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Baltic Porter | Capital Brewery

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Baltic PorterBaltic Porter

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by drpimento on 02-06-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.39/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour into my New Belgium chalice yields a thick one-finger head, that fades to a ring, over a nearly-opaque slightly cloudy walnut colored body. Pretty enough.

Smell is all lovely roasted malts: chocolate, prunes, cinnamon bread dough, cherries, vanilla ice cream, with a slight hint of metallic hops. Smells real good!

Taste matches the smell, although not quite a strong. The heavy roasting comes through, though, with a solid note of coffee. Very pleasant and warming! Better as the beer warms up. All malt, very little hops, exactly to style. Long coffee finish and aftertaste. Mmmmm. I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. This is helped by nice carbonation.

The excellent malt roundness completely hides the alcohol. Very smooth and easy drinking.

If this were available in Colorado, it would definitely be one of my go-to beers. Thanks, shbobdb, for this excellent brew. You obviously know what I like.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting, a porter brewed with a lager yeast.

Pours a cola brown with deep ruby highlights. Ok foamingand lacing remains from a three finger head. Lots of sluggish bubbles too. One great malty aoma with this beer. A mix of roasted and toasted malts, plus some yeasty plums. Makes me think of a fruitier Munich dunkel. The crispness of a dunkel lager, plus the complexity of flavor of a good Baltic Porter. Somewhat creamy and black velvety palate. This beer feels like a lagery porer and Baltic to boot.

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Photo of Greggy
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice creamy 1+ finger head over a nice dark brown/black body. No sediment is present.

S- Very nice dark chocolate, vanilla, bit of gram cracker, slight tough of caramel. The nose is a little tight but after you get into it, it's pretty nice.

T- Starts off quite sweet with notes of dark fruit, raison and prune then moves onto a more chocolate, toasted grains, and dryer finish. Quite nice.

M- Low carbonation that is almost to much but works. The finish on the beer is nice.

D- There's 8.5% in here somewhere. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Atron67
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-- a solid black with a big brown head on top, the head on top lasted for quite awhile

S- roasted character and light smooth maltiness

T- big roasted chocolate character, smooth coffee underneath, good flavors all around, like stated above, a little simple for a baltic porter... the alcohol is really well hidden as well

M- tick full body, medium carbonation

D- pretty solid porter, im surprized its rated so low, however i feel its way too fresh, i think this will age really well, given a chance to develop those long aged flavors,

Im giving kirby the thumbs up, good beer

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Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"A dark, hybrid experience"... a little outside the style guidelines, so I won't judge it strictly to style.

A: Mahogany with a light tan head, very little retention slight lacing.

S: Capitals lagers have a house aroma that I can't quite describe, but is sort of Germanic. Burnt toffee, dark fruit, caramel & hints of bubblegum-like fruity esters.

T: Dark bread, nice spicing & dark fruit are reminiscent of Christmas cake. Slightly nutty, earthy, caramel and hints of chocolate covered cherries. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden. It's very nice, but not a Baltic Porter.

M: Moderate body is smooth & creamy with a dry alcohol finish. Carbonation is pleasantly on the low side of moderate.

D: Very drinkable for it's strength.

This "hybrid" is a little odd for the style. It would be a great winter warmer (it's even a little doppelbock-like).

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Photo of bainard
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle to pub glass.

A - A deep siena that lets a little bit of light through. Far from opaque with a surprising translucency for a porter. Off-white head barely there.

S - Woody darkness and roasted malt. This is the first obvious indication that this beer is not like the other porters you've had. The smell of lager yeast is prevalent here, you know you're in for something you've never quite experienced.

T - Extremely unique. Caramel, a hint of smoke, dark fruit, and perhaps even some cooked banana could be observed here. The distinctive lager-y tang comes through at the end, giving this beer the feel that you have to believe is European, and not Wisconsonite.

M - A bit thin for its strength, but still has a pleasing carbonation.

D - Strong, develops well as it warms, unlike most strong dark lagers I've had. This is definitely a repeater. It's a completely new sort of lager that suits fans of aled porters looking for something fun and interesting.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A-Poured a deep-copper to brown beer, appeared moderately clear when held to light. Minimal off-white head reduced quickly to nearly nothing.

S-Roasted malts with some fruitiness, a somewhat harsh alcohol (harsh in the nose, but not in the flavor). Hints of toffee.

T-Immediately, flavors of roasted coffee and malts, with a bit of toffee making an appearance with dark fruits. Hop flavors are not present, but bitterness is prominant and provides some countering to the malts (still, clearly a malt-centric beer). A smooth alcoholic presence. Seems almost vinuous at times. Fiishes dry with a roasted coffee aftertaste.

M-Low carbonation, appropriately so. Medium body overall, slithers around my mouth, though seems almost watery. A very definate warmth on the way down.

D-A good, but not spectacular, beer. I'm glad I had an opportunity to try this one out. I'd recommend it if you find it while it lasts.

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Photo of brdc
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks SkyDoc for this one.

Reddish brown, orange highlights, light tan head but poor retention. Nice aroma, sweetish malts as expected, some fruits, toffee, estery notes.
Medium bodied, well disguised alcohol, I was actually surprised to see the high ABV. Caramel and toffee notes abound, not a lot, if any, roasted notes. Little fruitiness can be found.
A nice brew, a bit off the style, but certainly worthwhile.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a reddish mahogany color, pretty light for the style, with a one inch light tan head that falls down to a skim, which retains well. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma has caramel malts, some dark fruit - raisins and plums, brown sugar, and a very slight roasty character.

Tastes of caramel up front but is quickly joined by the dark fruits. A roasty character comes in next, quite chocolaty, which lasts into the finish blending with the fruit character. A light alcohol warmth in the back.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, very creamy and soft on the palate. I'd say it's quite chewy as well. Pretty drinkable.

I liked this one though it's not one of the best examples of the style. Good in it's own right and something I had wanted to try for awhile. It was a little pricey though at $3.49 a bottle so that would stop me from getting it again.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A faithful interpretation of a Baltic porter, even if it isn't the most inspired I've had. A good combination of continental malts but there is something extra, something roasted and chocolatey that bespeaks a more English influence. Ahhh, good stuff.

The smell of the beer is fairly muted. A pinch of alcohol, mixed with plums and chocolate.

The taste follows in that same vein. It has a strong doppelbock like start -- rich, dark stone fruits. I mostly get plums. Then there is a nice lull in the middle. Clean and sweet would be the best way to describe it. I want to describe it as some sort of fruit juice, but I don't know precisely which kind of juice. A deeper complexity than sugar water, but not much. Then the chocolate shows up. Milk chocolate mixed with a nice, lightly roasted flavor. The chocolate flavor lingers in the aftertaste, it feels like my mouth has been lightly coated in chocolate powder.

I like it. It manages to have many of the same characteristics as the Eastern European iterations of the style that I like so much. However, the sweetness isn't quite as balanced in this version. Make no mistake, the Eastern European version are incredibly sweet, pancake-syrup worthy even, but they don't feel cloying. But the sweetness in this version is much more noticable. Personally, I blame the moderate, English-style carbonation.

Still a very good brew.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 1 Oct 2008.

Poured into a shaker pint. Small very light brown head. Medium carbonation. Dark brown, almost opaque with ruby tints. Aroma of cherries, dates, sour stone fruit, some roasted nuts. Taste is better than the smell, lots of deep chocolate flavors. Some oatmeal and brown sugar. Alcohol is warming. Fairly sweet finish.

Good but prefer the Duck Rabbit to this.

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Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, grain, caramel, brown sugar, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Baltic Porter. Mouth feel is smooth, thick, and sharp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, hops, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, and acidity. Overall, a brew that was much better than I was expecting. Good blend, noticeable alcohol and acidity (but neither overpowering), and good body.

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Photo of drpimento
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad effort. Lots in common with its foreign ancestors except depth. Nice dark bown with some lighter highlights. Malty nose with a hint of fruit and flowers. Lots of carmel and a little chocolate and cream in the flavor. Sweet finish. Don't taste the booze. Good beer! Leans a little towards a milk stout/porter.

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Photo of hopdog
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Poured a dark amberish / brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, caramel, and I'm getting a light smoked wood. Tastes of roast, dark fruits, chocolate, and caramel. Alcohol content hidden.

Notes from: 7/19/08

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The drink pours a reddish-brown amber with off-white foam that quickly reduces to a ring that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell is lightly malty with bit of chocolate-covered fruit.

Taste is juicy and fruity with a thin chocolatey note.

The drink is a touch watery and thin.

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Photo of VictorWisc
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Buebie
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date, ho-hum lable design.
Dark brown in color, revealing a beutiful deep rubt red in color when held to light.
2 finger fluffy white head, that slowly dissolves leaving mild retention and laceing.

Smell is malty and sweet, fruity prunes, grape juice, figs, mild grassy hop aroma and a touch of spices.

Big sweet roasty malt backbone. Medium in thickness with a touch of syrup. Perfect carbonation. A dry hoppy finish with a touch of alcahol warming.

Very well crafted brew. Balance is spot on, due to its higher abv and big malty qualities its definatly a sipper.
I would have liked a bit more laceing, a freshness or bottling date a bit more retro euro lable might be more appropriate as well.

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Photo of gford217
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, dark translucent mahogany with a small, dense off-white head that hangs around for a little while before forming a ring and leaves slight traces of lacing. The smell is extremely sweet and dominated by roasted malts with chocolate and coffee. The taste is also very sweet with caramel malts again dominating with chocolate and coffee underpining. I can certainly say I would never have pegged this as a Baltic Porter if not for the label on the bottle. The mouthfeel is light for a Baltic Porter but about right for something like a doppelbock. The drinkability is extremely good and I could definitely down a couple of these. As a Baltic Porter, this is an average beer, but it's a pretty darn good doppelbock style brew.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. 1148 printed on the neck. No other info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this bottle! I haven't seen it anywhere.

A - The pour gives this beer a low tan, effervescent head with no retention and nothing left really. The body is a clear dark brown with amber highlights.

S - The nose seems just ever-so-slightly off somehow but is teeming with toasted malts, mainly caramel, and a robust sweetness. Very reminiscent of a dopplebock actually.

T - I can't unwrap my head around this not being a dopplebock and the flavor only intensifies that idea. A mix in flavor between dark toasted malts and toasted caramel malts give this beer a strong malty-sweet flavor totally devoid of hops.

M - Smooth and crisp with a full-body. A sharp carbonation bite finishes out the end of the feel.

D - It's very sweet and malty. It could use a very tiny bit more of balance but it's a good, smooth, easy drinking, or easy sipping beer. It's definitely in Capital's expertise of brewing though.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark red with a small head and a wall of small bubbles that cling to the sides of the glass.

S- Milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, and sweet malts and a touch of alcohol.

T- just about how it smells with the faintest coffee aftertaste and a hint of warmth from the alcohol.

M- light and smooth with a little too much carbonation. maybe a little thin and watery.

D- Very smooth and refreshing. id love to be able to have a couple of these, if only i brought more than one back with me.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a deep brown with a 1 inch tan head the reduces to an almost full covering of lacing. It is a deep red when held to the light and not quite opaque but dark.

The aroma is a bit underwhelming. A nice caramel malt with a fair amount of alcohol is noted. Some cherry and raisin notes are also present.

The taste is again a caramel malt combination with raisins and alcohol. Some chocolate and coffee hints are also present. Mild level of hoppiness, most present at the end.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth in a medium bodied and somewhat low carbonated beverage. It leaves a mild coffee-like bitterness on the tongue. This portion is actually quite good.

Overall, this is a reasonably good beer. I enjoyed it more out of the tap (as I remember having it almost a year ago or so ago) but have a few stockpiled to see how it ages and have been aging it for a certain amount of time. A good baltic porter, but there are definitely better ones available.

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Photo of cokes
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newest offering in the Capital Square lineup (see also: Eisphyre, Vintage Ale). Sold in 4-packs for about $10.50, which is a significant hike from those previous offerings. The new labels are pretty ugly too.

It pours to a dark amber brown, certainly on the lighter side of the Baltic Porter spectrum. Perfect clarity. The head is trim and beige, and quickly fall to the collar.
It noses very similar to their Doppelbocks, mostly sweet caramel. There's a slight dusting of cocoa, but no real roasted or dark fruity traits.
It flows through the mouth with that familiar caramel/vanilla and bread dough maltiness that almost all bigger Capitals have. There are some stunted fig notes, then it meanders towards molasses and chocolate. It returns to its origins later on, and rides out with that same doughy caramel-vanilla nougat. I'm a sucker for this. While I find this overly one-note and lacking things that are important for a Baltic Porter, I also find this delicious and effective as a beer, though not to style at all.
The mouthfeel is a lightly sticky medium-plus, with enough carbonation to scrape the mouth clean and propel additional quaffs. It's hugely drinkable for a big, simple, sweet beer. Smooth is a term that used so liberally as to almost void it of meaning, but this is accurately called "smooth".
This is tough to rate. Initially, I was disappointed, and still am to a degree. This simply doesn't have everything it needs to be considered among the great (or even good) Baltic Porters, and generally seems toothless, and much more a doppelbock than anything. It also doesn't help that I could grab 4 Okocim Porter 500mL bottles for about the same price. On the other hand, it's a thoroughly agreeable and enjoyable drinker, that I will grudgingly buy more of. That's the sort of half-assed endorsement that this deliciously mediocre beer deserves.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had a few Capital beers over the last few days, before which I've had little exposure to this brewery. All (Blonde Doppelbock, Munich Dark, Baltic Porter) have struck me as lacking the flavor intensity of competitive beers of the same styles. These beers aren't bad, just muted, and that is the impression that this beer gave me as well.

This beer poured dark with a nice tan head from the beer engine. Aroma was fainter than I expected, but with some nice roastiness and hints of toffee/caramel. Flavor was again a bit fainter than I expeted, but had some good dark roast to it, but I didn't detect much else there. Hand-pump imparted a great smooth mouthfeel.

I'd have this beer again, but I can't say that when it comes to Baltic Porters or Imperial Stouts this one is tops on either list.

I had this off the hand-pump at Roman's Pub (Milwaukee).

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Baltic Porter from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 54 ratings
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