Coffee Baltic Porter
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Coffee Baltic PorterCoffee Baltic Porter
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Style:
Porter - Baltic
Ranked #42
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,273
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 7.32%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
131
From:
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  15
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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 by meatyard:
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meatyard from Florida

4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 31, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

of all the new not sour beer these guys have come out with this year, this is up there with the american ipa as their best, a righteous, strong, thick baltic porter with coffee. i find it a little funny and sad that they didnt use the coffee roasted right there in the source, but instead ventured out and found something the deemed to be better. hard to argue with that, this beer is amazing and its the coffee that makes it in a lot of ways. big creamy body, lots of chocolate in the nose, a rich caramel flavor in the middle that goes beyond grain to actual buttery caramel, and the bitter earthy slightly sweet coffee, all on top of a real sturdy mature porter, no trace of its alcohol strength, and a lot of character from top to bottom. smooth as can be, lingering creamy coffee, delightful caffeine buzz, just fantastic. that crooked stave can switch it up all of a sudden and start making non wild beers of this depth and complexity and quality further establishes them as one of the best breweries in the country. great use of high end coffee, great baltic porter base beer, perfect winter beverage. i hope they keep this one around!

Nov 21, 2016
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spoony from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz can (no date) into a snifter.

A-The beer pours nearly pitch black from the can with a short, tan head. The head disappears pretty quickly leaving a film and thin collar of foam. Not much lacing is left behind. The beer is thick and still in the glass.

S-The aroma is heavy on the coffee, but with a nice underlying creaminess. There is a definite espresso and baker's chocolate flavor, but the beer never smells burnt or overly bitter. I'm also sniffing a little bit of candied fruit sweetness...nothing overt, but a little balance to the strong coffee and chocolate flavors. Alcohol is well-hidden.

T-The taste is similar to the smell, but more somehow more robust and more smooth at the same time. Espresso beans and lightly bitter baker's chocolate meld with a creamy, almost vanilla flavor. The beer is slightly earthy, but quite smooth. And there is just a little spiced, candied orange flavor giving the beer a hint of sweetness.

M-Wow! This beer is quite heavy with a soft, chunky, chewy carbonation. And damn is it good.

O-This may be the best "clean" Crooked Stave beer I have tasted. The coffee is strong, but well-balanced and the mouthfeel is incredible. Those that like big, thick, chewy beers will like this one. This is proof that you don't need to barrel age a dark beer to make a great one.

Dec 13, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Apr 21, 2019
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Apr 21, 2019
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davidsonte2 from Washington

4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 10, 2019
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 04, 2019
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 04, 2019
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mpolewan from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aug 24, 2019
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PvtSnowball from Florida

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 18, 2019
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emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 22, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 15, 2019
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1971bernat from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 02, 2019
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Jan 18, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Dec 18, 2018
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deereless from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 13, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Jul 05, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Dec 11, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Feb 03, 2019
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 22, 2018
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guzzleacoldone from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 22, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Nov 18, 2018
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Feb 03, 2019
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jaydoc from Kansas

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 14, 2016
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Sparky44 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 01, 2019
Coffee Baltic Porter from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 131 ratings