Spectral Beast | Relic Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Relic Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Britt on 12-21-2016

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by lic217:
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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The blackness should be foreboding. The body is black and completely opaque. Not inky or shiney. A matte black like the self titled Metallica album. One solid finger of leathery, bubbly head that shrinks away in to a perfect, small but firm ring. I have three uneven islands for a cap. You may have less in your beer when you have it but I wouldn't expect more.
The aroma is roasted malts. But not roasted by humans. Something else. Roasted perhaps by a demon that was tending to a charcoal grill while wearing old leather cow hide biker gloves.
The taste is fairly close to the aroma. This demon brewer, however, while bending over to tend to his brew, let slip a lovely bar of french dark chocolate. ( At least now we are aware of his weakness.) Mingling together with the heavily roasted malts, leather, tannins and char, the chocolate is a relief to the wonderful burden of dealing with the malt assault.
As it warms and the chocolate starts to come out in the aroma, it shows itself equally in the mouth feel. The heavy body is given a creaminess that adds to the delight, the delight in knowing that as long as some of this beer is still left in your glass, your soul is intact. The perfectly heavy and creamy body is balance by the lingering char of malts reminiscent of The Gimp's disastrous flirtation with pleasure and pain. Towards the middle of the beer a deformed, child like figure popped out of my glass and tried to attack me. He looked liked Kuato. Points off 'feel' for that one.

If I decide to finish this beer and I am no longer around, know that it was worth it. And if you decide to have a Spectral Beast, drink three quarters of it and give what is left to your worst enemy.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another big thanks goes to Patrick for this monster...

Just like Patrick's heart, Spectral Beast pours a menacing black as sin, like a diseased forest on a pitch black night. It's clean though, mirroring my handsome face in it's reflection, as a dark tan head rises and falls victim to the black hole below.

It punches you in the face with intensities of roasted almonds and charred white buns hot off the grill. Chocolate, coffee, and mineral rich water drag behind before a wonderful woody note drifts distantly.

This is bold. The roasted grain is so dominant, and a reminder of coffee and cigarettes at a late night show keep jeering me on to take another sip. I can take it. Bitter chocolate, more oak,and just the slightest notion of alcohol rounds this beast out.

Classically, Baltic Porters are lagered yet can feel rich and dense. This is just that. Oily and smooth, warm, roasted and bitter. It coats everything it comes in contact with, yet does not feel thick. It is a sturdy beer.

This is magnificent. It almost straddles a line between a Russian Imperial Stout and a Baltic Porter, but either way, it's damn good. I've been sipping on this for over an hour, and I intend to enjoy it a while longer. Indulge in this if you can.

Thanks again Patrick! Cheers.

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Photo of Mikedhoppy
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack of cans (their first can run!) Thursday at the Brewery. Pours pitch black and nose is rich roasted malts. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts with a delicious silky smooth finish. A perfect release for the holidays!

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Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keene
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Midnight black, like the otherworldly darkness that disguises the namesake spectral beast, and topped by a thin head the color of wet sand. Aromas of smoke, charred wood, cocoa, roasted barley, and highly kilned malts like black patent spill from the glass. Full-bodied and on the creamy side. Flavor-wise, this monster of a beer has a bite, and it makes a big impression. Intense malt character, from bitter chocolate to dusty charcoal and leathery tannins overwhelm the taste buds. A long, lingering finish eventually departs with a tiny hint of sweetness. This is not an entry level Baltic Porter, but fans of bold, dark ales should seek it out.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liquorpig
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Steve_Tkachuk
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Robtobfest
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz can into Devils Purse snifter
Pours a viscous black with an off white head that sticks around a bit. Looks like a big imperial stout!

Aroma is the best part of this beer! Tons of dark fruit-chocolate and big fresh tobacco notes which I'm really digging! Some nice char as well as that distinct lager yeast character. Awesome smelling beer! I could smell this for hours!

Taste follows the nose beautifully . A bit less char in the taste but everything else is there. Fig- tobacco- dark malts some chocolate.

Feel is big full and medium to low carbonation as it should be for this style with a high abv.

Overall this is the best Relic beer I've had to date. Not usually a big fan of Relic but after this beer I'll be picking up their dark beers more often. This is a perfect candidate for a whiskey or bourbon barrel treatment! I personally love tobacco notes in dark beers and this one really delivers. The fig-tobacco-chocolate and char intertwine make this a truly great beer. Get some!

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Pours a viscous black color with a thin layer of medium brown head. No lacing. The aroma is chocolate syrup, roasted malts, char, earth, and tobacco. The taste is chocolate syrup, tobacco, roasted malts, earth, and dark coffee. Heavy body with light carbonation. Fair amount of alcohol heat. Overall, great Baltic Porter I'll be buying more of.

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Photo of Bitburger
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IrishColonial
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaxon53
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of saltybox
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of sgregory
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of von_kaiser
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rorjets
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can bought at the brewery into a pint glass. Comes out black as a moonless night, with a dark caramel head about two fingers thick. Strong roasted malt aroma, with a hint of dark chocolate. Smooth roasted malty sweetness on the first taste, with a brief chocolatey interlude finishing up with a tangy bitterness, cleansing the palatte.
The 10% abv is well blended into the mix. Excellent Baltic Porter!

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Photo of AGust82
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bootdown21
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of agreenman19
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duffman79
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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