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Killer "Kapowski" Kowalski - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 71
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Gold Medal-Baltic Porters-2007 GABF
Silver Medal-Baltic Porters-2008 GABF

First bottle release: 02/07/09
AKA: "Killer Kapowski"

(Beer added by: joe1510 on 02-24-2007)
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Reviews by Popkas:
Photo of Popkas
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours is dark brown, nearly black with a thin head that does not last long.

S: Sweet malt, chocolate, and bit caramel.

T: Slightly bitter chocolate on the tip of the tongue followed by a nice sweet maltiness

M: Nice full body with carbonation that gives a prickly feel.

D: Very nice brew taht is easy drinking.

Popkas, Feb 27, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of weatherdog
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a Leinenkugels Big Eddie snifter.

The growler opens with a loud hiss and it pours a rich deep dark brown with a tiny quick dying tan head. A ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass is all that remains.

The nose crisp and medium sweet. Some rasins and molasses. Alcohol is hidden really well.

The flavor keep a nice sweetness but adds a little too much fruit esters in there. A noticeable chocolate sweetness in the finish is really nice.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot on, medium light body, perfect carbonation level, crisp finish. Drinkabilty is well above average for it's abv. Three of us killed a growler in what seemed like no time.

weatherdog, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of badbeer
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with a beige head that has no lacing and very little retention. Smell is of coffee, burnt grain, dark fruits and some booze. Taste was roasty, with some toffee, alcohol, and bitter chocolate. An interesting beer, but not my favorite Baltic Porter. A little less than medium carbonation and medium bodied. I'd love to drink this guy again next time I'm near Flossmoor.

badbeer, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of rudylaw
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Floosmoor Brew Pub

First glance, this is a dark, nutty brown beer with a tan head that clears away very fast. It smells of coffee, mocha. Absolutely tantalizing aroma!

The taste is much more chocolately than I expected. This is fantastic from the first sip to the last. It's hoppy, malty and smooth. I'm shocked that I would think a porter could be sessionable, but this one is.

I love this beer and wish they'd start bottling it. I should have picked up a growler! Between this and the new Kalamazoo porter, this is a style that's climbing up my personal charts. Can't wait to have again!

rudylaw, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a creamy bubbly head of tan foam and is a bit too dense for any carbonation.

S- The dark sweet wort has a mellow black roasted malt note to the finish.

T- The roasted black malt has no bitterness to it with a touch of cream to follow and a mellow chocolate flavor that grows as the beer opens up. There is a soft nougat melanoidin note in the finish that grows aswell. The black bitter hint grows after the finish and lingers for a bit.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture with no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a nice full but mellow dark malt profile with some well lagered characteristics and some melanoidin and chocolate layers.

rhoadsrage, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of pwoods
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FtownThrowDown for sharing the bottle.

22oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pours deep brown, nearly opaque. Good head with a bit of retention and good lacing.

S: Loads of coffee. Some cola aroma. Seems more like a coffee stout than anything. Some caramel and toffee aromas.

T/M: Lots of the same from the aroma. Coffee is massive. Spicy. More of the caramel and tofee. Body is pretty big and carbonation is high.

D: ABV isn't outrageous, especially for the style, but it is a big beer and the high carbonation doesn't help. I didn't dig this as much as most people.

pwoods, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -1.5%

acurtis, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Flossmoor, risng star, courtesy of Westweasel, thank you Sir! Black is the colour, a tiny Caesar head, perhaps truncated by cap crooked off...a little worse for shipping but still a great baltic. Mellowed, as understated carbonation perhaps reflecting shipping, coca-cola-ish mixed with Baltic. It refreshes, its on the sweet side. Above average mouthfeel. Still a nice one.

Sammy, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, New Belgium globe, thank you Dunt via Black Booty #4. This bottle states 8.00% abv.

Well, the color is not opaque by any means. It's dark brown with a profusion of garnet anywhere the light hits. The head isn't much of a thing, lighter brown and really just a ring.

Extraordinarily roasty for a Baltic Porter, the nose also features dark chocolate, molasses, soy sauce, and again, lots of dark roast. Some solvent develops.

Soy definitely shows up front and center, really not bad, but this is a roasted beast. The chocolate gets turned down from fudge-like levels in the nose to milk chocolate. Charred marshmallow links the burnt and vanilla notes. The finish is salty charcoal sourness.

I'm using a glass that I think knocks carbonation out very quickly with it's huge lazer etching. This is probably why this needs more carbonation. The body is not heavy, rather very silky. The char gets dropped heavily on the back of the tongue.

Dial that roast back! It would be high even for the Stoutiest of Stouts. It slips down quickly and only an increasing solvent in the aroma indicates a higher abv.

brewerburgundy, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, purchased at steve's on mckee but lugged down to rest for consumption

my 2nd sampling - no notes taken the first time around

appearance: served in a st bernardus chalice on my last night in DC metro area. dark mahogany body, creamy beige cap and decent lacing

smell: chewy chocolate malts, caramel, some dark fruits, hint of licorice

taste: dig this baltic porter - super smooth swirls of chocolate, caramel, licorice and cream...touches of char and smoke.

mouthfeel: very creamy, delicate hits of char, moderate bitterness

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of beertooth
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorites. I cracked one of these bad boys open tonight to see how they're holding in up in the "cellar".

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a shaped pint glass at cellar temps.

Coffee black body with a finger of pocked, semi-dense, mocha colored head. A very delicious looking porter.

I'm getting burnt grain(big surprise!), chocolate malt, a little booze, dark dried fruits, it's quite tempting.

The first sip is a massive blast of chocolate, dark grain, licorice, a little bit of heat from the alcohol rounds the flavors. I'm also picking up on burnt honey.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, not too thin or syrupy. There's a little bubble burn at first, but it mellows out. I was actually surprised by this because the cap wasn't crimped down all the way. I actually recrimped it after I bought it at the release. I'm glad it's holding up.

Again, another great Flossmoor beer. I love this beer on tap. It's great from the bottle too, but I think a little age on it can do it wonders.

beertooth, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from joe1510, thanks a ton Joe!

Pours ebony with a finger of mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Slight dark fruiityness & leafy hops

T: Plummyness, dryness, leafy hops & a touch of licorice up front. Carob, dryness, vanilla, raisins & coffee are all there as this warms. Finishes with some roasty malt, dates & prunes, plus leafy hops

MF: Smooth, medium bodied, fine carbonation

Drinks easy enough, didn't quite pull together for me as a Baltic Porter, but no slouch. Would love to try this on draft/nitro...

russpowell, May 08, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Flossmoor Statoin on 4/25/09. Served in a 12 oz footed glass.

Pours a deep brown/near black with a 1/2 finger of soft looking dark mocha colored head. Retains mostly around the edges, leaving spotty lacing and sticky brown oils behind. The aroma is just DEEP smelling with notes of roasted chocolate malts, toffee, dark fruits, some strong coffee presence, and a smack of vanilla sweetness. Wow, this is just delicious smelling.

The taste continues this trend with rich chocolate covered cherries that melds into a crackling bloom of dark roasted malts and coffee character. A moderate amount of hops in the back punches things up further, helping amplify the darker flavors of this. And if that wasn't enough, I'm also picking up light notes of molasses and vanilla that intermingle with the other flavors in the profile, accentuating the sweetness in some spots and balancing the bitterness in others. The profile finishes with an even mix of tang and bitterness that just coats the palate with flavor. This just screams dessert beer. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a prickly carbonation up front yet the body also possesses a thick richess to it that carries a lot of the heavier malt activity. Besides some beefiness to the body, the ABV is practically no where to be found, making this a pleasant one to rapidly sip away at.

Robust and complex with a great drinkibility for the size, this one of thee best Baltic Porters I've ever had. It's awesome that they are bottling this now, as this is one that I would definitely revisit again and again.

Kegatron, May 05, 2009
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From a bottle that of course says "Killer Kapowski." Thanks to James for picking this up for me (darn work...) and to my co-worker for fronting the money for me! Yay for the great beer community of Chicago! 8.0% ABV on the bottle. Into the Shorts Imperial Pint glass...

A - A finger of hot chocolate-froth head that dies down to a thin lace. Dark brown body, but not quite opaque.

S - Good sharp espresso bite with sweet milk chocolate to balance it out. Esters are present, but don't overwhelm. Gives the beer a sweet strawberry ice cream quality. Pretty standard for the style.

T - Big hops for it's style, and they seem to hit right from the start. Pine seems to do its best to hide the sweet chocolate and strawberry flavors within. Molasses and alcohol burn are added at mid palate. Espresso builds and blends with the hops for a clean finish. A mild semi-sweet chocolate flavors tickles the tongue a little after the swallow, but after how big the flavors were in this beer, it's quite clean.

M - Silky, creamy, full mouthfeel, very mild carbonation. Not very prickly going down at all. Exactly what I am looking for from a Baltic Porter.

D - Not quite a classic example in my opinion, but shows great potential in aging. I personally look forward to seeing what this tastes like after the hops die down a bit... l

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of beerboy9960
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

beerboy9960, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of drumenigma
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The gf brought this back from her trip to DL day. This was a very drinkable porter. It poured a nice dark brown without a lot of light penetration. The smell was sweet and roasted. On the taste I was getting some molasses and caramel type notes. The beer was a pretty smooth drink. Overall I'd say this is an excellent example of the style and I would gladly enjoy this beer again in the future.

drumenigma, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

morimech, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the St. Charles Binny’s and shared with my brother-in-law.

Appearance – Pours a dark brown into a sniffer with about a finger of mocha colored head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing.

Smell – Cocoa, slight smokey roasted malts, and smells like an all around porter.

Taste – Like the aroma – nice sweet cocoa, roasted malts, slight coffee, and molasses. There is a hint of smoke in the finish and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, perfect carbonation for the style.

Overall – A pretty good porter – glad I was able to try this. I’ll have to pick up another when I get a chance.

SpdKilz, May 28, 2011
Photo of birchholz
5/5  rDev +23.2%

birchholz, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of CooperEllis
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my Christmas BIF box together with Pullman Brown. Really made my day when I saw it, even better when I drank it!

22oz into snifter.

Rather unlike other Baltic Porters I've had in that it is quite mild in flavor. Not that it is lacking in flavor, but what is there is blended together smoothly and without an overpowering note in it's body. Rather unlike it's namesake, at least that's what nostalgia tells me.

Cocoa or malt balls. Hard to tell, a bit of roast but a good deal of 'off' in there which I attributed to molasses, dark dark molasses. I don't see anything about that on the bottle though.

It's dark brown, but light pierces the edges to give it nice depth. The head is all cocoa.

Good bit of molasses in the flavor but the mouthfeel has none of that sticky sweetness. There is no cloying here. It is crisp, clean at the end and delicious. A good bit of banter between the chocolate, molasses, malt and plum. Real plum not truly 'candied' but the sweetness already present benefit from this brisk melding.

Please send more. This was delicious, a perfectly weighted bottle that could be split nicely (this one was) into two glasses or easily enjoyed by one person over a comfortable hour.

(177th)

CooperEllis, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of akorsak
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz glass served at the Brewery.

A: The porter is a dark brown to black color, coffee-like in fact. The head is tan and nicely topped of the pour.

S: The nose is caramel and milk chocolate sweetness with some underlying dry bitter coffee notes.

T: The flavor is chocolatey sweet. The roasted grains have a very strong presence and readily contribute to that sweetness. The grains, surprisingly, have a depth that is reminiscent of an imperial stout, very complex but without a big alcohol profile.

M: The mouthfeel is complex while managing to hide the hefty abv. The caramel and chocolate elements are nicely done.

D: The abvi is hidden, which is a problem as it sneaks up on you. A well-made beer nonetheless.

akorsak, May 02, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Map Room to celebrate Flossmoor's gold medal at the GABF.

12 oz. pour into a Kasteel chalice, it's jet black with mahogany edges. Light tan foam that clings to the edges of the glass a little bit.

Sweet and roasty aromas, more roast than expected, which is good.

Rich dark chocolate, some fruit, slight marshmallow and banana esters. Very long dry and chocolatey finish. Mild bitterness like baker's chocolate, possibly due to hops, but buried under the massive malt load. ABV is extra well hidden, unlike a lot of Baltic Porters. It has alot going on in the taste, with a good level of complexity. It has a velvety feel, very much a "sip & savor" style brew.

After having two in a row, it's definitely drinkable. Well done guys!

emerge077, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of jsh420
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark caramel brown with a 1 finger tan head that left some spotted lacing

smells of roasted caramel malt and some chocolate

taste is much better then the nose - rich heavy roasted malt oak vanilla caramel milk chocolate - lots of flavors

mouthfeel is medium light body low carbonation very silky smooth and creamy

overall - crazy drinkability - reminds me of a mixture of a porter and a brown

jsh420, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Phyl21ca, May 01, 2013
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh on tap at Flossmoor during Darklord weekend. Pours black as night with room for only a quarter inch light brown head that has decent retention and leaves a skim of lace. Nose is full of rich sweet roasty malts which is really a great aroma showcasing the coming complexity. Roasted almost smoked malts really paint the tongue with first sip. A solid bitter profile lays long on the palate while being even and welcome. A thickness builds up on the back of the tongue creating a big mouthfeel. Style on, big drinkable baltic porter.

SPLITGRIN, Aug 03, 2009
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Killer "Kapowski" Kowalski from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.