Komes Raspberry (Malinowy) Porter
Browar Fortuna

Komes Raspberry (Malinowy) PorterKomes Raspberry (Malinowy) Porter
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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #59
Ranked #7,805
4.07 | pDev: 9.09%
Browar Fortuna
Komes Raspberry (Malinowy) PorterKomes Raspberry (Malinowy) Porter
Notes: Brewed with raspberry juice, lagered with vanilla and chili peppers
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Browar Fortuna "Komes Raspberry Porter"
16.9 fl. oz. brown glass bottle coded "LOT NUMBER 32/32/19/1
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I love these beers that actually fill an Imperial pint glass. It's poured a hazy dark brown-black body beneath a slightly orange and tan head of foam that unfortunately crashes down almost as quickly as it rises. I can see lots of bubbles breaking the surface though. In the nose there's a combination of bright and sweetly grainy malt (like Ovaltine) and raspberry. It's a little unusual but certainly welcoming. Sometimes I smell the malt upfront, and sometimes I get the raspberry. On to the flavor... the rich maltiness remains as does the raspberry. I get the malt first but the raspberry jumps right on top of that as we get to mid palate. I have to admit that I like this beer a whole lot more than I thought I would! The raspberry is sweetish and seems completely authentic, and the malt isn't as dark as you might expect it to be. It's grainy, chocolate fudge-like, and golden caramelish. There's a note of vanilla, which is a surprise, but as I'm looking at the label it lists "raspberry juice, lagered with vanilla and chili peppers". Back to that... I just poured the lees of and there's definitely yeast in this which explains the haziness. I like that. OK, the chili, it leaves a bit of a burn on your lips, and perhaps a slight peppery flavor in the finish, but it's certainly not overdone - this is not a pepper beer. I'm quite impressed by this to be honest. Each sip is a complete moment of enjoyment, and it seems to be opening up a bit as it warms. It's not that bitter, but neither is it too sweet. It dries in the finish enough that your palate is cleansed and you're ready for another sip pretty much right off. Milk chocolate and raspberry linger in the finish along with the spiciness and delicate touch of flavor from the pepper. Overall it's really, really nicely balanced. In the mouth it's full bodied and gently crisp; I think they made a good call on the carbonation level even if it might allow the head to drop a little quicker than it otherwise might. So, back to noticing something now that I mentioned earlier, a full Imperial pint of this may be a little much (insert laughing emoji here). It reminds me of ordering a full pint of Titanic Plum Porter at the Ship & Mitre in Liverpool, UK and thinking 'Jesus, now why did I do that?'. A half pint at the end of the night would have done fine. So, is this a dessert beer? Well it could be. It's rich enough and sweet enough without being too much. I'd also think it would be readily useable as an ingredient - the first thing that pops to mind is something like a tiramisu with this drizzled on top. I'll be damned, but I think this might score better for me than their Imperial stout and Baltic porter which I think is great. Maybe that's because this has so much stylistic flexibility. Maybe not. What I can say about this is what I said earlier, I wasn't expecting much from this and it really delivered. Give it a try.
Review #7,090

Nov 21, 2020
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Anders91 from California

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: black with a medium mocha head

Smell: strong raspberry, faint vanilla, notes of chocolate

Taste: raspberry wallop up front sweet but not too sweet, chocolate follows with the same hint of vanilla as in the nose.

Feel: smooth and rich, smooth carbonation with a little pepper prick on the tail end

Nov 12, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle lot number 34/10/19/1 poured into a stemless wine glass at fridge temp 8.5% ABV. The beer pours dense black with light mocha colored head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength featuring dry, roasted malt and raspberry. The taste is semisweet raspberry up front with vanilla and chili peppers popping in mid palate before a mildly bitter, roasty finish. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good. This is a tasty and well made beer. Subtle flavor additions make it different than the base beer, but it remains a Baltic Porter.

Aug 24, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a very dark brown with a modest, soon diminishing head. In the nose, alcohol and fruit. In the mouth, the first taste is raspberry, evened out with some vanilla and roast malt. Nice porter!

Aug 20, 2020
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jettjon from Florida

4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 1pt. 0.9 oz bomber into a Perfect Pint glass, this one is pitch brown color with no penetrating light, beneath a nearly non-existent head. Nose is quite sweet and fruity up front with some dark chocolate and hints of boozy alcohol. Flavor is up-front raspberry, sort of an artificial candy gummy-bear raspberry flavor, along with a bit of coffee and more dark chocolate, which is an explicitly delicious combination to me. And yes, there is a bit of spicy chili sting. Mouthfeel is very crisp which accentuates the tartness of the raspberry. Overall: Holy cow, this is absolutely delicious. I was initially taken back by the slightly artificial raspberry flavor, but as it all came together, it's like a fine dark chocolate with chili dipped into a raspberry jam. Will definitely try again.

Jul 26, 2020
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Sparse lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of raspberries, chocolate, malt, vanilla, chili peppers, and a burnt quality.

T: Tasted of a minor amount of chili peppers (a surprisingly subtle presence), a slight bit of char (mostly in the finish), a lot of raspberry juice (the dominant ingredient), some malt (present throughout), a little bit of vanilla (just a tinge), and a decent amount of chocolate (quite sweet). A well-balanced, easy to like porter. Tasty stuff.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solid and oddly likable beer. Drinkable.

Jun 30, 2020
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Kendo from New York

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The batch # suggests this was brewed in 2018; consumed on 3-28-20.

A: Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Body is black with a wisp of greyish head on top.

S: Raspberry-creme cordial meets raspberry soda. Nice nose if you like raspberries.

T: Interesting. Given the overwhelming amount of raspberries in the nose, I was expecting this to be all raspberries. They're there, don't get me wrong, but they're offset by a modest amount of dark chocolate and vanilla. Yet it finishes with an oddly dry, cleansing taste. The sweetness that you get up front doesn't really linger to make this cloyingly sweet at all. Modest alcohol warmth in the belly - not too much, considering this is 8.5% ABV.

M: I think this is where they succeeded most - carbonation is modest, but the overall heft of this beer is lighter than you'd expect - more in line with a regular porter than a Baltic Porter or a double/imperial stout. That seems to help keep this beer from becoming too sweet or overwhelmed by the raspberries.

O: A solid dessert beer. The bottle lists advice on aging, and indicates that over time it becomes more dry. My guess is that this is at least 15 months old, and that has likely occurred - i.e., it's gotten drier over time, as some of the sweetness dissipated.

Mar 29, 2020
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Barettes from Washington

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Well it certainly delivers on the promise of raspberries. This is in the dessert category; a bit syrupy though not a heavy beer. Supporting flavors are chile, chocolate, dark roasted malts and dark fruits. I might prefer slightly drier finish, but overall quite nice for the price.

Mar 27, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big cocoa, dark chocolate, raspberry cordial, and light peppery heat on the finish. Very nice sipper. Layers of flavor unfold as the beer warms. Would get this again.

Feb 29, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting porter. Not sure what to expect from the combination of fruit and chili but this actually worked quite well. No date printed on bottle. Pours a thicker dark brown color with a tiny bit of off-white head, just a little film without any real lacing. Smells of slightly tart raspberries, fainter strawberries, a little vanilla and caramel. Maybe a hint of malt in the background along with chili pepper. Tastes similarly, actually quite well balanced and the heat was definitely subtle but present. Higher ABV was well-hidden. Smooth mild mouthfeel with good carbonation. Quite enjoyable and definitely unique!

Feb 17, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

.5 L bottle with a 14 October 2019 bottling date stamp, served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours with a clear but very dark blackish ruby body topped with a decent beige head.
The aroma suggests lots of raspberry flavor and the flavor does have a strong raspberry component. It seems for a moment that there may be too much raspberry but then the generous load of dark grains comes forward leaving a very satisfying, strong mix of flavors and tempering the sweetness. Additions of vanilla and chili peppers are nearly only detectable on the label but a clear pepper note does come out in the nose.
Overall: strongly flavored and well worth seeking out.

Feb 04, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle served in a big snifter. Lot number 34/10/19/1.

Pours brown with a big head that fades fairly quickly to a ring. Carbonation is moderate. Smell is raspberry with a light roasty background.

Taste is raspberry, roastiness is a little more pronounced with a bitterness that doesn't seem to meld well with the raspberry sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium, still, not sticky. Overall...it's an OK beer. Pronounced but not overwhelming raspberry flavor is definitely the best feature, whatever the source of bitterness is needs to be balanced against it better.

Jan 25, 2020
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beer-mess from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you like raspberry without being all nasty and too sweet. This beer rocks! Dark and toasty. Perfect dessert beer without all the bs pastry calories.

Jan 17, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Tavour. Bottle smokes a bit upon opening. Dark brown, flat. Aroma is all raspberry . Taste brings more berries in a healthy amount. Theres a porter in there somewhere, but this is all about the fruit.

Jan 03, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours dark brown with a brown head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: It has a strong raspberry aroma. There are background elements of roast and a hint of chocolate.

Taste: It is sweet with a strong raspberry flavor. There are background notes of roast and chile. There are also slight chocolate notes.

Feel: It has a medium body with a spicy and sweet finish.

Overall, the raspberry dominates the other flavors and aromas.

Jan 03, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black body, opaque; nice, lasting head, dense and creamy. Nice, subdued aroma; gentle hints of raspberry and charred grain. Initial sweet taste of milk chocolate and vanilla then a lasting burst of raspberry sweetness; subtle chili pepper flavor lurks in the background towards the finish. Heavy, oily body; berry juiciness with some excellent malt residual sugar sweetness.

The raspberries are prominent here yet the malt base and the touch of chili pepper create some nice depth and complexity to the beer.

Dec 31, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Komes Raspberry Porter, 8.5 % ABV. Pours black with a 3+ finger tan head which left no lacing. Nose is raspberry. Taste is slightly sweet and slightly tart raspberry, roast malt, with a slight bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

Dec 22, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the back label: "LOT NUMBER 34/10/19/1"

Appearance: The body is black and it has a short khaki head with a creamy texture. The head fades out to a ring of foam.

Aroma: There is a fruity aroma of what smells like cherries, a bit if plum, and a touch of raspberry jam.

Taste: A raspberry flavor hits the palate first, then a light bit of bitter baker's chocolate comes in after. A light carbon flavor follows and it finishes off a bit earthy and woody with more of that carbon character.

Mouthfeel: It is medium-full bodied with an off-dry finish. There is a light bitterness to the beer and it is very drinkable. This beer boasts "8.5% alc./vol." (as indicated by the label) and it does an excellent job of hiding it.

Overall: The back of the bottle says that this "is a bottom fermented dark beer brewed with raspberry juice and lagered with 'Bourbon' vanilla from Madagascar and Indian chili peppers." It definitely has a fruity character but the vanilla and chili peppers seem to be absent. The base beer for this is fantastic. I would absolutely drink it again and I would highly recommend it.

Dec 16, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Very dark brown, almost black. One finger of tan head with poor retention.

Smell: Mildly sweet raspberry and milk chocolate.

Taste: Raspberry intermingled with sweet roast malt. Very small amount of bitterness on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, with good carbonation.

Overall: A little sweet for my taste, but would make a good dessert drink.

Dec 13, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent mahogany with one finger of tan head. No head retention or lacing

S: Raspberries, not much else

T: Follows the nose, some chocolate notes, plus leafy hops up front. Chocolate, raspberry & dryness as this warms, a touch of dark cherry as well. Finishes dry with woody hops & raspsberry & just a little choclate

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation

A solid take on the style, pretty darn drinkable

Nov 24, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Form the 16.9 oz bottle in a snifter. This unique brew pours a
dark muddled and murky brown with cola highlights and a
decent head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin
wafting clumping pool, and spots faint lacing. Nose of
dark raspberry and sweet vanilla cream with subtle
spicy pepper notes and dark brown sugars. Flavors
show a nice deft of balance with dark cocoa and raspberry
awash in a vanilla cream and raspberry jam with a
touch of dark coffee and brown sugars with a pleasant
lightly spicy pepper note on the rear.
Nice mouth feel; smooth, rich, lightly creamy,
light carbonation, medium full body, and a
lightly tart and subtly dry finish.

Overall, a unique experience


Sep 29, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this Bottle (Gasp!) during a recent visit to Hunger-n-Thirst here in Lancaster, PA mainly because I could not resist it at its incredibly low price point. Plus, it is also a pretty big (high-ABV) beer, so that also helped in the decision making process.

From the Bottle: "Komes Raspberry Porter from Browar Fortuna is a bottom-fermented dark beer brewed with raspberry juice and lagered with 'Bourbon' vanilla from Madagascar and Indian chili peppers."; "When Komes is stored for 18 months, the beer changes its taste. Now you can decide, [sic] how long your Komes will mature. Fresh and fruity [to] Dry and complex".

I began by Pop!ping the cap & doing a slow, gentle, C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I was only partway into my pour when it really began foaming up, doing a pseudo-cascade & forming three-plus fingers of fizzy, foamy, rocky, light-tan head that quickly fell away to wisps. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & ruby highlights. Nose was simply redolent with raspberries. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, kind of weak for the style. The taste was prevalently raspberry with a slight peppery burn, but the vanilla was nearly lost in the mélange. It was a good thing that they had mentioned it on the label or I might have overlooked it altogether. A few sips in and the pepperiness began to take hold and increase in intensity, causing me to sneeze at one point! Finish was in the twilight zone between semi-sweet & semi-dry thanks to the raspberry-pepper combination. I have a feeling that, with aging, this will really dry out nicely & the pepperiness will become prevalent. I may have to purchase another bottle for aging/scientific purposes …

Apr 30, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown with a nice khaki head that falls leaving very nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas have a nice blend of raspberries and chocolate along with some hints of vanilla. Very mild and subtle hints of coffee. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More raspberry leading the way along with some chocolate. The vanilla comes through. It's definitely on the sweeter side, but it's not quite cloying. The sweetness is enjoyable. Mild and subtle heat in the finish due to the chili peppers. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol is ultimately well hidden. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, slightly creamy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty nice brew. The raspberries shine. The chili peppers are an afterthought, but noticeable, which works perfectly with this one. The craftsmanship is on point. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. Well done.

Mar 05, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown pour with thin creme colored lacing, little to know carbonation.

S - Nose is all chocolate and raspberry with a slight peppery spice underneath.

T - A nip of chocolate of front that quickly gets buried with a low to moderate raspberry flavor, ends with some light spiciness and heat with cocoa popping through on the very back end. Some heat builds in the back of the throat from the peppers but nothing ever gets out of hand, it actually blends quite nicely.

M - Thick, velvety body with warming in the back of the throat.

O - Really digging this beer.

Feb 18, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Lathery rich, fine tan colored head, nearly khaki colored with nearly nitrous looking bubbles and a creamy top. Body color is a big dark nearly black body, with large red tinges on the edge. Real aggressive looking porter.

Holy raspberry on the nose batman, this is absolutely bursting in fruit. Very cordial liquer like smelling also. It is extremely impressive but overshadows any other flavors the beer might be producing. It is a bit one note but it's a dam good one.

Palate manges a bit more variety. Raspberry thick malted syrup but with good tartness and minimal sweetness. Finishes rich and velvety, a minor touch of dark chocolate on the edges. Aftertaste does manage a little bit of chile like heat to it, which is a good cutting contrast to the sweetness. Extremely bold but in control beer, which has a hint of bite with the added peppers, and perhaps some smoothed out body from the added vanilla, making a real black forest cake quality.

I have been real impressed with these Komes beers so far. This one is a lot of fun to drink also.

Feb 03, 2019
Komes Raspberry (Malinowy) Porter from Browar Fortuna
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 67 ratings