Baltic Porters: Where's the Love?!

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  1. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    My apologies for the confusion here. You did indeed state "Robust Porter" in your above post but I was thinking Baltic Porter.

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  2. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Grand Pooh-Bah (3,076) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Ha ah ok, makes sense now. I thought you were just adding that Baltic Porter is not on their website.

    Well, if you do happen to see the Robust Porter, it's a good one too!
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  3. jesskidden

    jesskidden Pooh-Bah (2,969) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Just saw it as a sixpack on a local shelf. Canned in Dec.
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  4. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Grand Pooh-Bah (3,076) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    You were at the liquor store at 10 am on a Monday?

    I mean, no judgement here, there's never a bad time to party.
  5. jesskidden

    jesskidden Pooh-Bah (2,969) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Nooo... what are you kiddin' me? It was closer to 9:10 or so.

    Well, in my world:
    ...not to say it is not one of my few enjoyable winter past-times.:grin:
  6. GuyFawkes

    GuyFawkes Grand Pooh-Bah (4,682) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
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    Mats Gustafsson (saxophone player and legendary record collector) once said that even if you don't have a nickel to your name, you can learn a lot from visiting a record store & digging around. I think the same is true of a liquor store...who knows what will hit your radar, whether you're buying or not??
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  7. EdFed

    EdFed Pundit (993) Dec 21, 2008 Illinois

    I'm not much of a reviewer, but I've had it and it's awesome. I'm a big fan of the style but haven't had one in a while. This did not disappoint. Highly drinkable and highly recommended.
  8. Klister

    Klister Zealot (584) Oct 27, 2010 Maine

    Smutty’s Baltic was great! And at a fantastic price point, drank my last one a year ago...
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  9. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Pooh-Bah (2,538) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia
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    I love Baltic Porter. That's the difficulty of the Hazy IPA and Sour Beer craze. It's pushing a lot of dark beer style out. BP and Schwarzbier are good examples. I can't think of a widely available BP that I've had, but we have two good local examples here in Atlanta in Arches Brewing Five Week Sail and Gate City Brewing Terminus.
  10. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Pooh-Bah (2,538) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia
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    Exactly, try finding a good Schwarzbier these days. A fantastic dark beer style.
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  11. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Pooh-Bah (2,286) Mar 29, 2010 American Samoa
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    In the winter I love getting me a $2-3 bottle of Zwyiec porter that's like 10% and will warm you up but, now sure that's available everywhere. Still not my favorite style at all.
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  12. dagimp

    dagimp Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Someone mentioned it earlier but Tired Hands makes King Royal baltic porter. They've released it at least three separate times. It is absolutely fantastic. Always a must buy for me. Also RIP to Victory Baltic Thunder. An absolutely fantastic beer that used to be in 22oz bottles but was pulled a number of years ago. Making this in four packs as a seasonal should be done immediately. Its wine barrel aged compatriot, Red Thunder, was absolutely hot trash.
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  13. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Pooh-Bah (1,751) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    Had one last week at Gilded Goat here in Fort Collins... while it wasn’t quite as strong as a normal BP, it hit all the flavor and feels for me.
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  14. Crusader

    Crusader Pooh-Bah (1,589) Feb 4, 2011 Sweden

    In Swedish porter news a brewery in Gothenburg is trying to revive a yeast from a bottle of Swedish brewed porter from 1820. The bottle is in the hands of a brewery museum and about a third of the contents are still left in the bottle. They are being assisted in their effort by people from a Swedish yeast manufacturer. Sounds interesting.

    From what I can gather the label says "Prof å porter från Lorentska porterbryggeriet år 1820" ("Sample of porter from the Lorentska porter brewery year 1820").

    Lorentska porterbryggeriet was the precursor of the Carnegie brewery, it was purchased by David Carnegie in 1836.
  15. NickSMpls

    NickSMpls Pooh-Bah (2,360) Nov 11, 2012 Washington
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    We just rated a Baltic Porter from Buoy Beer Co. out of Astoria, OR. It's a good, solid offering. Astoria is a working seaport with the brewery itself built out over the water. We figure they should know something about a beer named after a sea. We bought it it in early Feb of this year at the Costco in Warrenton, which is next to Astoria. Buoy's distro is pretty close to home, but you might be able to find it in Seattle and Portland, besides around Astoria itself.
  16. DiUr

    DiUr Initiate (0) Aug 14, 2014 Spain


  17. tasterschoice62

    tasterschoice62 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,511) May 14, 2014 Rhode Island
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    Tasty as is most of this series.
    #97 tasterschoice62, Mar 10, 2020
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2020
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  18. marquis

    marquis Pooh-Bah (2,239) Nov 20, 2005 England

    The problem is with the modern beer terms usage.
    When Baltc Porters (ie intended for export to the Baltic states) first appeared, British brewing was in two separate industries, ale and beer. Porter/Stout were beers not Ales.
    Some Porters were brewed overseas, often using a bottom fermenting yeast. These were still beers. And only beers which were stored (lagered) could be termed lagers.
    Bottom fermenting does not define a lager, there are top fermented lagers.
    So a bottom fermented Porter would not be classed as a lager at the time, simply a beer.
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  19. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2017 California

    How have you not gone insane by now?
  20. afrokaze

    afrokaze Pooh-Bah (1,871) Jun 12, 2009 Oregon

    Had a great one by Grains of Wrath called Into The Void earlier this week. Always loved the style and want to make one at work again soon.
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