Baltic Porter | Uncommon Brewers

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Baltic PorterBaltic Porter

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Uncommon Brewers
California, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by illidurit on 01-31-2009

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Photo of engagechad
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - poured into Imp pint glass

Pours VERY dark with tan leather head, soapy bubbles. Easily agitated back to full 1/2 inch head. half a point ded for the lack of lacing. Smells complex and interesting.. Lots of licorice (obviously as it states on the can that it is brewed with licorice root and star anise) and some other chocolate artifacts. Taste follows but also adds a very uncommon (ha..) aftertaste that I have never encountered.. The aftertaste is of belgian waffles with syrup. It was so odd that I kept cleansing with water and then approaching the brew fresh to see if that is what I thought I was tasting and it was. Mouthfeel is chewy and right on.

Overall this was a surprise beer, just something I decided to grab because I haven't had many in this style and wanted to try more.

If you see it, get it. it's an adventure!

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -- Dark black with a hint of burgundy, 1.5 finger head that quickly dissipates without any lacing. *I did not get a "satisfying crack" when opening the beer, almost like opening a can of tomato juice.

S. More of a tone of Annis than licorice, and it does have a great smell of chocolatey roasted barley.

T/M -- Light cream feel at first with a nice bite similar to baker's chocolate, not a hoppy bitter bite, more of the baker's chocolate.

Overall. Decent baltic porter, Though I was not a fan of the bittering on the end. Overall an average style beer, unsure on price point as it was a gift.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to forgetfu for this one.

Pours dark brown with a nice maroon touch. No real haead. a bit flat but looks pretty. Smells great. Lots of dark fruits. Tastes sweet and full bodied. The malts are very complex. Overall super thick and rich for a blatic porter. Because of that I'm disappointed in it. More of a sweet/milk stout. But, very tasty!

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Photo of chumba526
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It appears solid black with a coffee brown large head.

It smells of toasted roasted malts. There is a bit of a vanilla like smell. I also get a bit of a slightly fruity smell. There is also a subtle licorice smell.

It tastes initially quite smoky, but it is not overbearingly smoky. I get a mild vanilla like flavor. There is a slight fruity yeast taste to the beer. The beer finishes with a nice licorice herbal like taste. This beer is very well balanced. All of the flavors mix perfectly with each other.

There is moderate low carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel.

The drinkability is very good. The beer goes down smooth.

Overall a fantastic Baltic Porter this is most likely my favorite Baltic Porter to date.

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Photo of scoots511
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Porter beer that when held up to a light you can see light penetrate a few millimeters at the top of the beer. Dark tan head, had to pour in the center of the glass all the way up to generate some head for the beer.

S: Black licorice and chocolate.

T: Very slight "chalk" taste upfront that is enjoyable. The licorice flavoring is fortunately not overdone. Possibly california ale yeast was used for this or another yeast that brings out A 7.8% beer, I can taste some of the alcohol but cannot taste overly heavy residual sugars, covered by hops but not very hoppy either.

M: Lower carbonation

D: For the baltic porter category the drinkability is nice.

This is a great winter warmer beer at 7.8%. But I also think it is refreshing enough to drink anytime. A very pleasing drink.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Licorice, anis, licorice anis.

This beer pours dark with some brown highlights.

Smells like licorice

taste like licorice.

Its a pretty good beer. Did I mention it was pretty licorice tasting. Still enjoyable, not bad as an extra just to give it a try.

This brewery always turns out interesting beers. Flavorful, to say the least, whether or not its to your liking is another matter.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours an attractive dark brown with no head, just a ring of cola colored bubbles around the rim of the glass.

S-Root beer, toffee,caramel malts.

T/M-Thin and moderately roasty, with a sharp, metallic note in the finish. Definitely an off flavor. Very thin for the style.

D-Would be curious to try it on tap. Don't care for it out of the can. Not a great representation of the style, and too many off flavors.

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Photo of nataku00
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bay Area Craft Beer Festival. Poured a dark brown into my tasting glass with maybe half a finger of head that quickly dissipated. Little to no lacing when I tried to agitate the glass to promote more head, indicating a fairly viscous and possibly syrupy beer. I couldn't see any carbonation through the dark beer.

Nose was dark fruits (plums and raisins primarily) and anise licorice flavors. Some breadiness as well, but it did not smell overly sweet, which I was worried about when I saw how syrupy it looked.

Taste follows the nose, with the licorice being at just the right level, balanced by a little sweetness from the malt, and some fruitiness. I'm not normally a fan of licorice, but this had a really pleasant flavor. Little to no aftertaste left on the tongue, with a nice smooth and almost creamy mouthfeel from the medium to full body.

Very easy to drink, and I had around three samples at the beer fest before they ran out of it.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Source/Serving: Draught

Smell: Burnt cinnamon and a fireplace burning cedar wood. Very strong smell of alcohol. Very powerful and interesting.

Taste: A lot like bourbon at first, but a quarter of the way through it started to develop some grape-like flavors which made it more like brandy, or like it was aged in a red wine barrel. Noticeable alcohol, wood, dry roasted/burnt malts. Thin body, creamy, low carbonation. Finish lingers forever with wood/bourbon qualities. This beer was really complex and excellent until about halfway through when the finish started becoming quite harsh and astringent with intense fusel alcohols making it a bit hard to drink. The intense flavor of the beer partially covered this up and made it palpable, but it was a big disappointment after the beer started out so strong.

Notes: To me this beer is really dominated by alcohol presence which is both good (great bourbon and brandy qualities) and bad (very prevalent in the smell and dominant fusel alcohols in the finish). Definitely not my favorite though.

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

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a full light tan head, good lacing in this one.

S: Seductive, rich notes of dark chocolate and mild espresso I really liked.

T: Big notes of chocolate, almost opulent, rich cacao. Mild burnt sugar, molasses and French roast coffee in there as well, but the chocolate dominates.

M: Smooth, rich, soft carbonation, ethanol is nowhere to be found, but the big flavours make it a sipper.

D: This is a real nice beer from Uncommon, probably my favourite from them so far. Just a beer to enjoy and think about.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at The Red. Black with a small tan head. Sweet coffee and licorice aroma. Full bodied with a very silky texture and dark chocolate flavor. Lots of dark, rum soaked fruits, coffee, and a bitter finish. Very smooth, rich, and boozy in a good way. Great baltic porter.

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Photo of Offa
4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this cask-conditioned at the Toad in the Hole, Santa Rosa. It is a rich, very strongly flavoured, yet complex, balanced, and very smooth Baltic Porter. It has clear Baltic Porter qualities yet also its own character.

It's blakc with a big brown head, slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps but leaving only weak traces of lace.

The aroma is strong and pungent, but pleasant, complex, and balanced. It is richly fruity with dark, rich fermented, stewed fruit (prunes, figs, etc.), brown bread, hints of rum and molasses, dark chocolate.

The taste is similar. It's very rich and strong and pungent, restrained just before becoming truly intense, with a lot of rich complexity, and very full-bodied, well-rounded, and very well-integrated. It has strong, fermented, caramelized fruit, dark dried figs, prunes, etc., fermented ginger bread with black-strap molasses and hints of bdark toast, rum, dark chocolate and coffee, all interplaying harmoniously. The feel is rich, oily and extremely silky and smooth, with a little liveliness nevertheless. It's hints at its alcohol and one can easily guess from the robustness, etc., that this is pretty high, but the alcohol itself is well-hidden. This is a wonderful strong porter, very rich and complex yet incredibly balanced and well-integrated. It's amazingly easy to drink despite its strength and robust flavour.

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

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Pitch black with a cocoa colored head and slight red hues with backing light. Nose of roasted coffee with some cream and sugar. Some licorice and bourbon character as well, similar overall to coffee liqueur. Flavor is very similar to the aroma but there's a huge roasted character with moderate bitterness and nice dryness. Very interesting and tasty. A very good beer and another step in the right direction for Uncommon Brewers.

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Baltic Porter from Uncommon Brewers
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