Baltic Porter - American Brewing Company
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Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.
Appearance: rich, dark brown with some dim amber highlights when held up to the light. Head is a thin layer of dense tan foam. Quite good.
Smell: sweet, yet astringent; big roasty malt with a definite lager character. Not terribly complex, but I find it growing on me. Not too bad.
Taste: right there with the aroma; astringent up front with some bitey, perhaps tanniny character. The end of the palate and aftertaste, though, are classic Baltic porter: sweet and alcoholic with a big helping of dark fruitiness. Plums, cherries, and raisin all come through. There's a bit of a characteristic porter ashy-roast flavor at the end. Starts off somewhat soft but builds impressively.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body, quite heavily attenuated; that's not much of a surprise, though. Good carbonation yields a pretty nice creaminess. Not perfect, but not bad.
Overall: at first sip, the beer's OK. Wait for the aftertaste to really get the full effect. Definitely worth a shot if you're a fan of the style. Definitely one of American's better beers.
11-21-2013 00:24:26 | More by flagmantho
3.8/5 rDev -1.3%
Despised 22oz format bottle. Poured into 10oz goblet. A white printed bottle code on a white label could have said 09101, or G9131, or C9701, or some combination of those characters, or not. I really can't tell. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a mostly solid black color, with just a bit of reddish tint at the top and bottom. Just a thin cap of light khaki head that had very low retention and no lacing.
The aroma was mostly grainy malt, very light roast and a hint of alcohol. The beer didn't have a real presence at the front of the tongue, but had a great grain-malt taste in the middle and towards the the back of the palate. At first the roast at the back had a coffee-ish taste, but subsequent sips saw that aspect lessening.
The body was fairly medium-light, as is typical for the style, and except for the lingering roast, had a clean, dry finish. Drinkability was very good, as I usually find the style to be, it's a light, sneaky 9%abv. Overall, a very good, well above average example of the style. A must try if you see it.
11-01-2013 01:06:18 | More by beertunes
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin light brown head that maintains a thin film and ring around the glass, quite light visible carbonation. Nice aroma of sweet toasted malt, milk chocolate, mild hints of coffee and dark stone fruit. Flavor is toasted and sweet malt, dried dark stoned fruit, milk chocolate and light vanilla, slight lactic component. Medium bodied with very light carbonation. Flavors are somewhat subdued, but pleasant, missing the dark fruit and/or cherry juice element that many baltic porters have that make them distinct. There is a mild sweet lactic element that resembles a milk stout. Covers the ABV quite well; I would not have guessed this was a strong porter. A pleasant take on a Baltic porter. Needs a bit more carbonation.
10-19-2013 03:31:51 | More by LiquidAmber
3.85/5 rDev 0%
Found at QFC at University Village in Seattle. I'd never seen or heard of this one, and the label looks much, much different than any other American Brewing Co beer I'd seen. Also, on the label it reads: "Brewed and Bottle for BPI By American Brewing Company, Edmonds, Washington" (yes, with the bottle grammar issue)
Pours a nice dark coffee brown with a fleeting mocha foam top that once gone in a few moments leaves slate mirror. Raisins, cola, cocoa, molasses and prunes come out in the nose. Pleasant and robust smell is decent. Flavor is dry with coffee, cocoa, fig, some bitterness and tobacco with accents of vanilla and graham. I like the flavor well enough. Medium bodied with a reserved carb and an off-dry finish. I like this beer well enought that I would buy more than once certainly.
07-24-2012 05:39:46 | More by harrymel
Baltic Porter from American Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.