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Raven's Roost Baltic Porter - Parkway Brewing Co.

Raven's Roost Baltic PorterRaven's Roost Baltic Porter

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very good

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.7%

Brewed by:
Parkway Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Huhzubendah on 03-27-2013)
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Photo of Bosoxfan20


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to dsigmon for sending this my way via trade.

A- dark rustic brown. Little head strength, but formidable looking. Light ring around the edge.

S- Coffee, toffee, musk, damp wood, and a dirty earthy note. It smells better than it sounds.

T- lots of sweet chocolate, caramel and coffee goodness. Blends really well to create a smooth flow of roasted malts and outstanding nuttiness.

M- Solid. Low carbonation, slight creamy aspects, mid body.

O- Exceptional flavor. unconventional yet enticing nose, and a solid feel. This is an under the radar porter that more people need to experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 03:50:40 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer poured a nice dark brown, tending toward black, but some ruby sneaks through a well lit edge. The smell was slightly smokey, but with some berry or cherry undertones. Strength wasn't there, but I think the scent hit the style fine.

Taste followed the smell, a little smokey, little woody is the predominant taste. The bitterness comes to the sides of the tongue like burnt coffee (I hate to say it, but because it's not the only taste, this "isn't a bad thing"). There is a certain fruitiness to the end taste that lays on top of the roasted finish that I can't quite place - kiwi maybe?? The combined taste does make me think rhubarb, however.

An enjoyable offering that I will grab again from this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 01:03:31 | More by cjgiant
Photo of JamieDuncan


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Friend sent this one over for a try, he is a fan of this beer. Good looking beer but not as thick or rich looking as you expect out of a porter. Smell is about the same, good but not great. Taste is very nice compared to look and smell. Would have guessed about 5.5 ABV and was actually 7.1 so a few bonus points there. Pretty good Porter that I would gladly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:43:14 | More by JamieDuncan
Photo of mralphabet


3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured very dark ruby color.... almost black. Nice fingers worth of tan colored head that settles to a thin ring with very little lacing.

S: I'm getting a mix of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and licorice.

T: Taste follows the smell.. Equal amounts of coffee and chocolate with a touch of raisins and licorice at the end. Aftertaste has a little burnt malt in it.

M: Mid bodied.... A little thinner than I was expecting.

O: Overall a pretty drinkable porter... A little thinner that I like for the style. The ABV is pretty nice and leaves you with a nice warm feeling.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 00:18:17 | More by mralphabet
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice take on a baltic porter. Carries that kind of berry twang to it that seems typical for the style. I'd pick it out immediately in any beer that had it. Smooth and consistent. Somewhat robust tone, but not over the top. A pleasant drinker. Glad to have a chance to try it. Highly suggested for a style that few even touch, let alone do well (like this one does).

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:39:55 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of mntlover


3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark deep red showing through when held to the light. Thumb sized light tan head falls slow leaves some lace down my glass.

Aroma is chocolate notes as soon as pouring, fades to dark fruits, some light roasted notes. Nice aroma bot huge but pleasant.

Taste the same as the nose nice chocolate notes up front stronger then the nose.Some roasted notes dark fruits, even almost lactose like sweetness even though it shouldn't. Finish is linger dark fruits and chocolate like sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a big medium the carbonation level is not peppy but seems to lighten the feel some what.

Overall nice beer not quite as big as some Baltic Porters but flavorful and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 22:59:24 | More by mntlover
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a uniformly textured one finger mocha shade. It doesn't retain fantastically, nor does it fade to nothing in record time. Only a small amount of lacing is left behind.

S: When I think 'Baltic porter', I think "chocolate and stewed fruits". And guess what? The primary notes are raisins, plums, and chocolate. There are even some faint coffee-ish hints which do nothing but add to the nose. The nose becomes even better as it warms up.

T: Follows the nose, albeit in a slightly fainter expression. It starts with strong coffee and dark chocolate (the powdered kind). The finish is rather fruity, and it's easy to tell this is a lager. It's simple, but gets the job done admirably.

M: Quite crisp. The vibrant carbonation makes this one seem drier finishing than it really is. I won't suggest the former is too zesty, instead that it pokes through the lighter texture too harshly. Otherwise, it does a decent job of coming across smaller than it really is on the palate.

O: This is a fine semi-local offering that I'd gladly drink again. Still, there are other examples of the style I'd purchase over this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 22:56:05 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of KomodoDragon


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep plum color. Gentile pour yielded half inch tn head, with scattered lacing

S - coffee, licorice

T - Light, even a bit dull upfront. Some roasted malts. Hints of chocolate, sweet not milky. Some raisin Short finish, but some burnt malt lingers.

M - Noticeable carbonation, but thin feel to it.

Very drinkable, very clean. Pleasant, refreshing but ultimately, little to get overly excited over. Lacking the full body and warmth that I would have expected.Good summertime baltic!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 00:51:18 | More by KomodoDragon
Photo of NealBuck


3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a red wine glass. I have only had this beer on tap before, and I've loved it. I've been waiting on 12 oz bottles for a while; the bombers were overpriced.

Appearance: It looks like a Baltic Porter should in general, but it also looks a bit thin, which betrays what, to my mind, is the only significant problem with this beer: the mouthfeel (more on this in a minute).

Smell: Not much going on here. A bit of chocolate, but nothing too exciting. Overall, kind of dead in the olfactory department.

Taste: This is where the beer really shines. To be so olfactorily challenged, this beer has a remarkable flavor. Rich semi-sweet chocolate, a hint of raspberry, and a little heat on the end, almost peppery. Everything one wants in a porter and more. Ultimately, it's exceptionally well balanced, and after sipping on it for a while, I'm left with a lovely taste lingering in my mouth that's reminiscent of the aftertaste of a dense chocolate cake with raspberries on top.

Mouthfeel: I can't help it. When I have a porter, I compare it to Revolution's Eugene porter, which has one of the best mouthfeels of any beer I've had ... certainly one of the best of any porter I've had. It's so creamy and velvety. Raven's Roost is a bit thin, especially considering it's supposed to be a Baltic Porter. Compared even to, say, Duck Rabbit's Baltic Porter or Uinta's Baltic Porter, Raven's Roost seems much more like a traditional porter, and when you compare it to great traditional porters like Eugene or Everett, it's biggest lack is it's at best mediocre mouthfeel.

Overall: I love this beer on draught, a format that helps with the mouthfeel and aromatic issues. The flavor stays pretty much the same, which is delightful. Overall, I'm glad these guys are nearby, and I'm glad I can get a pretty good porter without having to drive to Vermont or Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 00:05:59 | More by NealBuck
Photo of argock


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Very dark brown with generous 1-finger beige head with good retention but nada lacing.

S: Very chocolatey with coffee tones -- very fudgy aroma overall. No off-aromas. A lot of breadiness and a little bit of dark fruit, like dates, definitely in the sweet side.

T: Great flavor with strong chocolate and coffee flavors on a sweeter caramel background. Some dark fruity date and raisin flavors are there, but it tastes more like dark caramel malts are layering the sweetness deftly. No real hop character but mildly bitter. THe dash of roast in the finish is perfect -- no ashy or overdone acrid character.

M: Light and approachable on the palate with even and not heavy-handed carbonation, which I see as a fault in Baltic porters frequently. Very smooth and drinkable.

O: A really fine Baltic porter, a tad on the sweet side, but those flavors along with the complex chocolate and coffee flavors and aromas really gel into a great beer. I will be forging ahead and giving more of Parkway's lineup a try based on the quality of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 02:03:28 | More by argock
Photo of dsigmon


4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: dark drown/black with a brown head that sticks around and leaves a good bit of lacing on the glass

S: sweet malts and light hints of coffee and chocolate and some spicy tones as well...smells amazing

T: chocolate and coffee up front with some caramel notes up front with enough hop in the back end to balance it perfectly. not too sweet, not too boozy, not too hoppy...just right.

M: medium bodied and lightly carbonated for an easy/enjoyable drink

O: this is hands down my favorite beer in this style. i had the great fortune of having this ran through a randall as well and that was life changing :)

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 20:39:12 | More by dsigmon
Photo of obywan59


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown to almost black. A ring of ruby highlight circling the bottom of the glass when held up to a light. 3 1/2 finger brown head leaving some decent sticky lacing.

The aroma out of the bottle is dark roast malt. Out of the glass, it's more complex. Sweet milk chocolate with caramel and spice.

Some tartness in the taste with more of a bitter dark chocolate character here. Later it seems more like coffee. Both caramel and spice are more subdued here.

Rather full and viscuous on the tongue. Nice tingle of carbonation, yet the feel is predominately creamy. Somewhat drying with a decent burn of alcohol in the throat.

Less sweet than most of the porters I've tried, though not the driest. What sweetness there is, takes a back seat to the lingering citric tartness. The wonderful mouthfeel, and the warming attributes, make this a winner. It appears I've found my second top-notch brewery from the home state, alongside Blue Mountain Barrel House.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 02:21:06 | More by obywan59
Photo of Cyrion


3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce bottle, consumed at slightly above fridge temperature.

Appearance: Brown, almost black, opaque. Tiny bubbles give a inch high tan head, leaving rings of delicate lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate in front, with coffee close behind. Some caramel aroma.

Taste: Here's where it happens, friends, the chocolate and coffee asserting themselves in a tight partnership, with fig and some spice lurking in the background. A bit of heat from the alcohol, but very mild. The bitterness from the toasted malts is subdued.

Mouthfeel: Velvety, well matched for the style of beer.

Overall: At 7.1 ABV, it's a lighter baltic porter, and I'm tempted to classify it as a brown ale's big brother. Very enjoyable as a gateway into the porter world, very approachable and smooth. Great introduction to Parkway's beers, will appeal to a large segment of fans. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 23:28:34 | More by Cyrion
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprise! You've got beer. Thanks for the unexpected beer gift, Brad.

The beer is the darkest of browns, sporting a thick, soapy beige head. Aroma is a big potent dose of roast and barley with chocolate. An excellent scent and true to style. Beautiful flavor. Easy to drink. Lingering chocolates with a hint of chocolate milk. Mild bready character and present, but light, roast. Medium bodied and smooth on the palate with moderate carbonation. A really solid beer. just what I was in the mood for.

Serving type: growler

03-27-2013 19:47:27 | More by Huhzubendah
Raven's Roost Baltic Porter from Parkway Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.