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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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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to forgetfu for this one.

Pours dark brown with a nice maroon touch. No real haead. a bit flat but looks pretty. Smells great. Lots of dark fruits. Tastes sweet and full bodied. The malts are very complex. Overall super thick and rich for a blatic porter. Because of that I'm disappointed in it. More of a sweet/milk stout. But, very tasty!

Serving type: growler

05-04-2011 16:42:19 | More by Urbancaver
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bfarr

Washington

1.7/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Clear, dark brown and a big foamy brown head with okay retention. Odd roasted aroma with licorice and a pervasive metallic twinge. Dirty coffee and paper, burnt smoke and just a hint of licorice. Fuzzy feel with tingling lingering.

Date on the can is 9/12 which is usually the canned date since it doesn't say best by. Tried not long after but can't help but think it's a bad batch or can but other offerings from this brewery have been just as bad. Just a heavy dirt and adjunct alcohol throughout.

Serving type: can

04-19-2013 21:01:57 | More by Bfarr
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blackie

Virginia

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

single from WF Fairfax

a: tall boy can into a wide belgian snifter, the beer is a deep brown in color - essentially black in low light, a nice layer of head falling back quickly to a thin ring

s: semisweet chocolate chips hit the forward end, the licorice and anise aren't as obvious as anticipated, which is probably a good thing - as is they add a nice depth with a gentle root beer-like aroma, smooth barley roasts, some toffee sweetness, touches of alcohol

m: carbonation just under moderate, body light-medium

t: a nudge of slight sweetness tempers dry roasted barley flavors that run from start to finish, not much licorice/anise flavor - I suppose it's melded into the roasty structure, later on I do pick up what may be the anise in the form of a root beer flavor as found on the nose, hop flavors not particularly distinct, contributing a mild-moderate bitterness to the dry finish

o: not a huge or terribly complex baltic, but nicely structured and well-designed, the additives give the aroma a little push but aren't noticeably integral to the success of this one

Serving type: can

04-08-2013 01:27:59 | More by blackie
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: can

03-09-2013 23:55:54 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark ruddy brown amber with a nice finger of light brown head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate, toasted mallt and a hint of cherry and anise. Flavor of light fruit esters, toasted malt, licorice and hint of chocolate and cherry. Finishes with an interesting wave of toasted malt and more fruit, leaving a long, pleasant and spicey aftertaste. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Not quite a traditional Baltic porter, but I found the uncharacteristically estery fruit component was very nicely balanced with the malt and spices. Pleasant and well done.

Serving type: can

01-27-2013 04:26:49 | More by LiquidAmber
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farrago

New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour yields close to two fingers of active foam, plenty of larger bubbles and snap, crackle and pop across the whole surface, very dark brown color, given that fizziness not surprising head retention is average at best. The liquid is equally dark and opaque, stays more in the brown than black range, this supported by the orange aura around the outside, appears clean and unblemished, hard to discern any bubbles present. The nose loaded with roasted coffee, mocha and chocolate notes then moves from toast into sweeter caramel, licorice, banana bread and lower levels of peach, apricot fruit and orange zest, not that complex but highly pungent and lingering. Medium-bodied, creamy in texture with a fair degree of booziness to it, evokes something close to vanillin oak, coconut and butterscotch. Piles on the roasted chocolate, coffee and the licorice a major factor too, almost minty at times, pinch of nutmeg. The carbonation is on the low side and tends to accentuate that creaminess. After awhile, hard to really register much past the chocolate element, minimal cherry and peach fruit flavors as well as little hoppiness. If you like roast and can see past the booziness it’s easy enough to pound down.

Serving type: can

01-16-2013 04:09:24 | More by farrago
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz tall boy can poured into a nice High and Mighty mug. the pour looked so thick like an imperial stout nice and silky and black as night
The aroma had a bit of anise and some fumes of hot alcohol.
The taste was of a mild coffee and a musty chocolate combo followed by just a hint of earthy hops to balance it out. it is very clean and somewhat refreshing. medium mouthfeel with a head that sticks around for a while. enjoyable for sure. ill set a couple of these down for a year and see what happens.

Serving type: can

01-03-2013 22:08:04 | More by MRsojourner
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint can purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. If I love beer in cans in general, you better believe I love a canned baltic porter.

Pours an oily brown colour, with a surprising thinness to the body. Head forms a flush of brown cola-foam initially, but quickly flakes out and becomes an almost immaterial ring around the edge. Some weak, bubbly carbonation lends again that sense that it's really quite thin. I'm unimpressed.

Nose is dark and roasted, but not overwhelmingly so: underneath are notes of liquorice, and a related booziness like ouzo or raki. There's a slightly tannic overtone as well perhaps, a brusque burnt tea-leaf or red wine sediment character. Despite all of this, it maintains that reedy thinness. It's ok, but not really actually good.

Taste is certainly a little better, with a roundness giving a nutty flavour on the mid palate and towards the finish. This melds with and sometimes masks the aniseed character, and the harsh tannins which threatened to invade on the nose. Spicy finish leaves a nice bite, before that pleasant nut character smooths and lingers.

Feel is pleasant enough, but still lacking a little body.

Fortunately, the beer has redeemed itself by the end. That nut character which appeared out of nowhere provided coherence and structure, and blended the flavours of the beer into a sensible whole. Without it, it would be a very different story.

Serving type: can

12-22-2012 06:59:10 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pumking glass on 12/15/12

05/26/2011 stamped on the can

Very dark mahogany brown; nearly black in the glass, save for the stem. The head is nearly two fingers, but drops quickly to a thin layer. Hardly any lace.

The aroma is pretty well smoothed over at this point. Layers of dark grains, coffee beans, roasted chocolate and anise. Lots of dark berry overtones: black cherry, blueberry and blackberry. Hints of alcohol. Dark berries hit the palate quickly, before a ghost note of anise leads on to hints of dry roasted coffee atop creamy, bittersweet chocolate. The finish is quite dry, despite the beer being moderately sugary. Medium full body with creamy carbonation.

Overall, this is decent enough Baltic Porter. Then again, I'm a sucker for a Baltic Porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 02:46:15 | More by Ryan011235
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A serviceable Baltic Porter, picked up fresh recent trip to PA. Pours a bit thick with a bittersweet chocolate scent. Above average mouthfeel. Very drinkable, a little bitter it could use more, a nice roasting. Nice drinkability, 473 ml can provides a good amount to be be shared by two.

Serving type: can

12-13-2012 00:27:05 | More by Sammy
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an extremely dark garnet red (almost black) in color with some very dark amber notes when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of licorice/anise over moderate notes of dark roasted malts and just a hint of alcohol.

T: Strong flavors of licorice/anise over the top of moderate dark roasted malts, chocolate, and just a tiny hint of dark fruits.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Seems a little off from the traditional Baltic Porter style, more of a combination of an American/English Porter and a Russian Imperial Stout. The alcohol is well hidden in the flavor though slightly present in the aroma. Not the easiest beer to drink but can be enjoyed by slowly sipping - also, the flavors are much more pronounced as the beer warms.

Serving type: can

11-08-2012 02:01:26 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark red (close to near black) in color. It poured with a two and a half finger high tan head that has good retention properties and consistently left a half finger high head covering the surface.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of anise and licorice in the nose; these intensify as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has some notes of roasted malts and hints of chocolate. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation. The beer seems a little thin for the style.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between a classic English porter (given its lighter body and lack of bitterness) and a Russian Imperial Stout (with the flavors of licorice and roasted malts). Any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste. You really need to let his beer warm up in order to enjoy its aromas and flavors.

Serving type: can

11-07-2012 02:51:14 | More by metter98
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: can

10-26-2012 21:31:39 | More by DaftCaskBC
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: can

10-12-2012 05:52:48 | More by 57md
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

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

Can poured into a tulip; dated 9/23/2011

Pours a midnight black with a creamy brown cap. The head rose three+ fingers to fill the tulip. A pretty beer, before a semi-quick fade to a thin collar. Little to no lacing.

The nose is of milk chocolate, ethanol, dark cherry, licorice, and roast malt. The milk chocolate adds a nice sweet element to all of these brash, bitter notes. Pretty inviting aroma.

On the palate sweet milk chocolate coats the palate before a rush of bitter roast and licorice. Some dark cherries and booze on the finish with a lingering ethanol warming.

Smooth and creamy. The finish is borderline lush with a lingering boozy, fruity finish.

This is a pretty decent baltic porter. I know it has about a year on it, but the licorice is still fairly present and an added bonus. Solid baltic porter on all fronts. Tasty.

Serving type: can

10-06-2012 01:19:46 | More by ColForbinBC
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lol. A baltic porter in can?? Gotta be a first. This is a rare style to see in production. And this one certainly does it justice. It certainly is carrying all of the trademark characteristics I expect for the style. Profile is smooth and consistent. I like this one a lot. No, it doesn't really hold up perfectly against the many other examples of the style I have had, but it is definitely a well made interpretation. Not many American brewers can really touch this style, from what I have seen. (This is an exception.)

Serving type: can

08-31-2012 04:33:07 | More by RblWthACoz
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womencantsail

California

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

Pours a dark brown color with a khaki head. The nose is roasted malt, dark fruit, and some mild licorice. I get a bit of coffee, maybe a little bit of chocolate and grain sweetness. Light bitterness on the palate, presumably from the roasted malt. Licorice, burnt sugar, and dark fruits give some sweetness.

Serving type: can

08-07-2012 16:39:26 | More by womencantsail
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. A purportedly traditional Baltic Porter, but with amped-up anise and licorice root additions. Sounds like a lark to me.

This beer pours a clear (I guess) very dark brown colour, with slight reddish cola highlights, and two fingers of puffy, foamy tan head, which leaves just a low berm of lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of sharply roasted caramel malt, earthy, kind of vegetal black licorice root, a whiff of BBQ smoke, and an underlying sweet alcohol twinge. The taste is nicely toasted caramel malt, some more lingering meaty smokiness, semi-sweet exotic star anise, on an even keel with more mundane earthy black licorice, hints of savoury spice, a wavering underlying meek sourness, and understated, but eagerly supportive leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is sturdy, but at the same tame forgiving, the body a decently innocuous medium weight, and a tad creamy in its only rarely punctured smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, that aspect of the licorice/anise really holding sway, with the malt and undervalued hops quietly going about their business.

An agreeable old-world porter, jazzed up with the proclaimed, and indeed actual (yay, truth in advertising!) licorice boost, which plays out in an even-handed manner, so much so that I don't even really notice it after a while, which is another feather in this offering's collective cap. Worthy of a try, if not more.

Serving type: can

08-05-2012 04:01:09 | More by biboergosum
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Baltic Porter from Uncommon Brewers
85 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.