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Baltic Porter - Capital Brewery

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48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 54
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drpimento on 02-06-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 54
Photo of Bighuge
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear and dark scarlet red hue. Creamy crop of vanilla white head. Moderate amounts of lace. Decent aroma of dark malts and some slight cocoa and milk sugars. Some lager like maltiness as well. From the start, I notice a surprising strong alcohol presence. Especially with the aftertaste. A fussel like presence lingers with some bite after sips. Otherwise there are some good characteristics of note. Such as the smooth malt flavors and chocolate and roast. Some caramel and nougat. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Had my hopes set high on this one. A Baltic Porter from a great lager brewer. Only I was let down again by a Capital beer. Decent enough beer, but not up to the high standards I've become accustomed to for this brewery over the past 10 years. A brewery on decline in my opinion...

Are they a bad brewery?? No way. Just not great anymore.

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Photo of ibashmuck
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a small foamy head on a very dark amber body. Smell and taste were right about the same: sweet, Buttered bread, small hop bite, with some coffee in there as well. Above average carbonation, and a distinct creaminess to the feel. Good stuff, easy enough to drink.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into almost no lacing. The aroma is molasses, toffee, and hints of floral hops. The taste is mostly molasses with a little toffee mixed in. It is quite mundane and weak or a Baltic Porter. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but a pour Baltic Porter. I can't see myself drink this again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, full tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a sweet, candy like, caramelized sugar note to it that almost seems to pick up a berry like note to it at times. Toasted grain notes that remind me of a nicely browned, chewy whole grain bread fresh from the oven, there is a touch of something that sort of reminds me of play-doh and there is a touch of warming alcohol aromatics in the finish.

Fairly sweet tasting, especially considering the beer does not feel overly rich or chewy. A touch of astringent malt character is found in the finish. This beer is mainly dominated by the sweet, caramelized malt notes that come off as very clean. While not overly thick, this does have a nice, soft, creamy texture to it. As the beer warms up a touch of roast character begins to peek through towards the finish; a light coffee note adds a hint of burnt acidity and astringency.

This drinks a bit lighter than its 8.5% abv might suggest. It is fairly tasty, but comes off a touch too clean (even for a lager) and simplistic than I would prefer.

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Photo of bainard
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle to pub glass.

A - A deep siena that lets a little bit of light through. Far from opaque with a surprising translucency for a porter. Off-white head barely there.

S - Woody darkness and roasted malt. This is the first obvious indication that this beer is not like the other porters you've had. The smell of lager yeast is prevalent here, you know you're in for something you've never quite experienced.

T - Extremely unique. Caramel, a hint of smoke, dark fruit, and perhaps even some cooked banana could be observed here. The distinctive lager-y tang comes through at the end, giving this beer the feel that you have to believe is European, and not Wisconsonite.

M - A bit thin for its strength, but still has a pleasing carbonation.

D - Strong, develops well as it warms, unlike most strong dark lagers I've had. This is definitely a repeater. It's a completely new sort of lager that suits fans of aled porters looking for something fun and interesting.

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Photo of brdc
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks SkyDoc for this one.

Reddish brown, orange highlights, light tan head but poor retention. Nice aroma, sweetish malts as expected, some fruits, toffee, estery notes.
Medium bodied, well disguised alcohol, I was actually surprised to see the high ABV. Caramel and toffee notes abound, not a lot, if any, roasted notes. Little fruitiness can be found.
A nice brew, a bit off the style, but certainly worthwhile.

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Photo of kmeves
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a frothy beige head. Aroma is medium sweet caramel malt, lager yeast, molasses and smoke. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, nutty and nice earthiness. Finishes long and fruity. Medium to full body, smooth texture. The aroma is a bit unusual for the style.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A faithful interpretation of a Baltic porter, even if it isn't the most inspired I've had. A good combination of continental malts but there is something extra, something roasted and chocolatey that bespeaks a more English influence. Ahhh, good stuff.

The smell of the beer is fairly muted. A pinch of alcohol, mixed with plums and chocolate.

The taste follows in that same vein. It has a strong doppelbock like start -- rich, dark stone fruits. I mostly get plums. Then there is a nice lull in the middle. Clean and sweet would be the best way to describe it. I want to describe it as some sort of fruit juice, but I don't know precisely which kind of juice. A deeper complexity than sugar water, but not much. Then the chocolate shows up. Milk chocolate mixed with a nice, lightly roasted flavor. The chocolate flavor lingers in the aftertaste, it feels like my mouth has been lightly coated in chocolate powder.

I like it. It manages to have many of the same characteristics as the Eastern European iterations of the style that I like so much. However, the sweetness isn't quite as balanced in this version. Make no mistake, the Eastern European version are incredibly sweet, pancake-syrup worthy even, but they don't feel cloying. But the sweetness in this version is much more noticable. Personally, I blame the moderate, English-style carbonation.

Still a very good brew.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark red with a small head and a wall of small bubbles that cling to the sides of the glass.

S- Milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, and sweet malts and a touch of alcohol.

T- just about how it smells with the faintest coffee aftertaste and a hint of warmth from the alcohol.

M- light and smooth with a little too much carbonation. maybe a little thin and watery.

D- Very smooth and refreshing. id love to be able to have a couple of these, if only i brought more than one back with me.

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Photo of Greggy
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice creamy 1+ finger head over a nice dark brown/black body. No sediment is present.

S- Very nice dark chocolate, vanilla, bit of gram cracker, slight tough of caramel. The nose is a little tight but after you get into it, it's pretty nice.

T- Starts off quite sweet with notes of dark fruit, raison and prune then moves onto a more chocolate, toasted grains, and dryer finish. Quite nice.

M- Low carbonation that is almost to much but works. The finish on the beer is nice.

D- There's 8.5% in here somewhere. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12-oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color when held to the light. Thick tan head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Much sweeter than I was anticipating. Sweet caramel and toffee.

Taste: Nutty like a brown ale, with sweet chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: Thick-bodied and sticky with a smoky finish.

Drinkability: Not what I was expecting at all based upon the description on the bottle. Would definitely try again, but wouldn't be overly happy about it. I'm not sure what the taste is that I can't get over with almost all of Capital's beers.

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Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"A dark, hybrid experience"... a little outside the style guidelines, so I won't judge it strictly to style.

A: Mahogany with a light tan head, very little retention slight lacing.

S: Capitals lagers have a house aroma that I can't quite describe, but is sort of Germanic. Burnt toffee, dark fruit, caramel & hints of bubblegum-like fruity esters.

T: Dark bread, nice spicing & dark fruit are reminiscent of Christmas cake. Slightly nutty, earthy, caramel and hints of chocolate covered cherries. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden. It's very nice, but not a Baltic Porter.

M: Moderate body is smooth & creamy with a dry alcohol finish. Carbonation is pleasantly on the low side of moderate.

D: Very drinkable for it's strength.

This "hybrid" is a little odd for the style. It would be a great winter warmer (it's even a little doppelbock-like).

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Photo of Buebie
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date, ho-hum lable design.
Dark brown in color, revealing a beutiful deep rubt red in color when held to light.
2 finger fluffy white head, that slowly dissolves leaving mild retention and laceing.

Smell is malty and sweet, fruity prunes, grape juice, figs, mild grassy hop aroma and a touch of spices.

Big sweet roasty malt backbone. Medium in thickness with a touch of syrup. Perfect carbonation. A dry hoppy finish with a touch of alcahol warming.

Very well crafted brew. Balance is spot on, due to its higher abv and big malty qualities its definatly a sipper.
I would have liked a bit more laceing, a freshness or bottling date a bit more retro euro lable might be more appropriate as well.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The drink pours a reddish-brown amber with off-white foam that quickly reduces to a ring that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell is lightly malty with bit of chocolate-covered fruit.

Taste is juicy and fruity with a thin chocolatey note.

The drink is a touch watery and thin.

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Photo of gford217
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, dark translucent mahogany with a small, dense off-white head that hangs around for a little while before forming a ring and leaves slight traces of lacing. The smell is extremely sweet and dominated by roasted malts with chocolate and coffee. The taste is also very sweet with caramel malts again dominating with chocolate and coffee underpining. I can certainly say I would never have pegged this as a Baltic Porter if not for the label on the bottle. The mouthfeel is light for a Baltic Porter but about right for something like a doppelbock. The drinkability is extremely good and I could definitely down a couple of these. As a Baltic Porter, this is an average beer, but it's a pretty darn good doppelbock style brew.

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Photo of Atron67
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-- a solid black with a big brown head on top, the head on top lasted for quite awhile

S- roasted character and light smooth maltiness

T- big roasted chocolate character, smooth coffee underneath, good flavors all around, like stated above, a little simple for a baltic porter... the alcohol is really well hidden as well

M- tick full body, medium carbonation

D- pretty solid porter, im surprized its rated so low, however i feel its way too fresh, i think this will age really well, given a chance to develop those long aged flavors,

Im giving kirby the thumbs up, good beer

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Photo of botham
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. pours a caramel brown with brilliant amber and garnet highlights. two fingers of of light tan head top it off, with good retention (about three minutes).

aroma is of caramel malts and light roasted malts, and a touch of chocolate malts. a grainy base gives platform for the malts. light fruit is in the background, along with a distant floral hop presence after a bit of warming.

taste is malty up front, similar to a doppelbock with caramel malts and light roasted and chocolate malts. the grainy base is still present, this time taking away a bit from the malty body. finishes on a light alcoholic note with residual grain and caramel.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and soft CO2. finishes with a light alcoholic bite and a slick mouthfeel.

drinkability is good. this brew carries a higher alcohol tag than the flavors present would suggest, but is still masked quite well. could be a bit richer, but still nicely proportioned as is. not bad, but not the best we have seen from capital.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, $3.49 somewhere (yikes overpriced)

appearance: i like the labels just fine, with the orpheum sign and classy presentation. anyways, beer pours into a snifter - clear amber-mahogany with a creamy tan lace

smell: aroma is definitely Capital - caramel apple malts, moderate hopping...hmm

taste: more of the same - not much of a baltic porter and tastes all too familiar to a variety of other capital offerings...of course this does claim to be only part porter (and the other part lager) but i get mostly lager. its not a bad beer, but its not what i was expecting

mouthfeel: creamy and nutty, a bit boozy

drinkability: ok

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eh... $10.50 a four pack. Ugly and dull labels. Pours a brown amber with a thick khaki head. Looks nothing like any Baltic Porter I've seen.

Smells like Capital yeast, milk chocolate, sweet caramel, and roasted malt. No fruit esters. Doesn't smell like any Baltic Porter I've ever smelled.

Tastes creamy and chocolaty with vanilla notes and sweet cake flavor. Tastes like a milky way at times. Nougat is present but there are hardly any dark fruit flavors...maybe just a touch of fig or rasion but not much. Doesn't taste like any Baltic Porter I've ever tasted.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, average carbonation, no hint of the 8.5% ABV, on the sweet side, with an odd nougatty feel, like little particles of nougat or caramel are sticking to your tongue. Doesn't feel like any Baltic Porter I've had.

Drinkability: Just fine. A rather good and easy going beer. Doesn't' drink like any Baltic Porter I've had.

This is a good beer but I have to give it low ratings for calling itself a Baltic Porter. I don't get the label. There doesn't seem to be anything Baltic Porter like about it.

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Photo of cokes
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newest offering in the Capital Square lineup (see also: Eisphyre, Vintage Ale). Sold in 4-packs for about $10.50, which is a significant hike from those previous offerings. The new labels are pretty ugly too.

It pours to a dark amber brown, certainly on the lighter side of the Baltic Porter spectrum. Perfect clarity. The head is trim and beige, and quickly fall to the collar.
It noses very similar to their Doppelbocks, mostly sweet caramel. There's a slight dusting of cocoa, but no real roasted or dark fruity traits.
It flows through the mouth with that familiar caramel/vanilla and bread dough maltiness that almost all bigger Capitals have. There are some stunted fig notes, then it meanders towards molasses and chocolate. It returns to its origins later on, and rides out with that same doughy caramel-vanilla nougat. I'm a sucker for this. While I find this overly one-note and lacking things that are important for a Baltic Porter, I also find this delicious and effective as a beer, though not to style at all.
The mouthfeel is a lightly sticky medium-plus, with enough carbonation to scrape the mouth clean and propel additional quaffs. It's hugely drinkable for a big, simple, sweet beer. Smooth is a term that used so liberally as to almost void it of meaning, but this is accurately called "smooth".
This is tough to rate. Initially, I was disappointed, and still am to a degree. This simply doesn't have everything it needs to be considered among the great (or even good) Baltic Porters, and generally seems toothless, and much more a doppelbock than anything. It also doesn't help that I could grab 4 Okocim Porter 500mL bottles for about the same price. On the other hand, it's a thoroughly agreeable and enjoyable drinker, that I will grudgingly buy more of. That's the sort of half-assed endorsement that this deliciously mediocre beer deserves.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is not close in style to any other Baltic Porter I have had.

A - Pours deep brown with ruby highlights and a tan head with little lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee.

T - Caramel and toffee with a little breadiness.

M - A little on the thin and watery.

D - This tastes like a watered down version of Autumnal Fire. I am not sure why they are calling this a Baltic Porter as it fits much better as a Bock. Not a bad beer at all, just not what I was expecting.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had a few Capital beers over the last few days, before which I've had little exposure to this brewery. All (Blonde Doppelbock, Munich Dark, Baltic Porter) have struck me as lacking the flavor intensity of competitive beers of the same styles. These beers aren't bad, just muted, and that is the impression that this beer gave me as well.

This beer poured dark with a nice tan head from the beer engine. Aroma was fainter than I expected, but with some nice roastiness and hints of toffee/caramel. Flavor was again a bit fainter than I expeted, but had some good dark roast to it, but I didn't detect much else there. Hand-pump imparted a great smooth mouthfeel.

I'd have this beer again, but I can't say that when it comes to Baltic Porters or Imperial Stouts this one is tops on either list.

I had this off the hand-pump at Roman's Pub (Milwaukee).

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Photo of drpimento
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad effort. Lots in common with its foreign ancestors except depth. Nice dark bown with some lighter highlights. Malty nose with a hint of fruit and flowers. Lots of carmel and a little chocolate and cream in the flavor. Sweet finish. Don't taste the booze. Good beer! Leans a little towards a milk stout/porter.

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Baltic Porter from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.