Baltic Sunrise
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #84
Ranked #11,015
4.03 | pDev: 6.95%
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
Very Good
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Very dark chestnut-ruby. You see that when held by a halogen otherwise superficially it might be regarded as black. Clear, pours with 2mm mid-tan patch of foam that doesn't linger; beer of this ABV% is challenged to retain head, it's a 'viscosity' vs surface tension physics thing... to be expected.
S- Rich pungent coffee plus dark cocoa beans. There is a mild sense of liquor which might be the ABV% showing it's presence.
T- Coffee, prominent coffee with some zingy aspect to it, then that gets rounded off a bit with a slightly rich/creamy edge that has hints of cocoa in it and a hint of liquor in the tail.
F- For such a potential beast (9.4% coffee porter) it's a very well groomed one; nothing leaps out and bludgeons you. Great after-dinner slow-sipping beer, would be great when you want deep/pungent beer, esp in colder months.
O- It's very nice, but then I drink 2-3 straight black espressos/ristrettos each morning and I suspect if you aren't into full-on coffee this might be too pungent for you (I x-checked and my wife agrees on that point lol, waay too coffee-ish for her to enjoy).
Something really quite different, full-on, not for everyone, BIG after-dinner/winter-warmer. Hugely expensive, such that as much as I'm really enjoying how different and impactful it is I couldn't justify buying it again.
500ml bottle. Bought from BeersOfEurope/UK for home delivery. £9.99!!! Probably in the Top-10 of the c1400 beers I've reviewed here. I've yet to post this and see it's aggregate score - will be interesting to see how it stacks up versus the the bea$t that is Icelandic Lava Beer and my score for it.
To be clear also the Description^ states 9.1%, my bottle 9.4%. I'll x-check the brewery site, and if needs be ask the Mods to correct the listing.

pps. Ok difficult. The Hardywood site lists this beer as 9.1%. Link here if publishing it is allowed >
My bottle states 9.4%, right on the front lable. So... two versions, domestic and export, or... ? Perhaps not worth trying to figure out for 0.3% difference on a 9+% beer.

Oct 14, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours very dark brown with a tan head. It has moderate head retention.

Smell: It has a strong coffee aroma up front. There are also chocolate and some cherry notes.

Taste: The flavor has a complex mixture of coffee, chocolate and cherry. It is balanced towards the coffee, but the other two are very noticeable early on. There is a low level of roast.

Feel: It has a medium full body.

Overall, even though the flavor is tilted toward the coffee, the cherry flavors pop and mix well. The chocolate is a little deeper in the background with the roast in the finish.

Jul 11, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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

From the half liter bottle, it pours a very dark brown with brown edges and a nice light brown head that slowly diminishes. In the nose, it is lots of dark roasted coffee with some malt. In the mouth, it fills the mouth with a coffee flavor and the coffee actually lingers a bit. Nice!

Mar 26, 2020
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a dense, fluffy, one inch, khaki-colored head. Head eventually disperses into a frothy/oily slick that coalesces around the edges. Ruby highlights are evident when backlit. Nose expresses notes of roasted coffee, vanilla bean and cherry. Taste follows nose; however, it comes off a bit muted. Mouthfeel is light in body - on par for the lagered version of the style. Carbonation is just shy of assertive. Overall, a solid example of an underrepresented style.

May 24, 2019
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The coffee bitterness and higher ABV nicely balances the sweetness.

A medium heavy beer with a semi-dry finish and a pleasing lingering roasted/almost burnt malt flavor lingering on the palate.

May 01, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

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

Poured a black body with minimal head and little lace. The aroma is coffee but it's a mild coffee, not over powering, and doesn't hide some minimal chocolate notes. The beer is medium-bodied, has a mild coffee taste that is almost like coffee with creamer (getting this weird quasi-lactic feel), and there's a touch of chocolate in the background. Pleasant, easy drinking porter that hits multiple notes and I like the hidden ABV.

Mar 14, 2019
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stortore from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. Had 6/26/18.

Pours near black, opaque, with a two inch creamy head with good retention and lots of foamy lacing. Really looks good. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, some vanilla and toffee, light licorice. Smells a little herbal. The taste is pretty similar- malt, coffee, chocolate, some caramel, light vanilla and licorice, a little toffee. More of an herbal flavor than there was aroma, slightly bitter on the finish. Very smooth, somewhat creamy, a solid full body, well carbonated.

Thought this was a high level example of the style, very well done. It’s coffee prevalent but not dominant, has a great feel, and has some Euro Stout- like notes to reinforce that it’s a Baltic. Well worth a purchase and glad I have one left.

Feb 19, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

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

A-Pours a very dark color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has coffee hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice coffee flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Porter

Feb 17, 2019
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Beejay from Virginia

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

A: Dark black in color with a rich tan head.

S: Big coffee notes.. almost like kahlua and cream... A dash of vanilla, and some dark bread.

T: Rich malty bread with dark malt, molasses, and caramel. Coffee takes a bit of a backseat, but it is there in the finish smooth, and rich.

M: Medium thick with a creaminess I rather enjoy. Moderate carbonation.

O: Overall, dark, roasty, and coffee goodness, what's not to like?

Jun 28, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black pour with thin caramel lacing.

S - Roasted chocolate char, some delicate smoke, light notes of coffee bean.

T - Chocolate roasted malt, coffee bean, slight earthiness, and ends with a moderate coffee bean bitterness. Lingering dark chocolate bitterness on the back of the palate.

M - Chewy and full bodied with a bone dry finish on the top of the tongue.

O - For a 9.1% Baltic Porter, the ABV is well hidden here. The chocolate and coffee drive this beer. The current score is 3.88 (which is Very Good) prior to this rating. Despite my opinion, it's definitely worth checking out. I have to say again, I'm surprised how well the ABV is hidden. Nice job, Hardywood.

May 03, 2018
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jpkand from Virginia

3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: a nice deepp darkness that has hints of Amber when held up to the light. The head was a little lighter colored than I expected and made for a nice contrast
S: I smelled some cola, chocolate, didn't get much coffee in the nose, but the alcohol is present
T: some dark chocolate, not much coffee that I can detect. A sweet malt comes early with the alcohol and slightly hoppy bitterness at the end that quickly vanishes
M: medium/full, surprisingly sharp carbonation that I definitely didn't hate. This was a highlight
O: overall I would rather grab a hotbox porter or something like that. This beer is good in small doses but somehow not that well rounded for me. I would get this once a year at least, but would probably enjoy most at a bar in a snifter. Definitely worth a taste

Apr 21, 2018
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer streams from the bottle a clear dark brown, though once in the glass, it seems a bit darker. But, as is often the case, perhaps a truer color (auburn in this case) ca be seen at the edges still. The mocha tan head is fairly creamy, keeps a creamy if thin cap (though without a nucleated glass, I think I'd have just a thick collar). Not much lacing.

Smells like a mix of cola, roasted malt, and coffee. There's a very slight grain husk or woody accent that seems a tad weird in some whiffs. I might be anticipating a slightly bitter-leaning roasty beer with the coffee perhaps boosting the bitter side a tad based on the nose.

Taste actually does hit with a little more malt sweetness up front than the nose led me to believe. Then a bakers chocolate and cola swirl washes that away to bring the coffee/roasted flavor and bitterness I was originally expecting. Fairly smooth, it does have a lightness to it (maybe not quite medium) with a soft, prickly carbonation. In judging this, I noticed a little tang as the beer sat on my tongue that might be from the coffee or yeast although it's not unlike a flavor I get from barrels at times - and maybe that explains that part of the nose.

Quite enjoyable, and as it warmed, I did start noticing a dark-skinned nutty aspect in back (again, maybe from the coffee). Not a typical beer for the style, but the coffee addition was bound to affect the beer in some fashion. In this case I think it hybridizes the beer slightly towards a regular stout/porter.

Apr 15, 2018
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Riff from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a several fingers thick, light brown, fluffy head. Strong coffee scent with some lighter notes of roast and dark fruits. Taste is sharp, strongly coffee flavored up front, melds into a little roast, light chocolate, floral and leather notes. Alcohol note at the finish. Medium body, creamy feel. Solid, but certainly could use some tuning to maybe tone down the coffee a bit and allow the other flavors a chance to shine.

Apr 05, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown with a moderately sized, fluffy cream-tan head.

An acidic, almost metallic nose consists of of medium roast coffee and mildly roasty malt.

Taste is tangy, sharp and semi-bitter with coffee and a slightly astringent presence that is possibly due to some hops. A finely stinging roast brings some chocolate, as it finishes with some kind of hint of vanilla-esque soft banana skin. The bitterness here wins out, though, and it's almost woody.

The moderate-light body has a soft, crisp, semi-filling fizz and finishes semi-dry.

Apr 03, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter style glass.

Creamy topped head, off tan to a faint khaki brown color, and reaching a solid two plus fingers in height. Very dark body, nearly black with a faint red tinge and not a spec of other color getting through at all.

Rich coffee notes on the aroma. Soft mixing coffee and dark like cocao nibs, and sweet roasting tones. Touches of fruity yeast and estery quality but gets taken over by the coffee, does perhaps flirt with a bit of strawberry, but more dark rich character dominates the beer's nose.

Crackling body surprisingly and different coffee flavors than expected. Light bodied, but with a touch of creamy feel and flavor, but just by a hair. Mild sensing roast, with more drip coffee quality on the palate. Strong black licrorices aftertaste as well, flirting with a sticky sweetness that gives a good rooftop tongue sticky feeling. Strangely has much brown ale character, but bigger, lots of nutty rich qualities.

Pretty solid coffee porter, a few interesting unexpected twists, but also doesn’t come across as that much baltic, but no complaints.

Apr 01, 2018
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BergBeer from Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Opaque black with a big khaki head.

Smell: Rich roast, leather, dried dark fruit, fresh roasted beans, a slight anise note, and more fruit. Dates, dried figs, and a hint of dark cherries.

Taste: Smooth cold brew, fruit leather, honey covered dates on the attack. A somewhat jarring burnt coffee opens the body that smooth out a bit to reveal some light leather notes, a little floral hops, and a hint of raw honey sweetness. The alcohol has a pronounced flavor on the finish.

Feel: Big bodied. Everything is big. The body, the carbonation, and the alcohol. Medium bitterness from both the floral hops and the burnt coffee notes.

Overall: Good but average. The flavors are solid and tasty but the basics are a bit rough. The flaws are all quite obvious but nothing that stops me from still enjoying the beer. I feel there is something special here it just needs some fine tuning to reach over just good.

Mar 24, 2018
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KomodoDragon from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slight coffee scent, strong black coffee flavor. Very much one noted - only retained minor quality of dark, roasted malts. More dry than sweet.

Light carbonation, smooth feel. Well balanced.

Lost too much porter quality with coffee addition for my taste.

Mar 19, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

served on draft in a 10 oz glass

black, thick and opqaue looking, with thin tan colored head that fades. Nice bold espresso aroma - dark chococlate, coffee roast. similar flavor, well balanced yet strong. Thick, fuller bodied.

Mar 18, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and an opaque consistency. There was a thin, tan-colored, creamy head that didn't last particularly long. Not much lacing.

S: A slightly muted aroma of coffee, roasted malt, hops, and some chocolate.

T: Tasted of a small amount of hops (mostly in the finish), a fair shot of roasted malt, a low to moderate amount of coffee, light milk chocolate notes, and a tinge of cream.Like the aroma, the flavor was a bit on the muted side. The coffee isn't overly present, but overall the flavor does have a nice roastiness to it.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a clean, sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Kind of an uneven beer overall. Not bad, but could have been better.

Mar 05, 2018
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VeganUndead from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

So they thought they were getting too stout they brewed a 9% Baltic porter...way to step out of your safe space hwp. Smooth, essy drinking enough, but one noted, smells and tastes like a black cup of coffee

Feb 25, 2018
Baltic Sunrise from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 49 ratings