Berserker Mode
Southern Prohibition Brewing

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Style:
Baltic Porter
Ranked #128
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #22,965
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 6.12%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
14
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Southern Prohibition Brewing
 
Mississippi, United States
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Photo of BigGold
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have now had Berserker Mode, SoPro’s newest seasonal, on draft into tulip and poured from 12-oz. can into faceted mug.

It’s black with a tan head that doesn’t stick around. Aroma includes the expected roast malts and coffee but an unexpectedly and appropriately lighter chocolate presence, and some dark fruits. On drinking, you get cocoa up front, then roast malts and a coffee finish.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

CAN: Runs a reasonable $9.99 USD plus tax per sixer in New Orleans, LA...at this high an ABV, I thought it a good buy. 12 fl oz pull-tab can with a purple label. Hit town yesterday so it couldn't be much fresher.

"Baltic Porter with coffee and cocoa nibs." 8.5% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Pours a healthy ~5cm in height head of appealing khaki colour with a creamy frothy consistency that suggests a soft Baltic Porter. Body is a predictably opaque black. Head retains well, lasting a good 8-10 minutes.

Looks solid for the style.

AROMA: The cocoa nibs and chocolate malt are much more emphasized aromatically than the coffee, which is a bit disappointing. Seems on the sweet side, lacking enough bitterness (e.g. from coffee, hops, or roasted barley). The coffee character isn't real roasty or bitter...evokes more of an earthy mellow light roast than an aggressive coffee, espresso, or Java.

Dark malt sweetness rounds out the aroma. I'm not getting any hop aromatics, yeasty notes/esters (clean lager yeast is well indicated), or off-notes.

Aromatic intensity is average. Doesn't betray its ABV.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Creamy and soft up front, roughening around the climax when it departs from its creamy chocolate malt open and the dark malt sweetness serving as its backbone and brings in a hint of bitter roast and earthy coffee.

I wouldn't say it's a very chocolate forward, coffee forward, or generally intense beer flavourwise at all, which might let down some drinkers hoping for a big bold Baltic Porter. This is more mellow, and indeed more shallow/simple, but it drinks quite easily given its 8.5%. Cleanly attenuating lager yeast keeps it feeling a bit flatter still than, say, a coffee & cocoa stout or porter would.

I feel like the Sinebrychoff paradigm for the style demands more roasted barley than this provides, but it's a pretty competent expression of a Baltic porter. The additives are restrained enough that they don't eclipse the base beer, but there isn't a great deal of complexity to this brew given two additives were used to begin with. Sinebrychoff certainly boasts a more intricate flavour profile, to be honest (without the use of additives/adjuncts).

Well-carbonated and adequately thick, with apt weight on the palate given its ABV. Medium to full-bodied. Not too filling nor a chore to drink.

OVERALL: I do think it's a bit imbalanced, lacking sufficient bitterness to even out all that cocoa and malt-derived sweetness, but it's a well-executed Baltic porter for the most part that drinks easily. I do think there's ample room for more depth of flavour and complexity, but I can't say this doesn't more accurately reflect traditional Baltic porters than the vast majority of American attempts at the style...most American breweries brew a Baltic Porter as though it's an imperial porter they just happen to be brewing with lager yeast.

I'll enjoy working my way through my sixer, but as nice as it is I don't see myself picking it up over Southern Prohibition's more interesting work and I'd sooner buy Sinebrychoff when in the mood for a Baltic Porter.

I'd love to see them commit more to the coffee, bring in more roasted barley flavours, and maybe work in some dark fruit flavours.

High B- / WORTHY

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Berserker Mode from Southern Prohibition Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 14 ratings