Killer "Kapowski" Kowalski - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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4.26/5 rDev +4.9%
Flossmoor Station's new creation is a baltic porter named Killer Kowalski. Pours the darkest of brown, bordering on black, with faint mahogany stained highlights along the edges only when held directly to the light. A 1 finger super creamy brown head formed on the pour that stayed put for a few minutes before falling to a whispy head that's thick around the edges. Leaves spotty lacing.
The smell is powerful and warming. Deeply roasted malts mingle with coffee grounds and under-ripe banana. Dark fruits abound including fig and plum with a solid dose of boozy sweetness. Complex.
Taste is identical to the aroma. There are no rough edges at all. Every flavor meshes perfectly with the next. Finishes with a sweetened boozy hit with mild fumes in the throat. Very enjoyable and warming.
The body is rich and luxurious. Creamy and velvety with a medium body that goes down smooth. This beer actually soothes the tongue with the mouthfeel.
This is an extremely drinkable Baltic Porter. I could sip this all night long. Until the 8.3% caught up to me anyway.
Flossmoor Station always manages to impress me whether it's their special releases like this or their old standbys. This is an extremely well made Baltic porter that isn't over-sweetened and sticky like so many others. They built this beer just right. Another great job.
08-19-2013 01:53:31 | More by joe1510
3.6/5 rDev -11.3%
Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.
Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells slightly better than it tastes in my opinion.
05-09-2013 01:12:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.33/5 rDev -18%
Bottle: Poured a deep brown/black color porter with a medium size dark brown foamy had with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of chocolate with light raisins notes and some residual sugar. Taste is dominated by some residual sugar with some chocolate notes and some dry raisins. Body is quite full with good carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Overall taste is quite intense and this ends up being a real sipper which I think could be addressed by bring additional attenuation to increase the drinkability factor.
05-01-2013 19:44:43 | More by Phyl21ca
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. The head is about a finger and a half high, deep tan in color, and creamy/smooth, though it recedes quickly to only a dusting over top and a light ring around the glass. Barely any lacing and the color of the beer is a deep and dark brown, much like a cola without the visible carbonation.
The aroma is strong with bittersweet roasted malts and chocolate, cocoa powder and Whoppers, almost like a malted milkshake, coffee, molasses, burnt brown sugar, a peat quality, dark fruits like fits or dates, with light notes of char, soy sauce, cola hints (in a good way), and traces of vanilla or cream.
Tastes of Whoppers, cocoa powder, dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, light coffee, toffee, molasses and dark fruits from the nose, burnt brown sugar, light char, peat, soy, and cola hints, very light notes of caramel, vanilla, and cream.
Creamy carbonation and consistency, with a medium body, and a nice smooth finish that isn't drawn out at all.
Quite an intricate nose and a wonderful taste put this baltic porter very nice in my book. Wonderful and more than I was expecting from this beer. Big thanks to funhog for this bottle, it had been a want for some time.
07-26-2012 06:49:45 | More by matttttYCE
3.98/5 rDev -2%
A - pours a dark black color with a taupe, 2 finger head sitting on top
S - nose is chocolates, cocoa, and coffee
T - taste starts off with chocolate malts that fade to a really dry cocoa flavor. Ends with dark chocolates and some more coffee. Not uber complex, but what is there is rich and full of flavor.
M - really dry from the cocoa and coffee flavors
D - pretty solid baltic porter. Definitely more bold than the typical porter, confirming its baltic style. This is a winner from this brewery, I would recommend it!
07-09-2012 01:57:44 | More by birchstick
4.1/5 rDev +1%
650 ml bottle courtesy of BarrytheBear. Thanks again for the generous box Barry!
A- Pours a very dark brown with an inch thick tan head. Very nice lacing on the glass.
S: Loads of cacao on this one. Maybe some molasses and hits of dark fruit as well.
T: Seems to have a very thin mouthfeel for a Baltic Porter, but still very good. Loads of cacao on the initial taste, followed by some molasses, and dark fruit notes. The finish is of bitter roasted malts.
O: Overall I'm glad I was finally able to try an offering from
Flossmoor Station. Not quiet what I was expecting from this beer, but it was still very good nonetheless. Thanks again Barry!
06-11-2012 03:35:43 | More by beerboy9960
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
Pours dark brown with one finger of head that settles fairly quickly to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass during consumption.
Aroma of dark malts that give off a smell of chocolate and coffee. A hint of dark fruits and grassy hops.
Nice combination of sweet and bitter. The dark malt gives flavors of chocolate and coffee with a touch of roasted bitterness in the finish. Hops add some grass and woodsy notes. No sign of alcohol.
The body is not as robust as I would like. Just a bit thin. Carbonation is good.
An enjoyable Baltic Porter. Not as good as I was expected, but still well crafted.
03-26-2012 22:04:57 | More by morimech
Killer "Kapowski" Kowalski from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.