Danzig Baltic Porter
Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Danzig Baltic PorterDanzig Baltic Porter
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Baltic Porter
Ranked #106
Ranked #11,026
3.94 | pDev: 8.88%
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
Very Good
Danzig Baltic PorterDanzig Baltic Porter
Notes: 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.

Our Trail Blazers stray from the beaten path into a world of robust and daring beers featuring bigger, bolder flavors for fueling your spirit of adventure.

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.
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Photo of EnderFett11
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass resulting in a finger of tan head. Color is similar to black coffee. Smell is malts and toasty, not too intense. Taste is similar, a bit too roasty for my taste. Gets more malt-heavy and some chocolate notes as it warms. mouthfeel is moderate. Closer to a stout than a porter (first Baltic Porter I've had), pretty good overall.

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Photo of akaizer
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DANZIG! Poured pitch black with a dense one inch dark khaki foam head that compressed over a couple of minutes. Scent is roasty and malty, with notes of coffee and chocolate that delight. Taste and feel is fantastically dense and velvety, with slightly bitter notes of coffee and darker chocolate coming across, along with some sweetness that rounds it out. The aftertaste transitions from a slightly bitter to a slightly sweet sensation. One of the best seasonal beers to grab if you can find it!

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Photo of C21998
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cross between a black lager and an excellent porter. I’m hanging on to the season! Chewy but not heavy. Nice finish. Probably nears “one and done” but I pushed 2 with no regrets.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Devils Backbone Brewing Co. "Danzig"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle "BEST BY 08.17.19 23:35:38"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Opaque black body with a thin highlight of cherry wood at the base of the glass. The head is an inch-plus of creamy tan foam. The head retention and lacing could be better.

Smell: A hint of sweet dark fruit mingles with dark caramel.

Taste: Dark caramel dominates, laced through with dried dark skinned fruits, mainly raisin. There's a lighter bit of caramel to it, some brown sugar, some coffee-flavored hard candy, some black chocolate, and some soft roastiness. It's not that bitter at 28 IBUs but still dry in the finish. The alcohol never shows but does have a minor presence. Remarkably smooth and easy to drink. Superbly balanced.

Feel: Medium bodied and silky smooth with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation.

Overall: Impressive.

Review# 6,475

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Photo of mpyle
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark - stout level of opaqueness with garnet highlights. Pours a medium sized tan head, creamy and lingering.

Slightly sweet and roasty on the aroma, slight fruitiness - possibly raisins. Chocolate.

Big rich malty flavor up front, sweet and chocolatey. Has a smoothness, a bit like chocolate milk. Finishes fairly clean, with enough bitterness to balance it briefly before some malty sweetness takes over later into the finish.

Medium carbonation, medium-full body. No astringency and not much alcoholic warmth for an 8% beer (but definitely some).

Surprised the scores for this one aren't higher. A big flavorful lager. I would like it more if it were a little less sweet, but overall a really nice beer for the price.

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Photo of gentlystewed
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous mahogany, and gives up a creamy tan head.

The aroma has a robust dark chocolate character to it that dominates the roasted malt notes.

The flavor absolutely follows the nose .

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

Overall this is a smooth, mellow, velvety brew that goes down way to easy.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle states ‘Best by 7/21/19’ (also states ‘This beer was packaged 120 days before the best-by date’, which I can’t help but think is inaccurate…)

Pours a thick, jet black with a short, half-finger of tanned, off-white foam which recedes quickly to a thick ring of froth around the surface and leaves virtually no lacing.

Aromas of subtle, balanced roasty malts, slight nuttiness, chocolate, wispy, fleeting smoke; the char and chocolate start here, and their calm engagement in the bouquet really sets a nice tone.

Taste plenty of depth in roasty malt along with some toasted oak, graham cracker, milky chocolate, and light toffee; delicately bitter malt foundation builds to something sweet, and proceeds casually and smoothly across the profile.

Mouthfeel brings a velvety body balanced excellently with well-integrated carbonation; roasty bitterness and sweeter malts all interact seamlessly, adding further heft on the palate where thinness is occasional but never takes away from the overall profile; thoroughly enjoyable.

Consistently enjoyable throughout; rich, detailed flavors without becoming too cloying or excessively pronounced, and purely silky on the tongue. Doesn’t overwhelm, but doesn’t leave you feeling much is missing either; this one is frankly too easy to drink for an 8% beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep dark black almost imperial stout like with a rocking full inch mocha foam.
S - good chocolate and roasted malts doesn't smell too sweet. Mild smoke
T - very strange but smooth German lager flavor mixed with smooth semi sweet chocolate and mild coffee roasts. Mild sugary finish
M - very smooth creamy light to medium body.
Great beer got this for 5 bucks a pour and I was impressed.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma was roasted malt,smoke and char,coffee beans and chocolate.. taste was very similar,very mild sweetness, taste became smooth and complex as it warmed. Overall it was an excellent porter

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh Man

Way back before the craft brew craze, there was a restaurant that had a microbrewery. You could get growlers, and one of the things that they did exceptionally well was dark beer. I used to get growlers of dark beer and get stoned to the bejesus. Since the craft brew wave recently, a lot of places have been producing IPAs and whatever. Not a whole lot of places put an effort into making a great dark beer. This is a reminder of those old days.

It pours out a thick, rich black color with hardly any head almost like cough syrup. It's got a decent smell with a hint of coffee, and the taste just brings me back to those old days. It's a thick liquid. It's not light beer. I don't know. It's just a wonderfully smelling tasting beverage.

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Photo of Gavage
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: light chocolate and coffee aroma.

Taste: roasted malts, dark chocolate, mild coffee, some prunes, and a mellow bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a decent baltic porter. Expected a bit more malt profile, but flavors came through here.

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Photo of Lucular
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really solid Baltic Porter. I haven't had much from Devil's Backbone since the buyout but am happy to have picked up this beer as part of a mix-6 selection.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: January 18, 2018... OCCASION: enjoying Will and Grace after a good day... GLASSWARE: Victory Hop Devil nonick... pours a midnight black body with a staunch, two-finger brown head that looks creamy and ... heavy peat bog starts the aroma, with toasted malts and earthy vegetable... nothing really stands out as catching... sips swiftly, easily and without debate--smooth and creamy.... a hardened finish leaves a brackish, thick, lingering mouthfeel.... wish this had more impact or texture, but it reads rather straight-forward and thin... light chocolate, large vegetable, some peat, and toasted malts... an apologetic Baltic, if there is such a thing... sweet, comforting as a winter companion, and definitely worth the $7.99 grunt price tag at Liquor Factory... still, the ABV is disguised well enough to encourage a rapid succession of sips... more than the sum of its parts, but not one that needs to be sought out...a nice picture of the style...

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Riff
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
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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Photo of MrOH
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 tempest
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of jspaner
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of Pantalones
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of 88caprice
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Super dark black. Thin head that disappeared. No lacing.
Smells like dark malts, dried fruits, and cigar ash.
Taste is big and robust. A touch of alcohol.
Falls a little flat on the tongue, but a medium to heavy mouthfeel.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

20oz stout glass. Pours heavy brown oil-like.. with little lacing, and a head that dies very quick to nothing at all.
Smells lightly of chocolate, with a nice roasted coffee backbone. Tastes virtually the same, some sweetness..with a hint of some dry bite on the back end. MF was a little thick and creamy... not bad at all.

Overall, I liked this beer. It was pretty good, but didn't wow me. The alcohol did not present itself, which I rather appreciated. I would gladly have another.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours as opaque black with only just a thin khaki quickly dissipating head. Aroma is of musky malt and sort of licorice. Taste is bitter roasted malt with dark-fruit (perhaps raising), molasses, and caramel. Mouth feel full and pretty descent -- not world class.

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Photo of argock
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle. Bottled on 12.16.16 on bottle neck.

A: Very dark brown with short-lived light beige 1/2-finger head with average retention and no lacing.

S: Tons of milk chocolate and cocoa in the aroma mixed with medium sweetness caramel and a bit of dark fruit raisiny-prune

T: Flavor is a bit sweeter with more prune and raisin notes but also a lot of caramel and milk chocolate with a milder coffee contribution. Roast character comes through in the finish. Low bitterness. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Smooth and fairly dry in the finish with medium body and lowish carbonation.

O: Really good Baltic porter. Will be looking for this whenever it is available given my wife's proclivity for dark beers.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft

Black, with thin white head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate, but not too bold. Same with taste. Good balance, starts sweeter but finishes semi dry. Medium bodied.

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Danzig Baltic Porter from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 187 ratings