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Baltic Porter - Uncommon Brewers

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BA SCORE
85
very good

155 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 lacqueredmouse
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Ryan011235, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +5.8%

stortore, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Sammy, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +5.8%

mychalg9, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

dbrauneis, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

metter98, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

DaftCaskBC, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of 604growler
4/5  rDev +5.8%

604growler, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of Philousa
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Philousa, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of 57md
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

57md, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

ColForbinBC, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

pin, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of illini4x4
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

illini4x4, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Stevie_Janowski, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.)

RblWthACoz, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of robbyc1
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

robbyc1, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +5.8%

JohnK17, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

biboergosum, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

zekeman17, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of ADZA
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another can offering and it pours a dark jet kola hue which leaves a creamy three finger head that stays and some clingy lacing,the smell is star anise,liquorice,aniseed,dark plums and roast coffee,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice medium carbonation and has tastes of liquorice,dark bittersweet chocolate,roasted malts,dark fruits and finished with a dark coffee bittersweetness and overall its definately a step up from my last offering from these guys and yeah i like it as its definately easy to drink to drink while still having some substance to it cheers.

ADZA, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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

wordemupg, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 20, 2012
Baltic Porter from Uncommon Brewers
85 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.