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Komes Porter BaltyckiKomes Porter Baltycki

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Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

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

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally not a lager from Poland.
Pours like low carbonation cola, with a disappearing head. The nose suggests bitterness but it's not there. In fact, after a while, the licorice, vanilla, chocolate and caramel turns sticky and a bit too sweet. I wish they'd added more coffee to balance things out.
Decent, but, even with the 9%, it's a bit watery and mundane. Worth a try though.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before 03/06/2019 and served at cellar temperature. I am excited to finally try a Polish beer that is not a pale lager.

Pours a very dark brownish-black cola colour, with deep crimson red highlights; one finger of loose, soapy, tan-coloured foam vanishes within a minute's time. A bubbly collar of froth survives amidst some scant lacing. The aroma is rather saccharine, with molasses and caramelized sugars strewn amidst notes of roasted grains, coffee grounds, licorice, cocoa and prunes; the unmistakable presence of ethanol fumes are also easily discerned - at least, at this serving temperature.

A rock solid strong porter. The sip starts off fairly sweet, with prominent molasses and caramelized sugar flavours joined by roasted malts and dark fruits. I'm getting subtle hints of raisin and prune, which seem minor when compared to the overlapping notes of coffee, cocoa and licorice; there's also some faint wisps of vanilla and black cherry. Cocoa powder and ethanol in the aftertaste, with a bittersweet quality that helps to dry the palate. Medium in body, with low carbonation levels that almost fail to register entirely, giving this brew a smooth, wet, slightly slick texture that contributes to its dangerous drinkability. I could probably drink this all night, though I know I'd regret it the next morning.

Final Grade: 4.06, a very respectable A-. Komes Porter Baltycki didn't exactly blow my mind, but on the whole I was still quite impressed by it. Fans of export stouts along the lines of Sinha/Lion are highly likely to appreciate this one, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to fans of traditional Baltic porters, or even fans of strong porters and stouts in general. Assuming it remains available for the foreseeable future, this fine specimen just might displace Tyskie as my most often-consumed Polish brew.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cola black with almost no head. What is there breaks quickly and leaves just a touch of lacing.

Smell is raisins and dark fruits along with roasts and a touch of leather. Quite nice.

Flavor is a little sweet to start. I get those dark fruits and then a touch of the leather and vanilla. Then on the end comes coffee and roasts. Very nice.

Feel is spot on for the style,not too heavy not too light. Carbonation is low and the finish is a little slick. I did find I could get the booze, but that is just a nice add for this beer.

Well, who knew? Not me. I took a flyer on this one from the local, and damn but I didn't really enjoy it. I would recommend it and may pick up a few more.

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Photo of hman43
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours dark brown, not quite black, with a tan colored head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has an aroma of toffee, licorice, and nuts. There are also strong notes of chocolate, prunes and dark molasses.

Taste: The flavors are dominated by the malts. There are flavors of nuts, roast, chocolate, toffee, and molasses. It even has a very slight hint of smokiness to it. As it warms, there are some prune flavors as well.

Feel: It has a full bodied feel to it. There is some smooth alcohol warming. It has moderate carbonation.

Overall, an excellent baltic porter overall. The dark fruits are missing, but the complex flavors make up for it.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

While not too exciting, a bit mundane, this is an excellent representation of the purist sense of the style, dark and robust yet clean with the alcohol well hidden

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Photo of timmy2b
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a goblet. Dark Brown with tannish white head, about 1 finger. Cocoa flavor up front with some toasted grains and a light boozy aftertaste. Alcohol lingers on the tongue a little bit. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste as well.

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Photo of shelby415
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with light tan head. Aroma has lots of bread crust, toasted grains and a bit of ash on the finish. Taste follows with toasted grains, sweet and bready, a bit boozy on the finish. Light body with medium carbonation.

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