Baltic Porter | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2006

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Ratings: 232 |  Reviews: 126
Reviews by bwiechmann:
Photo of bwiechmann
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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 oberon
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap yesterday at the brewpub.Poured a deep cola brown with thinner but well retained lighter mocha colored head,aromas are heavily roasted with plenty of dark fruit,this is one roasted motha here.Intensly roasty and earthy on the palate,some licorice flavors as well,the sweetness is pretty subdued in my opinion,just dark fruit and a tinge of molasses.Lightly prickly in the feel but not anything to earth shattering,an intensely roasted Baltic porter.

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Photo of uu1
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of marvin213
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really dark brown/black like a good porter should be, and the tan foamy cap completely coats the liquid even minutes after the pour. Love the warrior-type on the bottle, though I always like when breweries actually name the beers (beyond 'blank brewery' style). The head on this one was a wee bit lighter/whiter than perfection.

I can waft a nice, roasty, chocolatey maltness toward the nose. It's nice, but a little underwhelming, honestly. I actually seem to smell the hop presence in this here Baltic porter.

It's a little overroasted on the tongue, as if imparted with coffee left in the pot too long. Coupled with that hop influence I smelled, this is a relatively bitter Baltic porter. The maltiness is there just enough for balance.

The mouthfeel is a little lacking, in large part because of that overroastedness, and a diluted wateriness remiscent of that coffe pot sitting too long. Overall, it's a good beer. As we all get more critical of overpriced bombers, I'd say this one is just good enough to meet the big bottle!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. This one was on my wants for a long time.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very nice. The dominant flavor is heavy, dark chocolate with some roasted malt and a little bit of sugar or molasses mixed in.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of milk chocolate and roasted malt, along with some cream notes. Not really a traditional Baltic Porter flavor profile, but a very enjoyable chocolate-bomb of a beer.

Medium to full mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer definitely didn't disappoint. Another good beer from North Carolina.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
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 PatLarsen
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with generous head. Below sits a super dark, deep, yet shiny mahogany-like color. Dessertish and nutty aromas lift from the glass, maybe a touch of must, coffee, whipped cream, hazelnuts, and a touch of roasted malt around the edges. Flavors again have a dessertish quality and a nutty character, like hazelnuts, with some creamy vibes going on as well. Its sweet to a point, but it doesn’t come across as overly sweet as the nutty qualities of the malts, the creaminess of the body, and the touch of hop bitterness in the finish make it all come together quite nicely.

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Photo of doremite
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zonian1
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via trade with Brad - thanks!

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with crisp dark chocolate aromas. Also present are hints of heavier black malts.

Tastes very similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip the roasted malt flavors intensify a bit as the flavors dry out, carrying through to a crisp and moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall this was a solid beer without bells and whistles that is just very well done. Not terribly complex but close to flawless. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of whitekiboko
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears deep dark brown topped by a thin, chocolate milk colored head. The head comes and goes with each good swirl of the glass. This looks like a baltic porter. So, what else have we here....

Aroma is nicely satisfying. Lots of chocolate, light and dark, meaty smokiness, roasty malts, and grapes/raisins. Some woodiness going on here too. The flavor is very chocolaty, roasty, smooth, and lightly bitter. I like the texture a lot. Along with all the chocolate above, it feels kind of like melty chocolate though not as thick. Smooth and silky. This fine beverage hides its high ABV very well.

This isn't as intense or complex as some of the other baltic porters I've had. I do like the way everything fits together in this one though. Overall a solid and yummy choice.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exceptional looking beer, to say the least. The head is a mocha color, frothy and foamy and firm, with a wide variety of bubble-sizes that makes me think of an ice cream float of some sort. The color is as black as I can recall seeing, whether on a porter, a stout, or whatever. Deep into the abyss, none more black...

As the color hints, the malts here were either charred to a crisp or they used the darkest grains available. And the smell proves that. There's a hell of a lot of roast going on, like dark roast coffee, no sugar, no cream, just black, thanks. While I could trick myself into thinking I smell chocolate, I don't know...and if I do smell chocolate, it's the kind burned on the bottom of the pan. It points to the possibility of a one-dimensional flavor, but aroma isn't everything...

It tastes roasty, toasty, charred and burnt, indeed. That's the main characteristic, but there's a certain something that reminds of steamed milk a layer below, a green sort of bitterness from the hops, and a vinous dryness of flavor and feel. Juicy dark fruits, like plum and raisin, attempt to work their way in, but they don't quite make it. Alcohol provides a thin line of warmth, and chocolate notes start popping out nicely as the beer warms. And then some fruits do come in, mostly dark berries (raspberry, blackberry). Do note that this thing transforms over a 1/2 hour's time...don't judge it in the first 5 minutes.

The char character makes this taste/feel dry, although there's also a juiciness coming in that always marks a great Baltic Porter. So you get a kind of push/pull with that, moderate carbonation, and a pretty smooth, slick ride overall.

Here's the thing with this beer: the flavor creeps up on you, and its complexities unroll and unfold over time and with warming. At first, I wasn't all that impressed, and now I'm halfway through the bomber thinking it's pretty damn great. The world needs more Baltic porters, and I'm glad this one is a mere hour's drive away (while it lasts).

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Photo of twowheelssoar
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Label reads: "August 13, 2005 Celebrate the anniversary of Pop the Cap with our GABF Gold- and Silver-award winning Baltic Porter. Brewed only once before, and now bottled in a limited, commemorative edition only available at Sam's Quik Shop and Foothills. Our Baltic Porter is the perfect way to celebrate NC craft brewing and this special anniversary."

Celebrate, indeed.

Pours a deep, deep brown with cola-colored edges and a creamy light brown head. Nose is big and roasted.

It's a little too cold at first, but the big, bold flavors are evident. Roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and alcohol, with a balance of bitterness and sweetness. Shockingly drinkable, very smooth.

A very excellent tribute to Pop the Cap's 5th anniversary.

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -9%
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 jh1982
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of mhenson42
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Photekut
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to kkipple for this one!

Baltic Porter pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It's nearly opaque, but a few burgundy highlights cut through with backlighting. A tan head tops it and rises to about a finger in height. It recedes rather quickly, and leaves a light, sticky web of lace clinging to the glass.

The nose is good, but is lacking just a little in the strength department. A mix of roasted and chocolate malts greets the nose first. The chocolate variety smells bittersweet. Roasted coffee is definitely in the mix and smells very nice. There's a slightly charred or burnt scent to it. Perhaps it's still the coffee. Alcohol is masked well and doesn't come through strong at all. Smells good. A bump in strength might elevate it.

The flavor is explosive! This is delicious! Roasted malts are the centerpiece and have a tremendous flavor. Bittersweet dark chocolate is present to a lesser extent, but complements the huge roasted flavor well. Coffee tastes quite strong. I'm a big fan, so that works for me. It's actually a little tough to tell if the coffee or the strong roasted malts are responsible for the burnt or charred flavor that emerges. I don't really care - it tastes delicious. Secondary flavors include light dark fruit, anise, and an acidic flavor. Alcohol is masked very well. Finishes with a strong roasty, burnt, and charred chocolate flavor.

Baltic Porter has a body that's on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is dialed down pretty well, but it feels a tad thin. More heft is needed. Drinkability is quite good. This is a damn tasty beer that goes down pretty easy. A bomber is the perfect size. The intense roasted flavor grows a little tiresome by the end of the bottle, but a bomber is no problem.

I'm really impressed with Foothills Brewing Company beer. Baltic Porter isn't quite the gem that Sexual Chocolate is, but it's damn good. The flavor is absolutely huge. If you're in to big time roasty, charred, or burnt flavors, Baltic Porter is for you. I could handle a little more heft in terms of body, but that's about it. This is very good stuff as it is. Thanks, Dan! Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of aleckpa
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Backer2004
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, I accidentally purchased this at Moondogs at Mellow Mushroom. Little did I realize until someone asked what i was drinking did I remember this was last years Best of the Baltic Porters. Not only that, I was sipping on the 2006 version. Man, what good stuff, worth every penny ($7.00). Nice deep dark hues with lots of coffee, chocolate, licorice notes. Definitely try to get your hands on some.

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Photo of bashiba
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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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