Danzig Baltic Porter | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Danzig Baltic PorterDanzig Baltic Porter
129 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.

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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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Reviews by Kegatron:
Photo of Kegatron
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the brewpub. Pours black with a thin mocha head. This mostly retains with some light ringing, leaving back just a smattering of lace down the sides. The aroma smells rich with chocolate, tangy toffee, roasted coffee, ripe citric hops and just a smidge of dark fruit. The taste is very similar to the nose, with a flavorful mix of chocolate, toffee, some light coffee, just a little dark fruit and a tingle of green citric hops down the middle. The feel is fuller with a lively and sharp feel on the tongue but then more of a smooth and creamy feel along the back. The alcohol is handled well. This ended up being a pretty smooth and flavorful take on a Baltic Porter with my only complaint being that it seemed to take forever for those rich flavors to finally emerge and take hold of my palate (not too surprising I guess considered it’s lagered). At any rate, this is an overall fine beer. Just let it breath for a while.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #109 (FEB 2016)

Robust, Molasses, Roasty, Clean
Devil’s Backbone stays true to style and brews this hefty porter with a lager yeast. Roastiness ranges from mild charcoal to espresso, dark chocolate to burnt toast. Warming but very clean. A lot more character than anticipated and that’s saying something coming from a style that calls for a big flavor profile. Smooth and drinkable even for a big, semi-brash, dark brew. [Jason]

Look 4.00 | Smell 4.00 | Taste 3.75 | Feel 4.50 | Overall 4.00

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/15/15.Poured one and a half bottles into a half liter stein a deep dark chocolate brown with a full one finger deep beige head atop.Char and alcohol soaked dark fruit in the nose,some mild smoke/wood is detected as well.The feel is just slightly thin in the back end wich takes a little richness away from the palate.Nice flavors of caramel and roast mixed with dark fruit and hint of molasses,some coffee lingers in the finish.To me this is real close to being world class,just that light feel takes away from a fantastic beer...in my opinion.

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

Photo of HerbMeowing
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of tigg924
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, dark brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is raisin,, fig, smokiness, and toasted malt. Tastes like a quad/baltic porter mix. Medium heavy bodied and sweet. Interesting beer. Could do a couple.

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Minimal head just covers the top of the opaque body and quickly reduces to a thin edge.

Very nice aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee and dark roasted grains. Flavor follows. Very good balance. Well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of chocolate/caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a few wispy clouds of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of earthy aromas. Roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread, dark chocolate, dark molasses, caramel, a touch of licorice, a touch of smoke and lots of brown sugar. Very nice!

Taste: Delicious! Lots of roasted malt and brown sugar up front, imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread, dark molasses, cinnamon-sugar, a touch of butter, a touch of licorice, and finally, a touch of floral hops at the finish. Really, a delicious porter!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and creamy, as there is no carbonation, what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.0%, I’m surprised at how little alcohol is on the palate, like none.

Overall: This is a damn good Baltic Porter! Devils Backbone, my favorite Virginia Brewery, does it again! Another great beer! Recommended!

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown, almost black. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Nutty malts. Roasted dark chocolate. Schwartzbier-like aroma.

Taste - Chocolate. Nutty malts. Bready malts. Hoppy and earthy finish. NIce.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Clean finish. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This suffered from being so late in the tasting, but it's a very clean and flavorful beer.

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Photo of Laulau
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of hophugger
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Trambo
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thomas0790
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of SFNC
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 6/14

Pours very dark black. Solid black. No foam. Still.

Sweet chocolate malty nose. Light coffee. Lighter porter taste, some licorice. Bitter hits hard at the end. Smooth throughout. Bittering hangs out a little long.

Just ok.

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Photo of VABA
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KYGunner
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The flavors are a complex array of dry roast coffee, burnt coffee grounds, embers, toffee, peanut brickle, dry chocolate malt and some hidden dark fruit. 8% is completely hidden.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Coffee-colored, creamy brown head that dissipates quickly
Smell: dark roast coffee, black malt, hints of chocolate and caramel
Taste: Fairly sweet with plenty of caramel. Molasses, toasty bready malt. Coffee on the finish.
Feel: Creamy and smooth, medium/heavy body, lower carbonation.
Good flavors but could be balanced better. Too much caramel/molasses sweetness. Still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of n2185
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beejay
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Midnight black in color with a dark tan head on top.

S: Chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, and a touch of smoke. There is almost a milk stout thing going on, but far more rich. The finish is a touch of booze and vanilla.

T: Brown sugar and molasses, with a bit of a burnt bread flavor, and the finish is coffee.

M: Medium thick in body, carbonation is high, but not effervescent, carbonic bite in the finish.

O: Overall a real good beer. Drinks a little more like an impy stout, but not quite as heavy.

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Photo of wollefdoogylloj
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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