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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
74 82 66 2 4 2
To From by Mikkeller
Baltic Porter
8.00 % ABV

Review by Westside Threat on 01/13/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 3 10 12 3 5 0
A: “Holiday ale brewed with spices”. Huh, is that right. Looks awfully dark for that description. Its about as dark as brown comes, totally opaque. Head is pillowy and thick, healthy dark tan color.

S: Well that’s quite an interesting aroma…much different than I thought it was gonna be. There’s an undercurrent of roasted barley which makes up the porter backbone. On top of this is coriander, nutmeg, vanilla yogurt, an interesting hop concoction and sasparilla.

T: Starts oily and piney, like spruce or something of that nature was added to the beer. Almost minty at times with coriander blending accordingly. And maybe even pungent ginger? Regardless, this beer is abrasive and rough. There’s nothing smooth about it. After the swallow, really aggressive bitterness floods the palate and blasts the taste buds. Finishes somewhat alcoholic, bitter and cloying.

M: Full bodied and soft but with some spritzy carbonation.

D: Not sure I was a fan. Its one of those beers that needs age but will lose all its seasonings once its laid down. Dunno. The seasonings are currently muddied together, not really melding well. Needs to be rebalanced

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/23/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 0
A - Pours a very dark muddy brown that is completely opaque. Head is large and pillowy, light cocoa colored. Great retention. Sheets of lacing. Great looking brew here.

S - Nice mix of holiday spices here, with nutmeg and coriander. Mint seems to be in there, which is something I don't often smell in beer. Spruce tips. All of this rests on a nice sweet malty base. This is encouraging.

T - Big bold layers of flavor going on here. Starts off with lots of malty sweetness with some molasses, caramel and toffee. Spices come in with pepper, coriander. Spruce is strong here. Works into a bitterness that is reminscent of wood, if that is possible. Slight hoppiness that lasts through to the aftertaste.

M - Full bodied with a smooth feel. This one feels like it will turn velvety with some age on it.

Overall - Very nice beer. Can't wait to see how some time affects this one as I think the adjuncts are a bit too up front and bold right now and the feel would improve. Worth the price of admission.

Price: $14.99 Served In: Pint Glass

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