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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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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 44
Reviews by crossovert:
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4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Very rustic labeling, I like it.

It pours a semi- dark brown with an uncontrollably huge head that looks spectacular. It recedes to walls upon walls of lacing.

The smell is unique. It has a ton of citrus an coriander, it almost smells like a wild witbier. There is also some cocoa and smoke.

It is fruity, malty, sour, and smoky. It is an intriguing combo. The orange and coriander come through in the taste along with some bitterness from the roasted malts and some dark fruits.

It is smooth and delicious, with enough pucker to keep it interesting.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +10%
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 danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of MattyG85
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
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 glid02
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of funk - leather mostly - with solid amount of lightly tart dark fruits. All of this is backed by moderate amounts of dark malt aromas with hints of roast and unsweetened chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though slightly more one-dimensional. Lightly roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of funk and moderately tart dark fruits. Midway through the sip semi-sweet chocolate flavors come into play, fading out into a moderately bitter ending, leaving tart dark fruit flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got nice carbonation however the thickness is a bit on the thin side.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought this beer was infected after my first sip until I had the chance to read the label. A very interesting beer with a lot going on - well worth a shot.

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Photo of JasonSiedman
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of plfahey
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Black, and almost totally impermeable to light. Impossible to determine clarity because it's totally opaque. Giant foamy tan mocha head (nearly leaps out of the bottle), with good retention and awesome lacing.

Aroma-First up are funky, sour yeast aromas-brett character, leathery, barnyardy, and horse blankety. Also some spice phenolics (cloves? pepper?). Underneath the yeast aromas are toasted malt and luscious bittersweet chocolate. There's an awful lot going on here.

Flavor-Like the aroma, lots to say about this one. Light tartness and some brett funk, with leathery/horsey flavors. Wild yeast flavors melt to chocolate, burnt toast, and roast flavors. The finish is dry, with lingering wild yeast and chocolate flavors that carry long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, with moderately high carbonation. SUPER Silky and quite creamy from the head. Simply luscious.

This is quite interesting to say the least. I scored it relatively high because I think it's a well crafted beer-it certainly does what it intends to do. I'm just still not sure how I feel about the sour/wild yeasts and porter flavors/aromas coming together. Pretty good, but certainly not for anyone who's not prepared for a little shock.

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Photo of mdvatab
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into snifter.
No bottled-on date.

Aroma: Wait, is this an Oud Bruin??? Unmistakable earthy, almost dill-pickle-like, tart brett aroma. Some underlying milk chocolate, brown sugar, and dark cherry. I'm giving this one a 2.5 because it's not clear whether the "bugs" are intentional.

Appearance: The hiss that escaped from the bottle when I opened the cap signaled trouble. I poured as gently as possible down the side of the glass, but wound up w/ 1/8 glass of beer, and 7/8 of foam. I waited a good 3-5 min. for the foam to settle to a dense mousse-like 3 finger tan collar. Dark brown body w/ a tinge of ruby on the edges.

Flavor: Crisp and slightly acidic. Dilluted chocolate soda comes to mine? Some hoppy bitterness is present through the middle, as well as a prominent brett component. Bitterness rises at the end, then quickly disappears for a relatively clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Biting CO2, which was expected based on the hiss that came from the bottle. Light body--especially for the style. The carbonation, unfortunately, is a bit overwhelming, and interferes with one's ability to pick up all the flavors that are going on the beer.

Overall: Regarding recommending this one... To someone who likes sours and would like to try something a bit off-the-wall, sure. To someone who likes baltic porters, or wants to try a beer that's representative of the style, absolutely not. The beer was interesting for me--I'll give it that. I'm not sure, though, whether this infection was intentional or not...

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Photo of garrisonp
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of emerge077
4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Porter from Germany that I can recall. "Leipziger Doppel Porter"

Voluminous head of billowing foam, charged by the Brett, creating a dense head of sparkling soapy bubbles in the glass. Plenty of lacing all around. Reminded me of Jolly Pumpkin a bit.

Nose is subdued, berries, currants, husky chocolate malt, graham cracker, minerals, musty basement. Not especially appealing, or representative of things to come.

Extremely earthy, leathery, big dark chocolate presence, some coffee, minor plum note in the aftertaste. Rich taste, dry and bitter, no sweetness really. Some herbs and spices add to the mystique, clover, cardamom and nutmeg seem to be the closest resemblance. Oddly the foam tastes more herbally bitter and metallic, not recommended. Full bodied with medium levels of carbonation.

Unique and worth a try with an open mind.

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Photo of Rutager
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
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 Phyl21ca
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
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 hoppymcgee
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of tln13
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of rrski198
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of aasher
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to try this just based on the style. It's an "old style" English baltic porter with brett. Under the name of the brewery, it say "Special Edition of Historic Styles".

This one is going to take awhile to pour. Upon my first try, I got about an inch and a half of black liquid with the rest of the snifter being swallowed by a spongy, sudsy light khaki head reminiscent of a root beer float. After about fifteen minutes, I was finally able to get the entirety of the bottle's contents into my snifter. It poured a jet black with ridiculous amount of spongy, dark khaki head. The aromas are where this gets really interesting. It smells like a Wild Baltic. Imagine all of the barnyard funk and spice mixed with the smoke, oak, and coffee of a baltic. What a thought! As a big fan of both styles, this beer smells delicious. The flavors are very interesting as well. Everything considered, it's pretty good. The reviewer before me nailed it. At first it's a great deal of leather and brett funk before going into this sweet dark malt that leads into coffee and cream. The funk is pretty subdued but is left in the aftertaste and just leaves you wanting more. The mouthfeel is strange too. The second it hits your palate it's almost like it foams up again before settling down. It kind of lightens up in body and goes down very smoothly. This is a very good beer. I would definitely drink this at a pub or bar. It's definitely worth the try and very interesting. It's one of those beers that makes you stop and think about what you're taking in.

Sidenote: I wish Pepe Nero would've managed this.

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Photo of irs
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
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 smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jlindros
2.82/5  rDev -21.7%
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 Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

Extremely frothy and active when poured, and took about 5 minutes to settle to a drinkable state. Nice though; nutty and malty and good, although a little closer to a dunkel than a porter in terms of heaviness and consistency.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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