Original No. 19 Baltic Porter | Bull Jagger Brewing Company

Original No. 19 Baltic PorterOriginal No. 19 Baltic Porter
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Original No. 19 Baltic PorterOriginal No. 19 Baltic Porter

Brewed by:
Bull Jagger Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hand crafted locally to take the chill out of cold winter days, Baltic Porter No. 19 is a rich bold lager with notes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. A complex brew with a crisp clear finish.
We hope you enjoy this winter season, and stay warm with a smooth dark Original No. 19.

Added by imbibehour on 03-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by Boto:
Photo of Boto
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle: This one pours a dark, inky brown color. There was very little tan head on it, and it left no lacing. The aroma is nice. Chocolate malts, some roastiness. The taste is also pretty good. Medium bodied, chocolate and roastiness. Nice balance between the two. A very decent porter.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass the beer was a very dark brown, almost black, color with a thin tan head.

Nice enough aroma. Roasted malt and some sweetness.

Nicer taste. Milk chocolate, dark coffee like espresso.

Rich and filling. Nice beer to drink. I've enjoyedboth beers from this brewery.

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from recent Maine trip. Not totally the style. Black and lacey. Licorice,nuts, yeasty fruit, coffee. Finishes like a Baltic but way too sweet (caramel, sugar, creme) until then.A lot of ideas thrown in to the mash. OK drinkability, and mineral water yes.

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Photo of WolvinMaine
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a 40 cl cervoise.

appearance: black, with red highlights when held to the light, low carbonation that fell quickly, no lacing

Aroma: Roasted notes dominate, coffee, dark chocolate, but fairly restrained. They are there, but not overpowering. No alcohol, no hops

Taste: Roasted notes up front, coffee and chocolate notes. Low esters. There is crispness to the beer from the lager yeast and conditioning. There are some grainy, malty notes that give it a touch of sweetness, but that is balanced by a very smooth bitterness at the end. Can not taste any alcohol.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice, rich feel, not thick, but definitely full.

Overall Impression: The roasted malts are restrained, and overall the beer is very smooth. They hide the 8% ABV well, and it goes down pretty easily. Not harsh, I am impressed with both the round bitterness and the body. Nice beer.

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Photo of GuyIncognito
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good porter. Jet black, with a wonderful smoky coffee nose. The lager style pairs surprisingly well with this malty brew. Not much chocolate, but the coffee flavors are very well balanced. Hearty, but very drinkable, I will be enjoying this beer all winter!

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Photo of imbibehour
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Thanks to ToasterChef.

A nice light coffee brown head, forms nicely just about three fingers tall, fairly uniform. Body color is a very dark black walnut, nearly midnight. Some good staying power with this head.

Nose is dry and grainy, a bit arid. Sort of one dimensional, not much malt or roast character coming through. It's alright but nothing much here to point out than a simple obvious malt.

Taste improves greatly. Very solid creamy mouthfeel on this bringing a good charing action. Milky coffee in the mid palate and a big dry husky char ripping grain as well. Faint banana in the aftertaste as well.

Overall pretty solid, I could have this again no problem. Quite a surprise from the nose.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown color with not much head, not much lacing either, not as dark as it should be.

Smell is predominately roasted malt, actually its pretty much all roasted malt with slight hints of dark fruit.

Taste starts out with roasted malt, a dark fruit sweetness creeps in, plum like, not too cloying though, high carbonation with a thinnish body.

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Photo of kevgod
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark root beer brown. Mocha colored head that dies completely by mid glass.

Smells like balsam bark and carob powder.

Tastes like chocolate ganache, carob powder and fir tree. Dark bread/chocolate biscotti. I feel like 8% isn't that strong a beer nowadays but BJ#19 hides it well. When I think of baltic porter I typically think of dark fruit - this is a bread crustier take on the style.

Portland is an embarrassment of riches. Last time I was there Rising Tide just started up. Before that Maine Beer Co. Now BJBC. Maine has more breweries than people to drink beer. That's a fact.

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Photo of MaineMike
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jdhilt
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger light tan head that vanishes leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights, some yeast left in bottle. Very light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Caramel malt nose and flavor is caramel and chocolate malt. Not enough carbonation. $7.00 for a 500ml bottle from Madden Beverage Saco, Me.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark brown-to-black coloring that had a thin look upon pouring. No head whatsoever on this one. Aromas of bitter chocolate and tangy sweet old world fruit. Almost a richness to the nose. Flavors are a bit more heavy on the old world fruit sweetness, with heavy overtones of plum. The sweetness almost overtakes all of the other flavor profiles. A subtle backbone of roasted coffee tries to balance, but is ultimately overshadowed. The aftertaste is darkly sweet, with a late developing bitter chocolate profile. The beer is very thin in mouth, but does well to support the robust and strong flavors. Overly sweet, slightly cloying finish. Different take on the style, and tasty, but a bit out of balance, which builds as you drink.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bull Jagger Baltic Porter pours a flat black into the glass with no foam or lace.

The aroma is rich, malty and earthy. Chocolate and roasted malt blend nicely with an earthy nuttiness. Some dark fruit and medicinal alcohol is also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is soft and creamy on the palate with minimal carbonation. The flavor begins with chocolate and toffee. In the middle some dark fruit and roasted malt appear. It finishes dry with mildly bitter and grassy flavors. Once gone the roasted malt and toffee lingers on the palate.

Lots of flavor in this beer emerges as the beer warms. The flat look isn't appealing, but the flavor is fantastic and that's all that counts.

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Photo of jlogan7
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a nonic:

A: dark black colored body that yields a very nice one finger off-white/tan head appears and lasts for a good minute before dieing into the body. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. Moderate light lacing is left here and there, slightly spider-webby.

S: chocolate in front with some dark roasted coffee beans and caramel malts nicely situated within the beer itself.

T: pretty much the same smells combined very nicely in a smokey sort of way.

M: smooth, yet heavy and feels great on my tongue.

O: I actually didn't know this was going to be good. I think I got it just to try a Baltic Porter, but I think this is going to be a beer I'd go back very quickly. This makes a very nice dessert beer with nothing else needed to go along with it.

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Photo of BigLittleHokis
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of WaywardBrewer
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.
It had a nice head on it, and ended up with good lacing down the glass.
The aroma was a nice combination of lager characteristics and roasted malt notes.
The flavor was fairly bland. It hid the alcohol very well, and went down pretty easily, but the beer lacked roasted malt acidity and hop bitterness which left it a little slick. That coupled with the clean lager profile left the beer wanting something.
The beer had excellent body. It wasn't too creamy considering it's aq big malty beer.
Aside from the lack of flavor complexity this was a solid beer, just a bit on the bland side.

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Photo of frosted33
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of dcME
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of ericj551
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of MikeHRayn
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep dark color, near opaque but with some ever-so-slight copper hues through the darkness, poured with a full tan-colored head
S: medium nose, clean, deep roasted malt
T: well-made, rich roasted malt and chocolate, true to type
M: rounded, velvety, and highly drinkable, seemed a bit thin in finish but it might be due to extreme smoothness of lagering

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Photo of sholland119
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Jeffo
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle came courtesy of jedwards in a recent trade. A new brewery I hear, so thanks for sending something over man.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Transparent brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, fizzy tan head with relatively lousy retention. Black, transparent body with piles of carbonation evident. Head fades to a wisp and lots of carbonation decorates the top. Wisp remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Too highly carbonated and the head could retain a little better.

SMELL: Dark malts, sweet cream, light caramel notes and cocoa powder. Plenty forthcoming.

TASTE: Dark malts, sweet cream, vanilla and cocoa powder. Nice flavors for sure. Some caramel through the middle moves into a sweet cream and bitter chocolate and coffee finish. Bold aftertaste is bitter-sweet with a roasted base and lingers nicely on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a little scratch at the swallow and finishes slightly sticky.

OVERALL: Good stuff here. A little too sweet to drink in quantities perhaps, but it’s definitely tasty and interesting in measured doses. The carbonation could be a little more restrained as well. Still, well worth checking out if you get the chance. Thanks for the opportunity jedwards!

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Original No. 19 Baltic Porter from Bull Jagger Brewing Company
Beer rating: 68.6% out of 100 with 35 ratings
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