Organic Baltic Porter | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of Lucular
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This came across to me more like a Belgian quadrupel than a Baltic Porter. Pours a relatively light color, lots of dark fruit aroma and flavors, almost liqueur-like, but without being too boozy. Good but not what I was expecting.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cocao nib-infused, organic Porter. Absolutely delicious but a one-off keg that won't be around long. Will stop again today for one and a more critical analysis but I imagine I'll still love it.

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Photo of bbsaur
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of NYR_Rob
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of eagles22
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to stakem!!

This brew appears very dark brown almost black with a creamy white head.
Smell of this brew is nice roasted malts and sweet chocolate with green leafy hops.
Taste of this brew just blew my mind for a porter it's fuckin amazing! Nice and tangy up front I'm guessing from the hops and very nice smooth milk chocolate finish and roasted malts its just the perfect balance !
Mouthfeel is crisp and creamy at the back end it's just a well rounded beer!

Overall this beer blew me away I wish I had another growler thanks stakem! If you are in the area get a fill of this it's just thy awesome!

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jordanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of nh2032
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap on 10/16 served in a goblet. This brew appears brown in color with a creamy finger of head. A spotty and webby pattern of lace sticks all over the glass. When held to the light, some ruby coloration is noted.

The smell of this new is tangy with alcohol. A little bit of roasty grain mixes with minerals and earthy/herbal hops. As it warns up, a bit of caramel malty sweetnes evolves.

The taste is crisp with tangy alcohol that is immediately evident just like the aroma leads on. Some sulfur and mineral aspects run throughout the profile. A little fruity with the alcohol and hops. Minor roasty quality with a toasty grain inclusion to the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is quite crisp and easy drinking. Some of the mineral and sulfur aspects could be cleaned up a bit to increase the overall enjoyment but as-is it isn't bad and worth a try.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the brewpub into a tulip

A- pours black with a one finger brown head that quickly fades

S- aroma is mainly of chocolate and roasted malts...yummy

T- this is very, very sweet....lots of dark fruits are coming out of the flavor of this one, and there's some sweet chocolate hiding in there too

M- very thick

O- this one was just a little too sweet for me. I didn't think it was roasty enough

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Photo of pmsawyer
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Rich malty sweetness, reminiscent of dark dried fruits, licorice notes. No hops. Very smooth.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown. Thick, persistent tan-colored head.

Flavor: Rich malty sweetness with a complex blend of deep malt, dried fruit, and alcohol. For me a complex richness Mouth-filling and very smooth. Starts sweet but darker malt flavors take over and lasts through finish. Medium-low bitterness.

Texture: Full-bodied and smooth.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap quick four ounce sample presented.

Hard to see inside but, a dark brown but held up to a light bulb shows a super ruby red color body. Light caramel collar and creamy puck with stickiness lacing.

Nose is a mild nut and lightly sweet. Malt presence seems a little subdued but otherwise pretty good scent.

Malt chocolate tasting with classic Selins' creamy texture. Big on malt with an interesting hop and tannic nut finish not unlike a good brown ale.

Overall just more winning from this brewing company. Creamy malty and some where in between a real good porter and brown ale.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another organic offering, arrived at the table looking just spectacular, very dark with nice full lighter brown head. The head dissipated some, but maintained a covering throughout.

Smell was sweet, caramelly, and taste was full and smooth. An excellent mouthful, almost a shame to swallow it (almost)

Overall, a very good smooth porter

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Photo of blackie
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: served in a small chalice, the beer is a clear, dark nutshell brown in color, an originally thick cream colored head falling back to a heavy ring

s: sweet tree fruits - dark raisin and plum on a clean, malty lager structure, papery noble hops add a nice counter but mostly stay out of the way, perhaps some light toast, glimpses of leather and tobacco, like

m: light, delicate carbonation and a medium, supple body

t: lots of dark malty fruit flavors, sugar plum, raisin, carries some commonality with the dubbel style but immediately identifiable as a lager by its clean palate free of yeast influence, sweeter but well balanced with a mild to moderate earthy, aged euro hop flavor, drier cocoa and light roast flavors in the finish, quite nice

d: seems more in line with the original European versions I've sampled than the more powerful, amped-up American versions, sweet and flavorful but very much balanced and understated, highly quaffable

enjoyed on the brewpub porch on a fine late October afternoon

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on 10.30.2010.

Pours very dark with a thin off white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Nose is light roast with toffee, caramel, and some dark fruits. Very slight black licorice character. Un-pungent nose all together. Taste is some dark fruits with some light chocolate and toffee. Feel is a bit thin, but this drinks quite well.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the brewery.
Pours a dark and rich cola-brown with some caramel and ruby tones. Small head even with a hard pour. Good smell of mostly chocolate and roasted grain but isn't very strong. Taste is much less subtle. Roasted coffee, woody smoke and dark chocolate. Doesn't taste boozy despite being nearly 8%. Mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied. Very low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty high for the style. All in all, this is a one of the better tasting baltic porters I've had.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler campside after the Hop, Vines &Wines festival 7/17.
Toffee colored with crimson corners, allowing plenty of light to strike through. A 1/4" almond and cola cap of smallish bubbles sit tight above. Quickly falls to a wispy ring of lace on the glass.

The nose is faint, straightforward... Wheat, honey. Lacks any toasted characteristics. This is a letdown.

That's why the taste is a surprise. A bounty of carbonation on the lips combines well with the creamy body. Nice start. Plenty of sweetness opening into the mouth. Tart cherries, kahlua cream. A loose backing of leathery tobacco plays for attention with more pronounced honey. Takes the show into a cherry licorice high as it moves to the throat. A touch of smoke keeps things grounded. packaged into a silky finish... Enough carbonation to haul things along but still a bit of movement required to Truly clear the throat. Echoes of figs and prunes lend a complexity and depth to this beer. Lacks any notes of dry roased malts to keep things refreshing. A little sloppy.
Intriguing but no doubt this is a heavy beer for a 95degree + day.
This is my first visit to the brewpub. I am blown away overall but this isn't my favorite beer in their lineup today.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A goblet served at the brewpub.

A: The baltic porter is dark, a deep brown that sure seems black in the darkness of the pub. It's a regular pour, so no creamy head although the foam is nearly a finger in size.

S: The nose is roasted but sweet. Plenty of semi-sweet chocolate and starchy vegetables lingering around. Malts are biscuity and pronounced.

T: The porter is very nice, accentuating its dark roasted malts without becoming a stout. Chocolate hovers around, sweet and plentiful, alongside starchy beans and caramel. Toffee is rich, a firm body that is cut only occasionally by fresh hops. The roasted flavors and yeast strain seem to be at odds but get along nicely.

M: The porter is rich, filling without being a mouthfull. The roasted flavors are nicely paired with sweet chocolate powder.

D: One of the better Baltic porters that I've had. Rich and sweet, strong and delicate. A contradiction in my glass.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this growler in a recent growling at the moon. I still do not know where it came from, but much thanks again. Nice growler was put on ice and enjoyed by my family on 07/05/2009.

The pour was pretty good, a bit light for the style but presented well with a full two inches of light tan foam that went straight up to the top of the glass and took what seemed like forever to fall back down to earth. Nice side lacing as well kept up the rather full appearance of it. The aroma was nice, dark fruits, a touch of caramel and a bit of an earthy feel to it over, but needed a little bit more darker, richer notes for me to fall smack dab on the style. Still though nice effort here. As I take the first sip, again coming of more like a wee heavy to me then a Baltic. Nice dark fruit notes as it warms, but the underlying bready malts and hints of heather and floral notes seem to dominate all too much and don't let the darker flavors really reach their peak. Nicely carbonated with a medium body and a nice smooth drinkability. It was easier to drink then most in the style.

Overall not bad, though I have to say it is not really as big as it could have been. A subtle offering, a creeper if you will. It started to grow on me toward the end, but I have to say it was much more a scotch ale or wee heavy style then I would have thought.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the brewpub on 6/13/09. Served in a balloon goblet.

Pours a deep murky amber/near plum, with the thinnest covering of eggshell white head. This quickly fizzles down, until it is utterly lifeless looking in my glass. Oh well, at least it's a pretty shade of red. The aroma is strong mix of sweetness and roast. Hefty smelling chocolate and caramel and a fruity tang run into dark smelling malts and coffee. The warmth gives this a bit of a hazy feel in the nose.

The taste is thickly sweet with cocoa and toffee, maybe a touch of dark fruits, with a crunchy layer of roast, hops, and some coffee that is mixed in as well. Light bitterness hangs in the finish, along with some lingering warmth. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with a relatively lower carbonation and flatter feel that's indicative of the look of this. That coupled with the beef in the body definitely makes this a sipper.

I had reviewed this before on cask and I must say that the creamier body of this on the hand pump definitely helped out a lot. The lack of carbonation just doesn't help at all with the drinkibility. The aroma and taste is still chewy and complex though, so it's worth a try.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

A-Pours a clear rusty maple with a thin tan head and a bit of lacing.

S-Sweet brown sugar, raisins and biscuit malt.

T-Moderately sweet throughout, with dark fruit notes, some caramel and brown sugar. A bit of bittersweet chocolate at the end.

M-Medium bodied and a bit rich.

D-Nicely drinkable. Tasty, not overpowering in richness or sweetness but a good amount of both.


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Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at SGB on 6/14/09.

A - Hazy dark brown with shades of copper and reddish tones and a wispy beige head that diminished to a thin ring of retention and left some spotty lacing on the glass. Lots of tiny bubbles of carbonation darted through the body.

S - Subtle aroma overall with a dominant dark fruit character suggesting apricots. I also detect, to a lesser degree, sweet maple syrup and mild tea-like hops.

T - Flavor carries a pronounced dark fruit tang with dried apricots and raisins. Chocolate notes emerged after a bit, which created a nice complement to the dark fruit character. Mild tea-like hops were present throughout, along with a sweet base of syrupy, caramely malt.

M - Medium to full bodied with a thick, syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes quite sweet on the palate.

D - Yummy Baltic Porter with a prevalent dark fruit character and pleasant chocolate presence. I'd love for Steve to bring back the raspberry version of this, but for now, this will do nicely!

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Organic Baltic Porter from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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