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Baltic Porter - Uncommon Brewers

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BA SCORE
85
very good

163 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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Photo of avaldivia
3.25/5  rDev -14%

avaldivia, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, pours dark mahogany, near black with a ruby tinge while being poured and when held to the light. Thin tan head dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing on the glass. Aromas are roasted malt, smoke, and faint anise. The anise does fill the nose more as the ale warms. Tastes are complex with anise dominating the palate, but has roasty notes, char, smoke, dark fruit, blueberry perhaps, dark chocolate, and finishes with a sweeter black licorice on the back of the palate, reminiscent of a candy cigar. Mouth-feel is thick and chewy, creamy, and smooth - really nice and full. Overall, I did enjoy this for its uniqueness, but a whole pint of an ale that is too heavy on the anise gets to be overkill pretty quickly.

barnzy78, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simply an amazing baltic...I love stumbling across a brew that blows me away in the genre. Looking forward to other offerings of theirs...sorry for lack of detail, but if you enjoy FFF Topless Wytch, you won't be disappointed. I would seek this one out and let it warm for a spell to appreciate the full flavor of this beer.

thinwhiteduke, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

nmann08, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Incredibly dark brown. Clear. Head is a dark tan. Smooth, creamy lace covers the beer. Head drops to a thin cap in short order. Pours heavy and slick.

Smell: Loads of cocoa and some grainy cooked malts. A little sweetness brings out hints of caramel and milk chocolate with a bready undertone. Big hit of black licorice. Star anise is present, but works surprisingly well with the rest of the beer. So much licorice. Hints of old coffee.

Taste: A little toned down from the nose. Roasted malts border on burnt at the edges. Cocoa, bitter chocolate and a fair amount of anise and black licorice. Malts run sweet and give enough of a backbone to keep things moving along. Anise lingers and builds over the sips. Undercooked malts. Sweet with a candy undertone. The licorice is a nice touch.

Mouthfeel: Almost full, but heavy nonetheless. Drinks relatively smooth with a lingering, almost chalky dryness.

Overall: I get the idea, but it loses a little in the long run. Great flavors, but they're muddled. Maybe I'll take the cans advice and snag another one and throw some age on it.

Goblinmunkey7, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a rich velvety black. Very thin layer of light tan foam on top.

S - a rich nose. Notes of carob and hints of fresh ground coffee beans. The use of licorice and star anise are very apparent along with peppery notes.

T - bitter chocolate notes on the front of the tongue mingle with hints of coffee grinds. Mild licorice notes on the mid palate swell to a bold peppery finish.

M - smooth texture. Full bodied. Carbonation is on the lighter side.

O - an interesting take on a baltic porter. Not my favorite but certainly well made.

Teleweizen2, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into an imperial pint.

Canned on: 09/23/2011

A: Pours a deep & rich black with only a slight russet tinge at the bottom of the glass. A smooth brown head raeches about one finger thick before slowly receeding down to a thick collar.

S: Aromas of sourdough, anise, dark chocolate, baked biscuits, dark fruit, and brownies.

T: See above with the addition of Whoppers candy, chocolate covered cherries, fudge, medium roast coffee, toasted nuts, and cocoa.

M: Smooth and creamy. Full...almost stout-like. A bit of a peppery prickle on the tongue late in the finish. Nice bit of chalkiness to balance the smoothness.

O: We quite enjoyed this one. Big and assertive without being "extreme". Good times! Would like to try one a little closer to the canned on date to compare...

GbVDave, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a brandy snifter.

A: Midnight black with some hints of red. Tan head recedes to a ring around the glass. Some lacing.

S: Roasty chocolate, milky sugar, sweet anise. No licorice to be found.

T: Big quaff of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, lactose. Nice balance of roastiness and lactic, chocolatey sweetness. Licorice and anise are slightly discernible. Vanilla throughout. Huge pleasing charred taste in the finish, with more chocolate, lactose, and anise lingering. Alcohol is well-hidden, but contributes nicely to the sweetness.

M: Nice. Creamy and somewhat thick.

O: Not exactly the licorice bomb the can says it is, but tasty nonetheless.

Etan, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into an Allagash cervoise glass. Stamped 05/26/2011.

A: Like Coca Cola with a fizzing, churning inch of head. Opaque dark brown. The head dissipates leaving nary a trace, neither tracing nor lacing.

S: A sharp metallic scent mars an underlying roasted character and sweet licorice. It's really strong and really bad.

T: Happily, the flavour isn't obviously metallic, but it's often thin, sharpish, and almost sour. Disappointing. Fortunately, there is some nice, malty bitterness, and the added anise makes a welcome, if brief, sweetish appearance reminiscent of anisado. Licorice grows more prominent as time wears on.

M: Where is all the carbonation I noticed in the pour? Not terrible, but rather thin and lacking in zest.

O: I suppose I should have checked the date at the time of purchase, but even in retrospect, I feel this beer should've help up better to 10 months in a can. At any rate, I'd drink it again fresh, but this four-pack wasn't worth it.

9 September 2012 EDIT: Can stamped 26 June 2012. This is much, much better. Bumping up the Overall from 3 to 4.0; too lazy to re-review.

AgentMunky, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of BFro
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

BFro, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Amalak
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. It has a massive bubbly, brown head that leaves a good deal of lacing. It's black with a hint of light coming through at the bottom.

S. Smooth nut scent to it.

T. It has a very alcohol bite to it. A bit over the top. It's malty. Hints of chocolate. A nuttyness to it.

M. Very carbonated and leaves a tingle on the tongue.

O. The alcohol I feel overtakes any of the complexity. It a bit to port wine-ish as a porter beer. It's not bad, but it lacks a certain something.

Amalak, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can, this was a souvenir from working EBF 2012. The beer was allowed to warm some before being poured into my petit Duvel tulip.

Uncommon Brewers Baltic Porter pours to fairly standard appearance for a porter. The body of the beer is pitch black, with maybe a finger and a half of caramel foam sitting atop it. Head retention is definitely on the short side, and lacing is pretty much nonexistent. The nose is a blend of milk chocolate and black licorice, with the licorice probably standing out a little bit more. The flavor lets the base beer shine through some more, as coffee joins the milk chocolate from the nose. At the same time, the licorice fades a bit more into the background, which is just fine with me. The body is nice and full and chewy, and carbonation is just a touch dull, leading to a decent mouthfeel. I was a bit apprehensive about trying Uncommon Brewers Baltic Porter once I saw star anise and licorice mentioned on the can, but they manage to use it to add a nice subdued note to a solid porter. I’d definitely pick up some more if it were locally available.

axeman9182, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of grannaniwa
4/5  rDev +5.8%

grannaniwa, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of AutumnBeerLove
4/5  rDev +5.8%

AutumnBeerLove, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got 3 of there beers on discount. Seems their beers are really carbonated and they said "open it over a sink" chilling the beer and doing so the can didn't explode everywhere.

A - Pours a very dark black, no light escaping with a half inch of head that sticks around to make a mocha colored lace ring. Don't be fooled it's still very carbonated so don't shake the can!

S - I get mostly chocolate malt in this one with roast coming at me as well. Smells sweet.

T - Wow that's carbonated. Felt like I was swallowing foam. Taste is pretty light for 7.8% with balanced light chocolate flavors and coffee. Not bad.

M - Way too bubbly really the whole time I wanted to be careful swallowing since it foams up rather easy. Medium bodied but light bubbly body.

Overall I would love to have this again but they really got to cut the carbonation down a bit! Good beer overall and am happy to have the other two offerings.

Canned on 5/14/2011 and still this carbonated GAWDamn!

DrDemento456, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -20.6%

djrn2, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -14%

JAHMUR, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

horshack7, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

After popping the top you get a big foam-up. Then it's quite beautiful with the abundant creamy head and lacing. However, my first thought is what was that theater candy with the intense licorice flavor? (Black Crows.) Aroma is more licorice. Flavors of black pepper, pencil shavings, and burnt toast. Very dark roast malt with a little sweetness, but it's overwhelmed by that enormous winey charcoal taste.

As a dissenting opinion, I find this tough to drink. I admit it's interesting and spicy, and the frothy mouthfeel is nice. However, the bitter, metallic finish is harsh. 16 oz cans from the Jug Shop in San Francisco.

mactrail, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Scout11
2/5  rDev -47.1%

Scout11, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can served in my DT tulip. Pours one shade shy of black with a loose, half inch khaki-colored head that disperses towards the edges leaving a dollop of foam in the center before dissipating into a thin tight band. No lacing on this one. Nose expresses dark malts, anise and slightly vinous notes. Taste follows nose with the addition of a roasted character and the merest hint of cocoa; however, the flavors are somewhat watered down and there's a bit of wet cardboard happening as well. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a mild, even carbonation and a trace of acidity. Overall, not a bad example of the style, but a bit dull and lacking any bold flavors. Not something I need to revisit again, particularly at over $4.00 for a single.

Jwale73, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of BB1313
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a snifter. Pours black with some light getting through. The head starts off nice, but fades quickly and there's somewhat of a lack of lacing/retention. I'm normally not a huge fan of anise, but it's the star of the show. The aromas are a perfect blend of milk chocolate and black licorice. The flavors are bittersweet. More anise in the flavors, but it doesn't necessarily dominate, which I like. There's a nice roastiness as well from the malts. Finishes off with a touch of coffee/expresso. Mouthfeel is very spritzy, possibly over carbonated. It still drinks relatively smooth though. Nice example of an organic beer.

There are some flaws, but the aromas and flavors make this one enjoyable. Great use of anise.

BB1313, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of BDTyre
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very stout like appearance: nearly black in body with a tan coloured head. Rich malts, hints of booze, chocolate, light black coffee notes. No hints of the liquorice or star anise. Maybe its too cold right now.

Rich roasted malt taste: coffee, dark chocolate, a nice sweetness to it. Dry, almost cocoa taste at the finish. Still no hint of anise or liquorice. Light booziness.

Thick mouthfeel, but still with a bit of fizz from the carbonation. A great beer, very nice for dessert.

(Edit: as this warms, faint traces of the liquorice flavours develop).

BDTyre, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 5/26/2011

A - Pours deep brown, with a bit of red visible when held to the light. One finger of tan head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving only scant lacing.

S - Big aromas of chocolate and licorice/anise. Chocolate has both bittersweet and milk chocolate aromas.

T - While chocolate was more prominent than anise in the aroma, the anise takes center stage in the taste, at least initially. Midway through, chocolate takes over, though there is another flush on anise on the finish. The licorice flavors don't always work in beers, but it is really a highlight here. A bit of citrus hops near the finish as well. Very nice.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice creaminess and just a touch of alcohol burn.

O - My first from Uncommon, definitely makes me want to try another.

warnerry, Jan 09, 2012
Baltic Porter from Uncommon Brewers
85 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.