Night Shift Brewing

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Baltic Porter
4.22 | pDev: 4.74%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: 2016 Barrel Society Release #1: Baltic porter brewed with Dutch cocoa and aged in bourbon barrels; pours the color of espresso with a thick, tan head; earth aromas of burnt chocolate and tobacco; rich flavors of cocoa, leather, molasses, and cherry; sips chewy and full, finishing with hints of anise, oak, and cigar.
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 38
Photo of SomethingClever
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Smallish slightly off white soapy fat head. body is a pitch black affair.

S: smells like soft Bourbon, leather, a little oak, good bit of sweetness and chocolate.

T: Tons of sweet decadent chocolate coated in smooth Bourbon. the chocolate is very rich and almost tastes like a fudge ice cream bar.

M: a touch thin medium bodied.

O: This is quite good the chocolate puts it over the top. The Bourbon just pushes the envelope.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled in March 2016.

Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of tan-colored head. The head settles into a halo, leaving some splotchy lacing as it dissipates.

The aroma is very rich and sweet, bringing notes of cherries and vanilla up front, followed by a very strong bourbon note. It stings the a good way. The back end is full of cocoa and just a hint of burnt coffee.

The flavor is very chocolate-forward, with some mild notes of caramel, cherries, fig, and charred coffee. Finishes with a good amount of bourbon and vanilla.

The feel is full-bodied with low carbonation. A little dry and sticky. Plenty of alcohol warmth.

Overall, a very good beer that is both rich and complex. The flavors are a bit on the sweeter side, but are nice nonetheless. Even after 11 months in the bottle the alcohol is definitely very present. Glad I was able to try this.

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Solid black body. About a finger of mocha colored head which dissipates quickly. Some lacing.
S: Notes of toffee, chocolate, bourbon, hint of vanilla. Very rich and sweet smelling tones throughout, perhaps a touch too sweet. Faint hint of cherry comes through as well.
T: There is a backend of chocolate here that tastes fantastic. Doesn't attempt to hide the alcohol; you know you're drinking a bourbon aged beer and it feels a bit biger than several offerings I've had in the 11-12% range. A touch sweeter than I would like, but the cocoa is providing a fantastic counterbalance to that.
F: Nice and thick; this is what I want in my big beers.
O: This beer is walking a fine line with regards to sweetness. A bit sweeter and I would like it a lot less. A bit more of some of the richer flavors and this would have been noticibly better to me. The warming chocolate notes at the end are doing wonders for this. Right now this is still a young beer and is coming across a bit boozier than I would like so I will definitely be sitting on my other bottles for a while to let them mellow some.

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Photo of mothman
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap

Tan color. Black in color.

The Dutch chocolate is delicious and the bourbon is spot on. Figs, molasses, and brown sugar. Some caramel and toffee. Dried cherries.

Medium to full bodied. Warming.

This one is well done. The bourbon notes were great.

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