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Brewed by:
BrewCult
Australia
brewcult.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 06-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
10
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.66%
 
 
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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 10
Reviews by CrazyDavros:
Photo of CrazyDavros
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a small head.
A mix of complex roasted malt and vinegar in the aroma. Also chocolate, nutty notes and caramel.
Lots of roasted malt as a flavour too along with a tangy acidic hit. Noticeable booze too, a little full-on.
Body feels watery.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Mendicant
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Gusmotel
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A really interesting beer this one, bought on a recommendation for something a "bit" different.

Appearance: Dark, earthy porter appropriate colour. Definitely not see through, but also not Temple of Doom Blood of Kali black.

Aroma: A distinct balsamic / vinegar smell is immediately noticeable. Not Salad Dressing strength - but definitely in there. There seems to be some fruit, and I can't identify it, around the edges, but the acidic smell definitely seems to cloud the future of this porter.

Taste: Again balsamic is the first thing you taste, but lighter then your would otherwise expect. Some light fruit as well. My mother in law seems to think it finishes off as vegemite. She may well be right as it does seem a bit yeasty on the finish. a bit sour and acidic on the tongue. These flavour definitely intensified as the beer warmed and we voyaged closer to the sediment.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, medium body, noticeably un-Stout like for a darker beer. Again, Acid in the name is a true advertisement of what you will get from this.

Overall: An interesting beer to say the least. Acid but not overly puckeringly sour ultimately making it lighter for a dark style. I like the Porters and give this a nod, but wouldn't do more than one a night.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown muddy colour, with foamy cream head. Bit disappointing lacing-wise but given the 'adjuncts' in this beer I'm not surprised it's a bit listless.

Smells like...hmmm.... vinegar. Yeah, that's about it. Interesting, but... beery? Not particularly.

Taste is a bit more beery. Slight roasted malt notes, with a touch of chocolate and cocoa. Balsamic hits midway and it gets a little vinous towards the back. Roasty at times too, with a nice vinegar edge. More portery and diverse than the nose suggested. Pretty nice beer all up.

Decent body, no carbonation. Yeah it's hard to get this right when you're adding something so acidic. Pretty good padding for the potentially over-tart palate.

I actually wouldn't mind a bit more balsamic on the palate. The nose is screaming with it and the palate is more like a nice traditional porter with a hint of twist. Nice beer overall though.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A Baltic Porter brewed with Balsamic Vinegar from the brewer's brother, a craft vinegar maker. Tried on-tap at the 2013 GABS festival in Melbourne.

Pours a light, clear and rather limp brown colour, very light in the body. Head is an oily yellow that forms a large-bubbled (or large-buboed) pocked ring that leaves no lace. I looks a bit unappealing.

But, yep, there's balsamic aplenty on the nose, giving that spicy, sour and woody character mingled with just the faintest sweetness from the beer itself. Absolutely delivers what it promises here, and has captured the balsamic character nicely.

Unfortunately, this doesn't carry on to the palate. Light, perhaps slightly zesty entry leads to a dead, but slightly toasty brown malt character. Further towards the back is a touch of the vinegar, but no real sourness, and certainly no acid freakiness. Some woody balsamic characters are lost in the void.

Feel is very light: I could understand it if the acidity were more pronounced, but it just feels like a weakness here, especially for a Baltic porter.

Overall, I don't feel like it goes full tilt at delivering its promise. It's neither acidic enough nor Baltic enough. It needs more of something, anything, and the aroma just doesn't drag it through the rest of the way.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently had this at a new, and might I add: pretty awesome, little craft beer bar called “Saccharomyces Beer Cafe” in South Brisbane. First off they have 10 taps of various craft beers carefully curated to provide something for everyone’s tastes, including my what some might say peculiar liking of dark beers in summer. Secondly they have pinball. You need to check it out. Nuff said. Anyway the beer - I’ve always liked BrewCult but felt they could sometimes use a bit more umpf. In that respect I was pleasantly surprised by this rather big and tasty Baltic Porter including Balsamic vinegar.

Poured from tap into a fancy Schooner-sized brandy snifter.

A: Presents with a hazy, almost opaque, cola-coloured body, and a nice off-white lace ring - which for a beer at 7.5% ABV is about as good as it usually gets. Personally I quite fancied the colour of the body, it looks exactly as you would imagine a beer/balsamic mix would turn out. 9/10.

S: Very prominent balsamic vinegar note upfront followed by dark fruits and brown sugar. Spot on aroma for a Baltic Porter (dark fruit and brown sugar) with the balsamic providing the acidity you would get from a classic Baltic Porter stale ale addition (as some were known to be mixed with). 9/10.

T: Flavours noted as above with a nice interplay between sweet/sour/bitter flavours - the balance is top-notch (with bitterness slightly lacking and sour a touch stronger). The balsamic is not as bold as noticed in the aroma but is nonetheless decent. Aftertaste is lightly sour and sweet. 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a light carbonation. The texture of this beer is rather excellent - I do love body in my beers and this has, for an Australian beer at least, a good heft to it. 8/10.

D: Wow, this is the best BrewCult beer I’ve had to date - it’s full of flavour, it touches on 3 of the taste senses (whereas most beers only do sweet/bitter), I can imagine pairing this with so many different foods, and it’s a new take on the Baltic Porter style. Bravo BrewCult for creating this intriguing brew. Oh yeah, and balsamic + beer = mad genius. Would definitely get this on tap again if I ever see it, cheers! 9/10.

Food match: This beer and a traditional Italian buffalo cheese, prosciutto and rocket pizza would be freaking awesome.

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Photo of ADZA
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

As far as ideas go this is definitely a bizarre one a Baltic porter with balsamic vinegar mmmm and it pours a mahogany hue with a two finger head and clingy lacing that really sticks to the side as you give it a nice swirl,on aroma it's definitely balsamic vinegar which is very dominant and only allows a brief cameo of raspberries and oak,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with above moderate carbonation and has tastes of balsamic vinegar obviously which isn't as strong on taste as it is on the nose which is a good thing and followed by raspberries,a touch of roasted malts and finished with a red wine vinous sweetness and overall I always thought could this honestly really work and yeah I'm alright you get all the bad characters from the balsamic vinegar and none of the ones you want like the sour tartness and just like the chick you thought you wanted till you finally did and then want nothing more to do I won't be back cheers.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of magnusdave
3/5  rDev -18%

Acid Freaks from BrewCult
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