Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Danzig Baltic Porter | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Danzig Baltic PorterDanzig Baltic Porter
Very Good
137 Ratings
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.

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.

Added by on 09-21-2009

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 137 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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

 299 characters

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerSexLove
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of generallee
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothmanscott
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Pigpenpittman
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 11-52_4hops
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jspaner
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

 369 characters

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

Photo of Pantalones
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

 2,386 characters

Photo of 88caprice
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

 263 characters

Photo of gruves33
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spelingchampeon
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

 486 characters

Photo of Guppy314
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

 281 characters

Photo of argock
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

 728 characters

Photo of Dewsby
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ldhughes0307
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cuy50
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

 172 characters

Photo of LukeB
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap at the Distillery in Savannah, Georgia. The appearance is a clear midnight black color with a small tan colored head. The aroma is full on roasted malt. The taste matches the nose plus some molasses and licorice in the background.

 253 characters

Photo of whattheshelley
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Danzig Baltic Porter from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 137 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.