Rouge Baril Baltique | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Rouge Baril BaltiqueRouge Baril Baltique

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Baltic Porter aged 8 months in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.

Added by dubinsky on 05-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour, almost no head, looks kinda just barely clinging to life. Aroma was lots of wine barrel, booze, oak, dark fruit, alcohol. Frankly was nicer than most baltic porters that are like overripe prunes.

Taste, absorbs the alcohol and bitterness well, lots of red wine oak tannins, raisin, dark cherry, American size roasting of the dark malts, a weird beer, but well done.

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3.7/5  rDev -0.5%

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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1.25/5  rDev -66.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a SAVOR snifter. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head and a bit of lacing. The nose has some roast and a touch of chocolate. Very, very mild oak and wine character, though I honestly can’t say I would have picked it out if I didn’t know. A bit more of that in the flavor. Roasty with touch of chocolate and light oak and wine. Body is medium with good carbonation. Pretty good with no flaws, but not something I’d seek out again.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber at City Beer for the bargin basement price of $40. Dark brown, thin collar, no lace.

Smell is vinous, whoa.

Taste is loads of wine barrel, the cab is dominating a basic base porter. Acidic.

Mouthfeel slippery and really tannic. Medium bodied.

Drinkability isn't too high. Lots of wine and oak. Not to mention the cost and rarity. Glad to have tried, but it made me feel like a ticker...

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown with little to no head on the top of it, doesn't look like anything impressive or special, it just is, and it is pretty lowly carbonated. Aroma was lots of oak, wine barrel, dark fruit, smidge of alcohol with chocolate, probably the best smelling baltic porter I've ever come across, which isn't saying much, but its saying something.

Taste, like many fiftyfifty iterations, this one actually hides the alcohol decently. Not a fan of the dark fruit and wine flavors though, just really brings this one away from tasting like a beer, although for most big baltic porters, this one tames the rubbing alcohol like tendencies. Roasting comes out more in the mouthfeel, thankfully taking a little more away from the wine and raisin aspects. You can probably find some licorice/anise in there somewhere, there's something going on similar to that.

A nice beer to have, but ultimately, with Eclipse/BART/Annularity being incredible, and this merely being "very good for its class" this won't be one I search out.

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3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Thopre, this completes my City Beer store collection. Beer served in a snifter. Beer is dark brown with a tan head of small bubbles, some spotty lacing, moderate retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is oaky, and roasty with some chocoloate.

Beer is light to medium in body with a little carbnoation, tannic bitterness at the back, oaky beer with some vinous chocolate character, decent not a repeat though.

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4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is dark brown with a half inch of beige head that leaves random traces of lacing on the snifter. The aroma brings a heavy barrel presence. Oak, wine, roast, chocolate. A bit tannic in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A solid beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt and some slight tart aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with some mild roast flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's somewhat basic.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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Rouge Baril Baltique from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 61 ratings