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 AgentZero
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Great looking black beer with some brown on the edges. Camel colored (according to my wife) head that quickly receded to a tight ring. Nice sheets on the sides.

S - A lot of chocolate combined with bitter cocoa and some bitter/roasted malts. Caramel and toffee come through on this one, with a slight bit of olive smell that makes this one smell a little bit off.

T - Sweet malts, chocolate, toffee, little bit of berry taste. Slight brine, but it's pretty good. A sweet and full flavor, with a little bit of roast in there as well.

M - Full bodied and smooth. Medium carbonation.

D - This is a pretty good beer I could regularly drink and enjoy. Might be a little better fresh. Goes down great at 8.3%.

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

Had Killer Kaposwki-Kowalski at a BA meetup, just now recording my notes.

A - Bottle poured into a pint glass. It was a Full Sail glass, if that matters. Dark brown, almost black with coca cola brown highlights. Medium dark khaki head.

S - Lots of coffee and cocoa. Roasted malts as well.

T - Dark malts, roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate are most prominent. There's some biting hoppiness there, but not overwhelming. Really fleeting dark fruit flavor.

M - Thicker than medium bodied, though not syrupy.

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

Poured into my Spider Man pint glass.

Really dark brown. A thin half a finger khaki head that dies down to a ring of foam around the glass. Spots of lacing that slide back into the beer.

Smells of fruity lager yeast. Some light dark fruits. Slight charred malts.

Tastes of bright dark berries in a lager fruity way. Light dark chocolate flavors and a slight coffee/toasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, but slick and not syrupy. Low carbonation.

A very drinkable beer, and a great example of the style.

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

"(This beer is) a Baltic-style porter originally christened "Killer Kowalski", in honor of the legendary wrestler. However, brewmaster Matt Van Wyk failed to obtain consent from the Kowalski estate when they submitted the original label artwork. With time of the essense, and not wanting to pay for the right for consent, Van Wyk instead (in a fit of inspiration) re-named the beer "Killer Kapowski" after an episode of Saved By The Bell."


Mahogany with generous highlights of cherry and orange. The beer isn't quite opaque with sunshine behind the glass, but I won't hold that against it. Nearly three fingers of mocha hued foam looks mighty fine up top. The tight-bubbled texture means longevity and there's a smattering of lace as well.

The nose is wonderfully roasted malty and could just as easily belong to an Imperial stout as a Baltic porter. Dark chocolate and coffee lead the way, with a quasi-floral hoppiness sneaking in at the edges.

Killer Kapowski is another good one from Flossmoor Station. This bomber must have been from the second release (summer 2009, I think) and has held up very well. The nose did not lie because there's still a good bit of hop flavor and bitterness.

The stars of the show, however, are the malts. Again, stout-like bittersweet chocolate and black coffee lead the way, with a background fruitiness and a hint of vanilla. This isn't especially deep or complex beer, but neither is it a simple-minded brute. What it is... is it's tasty as hell and is becoming more so as it warms.

The 8.0% alcohol is hidden very well and the glass is emptying quickly. Although it hasn't happened yet, Killer will probably be attempting to pull off his sleeper hold in another 6-8 ounces. Hopefully, this review will be done by then and I'll be glad to let him win.

The body/mouthfeel is all kinds of luscious and is crushed velvet soft and smooth... as was predicted by the sound of the original pour. Bubbles that were slightly too active early are now perfectly fine.

Killer Kapowski Baltic Style Porter isn't Flossmoor's best beer, but that's only because the competition is so stiff. Most brewpubs would 'kill' to have a second-tier beer that was this good and this drinkable. More frequent releases please.

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

A: Pours is dark brown, nearly black with a thin head that does not last long.

S: Sweet malt, chocolate, and bit caramel.

T: Slightly bitter chocolate on the tip of the tongue followed by a nice sweet maltiness

M: Nice full body with carbonation that gives a prickly feel.

D: Very nice brew taht is easy drinking.

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

A - Near black, tan small head leaves to just a ring pretty fast. Medium amount of cling lace.

S - Cocoa, chocolate milk, cookies.

T - Add smell attributes to a nice malt wrap, give it a little bitter finish, and you have taste.

M - Creamy, medium carb, great coating, good balance.

D - Would tire after a 22 oz.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Beer is black and has nearly no head at all. Carbonation is low and there is no lacing.

Aroma is slightly sour but mostly sweet and roasty.

Beer is medium to light in body, was expecting more body but oh well, slight roast, some chocolate maybe, now I'm picking up some chocolate in the aroma as well. There is a growing bitterness in the back of the mouth. Drinkability is fine as well as mouthfeel.

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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 grub
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled jan 16/2010.

pours deep dark brown with a small dense light tan head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. milk chocolate. touch of lactic sourness. bit of dark chocolate. coffee. light alcohol. toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. light caramel and toffee. hint of smoke.

taste is good. lightly sweet caramel. milk chocolate. bit of dark chocolate. touch of lactic character. toasted whole wheat bread. cracker and a touch of biscuit. bit of coffee. just under medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is great. fairly big body, which works for this larger than average baltic. silky smooth medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance, good depth. a tasty baltic.

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

22 oz bottle, big thanks to autumnaldave for the hookup!

Pours an opaque dark brown, some dark red/orange in the corners, medium sized light tan head forms, settles down to a medium ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, looks good.

Smell is neat, sweet and malty, caramel, chocolate milk, light fruity sourness, vanilla, lightly woody, a touch of coffee roast and biscuit, a bit of cola character, alcohol, more cocoa, quite rich.

Taste is nice too, very malty, caramel sweetness, biscuit, brown sugar, chocolate roast, some coffee, almost a sort of vanilla soy milk flavour to it, in a good way, lightly fruity, a bit of raisin and prune perhaps, nice light fruity sourness in the finish, enjoyable stuff.

Mouthfeel is great, nice milky body, medium to full and slightly slick, low to medium carbonation, very smooth going down, light warmth but enjoyable. Nice flavours but not the most complex, but I dig it. This is some nice stuff, thanks Dave!

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Photo of younger35
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from Masterski as an extra not long ago. I had this beer a couple times in Chicago but never got the chance to review. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a pitch ass black with a fairly small and super creamy dark tan head. A small spotty cap and thick collar remains but unfortunately no lacing.
Smell- Such a rich smelling nose. Full of rich cake batter and dark chocolate fudge. The chocolate is nice and maybe the most chocolate I've smelled in a beer for quite some time. A fair amount of molasses and caramel mix in as it lends a light bit of sweetness. Maybe a touch of coffee as well but not a lot of char in here.
Taste- The taste is not near as potent as the nose but it's still really nice. Loads of rich chocolate with a touch of fudge and dark chocolate. The caramel is fairly light as it adds a slight undertone of sweetness. The beer is soft though as the lagering has kept everything fairly smooth. The alcohol is noticeable although not really all that bad, especially considering it's 8.3%. The finish is chocolaty and nice.
Mouthfeel- Super creamy and rich with a nice silky smooth feel. Light carbonation for what is a perfect mouthfeel.
Drinkability- I really like this beer an awful lot. It seems to have gotten much smoother since the last time I had it but the chocolate flavors are still very bold and aggressive. How that many dark grains can be used without the slightest bitter char is beyond me. Great beer, thanks Alex!

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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 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 errantnight
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful pitch black with a creamy couple fingers of head into my tulip... a bit whiter on the head than expected, moderate lacing and excellent retention.

Aroma is a bountiful bloom of chocolate and espresso, warm and rich with hints of figgy sweetness. Intense from the beginning it holds all the way through.

On the tongue this is full bodied and well rounded but not heavy. Flavors of chocolate predominate with the coffee fading even more to a supporting note behind the dark fruit sweetness and chocolate. Would rate higher except it finishes with a lingering sweetness. While I appreciate the smoothness (esters and phenols are decidedly absent) and cleanness, without some roasty bite the perceived bitterness comes off as a touch light, leaving this a bit much after a swallow. It keeps you coming back, but it also deadens some of the complexities, leaving this a bit straightforward.

Thanks, Joe1510, for this one... a fine example of the style, and another hit from Flossmoor!

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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 brewdlyhooked13
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a dark cola color. An initial light mocha top fades pretty fast, struggling to hold onto a partial cover.

Aroma - good roastiness with an edge of dark chocolate.

Taste - rich roasty malts, followed with a decadent layer of bittersweet chocolate ganache, hints of espresso peeking through. Good maltiness after the swallow, a trace of balancing hops teaming up with the roasty flavor. No trace of the 8%, what an addictive brew.

Mouthfeel - about average on the body, good crispness but nothing to really elevate the beer.

Drinkability - one of my perennial must-haves at the DLD pre-party. Whatever they call it, Kowalski, Kapowski, or Poughkeepsie, just keep it coming.

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

First Flossmoor, risng star, courtesy of Westweasel, thank you Sir! Black is the colour, a tiny Caesar head, perhaps truncated by cap crooked off...a little worse for shipping but still a great baltic. Mellowed, as understated carbonation perhaps reflecting shipping, coca-cola-ish mixed with Baltic. It refreshes, its on the sweet side. Above average mouthfeel. Still a nice one.

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

Fresh on tap at Flossmoor during Darklord weekend. Pours black as night with room for only a quarter inch light brown head that has decent retention and leaves a skim of lace. Nose is full of rich sweet roasty malts which is really a great aroma showcasing the coming complexity. Roasted almost smoked malts really paint the tongue with first sip. A solid bitter profile lays long on the palate while being even and welcome. A thickness builds up on the back of the tongue creating a big mouthfeel. Style on, big drinkable baltic porter.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown, near black body with a smallish, ivory-hued head.

Smell: Surprisingly simple nose smelling lightly of roasted barley, unsweetened chocolate, licorice, and, well, that's about it.

Taste: Roasted barley with sweetish, somewhat diluted tastes of basic chocolate, caramel, and licorice. Low earthy, roasty bitterness. Darkened grains and hints of dark fruits. Roast and a warming alcohol presence on the otherwise light, clean finish. A "killer" it is not.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: The tastes within were subtler and far more understated than I'd prefer. Also, the body seemed a bit on the lean side. While I'm happy to have gotten the chance to try this, it just didn't win me over.

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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 sholland119
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I loved the tap version of this at the Flossmoor DLD preparty. I was psyched to get this one from d0b. Thanks, Dave.

A-A beautiful dark chocolate brown with a quickly dissipating tan head and some good lacing.

S-Great aromas of rich dark chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel and a bit of raisin.

T-Quite tasty. Bittersweet chocolate in the front, then roasted coffee, some nice hops and a smoky note at the very end of the finish.

M-Medium bodied and a bit silky with moderate carbonation.

D-Deeelicious. sorry I only had one.


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

a: mahogany brown beer, black when held away from light, topped with a thin but nicely retained head

s: chocolate and raisin structure, fig, rich toffee, pretty nice but it's a bit one dimensional towards the sweet black malt - some astringent roast would go far to remedy this

m: low, silky carbonation and a full body...first impression is a 4.5, but further sipping brings out a buttery feel not sufficiently checked by the carbonation

t: chocolaty black malt body, raisin and fig, benign hops, tasty and a decent representation but nowhere near the level of complexity and relative balance found in other examples

d: half a bomber is plenty

bomber ferried to the Commonwealth by - and shared with - the dirtman

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

22oz bottle, purchased at steve's on mckee but lugged down to rest for consumption

my 2nd sampling - no notes taken the first time around

appearance: served in a st bernardus chalice on my last night in DC metro area. dark mahogany body, creamy beige cap and decent lacing

smell: chewy chocolate malts, caramel, some dark fruits, hint of licorice

taste: dig this baltic porter - super smooth swirls of chocolate, caramel, licorice and cream...touches of char and smoke.

mouthfeel: very creamy, delicate hits of char, moderate bitterness

drinkability: good

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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 152 ratings