Baltic Porter | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-26-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 27
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Photo of BeerIsland
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2007 Baltic is a fine beer and last night, the locals were glad to see it back on tap. Milk Stout and a dark Dunkle Weizen carried the low end of the scale this real winter's eve as well as the tricky Warmer. I thought the Porter might have had a little less alcohol than previously but John F said it was around 7%. There was a sort of hoppiness about it last night as well, I wound up mixing it with some Hog (premise brewed, Gott sie dank, back to it's former self) which was worth a try but not a repeat. The four Grain is usually good for this purpose . The Baltic is quite a mouthful but very drinkable and 3 pints ought to be about right.

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Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Tap and Table. I took a small pour and if I weren't driving, would likely have had more. First off, it's hard to believe this beer is nearly 7%. It's as smooth and light as a brown porter. The flavor is a rich dry chocolate flavor, just like I'm letting great semi-sweet chocolate melt on my tongue. The beer finishes with a hint of char, like you'd get on a grilled steak. It's missing the fruitier notes I'm used to with this style, but overall this beer is dangerously good.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Phatz
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer tonight on-tap at Lancaster Brewing Company. The beer was served cold and the aroma did develop more as it warmed. Very nice drinkable beer.

Appearance: Dark brown with a creamy off white head that had decent retention.

Smell: Originally I had a hard time locating the aroma but as it warmed out came the sweet malt aroma and hints of coffee.

Taste: This is an interesting mixed flavor. It has some sweet caramel malt flavors but just as soon it is followed by a coffee bitter then gentle molasses sweet and unsweetened toasted chocolate with hop that is mildly bitter. The flavors seem to be swirling around in the beer.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel that is a bit thin for a porter but is smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability: This beer goes down very easily. Remarkably drinkable, approachable easy going beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a giant mug.

A- pours a nice shade of brown with a one finger, slightly tan head. The beer doesn't look murky, but it's not crystal clear either...not *too* dark where you'd confuse it for a stout either. The lacing is great, all the way around the mug

S- getting some chocolate notes, with, and I might be crazy, a tad bit of MINT in the aroma. Maybe it was just my nose that day. Unremarkable, but fine smelling

T- taste is *slightly* smoky, but mostly getting notes of bitter coffee with very slight hints of chocolate. Really good

M- the body is decently think, but not overwhelmingly so

D- a really good Baltic Porter. It's not boozy and overwhelmingly slapping you in the face with malts like the winter warmer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2006 batch, courtesy of new brewer Bill Moore. I am finding that he is really doing some wonderful things where his predecessor came up short. This is one of them.

It arrived with a fairly foamy deep-tan head. The color was a deep garnet and it had a sweet, malty nose to it. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy and the taste was sugary and caramel-like on the tongue. The finish had a strong chocolate taste to it. It was very smooth throughout. I liked it, but one or two would be plenty for a hophead like me.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ImBOBtheBEERguy
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Canal Street; barkeep said it was pulled from an aged 5 gal keg.

Since I do not know much about the Baltic Porter Style its hard to judge this beer. The color is brown like a brown ale or Coke. Not the typical dark associated with a porter. The aroma would include caramel, peanuts, and chocolate or sweet coffee. The flavor and body mix well creating a unique taste. The beer finishes sweet, rich and warming. It would be good on a cool autumn night.


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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thin tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It boasts of dark and roasted malts. It has a creamy aroma that is very pleasant. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, yet grainy dark malt flavor with a dry finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine porter. Like a lot I've had lately , it is really light on the mouthfeel and appearance. I guess it doesn't matter, but I prefer a full bodied porter.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as a beep brown beer with moderate slightly off-white puffy head. Smell is toasted amly , coffee, and some bitter chocolate, but suprisingly mild. Taste also shows some coffee and chocolate tones, with a slight dark fruit also present. The bitterness begins to show itself as the beer warms. Finish is moderately bitter, but not overly so, and the chocolate and coffee flavors blend well. A very good, easy drinking beer that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of DrJay
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My pint arrived at the table with a creamy dark beige, nearly tan head. The beer was nearly opaque, deep brown with a reddish hue. There was lots of lacing from start to finish. The aroma was decent, a nice mild roast with dry cocoa and a hint of sour cherry. The flavour was malty and fruity with a mild bitterness that just balanced things out. Notes of plums, cocoa and roasted grains filled it out and the finish had a slight cherry tartness. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and solid malty texture. This was a pleasant, easy drinking beer, not at all overbearing while providing some interesting character. Recommended!

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Lancaster Baltic porter
A-a dark brown color w/ ruby tinge at base and thick light brown head w/ film of lace tiny bead
S-smell is very roasty nutty and creamy w/ lots of chocolate malt aroma and yeast breast nose w/ slight woody aroma
M-the texture is full w/ high carbonation and semi-dry feel and mild sweetness w/ high roast element and subtle bitter finish
T- taste is a dark cocoa mixed w/ toasted grain flavor and light bitter woody element w/ slight chewy and crisp taste w/ slight toasted aspect and mild tinge of dried fruit with bit of hops adding balance with mild spice notes and mellow raisin
O- this is a very good Baltic porter with full feel and pleasant malt flavor

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of corby112
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: on-tap at the Standard Tap in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours pitch black with a thick beige head. Arom of oatmeal, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. A lot of oatmeal up front followed by roasted coffe and chocolate maltiness and a swet creamy finish.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Drewcifer
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must preface my review by stating that LBC's Baltic Porter has long been a beer that I look forward to the release of, and is one of the beers responsible for me widening my horizon from lagers and ales. It's been my favorite LBC brew the last two years, and this year it looks to three-peat.

Got a growler of the '08 batch from the brewery to enjoy on a blustery, cold winter day. A perfect Baltic day.

Pours out a rich, deep brown with reddish hue, and a decent off-white head that slowly dissipates.

Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and caramel, with a very faint scent of hops buried down in there.

The taste is malty, with the coffee being the most prevalent taste, followed by bitter chocolate and roasted grain. It all balances out very well, though, to a great overall taste.

A good, solid body on the border of medium and heavy, almost the perfect amount of carbonation, a slightly bitter, dry aftertaste.

Good drinkability, especially in the cooler weather. Mid-range ABV, a taste that does not beat you over the head with anything particular. You can have 4 to 5 pints of this, easy, and not get sick of it or overwhelmed by the alcohol.

A great balance of all the elements is what makes this beer such a good brew. No one area overpowers another, allowing you to appreciate them all.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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