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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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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Parkway Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Huhzubendah on 03-27-2013)
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Reviews by mralphabet:
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3.08/5  rDev -20.8%

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.

02-10-2014 00:18:17 | More by mralphabet
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

05-29-2014 14:09:47 | More by Kmlund
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3.61/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.94/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

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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.

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3.79/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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Raven's Roost Baltic Porter from Parkway Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.