22 oz bottle I have to thank my buddy Greg for getting me. Luckily he lives a block or so away from Foothills, so he was able to get these for me. You the man, Greg. Served this one up in a snifter.
A: Hits the glass as an almost glossy but milky black color. Held to the light, a little more of that milky note comes out of the color but it remains black with no light penetrating. The pour got me about 2 fingers of mocha colored head. The head slowly falls to a finger of loose head and thn it dwindles ever so slowly to a chunky ring. The head puts up some spotty lace on the glass. Just a good looking porter.
S: Picking up on some nicely roasted malts first. Getting some chocolate (its a nice milk chocolate and some dark cocoa as well), a little touch of coffee. The roast isn't too heavy, just enough to let you know its there. In that chocolate, there is a light touch of dark fruit in there. I can't make it out exactly, maybe a light touch of prune. Its not agressive at all, but it is nice. I was expecting it to be a little more assertive, but its still very nice.
T: Once again, its not agressive but its very well put together. Once again, things are pretty much all malt. Getting that chocolate in the form of dark and milk notes, but its not crazy sweet. Coffee comes out a bit more here but its light in presence. There is so bittering hop coming through and its doing a good job of cutting the sweetness. The roast on the malt is very nice, and it is probably helping cut the sweetness as well. Light prune and raisin coming through. Things finish off with a little bit of a wood note and some earthiness (tobacco maybe).
M: This is where this beer shines. Its nice and creamy but rich and chewy. Its close to full bodied but the creaminess tricks you into thinking its lighter. The beer just coats the palate and slowly fades behind each swallow, allowing all the flavors to linger for an incredibly long time. ABV is nicely hidden in the flavor, but it comes through in the feel. Each swallow brings a slight warmth on the back of the throat and leaves me happy and comfortable. Aftertaste is chocolates and dark fruit.
OA: I was expecting everything to be a little more aggressive and in your face, but this turns out to be a very beautiful, easy drinking, simpler Baltic Porter. It lets the feel take over the beer but the flavors and aromas are quite nice. Its just a nice representation of the style without taking it to a crazy level. Really, really enjoying this one. Too bad its so limited in production. Just a good fuggin beer. Not a bad choice for my first Foothills beer.
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