He Said (Baltic Porter) | 21st Amendment Brewery

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He Said (Baltic Porter)He Said (Baltic Porter)

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Beerlover on 10-03-2013

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Photo of Beerlover
4.83/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: pours with a medium light body, crimson black in color with a 2 inch thick quickly dissipating khaki head
S: has depth of aromas, the pumpkin spices definitely come out more abundantly with this one, along with some strong roast malt to help with the balance.
T: I like when a beer taste like it smells when its something with a more substantial flavor and complexity, I also like when a beer surprises me with pleasant flavors, which this one does greatly .The taste is spot on with the aromas, pumpkin spiciness with some allspice, nutmeg, cardamom but not overpowering by any means, balanced perfectly by the roasted malts (i'm not a big fan of pumpkin beers either) but then there is an awesomely surprising slight but apparent smokiness!? reminds me of a perfect fall night around a campfire with friends which would be wonderfully glorious while drinking this liquid gold. awesome.
M: same as the "he said" tripel, pleasant, low carbonation medium body.
O.A. definitely like the Baltic porter much more than the tripel in this four pack but like I said, I love the idea of two completely different beers in a single four pack, its like a mini sampler! love it!

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Photo of brewtus
4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can in teku

A- pours dark cola brown with a nice two finger bone head
S- lots of milk chocolate, sweet malt, cinnamon, pumpkin, chili scents
T- starts with a roasty chocolately malt, cinnamon, sweet pumpkin, lots of smokeyness, dark fruit, earthy, I get some
M- thinner than it looks because it's so dark but very enjoyable
O- impressed with this, it's nice and smokey, which was expected of the style, the pumpkin is not in your face, it takes a back seat to the porter flavors. This is a nice change from your run of the mill pumpkin brown ales, it is complex and delicious.

Had to go back and bump this rating up, this is one of the best pumpkin beer I have ever had. Period

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pitch black color with three fingers of caramel-colored head that slowly dissolved into a half of a finger of lacing that gripped the sides of the glass and completely covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malt and smoke. Dark bread, brown sugar, slight notes of alcohol, liquorish. Not much in the way of hops however.

Taste: Beautiful! Massive roasted malt bomb! Tons of malt and freshly baked dark bread, brown sugar, sweetness, finished by some beautifully balanced hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smoooooth! Hardly any carbonation. With an ABV of 8.2%, I’m surprised that there isn’t more of an alcohol presence on the palate. As it is, there isn’t any.

Overall: This is an excellent, excellent porter, one of the best I’ve ever had in fact. Absolutely fantastic!! If this beer is released again next year, I’m definitely getting it again!

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Photo of voxhumana
4.51/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is awesome!

It has a medium/light body with a non-overbearing pumpkin taste, preferable to some of the more mainstream beers with strong, syrupy pumpkin flavors. Followed up by a subtle but crisp spice after taste.

picked this up at a liquor store in the boonies while traveling cross-country, and I'm sad to say I cant find it anywhere else now. Great stuff.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear dark brown with a medium sized white head. The aroma is roasted malt and a slight hint of pumpkin. The taste is spices and cocoa with a touch of pumpkin. A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of bizweasel
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Of the two He Said's this is the one that has the better staying power as a beer you look forward to drinking again. And it'll be the reason I will stockpile the goofy and somewhat expensive 4pack boxes while they are still out there.
Love the color on this beer. Just a hint of that dark roast bitter making it through the spice and sugar. Lots of cinnamon and less clove, good call there guys. Coats the tongue. Goes with food or without, try some to wash down a curry, mmmm.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%

Awesome. I thought the Belgian half of the four pack of these was great, and this is even better.

It looks like a great example of the style, coming out of a can unadulterated by light, etc. The aroma is slightly spicey/pumpkin but otherwise nice, perhaps mild and well behaved Baltic porter.

The taste is such a great mix of smokey, malty, pumpkin that I want to run to the store and hoard a few four packs. This is great. The aftertaste is pretty sweet, but in general it seems a little lighter that many of the style (never mind the pumpkin, which makes it a new style).

My compliments to 21st Amendment.

If I were judging this as just a Baltic Porter, it might not fare as well as it does as a PUMPKIN Baltic Porter. That deserves BONUS points!!

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 4 pack of cans released in fall of 2013. 1st appearance of an Elysian brew in GA that I know of...

A - Pitch black, dark brown, TONS of sticky lace and head left all over the glass. Impressive

S - Cinnamon X3! It dominates. Other spices, pumpkin, roasted malts.

T - Pumpkin and spices, roasted malts, delicious combination. Well done!

M - Full bodied, highly carbonated. Creamy. Nice!

O - An excellent brew. I have never had a pumpkin spice porter. Seems natural, since the pumpkin spiced latte is all the rage right now. This is better!

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the can into a globed glass.

A- Poured black with a soapy khaki colored head that left spotted lace.

S- Huge cinnamon, nutmeg roasted malt, coffee, sweet cocoa, and vanilla notes.

T- Big cinnamon, vanilla, roasted malt, cocoa, and a little bit of a slight acidic note. Very clean taste with some light bitterness on the finish. The way the flavors blend together remind me of a really good mexican mocha.

M- Highly carbonated, mostly dry finish, big warming, and lighter bodied than I expected.

O- The pumpkin pie flavors are not quite as well integrated into this beer as the He Said Tripel. However, this is a really delicious porter and I love the way the cinnamon and vanilla flavors blend with more traditional porter characteristics.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Almost three fingers of sticky light brown head after pouring the can straight into a clean snifter. Large bubbles on top act as a catalyst to sink the foam in toward the center, but height is almost surely held with hammocking stick along the inner bowl of the glass wall. Almost pitch black. Laces in coats.

Minerally vegetal note, unsweetened chocolate, anise, sultry dark roast, mace, kilned grain husks, oatmeal, seaweed, medicinal phenols, candied dried fruits, nutmeg, and faint pumpkin seed.

More traditional flavors with finishing layers of complexity. A standardly dry porter with great chew, oatmeal bitterness, well-done roast, dry cocoa notes, and a lingering sustain of pumpkin pie spices. A little minerally with low PH levels. Relaxed body with palming weight, but not tension. Gives up slowly, but surely, in the mouth with a pleasant release of gases. The body of the beer is exceptional and really plants on the taste receptors. Spices are overmatched with a great malt base. Aged hops bring forth some young pine and a twist of orange peel. Faint 'squashy' taste that I like. An exceptional porter of the Baltic style with a seasonal American twist. A fine drink for the onset of colder weather. Could be enjoyed late into the throes of winter.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've always been a fan of pumpkin porters- so much so that I've been known to mix a pumpkin beer with a good roasty porter. This one from the collaboration between 21st amendment and Elysian is a good one. I've always been a fan of Elysian's pumpkin festival, and their pumpkin beers in general. This beer has that pumpkin silkiness I'm looking for coupled with some judicious pumpkin pie spicing, and a nice roastiness as a counterpoint. Creamy finish, this is just what I'm looking for in a pumpkin porter.

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Photo of Brenden
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is a very dark brown color, fairly thick, and exactly what I expect from a Baltic Porter. The head is a faintly yellow-tinted tan and rests at almost precisely one finger's height. Retention is good, and a mixture of patching and spotting is in plenty.
There's a baking chocolate undertone in the malts, with plenty of roast and a little bit of sweetness. Otherwise, pumpkin spices are nicely strong but held in check. There's definitely distinguishable pumpkin flesh in here, too. It's a good balance of very lightly sweet against boldly roasty and lightly bitter. Somewhat leafy/floral hops notes are light, as is a sort of earthier bitterness, working nicely to add depth and complexity to an otherwise stragithforward version of a pumpkin-based porter, though not traditional as far as Baltic Porters go.
The feel is even and smooth in a medium body but a little leaner on the tongue than I had expected. It has a light crispness to it as well.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Canned on date clearly marked on the bottom (09/09/13).

Pours a deep brown, with a decent khaki head. Smell is all big pumpkin pie, with a more exotic, woody spice base. Like craft pumpkin pie. Taste is an immediate rush of these spices, with cinnamon taking hold, along with a quick wash of bitterness. This slowly fades into a mellow pumpkin base, with the woodier spices finishing.

Very nice and complex, and a very enjoyable pumpkin brew that begs for another sip. Reminds me of Monk's Blood - not a bad thing at all. A fall keeper.

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Photo of Reckage
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a big fan of darker brews i have to give this one a slight edge on the He Said tripel, both are really good beers. This collaboration between 21st amendment and elysian breweries just seems natural, they should take on another project!

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Photo of tone77
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of strong coffee, lots of roasted malts. Taste is unique and good. Roasted malts, some coffee, spices, a touch of sweetness, mild hints of pumpkin, very easy drinking for the abv. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine beer.

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Photo of Joerwat
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Nose: Sweet, slightly fruity with a nice bouquet of spices, like a nice pumpkin pie. Of the usual spices, cinnamon takes the stage

mouthfeel: spices take the fore, pumpkin is far less present than on the nose.

Finish, the pumpkin-y flavor returns with a vengeance, the spice fades away to the strong, almost vegetal, but not badly so, pumpkin flavor

overall: not quite as balanced as I would like, but still fantastic.

Mixed with the Baltic porter He Said: a far more balanced nose, spices play with pumpkin to a nice backdrop of roast. Mouthfeel is fuller than either alone, and the taste is again more balanced; it's as though one only tastes the best parts of both brews. The finish is shorter, again perfectly balanced, but at the very end becomes just a tad too vegetal. I'd rate the mix at 4.85, it is so incredibly close to the perfect pumpkin beer.

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Photo of HSGB1316
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This beer was amazing. I had it on tap for the first time and was blown away. The pumpkin spice and the porter richness mix perfectly together. This beer is sold in 4 packs of cans. Two cans are this beer and the other two are a Belgium style ale with pumpkin spice. Both are phenomenal and if you are into pumpkin beers, you must try these.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown with mahogany highlights at the edges. A fine two finger very light tan head that dissipates to a persistant thick film with lots of lacing. Aroma of distinct cinnamon, roasted malt, clove and pumpkin, appealing. Flavor is mellow, sweet toasted malt, pumpkin and well handled light pumpkin pie spicing. Medium bodied with pleasant creaminess. A very nicely balanced pumpkin porter. I'm not detecting the Baltic portion of the porter because of the other flavors, but that is hardly a detraction because everything is very nicely balanced and tasty. Very nicely done. Both of these He Said ales were excellent. I hope these are an annual event.

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Photo of Legend_of_Troybrau
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into plastic milk jug.

A) 4.25-- black body, w creamy quarter inch of light coffee color head.

S) 4-- light pumpkin, sweetness, stout

T) 4.25- Flavor gauntlet. Roasty, sweet, chocolate-orangeness, Bright fruity finish, cranberry tartness and berry. Malt, malty, malt, malt.

M) 4.25 Soft, wet... velvet

O) 9.3

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, dark brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: roasted malt, cream, clove, and pumpkin seed

Taste: dark and sweet chocolate, cream, cinammon, clove, and pumpkin pulp that is present towards the end.

Mouthfeel: sweet and roasty, medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

Overall: I was thinking I was going to like the tripel better, but I actually found this to be the better of the two beers. This is not as pumpkin forward as some other pumpkin beers I have had, but the base Baltic porter is really tasty. I would get this again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Dark nearly pitch black body, nice head formation with creamy tan colored head, which leaves behind speckled lacing in even patterns. Aroma dark roasted malts, a hint of pumpkin spice, raisins/plums other ripened or dried dark fruits. The spice is very minimal with pumpkin notes in the finish upfront dark chocolate, roasted malt character with a hint of coffee and dark fruit especially raisin notes. Mouthfeel texture wise silky smooth even flowing carbonation medium to full bodied really nice light spice finish which doesn't linger, absolutely no alcohol burn at all very smooth. Overall impressed with this offering, I'm glad I picked up a can of each to try the He Said, he Said combo!

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Photo of VashonGuy
4/5  rDev +8.1%

12 ounce can from the 4 pack, into a tulip.

This is my first Baltic Porter, so I don't have others to compare it to. I'm struck by the smokiness, both in the aroma and the taste. The pumpkin? Not so much. It's there in the background, but if I didn't know this was a pumpkin ale, I might not have thought about it. There's a bit of spice, but nowhere near what you find in typical pumpkin ales.

I'd call this a dark smoky porter, with a difference, and the difference is that pumpkin/spice combo in the background. Overall, I like the combination of flavors quite a bit, and think that everything works well together. Unusual, yes, but very very good.

I first had the He Said/He Said 4 pack in 2013, and remembered that it was good. I'll be sure to pick some up every year from now on.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours thick and pitch black with a two-finger sudsy light-tan head that has good retention, eventually leaving a small layer floating on top

S- charred wood with some smoky malt aromas, charcoal, earthy and herbal, carrot cake, sweet molasses and carob

T- roasty and smoky malt coming from the base porter with hints of carob and raisin, lots of cinnamon coming through from the spice bouquet which works nicely with the porter. Not specifically picking up any pumpkin but I can pick out the typical pumpkin spice flavors, dry finish with more cinnamon and roasted malt on the linger

M- thick and chewy body with low carbonation and a foamy and creamy mouthfeel, leading to a silky finish, just a touch of alcohol warmth at the end

O- I enjoyed this one, I think the cinnamon having more of a presence that the other spices worked nicely with the baltic porter. Very drinkable, given the ABV. I'm usually let down by all things 21st, but this one was good

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Photo of anohvc
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tulip glass, this baltic porter pours a deep black color with an inch mocha-colored head that recedes fairly quickly. Leaves nice lacing on the glass after each sip. Smells of malt, coffee, and some cinnamon. Very woodsy in both flavor and aroma. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit biting with coffee/malt notes. Pumpkin is not very prevalent, nor are any pumpkin pie spices, although I have a cold, which may impact this review. Overall a delicious Baltic porter, although the pumpkin aspect is a bit lacking.

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Photo of Billolick
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, canned on 09/09/13, according to the info on the bottom ...

Pours darn near black, with a medium mocha and long lasting head, that slowly goes to fine and coating low sheeting and fine fields of scattered lacing. Nice looking beer.

Dark malts and lite chocolate on the nose.

Smooth and tasty on the tongue, I get more lite chocolate, dark malts and just a hit of the advertised "pumpkin and spices". Much better then the He Said Tripel, this one is a nicely crafted porter with subtle spicing and smooth malty/chocolate notes.

Worth a try. Quality beer in a can = good stuff

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He Said (Baltic Porter) from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.7 out of 5 based on 516 ratings.
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