Kick In The Baltic Porter | Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

4 Ratings

Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Baltic Porter is a real beer for a real Nordic man (or woman). Baltic Porters were originally brewed strong in order to stand the long travel from the UK to the Baltic region. The style was well-suited to the cold winter in that part of the world. Baltic Porters (sometimes called Imperial Stouts or Double Brown Stouts) are jet black with a dense tan colored head and have coffee, chocolate and toffee like flavors and aromas, with some smoky and sulphuric notes. Warming: alcohol strength and a full body balance out a distinct bitterness originating from the German Hallertau hops and UK black patent malt.

42.8 IBU

Added by sweethome on 02-28-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I poured this stuff at the GABF and sampled it...quite a bit, taking notes along the way.
Very dark brown pour, almost black, reddish tints on the base. Slightlty thin head, a bit soapy.
A good aroma balance of cocao, leather, anise and roasted coffee. I let this one warm up before tasting and I'm glad I did. Flavors cove the tongue. Raisin, slight caramel, coffee on top, dark chocolate on the bottom. Easy drinking. Alcohol was nicely hidden until the end, warming the aftertaste. Good spice blend as well with black pepper and coriander. A nice baltic

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GABF Weekend '08
A porter as hearty as they come. This beer pours as thick as any Russian Imperial Stout. Very dark brown with a heavy brown froathy head formation with good Retention and lacing. Very bold aromas of coffee, cocoa, syrupy malts, and a lot of esters and alcohol. Flavors favor the malts and esters giving the beer a lot of molassas-type sweetness and big esters of grapes, raisons, dates, figs, and a touch of anise. The textures are heavy, sweet, and a little rough because of the alcohols- makes it a bit cough syrup-ish. Finishes with a long lingering sweetness, fruitiness, and alcohol warmth.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a half-pint glass at the BBC's tap house in Theater Square, Louisville. Serving size worked well considering I was driving and the ABV was 8.5%.

Dark brown color with dark head and tons of lace all around the glass.

Smells nice and roasty.

Tastes like a Baltic Porter should, roasty and smoky. Body is full but not overpowering.

This is a wonderful beer and I am certainly happy to have had the opportunity to try it.

Tasted on 3/3/08.

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Photo of sweethome
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at St. Mathews Brewpub.

Poured in a half pint glass. Dark as night. A very deep black color with little head at all. Almost still, but as I swirled it, created a bit of a tan head. This is not off for the style.

Nose is just a bit understated - decent alcohol, roast and a hint of yeast.

Full mouthfeel on entry - velvet. Big burst of roast malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and more roast...on and on with the roast.

The alcohol makes itself present, but doesn't detract. As I slowly consume it, the flavors open up even more to bring in a fruity/yeast flavor and some nuttiness.

I love this style - this does a great job of hitting it. Only weak point is the nose - but it makes up for it with plenty of rich malt flavors and lush mouthfeel.

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Kick In The Baltic Porter from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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