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Kalevipoeg Baltic Porter - Cigar City Brewing

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Kalevipoeg Baltic PorterKalevipoeg Baltic Porter

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 175
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 11
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: djmichaelk on 02-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Lapalou
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had been sitting on this for a while, my favorite CCB porter. Held up extremely well, good balance, right amount of carbonation, smooth roasty flavors. The nose is a bit off, but the beer is fantastic. Severely underrated and should be brewed and bottled more often. Sad to see this bottle no longer in my cellar. Drink em if you got em. Good stuff

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Appearance: Deep dark brown with a 2” tan foam cap with a very fine bead. Smell: fruit and chocolate nose Taste: Starts creamy with light chocolate and caramel followed by traces of fruit and alcohol. Finishes with a light tartness and grapefruit rind bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium full body, very creamy and effervescent, mild alcohol warming.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

February 2012
Hunahpu snifter

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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dad picked this one up for me while in FL last winter. Cheers pops!

From a 750 into a CCB tulip.
Batch 1,000
Lager yeast

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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml shared with Kasey enjoyed from a nonic chilled..

The color is practically black with translucent clarity and dark cherry accent with crema type head with light creamy brown appearance and thick lace. The smell is chocolate malt with moderately sweet odor and mild raisin and gentle woody note with fruity esters from the yeast and mild caramel accent. The feel is chewy and lightly creamy with moderate carbonation and light bitterness with mild alcohol and mostly dry feel.

The flavor is nice and toasty with some mild pine tinges and a light caramel smooth malt flavor and hints of dark chocolate with a subtle raisiny yeast and mild spice from the hops with a flavor of alcohol in the finish which adds warmth and mild hint of dark coffee in the finish with a dark brown sugar taste in the residual taste. Overall I was overjoyed with this, thanks Adam for sharing such a good beer and bringing it from FL for me.

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Photo of Fux
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Short review from a fly at Cigar City.
Nose and palate are rich and intense, balanced between coffee and chocolate flavors. Light bitterness on the finish. Oily but not sticky, easy to drink. The alcohol is well integrated. A nice treat. Would look for it again.

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Photo of Zraly
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque but effervescent black with a tan head. Swirling reveals burnt amber/reddish rings in the head -- really pretty.

Rich, roasted chocolate with a hint of licorice mingling. Dried fruits are pronounced in the middle. Creamy in the finish with a hint of vanilla. Nice balance of sweet and bitter. Robust and medium-full bodied, yet it drinks much lighter. A touch of chew with the bitter finish is really nice on the palate. The finish is a bit long and lingers a while, much like a good, aged red wine.

Dessert beer. Or probably great with anything with cream in it. I wouldn't turn down a slab of NY style cheesecake. As a lover of malt, I can say I would purchase this again. Another fine offering from CCB.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle shared with a new friend at Cask Pub & Kitchen.

A: Black with clear garnet highlights. One inch head of tan froth. Ok retention, light lace. Just fine.

S: Quite intense aroma of roasted malts and dark fruits. Dark chocolate, figs, grapes, cherries, adn molasses. Some faint herbal hops. Great.

T: Roasty coffee and chocolate up front, with serious fruits building in midway through. Dry, clean, bitter, almost tart finish. Long, lingering minerality. Terrific.

M: Lively medium body. A bit too frothy, but all right.

O: I really enjoyed this, but my companion found the fruitiness off-putting considering the style. This is most definitely on the light, fruity, lagery end of the Baltic Porter spectrum, which was something I appreciated but that others expecting a more RIS-like experience could find disappointing. Good as this was, I do wish I'd shelled out the extra two pounds for Speedway...


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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes

Big thanks to Andrew for the hookup on this one...

A - Pours a deep brown with a one finger khaki head that dissipates at a good pace. Lacing is spotty...

S - Roast, chocolate, dark fruit, and a good amount of molasses...

T - Chocolate with roast, dark fruits, and molasses in the mix. Also pick up a touch of vanilla on the end. Chocolate really drives this one, and is prominate throughout. Roasted malts are fairly subdued, and the alcohol comes across very smooth. Damn tasty...

M - A tad thin. Sits somehwere on the medium bodied scale with light carbonation..

O - Interesting take on the style. Honestly wish more balitc porters tasted like this one. Really enjoyed the chocolate notes throughout. Definitely something I would recommend trying if you get the chance...


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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl, big thanks for sharing this one! Pours near-black with a fine bubbled tan head. Not much retention and lace.

Nose has tons of fruit - blackberries and raspberries specifically. Slight sour twinge and salty olives...interesting.

Taste is pretty cool and unique; black licorice, blackberry juice and dusty cocoa powder. Light leafy hops finish long and slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is fuller than many a porter, fells more stout-ish. Pretty tasty, Id definitely like to have this one again.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BX Beer Depot's CCB Tap Takeover - Aged for one year

An example of a mellow yet robust porter. Rich and decadent flavor with notes of dark fruit and coffee to finish. Velvety mouth feel and lingering finish. Really drinkable Baltic Porter... Another winner from CCB

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice beer, rather a pseudo-baltic porter had on tap at CC Tasting Room. A bitter rather than a sour finish which I liked though departing from baltics. Black with a small amount of lace.Chocolate and Spicy. Big chocolate spicy bite at the end. So more American porter.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750mL bottle poured into a Kate the Great tulip glass. Served slightly chilled and allowed to warm over about an hour. Big thanks to cfrances33 for the bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. Pours a really nice, one finger medium brown head that settles into a nice lacing. Does not look overly thick.

Aroma: Chocolate and dark fruits stand out upfront in the aroma. Not overly sweet though. Some bitter licorice and subtle vanilla tones. Some alcohol burn but overall pretty mellow.

Taste: Milk chocolate, plums and other dark fruits are the main components. There is some licorice, coffee, vanilla and caramel as well. Really nice balance of sweet and bitter. Really mellow for the ABV and for the style.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than expected in body with with a really nice, smooth and creamy texture. Lower than average carbonation for the style.

Overall, a really nice take on a baltic porter. THe bitter and sweet notes are nicely balanced and it offers plenty of complexity to stay interesting. Very smooth and easy to drink. If anything, it's biggest flaw is that it is solid throughout but doesn't really stand out in any way. Still a really nice porter I was glad to get to try.

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Photo of maximum12
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to moose3285 for this bottle. I should just have an intro thanks to Mike written up in a Word document somewhere to save wear & tear on my fingers. 750ML bottle popped open at a tasting.

Pours a dark, damsel-in-fantasy-distress-red. Nose is exceedingly sweet for a baltic porter, along with the expected edge of smoke & maltiness.

Kalevipoeg is way off on the style; good thing I only judge by good taste, because this is tasty. Smokiness shoves its way to the forefront, with the sweet malts, but my attention immediately turns to the...chocolate? Is that right? Once I taste it, the stuff just floods my senses. Dark fruit pops in & out of the chaos, little caramel. Another beer I want more than a few ounces of, but hey, I have plenty of Cigar City at home to keep me warm.

Nice twist on the style, this one was certainly a surprise. Excellent beer.

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Photo of SGDJosh
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes, 8/12

A - Pours dark and velvety, khaki colored head covers the top

S - Smells of smokiness and coffee. Rich nose.

T - Love it. Notes of mocha, smoke, black cherry, and rich dark chocolate. Very smooth!

M - Medium-Full Body, nice low carbonation that really lets it coat the palate and hold on.

O - Amazing Porter! One of my favorite Porter's to date. I appreciate the full body and layers of flavors. Got another one sitting in the fridge!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip.

A - Poured black with one finger of thick light brown head.

S - Big roast aroma up front with rich chocolate notes and a touch of smoke.

T - Roast up front with rick dark chocolate. The mid-palate adds big dark fruit flavours reminiscent of chocolate covered cherries. The finish has a touch of sweet molasses and a slight tart presence that amplifies with each sip.

M - Medium body; creamy. light carbonation.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer pours a dark black color with just a hint of brown around the edges with a finger of frothy chocolate-khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, coffee, dark fruits, black licorice, with a hint of smoke and booze.

T - Starts off with some roasted chocolate malts with some raisin and other dark fruits, and some black licorice. Through the middle, some roasted coffee comes through with some light smoke and vanilla. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, coffee, dark fruits, a touch of peat, and a hint of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice Baltic Porter. Really nice overall balance with good body and mouthfeel.

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Photo of mntlover
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark with some deep red hints around the edge. Nice two finger sized brown head that falls slow to clumpy ring that laces nicely.

Aroma is nice chocolate notes everywhere with good amount of fruity notes. Some licorice and peat hints along with light hop notes.

Taste is right on par with the nose, nice roasted malts with lots oh chocolate notes. Good fruity notes along with peat and licorice. Some woody notes with herbal hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is little light for a Baltic Porter but it is smooth.

Overall pretty nice, good flavors, enjoyable brew from a great brewery.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite dark brown in color, nearly black, with a tan head. Heavy on the licorice and burnt sugar notes with plenty of roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit. There is a light alcohol note along with some molasses sweetness. The flavor is decently sweet with molasses, burnt sugar, toffee, and some licorice. A bit of prune and raisin fruitiness and light alcohol heat on the finish.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with tight brown head and good retention. Funky herbal and roasted malt aroma and… is that rubber? Dominating herbal and chocolate flavor with a sweet finish and a light roasted malt linger. Thick, smooth, sticky, lightly fuzzy.

Big flavor as always simple and smooth. Flavors get a bit muddy but the feel powers through. I’m beginning to see a trend in the feel of the CCB beers. They’re thick, powerful, and enjoyable but it makes for some very similar beers. I really didn’t expect such a heavy feel for a Baltic porter.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I snagged a couple of these 750's from the cigar city tasting room fridge while I was there the week of the 4th of July. Poured into a matching CCB snifter, the brew appears a very dark brown with clarity around the edges and ruby through the middle. A tan head quickly fades leaving stringy lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is roasty and raisony upfront with a touch of citrus hops across the backend. Some chocolate and solvent tinges of alcohol makes itself known as the brew warms up. This isnt a deeply complex smelling brew like others in the style but it smells clean and enjoyable.

The taste is bitter and roasty with licorice upfront. A plethora of dark maltiness provides flavors of molassess, coffee and fruity deep tinges of prune/raisiny alcohol esters. Some warming alcohol rounds things out before earthy notes comes out as it warms in the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. I hesitate calling this crisp considering how big and malty it is but it does have a clean snap to its finish. Fairly easy drinking with the alcohol well integrated with the expected flavors well balanced and blended. For a salute to 1,000 brews I admire the restraint in not making something crazy. This is a solid interpretation of the style.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one during a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a deep dark red-brown with a minimal very light tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, smoked meat, smoke, and subtle wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, smoke, wood, smoked meat, and subtle vanilla. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonaton. Overall this was a fairly good brew. This was a really nice brew for the style. My only gripe was with the mouthfeel as I am a big fan of Baltic Porters that have a thick and oily feel to them. This one lacked that. However, the flavor and aroma going on in this one were very nice and on-par with the style. Definitely glad I got the chance to try this one and I suggest you do the same if the opportunity comes up.

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Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, big thanks to dolfan54fl. Brewed in recognition of CCB's 1000th batch- Cograts! Poured into CCB snifter.

A- Pours a dark slightly purplish brown black with about a quarter finger of creamy mocha brown head that quickly recedes to no head. Average to slightly above average carbonation.

S- Sweet, a little bit fruitier then I was expecting with some floral notes. Caramel, toffee, nuts, papaya, mango, grapes, not too much chocolate but definitely a little bit along with some lightly roasted malts. About average aroma strength.

T- Chocolate definitely more prevalent in the taste. Along with lightly roasted malts, nuts, papaya, grapes, mango, and other sweet fruits. Definitely a little bit sweeter and fruitier then I was expecting. Finishes with a nice fruity, slightly nutty aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, very smooth, abv very well hidden, about average carbonation which isn't to noticeable. Very easy to drink.

O- This was a very good baltic porter, one of the better beers of the style that I've had and definitely a good offering from CCB. The fruity flavors balanced well with the chocolate porter flavors. I recommend definitely trying this if you get the chance.

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Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Cigar City on 3/13/12.

Pours pitch black with a half finger mocha head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with a decent amount of sweetness and booze.  As it warms, the  malt notes stand out a bit more. Hints of coffee bean, oatmeal and toast as well as some chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol.  There's also some subtle spice, licorice and anise.

Medium bodied with a very strong, dry roasted flavor.  Sligtly acrid with strong burnt malt flavors.  Hints of burnt toast, coffee bean, oatmeal and toffee. Some interesting spices along with licorice and dark fruits.  Kind of minty as well with some booze in the finish but not much heat.  Abv is well masked but it's slightly harsh.  I would have been fine with half of a glass.

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Kalevipoeg Baltic Porter from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.