Baltic Porter Barrel aged Whistlepig Rye
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Baltic Porter Barrel aged Whistlepig RyeBaltic Porter Barrel aged Whistlepig Rye
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Style:
American Imperial Porter
Ranked #155
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #16,072
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 3.85%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
11
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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Baltic Porter Barrel aged Whistlepig RyeBaltic Porter Barrel aged Whistlepig Rye
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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. wax capped bottle served in my Bruery tulip. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a quarter inch, cream-colored cap embedded with pinprick and craters. Head quickly dissipates, coalescing around the edges and clustering in a corner. Ruby highlights are evident when backlit. Nose reveals notes of burnt sugar, vanilla, ethanol. Tate consistent with nose; however the vanilla really pops in the flavor profile and the ethanol only peaks out at the finish. Backbone is malty with notes of cocoa and roast. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to light) with a carbonation just shy of lively. That said, it comes off a little watered down. Overall, delightful with a well-hidden abv. I wouldn't recommend this for aging and actually think it might be at its sweetspot. I just wish the mouthfeel was a little fuller.

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, May 17, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Puts an off white fluffy foamy med head with fair retention, good soapy lacing, dark but not very dark brownish black color with some light getting through

Nose big whiskey up front, juicy rye whiskey, vanilla and toasted oak barrel, sweet bourbon like, baking spices, some roast but not much, little dark chocolate, touch of dried dark fruits,

Taste brings more whiskey, a little spicy rye whiskey and sweet bourbon but not a ton, plenty of oak barrel and buttery toasted oak, more dried raisin like fruit, no roast but a little smooth chocolate and cocoa, little baking spice and cookie dough, light bitterness, touch of coffee, drier finish, smooth alcohol and little fudgey choc lingering

Mouth is med bod but a bit light for what it is, alcohol hidden well, med carb

Overall barrel and whiskey really came through, base beer was decent with the mild dark fruits and chocolate, but a little light overall, a bit of a bigger beer would have made this incredible

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Jan 26, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark chocolate color with a 1/2 F head.
Aroma: oak, whiskey, chocolate with warming.
MF: relatively smooth compared to other Baltic Porters which have a much lighter body.
Taste: with warming, 50°+, the taste broadens with more chocolate, oak, and whiskey.
Excellent Baltic Porter.

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brureview from Massachusetts, Jan 19, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lighter bodied than expected with the dark color.
Great dark color with a light head.
Smooth easy drinking with an awesome Bourbon after taste.

Highly recommended

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KarlHvK from New York, Dec 29, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a nice looking burnt dark brown almost orange in the pour but yielded more of a darker brown close to black color in the glass. Head? What head, yup, not much there to be honest. Just a wispy semi-concave lace swarming at the clips of my glass.
The aroma seems to blend just right - nice woody barrel spice, some dark chocolate, some milk chocolate, subtle wheat (yeah, I know - weird, right? A Baltic porter has wheat in it?) Hmmm...I can tell it's there.
The flavor has a sly semi-sweet to subtle bitter and clipped roasty to toasty effect with a beautiful amount dark fruits rolling in for a wonderful balance. Nice aftertaste of dark fruits, dark chocolate, dark toast and milk chocolate.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Good smoothness rolling about. Some carbonation - enough to tell me it's good. Finishes a touch sticky.
Overall, I blame myself, yes, I should've waited longer, ugh, I suck. With that in mind I will still give this a good rating in good faith knowing that this aged will be more than stellar. I'd have again preferably in late 2020.

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Photo of bobv
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle.
Brewed, barrell-aged, and bottled in Windsor, VT
Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch very light tan head over a dark brown body with some lacing. Head recedes down to a ring and islets after more than a few minutes. Nose of the barrel mostly with bitter chocolate. Taste mirrors nose fairly closely with the barrel's vanilla, caramel, and oak represented nicely with the addition of a bit of the rye's spice. Good feel and overall, I've always enjoyed any WhistlePig barrel-aged beer from any brewery and this is no exception.
Cheers to Windsor and Shoreham, VT!!!

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bobv from Vermont, Dec 04, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz wax sealed bottle undated but a 2019 release.
A - Dark Mahogany color, gentle carbonation, thin off white cap, recedes to an archipelago, of surface proof.
S - Spicy Rye, bakers chocolate, a hint of smoke, vanilla, from the barrel
T - Follows the nose well, tight and delightful band of solid porter, and rye whiskey barrel treatment
M - Medium in body, sweet start rides into a nice dry finish
O - A very good offering from Harpoon, solid porter, barrel treated, enhanced quite well.

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SABERG from Massachusetts, Dec 03, 2019
Baltic Porter Barrel aged Whistlepig Rye from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 11 ratings