Baltic Porter | Capital Brewery

Baltic PorterBaltic Porter
54 Ratings
Baltic PorterBaltic Porter

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by drpimento on 02-06-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eh... $10.50 a four pack. Ugly and dull labels. Pours a brown amber with a thick khaki head. Looks nothing like any Baltic Porter I've seen.

Smells like Capital yeast, milk chocolate, sweet caramel, and roasted malt. No fruit esters. Doesn't smell like any Baltic Porter I've ever smelled.

Tastes creamy and chocolaty with vanilla notes and sweet cake flavor. Tastes like a milky way at times. Nougat is present but there are hardly any dark fruit flavors...maybe just a touch of fig or rasion but not much. Doesn't taste like any Baltic Porter I've ever tasted.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, average carbonation, no hint of the 8.5% ABV, on the sweet side, with an odd nougatty feel, like little particles of nougat or caramel are sticking to your tongue. Doesn't feel like any Baltic Porter I've had.

Drinkability: Just fine. A rather good and easy going beer. Doesn't' drink like any Baltic Porter I've had.

This is a good beer but I have to give it low ratings for calling itself a Baltic Porter. I don't get the label. There doesn't seem to be anything Baltic Porter like about it.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A--Pours a dark red/brown with around a finger of head that recedes very quickly in my pint glass

S--Sweet yet mild...pears, banana, grapes. Caramel malts.

T--Brown sugar, toffee, raisins. Very malty sweetness.

M--Thin, but not watery

D--I just didn't like this one enough to want to drink it. Pretty average all the way around.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$2.99 for a single bottle at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

A: deep copper-red color, near flat
S: slight medicinal nose, thin, sweet
T: very thin for the style, not much body nor taste from roasted malts, sweeter as true to style but still lacked depth and complexity
M: thin
D: not really due to thin and watery

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Photo of nsmartell
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12-oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color when held to the light. Thick tan head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Much sweeter than I was anticipating. Sweet caramel and toffee.

Taste: Nutty like a brown ale, with sweet chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: Thick-bodied and sticky with a smoky finish.

Drinkability: Not what I was expecting at all based upon the description on the bottle. Would definitely try again, but wouldn't be overly happy about it. I'm not sure what the taste is that I can't get over with almost all of Capital's beers.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear and dark scarlet red hue. Creamy crop of vanilla white head. Moderate amounts of lace. Decent aroma of dark malts and some slight cocoa and milk sugars. Some lager like maltiness as well. From the start, I notice a surprising strong alcohol presence. Especially with the aftertaste. A fussel like presence lingers with some bite after sips. Otherwise there are some good characteristics of note. Such as the smooth malt flavors and chocolate and roast. Some caramel and nougat. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Had my hopes set high on this one. A Baltic Porter from a great lager brewer. Only I was let down again by a Capital beer. Decent enough beer, but not up to the high standards I've become accustomed to for this brewery over the past 10 years. A brewery on decline in my opinion...

Are they a bad brewery?? No way. Just not great anymore.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a warm, very dark chocolate brown. A little light can get through it when held up to a light, but definitely no transparency at all. In an imperial pint glass, it forms about an inch and a half of off-white , medium bubble foam that recedes slowly, leaving no lace at all.

A sweet, somewhat musty smell out of the bottle picks up a bit of caramelized maltiness in the glass. It's a little cloying for my nose. The taste follows the smell. A bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, but a surprising amount of caramel smoothness, almost stickiness. After the first couple of sips the bitterness fades completely and I feel like my mouth is coated. It's definitely interesting, and not what I was expecting.

The 8.5% ABV doesn't really hit you in the mouth, and the lack of bite would let you drink this pretty fast if you weren't paying attention. That would probably be unwise. Still, decent drinkability score considering just how much booze is packed in here. All told though, this is an interesting novelty but not likely one I'll be picking up again.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into almost no lacing. The aroma is molasses, toffee, and hints of floral hops. The taste is mostly molasses with a little toffee mixed in. It is quite mundane and weak or a Baltic Porter. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but a pour Baltic Porter. I can't see myself drink this again.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Brown body with amber tint. Lighter in color than most porters, much less higher gravity Baltic Porters. Two fingers of off white head that just drops off the face of the earth quite quickly.

S - Lots of herbal notes, anise and maybe clove(?). Some sweet chocolate hides underneath in the unexpected nose.

T - The beer starts out with a vienna lager esque sweetness. Some sweey chocolate malt hits for a bit, before it is balenced out by roasted malt dryness, herbs, and piney hops. Finishes sweet, with some metalic notes.

M - Good mouthfeel, asertive without feeling too heavy. Carbonation was just right.

D - Interesting version of the style, as much of this beer reminded me of an Octoberfest. The mix of herbs and chocolate threw me at first, but did start to grow on me by the end. Can't say I would run out and grap all that you can find, but deffinatly worth a shot, if for no other reason than to try something a bit different.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

8.5%??? No wonder I fell asleep on the couch after only 3 beers.

Deep reddish brown, tan head, carbonation is medium/low to style for a porter.

Taste is doppelbock like, quite sweet, little bit syrupy sweet, like a super strong flavored coffee, toffee flavor also.

Mouthfeel is okay, little bit chewy, thick & sweet where I prefer a dryer taste to a porter.

Goes down okay, sweetness builds, but I certainly don't taste a big nasty alcohol bite. That is hidden quite well.

Overall tastes like a RIS or doppelbock which aren't my cup of tea. $10/sixer is not worth it for a style I can't seem to get into.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep red, much more red than I anticipated. A deep and rich mahogany once poured into my glass. Quite an active pour, and initially the head was good sized, but it fizzed down to a covering within seconds.

Aroma is general fruitiness, and what I take to be an acidic quality. I don't even know if the nose can detect acids, but it smells like Duchessed de Bourgogne (sp?) to me. A little anyway. Smells good, but here as in the appearance, not what I expected.

Burnt caramel and toasted malt hit me like a ton of bricks. A little licorice lurks beneath the surface. The initial shock wore off quickly, and a sweet yet bitter coffee-like flavor comes into play. A little cherry, and I almost taste grape. Minimal hop flavor, if any (I might just be tasting the roasted bitterness), and alcohol is well hidden.

A bit thin, although as to mouthfeel to style, I have no idea. A bit thin for my liking though. Otherwise no problem here.

This beer smells great, but everything else was just alright. I'm glad I tried it, but probably won't sample again.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Incredibly sweet, incredibly fruity, slight banana bread and slight aroma of cooked vegetables. Not really sure where the porter is in this. Slight vanilla and wood, mostly sugary, caramel, syrupy sweetness. Mouthfell not that bad, but for a Baltic Porter, this beer is really lacking in the long run.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Darkest russet with bright orange trim. The lack of opacity is surprising. Despite a vigorous pour, the pale caramel colored cap reached a maximum of one finger. On the positive side, it looks acceptable enough and hangs around for a bit. A short collar of lace is the extent of the glass coverage.

Baltic Porter smells like an average dark lager. It is a dark lager, I suppose, but there's nothing impressive about the nose. A whiff of cold coffee, a little roasted malt... that's about it. I hope the beer tastes richer than it smells.

Even though this Capital Square Series limited release won't put a scare into the world's best Baltic porters, it's decent beer in the end. The fact that I'm finding more to criticize than to praise doesn't change the fact that the all-important flavor score is a solid 3.5. Warming is unlikely to change that assessment.

More malt seems like the obvious fix. The lack of substance allows the beer to skate across the taste buds so quickly that whatever depth and complexity might have been present doesn't have a chance to dig in. Flavors include dark chocolate, steely caramel, burnt coffee and a splash of grain alcohol.

This offering tastes like a big beer more than it feels like a big beer. It feels like a 6.0%'er at best. The mouthfeel isn't smooth and it isn't rough around the edges. The carbonation neither helps nor hurts. All in all... average.

A big lager like this should be right in Capital's wheelhouse. They brew killer doppelbocks, so the fact that Baltic Porter is less than stellar is puzzling. The single was overpriced at $3.39, but at least I didn't didn't buy an entire 4-pack. Bottom line: this one is probably best left on the shelves.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as an extra in a trade recently. I was stoked to try it by I have to admit I was kinda let down in the end. Served chilled in a goblet and consumed on 02/17/2009.

The pour was not good for me. First off it was light, transparent, almost dark red ale like in color with a small head that quickly faded, not the strong, dark and opaque beer you would expect from the style. The aroma was faint of roasted malts, dark fruits and a touch of molasses. Light feel as well as this one was no where near thick enough. Light flavor here with just a touch of tartness and a light roasted note in the finish. Easy to drink as the flavor was non existent for me throughout most of it. A train wreck in my opinion given the style, I would not go back.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint.

Pours a clear chocolate brown with a nearly nonexistent head that fades immediately, if it's the alcohol, there are little for legs, but they are there.

Aroma is dark toasted malt and brown sugar, smallish molasses aroma with a whiff of vanilla. Raisins and dates on the nose, with a bit of rum.

Flavor is straight malt, coffee and toffee, cream and butter, caramel and molasses. Middle is chocolate and raisins, dry sherry and sweet dates, slightly funky. Finishes sweet and a bit tart and sour with a touch of dark tobacco, smoke and estery leathery, wood flavors. The alcohol is masked perfectly.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly crisp given the flavor, the carbonation lends well to the sweetness of this brew. Quite watery for a porter of any style though.

This is the first Baltic I've had and I have to imagine that the thin body and flavor weren't meant for this beer. The label mentions it is a mash-up of a porter and a lager, I guess they were shooting for an easy drinking, high ABV beer. I really think I rated it a bit high in the beginning and have to recant from the first bottle. The second one showed me what it's all about.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is not close in style to any other Baltic Porter I have had.

A - Pours deep brown with ruby highlights and a tan head with little lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee.

T - Caramel and toffee with a little breadiness.

M - A little on the thin and watery.

D - This tastes like a watered down version of Autumnal Fire. I am not sure why they are calling this a Baltic Porter as it fits much better as a Bock. Not a bad beer at all, just not what I was expecting.

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Photo of kmeves
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a frothy beige head. Aroma is medium sweet caramel malt, lager yeast, molasses and smoke. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, nutty and nice earthiness. Finishes long and fruity. Medium to full body, smooth texture. The aroma is a bit unusual for the style.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, full tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a sweet, candy like, caramelized sugar note to it that almost seems to pick up a berry like note to it at times. Toasted grain notes that remind me of a nicely browned, chewy whole grain bread fresh from the oven, there is a touch of something that sort of reminds me of play-doh and there is a touch of warming alcohol aromatics in the finish.

Fairly sweet tasting, especially considering the beer does not feel overly rich or chewy. A touch of astringent malt character is found in the finish. This beer is mainly dominated by the sweet, caramelized malt notes that come off as very clean. While not overly thick, this does have a nice, soft, creamy texture to it. As the beer warms up a touch of roast character begins to peek through towards the finish; a light coffee note adds a hint of burnt acidity and astringency.

This drinks a bit lighter than its 8.5% abv might suggest. It is fairly tasty, but comes off a touch too clean (even for a lager) and simplistic than I would prefer.

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Photo of botham
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. pours a caramel brown with brilliant amber and garnet highlights. two fingers of of light tan head top it off, with good retention (about three minutes).

aroma is of caramel malts and light roasted malts, and a touch of chocolate malts. a grainy base gives platform for the malts. light fruit is in the background, along with a distant floral hop presence after a bit of warming.

taste is malty up front, similar to a doppelbock with caramel malts and light roasted and chocolate malts. the grainy base is still present, this time taking away a bit from the malty body. finishes on a light alcoholic note with residual grain and caramel.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and soft CO2. finishes with a light alcoholic bite and a slick mouthfeel.

drinkability is good. this brew carries a higher alcohol tag than the flavors present would suggest, but is still masked quite well. could be a bit richer, but still nicely proportioned as is. not bad, but not the best we have seen from capital.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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

12oz single, $3.49 somewhere (yikes overpriced)

appearance: i like the labels just fine, with the orpheum sign and classy presentation. anyways, beer pours into a snifter - clear amber-mahogany with a creamy tan lace

smell: aroma is definitely Capital - caramel apple malts, moderate hopping...hmm

taste: more of the same - not much of a baltic porter and tastes all too familiar to a variety of other capital offerings...of course this does claim to be only part porter (and the other part lager) but i get mostly lager. its not a bad beer, but its not what i was expecting

mouthfeel: creamy and nutty, a bit boozy

drinkability: ok

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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

Purchased as a single bottle at Trader Joe's in Glendale.

A: Pours a tobacco-sunburst color with glints of ruby and a moderately sized, beige head that dissipates immediately. Minimal carbonation and lacing.

S: Roasted malt, caramel, raisins, candied fruit, cocoa, and alcohol aromatics.

T: Earthy and full-bodied with big notes of toasted malt, dark pumpernickel, candied fruits and cocoa. Astringent cherry tones mingle with suggestions of fig, giving this self-professed "hybrid experience" a flavor profile more characteristic of a malted-up Altbier. Finishes dry with a tweak of alcohol.

M: Multi-dimensional mouthfeel: Rich and creamy. Smooth and chewy. Sticky and syrupy.

D: Part Porter. Part Lager. Part exercise in futility. At $2.75 a pop, one is more than enough.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a dark molasses color. You could just barely see through it. It had a one finger head retreated down to a lite lacing. No carbonation could be detected.

It had a mild malt scent, it was pretty run of the mile and unspectacular in either direction.

It had a robust roasted malt taste that was accompanied by a slightly astringent/bitter flavor. It was medium bodied and finished with a slight alcohol and dry tinge.

It is drinkable, this one won't make it long. I was however, expecting something darker and slightly more robust.

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Photo of tjkurz
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass. Bottle claims it as a hybrid between a Porter and Lager Dark brown clear with a few fingers of head. Fruity and roasty aroma. Tastes like a Porter up front - roasted malts and a touch of spice and finishes clean like a lager - I could not sense the high alcohol content as this seemed very drinkable in that regard - mouthfeel again balanced between Porter and Lager - not too much carb maybe a little thin. Easy going down but not a huge fan of the taste.

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