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

Picked up at the St. Charles Binny’s and shared with my brother-in-law.

Appearance – Pours a dark brown into a sniffer with about a finger of mocha colored head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing.

Smell – Cocoa, slight smokey roasted malts, and smells like an all around porter.

Taste – Like the aroma – nice sweet cocoa, roasted malts, slight coffee, and molasses. There is a hint of smoke in the finish and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, perfect carbonation for the style.

Overall – A pretty good porter – glad I was able to try this. I’ll have to pick up another when I get a chance.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as a bonus when I got some some dark lord from a friend of mine. The beer pours out as a nearly black colored brew with a this tan head. The head settles and leaves some lacing. The smell is a little roasted, there is a really nice sweet smell coming off of it. A little bit of caramel, some fresh wood and a little bit of fermented fruits. The taste is really surreal, it's got some really awesome flavors of barrel aging, dark fruits, sweet burnt caramel, and a slight smokiness. The mouthfeel is very smooth and not really caronated too much. Not sure if this bottle was any type of vintage or if it changes with age or not. I found this beer to be really good though. Really worth trying.

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

I came into this possession due to unique circumstances... Thanks crazynelson! Review is from notes taken on 5/19/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: It looks a little thin on the pour for a Baltic Porter; pour is the color of freshly brewed coffee -- near black; it starts with a scant 1/4 finger creamy tan head that fades immediately to nothing other than a thin wisp in the center of the surface and a milky looking ring around the top; body is entirely opaque;

Smell: The smell is good, and very enticing... lots of chocolate malt, and a strong presence of malted milk, like Ovaltine or Whoppers; bit of an underlying roastiness to it, but it's mild and lies beneath the strong chocolate/malty presence. I kind of feel like I'm about to drink a milkshake.

Taste: The taste is super solid, super good. Definite chocolate presence and it ranges from a slightly syrupy and sweet chocolate, to a dark and bitter chocolate; definite malted milk presence, again, I'm really reminded of Ovaltine; there is a slight burnt coffee roastiness to it, reminiscent of espresso and a slight dark cherry; alcohol is almost entirely masked as well, surprising for being an 8% beer -- I would have expected at least a little bit. I'm impressed.

Mouthfeel: While it looked a little thin on the pour, and I've definitely had thicker, the mouth is still solid and comes across as smooth and creamy; a thin and dry stickiness is left all over the palate, and the gums are left a little tingly; carbonation is present, but is soft and compliments the beer.

Overall: I wish this was something that I could get all the time. I've been sitting on this one for a while, trying to figure out when a good time would be to crack it and I decided that my 700th review was good enough. Great smell, great flavors, super solid body... I would be more than happy to sip on this all night.

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

From a bottle, pours a cola-like brown with some dark red edges. Nose is nicely integrated roasted malt, smoke, light vinous qualities. Flavor is well attenuated, dry, roasty, lightly smoky. Again just a light vinous touch, with some dark fruits. In a way this reminds me of a drier, lighter Kate the Great, even though the style is different it just has this weird similar quality to it. Feel is a bit light and carbonation somewhat too high, which is my main knock on this. Nice stuff here.

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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 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 TheFightfan1
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last of my trades. Thanks Brian44556. Pours a nice mahogany color with a decent light brown-off white colored heading. Nice lighter brown highlights. No lacing really but good looking retention.

Smell is very basic. Heavily roasted malts,coffee aroma and nice chocolate notes. This is right along the lines of a R.I.S.

Taste is great. Heavy chocolate notes through and thin.Some nice coffee and fruitiness for a nice middle,and a nice bitter hoppy bite to finish thing's up. Nothing real fancy but just solid in all aspects.Abv is very well hidden.

Mouth is full bodied, a little undercarbonated but still very smooth.

A solid hoppy chocolate porter. Nicely done.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black with a tan head of about a finger's worth.

Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa, alcohol, sweet malt.

Flavors of light roasted graininess, licorise, cocoa, roasted fennel. Finish is long, sweet malt, anise, hints of cocoa. Very slow to fade.

Mouthfeel is full, chewy, malty, some alcohol warmth. Good level of carbonation.

Overall a very good beer, but not an eastern european-style baltic porter. Misses that depth of flavor, and "cleanness" expected from use of a lager yeast.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, New Belgium globe, thank you Dunt via Black Booty #4. This bottle states 8.00% abv.

Well, the color is not opaque by any means. It's dark brown with a profusion of garnet anywhere the light hits. The head isn't much of a thing, lighter brown and really just a ring.

Extraordinarily roasty for a Baltic Porter, the nose also features dark chocolate, molasses, soy sauce, and again, lots of dark roast. Some solvent develops.

Soy definitely shows up front and center, really not bad, but this is a roasted beast. The chocolate gets turned down from fudge-like levels in the nose to milk chocolate. Charred marshmallow links the burnt and vanilla notes. The finish is salty charcoal sourness.

I'm using a glass that I think knocks carbonation out very quickly with it's huge lazer etching. This is probably why this needs more carbonation. The body is not heavy, rather very silky. The char gets dropped heavily on the back of the tongue.

Dial that roast back! It would be high even for the Stoutiest of Stouts. It slips down quickly and only an increasing solvent in the aroma indicates a higher abv.

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

Deep black with some nice orange highlights and a tight mocha head, smells like roasted malts and coffee.

In the mouth this was incredibly tasty--chocolate, coffee, a hint of sweet vanilla and raisins, just an ounce of hop kick at the end, but only after all that nice deep sweetness--and oh so very, very smooth and luscious. I had no idea it was 8% until most of the bottle was already gone. I will be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish with some reddish tints. a decent amount of frothy off-white head. Well carbonated and some nice bubbles. Smells sweet and a bit hoppy. the taste is... interesting. Sweet, malty, a bit of roast. Overall very unique taste. Very tasty. highly drinkable and a solid mouthfeel

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Photo of brew3crew
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ups to urbancaver

A-dark maroon with tan head that quickly disapates
S-very malty. Not much else there. Maybe some smoke.
T-nice smokey maltiness. Kind of complex and I can't quite pick out much els.
M-medium bodied and smooth with a dry aftertaste.
D-decent drinakability but nothing too special

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - good semitransparent brownish red. Low medium brown head to a narrow ring.

S - dark fruits coffee chocolate roasted caramel. Lovely nose.

T - roasty and dark fruits. More like a BSDA than a porter, id say. Good taste, not quite on style.

M - very smooth, a bit dry. Good feel

D - decent drinkability, nothing offensive.

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

poured into a snifter.

Appearance: light black with a creamy white tanish colored head. really good lacing that heavily coats the glass.

Smell: Cocao, light smoke, black licorice.

Taste: Dark chocolate flavor and faint smokiness. Molasses and vanilla in the background. Sweet and malty with slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Moderate carbonation and moderate body. Its a very nice!

Drinkability: It is just a bit heavier than i expected, but it was a welcomed surprise. It is more of a sipper than i expected.

Overall: Solid beer by Flossmoor! Great example of the style. Cheers!

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Photo of Dhren1979
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 2011

Serving Type: 22 oz Bomber poured into a Tulip glass.

A: A very dark brown. Edges reveal a dark, burnt, crimson. Head is minimal as with the lacing.

S: Smokey, roasted malts. For a moment there is a bitter aroma, but it quickly fades.

T: A nice flavor of roasted malts and perhaps smoke (if you could taste smoke). Light, faint coffee.

M: A full body beer. Quite heavier than I expected, but not disappointed at all. A nice sipper @ 8% ABV.

D: I would get this again. Not a style of beer that you see much of in stores. I nice change of pace. You won't be sorry if you try it!

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Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip, latest batch... Pours with a very dark brown body, a faint hint of amber deep in the center. A light tan head only raises to leave a thing ring. Poor lacing... The aroma is very sweet, tons of milk chocolate, little too sweet for me. A little roasted grain too, smells like a porter, but a little simple... Taste packs much more of a punch. More smoke and bitter coffee notes, gets ride of the sweetness, I'm a fan of that. Chocolate pokes its head out on the finish but so does a touch of alcohol. The front is successful but then a little down hill... The mouthfeel is nice, very full and chewy for a porter.

Slightly above average porter. Drinkable for 8% though.

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

A- Decent creamy head development. Low retention time, big collar though. Seems to be a dissipation to a popped collar of toasted bread froth. Great lacing. Spot on concentric circles drink after drink. Almost pitch black... the light betrays it to have a not quite ink, but close coloration. Low carbonation presence.

S- Very light... faint aromas of chocolate and roasted wood. Tad bit of roasted grain. A bit of astringency. Just altogether needs more power.

T- Opens sweet malts, some minor dark fruits, but definitely a nice light finish of burnt grains. This is how burnt grains should always be done. Is that molasses sweetness? Feels amazingly clean and fresh while keeping the flavor of charred wood and grains. The alcohol is perfectly placed and hidden deep in the glass.

M/D- This beer is too drinkable. Like insanely so. I can't find the alcohol minus a few occasions and hidden intensely behind everything. Smooth, creamy, full bodied, and almost a velvet nature. The carbonation is played on in the background as an overcoat. Creeping in from the edges and played off extremely well. I'm in love with how this beer feels. The simplicity of it overwhelms me. I'm more impressed with it than I imagined I would be. With a bit more spunk and power it would JUMP much higher in scores.

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Photo of crossovert
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm pretty sure this bottle is form 2011 and not 2009 since I just recently saw it at my local liquor store.

650ml bottle.

It pours a thick dark brownish black with a foamy light tan head. It leaves some decent lacing as it recedes.

The smell is interesting, it smells like an equal parts mix of plain Perrier, Czech pilsener, and coffee. Weird.

The flavor is the same way oddly enough, a bit roastier though. It has this mineral water quality to it that I don't mind but it just seems odd. It gets better with progressive drinks, and it also gets sweeter.

A bit of an oddity, it is a decent porter.

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Photo of Pellinore1
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown into a pint glass. A finger of head eventually fades to some nice lacing.

I smell roasted malt, coffee, molasses, and maybe just a bit of smoke. Very nice.

The flavor opens sweet and smoky, with dark fruit and molasses. Some nice roastiness comes through in the finish.

Full-bodied and smooth, this beer just feels good. Quite drinkable, too, with little detectable alcohol.

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

22oz bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Very dark brown, almost black, with about one finger of mocha-colored foam.

S - Light aromas of chocolate, coffee, and smoke.

T - Rich cocoa and coffee flavors with notes of raisin, and vanilla; pleasant malty sweetness. Earthy hop flavor and assertive bitterness that complements bits of roast and char.

M - Extraordinarily smooth, medium-full body.

D - Dangerously drinkable. Worth seeking out, for sure.

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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 TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass mug.

After my Flossmoor Station adventure earlier in the day, it was nice to sit back in taiyed's basement and enjoy the beer that inspired the adventure in the first place. It pours a lightly ruby-tinged black-brown topped by a finger of dusty ecru foam. The nose comprises coffee, roasted malts, pepper, clove, and cinnamon. The taste holds notes of coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. The body is a hefty-ish medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a very nice Baltic porter, but by no means anything Earth-shattering. In fact, the flavors were pretty ordinary. But it's still a nice, easy drinker.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug

Thanks to TMoney2591 for muling one of these beers from Flossmoor today.

This beer pours a darker brown there is not too much head staying around for my enjoyment. The smell of this beer is light smoke some good quality roast a really nice hint of some brown sugar. The flavor was good, the smells followed directly into the flavor. I don't think much more needed to be said about it. The mouthfeel was a firm medium and rather nice. Overall I still feel that something is missing. I wish I could be more helpful by pinning it down for you dear reader, but alas I am unable. A solid beer overall.

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Photo of westweasel
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampling in a big mug club mug.

The beer is an opaque dark brown with a creamy-looking tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate are the most prominent, rounded out by raisins and sweet brown malts.

The mouthfeel is medium and very creamy.
The beer is full of dark chocolate, dark fruits, brown malt, and a sweet alcohol.

This is a very pleasing, chocolatety, creamy, big beer. It's a great treat.

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