Lost River Baltic Porter
Bellwoods Brewery

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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #98
Ranked #12,633
3.98 | pDev: 7.04%
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Very Good
Lost River Baltic PorterLost River Baltic Porter
Notes: Aside from the impressive accolade of being awarded a gold medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards in 2012, the Lost River Baltic Porter is still down to earth. I would even go as far as to say that it's like the comfort food of our beer selection. Chocolatey, roasty, and slightly sweet rather than bitter, this beer packs tons of flavour without being cloying or overpowering. Enjoy this well-balanced brew all year round. Don't let those patio police tell you what to do.
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Reviews by LanceH:
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LanceH from Canada (ON)

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dec 31, 2015
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ToddMopps from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%

Oct 06, 2014
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Corson from Canada (AB)

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sep 13, 2015
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rafletch from Florida

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Oct 14, 2014
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brother_rebus from Maine

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apr 29, 2017
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Luisc94 from Canada (ON)

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

Sep 29, 2014
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jan 08, 2016
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Jerk_Store from Canada (QC)

4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 25, 2017
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StormAles from Canada (ON)

4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jun 29, 2017
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TDotScott from Canada (ON)

3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a ~one month old bottle into a wine glass.

A- dark brown, almost black, with a quickly dissipating dark-ivory head. High carbonation evident, but with the head would have stuck around.

S- milk chocolate, with a bit more roast than is appropriate for style. As it warms, I get the faintest hint of chocolate covered cherries-- I do love Baltic Porter more when it's an ale.

T- again, more sharp roasted malt notes than I like in the style, but the balance is still toward the sweet, chocolatey side of the equation, where it should be. Long, semisweet finish.

M- a bit on the thin side, with enough carbonation to keep it interesting.

O- an enjoyable offering. Perhaps not the perfect, by-the-books exemplar of style, but a tasty beer all the same

May 11, 2015
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CantankerousCaveBear from Canada (ON)

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 20, 2016
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kristinc from Canada (BC)

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sep 23, 2015
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kestik from Canada (ON)

2.88/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Jan 10, 2016
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RobbieG from Canada (ON)

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 10, 2017
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halivera from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 03, 2018
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Motski from Canada (ON)

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really good brew ($$). Picked up a 500 ml bottle from Hafis rd. locale. This porter is really smooth despite the higher alcohol level. Pitch black in colour with good head, lacing and retention. Would drink again.

Mar 31, 2018
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JunctionCat from Canada (ON)

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super creamy, deep rich porter that has a quick finish. Great

Sep 15, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of black chocolate with light roasted malt is quite nice. Taste is a great mix between some lightly dry roasted malt with loads of black chocolate notes which are not overly bitter with some light lactose also discernable at the end. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Great beer with good amount of black chocolate and no too much astringency.

Oct 11, 2012
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid porter, though not the sour edge I would expect from a Baltic porter. Very dark brown and a thick pour. Cream chocolaty aroma, and that's what it delivers: a roasty chocolate,licorice, creamy beverage. Above average mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.On tap at The Only Cafe. Sorry mates, they would only serve me half a pint. Satisfying aftertaste.

May 13, 2012
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at the brewpub. The liquid in the goblet is pure black with the slightest edges of amber. The tan head recedes pretty quickly but musters up a lot of lace. Chocolate, berries, roasted malt and leather show in the nose. The taste dominated by malts with lots of fresh cacao, dark roast coffee beans, fruit compote and marmalade showing. Herbal hops provide a bit of bitterness and aroma but otherwise don't distract from the malt onslaught. The mouthfeel is full bodied and veering on slick with a rather light carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden throughout.

I'd recommend this beer to any porter/stout fan or malty beer lover. Very complex and heady.

Jun 05, 2013
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lost River is black as a stout and has a head almost as dark as a brown ale, all this despite being labeled a Baltic Porter. I know what they say about not judging books by their covers but there's no way a porter this opaque won't be more substantial than normal.

Both the aroma and taste combine chocolate-fudge brownies and black coffee. Despite these strong flavours, however, the porter is distinguished by a huge splash of bourbon vanilla - there's enough of it to bake a cake with. This is an incredibly rich rendition of the style.

Indeed, while chocolate ganache and espresso are delicious flavours, they are more reminiscent of Imperial Stout and aren't necessarily inherent to traditional Baltic Porters (certainly not in this quantity). This, I suppose, is why some have taken to calling beers like this "Imperial Porters". Whatever the inspiration, this 7% beer is rich enough to pass for a 9% stout.

It does, however, maintain traces of the port-like fruitiness (blackberry especially), dark caramel-like sweetness and black licorice notes that brewing judges would look for. Two other features that meet the criteria: the beer feels oily and sleek over the palate and its smoky roast falls just short of burnt. Makes for an entertaining mouthfeel.

Bellwoods Brewing brought brazen character to a fairly bridled Ontario craft beer scene. They weren't the first to revamp traditional styles with bold, modern interpretations but few (if any) were making beers good enough to make people in states like California, Michigan and Illinois jealous. Any Ontario trader in need of trade bait need look no further than Ossington Avenue.

Nov 09, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery. Served in my Bellwoods teku.

A - Generous tan foam settles to a solid cap, thicker collar, and splotchy lacing. Near black body with some mahogany at the edges of the glass.

S - Lots of toasted biscuit, roast, hints of tobacco, coffee, vanilla smoke, and some nebulous dark fruits and berries. Seems more potent than the listed 7.6%.

T - A bit more charry and acrid than the aroma. Lots of coffee bean, smoke, and bitter dark chocolate. Very bitter in the finish, with a touch of estery alcohol. Well-attenuated and with an acidity that is evocative of authentic Scandinavian Baltic Porters.

M - Medium body, with a roasty, charry texture. Moderate, lively carbonation, with a very dry finish.

D - It is spot on for a Baltic Porter and reminds me of something I'd have from Norway or Finland. Wish the flavor had some of the sweetness of the aroma, as it gets a bit fatiguing near the end of the 500ml bottle. Also seems stronger than the listed ABV.

Feb 08, 2016
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle (ABV 7.7%) and split with my wife.

Appearance: Pours a really opaque body, thick but barely gives a millimeter or two of foam before disappearing with barely a trace.

Smell: Wood, some smoke, roasted, a coal-like aroma with some coffee.

Taste: Roasted flavors mix with a bit of coal, cold coffee, chocolate and some smoky wood. A bit chalky though.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is annoying and too high at first though it calms after awhile. Robust with some bittering and a nice lasting impression.

Overall: Uneven, especially in the feel of the body. Good but not great for me.

Sep 27, 2012
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Electros from Canada (ON)

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Dec 07, 2014
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korguy123 from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up by my brother nwfodder at the brewery. (I heard it was quite the trek)
650mL bottle into Bellwoods tulip.

Totally opaque dark brown almost black pour with a half finger, light beige head. Lacing is decent.

Sweet dark chocolate, fresh ground coffee, and a touch of peanuts or cashews... Coffee cake with some vanilla and brown sugar. Touch of molasses.

Dark chocolate with medium roast coffee, bitter finish with some vanilla and raw sugar sweetness. Touch of sour dough bread and some dark stone fruits.

Medium body, decent carbonation.

Feb 18, 2013
Lost River Baltic Porter from Bellwoods Brewery
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