Baltic Porter | Uncommon Brewers

BA SCORE
85
very good
181 Ratings
Baltic PorterBaltic Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uncommon Brewers
California, United States
uncommonbrewers.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by illidurit on 01-31-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
181
Reviews:
88
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a brandy snifter.

A: Midnight black with some hints of red. Tan head recedes to a ring around the glass. Some lacing.

S: Roasty chocolate, milky sugar, sweet anise. No licorice to be found.

T: Big quaff of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, lactose. Nice balance of roastiness and lactic, chocolatey sweetness. Licorice and anise are slightly discernible. Vanilla throughout. Huge pleasing charred taste in the finish, with more chocolate, lactose, and anise lingering. Alcohol is well-hidden, but contributes nicely to the sweetness.

M: Nice. Creamy and somewhat thick.

O: Not exactly the licorice bomb the can says it is, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into an Allagash cervoise glass. Stamped 05/26/2011.

A: Like Coca Cola with a fizzing, churning inch of head. Opaque dark brown. The head dissipates leaving nary a trace, neither tracing nor lacing.

S: A sharp metallic scent mars an underlying roasted character and sweet licorice. It's really strong and really bad.

T: Happily, the flavour isn't obviously metallic, but it's often thin, sharpish, and almost sour. Disappointing. Fortunately, there is some nice, malty bitterness, and the added anise makes a welcome, if brief, sweetish appearance reminiscent of anisado. Licorice grows more prominent as time wears on.

M: Where is all the carbonation I noticed in the pour? Not terrible, but rather thin and lacking in zest.

O: I suppose I should have checked the date at the time of purchase, but even in retrospect, I feel this beer should've help up better to 10 months in a can. At any rate, I'd drink it again fresh, but this four-pack wasn't worth it.

9 September 2012 EDIT: Can stamped 26 June 2012. This is much, much better. Bumping up the Overall from 3 to 4.0; too lazy to re-review.

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Photo of BFro
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Amalak
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. It has a massive bubbly, brown head that leaves a good deal of lacing. It's black with a hint of light coming through at the bottom.

S. Smooth nut scent to it.

T. It has a very alcohol bite to it. A bit over the top. It's malty. Hints of chocolate. A nuttyness to it.

M. Very carbonated and leaves a tingle on the tongue.

O. The alcohol I feel overtakes any of the complexity. It a bit to port wine-ish as a porter beer. It's not bad, but it lacks a certain something.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can, this was a souvenir from working EBF 2012. The beer was allowed to warm some before being poured into my petit Duvel tulip.

Uncommon Brewers Baltic Porter pours to fairly standard appearance for a porter. The body of the beer is pitch black, with maybe a finger and a half of caramel foam sitting atop it. Head retention is definitely on the short side, and lacing is pretty much nonexistent. The nose is a blend of milk chocolate and black licorice, with the licorice probably standing out a little bit more. The flavor lets the base beer shine through some more, as coffee joins the milk chocolate from the nose. At the same time, the licorice fades a bit more into the background, which is just fine with me. The body is nice and full and chewy, and carbonation is just a touch dull, leading to a decent mouthfeel. I was a bit apprehensive about trying Uncommon Brewers Baltic Porter once I saw star anise and licorice mentioned on the can, but they manage to use it to add a nice subdued note to a solid porter. I’d definitely pick up some more if it were locally available.

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Photo of grannaniwa
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of AutumnBeerLove
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got 3 of there beers on discount. Seems their beers are really carbonated and they said "open it over a sink" chilling the beer and doing so the can didn't explode everywhere.

A - Pours a very dark black, no light escaping with a half inch of head that sticks around to make a mocha colored lace ring. Don't be fooled it's still very carbonated so don't shake the can!

S - I get mostly chocolate malt in this one with roast coming at me as well. Smells sweet.

T - Wow that's carbonated. Felt like I was swallowing foam. Taste is pretty light for 7.8% with balanced light chocolate flavors and coffee. Not bad.

M - Way too bubbly really the whole time I wanted to be careful swallowing since it foams up rather easy. Medium bodied but light bubbly body.

Overall I would love to have this again but they really got to cut the carbonation down a bit! Good beer overall and am happy to have the other two offerings.

Canned on 5/14/2011 and still this carbonated GAWDamn!

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a tallboy is a black as a blackhole in outerspace. On top is a dark beige head about in a finger in height.

Aroma: It's malt forward that has a molasses and caramelized sugar aroma. Raosted hops, dark coffee, dark bread with a wisp of rye.

Taste: Lots of malty sweetness, espresso, carob, touches of rye and pumpernickel. Dark roasted hops that are mostly floral with a very creamy almost like silk mouthfeel and even a little bit of a buttery texture.

Notes: An amazing creamy, drinkable beer that I will pick up again. Cheers.

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Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

After popping the top you get a big foam-up. Then it's quite beautiful with the abundant creamy head and lacing. However, my first thought is what was that theater candy with the intense licorice flavor? (Black Crows.) Aroma is more licorice. Flavors of black pepper, pencil shavings, and burnt toast. Very dark roast malt with a little sweetness, but it's overwhelmed by that enormous winey charcoal taste.

As a dissenting opinion, I find this tough to drink. I admit it's interesting and spicy, and the frothy mouthfeel is nice. However, the bitter, metallic finish is harsh. 16 oz cans from the Jug Shop in San Francisco.

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Photo of Scout11
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can served in my DT tulip. Pours one shade shy of black with a loose, half inch khaki-colored head that disperses towards the edges leaving a dollop of foam in the center before dissipating into a thin tight band. No lacing on this one. Nose expresses dark malts, anise and slightly vinous notes. Taste follows nose with the addition of a roasted character and the merest hint of cocoa; however, the flavors are somewhat watered down and there's a bit of wet cardboard happening as well. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a mild, even carbonation and a trace of acidity. Overall, not a bad example of the style, but a bit dull and lacking any bold flavors. Not something I need to revisit again, particularly at over $4.00 for a single.

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Photo of BB1313
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a snifter. Pours black with some light getting through. The head starts off nice, but fades quickly and there's somewhat of a lack of lacing/retention. I'm normally not a huge fan of anise, but it's the star of the show. The aromas are a perfect blend of milk chocolate and black licorice. The flavors are bittersweet. More anise in the flavors, but it doesn't necessarily dominate, which I like. There's a nice roastiness as well from the malts. Finishes off with a touch of coffee/expresso. Mouthfeel is very spritzy, possibly over carbonated. It still drinks relatively smooth though. Nice example of an organic beer.

There are some flaws, but the aromas and flavors make this one enjoyable. Great use of anise.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very stout like appearance: nearly black in body with a tan coloured head. Rich malts, hints of booze, chocolate, light black coffee notes. No hints of the liquorice or star anise. Maybe its too cold right now.

Rich roasted malt taste: coffee, dark chocolate, a nice sweetness to it. Dry, almost cocoa taste at the finish. Still no hint of anise or liquorice. Light booziness.

Thick mouthfeel, but still with a bit of fizz from the carbonation. A great beer, very nice for dessert.

(Edit: as this warms, faint traces of the liquorice flavours develop).

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Photo of warnerry
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 5/26/2011

A - Pours deep brown, with a bit of red visible when held to the light. One finger of tan head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving only scant lacing.

S - Big aromas of chocolate and licorice/anise. Chocolate has both bittersweet and milk chocolate aromas.

T - While chocolate was more prominent than anise in the aroma, the anise takes center stage in the taste, at least initially. Midway through, chocolate takes over, though there is another flush on anise on the finish. The licorice flavors don't always work in beers, but it is really a highlight here. A bit of citrus hops near the finish as well. Very nice.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice creaminess and just a touch of alcohol burn.

O - My first from Uncommon, definitely makes me want to try another.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good beige head that leaves some streaky ring lace. Very dark brown where no light shines through. The head settles to a thin layer of

Near coffee notes, meaning that the coffee is mild contributing to a more mocha aroma because of the cocoa. Light hop nose, this is almost all coffee.

The flavor is a full semi-sweet chocolate flavor. The aftertaste is chewy from the thick body and lots of cocoa. Predictable flavoring of cocoa and mild alcohol. The body is neutral with an average carbonation.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 16 oz can from Anderson's in Toledo. Dug out from the back of the fridge.

A: The porter is deliciously dark, deep brown-black no matter how you look at it. The first pour generated a thick, cascading head, deep tan and very attractive.

S: Stark but sweet, the baltic porter brings deep roasted malts that have a decided legumey-chocolatey edge to them. The sweeter milk chocolate aromas are the stand out.

T: The sweet milk chocolate and cocoa continue in the first sips. That sweetness pairs nicely with the underlying darkness, roasted as it is. The starchiness is also evident, running throughout the porter. Despite the significant head, carbonation seems to have been tamped down. And, oh yeah, a boozy heat runs right through the middle of the ale, a peppery blast. The spiciness, bold and chocolatey is very nice. An excellent Baltic porter.

M: Good until the heat wave arrived. After that, I was sold by the peppery heat. Uncommon indeed, I wish that I had a few more cans lying around.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours nearly black. Barely any light enters. Tan smooth head than is small and looks like a milkshake in terms of consistency. Light lacing. Good look.

S-Chocolate, mostly dark chocolate. Nice coffee roast too. A bit of anise. Very light hop aroma as well. Has a sort of chalky element to it.

T-Anise and the chocolate come through and shine. Coffee sets in after. A bit burnt. The flavor is quite like the nose. Very solid. A bit smoky too. A tiny twitch of hop in the finish.

M-Creamy and smooth. Medium to full bodied.Carbonation complements the feel. Very respectable feel. Creaminess is nice.

O/D-Overall, I was not impressed with the first beer I tried with this brewery. This one is much better. The feel stands out the most to me personally. Drinkability is pretty high. I got a single can of this for about $3.25 which is pricey. Definitely worth a try. This may make me try another beer from this brewery.

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Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split a 16oz can with a friend. It poured dark brown with a light tan head. I liked the mix of roasted, cocoa barley and mild esters in the aroma. The flavor, however, gets a bit thin for the style and the fruit falls out with just the roast left. Something's off, maybe a little too much alcohol taste, or maybe it hasn't aged well. It's close to being a good beer, but isn't quite there.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall boy cans, hell yeah!

Pours a nice creamy darker 1+ finger head that fades semi slowly with nice lacing, over pretty much pitch black beer.

Nose of loaded with choc and roast, some toasted malts not crazy chartered, with light coffee. Most of all the chocolate, bakers, dark, cocoai powder, and bit of choc milk. Light earthy hop brings light bitter aroma. Then some caramel, light vanilla, and a nutty nutmeg like aroma round it off. As it warms a hint of licorice.

Taste starts with more dark malts, luscious creamy malts, light roast again without the bitter char and light coffee. then more chocolate although less than the nose, bakers and powdered cocoa mostly. A light burnt like black patent malt flavor is there too. Creamy milky chocolate leaks its way in with a light bitterness and light earthy hops. A light warming booze also sneaks in, with the late caramel, vanilla, and again light nutty malt. Finish is still creamy but not quite as dry as I expected but still drier, more chocolate and light roast, light booze, caramel and vanilla all linger.

Mouth is med to heavier bodied, creamy and luscious, lighter but decent carb, done warming booze.

Overall very impressed actually, wasn't expecting much from a brewery I have barely heard of and from a can, but they did the malts very well without the burnt roasted flavor. Nice chocolate, black patent, light coffee vanilla and caramel, and light nutty, light hops, creamy smooth and drinkable with a light booze kick. Very nice.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of bob727
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Baltic Porter from Uncommon Brewers
3.8 out of 5 based on 181 ratings.
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