Baltic Porter
Dovetail Brewery

Baltic PorterBaltic Porter
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
Porter - Baltic
Ranked #69
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
90
Ranked #13,638
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 2.86%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
13
From:
Dovetail Brewery
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  2
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Baltic PorterBaltic Porter
Notes: When the popular English Porter started traveling up the Baltic coast in the 1800s, brewers in Sweden, Finland, Poland, and Russia adapted the style and made it their own. This Dovetail version is based on the Baltic Porters we love to pick up at the Polish delis on the West Side.

It's our darkest lager; capped by a large stand of cream-colored foam to showcase deep and rich malt aromas of milk chocolate, raisins, and restrained coffee roast. It's smooth and balanced, but exhibits slightly more bravado and complexity than its English counterparts.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 13 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of darktronica
darktronica from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint can straight from the source. Pours dark brown with a nice finger of tan head. A bit of lacing, but nothing extravagant. Bittersweet dark chocolate, pine, and dark roasted malts on the nose. Iodine and earthy coffee accents on the palate, with an appropriate degree of oxidation, black tea and subtle apple. Very smooth, moderate body. Great example of the style.

Jul 18, 2021
Photo of barnzy78
barnzy78 from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can
date stamped 01/13/21
L: dark brown with an insanely tall tan head
S: earthy, raisin, dark grain
T: dark caramel, raisin, prune, pumpernickel crust, chocolate, molasses, cherry
F: full & creamy body, ample carbonation, balanced
O: I love that this is an approachable 6.6% ABV! It’s hard to find a Baltic Porter and when you do, they’re nearing 10% ABV, which means I’m rarely, if ever, going to drink more than one at a time. This is good.

Jul 13, 2021
Photo of larryi86
larryi86 from Delaware

4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you FBarber for this
16 oz can poured into a tulip

A- Black with a three finger light tan head.

S- Chocolate, dark stone fruits, roasted malts, touch of caramel.

T- Milk chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, some caramel, touch of acidic coffee.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A nicely balanced and straightforward porter, easy to drink.

Jul 07, 2021
Photo of REVZEB
REVZEB from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Matte black with a mushroom colored cap with uneven lacing. Light smoke, big fig, tobacco, and leather, general roasted malts make up the aroma bouquet. Taste is a touch sweeter than the nose, but overall impression is still robust. Char, fig, hint of toasted caramel start, big tobacco and roasted malt end. Body is lighter for style, but creaminess and roast more than cover, very drinkable yet has dark depth.

May 13, 2021
Photo of jlindros
jlindros from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to falloutsnow Canned 2021/01/13
Pours a very large frothy 2+ finger tan head with good retention, sticky lacing, very dark brown color

Nose brings nice roasted malts, a little coffee, general roast and some baking spices with it, a little dark chocolate, a touch of nougat, faint cookie dough nice cocoa

Taste brings rich cocoa, dark chocolate, fair roast as well, not burnt or acrid, but gets a hint smokey with the roast and some bitterness from the roast and from some mild spicy hop, more milk baking spices and nougat, fair spices as it warms, hops getting more on teh spicy side as well but within balance, med bitterness at the highest point, drier finish but a little sticky, fudgey chocolate lingering

Mouth is med bod, a touch creamy, med-higher frothy carb

Overall not bad, pretty basic but well done baltic porter

Apr 22, 2021
Photo of eppCOS
eppCOS from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a can, dated 3.17.20 -- enjoyed 3.30.20
L - Beautiful near-midnight brown pitch to this Baltic. It's lighter than most Baltics at 6.1% here, so no surprise it's not super-dark. Good lace and head for a few minutes.
S - Tobacco, roasted malts, and almost a hint of sea salt in this. Really intriguing. Not "Heavy" on the nose like some. A bit of that characteristic char/tar that can emerge in Baltics, but on the low-key side.
T - Fantastic wave of dark malt, roast, almost coffee-meets-tobacco road effect here; love it for the weight, impressive.
F - A little thin on the mid and back palate after that first wave of flavor, and I have remember, "oh right, it's only 6.1%" - good carbonation, but just a little reedy as a B.Porter goes. My only knock on this.
O - another knock-out traditional European style; goes much lighter than your usual Baltic Porter, too, so it's a really creative interpretation of a Baltic. Thanks, again, to @77apm for shipping me this one. ;)

Mar 30, 2020
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz tallboy can poured into a SP wine stem/balloon glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer. The head is a color somewhere between off white and light brown. The head pours tall and has great staying power, leaving light lacing on the glass as the porter is drank.

Smell: Lots of roasty malts and slight sweetness.

Taste: The beer starts off lightly sweet. Almost a slightly dry chocolate flavor. As the beer warms it becomes more of a milk chocolate. The sweetness of chocolate is balanced by a light roasted grain / light roast coffee flavor that is quite smooth. Finishes with a hint of bitterness and I am detecting a light earthy hop or the coffee roast flavor comes off as an earthy roast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy carbonation and a very lightly dry finish make it a very smooth porter.

Overall: This is a lower abv and more "session-able" option for a Baltic porter. Dovetail brews this Baltic porter with a lot of TLC (tender, love, and care) and it shows. The malts chosen to brew this beer are showcased near flawlessly in the malty portion of the beer. Added bonus is that you can easily drink several pints of this and not get bored or hammered with the low 6.1%abv. This beer is a benchmark for the respective beer style...as most beers brewed by Dovetail are! Highly recommended

Mar 24, 2020
Baltic Porter from Dovetail Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 13 ratings