Kalevipoeg Baltic Porter - Cigar City Brewing
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3.88/5 rDev -3%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Black body with a huge mocha head. Settles to a thick layer of foam. Nice.
Smell - Very different than I imagined. Fruity. Alcoholic. Sweet. Like a brandy-soaked cake. Coffee malts behind it.
Taste - Far more intense with the dark malts. Very chocolatey. The fruitiness comes through in the finish and then the flavor drops off quickly.
Mouthfeel - Thick at first, but has a very clean finish. Well carbonated.
Overall - Rich and tasty. Well made. The drop off in flavor at the end is just a function of the style, I guess.
06-16-2014 20:11:19 | More by Alieniloquium
3.55/5 rDev -11.3%
A: Pour a deep dark brown color. Looks black in the glass. Over carbonated. Literally 3 fingers of light tan head. Sticks around a while. Some lacing bits.
S: Smells like dark fruits. Lager yeast. Dark chocolate. Cocoa. Maybe some Cherry.
T: Very carbonated. Getting a good amount of roast with muted chocolate.
M: Fuller side of medium. It is very carbonated so keeps me from saying full on full bodied.
03-10-2014 03:34:06 | More by inlimbo77
3.88/5 rDev -3%
Dad picked this one up for me while in FL last winter. Cheers pops!
From a 750 into a CCB tulip.
APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, creamy, light tan head with great retention. Eventually fades down to a slight wisp and ring. Bistre brown in color with medium levels of carbonation evident. Ring remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Caramel, dark malts, dark fruity esters, raisins and dates perhaps, and a light funky note. Oddly unexpected, but it works in context.
TASTE: Dark malts, caramel, raisins and dates up front. Sweet for sure, with more dark malts and a touch of roasted grain at the swallow. Medium aftertaste of sweet caramel, sweet dark fruits, spicy alcohol and a light touch of bitterness as balance lingers. Still, this is quite sweet with a good backbone of booze.
PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. A bit of a burn at the swallow. Full, but needs to be a touch creamier for top marks.
OVERALL: This is a traditional Baltic porter, with lots of sweetness and spicy lager qualities that work really well. A well done beer in a style I can certainly appreciate. Better lacing and a more impressive aftertaste would help take this up a notch, but as it is, this is one well worth checking out. Thanks again dad. Recommended.
08-30-2013 19:07:17 | More by Jeffo
Kalevipoeg Baltic Porter from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.