Raven's Roost Baltic Porter
Parkway Brewing Co.

Raven's Roost Baltic PorterRaven's Roost Baltic Porter
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Baltic Porter
Ranked #116
Ranked #12,148
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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Reviews by Cyrion:
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce bottle, consumed at slightly above fridge temperature.

Appearance: Brown, almost black, opaque. Tiny bubbles give a inch high tan head, leaving rings of delicate lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate in front, with coffee close behind. Some caramel aroma.

Taste: Here's where it happens, friends, the chocolate and coffee asserting themselves in a tight partnership, with fig and some spice lurking in the background. A bit of heat from the alcohol, but very mild. The bitterness from the toasted malts is subdued.

Mouthfeel: Velvety, well matched for the style of beer.

Overall: At 7.1 ABV, it's a lighter baltic porter, and I'm tempted to classify it as a brown ale's big brother. Very enjoyable as a gateway into the porter world, very approachable and smooth. Great introduction to Parkway's beers, will appeal to a large segment of fans. Nicely done.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RBorsato
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zraly
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mntlover
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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 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 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 thufflife
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of jak
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of mralphabet
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
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 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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of EnderFett11
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good taste, primarily caramel.

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Photo of argock
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Very dark brown with generous 1-finger beige head with good retention but nada lacing.

S: Very chocolatey with coffee tones -- very fudgy aroma overall. No off-aromas. A lot of breadiness and a little bit of dark fruit, like dates, definitely in the sweet side.

T: Great flavor with strong chocolate and coffee flavors on a sweeter caramel background. Some dark fruity date and raisin flavors are there, but it tastes more like dark caramel malts are layering the sweetness deftly. No real hop character but mildly bitter. THe dash of roast in the finish is perfect -- no ashy or overdone acrid character.

M: Light and approachable on the palate with even and not heavy-handed carbonation, which I see as a fault in Baltic porters frequently. Very smooth and drinkable.

O: A really fine Baltic porter, a tad on the sweet side, but those flavors along with the complex chocolate and coffee flavors and aromas really gel into a great beer. I will be forging ahead and giving more of Parkway's lineup a try based on the quality of this brew.

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Photo of dsigmon
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: dark drown/black with a brown head that sticks around and leaves a good bit of lacing on the glass

S: sweet malts and light hints of coffee and chocolate and some spicy tones as well...smells amazing

T: chocolate and coffee up front with some caramel notes up front with enough hop in the back end to balance it perfectly. not too sweet, not too boozy, not too hoppy...just right.

M: medium bodied and lightly carbonated for an easy/enjoyable drink

O: this is hands down my favorite beer in this style. i had the great fortune of having this ran through a randall as well and that was life changing :)

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Photo of gabrielsyme
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of obywan59
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown to almost black. A ring of ruby highlight circling the bottom of the glass when held up to a light. 3 1/2 finger brown head leaving some decent sticky lacing.

The aroma out of the bottle is dark roast malt. Out of the glass, it's more complex. Sweet milk chocolate with caramel and spice.

Some tartness in the taste with more of a bitter dark chocolate character here. Later it seems more like coffee. Both caramel and spice are more subdued here.

Rather full and viscuous on the tongue. Nice tingle of carbonation, yet the feel is predominately creamy. Somewhat drying with a decent burn of alcohol in the throat.

Less sweet than most of the porters I've tried, though not the driest. What sweetness there is, takes a back seat to the lingering citric tartness. The wonderful mouthfeel, and the warming attributes, make this a winner. It appears I've found my second top-notch brewery from the home state, alongside Blue Mountain Barrel House.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprise! You've got beer. Thanks for the unexpected beer gift, Brad.

The beer is the darkest of browns, sporting a thick, soapy beige head. Aroma is a big potent dose of roast and barley with chocolate. An excellent scent and true to style. Beautiful flavor. Easy to drink. Lingering chocolates with a hint of chocolate milk. Mild bready character and present, but light, roast. Medium bodied and smooth on the palate with moderate carbonation. A really solid beer. just what I was in the mood for.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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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Raven's Roost Baltic Porter from Parkway Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 188 ratings