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Raven's Roost Baltic Porter - Parkway Brewing Co.

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Raven's Roost Baltic PorterRaven's Roost Baltic Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

24 Reviews
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Reviews: 24
Hads: 119
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Parkway Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Huhzubendah on 03-27-2013

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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 119
Reviews by KomodoDragon:
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4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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! (498 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Cyrion
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (858 characters)

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.14/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle initially served a bit too cold.
Looks as expected: very dark reddish brown with a decent tan head.
Aroma: OK but with an off-note.
Flavor: OK but not quite as rich or strong as expected for style. (213 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.2/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Another nice beer from Parkway in Salem, VA !! Pours with a nice head that laces very well. Color os obviously dark and I would call it dark chocoltae. The aroma is quite light but pleasant. The taste is good and strong with hints of raisins and toasted chocolate. The bitterness is at its peak and would be too much if it was anymore. Its just right for a porter and a nother fine offering from this brewery (408 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of NealBuck
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (1,886 characters)

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.56/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dangerously drinkable for the elevated ABV (42 characters)

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5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer! I love the flavor. Chocolate and coffee, smooth and rich. A real woman's beer! (103 characters)

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Raven's Roost Baltic Porter from Parkway Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.