Global Mutt
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Baltic Porter
Ranked #104
Ranked #14,894
3.96 | pDev: 8.84%
Wander Brewing
Washington, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 43 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of SouthernSips
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Adopted from my NBS post. Poured from a 500ml brown glass bottle into my spiegelau stout glass.

She developed a very thick, abundant light to medium brown head due to a slightly over-aggressive pour but it quickly subsided to a persistent cap of medium brown bubbles on top of the beer. I'm not getting much coffee from this beer but I am getting a lot of dark chocolates and caramel malts, especially in the back of the mouth. The mouthfeel is not thin but also not thick and it leaves a dry, almost crisp, feeling in the mouth after swallowing. I really enjoyed this beer!

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Photo of Buck89
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark and clear brown. The pour produced a large and creamy tan head that only reluctantly settled, leaving some nice splotchy laces. The aroma was refined but dominated by chocolate, with only a hint of coffee and roasted grain. The taste was more balanced. There was a rush of bitter coffee up front, which yielded to allow dark chocolate and a roasty flavor to appear. The finish was punctuated with a slight ashtray char which played well with the bitterness. As expected, I could not detect any yeast esters and this allowed the grain and adjuncts to shine. The feel was silky-smooth and clean. Medium-bodied and too easy to drink. Outstanding.

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Photo of Prager62
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with no visible date that was sent to me last year by a fellow BA. I'm reviewing it despite my policy of reviewing them fresh because I feel it held up exceptionally well. Pouring it in a 10oz. clear coffee mug.

Look- Pours a thin cola color producing a small finger of light tan foam that settles very rapidly. No lacing is left behind.

Smell- Dark chocolate, peat, faint coffee and mild char.

Taste- Dark chocolate, roasted malt, mild tobacco and coffee. There's a slightly earth-like/peat presence in the finish.

Feel- Very thin and light with a dry finish.

Overall- A solid Baltic porter complemented by the addition of coffee beans, cocoa and chocolate. I wish I tried this fresh to see if there was a greater coffee presence from the beans? That aside, it's still a very solid beer worth checking out.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: totally black with just a little bit of brown around the edges. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam with good retention. A great looking beer!

Smell: rich coffee aroma with a nice roastiness. Sweetness is present but not overbearing. A good Baltic porter.

Taste: nice roastiness and coffee flavor atop the classic yeasty base of a Baltic porter. Bitterness is nice, although the hops are a bit vegetal in character -- again, a risk for the style. Good, but the vegetal hop quality kind of detracts from the experience.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: a pretty good example of the style. Very drinkable for a 7% beer.

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Photo of thebeers
3.09/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

750 ml bottle, with no visible dating, that opened with a mighty pffft. First pour was entirely head. It's a pretty tan color with an airy sea-foam consistency that leaves perfectly webbed lacing, but still off-putting to get a pour like that. Decades later, some near-black liquid also appears.

Sniffing what's left in the bottle, I get bitter baker's cocoa, earthy coffee, dark roasted porter malts, a rich chocolate ganache and a touch of cherry. Quite lovely and well balanced in that regard. Unfortunately, that's not what's in my glass.

Even after waiting five minutes, topping off the teku, giving it another fifteen minutes and decanting that into a second glass, the main thing I get in the aroma is carbonation. There's some chocolate and roasted malt buried behind it.

The taste is similar. Some chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of coffee in an ocean of carbon dioxide.

What's shocking is that the mouthfeel is not ridiculously over-carbonated. It's medium bodied, and has a soft, slick, creamy feel to it, that's, yes, a bit over carbonated, but not nearly as bad as I was expecting.

If they figure out how to correct the massive carbonation flaw, I'm sure this would be quite tasty. The bottle says "certified to handle the journey" right on it, so I feel justified in rating this one now.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cola black with a beautiful tan head that sits high atop its throne, refusing to come down. Ruby hints around the thinner bits.

Nose serves immediate reminder that coffee beans were involved in the brewing here, with chocolate and char supporting.

More carbonation than I would typically look for, and maybe a bit thin, but the follow through and aftertaste and whatnot more than make up for it.
Flavour presents with a rich roasted coffee up front once again, with the bitter beans Drawing contrast from a syrupy fudge-like chocolate ribbon. Finish is bitter as it dips back into the coffee (is for closers). Finish is primarily bitter coffee and bakers chocolate, but with occasional pecks of sweet cocoa.
As has been noted this is not your standard baltic porter. What it is, however, is a dream for anyone who loves coffee and chocolate in their beers. I was thoroughly impressed and will probably make it a semi-regular member of the rotation.

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Photo of cavedave
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big Thanks to kemoarps for this one from NBS BIF 3

Black and very thick looking with a finger of tan foam that's quick to kick back.

Full strength, delectable aroma that features a beautiful mocha flavor, but also has wonderful smoky roast, hints of yeast, cherry, and tobacco.

Wow a blast of chocolaty goodness leads all the flavors of the nose plus some raisin flavors added to the mix. The mocha is so delicious, and the flavors just get better as it hits room temp.

Creamy and strong flavored, med. carb., very easy drinking, killer clean finish.

Fantastic beer that I don't hesitate to give high recommendation

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Photo of woemad
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bigass 750mL bottle courtesy of @beertunes. According to the label, this is a “Baltic Porter brewed with coffee beans, cocoa and chocolate.” This is the last survivor of a box of (mostly) Bellingham beers, and I’ve been purposely saving it for last.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was a brown so dark as to be virtually black, conceding nothing whatsoever when held up to direct light. There was a big, sudsy tan colored head that left lots of lace on the sides of the glass.

Initially, the nose was primarily that of coffee and roasted malts. There was a mild aroma of dark chocolate as well, but the coffee is what stands out the most.

The coffee leads the flavor charge, with the chocolate and cocoa (I can’t pretend to be a super taster able to tell the difference between the two) in the background. I also found notes of pipe tobacco and a little bit of “woodsiness” (although I’m pretty sure this was not barrel aged) in the selfsame background. The finish is clean for such a flavorful beer, proof that a lager yeast was used, as is traditional for the style.

Full bodied, with an oily, coating mouthfeel that nevertheless finishes quite cleanly for a beer with such flavor.

Delicious, and an outstanding dessert following a dinner of robustly seasoned grilled pork chops and sauerkraut. It’s not as boozy as some Baltic Porters I’ve had (particularly those from Eastern Europe), but its lack of alcohol heat is a positive development, as I think it lets the flavors emerge a bit more. I’m not sure if this is a regular offering, a seasonal or a one-off, but whatever it’s availability, if I lived in Bellingham I would definitely purchase this regularly.

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Photo of strohme2
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Here’s my blind review.
Poured a deep brown, with red highlights. As it sits in glass it’s black. A finely bubbled khaki headsets atop the body. Appears almost like nitrogenated beer. Minor lacing on the glass too.
Aromas of brownie batter, char, milk chocolate, malted milk, marshmallow although I don't think it’s an adjunct.
Taste follows much of the nose. Dusty cocoa powder, light roast, vanilla, light roast. Bitter, earthy hops. Just wonderful as it warmed.
Slick mouthfeel, lighter body. I’d put it at
7-8% abv and call this either an oatmeal or milk stout.

**Upped my original rating of 3.59**

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Photo of Moose90
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a pitch black color into the glass, there is a thin brown head that forms and leaves some respectable lacing down the inside of the glass

S — Smell is great, with notes of coffee, chocolate, bitter espresso, roasted and rich.

T — Lots of dark malts here, balanced with a light sweet chocolate note. This is dry and focused on cocoa powder, chocolate malts, little bit of a vanilla sweet finish. Very nice overall though with great roasted complexities.

M — Medium-Full bodied and dry, very little to no residual sweetness that is often found in this style.

O — Great overall, I don't order this one nearly as often as I should from Wander, one of their best.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass, with a half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is dark toasted malt, mild dark dried fruit and cherry, hints of coffee and chocolate, classic Baltic porter. Flavor is well toasted malt with a bit of char, fresh brewed coffee, light chocolate, finishes with smoky malt, light grassy hops and left over coffee. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Although this does not have as much of the dark fruit flavors as the aroma and many other good Baltic porters have, it does hew to the classic definition of the style as a dark brown ale with smoky, hopped flavors. The chocolate is rather subdued and the coffee is present, but provides more coffee bitterness than fresh coffee taste. These light flavors do add a pleasant note to the good charred malt flavors of the porter, which really is pushing into stout territory. Enjoyable and well made. I look forward to other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of SFhomebrew
4/5  rDev +1%

Purchased in an attractive 750 ml bottle. Deep dark in color. Light coffee on the nose. Cocoa and coffee forward on the palate. Moderate hop bitterness. Pleasant overall on a dark cold night and worth trying if you see it on tap or in the bottle. Baltic Porter is the base style but this beer should be evaluated for what it is, a coffee or chocolate beer.

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Photo of tongatim
2.85/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I agree with prior reviewer that this is an okay brew, but sure didn't resemble my idea of a Baltic Porter. Roasted malt predominates. Quite dry. Thinnish body, more like a standard porter. Pleasant dark color, but lacking the ruby tones I associate with my favorite Baltic Porters. Lacking in the dark fruit, alcohol, and sweetness flavor characteristics I expect. Unpleasant lingering bitterness.

Otherwise fresh, and lacking any off-flavors.

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Photo of beertunes
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in Nonic. Pours a solid black color with 1/2ish inch of light brown head that decent retention and lacing. Roast is strong on the nose, way more than I find typical for the style, with some chocolate notes as well.

On the tongue, there are nice, earthy malts up front, but the roast notes start in the middle and finish very strongly. The taste of this beer reminds a lot more of a stout than it does a Baltic Porter. The body is very reminiscent of a standard Porter, not the lighter mouthfeel generally expected in the style.

Drinkability is very, very good, as I've had several up to this point, and will be having several more. Overall, a very nice brew, although one that's somewhat atypical for the style. You should try it when you see it.

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