Dominion Baltic Porter - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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4.4/5 rDev +17.3%
I have to admit from the outset that Baltic Porter is one of my favorite styles and have some very specific notions about what this style can and should behave. Pours a dark brown with a small brown head that does not retain well, unlike several others of its class. Smells roasty and (like the back of the bottle says) a bit like black licorice, but is remarkably understated to the point of being uninteresting. The taste, however, will knock your socks off. Full-bodied, well-rounded, extremely complex and layered flavors that make you marvel at every sip. This is extremely tasty. Black licorice? Check. Dark chocolate? Check. Roastiness? Smoke? Expresso? Check, Check, Check! This beer spans the entire Baltic Porter flavor spectrum and does so in a very balanced way. This a suberb beer once you get it to your palate.
02-04-2009 08:05:11 | More by droomyster
3.08/5 rDev -17.9%
Poured into a pint glass.
4.5 A: Clear dark brown. Killer head. Two finger of it and frothy as all hell. Awesome retention and plenty of lacing.
3.0 S: Maybe my nose is malfunctioning today, but I don't smell a damn thing. Maybe a bit of roasty toasty malts.
3.0 T: Hints of chocolate and coffee. Really boring overall though, especially for a 7% ABV. Tastes like a few stouts I've had that didn't taste like anything.
3.0 M: Medium-full body. Good carbonation, decently creamy. Chalky aftertaste.
3.0 D: Not anything special at all, but no huge problems either.
01-29-2009 02:29:08 | More by DavoleBomb
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
so the age old debate. do I review this as a baltic porter per the bottle label? Or do I review this as an american porter per the BA site? Or, do I go with a BJCP style category? Yeah, I was kidding with that last one. I'm going to go with the BA category of american porter. this drank nice, hada good porter / coffe aspect to it, but fell short in the cleanliness and maltiness of a baltic porter as I've had them. I'd happily drink another, I just wouldn't worry about style classification.
01-28-2009 01:34:43 | More by barleywinebrewer
4.33/5 rDev +15.5%
I found this beer to be fairly tame in terms of intensity, but very drinkable and enjoyable in the long-term.
Appearance is a nice reddish-purple, a little bit thin but pretty. I found the smell to be savory, almost a bit briny.
Head is quite insubstantial and airy. Weak lacing.
Taste is lovely, a bit on the sweet side with some nice burnt flavors to balance. Cereal-y flavor shines through. Comes on smooth and sticks around for a while; evolves into a sticky bitterness.
Mouthfeel is substantial.
Drinkability is high for me-- this is a beer with a good strong flavor, but not so powerful that you can't enjoy several. Look out for the 7% abv, though.
01-27-2009 00:36:27 | More by Shandias
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
I got this Baltic Porter from my Secret Santa, the Godfather himself, Redwood21. Thanks David! Dominion's Baltic Porter pours the darkest of browns bordering on black. The edges of the glass shine with deep mahogany highlights. The beige head rose to a height of two fluffy fingers before snap, crackle, and popping down to one fingers worth of whip creaminess that leaves patchy lacing here and there down the glass as I drink.
This porter has a lot of unique qualities and none of which fit into the Baltic Porter category. There's a lot of hazelnut over the top of milk chocolate, lightly roasted malts and a dusting of cocoa powder. A slight hint of booziness tickles the nose after a deep pull while mild dark fruits lay down in the background. If the nose tells me anything it's that this porter is American all the way.
The flavor improves on the nose. Roasty malts and coffee grounds lead the way throughout the entire drink. Dark chocolate, hazelnut, Half-n-Half, and dark sweet berries all play roles in that order of intensity. A slight hop kick hits on the backend but the hops are indistinguishable. There's a touch of heat on the swallow. This is a pretty damn good porter although in no way the Baltic variety.
The body is moderate and possibly leaning toward hefty but I can't make my mind up. My only complaint is the lively carbonation that pushes this beer a little too quickly over the tongue and actually becomes a little airy on the swallow.
I could see myself drinking a few of these in a sitting without a problem. The active carbonation actually keeps this beer flowing rather quickly.
I took a recent trip out to Virginia and drank gallons of Dominions Oak Barrel Stout. I'm glad to have the chance to try another of their offerings and thoroughly enjoy this brew. The label may be a little misleading but what's in the bottle is quality. Thanks again David!
01-24-2009 01:38:17 | More by joe1510
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
Clear and dark brown with a purplish red hue. Fine tan cap, sort of thin off the pour with a bit of a collar. Some lacing. Roasty aroma, dry cocoa, nutty, dried fruit, faint smoke. Mild bitterness with faint hop flavour. Mostly malt though, some roast and chocolate, caramel and malted milk, cola sweetness. Slight alcohol, medium bodied, lowish carbonation, a bit on the sticky side. Not bad, but labeling it a baltic porter seems a bit misleading. Not a bad American porter though.
01-19-2009 01:05:19 | More by DrJay
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
Hand-delivered from Ashburn to Vienna (thanks, Chris and Jeff!), my 33cl bottle looks just like the one in the picture. Couldn't find any freshness info. Pours a clear dark cola brown under a deep tan head that barely rises above film and settles quite quickly without managing to generate any lace. The nose is strong of coffee and nuts, with a hint of licorice. The mouth is slightly cloying and well carbonated, leaving a bit of a prickly sensation on the tongue. The taste is definitely porter, with a good taste of nuts and a bit of dark chocolate. There is also a fruity sweetness such as from dark plums or red grapes. The hops are subdued, but never absent, generating an espresso bitter at the slow and a bit of a dry ache in the aftertaste. The sweetness never goes away, though. In fact, this is a bit too sweet for too long for my taste. Still, a solid brew, and probably the last sample I'll get of Dominion brewed in Virginia. Sigh!
01-17-2009 21:35:00 | More by Globetrotter
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
Appearance - pours a very dark brown, almost black opaque color with a tan, soapy one finger head. Held up to a light, the color is almost blood red. Head retains a little around the glass and lightly elsewhere. Lacing is minimal.
Smell - some dark chocolate, caramel, rich roasted malt.
Taste - very rich and robust flavor. The smoky malt stands out the most, it tastes quite pleasant and fresh. Hides the alcohol and other flavors quite well. Can also pick up on some of the hops, which are rather bland and uninteresting. Aftertaste hints of the dark chocolate. Slightly warming, which is expected as this is a winter seasonal.
Mouthfeel - Very smooth with a full, rich body. Good amount of carbonation, seems about right for a porter.
Drinkability - Not too bad for a porter. Even though it has a rather heavy body, I could drink more than one of these. Another good one from Old Dominion, even though I've only tried a few of their beers, they have all been pretty good. Would love to try this one on tap.
01-14-2009 20:30:59 | More by matt062286
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
A - Nice, bubbly, even head, about one finger thick, that dissapates quickly and leaves a descent rim the rest of the way down. Little lacing however. Dark brown almost black color with hints of red that lets very little light through if any.
S - A very sharp spicy smell with a strong roasted chocolate undertone with hints of toffee.
T - Strong chocolaty roasted presence in the taste with a little spice and elements of toffee. Can't believe im saying this, but could actually use a little more hoppiness, particularly in the finish. Leaves a taste and smell on your lips similar to that of when you drink coffee.
M - Very nice and comfortable mouthfeel especially on the initial sip, leave it in there some more and you will still find it pleasant. kind of creamy and leaves a little to be somewhat crisp as well on the finish.
D - Very drinkable, and right along the lines of what you should expect from a winter brew. however, I would almost definately like more hops in the finish. that might remind me a little more that im drinking a beer. its true that you would never know this was a 7% abv by the taste.
01-13-2009 04:18:37 | More by mjw06
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
12oz bottle. Bottle stamped bottled on 112008.
Poured a deeper mahoaony color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of roast, piney - rye, chocolate, and some nuttiness. Tastes of chocolate, roast, lightly earthy, caramel, and some rye. Alcohol content well hidden. Light lacing left on the glass.
01-06-2009 02:02:04 | More by hopdog
District of Columbia
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle with a Bottling Date of 12/04/08 - less than a month ago. Sadly, this also gives it the distinction of being bottled during the last month of brewing at the Ashburn location of in-name-only Old Dominion. This is probably also the last one-off from the talented but recently consolidated Old Dominion brewers, though I hope I'm wrong.
Dark, dark brown. Opaque. Head is tan, pockmarked and rocky, and decently thick - more than half an inch. Good retention and lacing.
Not much of an aroma. Roasted and bitter notes. Coffee, whiffs of cocoa powder. I like the burnt toast description used by Redwood21.
A toasted taste, with coffee bittering at the end. Roasted grains, some grass. Finishes pretty clean, with just a hint of bitter chocolate left on the palate.
Light in body. Starts out with a creamy feel, but the CO2 prickliness disrupts that. Some crispness.
Both the aroma and taste seem to lack stand-out characteristics, but this is a solid beer.
12-31-2008 23:16:09 | More by TheMistler
4.4/5 rDev +17.3%
Direct from the brewery. This beer was delicious! Very dark color with ruby hues around the edge when held up to the light. Smell was of grain, dark malt, licorice and toffee. Goes down smooth on a cold night. Very easy drinking for 7.2% abv. Taste was rich in grain, malt, and spiciness. Mouthfeel was full, rich, and smooth. I could drink a couple of these. Nice job.
12-23-2008 04:33:00 | More by AleWerks
4.05/5 rDev +8%
Pours out an oily black color, the coloring of a stout but not the murkiness, with pretty much no head to it. No lacing either.
Aroma is roasted malts and very heavy coffee, with notes of chocolate and brown sugar. Slight sweetness.
Very tasty, coffee and roasted malts, a taste of chocolate part way through, and finishes with a nice little snap of hoppy bitterness, just enough to smack your tongue.
A bit overcarbonated. Nice medium body, but the carbonation takes a bit away from the brew.
Overall, pretty well drinkable. The overcarbonation really took away from my enjoyment of it, but all in all a decent specimen - certainly not the best out there, but not the worst either.
As far as whether it's an American or a Baltic, I'm leaning towards Baltic on this one.
12-18-2008 23:22:20 | More by Drewcifer
4.15/5 rDev +10.7%
reviewed as an American porter, not
A: the beer starts out on the right foot, with a heavy rocky head on top of a black beer. it sticks around for a while with a thin veil on top lasting through the beer.
S: sorta smells like burnt toast and malts sorta bitter chocolate
T: this beer is not overly complex but in my opinion well balanced. there is the carried over burnt taste almost like weak coffee mixed with bittersweet chocolate and a lot of malt and barley it is smooth and easy
M: i really dig this, its not harsh its smooth easy to drink very pleasant
D: could drink this endlessly, very good
12-18-2008 04:20:04 | More by Redwood21
3.4/5 rDev -9.3%
12 oz bottle
uhh - so is this an American Porter or a Baltic Porter? Seems to be a disagreement.
A - Pours a dark thick black color - very similar to a stout. Head formation is extremely light. Nothing there.
S - Smell is interesting. Almost a grainy and yeasty smell. Not at all what I would have expected in a porter.
T - Starts off easy with a balanced flavor of roasted malts and bitterness. Mid-stream is fairly flat. Finishes with a sweet taste that transitions to that almost grainy earthy flavor. Almost astringent.
M - moderate body - probably less thick than expected for the style. Much above a bock for sure however. Carbonation is light. Little clingy oily consistency.
D - Very easy to drink. No heaviness on the palette. The flavors are not overpowering. ABV is manageable, but I'm sure would catch me if I'm not looking.
So if I get this right, OD is hanging it up. Too bad as I find this to be solid beer, even if it's a bit of a "also-ran".
12-12-2008 05:15:13 | More by katan
District of Columbia
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
Had this at the Brewhouse in the DC Convention Center. Far superior to the Aviator amber lager (which I switched to), and a solid brew, in my opinion. Appearance is a near black with a nice big fluffy tan head and solid lacing. Nose is mild, but some roasted malt and swirling fruit. Flavor's nicer, but still doesn't have as much oomph as it could. Roasted malt, some fruit. A hint of hops, but not particularly "there." A little dirtier than most porters, almost stoutish. Feel was solid, appropriate for the style but not really creamy enough to be interesting. Overall, a good beer, and one I'd have again.
12-05-2008 01:49:50 | More by soupyman10
3.03/5 rDev -19.2%
Dominion- Baltic Porter
A- Flat black with a small tight foamy head.
S- Light sweet coke/ corn syrup with hints of cocoa powder.
T- Light sweet chocolate with sweet sugary coke syrup.
M- Sweet maltyness with a dusting of dryness. Thick syrupy clying.
Overall- Bland. Worth trying but otherwise lackluster.
12-01-2008 00:47:19 | More by NJpadreFan
3.95/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours a clear dark brown, decent head that fades to a ring.
Malty, with notes of dark fruit in the aroma, along with a nutty roasted smell.
Nice flavor here, with roasted and sort of caramelly malts, toffee, dark fruit and something else -- licorice? A bit of rye noticeable in the background.
Mouthfeel decent, a bit syrupy though.
Though they call this a Baltic Porter, I agree with the BA designation of American Porter. This doesn't seem to pack the alcoholic punch associated with most Baltics I've had. That said, I'm happy with it. It's nothing too extreme, but flavorful, balanced and drinkable. My first from Old Dominion and I was generally impressed.
11-30-2008 03:55:32 | More by Strix
District of Columbia
3.9/5 rDev +4%
A: A deep, dark brown color with a rather large, semi-creamy dark brown head with decent retention and good lacing.
S: Roasted malts, molasses, some coffee and dark chocolate. Perhaps some faint anise/rye aroma, and an alcoholic one as well.
T: Robust roasted malt character, with brown sugar, coffee, and light rye notes. Some toffee and smoke flavor as well. Alcohol is available at the finish, along with some very subdued dark fruit. A splash of earthy hops provides a focused snap.
M: Fairly creamy and smooth, with a full, almost syrupy body. Carbonation is light. A lasting roasty aftertaste is rather noticeable.
D: This one is pretty tasty tonight, with a cold, soaking rain outside. A nice winter offering and good to see the folks at Dominion expanding their rather small line of beers for the holidays at least. It's nothing outstanding, but it's a great buy for $6.99 a sixer.
11-25-2008 03:46:27 | More by Clydesdale
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
A fresh offering from Old Dominion, apparently. An interesting choice for their winter brew, but a good style choice!
A: Cola brown without the bubbles of a soda... looks like a flat Coke. Head is surprisingly brown, though a bit fizzy and it doesn't really hold on for long.
S: A rather tame aroma... some roasted malt and ground coffee scents. Almost the tiniest smokiness.
T: Sugary sweet malts, some coffee and caramel notes. Something about it kind of reminds me of rootbeer, which is a little odd, but it's not too shabby.
M + D: A little syrupy... the whole experience was kind of reminiscent of a soda that's been sitting a few hours. Mild carbonation, a little flat feeling, kinda syrupy, and sweet. It's not a bad brew, though it's not really what I would expect of the style.
11-22-2008 23:43:09 | More by Proteus93
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
I suppose this is the latest from Old Dominion as I haven't seen it yet and I only live an hour from the brewery. It is a very nice full porter for the winter time with all the classic flavors. Lots of dark malts, roasted flavors, and a nice hint of rye in the background. Quite high in alcohol but none of the taste, they did a very good job of masking the alcohol flavor. Pours a nice deep dark red/brown with a strong head and great winter-warmer aroma. Not a bad beer if you can find it and hard to beat the price.
11-15-2008 02:52:10 | More by VaTechHopHead
Dominion Baltic Porter from Old Dominion Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.