Raven's Roost Baltic Porter
Parkway Brewing Co.

Raven's Roost Baltic PorterRaven's Roost Baltic Porter
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Baltic Porter
Ranked #120
Ranked #11,707
3.93 | pDev: 9.16%
Parkway Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States
Very Good
Raven's Roost Baltic PorterRaven's Roost Baltic Porter
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Photo of Reef
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle says “Parked on 5/9/19”

Opaque ebony color with 4 cm. tan head. Head is persistent with full curtain of lacing.
Strong charred malt, coffee aromas
Wonderful dark malt, coffee, caramel, faint char flavors.
Medium body, easy drinking, stubborn carbonation, little to no alcohol heat from the 7%.
Well deserved reputation as a flagship beer.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. Parks a 2" tan head which leaves moderate lacing. Color is red-brown. Aroma of rich roasted malt, caramel, chocolate. Mouthfeel is fizzy medium bodied with a mostly dry finish. Flavors of dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel, citrus and earthy hops. Overall: very good but not outstanding.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle

very dark brown, almost black, but some light gets through in the edges of the beer. tan colored head, that fades to a thin collar. aroma is nice - a lot of milk chocolate. the taste is fairly chocolately, a touch of roast. but not too sweet. medium bodied, smooth silkly mouthfeel.

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Photo of victoryinbeer
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love the look of this beer. It pours dark with a nice head. The aromas are nice with malty, roasted notes. The well blended notes of chocolate, caramel and toffee give this baltic porter a very nice flavor that is easy to enjoy. This porter is a lighter porter in terms of how heavy and thick it tastes. I pour this porter at the bar I work at year round due to its easy drink-ability and rich flavors. It may not be the truest representation of this style, but is one of the easiest drinking porter that I have come across. This is a great entry into the wonderfully world of porters!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This solid little porter pours a deep
dark brown with a nice head of off white foam that subsides to a thick
ring, thin light pool, and displays some nice sudsy lacing. Nose shows
notes of roasted malts, chocolate, light hints of char, caramel, toffee,
and subtle dark fruit notes. Flavors follow the nose with a nice and
balanced roasted porter with subtle char and dark berry notes on the
rear that are surrounded by toffee and chocolate with a touch of cream.
Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium light carbonation, and a lightly
dry malt accentuated finish.

Overall a solid little brew from a new to me brewery now available in the
area via Jungle Jim's Eastgate.


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Photo of Apellonious
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from 1/30/18 poured into a pint glass, a roasted black with brown highlights and a half finger tan head that dissipates briskly. Chocolate, vanilla, and nuts make up the aroma. The flavor takes that and adds a dimension of smoke to the proceedings. Carbonation is medium and the feel is a touch below medium, a touch watery. Went down fast.

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Photo of StoutHobbit
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I found this porter to be robust in flavor and feel, however lacking in depth or specific flavor profile. While, this is seemingly contradictory, the flavor is bold, however it lacks direction. The full body sharpness is contrasted well with the smoothness of the head. I wish there was a strong underlying note. I'm lost in a burnt coffee and woody noted brew, that is not lacking in body, but sorely lacking in definition.

Would have again though.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Parkway Brewing Co. "Raven's Roost Baltic Porter"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "PARKED ON 01/04/17" and sampled on 07/04/17
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Virginia Beach, VA

Notes via stream of consciousness: A rough pour brings up a majestic head of rocky tan atop a very dark mahogany brown/black body. The head seems to be holding quite well, and there's lacing around the glass where it's already dropped. The aroma suggests dark malt roastiness, dark cocoa powder, and some berry-like fruitiness (I won't say currant but that came to mind). The flavor follows adding a bit of caramel, toffee, some toasty breadiness, and some plum/prune, fig, and even a hint of licorice in the dry finish. This sample is a bit oxidized (I should have bought it at Kroger rather than Total Wine & More, it would have been fresher) so I'll try to find a better sample and re-review, although I don't think that it'll change my perception in any way; and I won't reduce its score in anyway, I can work around it. It's moderately bitter, around 30 IBUs or so, and balanced; any more might take away from the attention the malt deserves, and any less would leave it a touch sweet. The soft, charred roastiness in the lingering aftertaste is quite pleasant, and similar to that of a schwarzbier but a little fuller. Medium leaning medium-full in body and smooth with a very fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation. The alcohol is barely noticeable. Overall a very good example of the style. I could easily see finding something exactly like this in Latvia or Estonia.

3.75/4/4/4/3.75 = 3.94

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Photo of 88caprice
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Very good.
A dark brew with some ruby highlights. Great head and lacing.
Dark, dried fruits. Dark roasty malts. A touch of sweetness.
Smooth. :)

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Photo of avalon07
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. Pretty good, but not great lacing.

S: A somewhat underwhelming aroma of chocolate, some malt, and coffee.

T: Tasted of a mild amount of coffee, a good shot of roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, light hops notes, a little bit of caramel, some mild dark fruit (plums, perhaps). If there's a problem with the flavor here it's that it's a bit too weak. It simply doesn't push its ingredients hard enough. Not terrible, but not powerful enough.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a lively, yet smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an uneven beer in many ways. Not bad, but not particularly memorable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Trying the Raven's Roost at the brewery. It poured an opaque dark with off white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of roast and chocolate. The taste is nicely balanced with roast, earth and chocolate being present. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a good sessionable porter and should be tried.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to glass. Nice dark chocolate color with light tan head fairly prominent and fading slowly. Nose: chocolate malty, with at first a hint of decaying vegetation (not a bad thing) that seemed to disappear quickly, leaving just the malt and some caramel. Taste, lots of chocolate malt and some sweetness with subtle hops, consistent beginning to end, very drinkable. A bit sweeter as it warmed. Mouthfeel not exceptional, nothing to get in the way... just enjoyable, beginning to end.

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Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a damn near black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some chocolate. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, light smokiness, hints of dark fruits. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of maverick32
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewery in a pint tulip shaped glass. Dark brown with little head but what there is laces down the side of the glass. Heavy on the malt sweetness. Baltics are not really my favorite but this seems to be a good one.

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Photo of Beejay
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown as it pours, but a dark black in the glass with a moderate amount of tan head, with numerous small frog eyes on top.

S: Sweet with a touch of a mocha smell, caramel, and sweet bread, with quite a bit of fruitiness in the finish.

T: Caramel, and bread with a slight dark fruit and raisin flavor coming up next. The finish is dark roast malts, and roasted coffee.

M: Medium light, with moderate carbonation, it almost feels a touch watery, and the finish isn't dry but it heading there..

O: Overall not a bad brew, but the mouthfeel seems a touch light for me.

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Photo of bwood06
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Very hard pour required in order to attain a 1 finger head for this beer. Head is frothy, albeit slightly creamy, and khaki to tan in color. Head dissipates very slowly. Beer itself is pitch black with carbonation clinging to the edges of the glass. Deep mahogany hue on the very bottom of the glass. Moderate carbonation based on the amount of bubbles on the edges of the glass. 4/5

S - Chocolate and toffee are the first notes that hit my nose upon the smell. Dark roasted malt as well as a bit of grassy hops and vanilla extract come through. Not a crazy amount of aromas here but they do hint nicely as to what is to come. 3.75/5

T - The tasting starts off with a sweet toffee note transitioning to a dark chocolate and espresso. Flavor is a bit woody/earthy/roasty throughout along with a bit of tobacco. Slightly spicy featuring a bit of cinnamon. Finishes off with a grassy hops and then a deep roasty bitterness along with espresso bitterness to finish out the flavor profile. Light lingering 80% dark chocolate bitterness. 4/5

M - Full bodied porter here that has a good amount of carbonation burn to go along with carbonation that can be seen. Leaves the mouth fairly dry but not drying to the point of puckering or parched. 4/5

O - Good porter offering here that is perfect for a cold day. Nice array of flavors leaves the palate well exercised and wanting more. Nice balance between sweet and bitter with a slightly higher emphasis on the bitter side of things. 4/5

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Photo of delta490
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep clear, nearly black, brown. There is a thin light tan head that has light retention, too. It leaves small soapy lacing. The aroma is mild, but still has nice roasted malt tones but not much distinction or depth. The taste is a little more robust, with amplified chocolate malt and some earthy hops to balance it. The body is lighter and not quite as slick or oily and it has a little tingle on the finish. It's not as big as I'd like Baltic Porter to be, but it is still a quite good Porter and easy to drink.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good one!!! Dark brown with reddish highlights. Big khaki head with good retention and filmy lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Robust malty flavor with chocolate and a little bitterness in the finish. Rich smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable

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Photo of Pantalones
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Second of the two bottles found in a local Kroger's "discounted beer cart" -- can't find a bottling date, but I don't recall seeing this beer on the shelves for long before it turned up in the cart so I'm assuming it wasn't an "old beer, toss it in the cart" situation so much as a "one bottle got lost/broken/stolen, put the other 5 in the cart" sort of thing.

Looks: very, very dark! Basically black, though you can see just a bit of a dark brown around the edges (especially when held up to the light.) Small lights like a phone screen cannot penetrate the beer at all. Nice little bit of tan foam on top, which shrinks fairly quickly but leaves a bit hanging around the edges for a while.

Smell is a bit mild compared to the taste, but if you take a good sniff you definitely pick up a good bit of roastiness (bordering on chocolate-like at times) and some sweetness. Really nice smell to this one, even if it doesn't smack you in the face from a foot or so away like some beers.

The taste, like the smell, is initially in the roasty range -- a bit coffee-like at first, then shifting into a sweeter flavor with just a bit of breadiness in there at times. It actually really reminds me of toffee this time around, the way it's sort of got the dark roasty type flavors blending in with the almost caramel-like sweetness. Just a bit of a char/woody sort of thing in there too, though I don't pick that up on every drink I take. Not picking up on anything that I would attribute to hops -- this is definitely very, very far on the malty side of the beer flavor spectrum, I suppose the hops only contribute some bitter to balance out the sweetness (as there is quite a bit of sweetness involved!) Some of the roasty, toffee-like, and sweet bready flavors tend to hang around afterward -- leaning more toward roasty/toffee early on and then more toward toffee/bready as I reach the halfway point of this glass. The first bottle I had of this, I started to pick up more of a date/fig sort of dried fruit flavor as the glass emptied, but I'm not really getting that this time -- thinking I may have just misidentified the definite toffee-like flavor in this one for dark dried fruits the first time around. But either way, this is good.

Feel is also nice. Just a bit of a stickiness on the lips from all the sweetness in there, easily drinkable but substantial. I would definitely not guess that the ABV was a bit over 7% if the bottle didn't tell me -- there was only the slightest trace of mouth-warming from the alcohol early on and basically no alcohol presence afterward.

Overall -- of the three I've had, this is probably my favorite porter so far! Glad I had the chance to try a couple bottles.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottles (2 different days) initially served a bit too cold.
Looks as expected: very dark reddish brown with a decent tan head.

Aroma: OK but with a subtle off-note, or maybe just some clashing aromatics from the hops.

Flavor: dominated by dark roasted malts, as expected. Good quality but not quite as rich or strong as expected for style.

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Photo of rjs246
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was on the verge of being reallyreally good. Just a tad too much alcohol taste for a 7 percenter. Still, a good porter that I would totally drink again.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was gonna be great and it was. It poured a really dark color with a nice big creamy dark head. Lasted till the last quarter of the beer. The beer smelled roasty with caramel overtones. The beer was slightly sweet tasting and had a slight coffee hit that was just about right to me. I like the beer and will buy again.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a "pint" glass. Pours pitch black with a small off white head. Smells of fruit and slight coffee. Tastes of dark grain with coffee aftertaste. Beer is light bodied with good carbonation. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Another nice beer from Parkway in Salem, VA !! Pours with a nice head that laces very well. Color os obviously dark and I would call it dark chocoltae. The aroma is quite light but pleasant. The taste is good and strong with hints of raisins and toasted chocolate. The bitterness is at its peak and would be too much if it was anymore. Its just right for a porter and a nother fine offering from this brewery

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Photo of leantom
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Am leaving Virginia and decided to give this a try before I left. Here goes:

A: Very good. Pours a dark black, has a decent one-inch head with plenty of lacing. Overall not bad for a Virginia porter.

S: Just OK. Lots of dark fruit - plum, raisin, dates, etc. I typically like my porters and stouts to smell like roasted coffee. Oh well, it's good for what it is.

T: Not bad, but not good either. The taste follows the nose - I detect lots of dark fruit. The darkly-kilned malt imparts a very dark-fruit-like quality. Very sweet, actually. Brown sugar, plum, raisin, dates, etc.

M: Not too thick or light. Very good for a porter.

O: A good beer, but I probably won't be trying it again.

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Raven's Roost Baltic Porter from Parkway Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 188 ratings