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Brandy Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter | High Water Brewing

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Brewed by:
High Water Brewing
California, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Arbitrator on 11-21-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 1
Reviews by jlb502:
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2/5  rDev -0.5%

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2.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was served on tap at the BevMo Beer Fest at Fort Mason on 11/19. I gravitated to the High Water tent pretty early, reasoning that unlimited pours of Retribution would be a pretty decent return for a $40 fest that I didn't really want to attend (don't get your girlfriend into beer, kids -- it doesn't pay off).

I saw this little gem being poured on draft, so I requested a pour of it. The server mentioned that the brandy-barrel aged version would be blended with its bourbon-barrel aged brother for the final product. I didn't get the actual ABV, but I am reasoning that it is reasonably close to the bourbon version (9.3%), so that is what I'm uploading here.

A: Pours a black body with slight edge highlights. Tan foam that vanishes fairly quickly. No lace.

S: This beer was poured almost ice-cold. I found it ironic that BevMo, a chain that can't refrigerate craft beer, served all its beers at arctic temperatures at this beer fest. Truly a failure of a business. Anyway, I struggled mightily to extract aromas from this beer, and eventually I realized it just didn't have much of a bouquet. Mild notes of brandy, but nothing in the way of oak or vanilla. Some coffee and a little bit of chocolate. I was hoping for some dark fruit or something, but no. Very, very mild nose.

T: The taste is pretty lacking, as well. This has even milder barrel pickup than its bourbon-barrel aged equivalent, resulting in a beer that brings some coffee, chocolate, and a mild brandy presence to the table. Coffee pulls into the finish. It's not flawed, but it's simplistic. It needs some heft and many more flavor elements to stand out.

M: Medium-full bodied, low-moderate carbonation. No heat to it. Clean finish, maybe too much so; the flavors fall off very quickly.

O: As with the bourbon-barrel aged version, this one is unremarkable. I don't think grape-spirit based barrels work well for baltic porters; 50/50 couldn't pull this style off, either.

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2/5  rDev -0.5%

Brandy Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter from High Water Brewing
Beer rating: 2.01 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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