Coffee Baltic Porter | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Coffee Baltic PorterCoffee Baltic Porter

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

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

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 -1.9%
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 -6.5%
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 Mark-Leggett
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergoot
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
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 MrDarcy
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MacStinson
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheHopsman
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eppCOS
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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 VaporDome
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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 guzzleacoldone
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -10.1%
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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Photo of Harrison8
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a pillowy, foamy rise of head that tops out at two fingers in height after a modest pour. Head retention is great, as is lacing. Aroma is a big hit of coffee mashed between notes of roasty, toasty, nutty, earthy malts. It smells dark, with the coffee adding a little to the bitterness. Flavor profile is smooth, medium-roast coffee with hints of chocolate, cocoa, burnt sugar, and dark fruits. Outside of coffee, roasty, toasty, nutty, earthy malts add the firmness and darkness to this porter. Mouth feel is velvety, although the texture breaks apart into a watery texture at the finish. It has a medium-thick consistency to match the 8.5% ABV. Overall, really quality coffee notes in this one matched up well with quality, nuanced malts. Well worth a visit for those seeking a smooth coffee beer for the cold months, or anytime really.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

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Photo of Mikexw
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pasha_Kerch
4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
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

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.


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Photo of Diura
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of utopiajane
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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 +4.8%
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 +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dandandan79
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
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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