Baltic Porter
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Baltic Porter
Ranked #31
Ranked #3,726
4.11 | pDev: 9.98%
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States
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Reviews: 127 | Ratings: 234
Photo of sulldaddy
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 22 oz bottle poured into my snifter. The beer is part of a trade with @Krubes. Thanks!
Beer pours a dark cola brown color with dense khaki colored head of about 1 cm, even with a fairly aggressive pour. The foam fades slowly, with pretty noisy fizzy sound I add, to a clingy edge layer and surface island.
The aroma is mild overall but features, roasted malt with some dark chocolate and a little vanilla too. A little bit of dark fruit, raisin, here too. No hops and no booze.
First sip reveals an average body with fine yet prickly carbonation. The texture is smooth and silky otherwise and the beer drinks pretty dangerously easy for 9%.
Flavor is malty just like the nose predicts.
I get roasted notes and some dark chocolate, this mixes with a bit of raisin and some vanilla and then comes back with roasted malt. the finish also has a hint of black peppery booze, but not really any accompanying warmth. Hops absent here too.
I Enjoy this malty brew and find it easy to drink for 9%. Nice brew and fitting for the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared at the monthly bottle share held at Flask Fine Wines in Studio City, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and slight vanilla flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid roast and char aspects all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black with mahogany highlights around the edges, and a frothy, low profile, dense, light tan head. Aromas of roasted highlights, toasted bread, bitter coffee, hints of vanilla, hints of booze, and some earthy and woody highlights. Smells aren't overpowering, but very inviting. Flavors are bitter coffee forward, with heavily roasted qualities. Wood characteristics, old world fruit rich sweetness, and hints of smoke. There is also a building warmth from the increased ABV. This is deep and layered. Robust body, but crisp enough to stay true to style. The aftertaste is heavy roast, subtle smoke, and bitterness. Smooth, slightly dry finish. This is a big beer, and it is damn tasty!

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Photo of yourefragile
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from 2010.

Pours a thick, dark chocolate color with a thick, bubbly cream-tan head. Thick sheets of lace and long lasting retention. Nose of roast, milk chocolate, bitter citrus, powdered chocolate, and caramel malt. Medium full body, thick on palate with fine carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. Flavor is bitter orange, dark chocolate, light roast grain. Mouth feels like an ashtray after finish, thought the flavor is never particularly roasty or ashy.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost blackish body with decent head that died quick and some lace on top of a dark chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Taste is more of the same as it is less sweet and more of a bitter, dark chocolate taste and has some toffee and a strong roasted, bready sensation. Fuller bodied, not watery smooth but not sticky, either, and goes down easy with a dry finish. Not the most flavorful or complex porter one will find but hit the spot and an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber into a snifter. This bottle has been cellared for no less than 2 years. It pours black in color with a rich khaki head. Some patchy to webby lace sticks to the glass. Solid powers of retention are shown with rising bubbles maintaining a finger of suds atop.

The aroma is roasty grain smelling like chocolate with hints of anise. Some citrus hops are still present along with a dark raisony alcohol inclusion. It gets somewhat nutty and milk chocolate-like towards the back.

The taste includes notes of bitter cocoa and raisons. Some dark sugar element like maple, earth and even fruity likr prunes. A slight nutty roast aspect is felt towards the back with almost a hint of molasses and caramel. There is a milky chocolate to earthen flavor that evolves towards the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth, easy drinking yet quite complex with nearly a crisp finish. This is a very nice brew that honestly tastes seemingly identical to what it was like 2-3 years ago. Cellaring this has seemingly done nothing to benefit or degrade this brew.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip

A- pours black with a one finger dark tan head. Nice looking brew

S- tons of dark fruits, slight chocolate and coffee

T- honestly, not a lot going on here...chocolate, dark fruits, a little sweetness, and that's about it

M- medium bodied, and fine

O- I expected more. Not a bad beer at all, just...not what I was expecting

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Photekut - thanks dude! 2010 vintage, so the first bottled batch. Served in whatever was around at the BBQ.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotches of lacing. Very dark brown body.

S - Milk chocolate, hint of Whoppers, very fruity with dark and red berries present, some mild roast, hearty dark bread, nuts, and very well-hidden alcohol. Very true to style, and quite enjoyable.

T - The taste is quite similar, with a heavy dose of malted milk chocolate, roast, and a hint of licorice bitterness in the finish. There's a very mild lactic note in the periphery and some faint oxidation - two years is probably the longest this should go unless you have a totally ideal cellar.

M - Smooth, medium body, with a nice creamy texture, lower carbonation, and a crisp, clean, lager finish. Alcohol isn't really noticeable at all.

D - A very nice Baltic Porter that has held up quite well. Nothing mind-blowing here, but if you like the style then you should really try this, as it's a very convincing attempt by an American brewery - just make sure to trade for a newer vintage. I've had this a few times and I'd gladly drink it again.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to TATURBO for sharing this beer! Thanks chris!

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken on 7/22/12.

Appearance: light black bodied beer with light tan head. Fine bubble make up the head and its drops down to a ring.

Smell: Big roast coffee notes. Little bit sweet milk chocolates and a little bit of earthy smoke.

Taste: Roasty and smokey! Just the way I like my baltic porters! Hints of milk chocolates and dark fruits like figs / prunes. It got a touch of earthy hops to compliment the smoke. You can get some oxidation in the beer. Finishes smokey and roasty.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. really smooth and not a hint of booze.

Overall: A really stellar baltic porter. Very true to the baltic porter style. Great job on this beer foothills!

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Photo of Duff27
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half inch tan head On a dark brown body. Spotty lacing. Good head retention and collarage.

Bitter chocolate aroma with a slight sweet fruity aspect to it.

Cocoa, coffee, slight very dark fruits. Hints of lactose? "licorice" would guess around 9%abv

Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated.

Pretty damn good Baltic porter. Roasty chocolate with a slight milk stout twang thing going on. Thanks TATURBO.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Black body with a small dark brown head that doesn't last long, eventually leaving some small bubbles and spots of stick down the glass.

Some mild roast and smoke character in the aroma, with very mild chocolate, and some char. There's a bit of dark fruit. Above average, but not at all special.

A decidedly average Baltic porter, in almost every way possible. Mild flavors of roast and char, a bit of smoke, moderate bitterness, and minerals combine for an altogether boring, though drinkable Baltic porter.

Medium bodied with somewhat high carbonation for the style.

Altogether, average and unexciting.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown with lighter brown hues around the edges. There is a thin mocha head that dissipates quickly.

S: Smells of raisins, plums, figs, salt, brown sugar, and earth.

T: This beer is wacky. I'm having a big problem picking out the flavors. There is a definite milk chocolate flavor. There is also a good spiciness and salty, savory flavor that I'm really enjoying.

M: Full bodied beer. It's wet and mellow. Good flavors.

O: This is a great Baltic porter. It's up there with Smuutynose's Baltic Porter. Huge fan. I'd love to have this beer again.

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Photo of aasher
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium bodied dark chocolate brown in color with a one finger creamy smooth beige head. It smells of sweet and bitter dark chocolates, light roast, and is really smooth. The flavors follow the same lines. It has nice and delicate dark chocolate, light roast, mild bitterness, and is just really smooth. The flavors are really well integrated. It drinks lighter but is a nice fit for the style. It's really drinkable and isn't too sweet and doesn't show any of the 9%. Overall this is a really nice Baltic Porter. It's definitely worth trying.

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Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone IRS glass. It poured black in color with a full, frothy, tan head filling the top two inches of the glass. It left some decent lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has some chocolaty and caramel flavors to it at first. I get some vanilla notes to it as well, which I really like. A little bit of an herbal bitterness helps it from being overly sweet. Very nice aroma to it overall.

The taste also has some nice chocolaty flavors to it throughout. Up front I get more of a milk chocolate flavor to it, while it turns to more of a bitter-sweet cocoa flavor towards the finish. Some vanilla and caramel sweetness to it up front, while some herbal, slightly burnt bitterness balances it out in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall I thought it was a very good beer of the style. I really liked the bitter-sweet chocolate and vanilla sweetness to it. Very nice beer overall.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received via trade with Rhode17- thanks for giving me the opportunity to try my first Foothills brew.

A: pours dark black, opaque, minimal brown head, small amount of lacing

S: nice marriage of roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, and a light hop bitterness on the finish. This aroma is delectable.

T: taste is full of flavor, primarily roasted barley and dark chocolate, great balance, minimal alcohol bite.

MF: body is relatively thin for the amount of flavor this brew packs, medium carbonation

O: this is spot on for a Baltic Porter. Great flavor, great balance, very enjoyable

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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown colored beer with a bit of an off-white head that left a bit of stick on the sides.

S - Really nice roast with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Little bit of dark fruit as well as some char and toasted malts.

T - Nice flavor. Roasted notes along with a little bittering coffee, chocolate and a touch of dark fruit.

M - Pretty full bodied with some decent carbonation.

O - Surprisingly I really liked this beer quite a bit. It had good roasted flavors with just a touch of dark fruit to it. Would gladly drink again.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this one to our Stout Day party.

A - Pours extremely dark brown with a nice one finger tall off white head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.

S - This one is fairly roasty with hints of coffee and chocolate. It has a tiny bit of mineral flavor as well. The smokey charred wood aroma mixes well with the dark roast.

T - Starts off with some slightly sweet dark roast quickly giving way to a mix of coffee grounds, dark chocolate, and charred wood. The finish is a mix of dark roast and light smoke, lingering on the pallet for some time. The smooth feel really helps this one out, helping to bring all the flavors together.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, roasty, feel throughout. Very little booze flavor in this one.

O - I really enjoyed this one. It had plenty of flavor and was easy to drink. One of the better baltic porters I have had recently. I didn't detect a lot of alcohol in this one, I think the year in the cellar did this one some good.

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Photo of bwiechmann
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into Darkness tulip.

Pours a deep black with a gorgeous tan head. Good lookin' brew.

Smell is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, toffee.

Taste exactly follows nose with an addition of slight smokiness/ roasted bitterness.

Overall, a solid baltic porter. A wonderful warm-up for a cold, dark autumn evening. I'm glad I got to try it and would certainly drink it again if I get the chance. It really opens up as it warms and comes into its own. TJBurgess sent an awesome bif box that included this bottle- much thanks man.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at the Thirsty Monk on 9/16/11

Dark brown. 1/3rd inch cap of foam skims out to collar retention. Not much lace.

Smells roasty and grainy. Hints of chocolate. Tangy dark fruit notes; seems like raspberry perhaps. Clean, snappy graininess. Tastes similar - dark fruit twinges cover notes of grain. Some dry, bitter chocolate on the finish. Full flavored, with a feel to match. Carbonation is a bit much.

Overall impression - really tasty, but the feel could be more chill. Worth a try.

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tasty though not great porter. Yes, chocolate and sweetness all whipped up, fluffy and granular malted milk mouthfeel. The bitterness is hops and I was Ok with it, although my 23-year old who shared the bottle thought it was a it metallic and not spot on the style.
Thanks Mikegroove.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to 67couple for this one.

A: Black, no light getting through. One and a half finger light tan head. Great retention and ok lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee. A light roastiness.

T: Sweeter dark chocolate upfront. Light roasted coffee bitterness in the middle. A slight nuttiness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Very creamy.

O: A very nice porter. Could use more roasted notes. Overall one I would definitely purchase if available in my area.

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Photo of beagle75
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, dark brown color with less than one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Fairly dark overall, with malted milk immediately standing out. Grain is present as well, husky and intensely toasty. Yeast adds a bready layer, but is restrained in its contribution of metabolites. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with strong up-front rustic malt character that blankets the palate. Flavors darken as mild dried fruit and charcoal emerge toward the middle. Acidity is mild in flavor, more felt than tasted. Slightly stale coffee is featured in the middle, with brown sugar and astringent bitterness in the intensely roasty finish. Flavors develop a more pronounced spirituousness as the beer warms, transmitting some simplistic alcohol notes that can be a bit aggressive at times.

M: Medium viscosity, acidic and astringent on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer really brings out the best qualities of the malt that is present. It is not devoted to just one facet of malt quality,either--while the flavor is darker than the smell, both bring some unexpected elements. There are some rough edges to the texture, however, that add to palate fatigue.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with slight ruby highlights. Head is dense and creamy.

Aroma is rich chocolate and dark malt. Good bit of smoke. Bourbon comes on very hot. Some oaky notes peek through.

Taste is similar to the nose. Charred dark grain with a touch of chocolate. Some hop bitterness makes an appearance with an earthy tobacco aspect. Finishes with a woody dryness and lingering alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall a really intense Baltic Porter. A big flavorful beer to be enjoyed.

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Photo of bashiba
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep dark brown with a thick and creamy long lasting head. Has some nice Mahogany highlights.

The smell is very full, big molasses sweet dark fruit and smoked malt are all apparent.

The flavor is smokey and sweet with nice dark fruit and toffee notes. Nice complexity, great dark malt flavors and smoke balancing with a nice fruity sweetness.

The mouthfeel is creamy and velvety.

Very Very good baltic porter, really like it.

Turned out to be a very nice choice for review #1,000.

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Photo of slentz
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle in a recent trade with Gehenherzog. Thanks man! Shared with Kiddynamite920. Poured into two snifters at 50.

A. Moderate pour down the center of the glass produces one finger head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring...some of the tightest bubbles ever... This one is cherry cola colored and lets through a little bit of light. Overall this looks great in the glass..sticks to the sides nicely with nice legs 4.0

S: Chocolaty...roasted malts...pretty boozy....sweet smelling...dark cherry notes, has little bourbon smell. For 9% the alcohol is not hidden very well. 3.5

T: Very cherry cola like...kinda flat...nothing all that exciting or jumping out at me...perhaps this would be better closer to the bottling date...still kinda tasty. 3.5

M: Very thin...not much body....slightly oily....meh...3.0

O: Overall not a bad porter. It fits the bill but I think this might a little better with a better body and more roast. Really glad I got to try this 3.5

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Baltic Porter from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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