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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
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of ghostwalker
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Kirk
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of wattoclone
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Huffs
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Monalenard
3.29/5  rDev -13%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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1.7/5  rDev -55%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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