Ulfberht Baltic Porter
Burial Beer Co.

Ulfberht Baltic PorterUlfberht Baltic Porter
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Style:
Baltic Porter
Ranked #91
ABV:
9%
Score:
89
Ranked #11,364
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 5.99%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
51
From:
Burial Beer Co.
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  9
SCORE
89
Very Good
Ulfberht Baltic PorterUlfberht Baltic Porter
Notes: Between these jagged edges lays the storied steel wielded by mortals to please the gods of war and death. Forged from German and British malts, fermented upon juniper berries and traditionally lagered, our Baltic Porter is made with respect for those that came before it. The result is a mildly spiced but highly aromatic black lager with an ever-present aroma of chocolate, licorice, and roasted nuts. Fear not the presence of the blade, for today's prize knows no wrath.
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. Pours black with moderate transparency. Smells of brown malts, sweetness, and some dark breads. Tastes pretty sweet. Starts with dark breads and then a strong malty sweetness. Back end has a light earthy bitterness, but not a lot. Slightest bit of dark fruits and banana in the finish. Medium heavy. Fairly sweet and, perhaps I'm being nitpicky, the malt flavor just kinda tastes like malt. Never turns to toffee or roast or anything but just malt and bread. Fruitiness builds as it warms. Maybe I need an education in Baltic Porters malt profiles, though.

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Photo of Buckeye55
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with medium head. Scent is chocolate and some nuts. Taste is sweet from the chocolate and malts. Medium mouthfeel and an aftertaste that ends with a slight bitterness

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a baltic porter with juniper, and another absolute gem from burial, so glad to have a steady stream of their beers coming into colorado now! this is enormously well made beer, a lagered porter that is at once classic and brand new. its a sturdy base, deep brown to black in color with an impossibly dense head on it, looks almost nitro from the can, ring lacing as it drinks and a high shine, really sexy glass. the base beer is great, some english type richer barley to this gives it a lot of character in addition to the roasted grains in here, plenty of body and bitterness, notes of coffee and licorice in the nose too from the dark elements, and then the lager yeast, which is bready and european tasting to me, not at all inconsequential here, drying this out nicely for its size and adding some great flavor depth. the juniper is pretty light to my senses, a little piney spruce sort of thing in the nose and a light botanical complexion towards the finish in the flavor, but the juniper is an accent at best, not at all the dramatic flavor agent i thought (and hoped) it might be, but i do appreciate the subtlety of what it adds, i do think it serves to make this unique. its the quality though that stands out for me, and awesome overall beer, lagered brilliantly and with an incredible mouthfeel that is at once dense and dry and drinkable. cant get enough burial right now!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours black with nice tight tan head light spotty lacing.

Aroma - Roasted malts, charred oak, dark chocolate, light coffee bean, mild berry aroma.

Taste - Very nice balanced flavors of coffee, juniper berries, chocolate, roasted malts. Great earthy flavor mixed with a slight sweetness.

Feel - Medium bodied, nice carbonation pretty smooth and easy drinking. Maybe a little thin.

Overall - Really liking how all the flavors mesh together, great beer.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown. Medium, foamy, tan head that fades slowly.

Smells roasted malts, char, coffee, chocolate and earthy.

Tastes coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and hints of dark fruit. Followed by light char and juniper hints. Finish is dry with a roasted linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich, dark and meaty flavor with a smooth, slick, Cassanovian delivery.

Look is of reddish-chocolate. 12-oz tap pour; the head was very little.

Nose of cherries and vanilla. Hints of leather and dark currant.

Bright carbonation and med-full body. A little boozy but no substantial warmth.

Taste of vanilla, oak, lingonberry, earth and tobacco. Almost too seductive as orange zest and chocolate complete the attraction as an additional anise/allspice allure finishes it off.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Almost opaque brown/black beer with a creamy tan head. The aroma is a magnificent roasted malt, coffee, juniper berries, char and some pine. Nice roasted malt, coffee and an interesting juniper berry / gin flavor with some char bitterness and a light sweetness. Finishes with a tiny bit of char and a gin-like flavor but it all seems to work. The creamy, medium heavy mouthfeel makes this beer seem special. I think this is a great beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted, almost charred malts with a lighter presence of dark malt aromas though there is only a minimal amount of sweetness. Light aromas of juniper (gin), dark unsweetened chocolate, licorice/anise, and earthy + spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted, almost charred malts with a lighter presence of dark malts + nutty malts and a minimal amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of juniper and dark unsweetened chocolate along with light flavors of licorice/anise. Light to moderate flavors of earthy + spicy hops. There is a light amount of roasty bitterness which fades away quickly leaving a clean finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a clean finish.

O: A very enjoyable take on the style and the addition of juniper is interesting - it is a little easier to drink than some other Baltic Porters with a slightly lighter mouthfeel and clean finish. Alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a 1" head. Some lace develops.

Smell: roasted tones and some soft chocolate are picked up by the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, chocolate, some dark fruit sweetness, a mild bitterness, and a hint of alcohol are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied beer. Smooth from start to finish.

Overall: a slow sipping beer that is satisfying a full of flavor.

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Ulfberht Baltic Porter from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 51 ratings