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4.1/5
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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

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#5,851
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
84
pDev:
6.34%
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by scratch69:
Photo of scratch69
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a half liter stein a deep garnet hued chocolate color with a blooming/pillow-like beige head atop.Big molasses and brown sugar in the nose over top of coffee roast.Wow is this roasted with a smoky quality to it on the palate,very 'meaty',some dark brown sugar-like sweetness comes into the finish giving a nice well rounded palate.This is a no holds barred Baltic porter I get more smoke from this than maybe any other of the style,would be great with some smoky kelbasa or smoked meat in general.

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Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another good Polish porter. Black with white bubbly head. Boozy, licorice, some interesting sourness. Mollasses, some smokiness. Some chocolate.Thanks Radek Kliber for bringing back.Average mouthfeel.Interesting, though not the best in style I have had.

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Photo of Latarnik
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of thehyperduck
4.06/5  rDev -1%
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 Tone
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, slight yeast, alcohol, slight ester, hint of oatmeal, and slight chocolate. Fits the style of a Baltic Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is an elevated dryness and roasted malt bitterness. Tastes of strong sweet malt, wood, roasted malt, alcohol, mustiness, hint of coffee, hint of yeast, hint of pale malt, hint of bacterial funk, and a hint of oatmeal. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, complexity, and feel.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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 irishkyle21
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rtepiak
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a nice porter with a good composition that seems to go a bit lean after a while. pour looks as it should with a thick quality of bubbles. nose of coffee but not overpoweringly so. some molasses subtlities and forest berries. soft baltic essence. the feel suffers and resultingly the taste is made quite one dimensional. although suprisingly not boozy at all.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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 dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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 chinchill
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Smakawhat
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
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 generallee
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
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 tigg924
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque, black in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is cola, roasted malt,and brown sugar. Heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet and roasty. Makes for a tasty and smooth lager. Very good. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of atis
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brow, almost black with creamy off white head and good retention. Aroma is simple, yet pleasant roasted malt, coffee.

Taste is dominated by bitter roasted malt and coffee, bits of vanilla and dark fruit, dry and bittery finish, alcohol can not be felt at all. Mouthfeel is medium, low carbonation.

Overall, a very good porter with significant roasted flavours.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017-09-19
500ml bottle served in a snifter. 12.12.2018 on the bottle, which I assume is a best by date. Brought from Poland by a friend.

Pours black with almost no head. Moderate but very fine carbonation. Smell is quite nice -- chocolatey, coffee, and rich. Moderate anise. Smells nice.

Taste is heavy on the anise, too light on the nice roasty stuff (but not missing -- just not as intense as I wanted).

Mouthfeel is is thickish, creamy. Overall, pretty darn good beer. That smell is awesome.

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Photo of Sparky44
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flagmantho
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500mL bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich, dark brown, nearing black, with a finger of tan froth atop. A good-looking Baltic porter.

Smell: lightly roasty with a good level of dark fruitiness and a hint of alcohol. I happen to really like it.

Taste: flavorful up front, with dark fruit, tobacco, and raisin. The finish is a bit drier than up front, with roasty notes and even a little ashy bitterness. I think it's a well-wrought example of the style.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a nice creaminess.

Overall: this is a damn nice Baltic porter. I could see myself drinking quite a lot of it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a quarter finger khaki head with great retention and nice lacing; actually builds a little while sitting. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa and molasses with a hint of caramel. Flavor is dark toasted malt with no char, light caramel, hints of dark fruit and cocoa; finishes with dates and dried plums, cocoa. Nice moderately creamy body and good mouth feel. A pleasant, authentic tasting Baltic porter that hits all the flavor points I hope to find in this style, perhaps a little lighter in flavor than it could be, but well balanced and satisfying. The creamy body enhances the enjoyment of the flavors. ABV well covered. A well made Baltic porter that I would buy again. My second beer from this brewery and both have been better than expected. I'll look for other offerings from Fortuna. One of the better Polish breweries to my taste.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Smocza Jama in Krakow I believe. From notes.

A - Poured black with very faint red notes when held to the light. No head, just a tiny ring of tan around the top. No lacing.

S - Great coffee and roasted malts. A little nutty. Mostly coffee. Best Polish beer aroma yet so that's saying something.

T - Alot of the same as the aroma. A little chocolate is added in there. A pleasant suprise. It's roasty with chocolate up front and then bitter with a coffee finish. It could be more aggressive with a fuller flavour, but it's good. It became sweeter and more cola-like towards the end of the bottle.

M - Nice mouth with medium body and good carbonation and a little dryness in the finish. Very soft and silky.

O/D - Nice beer. Couldn't detect alcohol, great taste and feeling. It got a little harsh towards the end but an entire bottle of this got me in a better mood. A good beer and probably the best from Poland I've had.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teromous
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The back label says: "LOT NUMBER 26.12.2018 03:24"

Appearance: The beer is a very dark brown that forms to black after poured with a bit of a reddish hue as light passes through parts of it. It has a very large creamy textured khaki head. Amazing retention and nice sheets of lacing. It looks picture perfect in the glass.

Aroma: There is a light cocoa scent with just a touch of roasted grain aroma. There is just a hint of toasted caramel and some carbon.

Taste: Up front there is a fantastic caramel flavor with just a touch of carbon. Every sip has this perfect balance of flavor. Towards the middle of the palate there is a bit of a coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with a bit of a carbonic bite. Very clean tasting and very well carbonated.

Overall: An outstanding beer full of great flavors and aromas. If you are looking to try a Baltic Porter or if you enjoy them in general then this should definitely be on your list of ones to try. I would buy it again.

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Photo of Mojopin88
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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