Komes Baltic Porter
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Baltic Porter
Ranked #33
Ranked #4,330
4.13 | pDev: 6.54%
Browar Fortuna
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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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of WayneRooneyFan
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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%.

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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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

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Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Danzifer
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Barettes
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

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Photo of MNAle
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.


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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

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Photo of Guppy314
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
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.


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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Browar Fortuna "Komes Baltic Porter"
1 Pint 0.9 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "LOT NUMBER 59/14/18/1"
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I had one of these last night after getting home from work and i though it was fabulous, let's see what I think of it now. It's poured a brown black body that delivers just a glimmer of dark mahogany brown at the base of the glass. The head is a massive cap of tan foam. There are small bubbles, big bubbles, and some lace just around the lip where it's dropped just a bit. I'd say it's a great looking pint of beer. The aroma is roasty like roasted chicory, and nutty, but also with a suggestion of dark bittersweet chocolate and a touch of fruitiness. On to the flavor... well there's more here... some cocoa powder, some soft fruitiness that's like apple and strawberry and blueberry, a hint of honey, some nuttiness, milk chocolate, floral notes, and a bit of bright golden caramel. It has a moderate bitterness that balances it, and a slight bit of acidity. It finishes mainly dry with some residual nuttiness, caramel, and cocoa powder lingering. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp-then-smooth. Could it be better? Yes, but at the same time it's pretty damned good. I'll stand by what I thought last night, this is pretty fantastic.

Review #6,610

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Photo of woemad
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle picked up at the Spokane Valley Total Wine (I think). No date, but there's a "lot number" of "56/51/17/1." Presumably that means it was brewed in 2017.

Surprisingly brown (as opposed to the seemingly standard blackish) colored coming out of the bottle, with a somewhat short-lived medium sized khaki head.

Nutty and toffeeish aroma, with some brown sugary notes as well.

Like the nose, nutty and toffeeish, but with some fruitiness I did not expect that balances the up front sweetness. The fruitiness is of the dark fruits variety. Reminds me a little of pipe tobacco as well. Finishes dry and with a lightly bitter zap to the tastebuds. No sign of the high abv at any point.

Body is fairly medium for the style, I suppose, though I've had Baltic Porters anywhere from light to heavy. Fairly dry and clean mouthfeel.

This is a pretty good Baltic Porter, an underrepresented style around here. Hopefully this beer's appearance in these parts isn't a fluke, and will be around in the fall and winter.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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: "European Beer Star The Beer Tasting Gold Award 2013"; "World Beer Cup Bronze Award [2014]"; "Komes Baltic Porter from Browar Fortuna is one of the best Baltic Porters in the world and also one of the most appreciated Polish beers."; "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 roasted [to] Dry and complex".

Mine was a recent bottle (25.12.2018 20:27), but I have enough aging in my cellar as it is. Drink 'em NOW, I say! I began by Pop!ping the cap & doing a slow, gentle, C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I quickly got two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with excellent retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose smelled of Baker's chocolate & rich, dark-roasted coffee. Mmm. Mouthfeel was solid, but I have had bigger in the style. The taste was very roasty, with the aforementioned chocolate & coffee, but now joined by treacle & dried, dark fruits like raisins, prunes and the like. The first sip was very warming, radiating through my body as though it were liquor, vice beer. If I have occasion to purchase another, I will be saving it for the Winter months. This was quite good & it would give Baltika 6 a run for its money, both in terms of price point & taste. Finish was already dry so I have to wonder how much more it would dry out over an 18-month period. Still, it was quite good & I urge you to give it (& Baltika 6) a try.

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Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a large bottle, this brew is utterly black...mid-sized tan head. Roasted aroma...I get a lot of licorice. The taste is semi dry with dark fruit and heavy roasted notes. Full in body. It hides its alcohol better than expected.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed as part of BJCP training, 9C Baltic Porter
Pours a thick creamy tan head that hits 1 finger and retains well, thick lacing as well, very dark basically black beer, just a hint of light

Nose big toasty brown/black malts, a little roasty mild nutty caramel toffee like sweetness, and hint of licorice, darker malts bring a little chocolate cocoa like, and a little molasses, not a ton of fruit, but hints of black cherry and aged port, as it warms a lot more toasted bread crusts hinting at bock like

Taste a fair schwarzbier like roasty malt, not burnt or acrid, just roasty, some coffee and dark chocolate, little caramel toffee and toasted bread crust, then fruits, more than the nose, dark cherry, grape vinous port notes, plum and black currant as well, then spicy hops, fair bitterness from the spicy hops as well as malt bitterness, to balance the malts in general, not overpowering in either way, although the finish gets a little too spicy bitter hop note, a bit drier as well, a bit of licorice as well on the finish

Mouth is fuller bodied, a bit smoother feeling with bright higher carbonation, almost fluffy feeling from the carb, just a touch of warming alcohol

Overall a nice representation of the style, surprised it's not one of the Commercial examples for BJCP, very well done, alcohol hidden well, nice malt profile, good hops and bitterness to balance, nice fruits, etc, maybe a touch heavy on the bitterness at finish, otherwise nice.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Creamy light tanned head, with very fine bubbles and a bit of a sudsy sound. Three fingers with a light color, as it slowly descends evenly on the body. Body color is a very dark nearly black, but more of a walnut brown to mahogany darkness.

The aroma is gangbusters. This smells like a whipped chocolate bar. Touches a light grain roast as well, flaky with a good dryness and almost barely rich. Earthy and sweet tones abound in a playful dance. This is great on the nose.

Does this palate ever sing. Big rich velvety rich flavors of dark chocolate and cake like thickness. Classic fruity baltic porter tinges which stay away from sourness and make this like a dark cherry rich. Whipped up milk and dark chocolate texture, so much so its like the bubbles are popping in your mouth while you dine on this feast.

This is an unbelievably good baltic porter, probably one of the best I've had in a very long time.

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Photo of chinchill
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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 jjamadorphd
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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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4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Komes Baltic Porter from Browar Fortuna
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 118 ratings