Dominion Baltic Porter - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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3.54/5 rDev -5.6%
Bottled 10/22/12. Consumed 5/12/13.
A: Billowing dark khaki head is plush with a 2 plus finger stance showing a sturdy retention rate. Sticky coverage. Dark garnet red upon the bottles exit appears a black olive coloring in the vessel.
S: Toffee, toasted caramel, licorice, but low on aromatic strength. Some dried pine wood.
T: Flavor is licorice first, pine, scorced toffee with some burnt chocolate. Dark raisiny crystal malts with underlying hints of spruce and spiciness. Bready, with prunes, raisiny-apple fruitiness.
M: Malty lush mouthful, full and bready, with some creaminess around the tongues edges.
O: Overall nice mouthful, decent above average flavor, some complexity, decent overall.
05-25-2013 13:01:04 | More by beerthulhu
3.95/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours pitch black with a small white head.
The smell is dark malts, sweet and roasty.
The taste is much the same malty and quite sweet, finishing with some roasted flavours.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with low to medium carbonation.
I didn't have high expectations for this but it was actually pretty good.
04-03-2013 23:08:54 | More by Dave1999
4.26/5 rDev +13.6%
Another from the big box o' beer as dropped off by local, in-person trader, tone77.
From the bottle: "Dominion Baltic Porter is a bottom-fermented lager brewed to meet your need for warmth on a cold winter's night. Hints of licorice, toffee & chocolate mingle with German Pilsner, Crystal, Dark Specialty Malts & a touch of Rye giving our Porter a full-bodied taste. Raise your glass to those who were bold enough to brave the Baltic!"; "Winter Brew".
Today might be the first day of Spring according to the calendar, but it is still plenty chilly enough to warrant drinking this beer. My aggro pour raised a finger of dense, deep-tan head with reasonable retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown allowing only a modicum of light to penetrate except around the edges, revealing cola highlights. Nose was rich with notes of dark chocolate, anise, and toffee. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a very chocolaty/licorice taste on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry and the rye gave it a spicy kick. The lacing that it left behind really covered the glass. While it was not really my choice of style, it was stylistically quite good.
03-20-2013 20:26:19 | More by woodychandler
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/26/2012. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, raisin, cocoa, toast, dark bread, light coffee, clove, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; a bit muted though. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, raisin, cocoa, toast, dark bread, light coffee, clove, and floral earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, raisin, dark bread, light coffee, clove, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and robustness of flavors, with good complexity; great balance of malt and yeast esters; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good baltic porter style. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
02-23-2013 06:45:12 | More by superspak
3.69/5 rDev -1.6%
$10.99/6 pack in Brighton, Mi. Brewed with German Pilsner, Crystal & Dark Specialty malts including Rye. 6.8% Alc/vol.
Pours out to a very clear near black, with a little bit of light squeaking through the edges of the glass, forming a tall cappuccino foam light tan head with superior retention and lacing. Moderate firm carbonation, ~3 carbs or so. The subdued aroma has a definite lager yeast character with a little touch of sulfur sitting on top of some roasted malts, some distant dates and a wisp of smoke. No DMS, perceptible alcohol or diacetyl. The taste definitely has a touch of smoked malt. Flavors of figs and carob with a mild herbal bitterness. Aftertaste of cola, smoke and carob. Mouthfeel is a little flimsy for a baltic porter. With an ABV of 6.8%, I would prefer a more substantial mouthfeel, akin to other baltic porters like Okocim or Sinebrychoff. I wonder if they choose a lower mash temp for some reason and that's what I'm getting.
A good beer, but it doesn't compare to the other well known baltic porters, and for the price, I'd stick with Okocim.
02-07-2013 00:21:33 | More by Mitchster
3.15/5 rDev -16%
A- Very dark brown w/ chestnut highlights. Beige 1.5 finger head diminished but coated edges
S- Chocolate and caramel. Would have like a little more roast.
T- Same as smell. Starts about in the middle and ends on the dry side making the linger a little short for my taste. No smoke or roast.
M- A little on the thin side. Carb was pretty soft.
O- Lacks the boldness I was looking forward to. Because of that, it makes an ok porter but not my favorite Baltic. One and done IMO.
01-07-2013 04:17:25 | More by Justin23060
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
Poured from a brwon12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of licorice, some malts. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, licorice, good flavor, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a pretty good beer.
12-29-2012 02:33:07 | More by tone77
3.75/5 rDev 0%
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours mostly black with two huge fingers of mocha foam that fill the glass. Aroma is mostly of roast malt bitterness; toffee; plum.
First sip is substantially roasty up front, fading into a bitter middle, and surprisingly dry finish. Not a ton of sweetness here, the roasted malt flavors are the dominant profile, and this is decently hopped.
This is a pretty decent baltic porter. Good amount of ABV that is pretty well hidden. That said, it is kind of one dimensional and really doesn't excite my taste buds. It's good - but nothing that I'll really crave.
12-22-2012 01:44:18 | More by FickleBeast
Dominion Baltic Porter from Old Dominion Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.