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Komes Baltic PorterKomes Baltic Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Browar Fortuna
Poland
browarfortuna.pl

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Komes Porter Baltycki

KOMES PORTER reflects the history of brewing, referring to the 18th century tradition of brewing porters in the Baltic states. At their prime, Baltic porters represented one third of the market, which is the best evidence of their popularity. We offer you a well-balanced, dark, strong beer with a distinct flavour. Slow fermentation at low temperatures in open vats, coupled with long (at least 3 months) maturation have resulted in the beer’s character and complete, complex nature. The Porter’s bouquet matures further in the bottle. Time is on its side.

Bronze Medal at the World Beer Cup 2014.

Gold Medal at the European Beer Star 2013 for best beer in the Baltic Porters category

Added by Sammy on 09-07-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,213
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
78
pDev:
6.37%
 
 
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2
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Photo of Abstractspirit
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scratch69
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brutalist
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Atg1095
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

.5L bottle with a 2-2018 date stamp.

A: Pours very dark reddish brown, almost completely opaque and approaching black in color in the glass, The body is topped by a semi-durable, creamy tan head.

Aroma (8.5): Moderate to strong aroma featuring dark roasted grains and hints of raisins and other dark fruits. High complexity with hints of cherries, smoke, wood, dried plums.

Flavor: moderate-high strength for style; dominated by dark malts; light smoke and hints of dark dried fruits and cherries. Moderate bitterness for style.

Feel: Full bodied with near medium, lightly prickly carbonation. Smooth with a light amount of alcohol warming.

Overall: an exceptional Baltic Porter that is worth seeking out. Partially hidden ABV.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up along with their new raspberry porter and Russian imperial stout at my local store... This appears to be a new label, where the name is in English, not Polish ("Porter Baltycki")... Figured I oughta try this before their new stuff...

Poured dark brown and clear, looks obsidian in the glass - kicked up a massive head like a Guinness off my center-pour, producing aromas of sweet dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and anise... Fantastic taste - a perfect blend of the same impressions I got from the nose - smooth and sweet chocolate malts, suggestions of roasted coffee, and a nice licorice-like herbal anise/fennel touch... The body feels light despite the rich flavors - it is smoothly carbonated and I'm gonna make another comparison to a Guinness Draught here - almost fluffy creamy - super-drinkable - these guys are clearly on top of their Baltic porter game... Recommended...

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Photo of Carmack
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decent porter with a nice kick on the back end...

As with most porters this one has a dark coloration, almost black, with a thin head that has no staying power and thereby no lacing to mention. The smell was oddly reminiscent of a Coke when I drew in the first sniff and even a second and third touch with the nose came back strangely the same. However, after a while the true, deep roasted scent of porter comes through. I found the mouthfeel to be a tad watery though it was lightly carbonated as I prefer, making it somewhere between light- to medium-bodied. The taste was full of roasted flavor, slightly nutty, and all-around rich going down. This is indeed very good and I'll be on the lookout for other offering from this newly discovered brewer in my area.

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Photo of jkblr
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle lot # 6.12.18 (reading other reviews assuming this is best before Dec. 6) poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 9% ABV. The beer pours nearly black and impenetrable to light. The head is mocha colored and recedes slowly leaving a 1/4" cap and some lace. The aroma is pleasant with hints of smokey roast, coffee, berry and chocolate. The taste is smokey, berry tinted roasted malt that is barely sweet in the middle before a drying, tangy slightly smoked finish. Bitterness is medium and there only to balance the malt. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, excellent. Wonderful beer crafted exactly to style. Recommended.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark brown approaching jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and moderate chestnut brown + garnet red colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted + dark malts with a moderate amount of dark fruit (raisin + plum + cherry) as well as moderate brown sugar and molasses sweetness. Hints of smoked malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of dark malts along with moderate flavors of roasted malts and a hint of smoked malts. There is a moderate flavor of dark fruit (raisin + plum + cherry) with moderate amounts of brown sugar and molasses sweetness. Hints of earthy hops and a light presence of lager yeast. Light amounts of roasty bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: A very nice example of the styles, well constructed with a hint of smokiness as well as roasted and dark malts with some dark fruits and molasses + brown sugar sweetness. Very enjoyable and I would gladly have another of these.

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Photo of darktronica
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour is quite nice, black with light tan head, some soapy bubbles, and decent retained lacing. Black licorice, espresso, roasted malts on the nose, with some additional chocolate, fondant, iodine and peat on the palate. Very smooth, moderately full body.

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Photo of bixby1971
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BGDrock
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pure dark brown, like root beer, no ruby, covered with an espresso foam head of fine suds that has several minutes retention.
Mild aroma, of chocolate and dark roasted malts, rich with no astringency.
Fantastic flavour - rich velvety chocolate and dark roasted coffee, with none of the tart espresso flavour sometimes found in dark malt brews. Touches of vanilla, cherry. Enticing mouthfeel as well, soft and buttery, full but light at the same time, with light carbonation. Dry finish with light bitterness to keep the palate interested. It is a relatively sweet, if they turned that down it would be top class.

I can't stop going back for another sip, this stuff is crack. Amazing malty notes and tantalizing mouthfeel, a marvelous dessert beer, or pair with a nice steak.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Glorithm
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Simon212
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jangle_bojangle
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of irishkyle21
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of generallee
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It pours a very deep dark brown, nearly black with some very dark red highlights when held up to light. This is topped with a tall tan head of loose foam that quickly settles out to just a few bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma hits the nose with loads toasted grain and burnt sugar with hints of dark fruit and alcohol. The flavor is very sweet overall and has heavy toasted malts, blackstrap molasses, dark caramel and dark dried fruit with a touch of funky bitter hops underneath. It also has a light boozy flavor as well.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mojopin88
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yancot
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle served cool into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for $3.65 CDN. Finally, not a lager from Poland. Best before 03/06/2019.

Appearance - Thin, weak, tan head of about half a finger of brown foam is poured on top, otherwise gives the appearance of cola. Near black in the glass.

Smell - Malt bomb coming up with molasses and licorice being the forefront with some roasty grain aroma mixed in. Hints of smoke and wood as well and there is a subtle sweet cherry aroma underneath all this.

Taste - Really good stuff here. Lots of malt again, molasses forming the initial flavor rush with roasted grains. Slightly smokey with some wood mixed in. There's a certain sweetness on the back half of the flavor that suggest cherries or candied dark fruits. Finishes mildly bitter with the smoke and wood again coming through.

Mouthfeel - Thick and chewy, carbonation is quite light and body is very slick. Flavors stick to the tongue for a long while. Drying finish.

Overall - Some pretty good stuff right here, packed with flavors and hits a lot of the notes I love in a good Baltic porter namely licorice and at least a suggestion of smokiness. The real deal and certain worth a couple more samples while it's around.

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Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 78 ratings