Porticus | Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

never had anything like this, mad respect for it now, even though i didnt want to have a second one, its entirely unique and different. fashioned as a dopple bock meets a porter, its sour and its smoked and its very earthy and intense. nearly black in color, looks more like a porter, thin bubbly tan head comes and goes. it has a winey nose, tannic and lactic, puckery, but also rather deep on the malts. i definitely get some oak and some smoke, campfire type, some dried cherry, and bitter burnt coffee. the flavor is a lot like that too, with the acidity coming on a bit like vinegar, and all on the front end, and the smoke and coffee taking up about half way through. tons of flavor here, real intense. the sourness is a nice touch on a beer like this, and the more it warms, the more i can get the german malts and the doppel aspects of this, but the scale of the sour is too high, its sharp and past tannic to vinegar at times, and its distracting and disrupting in an otherwise smooth and regal brew. the notes of dried fruit are nice, some balancing sweetness there to the smokey bitter finish. complex and distinct, i have never had a beer like this in my life. on tap at bull and bush, who has really brought in some cool guest beers of late...

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Photo of SABERG
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a goblet.
A - Huge pillowing head, never dies down. Deep dark in color. Lacing stays the
entire time.
S - Smoked malts, chocolate notes, sour notes gently tickle the nose.
T - That brett, and smokiness dominate the taste. Dark malts, and sour notes carry the day for sure.
F - Rich palate, slight sweetness, full on carbonation cleans up the oils well.
O - A real delight, malty, smoky, finely crafted.


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Photo of dar482
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark brown, black color.

The aroma has roasted malt and chocolate, but then also a strong amount of Brett and funk.

The flavor follows of sweet caramel, roasted dark malts, molasses, and coffee. Then there's some yeasty notes along with a dry funky Brett finish. Light to medium body.

A quite interesting brew.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large bright brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt with loads of black chocolate notes. Taste is dominated by dry roasted malt with loads of rich black chocolates notes with very light Brett notes also noticeable. Body is full with really nice creamy texture with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed that one with nice creamy black chocolate notes but I can’t say that the Brett notes were very intense or easily identifiable.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a massive chocolate malt colored all head which took a long time to settle down. The body is dark as coffee, even held to the light. Not much smell to it, even as it warmed, mainly malt. The taste is divine though with rich double malt, cola, and even a touch of sour to it. Long, fairly sour finish. "Doppel-Porter" indeed.

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Photo of Phelps
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This oddity is a Baltic porter brewed with brettanomyces. Served at Belmont Station in Portland.

Dark but thin-looking — fairly clear and watery at the edges, with black fading into lighter oak. An expansive, creamy head of beach sand-colored froth plants itself for a long time, only leaving after painting the sides of the glass in full sheets of lace.

Odd aroma. It’s almost like a chocolate-covered raisin — or a raisin-covered chocolate. Big dark fruits merge: sweet raisin, strawberry, bubble gum. Touches of bitter dark chocolate and mild funk.

Smoky, dry flavor. Clean and mildly smoky in the front, though the swallow brings a subtle sweet dark fruit note and even more smooth smoke. A touch of sweetness and funk from the brett, along with a weird, almost Belgian yeast note. A hint of raisin and oats. Spicy black pepper lingers on the tongue after the swallow.

The creamy medium body holds together very well as it moves. Just a touch of tingly carbonation.

An odd beer. Mild but drinkable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Lion's Pride.
Came to the table a solid black color with a small bubbly tan head that dissipates to a cap. Smells of roast and chocolate with an earthy spicy edge to it. I can't find very much funk in the nose. Flavors of roast, caramel, and chocolate with hints of tart cherry and an earthy menthol thing going on in the background. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a roasty chalky mouthfeel. Its a decent enough porter with a hint of funk that hides in the background but you know its there. I almost wanted more funk or none at all, its in a weird middle ground.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly dark brown with a big two fingers of frothy khaki-chocolate head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some dark caramel malts, dark fruits, Brett, bready malts, with some smoke, vanilla, molasses, and earthy hops.

T - Starts off with some roasted chocolate malts with some cherry, raisin, and other dark fruits and some candi sugar. Through the middle, some funky Brett comes through with some earthy hops, smoke, vanilla, Belgian yeast, and molasses. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and other dark malts, with some dark fruit, funky Brett, smoke, and some earthy hops.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, roasty, and funky finish.

D - Very drinkable. The beer is a bit over carbonated so it comes off a bit thin. Otherwise, there are a lot of really great flavors in this one.

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Photo of corby112
2.18/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a gusher but the bottle opened with a loud hiss and 3/4 of the glass is immediately filled with a dark beige head that takes forever to settle. After I finally decanted the whole bottle it looks decent with the exception of the chunky, fizzy head.

Funky, musty aroma with a really strong Brett presence that overpowers most of the other elements. Grassy barnyard funk and sour acidity with subtle roasted malt notes buried underneath. Malts become stronger as it warms with subtle smoke but the brett still dominates.

On the thinner side of medium bodied with really tight carbonation and a tart, musty brett presence that lingers over the roasted/smokey malt notes into a bone dry finish. Slightly tart/acetic with a very prominent dry brett character that again overpowers most of the other flavors. As it warms, the malt flavor comes a bit more to the forefront but it's still heavily masked by all of the dry, bratty funk. Too one dimensional for my liking and not pleasant at all. I like bretted beers but it just doesn't work here.

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Photo of tony223366
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BE WARNED: This beer is a horrible gusher. Like a 2 glass gusher. I thought just having my glass at hand would be enough but it wasn't. Open this beer when it's already in a glass because it basically shot out.

A: Incalculable amount of head as this gushed for so long. Tan fluffy and rocky and with great carbonation. It's extremely dark. Really deep, almost black brown.

S: The aroma is all over the place. I get a lot of rich, deep chocolate notes, some earthy, smoky qualities and a slight tang of acidity. There's also a certain musk to it as well. It smells great.

T: I actually really dig the complexity of this beer now that I can drink it. Tons of rich porter notes with chocolate, french roast coffee, some dark fruit notes. Not to mention the earthy hop qualities. It still has that musty funk to it as well as a slight sour quality. It's actually quite good.

M: Really rich and fluffy/creamy mouthfeel. Unfortunately almost all of the carbonation left this beer.

O: Wow, this one surprised me. In more ways than one! It started off with that ridiculous explosion of beer and then turned into a really complicated porter that I enjoyed. Veeery interesting. Worth a try, but be prepared with like 4 huge glasses!

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Photo of drpimento
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let this warm a bit out of the fridge and very glad I opened it at the sink as it was a serious gusher. Lost about half. Tried putting my mouth over the bottle - not a good idea. Finally poured with large, tan, thick, creamy, lush head that lasts a long tiime and some lace. Color is a cloudy, opaque brown. Aroma is a very aromatic blend of yeast, dark ripe fruit, malt, sour, funk. Flavor’s like nose and in the mouth it’s an interesting and odd set of flavors. Thankfully, the carbonation cuts the heavieness. Body is big and full but the Brett accents in a clashing way the other bitter qualities. Finish is like flavor and not all that long. Big beer. Only want one. Only can afford to buy one. Gave it a 2.5 in appearance since the half in my sink didn't look so good.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle to the dome in a St. Bernardus glass. Use a wide mouth glass when pouring this, because it is a gusher, even very cold. I did not lose any liquid, just pour it slow and steady on a tilt in a wide mouth immediately after opening. SLOW DOWN.

Porticus looks really dark in the glass boasting a dark brown bordering on black color. The firm cap is more like a mountain of foam of dark tan with much strength and firmness leaving big notches on the way down. Smell is roasty with some nuts and a big dose of brett from the addition. Old world porter quality in taste with big malty appeal with mad brett backing it. Not entirely funky, this is a nicely mixed drink. Nuts with roasted malt, some old world quality, some roast, faint fruit, with some coffee flavor within. Feel is at about medium with a long lasting finish. It's carbed up nice, perhaps too much and I would have no problem taking down a glass or two of it, easy. Finishes on the dry side, and does not stick on the tounge much except for the brett. At this young stage, this is damn near perfect, and in my experience, aging Baltic Porters with Brett does not turn out so great most of the time, so drink up.

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Photo of jlindros
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like an interesting beer, so why not give it a shot.

WTF!!!! It erupted like crazy, one of the worst gushers I've seen since my early homebrewing days. Just unloaded all of its beer in carbonation form all over the floor, after filling my entire glass of head in about 5 seconds it overflowed onto the floor and everywhere between here and my sink. When all was said and done I got about 1/4 of a glass of beer. Horrible!!!! And this was right out of the fridge, so nice and cold.

The pillowly overflowing head itself is laced with sediment and yeast, darker mocha colored head, no chance for not having ridiculous messy lacing, and the beer itself is a putrid mud slop brown colored plop of what I wanted to call a beer.

Nose... well 15 minutes after waiting for the head to settle, literally (and that included cleaning up the mess). Nose is mostly yeast and I think infection, some wild contaminate that seems to have destroyed the beer, but I'm going to continue reviewing cause f-this thing! Under the infection brings a bit of toasted malt, brown syrupy malts with molasses and dark wheat bock fruity like aromas, and a hint of mocha, some roast and burnt aromas, light spicy hops, and yeast yeast yeast.

Taste is much less infected thankfully, and the more I nose it the more I think it's more of a bad and unhappy yeast aroma than infection. The taste brings plenty of dark malts, burnt roast, burnt coffee, baker's chocolate, burnt chocolate, chalky, little caramel and molasses, light sweet nougat like creaminess, dark chocolate, etc. Earthy and spicy hops come through as well with a decently big bitterness, spicy chewy hops that linger for a while on the finish. The finish is dry and bitter, long lingering spicy hops, some bitterness from charred roast, and hint of very dark chocolate.

Mouth is med bodied, chunkies, decent carb surprisingly now that it's all left.

Overall, well hard to tell. It started horribly like infection, but that didn't seem to come out at all on the taste, and the more I nosed it the more that seemed to disappear. Maybe something did get in but the overpowering beer itself overpowered it, but I can't forgive the huge eruption that blanketed my room in super dark staining beer, and only left me with about 1/4 of a glass, and nevermind the yeast chunkies everywhere.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Wow. What the hell just happened? I read previous reviews and was anticipating a lot of foam, but even having a big glass ready wasn't enough to catch the explosion of foam. I lost about half the beer. Pretty ridiculous carbonation. Color is a dark and cloudy brown with a little bit of sediment. Way too much tan foam. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet dark roasted malts with big hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Lots of molasses and bready yeast. Also some smoke, vanilla, and a hint of dark fruit. Light hint of earthy hops. Smells very robust like an American imperial stout.

Taste: A sweet and roasty taste of dark malts. Some roasted caramel and notes of chocolate, coffee, molasses, and vanilla. Sweet , bready, banana like yeast. Also some smoke and a light hint of dark fruit and grassy hops. An interesting and nice tasting mix.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a very heavy amount of carbonation. Creamy and very slick. Thinner than you would expect from a bigger porter. Way too much carbonation as expected from the bottle opening. No noticeable alcohol heat.

Overall: There are some pretty good flavors going on here but the carbonation issues are setting it back. Nice use of malts and yeast.

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Photo of Rutager
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours black with a huge, bubbly tan head.

Smell. Coffee, sea water, some roasty malts and a little funky yeast.

Taste. Roasty malts, burnt toast, earthy funk and a bit of chocolate and molasses. Not too shabby.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with srong carbonation.

Overall. Interesting porter, as promised by the guy at Beermongers in Portland when he saw me grabbing the Berliner Style Weisse. Thanks for the suggestion buddy!

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Photo of IHyphySF
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this sitting in my fridge for a week before opening and half of it foamed out of the top lost about 1/2 of the bottle. After the foam eruption i poured it into a pint glass.

a - after the foamsplosion it pours a dark brown

s - clean smell of coffee, vanilla, raisins and tiny hits of tropical fruits

t - taste was malty and chocolaty with tiny hints of coffee sweetness

m - this had a great mouthfeel of a porter that has good carbonation but drinks smooth.

o - i would drink it again but with the foamsplosion was a big turnoff but the carbonation and the style of beer was fun to drink.

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Photo of horshack7
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearanace: After a large eruption of foam it turns out the beer is black as night with a beige head that is real thick.

Aroma: Dark roasted coffee, Smokiness, lots of yeasty bread notes. Wisps of musty roasted malts with floral hops in the tail end.

Taste: Very smooth mouthfeel. A light dryness on the palate. Dark roasted coffee, figs, dry floral hops, bits of woodiness and smokiness.

Notes: I like the dry finish this one has it's not too much nor to little and drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of JayQue
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice porter!!! I liked this one at the the Grape and Gourmet Thursday beer tasting and bought a bottle. Poured into a pint glass from a stubby 11.2 oz bottle. Huge tan, frothy head with excellent retention. There were patches of thick lacing, but the head went down so slowly, I didnt really notice the lacing until I emptied the glass.

The smell and taste had the usual roasted malt, but there was also a strong aroma/taste of funky or Belgian yeast. The combination works great, making this a very flavorable beer.

Mouthfeel i just right for a porter, crisp, fairly light and nicely carbonated.

Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this one, Eddie.

Black in color with an oversized khaki colored head (at least 3 or 4 fingers worth). Kind of a funky and fruity nose to this, presumably from the Brett. Lots of apple (particularly green apple) and a hint of lemon peel. Still decently roasty, but not much in the way of sweetness. The flavor has a bit more sweetness, perhaps molasses, and a fair amount of roasted malt character. As with the aroma, lots of fruity notes and a mild earthiness. Really a strange beer.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a snifter

A: Foamy as hell. This beer made a bigger mess than any other beer I've ever had... even one's I've dropped! I opened it and poured a little. Set it down because a huge 4+ finger head filled the glass. Once I set the bottle down, it kept foaming and foaming, literally just flowing out the top of the bottle and onto the table and floor. This didn't stop for about two minutes. I probably lost a third of the beer. Frustrated as I am, I will go forward with the review. The foamy tan head I mentioned early recedes, leaving a lot of lacing. The beer itself is dark brown and hazy.

S: Huge, sharp malt notes. Sweet with a little bit of earthy funk. Mild fruit flavor behind toasted malt.

T: Bitter, dark malt is key here. Small notes of dark chocolate. Ever so slightly fruity with cherry and raisin. There is a strong earthy tone with a little bit of pine and some alcohol heat.

M: Moderate thickness. Plenty of carbonation and a little bit of stickiness.

O: I was initially put off by the *explosion*. After that, I really enjoyed the smell of this and the rest of the brew rounds out well. Overall fairly enjoyable. Knocking off half a point on the overall score for the beer lost to the floor.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is black with a thin tan head, small bubbles, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, a little cherry, a little chocolate.

Beer is medium in body and sweet with a cherryish finish. just an OK beer not very interested in the having it again though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Black with thin tan head. A bit of a collar on the way down. The nose has roast and mild chocolate. Flavor is similar and fairly dry. More chocolate as it warms. Some slight cherry in there as well. Medium body and semi-dry finish. Decent.

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Photo of tsauce2
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass.

A: SRM is dark brown. Opaque. Small amount of sediment apparent. Head is tan, 5 in, dissipates to 1 in. Had to pour several times at a severe tilt before I could drink this beer due to extreme amount of head. Heavy carbonation. Light/medium carbonation.

S: Very pointed and sharp malt notes, like most baltic porters smell but much more so.

T: Sharp dark malt notes. Some molasses notes. Alcohol is noticable. Mild hops. Aftertaste is super clean, hints of malt and alcohol, slightly sweet.

M: Malt gives a slight tang but fades quickly. Light hop additions balance this beer. Alcohol gives another contrasting mf of slight viscosity towards the end.

O: Very interesting. Not what I think of when I hear the words "doppel" or "porter". The standard baltic porter components are there, but it is as if there is a touch of brett or something. Alcohol is very pronounced, but only upon ingestion. Tons of carbonation brought the rating down a bit.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$5.99 for a 12oz bottle.

A: opaque, black, with deep creamy head, this beer unfortunately took three glasses for pouring because it was so heady
S: deep roasted black patent malt, hint of coffee grounds
T: nice roasted malt up front with good hop bitter finish, well-made and well-attenuated, maybe a tad less hops would do this beer well to bring out more of the malt character
M: creamy, rich
O: overall, a very, very good representation of the style

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Porticus, Leipziger Doppel-Porter, Bayrischer Bahnhof Leipzig, Germany, Special Edition of Historic Styles. 7% abv, 11.2 oz.

I know very little of this beer, and will now forget what I did know.

Dark brown color, cocoa-tinted head, nearly pink, actually, rocky and lacy. Starts huge, drifts down.

Aroma: sweet and sour, wild and funky. Some sherry, some cherry, a lambic-like kiss of raspberry. Interesting stuff, indeed. Getting very little from what I'd expect out of either a "doppel" or a "porter." But, I'll keep sniffing: Nope, not there, all but smothered by this fruity funkitude.

Taste: Damned interesting, once again. Bitter, dark malts, chocolate, espresso, dark fruit, anise, then the lambic-like funky fruit steps in, but without ever losing time with the dark malt flavors. This certainly tastes more Belgian than German, and I'd be utterly flummoxed if presented with it not knowing it's origin. Fullish body, longish finish, great complexity, lots to like.
Yum, I'm liking this more and more. Bitter and gritty, sweet malt, hops and …where does the sour come from? What is the yeast? Great questions...

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