Danzig Baltic Porter
Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #108
Ranked #12,577
3.95 | pDev: 8.61%
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
Very Good
Danzig Baltic PorterDanzig Baltic Porter
Notes: Danzig, which we named after a Baltic Sea town, isn’t for the faint of heart… or mouth. It’s a well-balanced, full-bodied blend of a strong English porter and a Germanic black lager, making it smooth with a sneaky high ABV. The intense mix of malts and hops provides flavors of chocolate, coffee, and caramelized sugar. No wonder it won Bronze at the World Beer Cup 2018. It’s full-on! Hence the lightning bolt on the pack.

Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, Dark Munich, Carafa II, CaraRed, Brown Malt, Chocolate Malt
Hops: Northern Brewer, Tettnang
IBU: 28
COLOR: Black
Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 205 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is very dark brown, head is light tan and presents 1 finger thick and dissipates to thin top with some spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell is dark fruit (raisins), light chocolate, lighter roasted malt.

Taste is lighter than anticipated with light dark fruits, dark chocolate, light roasted malt, light nuttiness, light caramel, limited hop note and not much booziness.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth - low/moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness and bitter chocolate, slightly drying.

Overall a smooth baltic porter with some thinner flavors than others but pleasant dark fruit notes and bitter chocolate.

Mar 10, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Darkest, impenetrable brown color. Meaty, light brown head with good retention. Very good lacing.

S---Fairly light aroma. Roasted malts. Coffee is stronger and chocolate is lighter.

T---Stronger than the nose, but the same notes. Coffee, roasted malts and chocolate.

F---Thinner than expected, maybe medium minus. Carbonation is fairly light.

O---It's hit or miss. Some aspects are very good, some are below par.

Feb 15, 2021
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tradershmulie from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very solid beer. Not exceptional.

Light brown head. Deep deep brown body.

Very smooth taste. Nice high abv that you totally cannot taste.

Overall very good.

Dec 31, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle BEST BY 07.02.21 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 8% ABV 28 IBU. The beer pours bright, dark brown in color with rusty tan colored head. The head recedes to a thin cap. Minimal lacing. The aroma is mild with roasted malt and subtle hints of chocolate and coffee. The taste is semisweet, tangy roasted malt with hints of caramel and chocolate. Earthy hops enter on a mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good.

Nov 28, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent head production. Very nice retention, as well. Body is a deep, dark brown, almost black, with hints of purple.

Lovely aroma, roasty and toasty. Tones of espresso, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, bitter chocolate, and cola. Rich.

Smooth and creamy on the palate; full bodied, more like a heavy milk stout than any Baltic Porter I've had at near this ABV.

Lots of toasted barley. Notes of cream, prunes, light toast, caramel, coffee, and toffee predominate. Lesser notes of very light noble hops, chocolate, fruit bread, and banana. Low char and moderately low bitterness.

Nov 01, 2020
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured pitch black with a one finger tan fizzy head. No lacing. Nose of molasses, toffee and coffee. Sweet roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and toffee flavors. Very Nice! Moderate thin mouthfeel with light carbonation. Booze sneaks up on you as if it were an 11 ABV. This is a great Baltic and I would buy again.

Mar 21, 2020
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paging12 from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hints of raspberry, toffee, coffee on the nose. Smoky, charred coals from the winter fire pit.

Great look. Rich, dark black. Like a nitro cold coffee pour. Thick foamy brown head on the pour dissipates to a lacing that covers the top constantly.

Sweet malty on the tongue, like dense chocolate liqueur cake.

Sparkly on the mouth, sticky sweet lacing.

Good beer. I like this. Good solid winter beer.

Feb 08, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Nov 15, 2019
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akaizer from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

Nov 06, 2019
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C21998 from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Mar 13, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Feb 14, 2019
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mpyle from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Feb 03, 2019
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gentlystewed from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Dec 04, 2018
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Nov 17, 2018
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Aug 19, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Apr 30, 2018
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PhilHeinricke from Virginia

3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Mar 25, 2018
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Gavage from Nevada

3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Mar 11, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Feb 12, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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...

Jan 19, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Jan 05, 2018
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Riff from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Dec 23, 2017
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brewerburgundy from California

3.24/5  rDev -18%
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.

Dec 21, 2017
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MrOH from Malta

3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Dec 16, 2017
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tempest from New York

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Dec 13, 2017
Danzig Baltic Porter from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 205 ratings