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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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 mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 06/08/12 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC the day after their Cigar City/FB event.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, sweet cocoa, molasses, light fruity. Ton of chocolate which I love, and quite sweet, but not too much.

t - Tastes of sweet chocolate, cream, light vanilla, dark fruits, roasted malts, and toasted malts. Not quite as chocolate heavy as the nose, but some nice vanilla here. Very nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and creamy. A little alcohol but nice body.

o - Overall a very nice baltic porter. I loved the nose as it was sweet and chocolate heavy. Would love to have it again. (758 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 mulder1010
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sendsilk for the bottle. Much appreciated
Poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled midnight black. No light penetrating this. Visually not as thick as other CCB beers I have had. One finger light brown head. nice staying power to the head. largest carbonation bubbles I have seen in a head. Looked like golf divots. Finally settled down to a thick film. Very nice retention on swirling and left nice spotty lacing.

S-- Sort of a woody floral smell at first. That dropped to coco powder, tobacco, carmel, coffee, and bread.

T-- Gritty Coffee, gritty coco powder, tobacco, dark fruits, bread, vanilla, and carmel. Nice earthiness in the taste. Sort of grittiness that grabs hold and slightly shakes you.

M-- Far lighter than expected. Drinks more like a 7% porter than a 9%. Char and ash are evident in the front and mid palate and a long lasting sweet dairy chocolate and vanilla finish. Light medium bodied and medium carbonation. Array of flavors really helps this out a lot.

O-- Nothing special for a 1000 beer but it is a good one. High points are the earthy notes in the taste and the long lasting feel. Really well done baltic porter with some twists to this. Not as big as other CCB beers are but a good solid beer to have had. (1,271 characters)

Photo of cwguy5
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pretty much black with cinnamon 1/2 inch head that faded quickly to a bubbly ring; light lacing

S - coffee, nuts, bread, leather

T - dark chocolate, dark breads, roasted malts; mild finish

M - medium-heavy bodied with fine, creamy carbonation; very short, mild aftertaste of black coffee

O - super tasty. a bit different than some other baltics. less roasty and more bread malts maybe. very good at any rate. congrats to ccb on 1000 batches! (449 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 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 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 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 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 AdamBear
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown with no head at all

S-smells like a true baltic porter. dark roasted grains. no artificial flavors. smells strong

T-comes in with a very bold and robust taste of dark roasted malts. the tastes are very clean and strong. the flavors are so organic and natural. its not very complex, i like it.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is a classic baltic porter. this could've been mistaken for an original. its so tasty too, and extremely drinkable for the higher abv. there's nothing negative here. i want more! (534 characters)

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 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)

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)

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Kalevipoeg Baltic Porter from Cigar City Brewing
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