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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
88
very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 19
Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.82/5  rDev -3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Schlafly33
2.86/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of mattyb85
4.92/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best bourbon beer I've ever had

Photo of KYGunner
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of tourdot
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Three Cellars. Pours reddish brown with a wispy head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is of bourbon, maple and brown sugar. Nice aroma, though not getting much Baltic Porter aroma.

The taste is of sweet bourbon, maple syrup and brown sugar. Alcohol comes through. Despite it's sweetness it is not too sticky. Interesting taste. But, someone unbalanced and I get little to no Baltic Porter taste.

It doesn't hit what I expect from a Baltic Porter, but there is plenty of bourbon that shows, along with a strong malt presence. An interesting sipper.

Photo of Wayne17
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Wino's And Taco's in Covington, LA

Not what you'd typically expect from Abita, obviously they aren't known for their barrel aging. This should change soon as I saw the room where Abita plans to expand their barrel aging program very soon. (should even see bottles of BA Stout as well at some point) The color was a dark brown and their was no head or lacing. The mouth feel was pretty thin honestly but that's not a bad thing. It smelled wonderful (bourbon, raisins, chocolate, etc), like you'd expect from a beer aged in Pappy Van Winkle Barrels. The taste was sensational and tasted much like the smell, chewy raisins, vanilla, subtle oak, a slight oxidation but just the right amount to give it nice complex quality. I was told it was only aged for 3 months but boy did this beer take to the barrel well. I hope they consider doing this again as it was a homerun in my opinion.

Photo of martyl1000
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Blue Moon for MCBW, which has been the best event of the week, by far, I might add. Good work, Blue Moon!

Um, no. This is not good. It's not bad. But, I'm taken aback at how un-Baltic-Porter this is. It's cloyingly sweet, sickeningly leathery.

I know I just said it's not bad. It's just really not a Baltic Porter. More an English Barleywine.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/17/2015. A bit of a gusher upon opening, but not infected. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, maple syrup, brown sugar, brown bread, coconut, bourbon, oak, plum, apple, light butterscotch, and oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, maple syrup, brown sugar, brown bread, coconut, bourbon, oak, plum, apple, light butterscotch, and oak/toasted earthiness. Slight roast/oak bitterness/spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, maple syrup, brown sugar, brown bread, coconut, bourbon, oak, plum, apple, light butterscotch, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged Baltic Porter, that is leaning more towards an English Barleywine in flavors. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Brevbin
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time I've really enjoyed something from Abita. Huge bourbon profile. Love this one.

Photo of rudabegga9
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

best abita beer ive ever had

Photo of Miami66
2.4/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Really strong brew. High alcohol content. Unfortunately it comes out tasting like watery bourbon.

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely smooth taste. taste the bourbon but not overpowering

Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a thick creamy tan head. Great retention and there is some good lacing.

S: Bourbon, roasted malts, maple syrup, vanilla, and brown sugar.

T: Roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, maple syrup, oak, cherries, and brown sugar. It tastes great but I'm not sure how this is a baltic porter.

M: Lighter bodied then I expected and it's moderately carbonated. It goes down easy I just wish there was more to it.

O: This was a tasty brew but not what I was expecting. It's very good but not fantastic and I wouldn't consider it a baltic porter.It's definitely worth picking up to try though. I may even go back for a third considering the reasonable price.

Photo of mchegash
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best buy date on bottle: 4/17/16

Appearance - 4/5
Dark red-brown, a couple fingers of orange-tinted white head. Beer looks very cloudy though it may just be chill haze.

Smell - 4.5/5
Bourbon, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla. This is quite a fantastic aroma.

Taste - 4.5/5
Roasted malts, cherry, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar. Perhaps a tiny amount of earthy bitterness. Overall the taste is really great and really complex. I was very pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5
Fairly full bodied. Medium-high amount of medium to medium high intensity carbonation. Quite crisp, and goes down the throat with a nice carbonation tingle.

Overall - 4.5/5
This was a great beer. I'm glad a took a small gamble and picked this up. The brown sugar/vanilla/bourbon flavors really permeate this brew and create a complex and delicious beverage. Recommend a try if you can pick one up.

Photo of sillyhed8
3.07/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tasted a little too boozy for me. Wasn't very balanced to me

Photo of brewskifan55
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Chocolate brown with a tan one finger head that hangs around. Thick lacing.

S: Bourbon opens up with Bready malts and some medicinal tinges. Smooth, sweet and robust. A decadent sipper. Let it warm for maximum punch.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation. Thick upon the tongue.

O: A genuine pleasure. Perfect with cheddar or a chocolate chip cookie. Just a notch down for the Bourbin Street Imperial Stout.

Photo of VTR
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap.

I wasn't sure what to expect coming from Abita but I figured I would give it a go. A/Dark brown with a slight white lacing on the glass S/Very strong upfront bourbon with some malts. Not much going on here but no mistaking it was barrel aged. T/Huge bourbon upfront with a some slight malts coming near the end that I feel sweetened it up slightly. Molasses maybe? Definitely picked up the oak and slight vanilla from the barrel. Again there was not a whole lot going on here. Yes, I got the bourbon and it is a good thing that I like bourbon because it was that strong. I was impressed because I like a "hot" bourbon on barrel aged beers. This is my first baltic porter offering other than Uinita Sea Legs and IMO I think this is a whole lot better. I would definitely drink this again. I think it is a solid beer and enjoyed my glass.

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Abita Bourbon Street Baltic Porter from Abita Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.