Coffee Baltic Porter
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Coffee Baltic PorterCoffee Baltic Porter
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Style:
Baltic Porter
Ranked #47
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,125
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 7.09%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
119
From:
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
 
Colorado, United States
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SCORE
91
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Coffee Baltic PorterCoffee Baltic Porter
Notes: Baltic Porter Aged with Artisan Coffee beans

Part of our Rotating Roasters Series, each batch release features a different roaster and their unique style of roasting. Through conditioning our Baltic Porter with freshly roasted beans we strive for a balanced character, adding dark sugar, plums and cocoa notes to the robust porter base.
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 119
Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a Belgian snifter.
Pours near black and near opaque with ruby-brown edges and a decent beige head.
Aroma: boozy with coffee, dark toast, dark bread and subtle roasted nuts.
Flavor: Less boozy and burnt than the aroma suggests.
Feel: very smooth full body with hidden ABV.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Happy 4th of July, 2019 aka Independence Day for these United States! Since I spent a couple/few days celebrating CANada Day on 01 July, it only seems right & fitting to spent this four-day weekend drinking, reviewing & rating AmeriCAN-owned & made beers. Here goes! Cheers!

From the CAN: "Fresh*Roasted*Rich*Coffee"; "Coffee Baltic Porter focuses on the art of coffee roasting, showcasing the uniqueness of this single ingredient. Through conditioning of our Baltic porter with freshly roasted beans, we strive for a balanced coffee character, adding dark sugar, plums and cocoa notes to the robust porter base."; "cultured in yeast [undersigned] Chad Yakobson Brewmaster"; "Pack In. Enjoy! Pack Out."

The Crack! was really loud, as though the CANtents were under pressure! Once I recovered from my initial shock, I beCAN a C-Line Glug that CANmenced a pseudo-cascade that ended up forming two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with moderate retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose had the dark-roasted smokiness of my morning coffee! 8=O I have had people decline my coffee due to it being too strong, but I like that rich roastiness. This smelled great! Mouthfeel was medium and more slick and oily than their other beers today, but did you hear me CANplaining? No! The taste was clearly that of a Baltic Porter with an anise & treacle taste acCANponied by dark-roasted coffee. Phew! This did not quite have the intensity of Sixpoint's 5BEANS that I recently drank, reviewed & rated, but it was in the neighborhood, looking for a place to park. Man, this was actually making me sweat. Finish was roasty, bitter & dry. This is one to share with like-minded imbibers!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has both the coffee and strong not really smooth roasty mixed with Porter notes of semi-dry chalky and slightly herbal finish. I think I like it a bit less than typical coffee stouts because it's not as sweet. I would get it again if offered.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with an amber tinge. Topped with a half finger of head.

Taste of toasted malts, coffee, and a light fruitiness. A little banana too. It taste slightly sweet, very little bitterness a mild taste of coffee.

Medium body, very smooth, and very little bitterness. Moderate carbonation.

I got this in San Diego and am drinking it here on June 2, 2019. Its a very smooth Baltic Porter.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with little penetration to light. There’s a fingernail of brown around half of the rim and a quarter of the top. I smell a bit of dark roasted coffee. I’m tasting the dark roasted coffee in moderation. There’s some dark malt in the back of the palate. The mouth is lightly oily and dry.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Ball 16-oz. mason jar
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.05
Purchased: March 29, 2019
Consumed: March 31, 2019
Reviewed as: Baltic Porter
Misc.: Packaged on Jan. 3, 2019

Picked this up with six other beers at Bine & Vine. Can description read, “Coffee Baltic Porter focuses on the art of coffee roasting, showcasing the uniqueness of this single ingredient. Through conditioning of our Baltic porter with freshly roasted beans, we strive for a balanced coffee character, adding dark sugar, plum, and cocoa notes to the already robust porter base.” It had me at Coffee.

Poured a pitch black color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki tan frothy head. Saw a couple of bubble streams coming up along the sides of the glass, but not many. Outstanding lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled black coffee, roasty malts, roasted barley, mocha, cacao, dark fruit, ashtray, char wood and hints of vanilla. Better out of the glass than the can. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste followed the nose. Just really good. Black coffee, roasted barley, mocha, cacao, bitter dark chocolate, char wood, dark fruit (purple grape and plum) and dark caramel. (Taste - 4.50)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Roasty finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Just a tremendous beer. (Overall - 4.25)

4.35 | 97 | A

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a really solid beer that is kind of like a blend of a good coffee stout/porter and a Belgian strong dark ale (something like Allagash Black). Crooked Stave definitely puts out well crafted beers. nb

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz can in a snifter. This fantastic little gem pours a
deep and murky blackish brown with a fantastic head of brown
foam that settles to a thick ring, thin light layer, and shows some
very nice lacing. Nose of mild coffee, cocoa, subtle dark fruits,
and dark brown sugars. Flavors really expand on the nose with
a dark cocoa laced robust coffee flavor with touches of cream
and dark fruit flavors of plum and raisin basking in earthy
robust malts and moderate char. Very good mouth feel;
full body, medium light carbonation, and a rich full moderately
bitter malts and coffee finish.

Excellent!

Cheers

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Canning date is stamped on can as '11/16/18'. ABV% is 8.0.
Black colored body with dark brown backlit highlights. Aggressive pour results in two finger light tan head, which recedes rather quickly to thick cap. Leaves behind a round the glass pattern of lacing.
Aroma of roasted malts and coffee, with hints of chocolate and dark fruit.
Taste is sweeter than expected. Has roasted malts, with the coffee flavor as a major influence. Cocoa and dark fruit come out rather late in the taste profile. Bitterness is at a very minor level.
Medium mouth feel, to slightly coating. Very good carbonation.
A porter heavily influenced by coffee, with the added flavors of cocoa and dark fruit. Rather well balanced and the flavors dance among themselves. Not overly sweet, but not bitter at all.

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Photo of drtth
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The dark brown beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a finely bubbled 1 1/2” dark tan head that recedes slowly to a cap and then a thin irregular island of foam on the surface and a small ring around the glass while leaving an open web of thick legs and patches of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of arches and some small patches of lacing that cling to the sides of the glass.

The aromas include lots of roasted coffee, some cocoa, caramel, nutty character and a bit of dark fruit.

The flavors are pretty much as expected from the nose and include the coffee, some cocoa, and some dark caramel or dark brown sugar sweetness. While the malt sweetness is present up front In the background there’s some dark roasted and lightly earthy bitterness along with just a bit of fruity, nutty character.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with some lightly prickly small bubbled carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the toasted malt sweetness begins to fade and allow the coffee and nutlike flavors to show more cleanly before they too begin to fade and allow some earthy and dark roasted bitterness to move to the back of the palate and gradually fade away in a long dry ending.

Overall this is a very nice beer with all the aromas and flavors showing in a complex melange in which every thing seems to just fit right with everything else. Definitely enjoyable, drinkable and worth seeking out. I’ll be looking to have more.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high tan head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans and dark fruits are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of coffee beans along with strong notes of dark fruits and chocolate. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the aromas and flavors of dark fruits in this porter, which were quite unlike those that I've experienced in other beers in this style.

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Photo of stevepat
3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beautiful deep dark brown with a healthy tan head that persists and laces nicely.
Smell is alcoholic figs and lightly bitter coffee/char notes. Very warmly inviting.
Taste is thin, very one dimensional. There is a hint of the complexity of a good coffee but it feels like a picture rather than the real thing. Dark fruitiness up front with more of acrid roastiness at the back end. I expect a lot more robust flavor from porters and from coffee. This one falls short.
Mouthfeel is pretty light. Much too watery and just a total lack of substance.
Overall I am terribly dissapointed in this one. I have wanted to like these guys cause they are well esteemed but so far I am not impressed. This beer was not at all impressive and not something I would look for again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a one finger milk chocolate brown head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee, faint dried plums and cocoa. Flavor is dark toasted malt with light char, quality coffee, cocoa, mild dark dried fruit. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A coffee forward Baltic porter with a little less dark fruit character than most of the style, perhaps masked by the coffee. The coffee tastes like high quality brew and is well balanced with the malt. My first coffee Baltic porter and a flavorful one. I'm glad Crooked Stave makes a few non-sour/wild ales so I can enjoy their beer, they are nicely made.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is dark coffee, dark malts and sweetish dark fruit. The flavor is coffee, chocolate, fruit/dark fruit, dark malts and a slightly sweet/earthy finish.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, snifter glass. Pours a dark cola brown body, dark enough that you could call it black in the right lighting. One and half finger frothy offwhite head. Smell is perfectly roasted coffee, more of a light roast, milk chocolate, a bit of cocoa powder, light mineral, smooth lactose creaminess. Flavour follows, a very well-integrated roasted coffee and milk chocolate base, bit of lactose, touch of brown sugar or cocoa, a bit of slightly toasted malt as well. Integrates really well in terms of coffee and base beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy with more than adequate carbonation, mildly sweet lactose finish.

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Photo of Ri0
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz can into snifter. Coffee black with a 2 finger tan head that fades into a thick collar and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Nice coffee and espresso aroma with hints of baker's chocolate. The taste is similar to the smell, but more with espresso, dark chocolate and hints of caramel and vanilla. Hints of dark fruit and sugar plum can also be found. Rich, smooth with soft carbonation and a full feel. Very enjoyable coffee porter.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, rich and yet oh, so smooth, the Baltic porters have had a long reputation of being a softer textured but higher strength version of porter from its lager fermentation that lends a rummy fruitiness and sweet chocolate taste. Crooked Stave layers the unique taste of specific coffee onto the porter to reinstate its roasty dominance.

Very dark brown and easily mistaken as stout, the simply named Coffee Baltic Porter settles with a dense mocha froth for a discernible masculine appearance. Bold coffee aromas swoon the nose, hovering just above a well woven scent of cocoa, nuttiness, caramelized sugars and a hint of dark fruit. Sweet on the palate, the taste of toffee, brown sugar and sorghum offer a robust, savory and malty sweet start.

As the sweetness slowly lessens its grip on the middle palate, the more toasted flavors bring about natural coffee, walnut and bittersweet chocolate flavors. But the earthen, soilish and subtle char of coffee additions begin to gain command of the late palate while notions of grape, cherry and plum offer a slim vinous taste with a hint of spiced rum.

Full bodied but flirting with a medium full sense of drinkability, the beer's robust taste and firm sweetness extends into a long linger of French press coffee, a hint of campfire and grilled dark fruits once more. Simmering warmth of rum delivers layer upon layer of complex tastes for a highly rewarding session that's however timid compared to more authentic versions of the Baltic porter style.

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Photo of twosheds
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a dark tan head.

Smells mostly of coffee and some chocolate.

Coffee flavor is a little subtle at first with more of the roasted malts coming through, but the coffee lingers for a while in the aftertaste.

Solid porter with coffee added.

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Photo of Myros
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can into pint glass, pours opaque black with a reserved yellow brown head.
Aroma is pleasant but again reserved, though my nose is not the best detector, with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, black licorice, and olive.
Taste was of light roasted coffee with dark roasted malt, hot chocolate (milk and dark), vanilla, root beer, and fruit - plum and blackberry. Roasted malt and coffee provide a decent bitterness but there is a long sweet finish that leaves me with an overall sweet impression. Alcohol is only mildly noticeable. Mouth feel is a velvety full coating that reduces to soda in the end.
Overall, a great beer that I was super pleased to find. A little on the sweet side maybe, but definitely worth trying. My first from this brewery. I look forward to more from them.

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Photo of zeff80
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a large, light brown head of foam. It smelled of coffee, chocolate and toffee. Nice coffee flavor with chocolate and a mild bitterness. I expected bolder coffee flavor.

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Photo of beergoot
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ebony body sporting a thick, frothy, light tan head. Nice aroma of charred grain and mild coffee grounds. Creamy vanilla-like taste, caffeine and mocha notes, too; milk chocolate; a twinge of alcohol and bitterness. Heavy body; smooth and creamy; lush; gentle residual sugar sweetness caressing the palate.

A very fine Baltic porter, rich and smooth with a nice coffee edge.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Black as night, a little brown-raisin coloring around rim with good sticky lacing. Decent but not great head (could have been because on tap).
S - Fantastic aromas of roasted raisin, coffee (of course) but not overwhelming, and a little choco-lactose impression...
T - Good, exactly what it smells like - choco-coffee flavored raisins with good attack, good presence mid-palate, and a nice finish to it.
F - Good, nothing amazeballs but a well made Balctic.
O - One of my faves to this date from CS.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first go around with this beer (only 2 -3 weeks from Canning) was enjoyable. It was clearly fresh, and the coffee came through well. I am not sure how it was stand up to Santa Fe's Java stout, Founders Breakfast Stout, or something similar, but I believe it could easily hold it's own.

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Photo of jlindros
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 10/30/18

Pours a thick frothy mocha colored rich creamy 1 finger head great retention and lacing pitch black beer

Nose plenty of dark chocolate, cocoa, some roast and char, mocha into roasted coffee espresso, not a ton of coffee, then big sweet candy chocolate fudge

Taste sweet rich creamy chocolate, thick fudgey cocoa, little roasted malt into more coffee, fresh roasted and ground coffee and espresso dark roast, some acidity and hint of dark fruit, a flash of alcohol on the back end, sweet candy fluffy nougat, bitterness late from the roasted grains, caramel nougat chocolate candy bar

Mouth is full bod, rich creamy thick lush, decent carb, flash of warming alcohol

Overall pretty nice, heavier and thicker and chewier than I expected, but good

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black, my reflection staring back at me. Creepy. Minescule deaply browned floaties suspended near the bottom. It's clean otherwise, and topped by a soda like dark tan foam that quickly recedes into nothing more than a thin creamy ring.

Coffee seems to be the least influential ingredient here. Quite sweet smelling actually... Molasses, brown sugar, some squaw bread with toasted crust, even a little black olive brine below. A mild light brew coffee fights to scratch the surface.

The flavor is also quite sweet. Molasses is hit with some milk chocolate and root beer like spices. Coffee is even harder to detect in the flavor than its scent. You know what, aside from convincing myself, I can't even really taste it. The coffee, I mean. Oh...wait.... there it is now, just a bit, as it warmed.

Very interesting feel on this. It is more full bodied and starts somewhat creamy, but it has this tingly soda like carbonation that dries it out so quickly. It's odd, but it works. Everything about this is sweet, and I'm desperately seeking some balance to no avail.

I don't know. This has good reviews and maybe I'll change my opinion given the fact I bought a six pack of this, but it's not working for me. Baltic Porter's to me are clean, bold, and robust. This seems a bit too sweet and full with funky nuances in every category. All well. Cheers.

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Coffee Baltic Porter from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 119 ratings