St-Ambroise Baltic Porter
McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Baltic PorterSt-Ambroise Baltic Porter
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From:
McAuslan Brewing
 
Quebec, Canada
Style:
Baltic Porter
Ranked #110
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,566
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 10.85%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
17
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 06, 2022
Added:
Mar 10, 2016
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  4
SCORE
87
Very Good
St-Ambroise Baltic PorterSt-Ambroise Baltic Porter
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Rated: 3.75 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

Mar 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Jan 23, 2022
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Reviewed by kevofficiel from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
St-Ambroise Baltic Porter got it in a 12 mix pacck for 16,99$

Look: Dark brown colour, with a brownish lace on the glass

Smell: Malt, caramel, cocoa, toffee,

Taste: Malt, molasses, caramel, some roastyness

Feel: Medium to full body, light to medium carbonation, easy drinking really, 8,2% ABV feels like a 5% one

So overall would I recommend it ? Yes

Would I buy it again ? Yes
Dec 27, 2021
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
473 mL can from the LCBO, one of four brews in their Dark Series sampler, and definitely the one I was most interested in trying when I bought said pack. Best before Dec 2 2022 and served barely chilled.

Not quite opaque, but very deep brown with copper red highlights; more than two fingers of puffy, foamy, billowing beige head erupts from the surface, settling off at a casual pace. At the five minute mark, a quarter-inch cap and generous collar remain in place, with an even ring of lace also deposited in its wake - a visually stunning porter. The nose is subtle yet nuanced - only a little bit roasty, with hints of cocoa, molasses, herbal hops, elderberry, fig and licorice, as well as a decent whiff of ethanol.

This is a bold-flavoured beer that I was in love with almost immediately. Sweet at the forefront, with toasted malt, cocoa, milk chocolate and dark fruits such as plum and fig coming to mind. The back end includes hints of sour cherry, licorice and herbal hops: there is a firm bitterness here, but the aftertaste trends more towards fruity, boozy flavours, with lingering hints of bittersweet cocoa. Medium in body, with low carbonation that softly brushes against the palate - seems a bit thin for something this strong, but what it lacks in body it makes up for in drinkability, making this a potentially dangerous brew if you aren't pacing yourself.

Final Grade: 4.1, an impressive A-. St-Ambroise Baltic Porter is easily one of the best McAuslan products I've tried to date - their RIS is the only brew of theirs that I know for sure I'd take over this, but that one is world-class. A beautiful, mesmerizing blend of malt, hop and alcohol, and a credit to its kind - a woefully underrepresented style if there ever was one. I don't even care that it'd be $5 or more per can, I'd still love to see the LCBO bring this in as a single. I'd call this the highlight of the sampler pack, though their Oatmeal Stout will always be a solid pick, too.
Dec 16, 2021
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Reviewed by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours black with a dark red tinge to it and a small but robust head. Malty sweetness and dried fruit notes on the nose. The taste adds hints of cherry and perhaps red wine. Boozy background. This is a nice and complex beer. Will try again if I can find it
Nov 19 2021
Nov 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.88 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

Nov 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.17 by nullbort from Canada (ON)

Nov 06, 2021
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
473 ml can served sort of cool into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for $3 CDN as part of a multipack. I love me a good baltic porter so couldn't resist this 4 pack.

Appearance - Dark brown in color with near black color in the glass. A small half finger of tan head rests on top. Nice streaky lacing clings to the edges of the glass.

Smell - Big malty nose. Little bit of chocolate but much more molasses and even traces of licorice.

Taste - Lots of malt, plenty of molasses and treacle with licorice tips at the end. Underlying roasty character. Modest bitterness. Flavors more muted than expected.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied, pretty slick, but a bit thinner than expected. Pretty low carbonation that prickles just a bit at the end.

Overall - I love Baltic porters, so this was a blast to find. Well made and constructed with good flavors, just a touch muted and it certainly wasn't because this beer was too cold because it wasn't. Worth a try because the whole 4 pack was just $12, and that includes a legendary Oatmeal Stout, a Black IPA, a Milk Stout and a Baltic Porter. Made by this renowned brewery that's an easy buy in my books.
Nov 04, 2021
 
Rated: 3.66 by desint from Belgium

Jan 24, 2020
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Reviewed by altstadt from Canada (BC)

2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Opaque black color, with a hint of red on the edges. Almost no head. No lacing. Can't see any bubbles rising.

Smells of darkly roasted malt with an odd solvent mixed in. It smells a bit like latex paint in the can before it starts drying on the walls. Swirling the glass kicked up a little more sugary malt and a little more latex paint.

Sweet, dark roasted malt flavor mostly. Very mild bitters which taste like they are coming from the malt roasting instead of any hops. Slight alcohol flavor. The aftertaste is mostly the bitter roast.

Strong tongue prickling despite the lack of visible carbonation. The bubbles feel almost like small beads. Very heavy body.

Generally this is a somewhat middle of the road. Nothing exceptional either either positive or negative other than the mild latex paint smell. My notes from a few years ago referred to it tasting like soy sauce; this seems to have been corrected, so I have given it a higher rating this time.
Oct 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.63 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS)

Oct 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.13 by kylepod from Canada (QC)

Jun 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.45 by BcCraft710 from Canada (BC)

Mar 14, 2017
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Reviewed by Poljazz22 from Canada (QC)

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Well worth the purchase if you like the style. Lovely mix of dark molasses, cocoa and toasted malts. Very little bitterness and not overly sweet. Feel is complex and thick.
Dec 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC)

Oct 31, 2016
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Reviewed by papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Body should be fuller, found it lacking and a tad thin at times. Has some good flavors (molasses and chocolate) but overall needs to be stronger in presence.
Sep 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by rugene from Canada (QC)

Aug 19, 2016
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Rated by Bugs318 from Canada (QC)

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Big banana notes are more than mildly offputting.
Jun 29, 2016
 
Rated: 5 by -chii- from Canada (QC)

May 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.88 by BrunoPettipas from Canada (QC)

Apr 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Socialiste from Canada (QC)

Apr 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.84 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Apr 10, 2016
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Reviewed by flipper2gv from Canada (QC)

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
A: Really good looking beer. Deep black with a light brown colored head. Quite creamy looking head. Lacing is good but retention isn't super impressive, as expected for the genre.

S: The intensity of the smell is quite light. But, there is a solid amount of licorice, smoke and chocolate notes. Seems pretty sweet from the little I get but well balanced. Very typical of porters and doesn't smell like a stout at all.

T: As with the smell, this is really a porter. There are not a ton of roasted notes in this one, very smoky, licorice-y and the chocolate malt notes are front and center. Subtle notes of raspberries are present as well. Very faint amount of diacetyl that kind of mesh well with the other flavors. Great stuff.

M: Too sticky for my taste but nothing especially bad about the carbonation itself. Medium to heavy body.

O: It's really solid stuff, especially at the low price it is. I like how it represents the style well and isn't too exuberant. Give it a try, it's worth it for sure.
Mar 31, 2016
 
Rated: 3.89 by Mack from Canada (QC)

Mar 28, 2016
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry chocolate and cacao notes with some light sugary notes is quite exquisite. Taste is also a quite wonderful mix between some cacao powder notes with some light sugary notes and some light residual sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Pretty bang on the style with good level of complexity while retaining some drinkability.
Mar 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.75 by theDuck from Canada (QC)

Mar 15, 2016
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Reviewed by VbolieuV from Canada (QC)

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pitch dark with a small but thick off-white head. Smell of caramel, dark chocolate and alcohol. It almost smells like a scotch ale. Really tastes like their scotch ale but with a more chocolate/coffee taste. It's good but I'm not really impressed here.
Mar 11, 2016
St-Ambroise Baltic Porter from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 27 ratings