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Danzig Baltic Porter - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Danzig Baltic Porter
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Reviews: 12
Hads: 53
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 27.13%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: on 09-21-2009

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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 53
Photo of MattXT
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled during a DB tap takeover at Whole Foods Fairfax. Poured into a Tree House snifter, it displayed a pitch black appearance and an adequate mocha colored head. Smell was roasty and pleasant. Taste was roasty, with some toffee and coffee notes. Very pleasant beer by them, would revisit.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The flavors are a complex array of dry roast coffee, burnt coffee grounds, embers, toffee, peanut brickle, dry chocolate malt and some hidden dark fruit. 8% is completely hidden.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of chocolate/caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a few wispy clouds of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of earthy aromas. Roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread, dark chocolate, dark molasses, caramel, a touch of licorice, a touch of smoke and lots of brown sugar. Very nice!

Taste: Delicious! Lots of roasted malt and brown sugar up front, imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread, dark molasses, cinnamon-sugar, a touch of butter, a touch of licorice, and finally, a touch of floral hops at the finish. Really, a delicious porter!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and creamy, as there is no carbonation, what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.0%, I’m surprised at how little alcohol is on the palate, like none.

Overall: This is a damn good Baltic Porter! Devils Backbone, my favorite Virginia Brewery, does it again! Another great beer! Recommended!

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Photo of JCarey
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Better than the other beers from the same brewery, but still not 'good'. All of their beers have some funky carbonation going on. It feels artificial and soda-like. This Porter is a bit more laid back in that regard due to the style, but even in this Baltic Porter you fail to relish in the silky smooth texture of not only the beer, but the iconic Porter head. Severely lacking in mouthfeel, the flavor is definitely there, and is quite a redeeming factor, but I can bring myself to score this any higher due to how disappointing the appearance and mouthfeel is. Drinkable, but not memorable.

0/3 for DB, so far.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 6/14

Pours very dark black. Solid black. No foam. Still.

Sweet chocolate malty nose. Light coffee. Lighter porter taste, some licorice. Bitter hits hard at the end. Smooth throughout. Bittering hangs out a little long.

Just ok.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown, almost black. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Nutty malts. Roasted dark chocolate. Schwartzbier-like aroma.

Taste - Chocolate. Nutty malts. Bready malts. Hoppy and earthy finish. NIce.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Clean finish. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This suffered from being so late in the tasting, but it's a very clean and flavorful beer.

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Photo of obywan59
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black save for a thin ring of ruby around the base of the glass when held up to a bright light. 2 Finger dark tan head that recedes a bit too quickly leaving hardly any lacing.

Coffee and dark chocolate on the nose with dark fruit and a wonderful floral spice aroma that kicked it up a notch for me.

Taste is dominated by coffee and dark chocolate at first, but that pleasant bitterness mellows as the beer warms allowing the dark fruits to shine through. Some tart citrus as well.

Medium full in body with moderate syrup and a light to moderate burn in the throat and a nice slick coating in the mouth.

It seems this batch is aging nicely, no problem with the alcohol here. Not what I would call hot at all. It seems to be mellowing well. Definitely a keeper.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the brewpub. Pours black with a thin mocha head. This mostly retains with some light ringing, leaving back just a smattering of lace down the sides. The aroma smells rich with chocolate, tangy toffee, roasted coffee, ripe citric hops and just a smidge of dark fruit. The taste is very similar to the nose, with a flavorful mix of chocolate, toffee, some light coffee, just a little dark fruit and a tingle of green citric hops down the middle. The feel is fuller with a lively and sharp feel on the tongue but then more of a smooth and creamy feel along the back. The alcohol is handled well. This ended up being a pretty smooth and flavorful take on a Baltic Porter with my only complaint being that it seemed to take forever for those rich flavors to finally emerge and take hold of my palate (not too surprising I guess considered it’s lagered). At any rate, this is an overall fine beer. Just let it breath for a while.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think, at least according to the brewer's tone, that I'm suppose to give a shit that this Baltic porter won a silver medal at GABF in 2009. Guess what, I don't. This is a mediocre beer even for being a Baltic porter. I was happy to hear that this was lagered though. Makes it more authentic than half of the Baltics on the market at least.

Beer is brown, dark, with a decent head with some hang time before it breaks into a halo of small off white / tan bubbles that doesn't leave much lacing on the glass.

Aroma has this softness to it if you ignore the roast and bitterness, you can sense that it was lagered, that is what is cool about this beer. (it also smells like coffee).

Beer is surprisingly thin, although with such a high ABV I guess I shouldn't be surprised. The lead off is alcohol...oops...maybe this one could have used some time, but unfortunately it is quite hot. There are some nice bitters in here, mostly of the roast and chocolate varieties and the finish is fine. A little dry but that's OK. I think if they could back off on the ABV of this beer it would be something special. The heat is distracting.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Brickskeller on December 9, 2010.

Pours dark brown with a half-finger of head that stays around for just a bit before falling down and leaving a tan collar. The nose brings some roast as well as a bit of slightly-bitter chocolate. Additionally, as it gets warmer, I get slight notes of light coffee, almost like a black coffee with just a touch of cream added.

The flavor presents some slight alcohol burn on the front end followed by some chocolate and roasted-malt character. While the background flavors of roast, malt, and chocolate are nice, this one is pushing with a bit too much alcohol right now, which is a shame because as of yet I've really enjoyed all the beers that Jason brings to these events. Medium body and a moderately-dry finish, I think this just needs a bit more time.

Jason indicated that this and two other DB beers will be going into bottles somewhat soon, so I'm looking forward to trying this again then and maybe aging a few bottles out for a bit.

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Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 GABF Silver Medal winner.

A-Deep, brownish black with a thin tan head that left spotty lace. As some liquid gets drained from the glass subtle deep ruby highlights emerge.

S-Quite fruity up front with deep notes of cherry and plum. Underlying support of rich roasted malt and a waft of licorice.

T-Deep tannic acid dryness with dark roast and astringent dark fruit skins vying for supremacy. Subtle underlying notes of licorice, dark chocolate and vanilla bean. Quite tasty and becomes more and more complex with warming. Building dry finish.

M-Medium bodied and fairly crisp and a sharp spicy bite. Dry with long lingering fruit skin bitterness.

D-Nice job. A bit too clean but with some warming it does start to kick out a nice amount of flavours. Easy going and tasty and well done.

"Not about to see your light, but if you wanna find hell with me, I can show you what it's like!"

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Photo of ffejherb
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Devil's Backbone on 11/30/09.

A - Pitch black body with a one-finger, creamy medium tan cap that settled to a patchy veil and thin ring of retention.

S - Lots of aromas come pouring out of the glass right off the bat. Currants, raisins and licorice immediately come to mind. Some floral notes reminiscent of lavender escape, as does a hint of perfume. Vanilla and molasses add a touch of sweetness, while a waft of alcohol gives the aroma subtle warmth. Danzig got even more complex as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - Opens with quite a bit of dark fruit character, especially raisins, as well as licorice notes. Subtle vanilla and chocolate notes also creep into the mix, working nicely with the warm alcohol presence, which never gets too out of hand. Finishes with a touch of herbal and earthy hop bitterness. Very complex flavor profile overall.

M - Medium bodied but pretty thick and oily with subtle carbonation, offering only a hint of prickle on the tongue. Fairly warm on the palate with minimal bitterness overall.

D - Tasty Baltic porter with a dopplebock twist. Danzig is sweet, fruity and complex while not becoming overly boozy. Definitely not a beer for your... Mother!

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Danzig Baltic Porter from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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