Komes Baltic Porter
Browar Fortuna

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Style:
Porter - Baltic
Ranked #33
ABV:
9%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,649
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 6.8%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
143
From:
Browar Fortuna
 
Poland
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  6
Gots
  19
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Komes Baltic PorterKomes Baltic Porter
Notes: 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
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Sigmund from Norway

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shared 500 ml bottle at local tasting. Black colour, large beige head. Very malty aroma, mild roasty notes, hints of liquorice. Roasty flavour with malts, caramel, coffee and liquorice. Dry finish with ashy notes.

May 15, 2021
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; creamy and fluffy khaki head that falls leaving decent retention and lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of milk chocolate along with some caramel and vanilla. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More chocolate. More caramel and vanilla along with some brown sugar. Mild hints of toffee in the mix. There's a solid sweetness to this one. Low bitterness. Strong malt backbone. Alcohol is ultimately well hidden. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's extremely fluffy, smooth and slightly creamy.

This is a nice Baltic Porter. I really like the aromas. It has everything that you'd look for in the style, more or less. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. Not bad at all. I like it.

May 15, 2021
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elnachooo from Spain

3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

De color negro, con dedo de espuma de buena duración. De cuerpo ligero y baja carbonatación. Aroma café, regaliz y chocolate. Sabor a malta tostada y a chocolate.

Apr 27, 2021
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Whyteboar from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I was really expecting to like this one more than I did, but it ended up overly sweet for me.
Poured a medium coffee color with little head that dissipated quickly and no discernible lacing.
Aroma was malts and, well, malts. Not unpleasant at all, just not all I thought would be there.
Taste, where the rubber meets the road- malts, sweet malts at that. Virtually no bitterness that I could detect, and I prefer a non bitter stout and Porter but there is usually some balance to keep it from being too sweet, right?
The feel was excellent, the best part, so it was really easy to drink!
OA- I am not geeked about this one as I was some of the other foreign porters but it won some medals so I am likely in the minority here. Try it yourself and see.

Feb 26, 2021
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the half liter bottle, it pours a very dark brown, only noticeable as brown due to the brown color seen at the edges. The head is modest, soon reducing to a nice ring. The nose gets a nice mix of roasted and black malt scent, followed by a robust roasted malt taste in the mouth. Wow!

Jan 02, 2021
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Komas Baltic Porter from Browar Fortuna. Purchased 11/10/20 for $ 4.23 (Including tax) for 16.9 oz bottle ($ 0.250/oz) from State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD. Reviewed 12/6/20.
Marked “Lot Number 29/10/19/1” on back label. On room temperature shelf at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Served at 50 degrees (Per instructions on bottle 50 -53.6 degrees) in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 55.2 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Deep amber (SRM 15), clear.
Body – Ruby brown (SRM 24), opaque. When held to direct light, barely penetrates but distinct ruby where it does.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive center pour), buff, high density, short retention, rapidly diminishing to a two to three mm crown, and a thin partial cap. Second pour produces an eight mm fizzy head.
Lacing – None, but 9% ABV is the breakpoint between lacing and no lacing.
Aroma – 4 – Moderate roasted malt with a bit of sweetness, no hops, no yeast. Definitely weakens rapidly.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins with marked roasted malt, lightly bitter, no hops, no yeast followed by a graininess and a hint of coffee. The bitterness quickly ameliorates and leaves a bit of sweetness on the tongue. No alcohol (9 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma although a mild gastric warming does occur. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.75 – Medium, a bit thinner than creamy, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 Decent flavor and taste, however it seems a bit thin on the palate for the flavor. This has an aging scale, up to 18 months on the back label, ranging from fresh and roasted to dry and complex. Good price point.

Dec 06, 2020
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Beersnake1 from California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. A nice black with a little bit of brown head. The nose is beautiful. Fudge, caramel, dark coffee grounds, black licorice. A touch smokey - ash tray feel (but not in a bad way). A really nice combination of sweet and bitter. The taste is excellent. Follows the nose nicely, but wit a nice added layer of dark fruit. Cherries and raspberries. Tobacco, burnt wood, baking chocolate, coffee grounds, sponge toffee, oak, and campfire. Again, a perfect balance and sweet and bitter. Mouthfeel is thick and dry. Very complex. Overall, I love this!

Nov 23, 2020
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle

Taste: Semi thin body with a bubbly tan head rising just about one finger's length off the body. Settles quick after one sip to almost zero head and even lacing.

Smell: Lightly smoked coffee smell.

Taste: Let the beer warm up a bit in case it's too cold from the get go, it's a touch sweet but heavy malty...like seriously. Brown sugar meets american coffee no milk with deep bitterness.

Mouth: extra carbonation for most, sticky body. A bit dry but sweet finish sticks.

Overalll: Funny I'm not a big portero guy, more of a Imperial Stout fan especially when craving more chocolate-esque beers. Nice light mellow smokiness with light undertones of coffee.

Sep 29, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown pour with caramel colored lacing.

S - Light fudge malt with caramel on the nose.

T - Tootsie roll, caramel, roasted fudge, very light char and a pinch of smoke. Nice lingering tootsie roll and caramel char on the back side.

M - Big, chewy, and dry.

O - The ABV is very well hidden. Highly recommended...I want more of this beer!!

Jul 21, 2020
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fantastic Baltic Porter from Poland. Poured from bottle to snifter. Dark and oily, with a few fingers of dense mocha foam. Aromas of dark cocoa and fruit, with a little char and coffee. Some floral. Flavors are big and brash, rich dark chocolate/cocoa powder, fig, prune /dark cherry, anise, roast. A touch of booze. Slick going down with a finish that leaves the tongue dry.

Apr 23, 2020
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WayneRooneyFan from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Browar Fortuna's Komes Baltic Porter pour from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a typical pint glass presented dark brown (nearly black) with a reddish outline. I made the mistake of diving right in for sip, which didn't allow for appropriate warming. At first, I was disappointed, picking up only on some bready elements. As Komes warmed, however, its complexity emerged in the best possible way. This, to me, is a down-and-dirty baltic porter; very likely the way the style is meant to be. Komes is earthy and dark roasted, supported beautifully by dried fruits. Possessing style appropriate body and carbonation, you would never guess that the ABV is 9%.

Apr 16, 2020
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown pour, black in the glass. Fizzy mocha foam that fades away.
Aromas of malted milk ball and autolyzed yeast, fairly chocolatey.
Taste is complex, earthy char, mildly vinous, bakers chocolate, licorice.
Creamy, full bodied with a light astringency, some hop resin in the dry finish.
Overall it’s a nice baltic porter with unique character.

Baltic Porter #57

Feb 25, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I am hardly an expert in this style (only 15 rated now.) So, I appreciate the brewer's suggestion on the label: when young, Komes shows its roastiness and, as it ages, it shows its complexity. I hadn't thought about Baltics that way, but it makes sense... and I also hope it applies to me.

A few minutes after pouring it, I'm not Looking at a particularly rich porter; it seems mostly syrup as I'd like the foam to last a bit longer. But, Smells are better; mostly roasted malt. Tastes also are mostly sweet malt with just enough balance from the hops and, I presume, some older ale. In my mouth, Komes sits like a sipper should.

As for my extraordinarily high OA rating, it is in part because of its history: a dedicated brewery was nearly killed by the middle 20th Century with the Nazis running roughshod and, then, the Communists dulling the human spirit. But the heirs from the 1930s took over again in the 1990s and turned it into a brewery again. In this Century, it was bought by wise beer investors who saw a crafter who understood that beer expresses the human spirit. Brewing is usually uplifting in an artificial way (alcohol), but Fortuna's story is uplifting in a human way. (I'll let you decide which is more important.)

As for this Baltic Porter, I'm sold. The fresh one was very good. But, I'm buying a couple more to cellar so I can learn how complex I really am.

Jan 21, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured dirty from a pint bottle aged for 12 months into a snifter. Has a little creamy head, about 1 finger depending on which finger you use. Pretty much black in color, if you hold it up to a light there is a very slight dark red hue. It's odor quite pungent, brisk of cocoa, coffee and northern dried fruit. It's quite crisp for it's above medium viscosity/ gravity. Very malty and chocolaty with a tinge of oak flavor. I quite enjoy this beer. Better than most porters you'd typically find at a supermarket. Will have to try some of their other brews for sure.

Jan 09, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

.5l bottle from Boise Co-op. Dark brown pour, beige head dissipates to flat. Roasty, woody aroma, dark chocolate. Taste reveals more chocolate, mild sweetness. A bit sticky at the finish.

Jan 03, 2020
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Barettes from Washington

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown-black with a small off-white head that quickly shrinks to a thin ring

When poured cold from the refrigerator, there's a pronounced mineral bite following licorice and dark malt flavors.

As it warms in the glass, the texture becomes denser and more silky. Dark fruit flavors of prune and fig emerge and blend with the existing licorice, then comes chocolate, dark roasted coffee, a trace of blue cheese, then dark cocoa. Finishes bitter, the mineral flavor present in the beginning carrying through to the end.

A great value - 94

Dec 27, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially black in color - only traces of dark brown are present near the edges of the glass. It poured with a short tan colored head.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts and licorice are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of dark malts and licorice. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked the notes of licorice in the smell and taste of this beer. It reminded me of a Russian Imperial Stout, but with a lighter body.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 08, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent & chestnut-hued mahogany with 3 fingers of caramel colored head. No head retention or lacing

S: Dark fruit in spades raisins & figs

T: Intense figgyness, slight smokeyness, dryness & faint carob up front. Dryness, woody hops more figs with a little molasses & slight smokeyness as this warms.

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation

Classic Baltic Porter with its own flair, ABV is subtle. Just got better as it warmed, Recommended!

Dec 04, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sweetish aroma, fruits, caramel, molasses.

Deep black color; you only get slight fringes of dark ruby around the edges with a backlight. Tall, thick, creamy, dark tan head with moderate-to-short retention; its down to a 1/8 inch after 5 minutes, leaving no lacing. (But disconnected spotty lacing as you drink.) Eventually, the head completely disappears and the sides of the glass are completely clean.

Moderate body and feel, smooth.

Initial taste is an interweaved complex of malt flavors: bread, sweet molasses and caramel, plums, fruit, chocolate liqueur, dry roasted malts, playing back and forth. Semi-sweet in the beginning, with no bittering initially. It becomes somewhat bitter, starting in the middle and carrying on into the finish and aftertaste. It remains semi-sweet through the middle, but ends semi-dry in the finish. Very slight alcohol presence on the roof of the mouth. Some sweetness returns in the aftertaste. The complexity and interplay of the flavors, sweet-to-dry-to-sweet, and balancing bitterness is just great.

Nov 18, 2019
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this one up on a whim earlier today. $3.49 before tax for a 16.9 oz bottle of a Polish porter that's 9% ABV? Why not, right? Poured into my pint glass, this beer is a very dark brown, almost black color with a tan head that's about an inch thick when first poured. Settles to a nice thick ring surrounding the inside of the glass. Aromas of roasted malt with chocolate and some oak notes along with some vanilla that is also very nice here. A very similar taste, with roasted malts, oak, chocolate and vanilla hints. Everything is very well balanced flavor wise and everything compliments each other so nicely too. The 9% ABV is well masked here too. This isn't boozy at all. Just a damn good flavor profile , and that's really all to say. I am quite impressed. Has a fairly crisp, slightly oily and slightly gritty, yet also somehow fairly smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The aftertaste is very pleasant with the chocolate, oak, and vanilla notes.

Eric

Nov 17, 2019
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Brook82 from Ohio

2.82/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Typical bold dark appearance with tanish head. Moderate lacing in pint glass. Taste was tinged with over bearing alcohol background. for my taste. This influenced the feel as well. Not a preferred style, but that's my opinion.

Nov 10, 2019
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprised to find this beer at the local house of 1,000 for 5 bucks and some change. Into a pint.
A - Head dissipates rather quickly to just a mild layer of cocoa tint. Beer itself is very dark pitch to the base.
S - Smells of fairly sweet candied dark fruit, molasses and just a slight hint of dark chocolate.
T - Bitter coffee, dark chocolate and mild roast ash round this brew its semi sweet goodness rounding out the even chalky finish porters of this caliber often have. Tasty!
M - Body is quite good drinks lighter than I expecting making this medium in complexity and silky smooth.

Overall very surprised to not find this beer sooner it is sweet, roasty, dry and complex with a higher than expected gravity with a decent price to boot!

Oct 17, 2019
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours as an opaque black with a two-finger thick khaki head. Aroma is of sweet malt and caramel. Taste ia a roasted sweet malt-forward with molasses, caramel, dark fruit and bitter coffee flavors. Overall, this has loads of nice flavors, but sadly, the mouth-feel is watery and disappointing considering an otherwise really good beer.

Oct 03, 2019
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle in Arizona, as I have not seen Komes where I live. Hey, a real Baltic Porter! Must try. Even on the back label, there's a short handed aging diagram of what to expect in taste as the beer ages, which I haven't seen on any beer label before. 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Obsidian black bodied and topped a short beige lace. Tiny drops of lace stick around the glass. What do I smell? Is that brownie batter, vanilla, roasted baking cocoa, black licorice. Aromas don't get much better.

Calling Komes complex would be a conservative way of describing the beer's taste. More importantly, there's a lot to like. It starts with bittersweet chocolate, then a splash of liqueur. Touch of toasted pears in the middle, before fading out into drying chocolate which is lightly smoked and leaves a little sticky sensation around my lips. Proceeding sips reveal imperial stout-like sweet and fruity duos. Despite the 9% ABV, it doesn't show itself often. Medium bodied (thickening to full when warmed), quick on its feet for a beer its size, and possibly dangerously drinkable.

After tasting thousands of different beers, after awhile some of the newer beers begin to taste like one's I drank before. Komes has given me a spark, a feeling that I haven't had in some time, and the beer experience is different from a profile I've had in a long time. I can't remember the last Baltic Porter I had, so that could be contributing to my excitement. Even without the context, Komes is well-priced, especially for the quality you get.

Sep 27, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bomber bottler in a snifter. This nice little brew from
the North Market Bottle and Barrel in Columbus pours a deep
brownish black with cola highlights and a decent head of off white
foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin light layer, and shows
nice lacing. Nose of cocoa, coffee, dark brown sugars, earthy
malts, and dark breaded malts with touches of raisins and
subtle hop notes. Flavors nail it with subtle vanilla and
mild char overlapping layers of dark breaded malts doused
in dark coffee and a touch of brewers licorice with dark cocoa
and brown sugars with a slight hint of herbal hops. Very nice
mouth feel; full body, lightly creamy, lightly warming, rich,
and finishing with a nice bitter malt characteristic.

Overall a SOLID brew from a new to me brewery.
An impulse buy from an old stomping ground I
get to visit usually once in a year or more.

Excellent, reminiscent of old Flag porter when it
was in the big bottle.

Cheers

Sep 12, 2019
Komes Baltic Porter from Browar Fortuna
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 143 ratings