Danzig Baltic Porter | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Danzig Baltic PorterDanzig Baltic Porter

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Baltic-style porter that blends a strong English porter with a Germanic lager approach, fairly robust – this strong black lager has notes of chocolate and coffee with hints of caramelized sugar. Black, Roast, Chocolate.

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Imagine yourself stepping out of the pilot house onto the pitching deck of a merchant ship plunging through the frigid Baltic Sea night. Squinting against the grey black horizon you spy in the distance the odd sparkle and glimmer; the far away lights of the Baltic port of Danzig are bidding you welcome. Tonight you will feast on dark rye bread and smoked pork sausage, all washed down by the famous strong black lager of the region, the Baltic-style Porter.

Added by on 09-21-2009

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3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buzzy
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This beefy little beast pours a deep
brownish black with a nice head of light tan foam that settles to a thick ring,
thin layer, and shows some nice light lacing. Nose of bakers chocolate, light char,
coffee, and deeply roasted malts. Flavors hit the right chord with coffee and
dark chocolate touched with char and brown sugar notes. Excellent mouth feel;
medium full body, medium carbonation, and a rich roasted finish that is balanced
with a bitter coffee and chocolate note....balanced at least to a stout drinker that

Overall, a solid brew that will make you cry MOTHER!

Eerie Von, Glen, Chuck----cheers!

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

weak on flavor for a porter but very drinkable

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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dcbeers
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ledouge
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Riff
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours solid black with a little over a finger of light brown head, which fades rapidly to leave the tiniest bit of lacing. Smell is coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and roasted malts. Taste is a little smoke, dark chocolate, hint of dark fruit, and a dark roast coffee. Medium body, smoke flavor lingers a bit after the finish. Overall, fairly solid but a little thin in the body.

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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, red wine glass, bottles 11/18/17.

Super dark, black with no head after the first few moments.

So clearly lager yeast fermented this brew. Raisins, smoke, char, dark chocolate, tart cherry.

Oaked malt, dried cherries, charcoal, brown malt. It’s a smokey but thin charred, dark malt experience. Smokey dark caramel poured over a drift wood fire.

As I’ve mentioned, it’s thin. The aroma isn’t the only aspect that mimics lagers.

Porters are one of my favorite styles and whole Baltic Porter’s differ, this example is thin on not just body, but flavor and aroma.

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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not really black, more of a super dark brown. Tan head.
Smells like extremely high quality dark chocolate.
Taste like extra dark chocolate. A little bit of dark fruit. Smooth, but dry.
I wish it had a touch more body.
Pretty good. I wish it were a little sweeter and a little more full.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This hits the style just right on the drinkable side. Smooth cocoa and caramel roll in, followed by a semi-bitter dark chocolate and a pop of black roast like an almost burnt cookie. It doesn't have the richness and thickness of the style leaders, but you can have another beer or two after a Danzig

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4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerSexLove
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of generallee
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothmanscott
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pigpenpittman
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 11-52_4hops
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jspaner
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, black, opaque with no head at all. Faintly sweet, malty, bready aroma. Tastes malty, with chocolate & coffee flavors, and slightly charred or burnt notes. These are bold flavors. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, smooth, a little fizzy. Overall a tasty, strong beer. I have had several Devils Backbone beers, and have enjoyed them all. This is another good one.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pantalones
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to the last bottle from the six-pack. Bottling date is 12/14/16, so just short of 5 months old at this point -- I figure age shouldn't be an issue for a higher-ABV, non-hoppy dark beer, though.

Pours a dark cola-like brown, settling into pitch black once it's in the glass. My flashlight can't penetrate it unless I aim it at an angle through the narrowest part of the glass, and even then it just gives a few spots around the edges a dark reddish glow rather than actually making it through. A somewhat thin head of light brown foam forms on top upon pouring, audibly fizzing for a while afterward as it shrinks down into a thinner cap on the surface and then starts to fade away entirely,

Smell is dark malts all the way -- a mild almost-coffee like roasted barley smell, some very dark bread, and some almost chocolatey smells mixed in.

Taste is similar to the smell -- the almost coffee-like roasted malt is the first thing that comes through, along with some sweetness and a lingering dark-roasty/char sort of thing. I'm noticing that after the charred sort of flavor fades a bit, there's a sweet, almost-buttery-seeming chocolatey thing hiding underneath. Sometimes the slight chocolateyness pops in right away, other times it hangs out in the back and waits before revealing itself. A bit of an alcohol-y fruity-seeming thing popping in here and there, too. Toward the end of the glass I'm noticing a bit of an almost nutty flavor lingering in the aftertaste, which is a pleasant surprise.

Mouthfeel is nice -- definitely seems appropriately thick for a dark beer in the 8% ABV range, and it never feels too fizzy/prickly despite the foam on top being audibly noisy. Does seem to thin out a bit toward the later half of the glass, but never so much that it really hurts the beer -- just shifts from a "small sips" beer to a "big sips/small gulps" beer. No alcohol warmth in the mouth as far as I've noticed, though drinking this on an empty stomach there's definitely some warmth on that end!

Overall, this is a really nice beer that I'm glad Devil's Backbone is bottling now rather than only offering as a draft option at the brewery. It definitely seems to hold up well to age, too -- this bottle is as good as (if not better than) the fresh ones I had when I first picked up my six-pack. Here's hoping it sticks around for years to come!

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Danzig Baltic Porter from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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