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Abita Bourbon Street Baltic Porter - Abita Brewing Co.

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Abita Bourbon Street Baltic PorterAbita Bourbon Street Baltic Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

27 Reviews
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Reviews: 27
Hads: 133
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 4
Gots: 31 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States | website

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter | 9.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: EgadBananas on 04-06-2014

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Reviews: 27 | Hads: 133
Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a MadTree snifter. The pour is a dark, hazy, murky coppery color with low carbonation and very little head (perfectly acceptable for a barrel-aged beer). The nose has sweet bready notes, toffee, hazelnuts, and bourbon.

Medium-full body with a slick feel and a very sweet flavor. Predominant flavors are sweet malt, toffee, molasses, caramel, and butterscotch candy. The oaky vanilla and bourbon notes arrive very quickly and persist to the finish. Unfortunately, the preponderance of sweet notes combined with the barrel-aging may have deprived this beer of some of the dark fruit and roasty flavors characteristic of the style. The sweetness subsides on the finish and is replaced by a fusel alcohol note that warms, but doesn't enhance the flavor or linger for long. Some roast would really enhance the finish of this beer.

I really like the opening salvo of flavors in this beer. It could almost pass for a Bourbon-Barrel-Aged English Barleywine. It's rich, sweet, syrupy, and scrumptious. Unfortunately, it's not an English Barleywine and it needs some complementary flavors such has coffee, licorice, or dark fruit to offset some of the sweetness and provide complexity. As is, the beer starts out delightfully sweet, then gets boozy and dull on the back of the palate. I'd like for some other flavors to come forward and linger a bit on the finish. The warming alcohol would enrich and enhance just about anything, but there's just nothing there. Nevertheless, this is a very good beer that I hope Abita will brew again and continue to develop.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brownish-red with a tan head that quickly dissipates to leave some spotty lacing.
Aroma is full of caramel and toffee, vanilla and booze with a hint of fig and dark fruit.
The bourbon flavors override about everything else on the tongue. There is a hint of caramel but the booze and barrel are predominant.
Mouthfeel is pretty thin and a bit sticky.
Not really successful as the base beer is lost in the bourbon.

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Photo of tigg924
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear, dark tan with 1/4 inch head. Taste to me is more like a light English barleywine than a Baltic porter. Lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and toffee here. I like Abita as a whole, but I think this is right up there with the best beers I have had from them. Super enjoyable beer.

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Photo of GerryPendry
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gibgink
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Schlafly33
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a big enough beer to handle the barrel. Tastes like watery bourbon.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a light caramel-brown color that settles into a darker brown in the glass. Finger or so of off-white head that settles into a soapy film.
S- nice! Toffee, caramel, bourbon and a hint of leather.
T- taste follows the nose with a bourbon-cola thing going on.
M- medium feel with good carbonation. Kind of thin for a big beer.
O- this is a nice BBA Porter. I would drink again.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bourbon aroma. Dry and dark brown. Ok drinkability.aggressive finish a bit boozy.

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Photo of mlockman
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

More brown than black, with a strong vanilla aroma that is not reflected on the palate. Rather, the flavor is predominantly toffee, and the mouthfeel is quite thin for a barrel-aged beer. Intense flavors, just not very well rounded nor nuanced. Similarly, I fell the lack of hop-presence fell short for te style.

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Photo of grahuba
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of mattyb85
4.92/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best bourbon beer I've ever had

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Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of KYGunner
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was really surprised by just how much bourbon this took from the barrel but it's almost like boilermaker. Light fudgey chocolate malt body with a thinner feel. It finishes with a more alcohol laden whiskey taste. It's an enjoyable beer if this is your sort of thing.

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Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zp6167a
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tourdot
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very thin, light bodied porter. The barrel was not well integrated leaving it very unbalanced and falling short of expectations.

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Photo of Moses_Malone
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Abita Bourbon Street Baltic Porter from Abita Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.