Coffee Baltic Porter | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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4.16/5
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Coffee Baltic PorterCoffee Baltic Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
crookedstave.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kmanjohnson on 10-10-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,521
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
39
pDev:
7.45%
 
 
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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Pasha_Kerch
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Initial impression from a can:

APPEARANCE: Pours a solid black body and a khaki head. Head retention is good - ~8 minutes. Head could be thicker, creamier, and more robust. Appearance is typical of the style.

AROMA: Subdued coffee. Black malts. Roasted barley. Cacao. Specialty chocolate malt.

Not finding any dark fruit aromatics.

It's pretty restrained for a dark coffee beer, and isn't much of a Baltic Porter judging by the aroma. Seems more like a coffee ale imitation that happens to be brewed with lager yeast than a committed Baltic Porter (lager).

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Coffee isn't as pronounced or remarkable as one would hope for in a beer marketed as a coffee-forward Baltic Porter. Coffee flavour is far less interesting than in, say, Founders' Breakfast Stout.

Dark malts and specialty chocolate malts give this its backbone, hinting at cacao/cocoa. I don't taste any dark fruit flavours.

Like the coffee character, roasted barley is too subdued. Lacks balance and depth of flavour, but it's generally enjoyable in spite of its flaws.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium to full-bodied, unrefreshing, and well carbonated.

OVERALL: Far from Crooked Stave's best work. I like that they're pushing into the more reasonably priced 6-pack-of-cans format, but this isn't up to par with most of their lineup in terms of what I've tried. Competent but not dazzling. It's good to see another Baltic Porter in the Colorado market - this is one of the relatively few styles that isn't oversaturated in my home state - but this fails to measure up to the best beers in the style.

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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09/07/18 CAN:

In the contemporary landscape of oversaturated coffee stouts and porters, you've really got to capture a more evocative and richer coffee character to stand out. This is pretty hum-ho inasmuch as the coffee flavour is concerned.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of Diura
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of utopiajane
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque and burnt walnut brown with a creamy head of mocha foam that stands a long time but pops and fizzes as it falls. Nose is sensational with coffee and berry like fruit. A roasty burnt edge comes to the forefront slowly to reveal smooth cocoa. Char but not ashes sweetened by caramel. Bold unsweetened espresso coffee. Bubbly creamy and smooth. Moderate carbonation. finishes with just a light sensation of warmth form the abv. Shimmering sheets of lace that fall away to spots captivate for the entire glass as the beer refreshes on each tip. Rich bread as it warms and dark fruit flavors from malt.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black, hint of dark mahogany, color with a massive foamy mocha brown head. The head displays some amazing retention, thick and still standing, carbonation visible.
The aroma has coffee interplaying nicely with dark fruit, plum, raisins and hints of tart cherry. The malt base evokes sweet, nutty and biscuity aromas.
Nicely balanced flavors; the malt sweetness interacts with the coffee roast as well as the dark fruits which provide the slightest hint of plum tartness. Other flavors include a mild alcohol spice, a touch of citrusy hops zest, chocolate and dark caramel. Clean alcohol finish with a roasty linger.
Medium to full bodied, frothy, sticky and creamy. Very easy to drink because despite the complexity and richness of flavors, it is finely balanced as opposed to boozy and decadent.
A delicious Baltic Porter.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dandandan79
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beautiful dark with brown foam.
smell of roasted coffee.
taste is surprisingly clean, crisp yet a complexity of chocolate , coffee, dark fruits fills the palette.
easy to drink. its thin yet taste like a porter/stout.
i really enjoyed it.

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Photo of shelby415
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of user785335
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bdaggett
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic - you gotta try this one! Great example of a Baltic Porter.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This one smells like caramel, dark fruit, dark roasted coffee, campfire smoke, tobacco, and creamy milk chocolate.

This is really quite nice. This is my first non-wild beer from Crooked Stave, and it shows they can do more things well. The coffee flavor is definitely dominant, but melds well the fruity and roasty base, adding chocolate, smoke, plum, and caramel flavors.

The body is creamy and rich, but not super thick, making it very drinkable. It goes down so easily. The carbonation level is soft and supportive.

This was highly enjoyable. It's a good use of coffee, and more importantly, the base is strong too.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black-bodied with a fat dark foam head... Very interesting - impressively full of dark fruity coffee - has an almost chewy fruit character - more toward the sweet side but thins out and leaves notes of watery cocoa and maybe a hint of herbal anise... Light and smooth, coca comes back 'round toward the finish... Not a style that works for me usually, but this was a very enjoyable beer... 2/7/18 canning...

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Photo of acurtis
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cenfrocafe – Peru
canned 2.7.18

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tobelerone
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jhfinn
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ninaturner
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crobinso
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dactrius
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, bottom says method roasters the madness. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy dark brown head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is a bit subdued - sweet chocolate malt and roast coffee.

The flavor is some sweet lactose and chocolate malt with heavy charred burnt roast coffee. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, nice but a bit too much char.

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Photo of rkarimi
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of SFACRKnight
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Crooked stave is killing it with clean beers now, what can't Chad do? Poured a can of this into a tulip, daaaark brown with a deep khaki head Made of moderate bubbles. I was hoping to see that tight knit creamy head which promises of proteins and luxurious mouthfeel. Nose is great, dark roasted cold pressed coffee, dark fruit, roasty malts. No esters phenols or DMS. Flavor follows the nose, robust coffee without being acrid or bitter, great porter base underneath with hints of pruneand plum. Mouthfeel was lacking the thickness expected from a beer as robust as this. Overall, great cold weather beer that will be in my fridge until the next seasonal drops in this rotation.

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Coffee Baltic Porter from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 39 ratings