Just Tapped - Baltic Porter | Deschutes Brewery

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Just Tapped - Baltic PorterJust Tapped - Baltic Porter
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Just Tapped - Baltic PorterJust Tapped - Baltic Porter

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 55
Photo of SB2017
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

SUPER yeasty on the nose but pleasant, not pungent. Heavy malts on the tongue, with a decent rounding out of hops on the finish. Overall it's a solid beer but not my particular cup of tea. For me a better porter would go for a slightly bolder presence of roasty flavors.

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Photo of mactrail
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark orangey brown with plenty of foam in the Maredsous goblet. Spritzy with carbonation that melts in the mouth. Aroma of dark grain and raisins. The roasted malt is Just sweet enough with burnt sugar and dark caramel. The impression is warm and malty, but smooth and clean. Finishes with a tangy, fruity, figgy note flavor for balance.

Overall, a very drinkable example of the style, certainly one of the better Baltic Porters I've had. It's a good choice for a stronger dose that is light on bitterness and acidity. From the 12 oz bottle purchased in the far Northwest.

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Photo of tigg924
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Pours clear, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is molasses, smoke, and chocolate. Moderate body and carbonation. Sweet roasty. Excellent beer. Reminds me a bit of a German rauch. Should have gotten more of this, but another winner from Deschutes. One of the better domestic examples of the style that I have had in a long time.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Market of Choice.

A dark brown with a thin brown head, this beer has light cola brown highlights and looks lighter than most Baltic porters I've had. The nose opens with a wonderful blend of roast, toasted cocoa, a noticeable dark fruit character and a hint of fruity coffee. Maybe a little raisin and fig? The palate opens pleasantly roasty but with reserved bitterness, focusing instead on flavor and texture. Dark fruit flavor with a light sweetness, a little vanilla, a mild coffee note and a nice , smooth cocoa note. The smooth, fruity lager notes amplify the cocoa notes, providing a smooth and graceful mouthfeel. Soft on the palate, this beer finishes with a blend of cocoa and dark fruit. Very nice.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: semi sweet dark roasted chocolate malt, caramel. Toasted cocoa, earthy, dark malt nose. Mahogany/Purple hue, mostly clear, delicate head some lace vanishes quick. Medium/full body. Chopped full of flavor. 25 IBUs

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Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent chestnut with a sliver of tan head. Semi- decent head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, a little roastyness

T: Follows the nose dryness, just a little fig & a little vanilla& leafy hops up front. Slight smokeyness, roastyness, & a little leafy hop as this warms. Finishes dry, roasty with slight smokeyness, even a little peat & just a little raisin & vanilla

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation

Expected a lot more from this. Hopefully this ages well, I have 5 more

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Photo of Mdog
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep brownish-red, good head.

Smell: Caramel and dark fruit, not too strong.

Taste: Sweet, prunes/dates, molasses, raisins. Kind of watery feel though.

Overall: This was different than most of the big porters I've had, definitely has more dark fruit and molasses instead of roasted malt character. Kind of interesting to try but not really in my wheelhouse.

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Photo of rarigney
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a transparent reddish mahogany with a moderate, loose, tan head that quickly drops to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is malty with a hint of dried fruit and maybe a touch of smoke. Taste is slightly sweet roasted grains and dark dried fruit. There is also a hint of smokiness on the finish. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. No hint of alcohol.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 5/4/19. Pours amber brown with a small light tan head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet toffee malt and molasses with some perfumy grains.

The flavor is sweet figgy malts and molasses with a little roast grain and chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, a decent baltic porter.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz single bought from Roth's Sunnyslope Market in South salem OR
Very dark brown almost black body..small beige head.
Aromas of dark berries, coffee, treacle and slight alcohol.
Taste more treacle/sweetly dark toffee at first..slightly fruity..like figs. Semi sweet finish.
Good mouth feel less thick than one would like..but good enough.
An average Baltic..its very drinkable but lacks the depth of the central European traditional examples.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12ozbottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a dark brown color with a one-finger foamy khaki colored head that reduces to leave nothing behind

S- caramel and dark fruit on the nose, with notes of fig & raisin, light molasses and chocolate

T- caramel and toffee up front, followed by notes of fig, raisin & black cherry. The finish gives chocolate and roasted malt

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish, abv hidden well

O- easy drinking with dark fruit and caramel notes throughout, was expecting a bit or roast and charred notes

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark reddish brown, not black. A bit thin for what should be a robust porter from our experience. That said, it looks nice in the glass. Thin, fading head, no lacing. Aroma of molasses, expresso and licorice. Taste is pleasant, well balanced, smooth and a well-hidden 8% ABV. Not at the top,of the heap for the style, but a good beer for a foggy, cold, winter's evening.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Best by 07/05/19. Mahogany colored ale is capped with a tall creamy khaki head that holds great retention. Aroma is somewhat muted with some dark malt, caramel, and earthy hops coming through. Nice Baltic Porter flavors of raisin, prune, molasses, mild chocolate, grain, caramel, toffee, and earthy hops. Full body, great balance, alcohol is well concealed. Good representation of the style; not the best I've had, but still good.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by May 4th 2019 so, super fresh.

Looks very dark reddish brown, small but long lasting head of foam. Lacing is not lacking.

Caramel malt, earthy, maybe some bakers chocolate in the smell. Light roast. Smells like it fits the style.

Caramel malt sweetness with an earthy flavour that is appropriate. Bakers chocolate, again, contributes sweet notes. Light roasted malt that adds nothing to this beer's bitterness. Didn't want that anyways.

Good mouthfeel, good hiding of the alcohol.

I reckon that this is a nice addition to the Deschutes portfolio.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a great style, and this take on it is a bit easier drinking than most.

It pours pretty thin dark brown. The aroma is all the right malts and hops but nothing nasty. It's not really a lightweight, but it's smaller than many off the style. There is a boozy aftertaste, but that is pretty much s given for these.

Recommended especially if you want am economical and easy drinking example.

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Photo of lastmango
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep root beer brown with a 2 finger off-white head. Light lacing. Slight malt caramel aroma nose. The taste is a bit one dimensional of chocolate caramel with a slight bitter hops finish that does not linger. Slightly creamy moderate body and carbonation. Crisp finish.

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Photo of beertunes
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a solid black color with 1/4 inch of khaki head that had low-moderate retention and light lacing.

The aroma was mostly rich malts, with just a touch of gentle hopping in the background. There was a nice level of lively carbonation on the tongue, that helped bring the malts across the palate. A touch of roast at the back end added a nice counter-point.

The body was medium light, crisp, and had a semi-sweet finish. Drinkability was very good, I can see more of these in my future. Overall, a very nice take on the style, worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown color, tan frothy head. Nice lacing.

Faint coffee, toffee, cocoa and earth on the nose and palate. I wish the taste was a bit more pronounced.

Creamy soft mouthfeel.

A nice Baltic Porter that I would have again but not sure I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of jkblr
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bb 5/4/19 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 8% ABV 25 IBU. The beer pours bright light brown with red highlights and light brown head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a few spots of lacing. The aroma is faint with earthy hops, chocolate and coffee. The taste is semisweet caramel and chocolate malt that lead into an earthy drying finish with just a hint of smoke. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall, very good. Very nice Baltic Porter, especially for the price.

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Photo of BB1313
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 5/4/19. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown with mahogany hues; fluffy khaki head that falls leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are mild and subtle, but open up a bit as it slightly warms. It's malt forward. Hints of cocoa and cherries. The flavors are bolder than the nose. There's a nice sweetness to this one. More hints of cocoa along with some subtle hints of vanilla. More hints of cherry in the mix. Moderate to low bitterness. Nice malt backbone. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's fluffy and smooth.

This is a nice beer. It's a straightforward, classic and traditional example of the style. It's enjoyable stuff. I like it.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a beautiful beer. Not exactly what I think of when I imagine a Baltic Porter, but the crystal clear deep crimson color is seductive and full if trickery. Highlighted with burnt chestnut brown and capped by a tan and clingy foam, it doesn't get old staring away.

Burnt brown sugar and burning sawdust cover up a deep rooted chocolatey base. It smells spicy. It smells hearty. It smells delicious.

It is delicious. A smokey note actually hits first. Cedar like with a quickly blending toasted hazelnut. Dark chocolate and nutmeg follow with a sweet brown soda bread even after that. A peppery hop finish is the perfect finish.

Assuming this is lagered, the feel is pretty nice. Neer perfect balance with the chocolate or even toffee like sweetness being cut down by a pleasant smokiness and herbal and spicy hop profile. There is an intial velvety slickness, but it finishes clean and dry.

A little less robust overall than what I am typically in favor of in a Baltic Porter, but this makes up for that in flavor. This here is a fine beverage coming from a consistently wonderful source. Any fan of the brown, porter, stout, smoked beer families out there should give this a go. Cheers.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by 05/04/19

Appearance - Pours dark, cola brown with a reddish tinge. Light tan, half finger width head that dissipates quickly, leaving a mostly barren surface with a razor thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass. No lacing, save a tiny spot or two.

Smell - Chocolate, roast and smoke mostly, with a touch of molasses and dark fruit riding firmly beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Chocolate and roasted malt base with a touch of smoke, and a subtle but consistent note of fig or raisin. Finish is mostly chocolatey with a hint of cream, and it's a wonderfully long aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair, tingly carbonation. Lightly creamy, velvety texture but with a nice crispness to the finish.

Overall - What a fantastic Baltic Porter to release for the holiday season. Classic Deschutes 'dark' flavors (more akin to Obsidian than Black Butte) but with the crisp finish of a lager. This won't be my last sixer of this before the new year springs to life.

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Just Tapped - Baltic Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 55 ratings