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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 7.25%
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Baltic Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: popery on 10-09-2009

Brewed in collaboration with Shelton Brothers. Lots of rye malt and spices inspired by the dark German bread.
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Reviews by cooch69:
Photo of cooch69
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came in a 1/2 liter tall bottle.

The pour on this beer is gorgeous. The head is at least three fingers and is a semi dark tan color. The beer itself is a really dark brown, almost approaching black.

The nose has leafy hops and dark roasty malts. A little hint of leather in the nose as well. The aroma hints that this brew is semi sweet rather than completely dry.

Taste is a bit different in that it's not nearly as bitter as I thought it would be. It does'nt seem as though a ton of hops are used, rather just bitter dark roasted malts.
The malts are really roasty and toasty and there is quite a bit of a sourdough character in this. All of those exotic malts add a really nice slightly sour hint and a rich spiciness. Lots of fresh roasted coffe notes in here to.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid as well. Semi creamy. And the body is lower full.

This one really made me happy. I was split on my decision to try this one and I'm glad that I decided to.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been intruiged by this beer,I was glad to grab a few bottles over this weekend.Poured into a imperial nonic dark chocolate brown with a toasted almond colored head atop,the dark bread (rye) really makes a big presence in the aromas,bitter chocolate is almost as big and goes well up against the sharp rye.Alot going on palate wise,big dark bread and bitter chocolate,mild fruity esters,and char round out the complex flavors.This is one damn good beer,flavorful as all get out and complex as hell.

Photo of boston2bburg
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty damn dark and opaque with a dark tan head, fine bubbles which clump on the glass.

Tremendous depth to the aroma, with creamy caramel and toffee melding into fresh rye bread, pastry, and some black pepper at the end. Christmas pudding and and pumpernickel round it out. Spices enhance, but its hard to pick them out. Port-like undertones.

Very creamy, dextrinous, slick mouthfeel makes the caramel, chocolate, and dark bread flavors pop. Spicing is faint but brightens it up further. A touch of roastiness balances moreso than any hops. Dark raisin/plum flavors poke out with warmth. Carbonation is slight, letting the flavors linger on the palate longer. Could use a bit more bite, but makes for a highly drinkable beer. Alcohol warms subtly. Definitely check it out.

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

It's called a porter but the label also says stout, go figure.

Pours a rich, black color with a frothy, light brown head.

Spicy bread in the nose with a chocolate and coffee backdrop. A little piney hoppiness and mollasses.

Flavor mimicks the nose with coffee, chocolate, and a rye spiciness.

Very smooth and drinkable while maintaining richness and body. Well done, I've been impressed with their beers so far.

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure of bottling date. I have been unintentionally cellaring this, probably for about a year.

A - A bit of a gusher on opening. Pours a black with three fingers of dense brown head. Head has amazing retention.

S - Wonderful aroma. Chocolate with a bit of sweetness, dark heavy bread, rye, a bit of caramel and molasses.

T - Chocolate and cocoa with some rye spiciness, and dark bread, and some hop bitterness on the finish. Not quite as good as the smell, but very enjoyable.

M - Medium mouthfeel that has a nice creaminess. Some dryness and bitterness on the finish.

O - Very enjoyable Baltic porter. Nice and creamy. Would definitely get this again.

Photo of generallee
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint .9oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a list of ingredients and the abv% (7.5).

Appearance: On top of a very dark brown to black body sits a tall thick and very creamy head. The tan colored head hangs on forever and makes lots of thick sticky lacing that coast the glass.

Smell: The aroma is wonderful and inviting right from the poop of the cap. It is full of rich chocolately and dark bready maltiness with a hint of black licorice.

Taste/Palate: Not to be outdone by the aroma its medium to full body is packed with tasty chocolate like maltiness with dark roasted notes and dark bready rye malt flavors. I am also picking up some light hints of black licorice or star anise, as well as a very slight hint of caraway seed. All of this is wrapped up in pleasant mellow boozy warmth that blends right into the finish with some nice earthy hop flavor and moderate bitterness. The palate is maybe a touch light but still very enjoyable and smooth.

Notes: This porter is outstanding in my opinion and would definitely recommend it. I will also have to seek it out again as it was the last bottle at the beer store and it has not been restocked.

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, black color, opaque

Smell: pumpernickel and roasted dark malt

Taste: pumpernickel, rye, coffee and chocolate at the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium/high carbonation, moderately sweet, full body

Drinkability: An interesting tasting beer that does not taste like any other Baltic porters I have had. This has several layers of flavor and is very complex. Very good for the style, but probably not good enough to justify me getting it again at the highish price.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to barzigkin for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and roasted malt in it, as expected. The flavor is a bit different. There are still a lot of porter qualities such as the chocolate and roasted malt, but there is also a spiciness and a pumpernickel character which goes very well. The alcohol is definitely noticeable. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with solid amounts of spicy and bready aromas. Also present are slight amounts of dark chocolate aromas and earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more robust. Heavy roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by spicy and light molasses flavors. The molasses fades quickly as moderate amounts of earthy and slightly herbal hop flavors make their way into things. Mild dark chocolate flavors come into play before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I feel as though the pumpernickel influence is larger in the tap version than in the bottle, almost as though it was dry-breaded. It reduces the nose slightly, but anyway you can find it, it is worth a shot.

Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. It's officially fall, so time to tackle the pumpkin and darker beers in earnest.

This beer pours a solid black, with very slight basal cola edges, and three pudgy fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly creamy beige head, which leaves some nice layered webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bittersweet chocolate, grainy, bready, and lightly spicy wheat and caramelized barley malt, cafe au lait, a bit of demarara sugar, and mild earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more big cocoa sweetness, day-old coffee, caramel malt, tamely spicy rye grain, dark sugar, a bit of tangy anise, and some earthy, floral, and perfumed hops.

The bubbles are good and plenty, the body a solid medium weight, fairly smooth, and decidedly creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, chocolatey, softly Eastern European bakery in its breadiness, and indistinct in its hoppiness.

An agreeable porter, big and brash, chocolate up the yin and the yang. What I'm not really seeing, hearing (?), smelling, and tasting, is the pumpernickel, beyond a timid rye participant in the overall malt interplay. Ah well, still good for what it is, though, and not for what I thought it might be, I suppose.

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

Liquid is black as night, and the head is a creamy, bubbly, tightly-wrapped tan thing...almost looks like mocha-toffee ice cream. Big tan blurbs of lace on the glass.

Aroma is next to godliness. Dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate, toffee, dark wheat bread, smoke, spices that are tough to identify but clearly at work...all mingled together in perfect measure.

This beer captures the pumpernickel vibe well enough...lays heavy on the chocolate (in a good way), and the hops lend their uniquely bitter twist to the overall taste. All found in the aroma is here on the tongue, although the spices could have been slightly louder. Smokiness and the sourness of plum lay extra layers into the taste. Bitter mineral finish, which does not mask the more savory elements of the taste that also linger a good while.

Super smooth and velvety, although not what I would call creamy. Largely because the body isn't a heavy one, but this texture comes with a terrific caress that does not leave me wanting. In fact, it's the most pleasurable aspect of this beer.

This is hardly a news flash, but Scandinavia is the place of beer renaissance right now...taking styles which the Americans have mutated and amplified from their English and Belgian origins, turning it all around and putting their own twist on it. And Beer Here -- aside from finally offering us U.S. Scandi-beer fans a brewery name we can pronounce -- have added themselves to the list of greats with this one.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jonah's beer, opaque black with a big head. Very smoke. Mouthfeel is creamy. Sourness, it is a baltic. Good with food. Big lace. Like an RIS porter. The chocolate, the bitterness, licorice root, wanted by beers, altogether good. A must try porter. T

Photo of augustgarage
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Dark brown liquid with a voluminous fallow head with excellent loops of lacing. It recedes slowly to a thin but festive billowy layer of foam.

Toffee, candied walnuts, and (I suppose) pumpernickel aromas, along with hints of maple syrup and a hefty dose of malty alcohol.

Light milk chocolate, hearty roast malt, and black coffee on the palate. Hops add a little tart complexity mid-palate. Spices remind me a little of gingerbread, and the licorice notes join up with the rye into the finish. A touch of sherry or even shoyu floating around in there somewhere. Strong flavors, but well balanced. There is a distinctive cooling crisp minerality that suggests they used Grimstad water...yum. Improves more and more as it warms.

Moderate carbonation, thick creamy body, somewhat effervescent, with a touch of astringency. Warming, filling, and fortifying.

Not as distinctive as some examples of the style, this still does most everything right.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Mørke Pumpernickel Porter
"Stout with spices added". No freshness date.

Appearance: Almost black body, opaque. Creamy orange-tinted dark tan head. Excellent retention and lacing leaves rings of lace about the glass.

Aroma: Roasty like cold black coffee. Slightly spicy, and very rye-like. In a way it's almost smokey, but I know that's just the roastiness.

Flavor: Rich, but surprisingly straightforward and not particularly complex. I get some spiciness that's reminiscent of carraway but I don't know if it is, it may just be rye. But there's no molasses, thus it doesn't quite hit the mark for "pumpernickel". It's roasty with some bittersweet chocolate, and some mild underlying fruitiness. There are no real hops to speak of, although there is some grassy character; but hops aren't really needed, and to be honest they'd just be in the way of the malt and spice. On the upside, it's well-balanced and smooth - very polished. It finishes with a quick vanishing note of sweetish malt followed by a bit of bitterness and then a quick dusting of spiciness. Some minor bitterness lingers beyond that, but it's pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and supple. It's smooth and creamy, but there's almost too much malt there. A moderate carbonation lends a delicate tingle to the palate.

Overall: Rich, roasty, completely full bodied - a sipper to be sure! The spiciness lends it some delicate, but much needed character. I think a slight drop in the original gravity might conjour a little more magic from it, but it's fairly impressive as it is based on girth.

Photo of beertooth
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into an Imperial pint glass.

This beer is a deep, rich black with a creamy two fingers of milk chocolate head.

The nose is really rich. I'm picking out coffee, chocolate, rye, pumpernickel, black licorice, and some burnt sugar.

The taste follows the nose. Bitter coffee, spicy rye and pumpernickle breads, licorice, cocoa powder and bitter black chocolate. It finishes a little sticky and dry.

Mouthfeel is full with a low level of carbonation.

A tasty Baltic Porter, but one that should be shared.

Photo of mikey711
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was looking to try something different and was recommended this by the fine people of Oak Tree

A: Thick syrupy black with an inch and a half thick layer of tight brown head. Lacing is excellent.

S: Heavy chocolate notes followed by roast. I guess that unusual spice is pumpernickel and very pleasant.

T: Big roasty note up front that leads into a big chocolate note that leads into some breadiness and pumpernickel. All the flavors go extremely well together. The chocolate dominates a little but the finish is distinctly pumpernickel

M: Rich flavors, full bodied, milky and creamy. Everything about it is right

D: Very easy to drink, and the uniqueness of it seperates it from many beers in my opinion. Could I have this everyday, probably not, but is it an excellent porter, yes. I believe this would go great with food, just not sre what exactly. Someone ponder that for me.

Photo of nickd717
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from K&L Redwood City. This beer was highly recommended by Nick3, and he wasn't kidding.

Pours black with an awesome huge tan head, leaving thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strong and great with pumpernickel, roasted malt, and a little smoke.

Flavor is intense pumpernickel bread, roasted malt, sweet caramel, licorice, and a great smoky finish. Really unique and tasty.

Medium-full bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate.

Overall, this is a really bomb ass beer. Bomb ass. Hopefully these guys start sending more of their "Beer Here," because the two I've had so far have been great.

Photo of GRG1313
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/black with a dark brown head that quickly fades.

Nose is all "black" scents-deep sugared black coffee/espresso; burnt maple syrup; dark carmel; black chocolate with hints of bing cherries; sugared whiskey/cognac and coffee-port.
Great nose.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick and with nice cream character.

Flavors are just flat out huge black coffee, black dark chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate syrup with undertones of bing cherries, bourbon and port.

Finish is all black espresso, bold, sugared and rich.

This is one nice porter (although tastes full on stout to me). You feel like your drinking liquid rich flavorful Russian pumpernickel with all the black molasses character that's indicative of such a bread. A real winner if you like big, bold and rich coffee/chocolate brews.

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

16.9 oz. Dark brown/black pour with a sturdy tan head, lacing a bit temporary.
Aroma has dark chocolate, peat, smoked malt.

Taste is much more full than the aroma. A nice roasted malt with heavy molasses. Good chocolate accents throughout. If there are any odd "spices" in here I can't tell. It really does remind me quite a bit of Pumpernickel bread. The rye makes for a very full creamy mouthfeel, just slightly above medium body. Abv is non-existant.
A really well done balanced stout or porter. Worth trying if you can.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small tan head.
Nose shows dark chocolate, spices, vanilla and coffee. Quite an interesting mix!
Very similar flavours, some soft alcohol also joins in. Quite sweet, and quite a mouthful as well.
Moderate low carbonation could really be higher.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a 2 inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, pumpernickel bread and some caramel. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some coffee and charred/burnt malt in there. The brew has a good lingering bitter roasty/burnt finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and creamy, and it's well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it goes down easy and it's smooth. I think it's a pretty good brew overall, I recommend it. Due to the price it's not something I'd drink all the time, but I would definitely buy this again in the future.

Photo of Diomede
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at the Westside New Leaf in Santa Cruz.

Opened as a bit of a gusher, but poured with a nice one finger head. Good color, the head reminded me of a well made coffee drink, mocha or otherwise.

Definitely a coffee aroma going on, but there's also a strong pumpernickel scent coming through. Kind of like toasted rye bread. Nice.

Spicy flavors going on with each sip, definitely more pronounced as it warms. Bread-y, a tad sweet, and a broad coffee flavor swirling around with each sip.

Has a nice coat to it when it hits the tongue. Almost like drinking silk.

Drinkable? Yea. How many? Probably one or two in an evening tops. It tastes a bit stronger than it actually says it is. Overall though, a very solid offering.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at the Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA. Poured in to brandy snifter.

A - Dark brown with one finger of espresso coloured head.

S - Sweetness initially on the nose. Caramel, brown sugar and molasses compliment the roasted malt and nutty notes of the porter.

T - Follows the nose. Dark caramel, brown sugar, cocoa, roasted malts. Overall a somewhat sweet beer with a slight bitterness in the finish. There is also a good smoky flavour that seems to only show in the finish at first but then becomes incorporated in to the beer better.

M - Light to medium body; moderate carbonation.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black with a healthy, fine, two finger brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Good aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate and a touch of spicy rye. Flavor is smooth milk and dark chocolate, toasted malt with a hint of char, mild toffee. Finishes with very mellow blended dark malt, chocolate, char and light hop bitterness. Nice medium creamy body. Wow, a beautifully balanced and well integrated porter. The malts are some variety of chocolate malt that is great. Deceptively smooth and mellow mannered, but with interesting additional light flavors of char and light rye spiciness. Really nice. Stumbled on this on a trip and hope to find another bottle.

Photo of kk73
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is dark brown to almost black, very little to no head and very little to no lacing. Lightly carbonated.

Smells of big time roasted malt and with some chocolate, a little spice but not getting to much pumpernickel.

Taste of roasted malt with a touch of coffee, and getting a little spice maybe some rye with a little licorice.

Mouthful is smooth and creamy a bit chewy, but so damn smooth. Not overly carbonated seems just right for the style and a little dry on the finish. Alcohol is present but not overpowering.

Drinkability I thought was pretty good. Probably a nice sipper due to the big roasty malts and spice. Overall a very good offering and one that I would purchase and drink again.

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