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Baltic Porter - Uncommon Brewers

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BA SCORE
85
very good

168 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: illidurit on 01-31-2009)
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Photo of Scout11
2/5  rDev -47.1%

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.

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.

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).

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.

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good beige head that leaves some streaky ring lace. Very dark brown where no light shines through. The head settles to a thin layer of

Near coffee notes, meaning that the coffee is mild contributing to a more mocha aroma because of the cocoa. Light hop nose, this is almost all coffee.

The flavor is a full semi-sweet chocolate flavor. The aftertaste is chewy from the thick body and lots of cocoa. Predictable flavoring of cocoa and mild alcohol. The body is neutral with an average carbonation.

Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 16 oz can from Anderson's in Toledo. Dug out from the back of the fridge.

A: The porter is deliciously dark, deep brown-black no matter how you look at it. The first pour generated a thick, cascading head, deep tan and very attractive.

S: Stark but sweet, the baltic porter brings deep roasted malts that have a decided legumey-chocolatey edge to them. The sweeter milk chocolate aromas are the stand out.

T: The sweet milk chocolate and cocoa continue in the first sips. That sweetness pairs nicely with the underlying darkness, roasted as it is. The starchiness is also evident, running throughout the porter. Despite the significant head, carbonation seems to have been tamped down. And, oh yeah, a boozy heat runs right through the middle of the ale, a peppery blast. The spiciness, bold and chocolatey is very nice. An excellent Baltic porter.

M: Good until the heat wave arrived. After that, I was sold by the peppery heat. Uncommon indeed, I wish that I had a few more cans lying around.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours nearly black. Barely any light enters. Tan smooth head than is small and looks like a milkshake in terms of consistency. Light lacing. Good look.

S-Chocolate, mostly dark chocolate. Nice coffee roast too. A bit of anise. Very light hop aroma as well. Has a sort of chalky element to it.

T-Anise and the chocolate come through and shine. Coffee sets in after. A bit burnt. The flavor is quite like the nose. Very solid. A bit smoky too. A tiny twitch of hop in the finish.

M-Creamy and smooth. Medium to full bodied.Carbonation complements the feel. Very respectable feel. Creaminess is nice.

O/D-Overall, I was not impressed with the first beer I tried with this brewery. This one is much better. The feel stands out the most to me personally. Drinkability is pretty high. I got a single can of this for about $3.25 which is pricey. Definitely worth a try. This may make me try another beer from this brewery.

Photo of tempest
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split a 16oz can with a friend. It poured dark brown with a light tan head. I liked the mix of roasted, cocoa barley and mild esters in the aroma. The flavor, however, gets a bit thin for the style and the fruit falls out with just the roast left. Something's off, maybe a little too much alcohol taste, or maybe it hasn't aged well. It's close to being a good beer, but isn't quite there.

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall boy cans, hell yeah!

Pours a nice creamy darker 1+ finger head that fades semi slowly with nice lacing, over pretty much pitch black beer.

Nose of loaded with choc and roast, some toasted malts not crazy chartered, with light coffee. Most of all the chocolate, bakers, dark, cocoai powder, and bit of choc milk. Light earthy hop brings light bitter aroma. Then some caramel, light vanilla, and a nutty nutmeg like aroma round it off. As it warms a hint of licorice.

Taste starts with more dark malts, luscious creamy malts, light roast again without the bitter char and light coffee. then more chocolate although less than the nose, bakers and powdered cocoa mostly. A light burnt like black patent malt flavor is there too. Creamy milky chocolate leaks its way in with a light bitterness and light earthy hops. A light warming booze also sneaks in, with the late caramel, vanilla, and again light nutty malt. Finish is still creamy but not quite as dry as I expected but still drier, more chocolate and light roast, light booze, caramel and vanilla all linger.

Mouth is med to heavier bodied, creamy and luscious, lighter but decent carb, done warming booze.

Overall very impressed actually, wasn't expecting much from a brewery I have barely heard of and from a can, but they did the malts very well without the burnt roasted flavor. Nice chocolate, black patent, light coffee vanilla and caramel, and light nutty, light hops, creamy smooth and drinkable with a light booze kick. Very nice.

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bob727
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of cbutova
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some new cans in MA instantly attract my money, let's see how "uncommon" this really is.

A- Pitch black out of the can and into a Hill Farmstead tall tulip. One finger dark mocha head forms with a silky texture and decent retention. Eventually just a small ring without much lace.

S- Aroma hits the nose with a good amount of roast malts and licorice notes.

T- The first sip interests me. The beverage is still cold but it brings a good amount of licorice, dark cocoa roast malts and some vanilla like sugary hints. The licorice and anise get intense with time but not harsh.

MF- Creamy but lighter body than I would expect in a big porter. Silky and smooth with some roast bitterness.

Not usually a big fan of anise and licorice forward beers but this one drinks fairly smoothly and I like it.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice take on a Baltic Porter with added anise and licorice.

Presentation: 16 oz can. Silver background with a simple illustration of the plants added, general branding and highlights of organic quality. Back offers notes with serving suggestions, history of the style and intent of the brew. Notes canning date 06-01-2011 and 7.8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges, initial creamy tall head with poor retention, no surface memory or lacing to speak of but the thinnest of rings.

S - Nice roasted nose, soft coffee, hint of chocolate, licorice, and fruit.

T - Palate completes the nose with dexterity, nice roasted profile, good notes of charred coffee, that hint of chocolate with the licorice woven to a range of dark fruits, with a hint of anise.

M - Medium body with medium to low carbonation, feels a tad thin for a moment but the lingering bitterness picks up the finish.

O - Pretty nice flow, nothing memory shattering but pleasing.

Notes: Nice canned offering, first try from Uncommon Brewers and while maybe not the Porter I would that eagerly pick up again I´d sure be glad some of the rest of their brews.

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can from Maiden Publick House, dated 06/01/2011.

Poured into a stemless wine glass. Black with chestnut edges. Loose and fizzy tan foam, dissipates fast. Soda carbonation around the edges, loose ring that clings to the sides. Loses steam a bit too fast, glassy surface with clusters of soda bubbles.

Smells like a baltic porter, straight up. Cocoa, coffee, licorice, hits all the signature notes.

Roasty malts, chicory, ashy, bakers chocolate. Lingering bitterness from the roasted malts, lending an impression of mild coffee and dark chocolate. This was surprisingly good, medium bodied and easily drinkable.

Photo of Reidrover
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can from "Lifesource" Salem. $2.95 Again ,as with the Siamese Twin, the pour is horrendous..a gentle pour ensures a glass 90% foam. Is there some sort of trouble with transportation or at canning..oh well heres another 10 minute wait to taste the stuff. OK after a long thirsty wait here goes. Typical baltic porter body..almost black yet with mahogany aspects on the edge. Actually a nice ,tight,creamy tan head..when its under control. Aroma is pleasing.. fresh ground coffee bean,cocoa nibs,,touch of aniseed, a faint aroma of medicinal liquorice. Very nice. Taste is the same as the aroma basically..with a little alcoholic warming and some blackcurrant. The mouthfeel is slightly over carbonated for style but OK and finally get some strong liquorice goodness. Over all a nice beer..but i dont know if i want to buy anything else from this brewer to drink with friends..as waiting for the froth monster to shrink isnt really my thing.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque blackish body, thin offwhite head.

Liquorice nose (more anise), pretty mellow.

Ton of anise. So much. Quite sharp and fresh. More anise than liquorice here.

Mouthfeel is a bit foamy when aerated but I doubt the flavor is suffering.

Of the Uncommons I've tried, this is less interesting, but on the whole, it certainly has its merit.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with hints of ruby red around the edges of the glass. Not so great head retention on this one but good lacing. Seems to be unfiltered (as suggested by the can).

S - Rich roasted malts is the primary aroma but the licorice is right there as well. A little vanilla in there also. Don't get much star anise in the aroma.

T - A little thin but the black licorice is well represented; paired with the roasted malts it blends to make a nice vanilla flavor as well. The star anise is hard to pick out with the addition of liquorice as they are very similar in flavor. A little espresso, a little cream, and a some char as well. Finishes with just a hint of booze.

M - Nice body and solid carbonation for the style. Leaves the palate refreshed and doesn't dry it out very much at all. Has a little bit of a chewy character from the dark malts.

O - Not pasteurizing this brew makes it very nice and drinkable and adds a certain level of raw freshness that helps the ingredients come through. Above average for the style and nice flavor additions.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uncommon Brewers Baltic Porter is bubbly, super-sweet, and tasty.

It poured black with cascading bubbles and a miniscule tan head. Not much stuck to the glass. There was very little aroma, with only the slightest hint of coffee and metal, like an empty old-time tin coffee can. The flavor was great, if a bit too sweet, with hints of dark chocolate and sweetened coffee, leaving a sugary aftertaste. The feel was dominated up-front by the carbonation which quickly gave way to slippery stickiness with only a hint of bitterness. There was no mistaking the high alcohol content, which perfectly complimented the flavor and feel helping to make it a great experience.

I first had Uncommon Brewers Baltic Porter out of the can while poolside on a very hot sunny day and it was terrific. Later, I had one poured into a glass for the purposes of this review, and it wasn't quite as good. Context means so much; this is a great experience out of the can, when aroma and appearance don't matter so much, and a pretty good Baltic Porter from a glass.

Photo of goldbot
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can into pint glass, dated 6/1/2011.

Pours deep, deep brown, basically black. Thinnish, tan, fizzy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Bounding with coffee and dark chocolate aromas, very roasty and malty. Smooth, dark chocolate flavor with good complexity. Earthy, roasty and malty. Fruity and quite sweet, almost cloying on the back end. The mouthfeel is rather watery.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can, with 3/14/11 stamped on it. assuming bottled date?

jet black. big foamy khaki colored head, that fades to a thin covering. very strong aroma, on the bitter side. licorice, a little smoke.

dry roasted flavors in the taste, lingering anise aftertaste. medium body, fairly smooth, lower carbonation.

funny, still getting used to pouring black beer out of a can. a pretty good beer.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Baltic Porter from Uncommon Brewers
85 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.