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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Cyrion
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Herze
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sdsimkins
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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 mtpHokie
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ChadA83
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of WickedBeer
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aapike86
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of riktronics
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of OldSwampy
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of kosstamojan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of needMIbeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Cckeynes
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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 Caffeine_King
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bwood06
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of NealBuck
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a red wine glass. I have only had this beer on tap before, and I've loved it. I've been waiting on 12 oz bottles for a while; the bombers were overpriced.

Appearance: It looks like a Baltic Porter should in general, but it also looks a bit thin, which betrays what, to my mind, is the only significant problem with this beer: the mouthfeel (more on this in a minute).

Smell: Not much going on here. A bit of chocolate, but nothing too exciting. Overall, kind of dead in the olfactory department.

Taste: This is where the beer really shines. To be so olfactorily challenged, this beer has a remarkable flavor. Rich semi-sweet chocolate, a hint of raspberry, and a little heat on the end, almost peppery. Everything one wants in a porter and more. Ultimately, it's exceptionally well balanced, and after sipping on it for a while, I'm left with a lovely taste lingering in my mouth that's reminiscent of the aftertaste of a dense chocolate cake with raspberries on top.

Mouthfeel: I can't help it. When I have a porter, I compare it to Revolution's Eugene porter, which has one of the best mouthfeels of any beer I've had ... certainly one of the best of any porter I've had. It's so creamy and velvety. Raven's Roost is a bit thin, especially considering it's supposed to be a Baltic Porter. Compared even to, say, Duck Rabbit's Baltic Porter or Uinta's Baltic Porter, Raven's Roost seems much more like a traditional porter, and when you compare it to great traditional porters like Eugene or Everett, it's biggest lack is it's at best mediocre mouthfeel.

Overall: I love this beer on draught, a format that helps with the mouthfeel and aromatic issues. The flavor stays pretty much the same, which is delightful. Overall, I'm glad these guys are nearby, and I'm glad I can get a pretty good porter without having to drive to Vermont or Chicago.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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