He Said (Baltic Porter) | 21st Amendment Brewery

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84
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517 Ratings
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He Said (Baltic Porter)He Said (Baltic Porter)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
21st-amendment.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Beerlover on 10-03-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
517
Reviews:
111
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
11.62%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
79
For Trade:
0
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Photo of mothmanscott
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours what appears to be a clear very dark brown that is garnet hued when held to the light, producing 2+ fingers of foamy, creamy, moderately lasting, tan head that leaves motes, wisps & strings of lace. Aroma is roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate & Hershey's chocolate syrup, spice, pumpkin & a hint of smoke. Taste is similar to the nose but is more pumpkin & spice heavy with the cinnamon prominent, dark & bittersweet chocolate,  roast with burnt bread undertone, hints of molasses/toffee, an earthy mustiness & a faint hint of coffee. Lager yeast in the finish. I'm sure the caraway is there but is wasted on my unfamiliarity with it. Smooth, sweet start transitions to a dry, peppery feel in the finish, leaving a spice heavy, very dry, burnt chocolate & faintly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, chewy but silky & creamy with a lively finish & a spice heavy, somewhat tongue numbing aftertaste. An interesting & very different brew. Very intriguing!

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Photo of andrenaline
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance
Near black with 1 finger of khaki head.

Nose
Prune, plum, apricot, and cocoa.

Taste
Prune, black plum, and apricot. Some smoke, charcoal, and powdered cocoa. Strange sweet pumpkin flavors with a touch of allspice.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, and clean with a light bitterness.

Overall
It's got some strange flavors going on, but the smoothness of the lager makes up for it.

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Photo of dar482
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark brown color.

The aroma offers richly toasted bread and roasty malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, hints of plum and fig, cola.

The flavor hits of a Cola sweetness and milk chocolate, along with a herbal bitterness with nutmeg, hints of cinnamon, allspice, hints of buttery gourd, with a clean and dry lager finish.

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Photo of IronLover
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown to black in color. Poured with a short, light beige foam with medium low retention. Sweet, dark malt aromas with pumpkin, spice nutmeg and a faint note of roasted malt. Medium light bodied with a creamy smooth feel and light carbonation. Rich dark malt flavor up front followed by a touch of roastiness that quickly transitions to pumpkin and spice flavors. Medium hop bitterness through the middle. Bitter hops and a bit of cloying pumpkin sweetness carry to the end. Finished dryly with light roasty notes and bitter hop aftertaste. Balance tips heavily to the sweet and pumpkin side. A bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanK252
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep brown with a slight ruby hue where the light comes through, and a frothy light brown head that settles to a light layer and laces lightly.

S: Roasted malt, earthy, light spice, and a little roasted pumpkin.

T: Roasty malt, dark toast, a hint of smokiness, a little coffee, earthy, kinda bitter pumpkin and some spice come out a bit on the back end as it warms.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. I wish it was a bit fuller feeling.

O: Fairly tame for a pumpkin and spice porter, kind of in a bad way. I wish something jumped out more. Instead it's inoffensive, but a bit boring.

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Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PawG
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rtm05002
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 Lukass
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours like a normal Baltic porter. Black, with a little brown shining through on the top, with a creamy khaki head that dissipated after about 10 min. Smell is already off to a bad start. Smells of cheap Concord grape wine, and the spices come off like gluhwein and peanut butter. In other words, a PB and J sandwich, but not in a good way. Taste is much of the same - peanut butter and jelly, and the astringent heat of alcohol like a cheap malt liquor. I don't know if I got a bad batch or what, but I almost drain poured this one (would've been my second..). I don't know what they were thinking with the spices on this one but it was just nasty. I'm normally a fan of 21st amendment but this one fell way short of what I was expecting. Much different from the other He Said, which was phenomenal, IMO.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 oz can in a pint glass. This porter pours a blackish brown with a nice head of tan foam that subsides to a thick ring and layer with nice lacing. Nose of cinnamon, mace, roasted malts, brown sugars, and vegetable notes. Flavors follow the nose with light spiced pumpkin and near charred brown sugar with a nutmeg background. Good for the pumpkin lover. Lightly dry finish. Moderate carbonation. Not my cup of brew. Looking forwards to the triple and hoping for a better outcome. Love 21st Amendment, not a fan of this one though.

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Photo of imperialking
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VictorsValiant
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, canned on 09/02/2015. My second of the two pumpkin brews from 21st Amendment. "Lager brewed with pumpkin and spices".

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a black cola colored body, thinner, and more watery in appearance than a stout. 4 big fluffy fingers of bubbly chocolate cream head. Good fat fluffy strands of lacing.

S - More cola in the nose: spicing is apparent, but nothing too distinct. Notes of chocolate, herbs, and spice rack. No over pumpkin / gourd, or even cinnamon for that matter. 'Cola' is the best descriptor I can conjure. Maybe some very mild notes of pie crust / diacetyl when I really look for it.

T - Taste follows the nose: a thin, slightly watery cola flavored brew. Spices are apparent, but again indistinct. No cinnamon, thyme, or allspice stands out, but doubtless they are in there. Mild notes of peppery spice on the finish.

M - Feel is thin & watery, for the style and the abv. Mild lingering notes of chocolate & spices. Medium-bodied with crisp carb. Almost a bit of peppery chile spice finish.

Overall, not quite doing it for me. This one misses the mark, in my honest opinion. Not terrible, but definitely not enough pumpkin going on here to keep things interesting, and a bit too much cola spicing on this one.

21st Amendment He Said (Baltic-Style Porter) -----3.5/5

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Photo of pkalix
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass, color is black, kind of dense, head is tan, light lacing, lingers well with a nice cap.

Smell is has a nice cinnamon kick, maybe some light ginger, then some sweeter malt character, spiciness lingers.

Taste is a little neutral and less distinctive than the aroma, mild spiciness, cinnamon, clove, ginger, all spice are present, then some lighter pumpkin like vegetal qualities. Baltic porter profile is noticeable in the malt, but the finish is a bit harsh from the spices.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry on the tongue from the spiciness, thought the spice level seems subdued in flavor.

Overall, an interesting take on the blended style, it really hides the abv well from the spice and porter qualities but the flavor and finish aren't to my preference.

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Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of braican
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin ring of lace

S: Lots of pumpkin spices up front. Some roast, pumpkin, and coffee behind the spices. Very odd

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some muddled pumpkin spices and goes into some roasted malts, coffee, and vegetal pumpkin. Finishes with lingering spices

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Really just an odd combination of spices and roast. You would think it would work out better, but it never really fully works out. Drinkable for 8.2%, though. I think the tripel easily takes the cake between the 2 beers in the 4-pack

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Photo of ghirsh
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

He Said (Baltic Porter) from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.7 out of 5 based on 517 ratings.
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