Baltic Porter
Dovetail Brewery

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4.16 | pDev: 3.61%
Dovetail Brewery
Illinois, United States
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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.
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 most beers brewed by Dovetail are! Highly recommended

Mar 24, 2020
Baltic Porter from Dovetail Brewery
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 4 ratings