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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

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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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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can poured into tulip 27/7/12

A dark cola nearing black, the cola look is extended but the gone in a flash foam that leaves no lace

S anise and licorice, some rootbeer and a little booze I don't get a whole lot else but its decent

T some char and smoke with some cold espresso to go with everything I smell, its an improvement over the nose

M a little thin but far from water, carbonation gives it some life and there's just a little heat

O decent beer with good flavors and decent in other areas, you must love licorice to enjoy this at all, my complaint is the licorice notes overpower the dark malts

reminds me of pop but the booze hitting my head reminds me that this is strong beer, a little over the top with the adjuncts but a respectable beer

Serving type: can

07-28-2012 05:19:45 | More by wordemupg
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Canned on 2/17/12.

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cookie dough, and some herbal/spice/licorice notes. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, cookie dough, and just a slight hint of the licorice/anise it was brewed with. There is a mild roasty and herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some really solid aromas and flavors. Quite tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: can

07-20-2012 04:13:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into NB globe. Pours dark brownish black with light brown highlights at the edges. 1 finger of head upon pour, this settles to a thin covering and leaves a moderate amount of lacing. The nose features a ton of licorice and roast, notes of vanilla in the background along with a little bit of chocolate. There are earthy notes at the finish reminiscent of tobacco. The taste starts off with moderate sweetness which gives way to loads of licorice and anise along with tobacco and chocolate. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for a baltic porter with mild carbonation. Overall, not a bad value.... a 4 pack of pint cans for 11 bucks, can't beat that. The beer doesn't stand out as being amazing, but it certainly offers some unique qualities.

Serving type: can

07-04-2012 05:46:05 | More by homebrew311
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kojevergas

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 fl oz aluminum can served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings, though I'm skeptical. Dated 17/2012 at the bottom (it's possible the month faded with moisture in the refrigerator).

Not paired with food.

Served slightly warmer than refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger khaki-tan head of okay cream, pretty decent thickness, and bad retention (though the ABV is high). Colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A predictable appearance for a porter.

Sm: Licorice, spices, cream, light roast, and dark malts. A very mild strength aroma.

T: Cream, dominant licorice (vaguely evocative of something like Jagermeister), dark malts as the foundation, vague hints of spice, root, and very light drowned out roasted barley. Balanced fairly well, but it owes that to its simplicity. Not particularly complex or subtle. The brewers would have us believe their usage of licorice is unique, but that isn't the case. It's far from uncommon. That said, it's an enjoyable beer in the style and I do like it. It just isn't all that impressive. Full-bodied from overmalting rather than rounded out flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet in classic porter fashion. Any cream comes through only in the third act. Too wet. Overcarbonated. Too thick for the lack of flavour.

Dr: A drinkable little baltic porter with a nice licorice kick. Drinks impressively well from the can. I'd get this again, ideally on draught or nitro, but it's not a great beer by any means.

A decent candidate for aging.

Might pair well with chocolate, toffee, toast, or caramel.

C+

Serving type: can

06-18-2012 04:40:57 | More by kojevergas
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ngeunit1

California

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

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.

Serving type: can

06-14-2012 07:51:43 | More by ngeunit1
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into a 25cl Duvel tulip. I shared this one at a tasting after forgetting about it in my fridge for over 6 months; purchased summer of '11, reviewed spring '12.

A: Black body under an ultra-fine tan head. Spotty lace. All right.

S: Aromatic, with a nice combination of piquant anise, black malt, and spicy, earthy hops. Quite pleasant.

T: Smooth, flavorful, balanced. Not too much anise, just enough malt, and a bitter, hoppy, herbal finish. Nice Baltic Porter.

M: Frothy, soft, lively medium body. A bit too bubbly, but still enjoyable.

O: I really liked this one, and it was a real treat to have a Baltic Porter out of a can. The anise was done much better here than in Stone's Belgo IRS.

Cheers!

Serving type: can

05-19-2012 21:05:46 | More by woosterbill
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jeffjeff1

California

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up a while ago in Carmel.

Appearance- black color, thin head that dissipates quickly

Smell- strong smell of roasted malt and coffee

Taste- roasted malt, coffee, chocolate

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would definitely drink it again.

Serving type: can

05-12-2012 03:34:34 | More by jeffjeff1
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown to light black in color with garnet highlights. TWof inger, brown head that recedes to a thick film o' foam. I can see some good bubbling through the dark liquid.

Roasted malt and coffee aroma with a nuance of something herbal, maybe the star anise, and some black licorice. Just a hint, but you know those ingredients are there.

Roasted malt, pumpernickel, coffee, a little dark, dry, chocolate. The licorice adds a different flavor profile to roasty flavors of the porter. The star anise adds a nice herbal flavor and enhances the licorice flavors.

A little oily palate, but thinner than I expected for the style.

Serving type: can

05-10-2012 00:15:51 | More by scruffwhor
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Sweet molasses, some dark chocolate with a little bit of ripe fruit, licorice, and booze.

Taste. Sweet molasses again, some good roasty malts and that dark fruitiness I was smelling. Just a little anise.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, lower carbonation. Kinda warm.

Overall. I enjoyed the taste of Megadestroyer's big anise last night, but the smaller Uncommon anise is very enjoyable as well. I'm probably a bit biased with both of these though, I've always been an anise man.

Serving type: can

05-02-2012 03:20:40 | More by Rutager
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a can of iced-tea!

A: Black with a bubbly tan head, thin ring of retention, shows a little leg.

S: Molasses, roasted nut, salted licorice, pumpernickel rye bread, light floral & herbal hopping.

T: Molasses, almost dark rum-like, pleasant licorice (not overdone), roasted nut, pumpernickel rye, dark raisins; the herbal & floral hops come across in the flavour as well (nugget & hallertau, I dunno, it's different), a bit resiny, solid bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Slight hint of residual sweetness, with a slightly drying, chalky finish. Perhaps a bit thin & over-carbonated.

D/O: A nice brew... something I'd love to try on cask.

Serving type: can

04-20-2012 00:57:24 | More by Derek
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: can

04-19-2012 01:54:31 | More by barnzy78
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: can

04-16-2012 02:00:58 | More by thinwhiteduke
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 21:13:52 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: can

04-05-2012 05:19:19 | More by Teleweizen2
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GbVDave

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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...

Serving type: can

03-31-2012 01:35:11 | More by GbVDave
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Etan

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: can

03-30-2012 01:44:09 | More by Etan
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AgentMunky

California

3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 04:59:00 | More by AgentMunky
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Amalak

New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: can

03-21-2012 01:15:55 | More by Amalak
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: can

03-04-2012 05:28:07 | More by axeman9182
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Serving type: can

02-11-2012 01:14:44 | More by DrDemento456
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: can

01-30-2012 01:19:16 | More by horshack7
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mactrail

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: can

01-27-2012 07:43:47 | More by mactrail
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: can

01-18-2012 01:53:33 | More by Jwale73
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BB1313

Ohio

3.75/5  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.

Serving type: can

01-16-2012 19:05:54 | More by BB1313
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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).

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 07:09:07 | More by BDTyre
Baltic Porter from Uncommon Brewers
85 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.