The Grade | The Bruery

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4.13/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Grade is in. It’s built on the backbone of a rich, cold-fermented baltic porter made popular in countries bordering the Baltic Sea. Similar to an imperial porter but distinctly different, the baltic porter style is heralded for being full-bodied, roasty and smooth, with overtones of toffee, coffee, caramel, chocolate and dark fruit. We take it one step further and hammer it home with the bold, sweet flavors of maple syrup and a touch of fenugreek, placing it in a different, experimental class entirely. The Grade is not your average baltic porter, and that’s A-OK in our book.

Added by rudzud on 09-12-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
68
pDev:
5.33%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
15
Trade:
2
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Photo of sd123
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mpolewan
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-Ed
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vivs85
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of colts9016
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my tulip glass at 43 degrees. A two finger head with poor retention. The light brown head is billowy and airy. The beer's head left no lacing. The color of the beer is dark brown in color and opaque. The beer's overall appearance is average.

The nose on this beer is phenomenal. Rich roasted malts with maple and fenugreek, toffee, chocolate, coffee, yeast, earthy, wood, brown sugar, molasses, floral, baking spices, and caramel for the aromas.

That is a complex flavor profile. The fenugreek, maple syrup, and roasted malts are the stars in this beer. Toffee, chocolate, yeast, caramel, vanilla, molasses, baking spices, brown sugar, earthy, woody, floral, and herbal for the flavor.

The mouthfeel of the beer is chewy. The body of the beer is medium, medium carbonation, and a long finish.

This beer is phenomenal. The flavors are harmonious and balanced. An excellent example of a baltic porter. It was a pleasure to drink this beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours deep black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that good retention

S- roasted charred malt up front with undertones of chocolate, maple syrup, toasted walnuts, toffee, caramel, raisin & a hint of coffee

T- dark roasted/charred maltup front with notes of chocolate and coffee, followed by a big maple/fenugreek sweetness, as well as notes of toasted walnut, toffee/caramel, raisin & fig. The finish gives more nutty notes as well as a maple finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns creamy into the finish

O- bold and roasty baltic porter complimented nicely by the maple sweetness

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Photo of dukeufo
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I hate the prices and the strange availability of their better and more special beers, but i love the bruery, and its beers like this that keep me coming back again and again. this is a rich and full bodied baltic porter, classic but substantial and of extremely high quality. on its own, it would be an outstanding beer, and i would like to try it like that sometime, but with the additions of a whole bunch of maple syrup and some fenugreek (seeds i would think), it is elevated into something really special and unique. its cool because the base baltic porter is rich but dry, full bodied with cocoa and roasted flavors, light coconut too, and a bready lager tasting yeast to it. it also has a crispness, a cleanness uncommon in big dark beer with such depth. the maple syrup then almost undoes some of this tidy briskness that has been established in the base, but i think by fermenting this to dry and then adding the maple, we end up with a really clear and pure expression of the maple in here, its not obstructed at all by grain sugar, and its silky texture and gorgeous natural flavor are on full display. the fenugreek is oily, toasty, herbal, and lightly spicy. its dosed just right for me and very distinct. it seems to always end up with things like cinnamon and cardamom in both food and drink, and so to have it relatively isolated like this is just brilliant, and i think it compliments the yeast character as well as the maple syrup here really nicely. we had this beer on an all time hangover as a breakfast brew, and it really did bring us back to nearly full functioning humans again. the maple and the roast, the fenugreek and the cold fermented smoothness, this beer is expert and inventive, as good as it gets! maple for days too, sweet at the right times and thick from it in a beautiful way. incredible beer!

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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Think bodied carbonation that remains, and heavy maple syrup on the nose. But the adjuncts are barely present on the flavor profile, solid, but I'll chalk this up to one I shouldn't age

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rawfish
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a nice surprise. I haven't had many lagers from the Bruery, but they nailed this Baltic-style Porter. Pours a beautiful dark brown, almost black, with a fluffy brown head. The flavor is roasty and maple, but not overly sweet. Nicely done.

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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Raziel313
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer21
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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The Grade from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 68 ratings