a very uncommon (ha..) aftertaste that I have never encountered.. The aftertaste is of belgian waffles with syrup. It was so odd that I kept cleansing with water and then approaching the brew fresh to see if that is what I thought I was tasting and it was. Mouthfeel is chewy and right on.
Overall this was a surprise beer, just something I decided to grab because I haven't had many in this style and wanted to try more.
If you see it, get it. it's an adventure!
06-10-2011 12:30:41 | More by engagechad
4.33/5 rDev +14.6%
Pours a deep dark brown. almost black with some almond and ruby hues around the edges. There is slightly more than a finger of fluffy tan head, some of which retains well. The nose is a combination of roasty notes and port. The taste is deep, rich and creamy with a touch of roast on the finish, but also a touch of alcohol warmth. Thick body likely makes this a one-and-done type beer for most samplers.
The can states that generous amounts of licorice and anise were used in the brewing process, but, I did not get strong notes of either. This is a minor criticism, however, as I enjoyed my first offering from this brewer very much.
10-12-2012 05:52:48 | More by 57md
4.33/5 rDev +14.6%
A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of dark chocolate and roasted coffee with black licorice, light dark fruit, and a bit of earthy hops.
T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with a bit of dark fruit sweetness and black licorice. Through the middle, some roasted coffee comes through with some light earthy hops and a touch of lactose sweetness. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate malts with some bitter coffee,, a bit of dark fruit, and some light earthy hops.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, warming, and lightly bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice Baltic Porter with a good body and balance.
06-14-2012 07:51:43 | More by ngeunit1
4.25/5 rDev +12.4%
Pours out a deep dark chocolate, large, frothy tan head. Pretty sweet lace retention.
Chocolate, plum and earthy hops fill the nose. Nice hint of anise and spice.
Thick and smooth going down. Chocolate and anise combine with a bit of dark fruit (plum) to start this off. Earthy hops and a hint of citrus give it a nice hop balance.
Very nice Baltic Porter. I'll definitely grab up a 4-pack.
03-09-2013 23:55:54 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
British Columbia (Canada)
4.25/5 rDev +12.4%
A: 1/2" brown head over black liquid.
S: Licorice, coffee, roasted malt, flowers, grass.
T: Licorice, coffee, walnuts, pears, apples, flowers, grass.
M: Thin viscosity and a low to medium level of carbonation.
O: Looks, smells and tastes great. If it weren't for the mouthfeel this would be an excellent instead of a very good beer.
10-26-2012 21:31:39 | More by DaftCaskBC
Baltic Porter from Uncommon Brewers
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