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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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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 Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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 brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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 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 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 barnzy78
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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 bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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 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 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 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 Bunuelian
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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 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 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 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 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 beerwolf77
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark brown with a slight red tint to it. The head is about an inch of thick beige creaminess. After settling no lace is left behind.

The aroma is burnt malt with hints of bitter chocolate. Baked pretzles and roasted nuts are present as well.

The flavor is malty with hints of dark fruit. Some spices can be picked out with coffee and faint traces of chocolate in the finish.

Medium body with moderate carbonation give the beer a rather smooth texture.

Overall this a simple drinkable beer from a brewery that seems to make alot of simple drinkable beers.

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