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"
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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 152
Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this growler in a trade that I specifically traded for this item. Based on name and reputation, I figured I just had to get a hold of this one, it just seemed like it was going to be fantastic and that hopefully I would not be disappointed. Well I figured I would bring this one over the family's house for Easter to see how everyone would like it. The poured was the darkest brown you could envision, essentially black with no light shining through on this one whatsoever. Very deep dark tones permeating through this one and really showing off now. A full three finger high head of deep cocoa colored foam then rose up over the top. After taking what seemed like an eternity for it to actually mellow and float back to earth, it finally did, but not before leaving behind huge amounts of brown lace that streaked throughout the glass for the remainder of the session. Really, a huge looking Baltic porter that I was most excited to get a closer look at.

The aroma was full of chocolate and notes of licorice, which got me going right away. I could not believe how full this was. It was really an almost stout like aroma, save for a few hints of dark fruit that were coming through now. Hints of raisins and plums, along with a good amount of coffee notes starting to be sprinkled in throughout it. A nice touch of spicy alcohol was also now becoming evident as it warmed up, wow, this thing was a dark complex monster. Went in for the kill to see what this one could really do, and I was blow away. The feel was huge, very full bodied with a rich stout like presence to it. Nice carbonation lessened the load a touch, however this one was big. The flavor of chocolate infused raisin like alcohol just rolled across the tongue. This rich sweet flavor balanced effortlessly with a touch of dark fruit, just really could seal the deal for you. As it warmed, it got even darker with some spicy notes coming out as well as hints of coffee and licorice taking over. The finish had just the slightest bit of a hop kick to it, I say slight because it was not very noticeable unless you were looking for it, but served nicely to dry things out and prolong a very nice flavor. I was easily able to sip my way through a couple glasses of this one, but by no means was this something to gulp, it was way too big for that. But, as a nightcap, I thought this was fantastic, and I would love to see this in a bottle for sure.

Overall, this was excellent, easily living up to the hype and being of the best of the style I truly have ever had. I would love to try this one again and everyone who had a sip just truly loved this one. If you can get this one you must seek it out, it is absolutely fantastic.

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

Served in a pint glass at Flossmoor Station 3/15/08. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a lovely off-black color with hints of brown at the edges. Creamy dark khaki head.

S: Aromas of blackened malt, licorice, bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and fudge.

T: Nuclear scorched malt, with raisins, bitter chocolate, plums, fudge, cocoa, and bitter hops.

M: Creamy in the beginning with a near perfect bitter finish. Awesome!

D: This is a great baltic porter. Surprisingly full and creamy and quite flavorful. Excellent beer!

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, basically black in color with a decent size medium to dark tan head that very slowly recedes with a little lacing. Aroma is nutty roasted malts, slight dry smokiness, coffee beans, and a sweet cola and root beer maltiness as well. Taste is a big wallop of coffee and roasted malts, again a little smokiness in the roasted qualities. Cola maltiness is there but more subdued in the taste, overpowered by the large roasted notes, just a hint of lactose and chocolate in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is medium in body, some light pepperiness on the tonhue and a small bitter bite at the back of the throat, alcohol is nearly undetectable. Highly drinkable for me, my second taste of Flossmoor and I continue to be impressed. Thanks Joe for the opportunity.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a mysteriously dark color and a modest head; some decent lacing

Smell: Rich aroma of dark chocolate and dark fruits

Taste: Initially, the beer is all about dark fruit but it is joined by some bitter dark chocolate at mid-palate and after the swallow; lengthy finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, slightly viscous and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A fine example of the style and thanks to the brewery for bringing the keg by the Map Room when I was in town

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Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Map Room to celebrate Flossmoor's gold medal at the GABF.

12 oz. pour into a Kasteel chalice, it's jet black with mahogany edges. Light tan foam that clings to the edges of the glass a little bit.

Sweet and roasty aromas, more roast than expected, which is good.

Rich dark chocolate, some fruit, slight marshmallow and banana esters. Very long dry and chocolatey finish. Mild bitterness like baker's chocolate, possibly due to hops, but buried under the massive malt load. ABV is extra well hidden, unlike a lot of Baltic Porters. It has alot going on in the taste, with a good level of complexity. It has a velvety feel, very much a "sip & savor" style brew.

After having two in a row, it's definitely drinkable. Well done guys!

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from jaustin72403 - thanks for the trading love.

Pours an interestingly dark but not quite ultimately black into my Imperial Pint. Head rises with a bit of coaxing from the growler and settles quickly. Sits nicely in that pint glass just waiting to be consumed.

Aromas of lightly roasted coffee - alongside wafts of molasses and toffee - maybe just mild chocolate. Barely a hint in and out of alcohol while the beverage calls for a sip. Hops - sometimes I think so and sometimes I think not.

Lightly sweet on the palate but the bit of alcohol holds it back. Roasty chocolate sweetness and bold flavor really round this one out. You can feel the alcohol presence after a few pints.

This one is very nice and what wonderful opportunity to taste it. Easy drinking with big flavors and a bit of alcohol. What more could a man want.

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Photo of akorsak
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz glass served at the Brewery.

A: The porter is a dark brown to black color, coffee-like in fact. The head is tan and nicely topped of the pour.

S: The nose is caramel and milk chocolate sweetness with some underlying dry bitter coffee notes.

T: The flavor is chocolatey sweet. The roasted grains have a very strong presence and readily contribute to that sweetness. The grains, surprisingly, have a depth that is reminiscent of an imperial stout, very complex but without a big alcohol profile.

M: The mouthfeel is complex while managing to hide the hefty abv. The caramel and chocolate elements are nicely done.

D: The abvi is hidden, which is a problem as it sneaks up on you. A well-made beer nonetheless.

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Photo of mcallister
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black in pour. Small head fades away without remorse.

Rich chocolatey aromas with caramel to boot. A bit of vanilla and dark fruits with a black cherry lead. Some mollasses nestles between the crevises and is hard to locate.

Love baltic porters and really love the thick creamy, silky smooth full mouthfeel. A sludge of various chocolate stages starts with hints of milk, into a fudge, into bitter cocoa. Dark fruits dominate the mid-palate and fill things out nicely. Not the most complex beer but great balance and depth. Very good.

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Photo of zebulon
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Warm dark brown. About an inch of head that quickly went down but left a lacey residue.

S. I thought the smell was mild, coffee and dried fruit

T. Good balance taste, first coffee then dried fruit - prunes, apricots, figs. Good balance finished with a bit of chocolate. The first time I had it was very dry coffee wished I had some chocolate cake with it; the next time the fruit came out more. Maybe it still is developing.

I have had several times since. I a molasses sweetness comes out, not cloying but balanced by dryness. Pleasant. I usually have this as a dessert beer, but have hade it with dinner and it works. I opinion of this goes up.

M. Good on the tongue.

D. I sipped this slowly, felt good, good desert beer. Very enjoyable

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

A - Poured nearly black with brown and red undertones. Thick brown head to about an inch that withered away leaving sturdy lacing.

S - I got plums, figs, coffee, dark toffee, roasted nuts of some kind (maybe almonds?) Balance was nice between the darker coffee like nose and the sweet plum/fig.

T - Was pretty much defined in the nose. The two beer senses combine and work together well on this one. The heat of this Imperial Porter hits nicely toward the end and continues down the old gullet.

M - Nice thick viscous feel throughout. Makes you smack your lips and pucker up a little!

D - Like most high ABV brews, this porter is best consumed in moderation. I had two and felt that two more would have helped me to the floor... I find that beers with flavors this layered and complex tend to become cloying if over-endulged.

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Killer Kapowski from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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