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Baltic Porter - Uncommon Brewers

Baltic PorterBaltic Porter

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very good

148 Ratings

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%

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California, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: illidurit on 01-31-2009)
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Photo of chumba526


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It appears solid black with a coffee brown large head.

It smells of toasted roasted malts. There is a bit of a vanilla like smell. I also get a bit of a slightly fruity smell. There is also a subtle licorice smell.

It tastes initially quite smoky, but it is not overbearingly smoky. I get a mild vanilla like flavor. There is a slight fruity yeast taste to the beer. The beer finishes with a nice licorice herbal like taste. This beer is very well balanced. All of the flavors mix perfectly with each other.

There is moderate low carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel.

The drinkability is very good. The beer goes down smooth.

Overall a fantastic Baltic Porter this is most likely my favorite Baltic Porter to date.

Serving type: can

02-26-2011 02:36:15 | More by chumba526
Photo of scoots511


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Porter beer that when held up to a light you can see light penetrate a few millimeters at the top of the beer. Dark tan head, had to pour in the center of the glass all the way up to generate some head for the beer.

S: Black licorice and chocolate.

T: Very slight "chalk" taste upfront that is enjoyable. The licorice flavoring is fortunately not overdone. Possibly california ale yeast was used for this or another yeast that brings out A 7.8% beer, I can taste some of the alcohol but cannot taste overly heavy residual sugars, covered by hops but not very hoppy either.

M: Lower carbonation

D: For the baltic porter category the drinkability is nice.

This is a great winter warmer beer at 7.8%. But I also think it is refreshing enough to drink anytime. A very pleasing drink.

Serving type: can

02-08-2011 01:48:25 | More by scoots511
Photo of Murchmac


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Licorice, anis, licorice anis.

This beer pours dark with some brown highlights.

Smells like licorice

taste like licorice.

Its a pretty good beer. Did I mention it was pretty licorice tasting. Still enjoyable, not bad as an extra just to give it a try.

This brewery always turns out interesting beers. Flavorful, to say the least, whether or not its to your liking is another matter.

Serving type: can

12-29-2010 05:29:01 | More by Murchmac
Photo of DaveHS


3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours an attractive dark brown with no head, just a ring of cola colored bubbles around the rim of the glass.

S-Root beer, toffee,caramel malts.

T/M-Thin and moderately roasty, with a sharp, metallic note in the finish. Definitely an off flavor. Very thin for the style.

D-Would be curious to try it on tap. Don't care for it out of the can. Not a great representation of the style, and too many off flavors.

Serving type: can

12-16-2010 23:20:40 | More by DaveHS
Photo of nataku00


4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bay Area Craft Beer Festival. Poured a dark brown into my tasting glass with maybe half a finger of head that quickly dissipated. Little to no lacing when I tried to agitate the glass to promote more head, indicating a fairly viscous and possibly syrupy beer. I couldn't see any carbonation through the dark beer.

Nose was dark fruits (plums and raisins primarily) and anise licorice flavors. Some breadiness as well, but it did not smell overly sweet, which I was worried about when I saw how syrupy it looked.

Taste follows the nose, with the licorice being at just the right level, balanced by a little sweetness from the malt, and some fruitiness. I'm not normally a fan of licorice, but this had a really pleasant flavor. Little to no aftertaste left on the tongue, with a nice smooth and almost creamy mouthfeel from the medium to full body.

Very easy to drink, and I had around three samples at the beer fest before they ran out of it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 21:06:01 | More by nataku00
Photo of 4000qtrap


2.65/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Source/Serving: Draught

Smell: Burnt cinnamon and oak....like a fireplace burning cedar wood. Very strong smell of alcohol. Very powerful and interesting.

Taste: A lot like bourbon at first, but a quarter of the way through it started to develop some grape-like flavors which made it more like brandy, or like it was aged in a red wine barrel. Noticeable alcohol, wood, dry roasted/burnt malts. Thin body, creamy, low carbonation. Finish lingers forever with wood/bourbon qualities. This beer was really complex and excellent until about halfway through when the finish started becoming quite harsh and astringent with intense fusel alcohols making it a bit hard to drink. The intense flavor of the beer partially covered this up and made it palpable, but it was a big disappointment after the beer started out so strong.

Notes: To me this beer is really dominated by alcohol presence which is both good (great bourbon and brandy qualities) and bad (very prevalent in the smell and dominant fusel alcohols in the finish). Definitely not my favorite though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2010 05:54:48 | More by 4000qtrap
Photo of Halcyondays


4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a full light tan head, good lacing in this one.

S: Seductive, rich notes of dark chocolate and mild espresso I really liked.

T: Big notes of chocolate, almost opulent, rich cacao. Mild burnt sugar, molasses and French roast coffee in there as well, but the chocolate dominates.

M: Smooth, rich, soft carbonation, ethanol is nowhere to be found, but the big flavours make it a sipper.

D: This is a real nice beer from Uncommon, probably my favourite from them so far. Just a beer to enjoy and think about.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2009 02:01:54 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of bulletrain76


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at The Red. Black with a small tan head. Sweet coffee and licorice aroma. Full bodied with a very silky texture and dark chocolate flavor. Lots of dark, rum soaked fruits, coffee, and a bitter finish. Very smooth, rich, and boozy in a good way. Great baltic porter.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2009 23:13:36 | More by bulletrain76
Photo of Offa


4.88/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this cask-conditioned at the Toad in the Hole, Santa Rosa. It is a rich, very strongly flavoured, yet complex, balanced, and very smooth Baltic Porter. It has clear Baltic Porter qualities yet also its own character.

It's blakc with a big brown head, slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps but leaving only weak traces of lace.

The aroma is strong and pungent, but pleasant, complex, and balanced. It is richly fruity with dark, rich fermented, stewed fruit (prunes, figs, etc.), brown bread, hints of rum and molasses, dark chocolate.

The taste is similar. It's very rich and strong and pungent, restrained just before becoming truly intense, with a lot of rich complexity, and very full-bodied, well-rounded, and very well-integrated. It has strong, fermented, caramelized fruit, dark dried figs, prunes, etc., fermented ginger bread with black-strap molasses and hints of bdark toast, rum, dark chocolate and coffee, all interplaying harmoniously. The feel is rich, oily and extremely silky and smooth, with a little liveliness nevertheless. It's hints at its alcohol and one can easily guess from the robustness, etc., that this is pretty high, but the alcohol itself is well-hidden. This is a wonderful strong porter, very rich and complex yet incredibly balanced and well-integrated. It's amazingly easy to drink despite its strength and robust flavour.

Serving type: cask

04-22-2009 22:40:03 | More by Offa
Photo of illidurit


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Pitch black with a cocoa colored head and slight red hues with backing light. Nose of roasted coffee with some cream and sugar. Some licorice and bourbon character as well, similar overall to coffee liqueur. Flavor is very similar to the aroma but there's a huge roasted character with moderate bitterness and nice dryness. Very interesting and tasty. A very good beer and another step in the right direction for Uncommon Brewers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2009 05:22:13 | More by illidurit
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Baltic Porter from Uncommon Brewers
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