He Said (Baltic Porter) - 21st Amendment Brewery
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3.84/5 rDev +3.2%
He Said Porter pours a deep midnight black with a frothy beige head that linger long and leaves a heavy lacing on the glass. The aroma explodes with roasted malts with hints of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, molasses all blend together with pumpkin spices the likes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice for an aroma. The roasted malts hit the palate first with a creamy subtle spice following suite that lingers long on the palate just waiting for the next sip. The body of this beer is in the medium-full range with moderate carbonation, but a really creamy texture from this one makes it feel even fuller. He Said Porter is another absolutely wonderful beer from 2 great breweries. - copied from Examiner.com
I had this at 101 Beer Kitchen. This is an excellent blend of the slightly sweet pumpkin and rich, silky porter. The only thing that keeps me from giving it a higher score is the slightly bitter finish. This is however one of the best pumpkin beers I've had.
10-20-2013 13:03:49 | More by 1016Cardinals
3.75/5 rDev +0.8%
A - Two fingers worth or audibly fizzy medium brown colored head with a slightly rocky top comprised of medium-to-large sized bubbles... Decent retention yields a full crisp lacing with a moderately thick collar... The color is a not quite opaque black that allows a bit of light to leak in around the edge of the glass... Still with no discernible carbonation...
S - Big roasted malt presence can be detected without even bringing one's nose around the glass... Bitter dark chocolate... A mild coffee component... Lingering way beneath the surface is a very mild spice component... There's some cinnamon and nutmeg... Other than the subdued seasonal spices, I'm not detecting anything gourd like in the aroma at all...
T - Roasted malt... Coffee... Dark chocolate... The bite of the cinnamon and nutmeg quickly follow... Buried beneath the surface is some sweet pumpkin puree and brown sugar... The roasted malt presence lingers for a while on the finish...
M - Medium to full bodied... Lush and smooth... Mild carbonation... Starts slightly creamy before quickly turning dry and slightly bitter...
D - This one is certainly more Baltic Porter than Pumpkin Ale... Similar to it's Tripel counterpart the pumpkin plays a subdued second back seat... This is still a respectable, but unremarkable offering... There's nothing wrong with it by any means, but it certainly isn't an autumnal seasonal that I need to seek out each year...
10-20-2013 02:32:38 | More by philbe311
3.56/5 rDev -4.3%
A-Pours relatively dark. Light does pass most of the way through. Head is well formed. It is big and fluffy with a very dark tint to it. Solid lace.
S-Aroma displays some spicy Autumnal aromas. Cinnamon and other spices. Powdered cocoa. Yeastiness. Pumpkin spice.
T-Cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa powder and pumpkin flesh. Light coffee. All the flavors work well with one another.
M-Rather light in body. Feels slightly watery. Booze hidden fairly well.
O/D-Pretty decent. Not sure how enamored I am with the combo of porter and pumpkin here.
10-20-2013 00:34:14 | More by VelvetExtract
4.28/5 rDev +15.1%
Served from the can into a globed glass.
A- Poured black with a soapy khaki colored head that left spotted lace.
S- Huge cinnamon, nutmeg roasted malt, coffee, sweet cocoa, and vanilla notes.
T- Big cinnamon, vanilla, roasted malt, cocoa, and a little bit of a slight acidic note. Very clean taste with some light bitterness on the finish. The way the flavors blend together remind me of a really good mexican mocha.
M- Highly carbonated, mostly dry finish, big warming, and lighter bodied than I expected.
O- The pumpkin pie flavors are not quite as well integrated into this beer as the He Said Tripel. However, this is a really delicious porter and I love the way the cinnamon and vanilla flavors blend with more traditional porter characteristics.
10-19-2013 02:51:32 | More by Hoptometrist
3.54/5 rDev -4.8%
Overall, a nicely done pumpkin porter. I wouldn't call this a baltic porter, as i think it misses the mark on the mouthfeel and body.
It has a nice richness to it, not quite baltic, not quite english porter. The pumpkin and spices complement the notes of dark chocolate, roasted grain, and faint coffee.
Overall a nice mix of flavors, enough to keep things interesting. With this coming in a 4 pack and 2 of each style in the 4 pack, I'd easily grab one or 2 four packs a year around fall.
10-17-2013 21:31:38 | More by taylor714914
3.74/5 rDev +0.5%
Generally: I lived in the Baltic for two and a half years, and in that time I drank a boatload of Baltic Porters. This tastes like none of them--they tend to be a lot sweeter and more pungent--but I am down with the label. It tastes like a beer made by people who like Baltic Porters but who also recognized and tried to correct the shortcomings of the style; BPs give mad hangovers. If there were ever such a thing, this would be a brisk approximation of a Baltic Porter--that is, a brisk interpretation of a style of beer that is meant to f$#! you up when it is 30 below zero. At 8.2% ABV, 21st is doing pretty well.
The Pour: This beer is gorgeous, pulchritudinous, fetching, foxy... in the glass. Burnt mahogany with a surprisingly lively carbonation. A very nice caramel head with long lingering legs.
Face in the glass: It's a little one-note here; I get a face-full of coffee with some nice toffee/caramel notes, but it doesn't go anywhere. Closing notes of wet stone, which actually makes my mouth water.
Temperature: I began this adventure at 46 degrees. We're now at 53 and I am starting to like it more. It's not rocket science, chill hides nuance.
With Regard to Taste: With a nod to the Baltic temperament, I will keep this brief. Very dry. Beautiful toasty malts. Excellent, clean alcohol. It gets sweeter as it warms up--shocker!
Epitoma: There's not much to critique here. While it is not like any of the dozens of Baltic Porters I have had--they tend to be sloppier and clumsier--I feel like it is a tenable articulation of what that style should be/could be. (the warmer it gets, the more it reminds me of baltic porters)
Note: This beer loves food. Spice and fat. Eat something spicy and fatty and drink this. In the Baltic, it is traditionally pork (usually sausage) and cabbage/potatoes. You will be surprised how good that combination can be. I lived on it for 28 months, and was happy to have had the opportunity.
Serving type: Bottle 12 oz
10-17-2013 11:34:36 | More by Infiniteingest
3.46/5 rDev -7%
He Said Dark, Baltic-style Porter brewed with pumpkin and spice. 8.2% ABV.
Appearance: Okay! Almost spilled over. About 2 fingers of slightly brown head. The beer is black, with hue of brownish-red when held up to the light just so.
Smell: Nice roasted malt on the nose. A slight pumpkin spice, and even less actual pumpkin.
Taste/Mouthfeel: It has a very smooth texture on the palate. A good amount of roasted malt, bordering on coffee. A very subtle hint of pumpkin.
Overall: While fairly good on it's own, I don't think it stands up so well as a pumpkin ale (er, lager). Oh well...
12 oz. can, poured into a pint glass.
10-17-2013 08:18:29 | More by TruePerception
4.65/5 rDev +25%
Can in teku
A- pours dark cola brown with a nice two finger bone head
S- lots of milk chocolate, sweet malt, cinnamon, pumpkin, chili scents
T- starts with a roasty chocolately malt, cinnamon, sweet pumpkin, lots of smokeyness, dark fruit, earthy, I get some
M- thinner than it looks because it's so dark but very enjoyable
O- impressed with this, it's nice and smokey, which was expected of the style, the pumpkin is not in your face, it takes a back seat to the porter flavors. This is a nice change from your run of the mill pumpkin brown ales, it is complex and delicious.
Had to go back and bump this rating up, this is one of the best pumpkin beer I have ever had. Period
10-16-2013 02:24:50 | More by brewtus
He Said (Baltic Porter) from 21st Amendment Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.