Kronan The Barbarian
Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Baltic Porter
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3.93 | pDev: 14.25%
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial pint at Baileys. Kronan the Barbarian is a dark cola brown with a small, light tan head that doesn't leave any lace.

Smell is a bit acidulated, some dusty attic, something about this I'm really digging, old skool (that's right - no CH;) and appetizing, although I'm sure might find it to be a bit off, I like the lacto from the dark malts in a strong lager like this. That said, I could use more dark malt depth, chocolate or fruit or something.

Taste is also sourish, some chocolate, black patent char. There's also some fruitiness, a sweetness from the clean alcohol, not super complex, but nice for sure.

Mouthfeel is slick, dry, not to heavy, nice attenuation without being bone dry.

Drinkability is pretty good, I really like this take on a BP. Not super thick and sugary, but some depth and texture, while keeping it clean and relatively easy drinking. I could definitely get into trouble with a steady supply of these on a damp cold night like this.

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Photo of GreatWeisseHope
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this from a growler filled the same day.

Appearance: Dark red-brown with a tan-colored head, which didn't hold up too well.

Smell: Chocolate malt present with low esters. Obviously done with a lager strain. Missing the following characteristics of a Baltic Porter: dark fruits, molasses, treacle, licorice notes.

Taste: Not super complex, but nice. Sweet malt with chocolate and burnt toast components. Burnt flavors not appropriate to style.

Mouthfeel: Burnt flavor leaves slightly astringent aftertaste, otherwise smooth and creamy with a nice alcohol warmth present.

Drinkability: Smooth and easy drinking. A nice beer, just not 100% to style.

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Photo of jdense
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at Holiday Ale Festival 12/3, followed up at HUB 12/9. OG 19, IBU 25, ABV 8.5%. $5.00 a pint ($4.25 during Happy Hour).

Poured into HUB mug, 1/2 finger tan head, quick dissipation, no lacing to speak of. The nose is deep dark chocolate, some bready malts with the roasted malts a bit more dominant, and a wee bit of hops at the end. Taste is big and chocolatey, with the roasted malts up front and a note of smokiness. Leather, chocolate, caramelized sugars and subtle smoke profile with low hop presence. Not a lot of carbonation, but a very smooth mouthfeel. Not the most drinkable of lagers at this high ABV, but this one taste damn good. Very close to style for this difficult to capture holiday style.

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Kronan The Barbarian from Hopworks Urban Brewery
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 8 ratings