Kalevipoeg Baltic Porter - Cigar City Brewing

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Kalevipoeg Baltic PorterKalevipoeg Baltic Porter

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 174
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 3.21%
Wants: 12
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: djmichaelk on 02-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at CCB.

A - Pours black, tan head, thin collar, spotty lace.

S - Big sweetness, dark fruits, light roast. A bit too sweet for me, even for a Baltic Porter. Would have preferred a little more dark chocolate and roast.

T - Big dark fruit, booze, light roast, light chocolate, some char. Again, lots of sweetness and light notes of chocolate and roast. Too sweet for me to enjoy much of, but not too bad. Finish is sweet dark fruits and cream.

M - Medium, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Not my favorite Baltic Porter, too much sweetness and the booze comes through big for 9%. That said, it's not bad but maybe just above average. Many others in this style I'd rather have. (688 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep, deep brown with great carbonation leaving a big brown frothy cap and a nice amount of lacing

S: Rather letdown. Some chocolate and grains but thats about it.

T: Deep bitter cocoa blended with roasted malt is intial. A milk chocolate comes out with a light dash of heat middle to finish but a very, very light coffee note. A bit grain flavors remain throughout almost with a very light funk as well. Finish is stinging a bit dry with a light aftertaste. Overall smooth and tasty.

M: Pretty big body, well carbonated

O: A good representation of the style! (576 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (1,427 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (891 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,214 characters)

Photo of djmichaelk
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

10oz snifter at the Roosevelt/Church on a Hill release at CCB.

A - Pours a deep brown, almost black. Maybe a finger-plus of head, with decent retention. Not much lacing.

S - Sweetish to start off, with some dark and bittersweet chocolate, then plenty roastiness and a bit of hoppy bitterness. A bit more alcohol in the aroma than I'd like, but it's still nice enough.

T - Much like the nose, the taste is very much like a bar of dark chocolate in the beginning, with some smoke and roast in the middle, and maybe some dark fruit. The bitter hops take over toward the end in a pleasant way. Finish is long and dry.

M - This is where CCB really excels; nearly all of their heavier stouts and porters are thick and syrupy. Carbonation is pretty much exactly where I'd like it to be.

O - I'd liked to have ordered another of these for sure, and I definitely picked up a few bottles to go. For a batch 1000 celebratory brew, this is pretty damned nice. It's a nice cap to a brewery that has been extraordinarily successful (despite some well-publicized growing pains). Here's to the next 1000. (1,095 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,194 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.01/5  rDev -1%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of Vec2267
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - black with a tan head that quickly retreats to a small edge around the rim of the glass and then nothing, some lacing

S - roasted grains dominate, some peat/smoke

T - mirrors the nose, roast malts, peat/smoke, bitter chocolate, a rather acidic bite balances the sweet, alcohol in the background

M - very lush and rich

O - a very big powerful beer, pretty much the norm for CCB, more chocolate notes than coffee (418 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by thetomG. Served in a BFM chalice.

A - Quick-dissolving light tan foam that settles to a thin collar, wisps, and spots of lace. Very dark brown body.

S - Cocoa powder, yeasty dark bready, hint of vanilla, and some mild fruitness. A touch of booze, but nothing excessive for the listed 9%.

T - The taste is also pretty nice, with chocolate cake, hint of molasses, some dark fruits, and some signature Cigar City smoke and char in the finish. Thankfully the balance is appropriate here.

M - Smooth texture, medium body, pleasant carbonation, minimal alcohol warmth, and a clean lager finish. Quite nice.

D - Solid beer, that's a bit roastier and less fruity than your standard Baltic Porter. An enjoyable beer that I'd gladly have again, but a bit tame for Cigar City's 1000th batch. (802 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that doesn't retain well before it drops to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and sparse surface foam. Sticky specs of lacing.

S- Very sweet with a chocolate sensibility and some coffee in the back. Almost floral. Also notes of caramel and toffee.

T- Roast, more caramel and a slight bitterness however, the sweetness is the main player. The booze is toned down considerably but still makes itself known. Quite forward for a porter (even of the Baltic variety) but still restrained enough to remain drinkable.

M- Heavy-ish but doesn't cross over into stout territory. Medium-low carbonation.

O- Nothing extraordinary for CCB's 5000th batch, but certainly not something to pass up. (802 characters)

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan fizzy head. Low retention and spotty lacing. 

Nice nose and a little different in my opinion. Underlying dark fruit with a touch of earthy smokiness. 

Nice flavor. Nice earthy tones. Not too sweet by any means like the style can be sometimes and others have reviewed. In fact I don't think it's sweet at all. Very well balanced with a bit of dark fruit rind giving it more of an earthy natural flavor as opposed to a sweet fruit flavor. 

Mouthfeel is around medium bodied and has medium carbonation. 
 
Overall it's a very nice beer and cool representation of the style. Great natural and original flavor that really separates itself apart from others in the style. A must try.  (710 characters)

Photo of amread4
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

A: thick opaque black. No light able to permeate even when held to the sun. Promising.

S: big chocolate malts, caramel and toffee with some tobacco. Sweet smelling. The alcohol is definitely present on the finish of the first whiff.

T: wow chocolatey. The chocolate malts dominate this one. As with the smell, sweeter sensations including caramel and toffee. The alcohol is not as present here.

M: fantastic. Creamy, smooth, and full bodied, but not too chewy. The most notable quality of the beer for me.

O: very satisfying. A bit sweet, so one bottle is the ideal quantity. A very fine effort for the style. Here's to many thousands more. Cheers. (696 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,285 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I let this sit for 45 minutes before doing anything at all with it.

A liquid the color of tar with a ring of espresso colored foam. No light getting in here. No lace being left behind.
Smell is roasted malt, coffee, cardboard, dry erase marker(?) and a light molasses note.
Taste is rich with malt, whiskey, raisins, brown sugar, wheat and soy sauce. Really well balanced.
Exceedingly smooth and rich. Full bodied, very light effervescence. A faint note of baking chocolate shows in the aftertaste. ABV is completely unnoticed. A serious sipping beer. (552 characters)

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