Killer Kapowski
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Style:
Baltic Porter
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 8.62%
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
152
From:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
 
Illinois, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
90
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Killer KapowskiKiller Kapowski
Notes: Gold Medal-Baltic Porters-2007 GABF
Silver Medal-Baltic Porters-2008 GABF
AKA: "Killer Kowalski"
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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 152
Reviews by MasterSki:
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 champ103
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Floydster
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with wkcyr4, thanks again Wendall for sending this bottle out to me, currently drinking right now from an oversized wine glass, some kind of signature in gold pen on the bottle, color is dark brown but not quite black, one inch frothy beige head that goes down quickly, not much lacing either, aroma consists of roasted malts, cocoa, black licorice, marshmallow, toffee, mild coffee, and caramel, flavor starts off with creamy cocoa mixed with dryness from an espresso like flavor, middle is full of malt and it is roasty, finishes with black licorice and a bit of earthiness, almost a lactose feel later on as the beer warms, slightly dry, roasty, chewy mouthfeel, medium bodied, a little too much carbonation, taste sticks around for a while, fairly heavy for the style, no alcohol in the flavor but rich and filling, smooth though, nother good beer from Flossmoor, have not really been disappointed with them yet, not many Baltic porters out there that I enjoy but this one is good, would drink again, recommended

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Photo of pwoods
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FtownThrowDown for sharing the bottle.

22oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pours deep brown, nearly opaque. Good head with a bit of retention and good lacing.

S: Loads of coffee. Some cola aroma. Seems more like a coffee stout than anything. Some caramel and toffee aromas.

T/M: Lots of the same from the aroma. Coffee is massive. Spicy. More of the caramel and tofee. Body is pretty big and carbonation is high.

D: ABV isn't outrageous, especially for the style, but it is a big beer and the high carbonation doesn't help. I didn't dig this as much as most people.

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Photo of claspada
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas begin quite inviting with copious amounts of wonderfully roasted coffee and dark chocolate. I am also perceiving a sweeter chocolate and toffee as well as a strong addition of earthiness which I can only assume is from the hops.
The taste begins with bittersweet chocolate and black coffee, with a slight dark fruitiness and hints of vanilla. This isn't especially deep or complex beer, which is kind of upsetting but it does what it does well. Robust and roasty through and through with underlying dry characteristics which are once again from the higher than usual hopping.
The mouthfeel is the only weak point of this beer. Way too thin for the ABV and style in my opinion. Carbonation is average for the style/ABV but the backbone is just not there and really affects my overall rating for this beer. As it warms it becomes more watery and really detracts from the overall beer profile.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From a bottle that of course says "Killer Kapowski." Thanks to James for picking this up for me (darn work...) and to my co-worker for fronting the money for me! Yay for the great beer community of Chicago! 8.0% ABV on the bottle. Into the Shorts Imperial Pint glass...

A - A finger of hot chocolate-froth head that dies down to a thin lace. Dark brown body, but not quite opaque.

S - Good sharp espresso bite with sweet milk chocolate to balance it out. Esters are present, but don't overwhelm. Gives the beer a sweet strawberry ice cream quality. Pretty standard for the style.

T - Big hops for it's style, and they seem to hit right from the start. Pine seems to do its best to hide the sweet chocolate and strawberry flavors within. Molasses and alcohol burn are added at mid palate. Espresso builds and blends with the hops for a clean finish. A mild semi-sweet chocolate flavors tickles the tongue a little after the swallow, but after how big the flavors were in this beer, it's quite clean.

M - Silky, creamy, full mouthfeel, very mild carbonation. Not very prickly going down at all. Exactly what I am looking for from a Baltic Porter.

D - Not quite a classic example in my opinion, but shows great potential in aging. I personally look forward to seeing what this tastes like after the hops die down a bit... l

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

Poured from growler purchased at Flossmoor a few days ago so I gave it a pretty vigorous pour into a pint glass.

Pours a very deep mahogany with a one and a half finger tan head. Waited a few minutes for it to warm up a bit and the head had sank to a thin cap.

Aromas of dark fruit, brown sugar, chocolate, and a bit of alcohol.

Flavors are similar. Chocolate covered raisins to start with a bittersweet mocha coffee-like finish. A touch of bitterness lingers on the tongue.

Very nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium-bodied. Carbonation level was still good for a five day old growler.

This is an excellent Baltic Porter that stands up to the likes of the Okocim Porter, which is one of my favorites. Always enjoy having one when I'm at Flossmoor.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a Leinenkugels Big Eddie snifter.

The growler opens with a loud hiss and it pours a rich deep dark brown with a tiny quick dying tan head. A ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass is all that remains.

The nose crisp and medium sweet. Some rasins and molasses. Alcohol is hidden really well.

The flavor keep a nice sweetness but adds a little too much fruit esters in there. A noticeable chocolate sweetness in the finish is really nice.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot on, medium light body, perfect carbonation level, crisp finish. Drinkabilty is well above average for it's abv. Three of us killed a growler in what seemed like no time.

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Photo of JDV
3.12/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown and slightly reddish. Smell is chocolatey roastiness. Taste is mild roasty and nicely hoppy. Dark, dry chalky flavor too. Pretty decent roast flavor, but a tad thin again. Didn't strike me as what I thought a baltic porter would be like, but certainly wasn't bad.

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Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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 nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of maximum12
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sholland119 & jtrockchalk for sending me bottles of this Flossmoor bottle within a couple days of one another; didn't know either was coming. Love Flossmoor & always happy to try something new from this little gem of a brewpub.

Pours dead heat black. Smell is wow; more like a Russian Imperial than a Baltic Porter. Mile-deep malts with a chocolate coating. Cherry-coated chocolate. Lovely.

Killer Kapowski Kowalski kicks some strange-ass butt. Huge chocolate malts lend great depth & a bedrock for the beer. Dark fruits leap in & out of the mix, nice, nice touch to a baltic. Bitterness that might arrive from the chocolate, or a hard dose of hops. Milky. Roast, more cocoa, & that bite again closing things down. Awesome depth, rolling boil of tastes. Hits a sweet spot that's part porter, part stout, with a really nice twist.

Excellent. One more Flossmoor beer that I've really enjoyed. Salut!

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of hansgruber
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of carps12
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my duck rabbit snifter. Picked this up on DL day 09. Pours pitch black with bubbly tan head. Smell of chocolate malt, rasberries and other dark fruit. Taste of sweet plums and rasberries with some bitter chocolate. Finishes with a sweet malt taste and coco powder. Carbonation is quite noticeable at first sip, but finishes smooth. Also has a slight mustiness finish. This is very easy to drink.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black with a small of white head.

Scent of roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruits. Balanced well and robust, but not quite perfect.

Taste of roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, and sugars. A damn good Baltic Porter, fairly robust with a great well rounded flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

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Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of koopa
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a dull dark brown with minimal white crown, minimal retention and miminal lace.

Smell: Beautiful blend of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, nuts, and medium roasted malt.

Taste: Lots of nutty notes along with medium roasted malt. The nuttiness kind of masks the chocolate flavors that are so prominent in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and a bit undercarbonated.

Drinkability: Mouthfeel and abv hold it back but the flavor profile is easy to enjoy in mass quantities.

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Photo of beertooth
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorites. I cracked one of these bad boys open tonight to see how they're holding in up in the "cellar".

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a shaped pint glass at cellar temps.

Coffee black body with a finger of pocked, semi-dense, mocha colored head. A very delicious looking porter.

I'm getting burnt grain(big surprise!), chocolate malt, a little booze, dark dried fruits, it's quite tempting.

The first sip is a massive blast of chocolate, dark grain, licorice, a little bit of heat from the alcohol rounds the flavors. I'm also picking up on burnt honey.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, not too thin or syrupy. There's a little bubble burn at first, but it mellows out. I was actually surprised by this because the cap wasn't crimped down all the way. I actually recrimped it after I bought it at the release. I'm glad it's holding up.

Again, another great Flossmoor beer. I love this beer on tap. It's great from the bottle too, but I think a little age on it can do it wonders.

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

Got this as an extra in a massive trade with fogdog. Thanks Kevin!

2009 bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: A quarter inch of light brown foam sits atop a nearly opaque, brownish black body. When held to light, shades of orange, crimson, and brown shine through (but only near the edges). Head retains as a modest halo. Very light lacing.

Smell: Sweet BBQ aromas (from Maris Otter malt?), dark chocolate, moist vegetation, roasted barley, and some other sweet components. Very complex, balanced, and interesting.

Taste: Cocoa, cola, moist and leafy vegetation, roasted barley, and woody hops. Lager yeast is in there as well, and it picks up strength in the aftertaste. Finishes pretty sharp; alcohol peaks through at the end of each sip. As with the smell, very balanced and complex. I like the smell just a bit more than the taste, but they're very close.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated, producing a feel that's both creamy and prickly. Medium-bodied - probably a little lighter in body than its top-fermented counterparts. Finishes dry and fairly clean.

Drinkability: A very well crafted Baltic porter. What more can I say? I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special Thanks to GbVDave for providing this beer in a recent trade.

Sticker on bottle says 1/11 & 29692

I very nice tan head build in your glass as your pour this medium brown colored beer. There are some gold tones to the head lacing and even a gold/metallic tone to the light that gets in through the edges of this beer. Lots of lacing clings to the glass.

The main component of the aroma and flavor to me is cocoa powder. Certainly dark roasted malt and perhaps a touch of coffee syrup (have to be from Rhode Island to understand) but cocoa powder with a touch of sweetness is where this beer lives.

The flavor is wonderful, long stretch of a perfectly sweetened cocoa flavor. Just below the surface is a sense of hop bitterness, but you really have to focus to pick it out by itself. Melds very nicely with the deep malt focus.

Thick body, I don't want to say gritty as that sounds negative. But there was a sense that you could almost take a bite or chew on the beer.

Really enjoyed this and grateful to have tried it. Well done! Word is that Flossmoor is on the comeback trail. This is my first indication the rumor is correct.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle picked up at the source last february. poured into a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours a dark brown colored body with ruby highlights seen around the edges when held up to the light. small slightly darker than tan colored head that quickly becomes no more than a skin on the top of my glass. small rings of lacing left behind after each sip. nothing that special in the appearance.

S- lots of chocolate and coffee. lots of roasted malts. comes across as sweet.

T- impressive. starts out with dark roasted malts. lots of sweet and dark chocolate. fudge like. finishes with coffee like hops. a lot hoppier at this point in its life than i was expecting.

M- full bodied and very creamy and smooth. very nice.

D- easy to finish. this one has earned its medals. something i was glad to have picked up when it was overshadowed by wooden hell. check it out if you ever get the chance.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

22oz bomber from the release at Flossmoor Station on February 7, 2009. The 1st appearance of the re-named Killer & I believe the first bottling.

Into my Flying Dog shaker pint...'cause "good people drink good beer."

A ~ Opaque, dark, dark brown. A thick hard pour produced a one finger, creamed coffee colored head that quickly collapsed to a broken surface film. Hints of spotty perforated lacing with a ring of tiny pin bubbles.

S ~ Sweet, dark fruit, molasses, spun sugar, roasted coffee beans, bakers chocolate and earthy grains. Fresh & clean like a spring rain.

T ~ The taste follows the nose in an amplified way. Dark fruits..prunes, raisins, figs, & creamy plum pudding. Earthy, roasted grains, sharp roasted dark coffee beans & bittersweet chocolate. There's a ghostly hint of bourbon (?) that makes an appearance on the swallow that I really didn't notice in the aroma. Creamy malts dominate a diminutive hop presence.

M ~ Well balanced delivery on the fuller side of a medium body. Creamy & smooth with a level of carbonation that presents well & finished with a dash of pepper. The 8+% ABV is all but hidden with the exception of that subtle hint of spiced bourbon.

D ~ I should be sippin' this one. Remarkably easy to drink & dangerously good.

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Killer Kapowski from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 152 ratings