Bottleworks 16 | Ram Restaurant & Brewery - Northgate

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Brewed by:
Ram Restaurant & Brewery - Northgate
Washington, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Baltic Porter aged in Copperworks Distilling Co. Gin Barrels.

Deep black with an intensely complex dark malt character. Rich flavors of roast barley, dark chocolate and molasses dominate the smooth profile of this strong lager. Aged in Copperworks Distilling Co. gin barrels to create nuanced notes of juniper, licorice and oak, with a warming finish.

Added by draheim on 02-26-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by NorCalYeti:
Photo of NorCalYeti
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of beertunes
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Thanks to BA TheBungyo for grabbing this one for me. Hated large format bottle, but at least the wax came off easily. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a solid black color with 1/4 inch of medium brown head that had moderate retention and lacing.

The aroma certainly had a lot going on; wood, grain, juniper, barrel, just a hint of hops. In all, it was quite the scent, and beyond my limited olfactory abilities to accurately describe. On the tongue, all those aspect were present, just in a bigger, bolder, more upfront manner. For those of you who aren't into gin, most of the juniper I tasted seemed more "woody" (like the branches of the shrub) than berry-like. It wasn't the harsh taste some folks don't like about gin. Again, a bit hard to describe.

The body was smooth, even, and finished dry, like a nice gin does. Drinkability was at the OMG level of awesome. This strong beer went down far too quickly, smoothly, and enjoyably. Overall, this is an awesome beer, a must try if you see it.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergorrilla
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly black in the glass with a patchy light brown head with good retention and lacing. Rich aroma of sweet dark toasted malt, black berries, cherry, molasses, coffee; a hint of juniper. Flavor or black cherry, dark berries, coffee, chocolate, dark toasted malt, hints of licorice and molasses. Nice mouth feel, medium with a light creaminess and carbonation. Very nicely made Baltic porter with a great balance of dark fruit flavors and malt and a bit of exotic spiciness from the gin barrels. I did not detect any overt juniper or other gin taste, but the barrels clearly added to the complex flavor. A long, lingering blackberry flavor adds a lot to this. One of the best Baltic porters I've had. Well done. An appropriate tribute to Bottleworks, and a bit of a surprise to many in Seattle as to what Ram can do. It will get more attention from me from now on.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.27/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gopens44
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First off, this looks amazing. Dark brown with a magnificent beige head that leaves behind never ending lacing.

Nose is primarily chocolate with perhaps a hint of gin but I have to wonder if I'd sense it if this were a blind study.

Initial taste brings about a viciously vibrant journey that contains in near equal part, molasses, dark fruit, copperymetallic, gin and a tartness that I honestly can't nail down to one particular flavor but in there somewhere is a dash of licorice, lemon and savory spice. Yep, this one is weird as he'll and certainly proper to hold the title of allegro, as it's fast and furious and draws you in to it's madness without giving up it's true ending. You just have to hold on and keep trying to figure it out.

I let this warm up a bit but was still mystified enough by so many different tastes that I can't narrow down any one dominant taste.

Finish leaves behind an impression of juniper to be sure, but overall this isn't as cloyingly sweet as it could have been based on how massive this one was.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sukwonee
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CaptainQ
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer. Mocha head giving off a sweet cola / Dr. Pepper aroma, with just a hint of dried dark fruit presumably from the lager yeast. A very unique herbal licorice flavor coming from the gin barrels - molasses, chocolate notes, and this lingering licorice akin to Panda licorice or the floral licorice pastilles coupled to some alcohol warmth. A great deal of toasted oak on the back end. A very interesting and well done beer.

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Photo of Dogleg
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of draheim
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz (released today) into a tulip. Pours a deep rich chocolate brown with a respectable mocha head that leaves behind a fine film on the surface.

Aroma is big chocolate and molasses up front, nutty and earthy. Nice roasty aroma.

Taste follows nose. Chocolate, dark fruit (black cherries mostly), slightly bitter roasted malt, a hint of coffee even. Just a touch of something vaguely minerally, which might be the gin barrel. Really great balance of flavors here.

Mouthfeel is just a tad thin relative to the taste, which I think is pretty common with the Baltic porter style. On the flip side, it finishes clean and pretty dry, with none of the heaviness or stickiness that you sometimes get with a traditional porter (ale). In a word, I'd say it's silky.

Overall, I have to admit I was skeptical when I learned Ram Northgate was brewing this beer for Bottleworks. But I'm very impressed with this one. Well done, Ram. And happy anniversary, Bottleworks!

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Photo of EB1
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of notchucknorris
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a silky black with an aggressive mocha colored head that settles down after a minute or so. No misgivings about this being a Black Tuesday beast by any means, but the body looks substantial.

S: A rich blend of roasted malt, dark chocolate and licorice. A bit of syrupy molasses and raisin in the background with this overlying hint of herbal gin. It's not there everytime you smell the beer, but when it shows, it really works.

T: Really smooth and really delicious. A velvety blend of chocolate covered blackberries, molasses, black cherry and finishes with a blend of charred barrel and chocolate milkshake. There's just a tinge of herbal gin on the finish. It's enough to remind you of what this beer went through but not enough to distract from the amazing flavors in here as much as I assumed it would. This is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of mrebeka
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kemoarps
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thick and rich body that just looks smoothe. Massive silken head the colour of espresso foam. This is a pretty brew. And it leaves its pretty along the edges

As soon as I cracked the wax on the cap here I was enthralled. Big sweet notes dominate the forefront: rich creamy chocolate and smoothe berries. Late summer/autumn raspberries, some dark cherry, a touch of blackberry. Some floral botanicals that I recognize from other gin-barrel beers I've had. Maybe even a hint of molasses.

Creamier initially than I would have thought. Follows many of the same considerations as the aroma. Sweet berries and chocolate. Almost creamy vanilla into the back third. Finish brings forth a little more of the juniper which augments the natural bitter from the baltic and that. There's a bit of ETOH at the end

Body is not quite as thick and creamy as I like with these flavours, but seems to be pretty par for other baltics I've had. This is a really really enjoyable brew. VERY glad not to have skipped it.

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Photo of spycow
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lupercmda
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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