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Coronado / Cigar City JurataCoronado / Cigar City Jurata

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Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This collaboration represents a unique fusion of styles and balance. It was brewed when CCB brewmaster Wayne Wambles and owner and CEO Joey Redner visited San Diego late last year. The name “Jurata” (pronounced Yoo-­‐rah-­‐tuh) is Polish for “sea”, and rings true with both Coronado and Cigar City beside opposite oceans. It is also a mythical mermaid in the Baltic Sea.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours - dark brown thin off white head does not late long not much lacing.

Smell - dark fruits roasted malts a little hint of chocolate.

Taste - roasted malts little coffee flavor very bold

Feel - Medium body well carbonated.

Overall - One of the better porters I have had.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown in color—close to being black when viewed from a far distance away. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits—raisins seem to stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with notes of dark fruit.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of raisins and brown bread along with hints of coffee or cocoa beans. No sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer smells and tastes like a bock or a doppelbock, but isn't sweet and doesn't have a heavy body. It is quite tasty and makes for a good sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"When naming this Baltic porter, a collaboration with Tampa's famed Cigar City Brewing, we opted for Jurata as a nod to a mythological mermaid known to roam the depths of the Baltic Sea, just as the energetic yeast used to brew this deep dark beer navigated our fermentation tanks. Dive in and enjoy Jurata's true-to-style rich and complex flavors!" Brewed in the style of a Baltic Porter, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. One-off collaboration between Coronado Brewing and Cigar City.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy tan head over a very dark brown body nearing black. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of bready caramel malts, a soft roastiness and sweetened chocolate malts, yeast-borne fruitiness of raisins, figs, moderate earthy spiciness. Modest booziness present, fairly light and reserved aromas overall. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor comes off nearly as light as the aroma, caramel bread with a light syrupy sweetness, finishes on a note of toasted chocolate and faint roasted barley. Very light fruitiness and alcohol. Light and easy drinking. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly oily smooth and mildly dry. Carbonation is soft, generating a moderate frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is light/medium for the style and medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet over earthy bitter and grainy. Alcohol presence is light and there are no notable off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Jurata falls within the lighter end of the Baltic Porter spectrum, with a reserved alcohol presence, high cleanliness and milder body that brings it nearer to a standard American Porter than a Baltic one. While the complexity is far from off-the-map, the flavors within are nicely balanced and well presented, and make for a drinkable beer. That said, the beer itself is almost too pedestrian to be memorable, and anybody looking for a high caliber Baltic Porter will almost certainly be let down by this beer. 3.75

Coronado Brewing Company's
Jurata Baltic Porter (With Cigar City)

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Photo of Stevedore
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A-Dark brown, opaque body with one finger offwhite head. Fair retention time, no lacing.

S- Dark fruits, cocoa, roasted malt. Not a whole lot else.

F- Cocoa, charred malt, dark chocolate, a bit of dark fruit. A bit of astringency, hard to identify the source of it. It is a bit earthy, so perhaps it's the hopping.

M- Medium bodied, silky smooth, reasonably creamy. The best part of the beer, really.

O- Meh, would not recommend. A bit boring, not the greatest complexity or flavour.

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Photo of reg1214
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with slight head. Slightly translucent. Smells like chocolate and dried fruit (chocolate-covered raisins maybe?), with a taste to match. Slight booze taste. Smooth mouthfeel. Overall solid beer, fruitier and lighter than a standard porter.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very dark brown color with amber hues and good clarity. Fluffy off-white head

Some fruity esters, no hop presence, a bit of booze but not prominent.

Flavor of soft vanilla flavor, a bit of fruitiness with some roast. Very well balanced

Nice full, chewy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation level. Pleasant after taste

An awesome, awesome beer that is a fine example of the style.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours nigh on black with no real head to speak of. A tick of very scattered lacing, though.
Smell is malt, pepper, dark fruit, a hint of whiskey. Nice idea of richness hinted at.
Taste is malt, whiskey, dark fruits, pepper/spices. Great balance.
Medium body with pretensions of fullness. Effervescence is .... metallic and tangy, if that makes sense. Warming, of course, drying, too. Not as full bodied as I would have desired, though. Aftertaste is kind of ashy.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Dark brown, not quite opaque. Forms a thin tan head that fades fairly quickly, and has fairly low levels of visible carbonation.

S: Strangely, it's nearly absent when the beer is cold. Some vague chocolatey malts, and that was about all. As it warms, the chocolate aroma opens up but remains that dominant note. Slight coffee aroma develops as well.

T: Dark cacao, coffee, and powdered hot chocolate mix. Some roasted malts and a mild hop bitterness. It finishes with some lightly bitter chocolate.

M: Has a lighter mouthfeel than the appearance would suggest. This is highly attenuated with minimal alcohol presence and a dry finish.

O: This was a pretty decent Baltic porter, but far from the best around. Worth trying if you stumble across it though.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +7%

Pours a deep ebony color with a tan head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of roasted malt notes.

Tastes of a good variety of roasted malt notes. Notes of cocoa, coffee, and brown sugar lead off. This leads into some roasted and earthy bitterness. Touches of dark fruit come in as well. Finishes with some bitter chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I like this. It is not particularly complex, but everything fits together well.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Love a good Baltic Porter. This one seems to hint at being as much, but doesn't give the firm punch I would come to expect. Nice beer though. Certainly touches on all of the characteristics I really hope for.

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Photo of leaddog
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with a finger of beige head.

Smell - roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee bean, cherries, and hint of citrus hops.

Taste - Initially hit with the roasted malts then goes into the dark chocolate, coffee bean, cherries, and citrus hops. Very pleasant roasted flavours in this one.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with light to moderate carbonation. The body also has a pleasant smoothness and finishes with pleasant roasted notes.

Overall - A Baltic porter with a excellent roasted notes. The dark chocolate, coffee bean and cherries were the stars of the show with the earthy hops being the supporting cast to this well executed porter.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, deep mahogany hue with just some ruby highlights when held up to the light and no apparent cloudiness. Head is a thin layer of frothy tan foam which seems to dissipate quickly.

Smell: some black roasty aroma with some creamier lager aroma. It reminds me more of a schwarzbier than a Baltic porter, but still not too bad.

Taste: roasty, with a bit of caramel character and more of the aforementioned smooth lager-ness. Not too bad, but again it's relatively subtle character makes it feel more like a schwarzbier than a Baltic porter.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a low-to-moderate carbonation and an OK creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: drinkable, certainly, but without the big complexity I like in Baltic porters.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a one-finger head
S: Very pleasant roasted malt, milk chocolate, cream, a bit of coffee
P: Not quite as complex as the nose; still roasted malt and cocoa but not much more
M: Medium-bodied, a bit creamy
O: The aromas are the best part; not the best stout on the market but very solid

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Photo of Tone
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, slight pine, slight alcohol, and roasted malt. Does not seem to fit the style of a Baltic Porter, because of the lack of any sourness. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of yeast, slight alcohol, hint of pine, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, while this is a good porter, it is not a Baltic Porter ... sigh.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Very dark brown with slight carbonation. Nice tan head about 1 finger thick. Laces the glass nicely. (4.5/5)

Smell: Smells of roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate. Also has a sweet smell. (4.5/5)

Taste: Tastes of roasted coffee and chocolate. Very smooth. Not sure what Baltic porter is but taste just like a normal porter

Mouthfeel: Thin and smooth. Very drinkable. I feel the carbonation a little (4.5/5)

Overall: Very good beer. Very smooth and easy to drink. I have never had a Baltic porter so I am not sure how they are supposed to be but this was a great porter. (4.75/5)

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Photo of maximum12
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought & brought home by my lovely wife while she was lounging, er, working in San Diego this spring (via phone consultation, of course). 22 oz. bottle split with the mule, er, wife.

Pour is moderately carbed & dark, dark brown with bloody red showing through only along the extreme edges. Nose leverages the expected maltiness & roast, but there's an undercurrent of chocolatey lactose. Appealing.

Jurata has a nice profile, & by that, I mean the one on the bottle. The beer? Yeah, the beer. First impression is that it's chocolate dust dry, like it needs a side pint of tap water. After that is a long stroll into mediocrity. Mild chocolate, mild roast, faintly mild smokiness, mild molasses. A bit thin for the style, though that means I could probably drink the entire bomber if, y'know, like, I wanted to.

Like many collaborations, this one seems more about two breweries compromising than anything else. Like a 1989 hit from 'Will to Power', mildly enjoyable but immediately forgotten.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, with some useful phonetic spelling of the apparently Baltic language-named and of course mythical mermaid nomad from said region spelled out on the label.

This beer pours a deep, dark chocolate brown hue, with rather subtle cola basal edges, and two skinny fingers of bubbly, weakly foamy, and frothy beige head, which leaves a bit of organic invading alien spaceship lace in parts around the glass as things quickly abate.

It smells of powdery dry cocoa, somewhat sour milk, bready caramel malt, wet tobacco, understated black orchard fruit, soft citrus and piney hop notes, further ashy astringencies, brown sugar, and a hint of the alcohol that will surely come to be. The taste is more bittersweet chocolate off the top, one barely singed by a lactic coffee addendum, with a bit of black licorice, fig and date earthy fruitiness, multifaceted smokey essences - ash, in its various guises, really - muted orange cream citrus, more toasted bready pale and caramel malt, and a strangely nutty booziness - like ghosts of my Italian-American Christmas pasts.

The bubbles are low-key for the most part, but supportive when it seems to count, the body a dense, medium-full weight, and more smooth than it really has any right to be, so good, I guess. It finishes on the sweet side, chocolate, caramel, milky (sans any particular sourness) coffee, and a nondescript nuttiness carrying the day.

More of a straight ahead Yankee porter, than anything bearing the heritage of those northern European waters of lore. Where be the tartness, lads? I'll give ya the heightened ABV, as 8 points like this are not usually so easily well-hidden - as well as a generally pleasant drinkability, but the expected complexity, and at least lip service being paid to style, are sorely lacking here. Pfft.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Split with CorgiDad and my wife.

A: Cola brown/black with a tan one finger head that lingered. Curtain-y lacing.

S: A plentiful supply of chocolate malts and barley.

T: Comes on more like a regular porter. Didn't pick up the familiar medicinal finish that trademarks a lot of BP's (and that was a plus). Chocolate, barley and a bit of coffee. Smooth, robust, molasses sweet.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation.

O: A middle of the road porter; nothing that really stands out. Decent. Would pair well with cheddar or a chocolate chip cookie.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 7/6/2014 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and touch of smoke, dark fruit & hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of black coffee and dark chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in along with background flavors of smoke and dark fruit. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly smoky.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Roguer
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a smallish dark tan head (~1/2 finger) atop a dark black brew. Retention is surprisingly good, and lacing is thin but pretty.

Dark fruit and roasted barley aroma. Slightly boozy with a hint of cream and coffee. Quite typical of porters and stouts. Nothing particularly stands out.

Surprisingly bitter up forward, with a sour tinge that lasts throughout. Dark fruit give it a hint of sweetness after the initial wave of bitterness. A huge wave of roasted barley crests midway, and you ride it the rest of the way through, waving quickly to coffee notes as you ride past.

Silky and lively, not particularly thick, but extremely drinkable. Sticky finish.

This is a quite tasty Baltic Porter, with the huge roasted grains you'd expect from a stout, and the smooth drinkability of a lager. An excellent marriage of the styles. My only complaint is that there is little that stands out; no real calling card.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a snifter. Split the bottle with Stopper.
The beer pours a dark cola black color with creamy beige head of 2 cm foaming up with a gentle pour.
the aroma is malty and roasted notes. Not too complex and very clean with just a little molasses mixed in for a sweeter hit.
First sip reveals an average body with mild rolling carbonation. Very easy texture and physical traits for consumability.
Flavor is more roasted malt and not too much else. Seems to be lacking a little "baltic" note and is more a typical American porter. I dont get any booze nor any real hop profile. The beer is good and tasty, but isnt much as a baltic porter and I had hoped for more with this collaboration.
A good roasted malt beer, but not a good baltic porter example.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This very dark brown Porter set up a thick head of immensely dense foam that had a sticky lacing.

The nose is very malty with dry chocolate malts, caramel malt and a roasted barley malt.

The flavor is dry and crisp with a chocolate flavor, Graham cracker, burnt ember, slight roasted coffee and a toasted barley malt.

The feel is light and crisp, maybe too light and crisp. This needed about 15 minutes to air and warm after refrigeration to get its full potential.

I unfortunately drank much of this before I realised that it's best served closer to 60F. I surely try it again.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pretty typical porter deep brown/ light black with a very small, thin mostly white head. Not strong in the aroma department. Light coffee, cocoa. Taste has some chocolate/ cocoa bean and roasted malt flavor, slight coffee, a little more sweetness than bitterness, and a decent amount of yeast (obviously leading to the sweet taste). It is a fairly thin body with above average carbonation. Not at all a big robust porter by any means. Very drinkable though. Kind of like a thin/light, sweeter version of a Framminghammer minus the barrel characteristic. Yoo-rah-tuh try it.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, brown sugar, light coffee, herbal, light dark fruits, and roast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light coffee, brown sugar, herbal, light dark fruit, and roast/yeast earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roast, toast, dark bread, light coffee, brown sugar, herbal, light dark fruit, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and earthy yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice and pleasant Baltic porter. Good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Not as bold or robust as I was hoping for, but is a nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Odysseyalien
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coronado and Cigar City make some amazing beers. Unfortunately, this joint venture is not one of them. The smell of this brew was somewhat off in my opinion...kinda' strange for a baltic porter but not offensive.

While it looked great, the taste was the classic definition of "average". A sophomore like approach to the baltic porter style. A Wikipedia definition of a Baltic Porter. In other words, nothing about it stood out as interesting or different.

Two great beer brewers, one very average baltic porter with Jurata.

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