Abita Bourbon Street Baltic Porter
Abita Brewing Co.

Abita Bourbon Street Baltic PorterAbita Bourbon Street Baltic Porter
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Baltic Porter
Ranked #146
Ranked #14,516
3.91 | pDev: 12.79%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Very Good
Abita Bourbon Street Baltic PorterAbita Bourbon Street Baltic Porter
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served In a snifter from the bottle.

Appearance: Brown to black body but still transparent with medium bubbles on the body.

Smell: light whiskey smell with touch of candy.

Taste: Sweet complex nuts maybe cashews soaked in whiskey and sugar. Problem is lacks potency.

Mouth: Touch flat but it could be the batch.

Overall: Descent brew, don't let the bourbon name fool you. Better stuff out there or maybe I need a better batch. Salud.

Apr 23, 2019
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Speiglau BA glass.

Look is a dark amber brown with an off white head.

Aroma is malty with a slight boozy note at the end.

Aroma starts off delicious a nice mix of malty and boozy but it gets a little astrigent at the end.

Apr 04, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, off white head that lasted an average amount of time. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A very average aroma of roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, caramel, and hops.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of the advertised bourbon (and the accompanying barrel), light caramel notes, some roasted malt, a bit of hops in the finish, and light chocolate notes. The problem with the flavor here is that it's a little weak. None of the ingredients (except the bourbon) are able to shine. Underwhelming, but not awful.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat thin finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Overall, not an impressive beer. Could have been better.

Feb 22, 2018
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A thin looking draw that had little head but a good smell. Tastes very good and has a bit of sweetness and the alcohol is well hidden. Goes down easy and I have decided to have another on National Beer Day. Go Frogs

Apr 07, 2017
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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color porter with a medium size dark brown foamy head with light retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of chocolate and deep caramelized malt with some residual sugar notes and bourbon notes. Taste is quite sweet with some residuals sugar notes, some chocolate notes and some vanilla and bourbon notes with light woody notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Not bad but a bit too sweet and cloying for my taste.

Apr 18, 2016
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etmcgee from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beer is misrepresented as a Baltic porter. Bottle dated drink by 4-17-16. Opened and it was a gusher. Poured into a prairie tulip. Color is Carmel with a thin layer of foam that sticks to the sides. Smell is wonderful Carmel, oak, and dates. Taste is nice as well. Medium body and a nice light whiskey flavor. Overall I think it is a great beer that is all over the place. Closer to a old ale/English barley wine. If it was labeled such I think you'd see much more consistent reviews. All in all it is very enjoyable and I got more than I was expecting from this offering. Probably will do well with age. I bought this last summer and put in my cellar, might buy another since they are still on the shelf at my local shop.

Jan 27, 2016
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crotharagain from Rhode Island

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very decent representative of the style. Beautiful appearance, translucent brown with the perfect amount of foam. Not much aroma, slightly malty. Taste is pleasantly bitter with a hint of sourness. Glad I tried it.

Jan 23, 2016
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ryannosaurus from Arizona

4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy brown, small head dissipates quickly.

Aroma hints at oak, brown sugar and pecans.

Flavor is big on barrel notes: buttery oak, vanilla, pecan, caramel, whiskey. Very boozy.

Mouth feel is big and creamy

Not the most sophisticated barrel aged anything, but hits the whiskey note in a big way. Sweet, boozy and kind of nutty

Nov 14, 2015
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ccg from District of Columbia

3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Almost a gusher. Luckily I saw the foam working its way up the neck and got it in time.

Normally you can tell a barrel-aged beer on sight with the low carbonation and the... I'm not quite sure how to describe it... the reddish tint and different way the light bends right on the edges. Not this one. Tons of foam.

Also in the appearance category: It does not look like a porter. It's a deep, translucent mahogany.

The smell is great. Oak, vanilla, caramel, and candied fruit. The bourbon barrel really comes through here.

The taste does not quite follow through. It has a pleasantly sweet, toffee-like flavor, but it's also surprisingly hot for a beer at 9.25% ABV, and most of the flavor is gone by mid-palate.

The mouthfeel is also a bit lacking. It's a bit thin where I was expecting something chewy.

Overall: it's not the best example of the category, but it's a good value. I noticed that a few other reviewers compared this beer to an English barleywine, which is a good comparison. I think if I had gone in expecting a bourbon-barrel barleywine, I would have been more satisfied.

Oct 05, 2015
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mlockman from Indiana

3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

More brown than black, with a strong vanilla aroma that is not reflected on the palate. Rather, the flavor is predominantly toffee, and the mouthfeel is quite thin for a barrel-aged beer. Intense flavors, just not very well rounded nor nuanced. Similarly, I fell the lack of hop-presence fell short for te style.

Sep 18, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear, dark tan with 1/4 inch head. Taste to me is more like a light English barleywine than a Baltic porter. Lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and toffee here. I like Abita as a whole, but I think this is right up there with the best beers I have had from them. Super enjoyable beer.

Sep 12, 2015
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

To me, this looks more like a brown ale than a porter (even a Baltic one). The aroma brings nice bourbon qualities - the oak is nicely nuanced in particular. I'm getting some nuts and milk chocolate from the base beer. I taste a lot of dark fruit at first, while the finish brings a nice combo of chocolate and vanilla. The oak is more timid than the nose suggested, though. My one complaint is simple: it's thin/dinky. Having said that, it's very easy to drink, as there's just enough oak to dry the palate nicely. It would be killer if it were less timid in flavor, but it's a worthy barrel-aged brew regardless.

3.55/5: Abita might have a bit of a thing here with their barrel-aged products...

Sep 07, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A slight gusher but I caught it in time; the beer pours mahogany with a creamy ecru head; drapes a layer of lacing

Smell: Caramel, toffee, coconut and vanilla prominent, with the Bourbon building underneath

Taste: Caramel and toffee, up front, with the coconut, vanilla and Bourbon tones building; the Bourbon builds in harshness, after the swallow, with the finish otherwise being rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: Not sure what to make of this beer as a Baltic Porter it is not; others have suggested an English Barleywine but the mouthfeel is too thin and the hops are too muted; perhaps a Strong Ale does the trick; not a bad beer though the Bourbon treatment was not deftly handled

Aug 29, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried snifter
$ 9.99/bomber at Oppermann’s
Aroma of bourbon and roasted malt
Head small (2.5 cm in snifter, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to two mm ring and partial layer
Lacing none
Body medium brown, muddy (Chill haze disappears at 53 degrees)
Flavor of roasted malt and bourbon, with the bourbon being weaker and more subdued than most BBA stouts and porter – this is a good thing; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium-full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4 Better than the average Abita offering.

Aug 16, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by 4/17/16.

Pours an opaque dirty orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, coconut macaroon, wood, and slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, brown sugar, coconut macaroon, bourbon, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with solid bourbon barrel aged aromas, but the flavors are a bit muddled and I am not getting any Baltic porter qualities from the base beer.

Serving type: bottle.

Aug 12, 2015
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L: Brown with a finger of off-white head
S: Light darker and juicy fruits with a hint a bourbon. Mild strength smell but a good one.
T: Once again, mild flavors....but good ones. I get a little bourbon, a little sweetness.
F: Very light and thin for the style. The worst aspect of the beer.
O: Easy drinking, and it's over 9% with a decent bourbon flavor.

Aug 06, 2015
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StoutHunter from Michigan

2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

I picked up a bottle of Abita's Bourbon Street Baltic Porter a couple weeks ago for $8.99 at The Lager Mill. I missed out on the last beer from this series and I thought I should take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with this beer and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a dark amber color that took on more of a crimson color when held to the light with almost two fingers worth of creamy tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This wasn't a great looking Baltic Porter, the color was very light for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the barrel being the first to show up and it imparts some nice bourbon and oak like aromas with just enough vanilla coming through and it goes into some nice caramel aromas with some toffee also showing up. Up next comes some caramel malts and sweet malts with a light butterscotch aromas right at the end. The aroma isn't that great, the barrel aspect is good, but there's no roasted aromas at all.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the barrel still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with no single aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes those same nice caramel aspects that I got in the aroma with just a slight alcohol flavor coming through. On the finish there's a little more malty flavors with no bitterness and just a slight bit of alcohol taking it's place with a nice barrel aftertaste. This isn't a good tasting Baltic Porter, it's lacking any roast.

M- Smooth, slightly crisp, a little creamy, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this ber.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer, but it wasn't a good example of the Baltic Porter, I enjoyed the barrel aspect and it was much better than I was expecting, but the Baltic Porter base was pretty disappointed and it just never really showed up. This beer has nice drinkability, one glass might be the right amount, but I should be able to drink the full bottle without a problem. What I like the most about this beer is the barrel aspects, they were nice. What I like the least about this beer was the Baltic Porter base, I would have never guessed that's what style they were going for if I tried it blind. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I don't think I would turn it down. I can't say I would recommend this as a Baltic Porter, but as a malty barrel aged beer I think it's worth a try. All in all I'm a little torn with this beer because I enjoyed the taste and aroma, but they seemed to have really missed the mark when it comes to the style. It's not a favorite Abita beer and it's below average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one needs some major work to be more Baltic Porter like.

Jul 29, 2015
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brownish-red with a tan head that quickly dissipates to leave some spotty lacing.
Aroma is full of caramel and toffee, vanilla and booze with a hint of fig and dark fruit.
The bourbon flavors override about everything else on the tongue. There is a hint of caramel but the booze and barrel are predominant.
Mouthfeel is pretty thin and a bit sticky.
Not really successful as the base beer is lost in the bourbon.

Jul 16, 2015
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animal69 from Louisiana

3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Woah ! Think this is a fuck up, very light in colour even for a traditional porter, smells of bba and pineapple, tastes like an unhopped bba mango/pineapple ipa...perhaps a mis-bottle...will try a diff lot if available but for now a no go on this guy

Jun 19, 2015
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Stevedore from Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown body, a bit translucent, one finger offwhite head with fair retention time, no lacing. Smells of whiskey; vanilla and oak aromatics permeate the nose, but at the same time it seems to be a bit muddled. Not much of the base porter comes through. Flavour is similar, mostly mellow whiskey, vanilla, oak, smoke and not a whole lot of the base beer comes across. Still, it's a nice whiskey flavour so I can't complain too much. Mouthfeel is thinner bodied, lower carbonation, pretty average for the style. Finish is mildly warming whiskey. Overall, a decent whiskey aroma and flavour but the base doesn't seem to stand up to the whiskey. Still a decent beer to try.

Jun 11, 2015
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BryanPeterson from Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I would by no means classify this beer as a porter...looks and taste like a scotch ale or barley wine. Having said that, it still tastes good and has a nice nose of bourbon.

Jun 06, 2015
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superspak from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/17/2015. A bit of a gusher upon opening, but not infected. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, maple syrup, brown sugar, brown bread, coconut, bourbon, oak, plum, apple, light butterscotch, and oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, maple syrup, brown sugar, brown bread, coconut, bourbon, oak, plum, apple, light butterscotch, and oak/toasted earthiness. Slight roast/oak bitterness/spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, maple syrup, brown sugar, brown bread, coconut, bourbon, oak, plum, apple, light butterscotch, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged Baltic Porter, that is leaning more towards an English Barleywine in flavors. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

May 29, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, black color with a fluffy, cream colored head. It smelled of bourbon, chocolate, coffee and toffee. Sweet chocolate, toffee, a strong roasted taste and bourbon flavor.

May 27, 2015
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JamesStreet from Louisiana

3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a light caramel-brown color that settles into a darker brown in the glass. Finger or so of off-white head that settles into a soapy film.
S- nice! Toffee, caramel, bourbon and a hint of leather.
T- taste follows the nose with a bourbon-cola thing going on.
M- medium feel with good carbonation. Kind of thin for a big beer.
O- this is a nice BBA Porter. I would drink again.

May 27, 2015
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Cannibalgasm from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a thick creamy tan head. Great retention and there is some good lacing.

S: Bourbon, roasted malts, maple syrup, vanilla, and brown sugar.

T: Roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, maple syrup, oak, cherries, and brown sugar. It tastes great but I'm not sure how this is a baltic porter.

M: Lighter bodied then I expected and it's moderately carbonated. It goes down easy I just wish there was more to it.

O: This was a tasty brew but not what I was expecting. It's very good but not fantastic and I wouldn't consider it a baltic porter.It's definitely worth picking up to try though. I may even go back for a third considering the reasonable price.

May 25, 2015
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