Raven's Roost Baltic Porter | Parkway Brewing Co.

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Raven's Roost Baltic PorterRaven's Roost Baltic Porter

Brewed by:
Parkway Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of avalon07
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
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 +1.3%
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 +3.9%
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 -9.3%
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 +1.8%
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 -5.9%
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 +1.8%
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 -4.1%
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 +3.4%
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 +10.3%
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 -10.1%
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 -2.1%
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 +0.5%
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 0%
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 -16%

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 -3.6%
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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Photo of gabrielsyme
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Midnight black with rich foam.

Smell: The aroma is of roasted malt with something like raisins. Very pleasant.

Taste: The first sip is slightly bitter then mellowing out to toasted dark bread. Nothing particularly stands out, maybe some underlying cocoa bittersweetness, but it is still interesting throughout.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, with the right amount of body and carbonation.

Overall: This is my first beer from Parkway Brewing and it was highly enjoyable. It's a strong porter that delivers on flavor but isn't too heavy for a summer evening. I'm looking forward to trying more of this brewery's offerings and maybe traveling down the Blue Ridge to visit.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost black body with one finger head and minor lace. Aroma is chocolate, almost chocolate covered cherries as well (hints of dark fruit) along with figs and caramel and not much of a roasted or dry malt presence. Medium to full body that is slightly sticky at times and mostly sweet with chocolate being a prevalent flavor, some toffee, caramel, figs, little bit of milk sweetness (gives off a buttery edge) and there are some dark fruit and roasted flavors but they are minimal. Nice, enjoyable, easy beer.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to dsigmon for sending this my way via trade.

A- dark rustic brown. Little head strength, but formidable looking. Light ring around the edge.

S- Coffee, toffee, musk, damp wood, and a dirty earthy note. It smells better than it sounds.

T- lots of sweet chocolate, caramel and coffee goodness. Blends really well to create a smooth flow of roasted malts and outstanding nuttiness.

M- Solid. Low carbonation, slight creamy aspects, mid body.

O- Exceptional flavor. unconventional yet enticing nose, and a solid feel. This is an under the radar porter that more people need to experience.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Updated 3/5/2015, bottle no date:
Beer poured a nice dark brown, tending toward black, but some ruby sneaks through a well lit edge. The smell was slightly smokey, but with some berry or cherry undertones. Coffee and generic roasted notes also noticeable. Strength wasn't there, but I think the scent hit the style fine.

Taste followed the smell, roasted notes of chocolate along with a little smokey, little woody flavors are up front in the taste. The bitterness comes to the sides of the tongue like burnt coffee (I hate to say it, but because it's not the only taste, this "isn't a bad thing"). There is a certain fruitiness to the end taste that lays on top of the roasted finish that I can't quite place, maybe cherry/maybe blackberry; regardless the combined taste does make me think a bit of sasparilla, however.

An enjoyable offering that I will grab again from this brewer (and did).

Edit: revisited this with a beer left in back of fridge 3 month after the updated review (so June 2015). Somehow there was a little extra burn I hadn't noticed before, light be perceptible. However, chocolate notes were a little more prevalent, and coffee bitterness was more subdued.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Friend sent this one over for a try, he is a fan of this beer. Good looking beer but not as thick or rich looking as you expect out of a porter. Smell is about the same, good but not great. Taste is very nice compared to look and smell. Would have guessed about 5.5 ABV and was actually 7.1 so a few bonus points there. Pretty good Porter that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured very dark ruby color.... almost black. Nice fingers worth of tan colored head that settles to a thin ring with very little lacing.

S: I'm getting a mix of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and licorice.

T: Taste follows the smell.. Equal amounts of coffee and chocolate with a touch of raisins and licorice at the end. Aftertaste has a little burnt malt in it.

M: Mid bodied.... A little thinner than I was expecting.

O: Overall a pretty drinkable porter... A little thinner that I like for the style. The ABV is pretty nice and leaves you with a nice warm feeling.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice take on a baltic porter. Carries that kind of berry twang to it that seems typical for the style. I'd pick it out immediately in any beer that had it. Smooth and consistent. Somewhat robust tone, but not over the top. A pleasant drinker. Glad to have a chance to try it. Highly suggested for a style that few even touch, let alone do well (like this one does).

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Photo of mntlover
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark deep red showing through when held to the light. Thumb sized light tan head falls slow leaves some lace down my glass.

Aroma is chocolate notes as soon as pouring, fades to dark fruits, some light roasted notes. Nice aroma bot huge but pleasant.

Taste the same as the nose nice chocolate notes up front stronger then the nose.Some roasted notes dark fruits, even almost lactose like sweetness even though it shouldn't. Finish is linger dark fruits and chocolate like sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a big medium the carbonation level is not peppy but seems to lighten the feel some what.

Overall nice beer not quite as big as some Baltic Porters but flavorful and enjoyable.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a uniformly textured one finger mocha shade. It doesn't retain fantastically, nor does it fade to nothing in record time. Only a small amount of lacing is left behind.

S: When I think 'Baltic porter', I think "chocolate and stewed fruits". And guess what? The primary notes are raisins, plums, and chocolate. There are even some faint coffee-ish hints which do nothing but add to the nose. The nose becomes even better as it warms up.

T: Follows the nose, albeit in a slightly fainter expression. It starts with strong coffee and dark chocolate (the powdered kind). The finish is rather fruity, and it's easy to tell this is a lager. It's simple, but gets the job done admirably.

M: Quite crisp. The vibrant carbonation makes this one seem drier finishing than it really is. I won't suggest the former is too zesty, instead that it pokes through the lighter texture too harshly. Otherwise, it does a decent job of coming across smaller than it really is on the palate.

O: This is a fine semi-local offering that I'd gladly drink again. Still, there are other examples of the style I'd purchase over this one.

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