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Baltic Porter - Uncommon Brewers

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BA SCORE
85
very good

157 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
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 UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +6.1%

chickenm, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
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.

homebrew311, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
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+

kojevergas, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of cralyanne
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

cralyanne, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
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.

ngeunit1, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of EzraAtom
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

EzraAtom, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

pixieskid, May 30, 2012
Photo of nomoon
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

nomoon, May 22, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
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!

woosterbill, May 19, 2012
Photo of bark
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

bark, May 18, 2012
Photo of jeffjeff1
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.

jeffjeff1, May 12, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
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.

scruffwhor, May 10, 2012
Photo of Rutager
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.

Rutager, May 02, 2012
Photo of travMI13
4/5  rDev +6.1%

travMI13, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of steve8robin
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

steve8robin, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Derek
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.

Derek, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

avaldivia, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
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.

barnzy78, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of thinwhiteduke
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.

thinwhiteduke, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

nmann08, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
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.

Goblinmunkey7, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Teleweizen2
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.

Teleweizen2, Apr 05, 2012
Baltic Porter from Uncommon Brewers
85 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.