Killer Kapowski
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Baltic Porter
4.06 | pDev: 8.62%
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Killer KapowskiKiller Kapowski
Notes: Gold Medal-Baltic Porters-2007 GABF
Silver Medal-Baltic Porters-2008 GABF
AKA: "Killer Kowalski"
Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 152 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for gifting me with a bomber of this vintage goody Kegatron. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears black in color with khaki head that leaves stringy lace.

It displays an aroma of chocolate and black licorice mostly. The taste has some minerals with black licorice, roast, earth and chocolate. Considering the age, this porter has held up remarkably well.

It is medium in body with modest carbobation. A pretty decent brew and not really showing its age.

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Photo of joe1510
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Flossmoor Station's new creation is a baltic porter named Killer Kowalski. Pours the darkest of brown, bordering on black, with faint mahogany stained highlights along the edges only when held directly to the light. A 1 finger super creamy brown head formed on the pour that stayed put for a few minutes before falling to a whispy head that's thick around the edges. Leaves spotty lacing.

The smell is powerful and warming. Deeply roasted malts mingle with coffee grounds and under-ripe banana. Dark fruits abound including fig and plum with a solid dose of boozy sweetness. Complex.

Taste is identical to the aroma. There are no rough edges at all. Every flavor meshes perfectly with the next. Finishes with a sweetened boozy hit with mild fumes in the throat. Very enjoyable and warming.

The body is rich and luxurious. Creamy and velvety with a medium body that goes down smooth. This beer actually soothes the tongue with the mouthfeel.

This is an extremely drinkable Baltic Porter. I could sip this all night long. Until the 8.3% caught up to me anyway.

Flossmoor Station always manages to impress me whether it's their special releases like this or their old standbys. This is an extremely well made Baltic porter that isn't over-sweetened and sticky like so many others. They built this beer just right. Another great job.

Reviewed: 2/24/07

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells slightly better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a deep brown/black color porter with a medium size dark brown foamy had with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of chocolate with light raisins notes and some residual sugar. Taste is dominated by some residual sugar with some chocolate notes and some dry raisins. Body is quite full with good carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Overall taste is quite intense and this ends up being a real sipper which I think could be addressed by bring additional attenuation to increase the drinkability factor.

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. The head is about a finger and a half high, deep tan in color, and creamy/smooth, though it recedes quickly to only a dusting over top and a light ring around the glass. Barely any lacing and the color of the beer is a deep and dark brown, much like a cola without the visible carbonation.

The aroma is strong with bittersweet roasted malts and chocolate, cocoa powder and Whoppers, almost like a malted milkshake, coffee, molasses, burnt brown sugar, a peat quality, dark fruits like fits or dates, with light notes of char, soy sauce, cola hints (in a good way), and traces of vanilla or cream.

Tastes of Whoppers, cocoa powder, dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, light coffee, toffee, molasses and dark fruits from the nose, burnt brown sugar, light char, peat, soy, and cola hints, very light notes of caramel, vanilla, and cream.

Creamy carbonation and consistency, with a medium body, and a nice smooth finish that isn't drawn out at all.

Quite an intricate nose and a wonderful taste put this baltic porter very nice in my book. Wonderful and more than I was expecting from this beer. Big thanks to funhog for this bottle, it had been a want for some time.

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Photo of birchstick
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark black color with a taupe, 2 finger head sitting on top

S - nose is chocolates, cocoa, and coffee

T - taste starts off with chocolate malts that fade to a really dry cocoa flavor. Ends with dark chocolates and some more coffee. Not uber complex, but what is there is rich and full of flavor.

M - really dry from the cocoa and coffee flavors

D - pretty solid baltic porter. Definitely more bold than the typical porter, confirming its baltic style. This is a winner from this brewery, I would recommend it!

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Photo of beerboy9960
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle courtesy of BarrytheBear. Thanks again for the generous box Barry!

A- Pours a very dark brown with an inch thick tan head. Very nice lacing on the glass.

S: Loads of cacao on this one. Maybe some molasses and hits of dark fruit as well.

T: Seems to have a very thin mouthfeel for a Baltic Porter, but still very good. Loads of cacao on the initial taste, followed by some molasses, and dark fruit notes. The finish is of bitter roasted malts.

O: Overall I'm glad I was finally able to try an offering from
Flossmoor Station. Not quiet what I was expecting from this beer, but it was still very good nonetheless. Thanks again Barry!

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Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with one finger of head that settles fairly quickly to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass during consumption.

Aroma of dark malts that give off a smell of chocolate and coffee. A hint of dark fruits and grassy hops.

Nice combination of sweet and bitter. The dark malt gives flavors of chocolate and coffee with a touch of roasted bitterness in the finish. Hops add some grass and woodsy notes. No sign of alcohol.

The body is not as robust as I would like. Just a bit thin. Carbonation is good.

An enjoyable Baltic Porter. Not as good as I was expected, but still well crafted.

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my Christmas BIF box together with Pullman Brown. Really made my day when I saw it, even better when I drank it!

22oz into snifter.

Rather unlike other Baltic Porters I've had in that it is quite mild in flavor. Not that it is lacking in flavor, but what is there is blended together smoothly and without an overpowering note in it's body. Rather unlike it's namesake, at least that's what nostalgia tells me.

Cocoa or malt balls. Hard to tell, a bit of roast but a good deal of 'off' in there which I attributed to molasses, dark dark molasses. I don't see anything about that on the bottle though.

It's dark brown, but light pierces the edges to give it nice depth. The head is all cocoa.

Good bit of molasses in the flavor but the mouthfeel has none of that sticky sweetness. There is no cloying here. It is crisp, clean at the end and delicious. A good bit of banter between the chocolate, molasses, malt and plum. Real plum not truly 'candied' but the sweetness already present benefit from this brisk melding.

Please send more. This was delicious, a perfectly weighted bottle that could be split nicely (this one was) into two glasses or easily enjoyed by one person over a comfortable hour.


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Photo of mikeyv35
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Date: 02/12/2012
Type: 22oz. Bomber
Glass: Ommegang Tulip
Vintage: 2011

Got this bottle as literally a "killer" extra in a trade w/ pittsburghkid.

Pours a velvety midnight black in color w/ a 1 finger tan head that heavily laces the glass. Aromas of chocolate, molasses, burnt sugar, and peat. The taste was not overly complex, but yet simple and very smooth. Started w/ chocolate sweetness up front, transitioning to molasses and peat, and finishing w/ a solid hop bite. Medium bodied and lush w/ appropriate carbonation. Drank the bomber myself w/o a problem.

Overall, just an excellent Baltic Porter brewed by an excellent brewery.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the early 2011 bottle release. Served in a Mikkeller goblet.

A - Nice finger-plus of mocha foam settles to a thick collar, partial cap, and tiny spots of lace. Transparent dark brown with ruby highlights.

S - Cocoa powder, Whoppers, molasses, dark fruits, light smoke and soy/savory (umami) qualities, cola, and a bit of an aged quality to it. You can definitely tell this is brewed with lager yeast.

T - More semisweet chocolate, dark fruits, a bit of soy and umami, and a lightly charry finish. Alcohol is quite well-hidden.

M - Medium-full body, nice mouth-coating stickiness, creamy but also slightly smoky with a bit of grit to it. Lower carbonation, and a nice chewy finish.

D - This was a very enjoyable beer that has aged well over the past year. The alcohol is very well hidden and there's a nice mellow quality to it. The flavors are rich and enjoyable, and there's a lot of depth. Chris and I easily split a bomber and I'd happily drink this again.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip. Big thanks to the sharer at CdC.

A: Clean red-brown body under a light layer of tan ehad. Spotty lace. Ok.

S: Sharply roasty, with coffee, char, and molasses standing out. Quite good.

T: Bitterly roasty up front, with chocolate and molasses sweetness on the back end. Solid.

M: Medium body, lightly carbonated. Not bad.

O: Solid example of the style, but nothing terribly memorable. I bet it would do well in barrels, though.


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Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/27/11 notes. Big thanks to the Chicago Group from the Group BIF for sending this one along, was a Big Want of mine. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, toasted malts, light coffee. Pretty nice, lots of roasted malts and chocolate.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla, cream, and lightly toasted malts. Really great mix of sweet chocolate and vanilla, I loved the taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Nice mouthfeel, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a great Baltic porter. Nice roasty nose and tons of chocolate and vanilla in the taste. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with the Washington BIF, been a long time coming for the second half of this tasting.

A: The beer pours and retains a nice off white head of a little less than a pinky with a reddish brown body, semi clear when held to the light. leaves some lacing, doesn't look overly thick but still attractive.

S: Nose is super grainy, lots of wet barley in this one, almost like smelling the raw mash when brewing. Some fudgy notes too and some other real nice malty milkshake.

T/M: Taste basically follows the smell with a heavy dose of barley but with an nice added burnt smoky quality to it. Also has some nice smooth lactose thick sugary notes to it, again I'm reminded of a milkshake, its quite nice and it's very thick over the palate. Also some very nice juicy dark fruits in the taste, it's a very tasty brew. Very smooth over the palate.

Overall a super solid baltic porter.

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Photo of jsh420
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark caramel brown with a 1 finger tan head that left some spotted lacing

smells of roasted caramel malt and some chocolate

taste is much better then the nose - rich heavy roasted malt oak vanilla caramel milk chocolate - lots of flavors

mouthfeel is medium light body low carbonation very silky smooth and creamy

overall - crazy drinkability - reminds me of a mixture of a porter and a brown

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Photo of raznug
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a dark brownish color with 3/4" tan colored head and a little belgian lacing.
Smell: There is a nice blend of smells in this KILLER brew hints of vanilla, oak, and other malts that are hard to place with a stuffed up nose.
Taste: I get cocoa, vanilla, dark fruits and yeasts flavors to start. Alcohol and oak make for a very tasty finish. Well put together brew.
Mouthfeel: I would have liked this beer to have a little thicker on the palate but it is still a tasty beer to drink.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A – Poured out a deep brown with about a finger of frothy tan head that stayed around. Pretty solid lacing all down the glass.

S – Very nice smell with great vanilla and cocoa. Light and sweet and very appealing. Roasted notes come through with a molasses smell. Well done.

T – Taste follows the smell here. Great vanilla hints come first. Really nice. Cocoa next and a milk chocolate like sweetness. Not cloying at all just a nice sweetness. Traces of dark fruits. Tiniest bit of alcohol shows through at the end. No bitterness at all.

M – Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate that leaves a residual sweetness.

O – This is one good brew. It’s a great example of a style I really enjoy. Great aroma and taste. Well balanced and crazy drinkable despite the ABV. Would love more of these bad boys.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of Masterski. Thanks for the trade man!

From a bomber into a snifter.
Vintage: 2011
Note: Imperial porter with lager yeast.

APPEARANCE: Dark brown pour yields a 1 ½ finger, medium looking, light tan head with decent retention. Dark brown transparent body with medium carbonation evident. Head fades to a ring and splotchy wisp, but only a ring remains leaving no real lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Big nose for sure. Dark malts, caramel, and dark fruits. Raisins mostly. Dark chocolate notes, some oak and vanilla nuances as well, and some spicy yeast qualities.

TASTE: Dark malts, caramel, toffee, and some dark chocolate. Fruity notes, with raisins and dark grapes mostly, then some spicy yeast and a touch of alcohol at the swallow. Bold and persistent aftertaste with sweet toffee, yeast notes and a touch of bitter chocolate. Really tasty stuff and well put together.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Really good stuff. I’ve had a few of these larger yeast Baltic porters recently, and this one might just be my favorite. Good, solid nose and an interesting, complex flavor profile. Glad to have tried this one. Thanks again for the hookup Masterski. Recommended.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly thick dark brown with a huge head that took quite a while to settle. Smells nutty, raisiny, and chocolatey, with a good deal more fruitiness developing through a fairly long finish. A Christmas pudding of beers as far as aroma goes. The taste is a little lighter than the aroma would suggest, but the flavors are also dominated by dark stewed fruit, chocolate, and nuts. Definitely seems in style, and in fact the lighter flavors help define it away from an Imperial stout a bit. A solid beer, if lacking a bit of the moreishness you can find in the best of the style.

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Photo of schwaeh
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received from injuredreserve and shared with a few BA's. Thanks a lot Shane.

22oz bottle.

A: Pour a dark cola brown with ruby hues. No head at all and very light carbonation. It coats the glass like oil.

S: Lots of smoked malt, not burnt, but perfectly smoked. There is a molasses aroma that almost forms a peppery barbecue flavor. I don't really detect any hops.

T: Charred ash and smoked malts. Some pepper and spiced wood. Chocolate and coffee round out the party, they're always invited.

M: Lighter-medium body on this, with surprisingly good carbonation once it hits your mouth. Very coating on the tongue, more of that oil quality.

O: This beer was freakin' awesome. The smoke couldn't have been done any more balanced. I just had the supposed benchmark for smoked porters a couple weeks ago and this runs circles around it. I've really enjoyed everything I've had from Flossmoor and this is probably my favorite so far. Good brewing, elegantly done.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Schweah for this sample.

Its a deep, dark blackened red beer with a grayed down khaki head.

The aroma is big and boisterous. Loaded with dark fruits, cocoa and a light touch of ashy, smokey roast.

This beer is really nicely balanced. Bittersweet chocolate, anise, dark fruits and cocoa. Most of the bitterness comes from roasted malts and coffee.

Pretty full bodied and quite smooth.

A solid beer. I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at a small tasting -Thanks Steve for bringing this bottle.

A: Poured a Deep dark translucent brown with one finger head that dissiapted into a thin frothy lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Chocolate , smoke, toffee, roated barley.

T: Slight smoke with chocolate hints, toffee, slight coffee, roasted malt and barley.

O : Overall a solid Porter that I would love to have again, well blended and balanced with a solid taste, nothing out of place.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a creamy bubbly head of tan foam and is a bit too dense for any carbonation.

S- The dark sweet wort has a mellow black roasted malt note to the finish.

T- The roasted black malt has no bitterness to it with a touch of cream to follow and a mellow chocolate flavor that grows as the beer opens up. There is a soft nougat melanoidin note in the finish that grows aswell. The black bitter hint grows after the finish and lingers for a bit.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture with no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a nice full but mellow dark malt profile with some well lagered characteristics and some melanoidin and chocolate layers.

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Photo of drumenigma
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The gf brought this back from her trip to DL day. This was a very drinkable porter. It poured a nice dark brown without a lot of light penetration. The smell was sweet and roasted. On the taste I was getting some molasses and caramel type notes. The beer was a pretty smooth drink. Overall I'd say this is an excellent example of the style and I would gladly enjoy this beer again in the future.

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Photo of injuredreserve
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black with light mocha fluffy head.

S: Chocolate malt, Milky?Dairy? Some fruity notes.

T: Chocolate Milk, malty, with some smoke. Dark fruits in the linger.

M: Decent mouthfeel, maybe on thin side.

O: Very fine beer, definitely will try again.

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