Komes Baltic Porter
Browar Fortuna

Komes Baltic PorterKomes Baltic Porter
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From:
Browar Fortuna
 
Poland
Style:
Baltic Porter
Ranked #39
ABV:
9%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,199
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 7.06%
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
81
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 18, 2022
Added:
Sep 07, 2008
Wants:
  9
Gots:
  18
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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Reviewed by Foyle from North Carolina

4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Thin tan head, no lacing. Dark brown color. Very rich aroma of dark malts, cocoa, coffee, plums. Mouthfeel is heavy with a slowly drying, powdery finish. Flavor of cherry, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, plum, citrus rind. Overall: excellent.
Apr 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.96 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Apr 15, 2022
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500ml bottle. Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass. It smelled of roasted malt, toffee, chocolate and toffee. Nice roasted malt taste with coffee, toffee and rich chocolate.
Mar 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Bought at Liquor Shed. Code reads
58/23/21/1

It pours a cola colour with a small head of tan foam that is gone in almost a blink of the eye.

I get caramel malt, brown sugar that hints of being burnt, a sweetness of pitted fruit. Oh yeah, I do smell some alcohol.

The taste is the same with some notes of toffee and coffee(light) and some alcohol that I can feel during the swallow.

Only medium bodied, carbonation is adequate.

Really nice.
Mar 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.35 by GClarkage from California

Nov 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
bottle into glass
Starts with a fairly large bubbled, tan head that vanishes quickly. The color is quite a dark brown, that looks opaque, but shows a deep translucent chestnut color, with some auburn highlights, for the look. Sweet, somewhat heady, heavily caramelized malt, toffee/ caramel aroma, with the slightest hint of mixed mulling spices, way in the background. Medium bodied, with a little bit of viscosity, to the mouthfeel. A bit sweet, with a moderate amount of toffee, caramel and a dose of fairly heavily roasted grains, for the taste. This is the second time I've had this. The first time was at the main square in Krakow, 65 miles from the brewery. A perfect setting to enjoy this beer, indeed! A sentimental beer review, of sorts.
Nov 22, 2021
 
Rated: 3.89 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Nov 06, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire

Oct 29, 2021
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16.9 ounce bottle, back label stamped with Lot Number 29/49/19/1. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a very dark brown color with about an inch or so tan head that didn't stay around for too long. Not much lacing at all. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like caramel, toffee, dark fruit, brown sugar and roasted malt. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some coffee, vanilla and dark bready flavors. Starts sweet tasting but has an earthy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and a bit creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good overall Baltic Porter, worth picking up if you haven't tried it before!
Jul 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jul 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.28 by Jarrod_LC from Louisiana

May 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by powdersoldier from Washington

Apr 27, 2021
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Reviewed by elnachooo from Spain

3/5  rDev -27%
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
 
Rated: 4.3 by msscott1973 from North Carolina

Apr 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Mar 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.27 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Mar 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.18 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Mar 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.18 by Johncnh from New Hampshire

Feb 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.93 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Jan 14, 2021
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.57 by yank918 from Missouri

Dec 30, 2020
 
Rated: 3.92 by ccadwell from Idaho

Dec 22, 2020
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.09 by robotic_being from Florida

Sep 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.04 by infuturity from Massachusetts

Aug 31, 2020
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.42 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Jul 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.12 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Jul 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.07 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Jul 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.16 by fehrminator from North Carolina

Jul 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by wc94wc from California

May 21, 2020
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
tastes slightly strong - great malt taste - very much a Baltic porter style- pours dark head dissipates quickly
Apr 28, 2020
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Reviewed by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Reviewed by WayneRooneyFan from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.09 by SpaethJam from New York

Mar 31, 2020
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