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Danzig Baltic Porter - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Danzig Baltic Porter
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Reviews: 11
Hads: 51
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.68%
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: 11 | Hads: 51
Reviews by Kegatron:
Photo of Kegatron
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (934 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of HerbMeowing
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
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! (1,090 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of Laulau
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Thomas0790
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%

Photo of KTCamm
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (178 characters)

Photo of VeganUndead
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wollefdoogylloj
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of indy351
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of obywan59
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of gopens44
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of jorrx003
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of lillitnn92
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (993 characters)

Photo of WallingBrew
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PGVG
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kristougher
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of RHB33
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of hornsup
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
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!" (894 characters)

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Danzig Baltic Porter from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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