Category Archives: Baltic Porter

Funky Fluid Leviathan Pedro Ximenez Barrel Aged

Brewery: Funky Fluid
Country: Poland
ABV: 11%
Style: Porter – Baltic
Other Notes: Coconut flakes and cocoa nibs

Brewer Description: (from bottle) We’ve put Leviathan, our Imperial Rye Baltic Porter with coconut and cocoa nibs, into Pedro Ximenez sherry barrels. The outcome exceptionally full of flavour chocolate monster, enriched with sherry notes, bringing to mind dried fruit and muscovado sugar.

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.13
My rating: 4

Intro: A 330ml red waxed bottle, with a best before date of 30th December 2023. Poured into what I guess is a water glass (being all that I could find at the hotel late at night).
Appearance: Poured a dark cola brown in colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Coconut, milk chocolate, dark fruit, raisins, prune, with maybe a hint of vanilla.
Taste: Moderate sweetness, dessert like, chocolate, raisins, prunes, coconut, vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Rich, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: An enjoyable sipper that was rich, but surprisingly not too sweet. Although the barrel influence didn’t seem too apparent, there was lots of good coconut, chocolate and dark fruit notes.


Stu Mostów WRCLW Baltic Porter Coffee Vanilla Hazelnuts NITRO

Brewery: Browar Stu Mostów
Country: Poland
ABV: 9.1%
Style: Baltic Porter
Other Notes: 40 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from website) To the extractive base of the Baltic Porter we added extremely aromatic Madagascar vanilla sticks, roasted hazelnuts and BRAZYLIA PATROCINIO coffee beans from from our local roastery – Czarny Deszcz! In this way, we have created an incredibly delicious combination, which is bound in a dessert whole by a velvety texture obtained thanks to nitrogen saturation!

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.39
My rating: 4.3

Intro: A 330ml bottle, with a best before date of 23rd December 2023. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour, with a thin brown head that disappeared quickly, while leaving nice spotty lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, dark malt, coffee, chocolate, wafer biscuit, with light nutty, raisin and vanilla notes.
Taste: Roasty, bitter, dark chocolate, coffee, biscuit, nutty, hazelnut, light caramel sweetness, and notes of vanilla. Finish is an enjoyable lasting bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, velvety, smooth, medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Unfortunately I did not know that this was a nitro beer until after it was poured as the word ‘nitro’ was not so obvious on the bottle to me. Therefore I didn’t do the aggressive vertical pour and didn’t get as much of the nice tiny bubbles and cascading effect as I could have. Having said that, this was a great beer, with wonderful bitterness and strong coffee and chocolate flavours.

Penyllan The Mistress Bourbon

Brewery: Penyllan Brewery
Country: Denmark
ABV: 13%
Style: Baltic Porter
Other Notes: At Penyllan we focus on brewing small batches of beer, aged slowly on wood with our house culture of wild yeast. We are inspired by the changing seasons and the wealth of ingredients available to us on our beautiful island

Brewer Description: (from bottle) The Mistress is inspired by the strong and dark baltic porters that, for centuries, has been brewed and consumed by people around the Baltic Sea. Among them the inhabitants of the island where our brewery is. Brewed traditionally with a mix of domesticated and wild yeast and then put to rest in freshly emptied bourbon barrels for a full four years.

Black and viscous with a small tan head. Aroma is dominated by tobacco, leather, dried fruit, smoke, and warm asphalt. Mellow carbonation and slick mouthfeel with complex flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, burned sugar and black cherries. The bourbon character is well integrated and manifests as vanilla, wood and a hint of warming alcohol. Long mouth coating aftertaste with sticky caramel sweetness and lingering roasted bitterness.

My rating: 3
My rating: 4.02
My rating: 3.8

Intro: A 750ml bottle, bottle 432 of 858, 2015 vintage, with a best before date of May 2030. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour with a thin tanned head that dissipated quickly but left some sparse but spotty lacing.
Aroma: Leather, roasted malts, dark fruit, plum, prunes, bourbon, with light notes of chocolate.
Taste: Sweet, roasty, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit, plum, oak, bourbon, vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Flavours were nice and complex in little sips, but the sweetness was too intense for me to drink too much at a time. Was hoping for more roasty bitterness to help balance out the sweetness.

Garage Project Baltic Porter Bourbon Barrel Aged

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 11.5%
Style: Baltic Porter
Other Notes: Bourbon Baltic Porter 2016

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Baltic Porter, the favoured tipple of the Tzars. This batch has been treated to an extra serving of imperial decadence, aged for over a year in oak bourbon barrels. The result is a real heavyweight-rich and smooth with a seamless combination of vanilla, dried fruit, coffee, toffee and liquorice, but a classic clean finish courtesy of it’s long, cold fermentation. He’s an old bear, but he can still take any contender pound-for-pound.

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.2
My rating: 4.1

Intro: A 650ml bottle, packed on 29th September 2017. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: A clear dark brown colour with a one finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving only sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, oak, vanilla, coffee, with notes of dark fruit, prunes, and plum.
Taste: As you’d expect from the aroma, lightly sweet, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, with a hint of dark fruit, prunes, and plum.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A very nice and enjoyable Baltic Porter with great bourbon and dark fruit notes. I like this a lot more than the base non-barrel aged version.

Carbon Brews The Baltic Proper

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 7.7%
Style: Baltic Porter
Other Notes: 38 IBUs. Malts – Pale, Munich T1, Special W, Caramunich T2, Black Patent and Carafa Special T3. Hops – Willamette and Hellertau. Yeast – 34/70

Brewer Description: (from can) Experience – dark chocolate, coffee, rich dark malt.

My rating: 4
My rating: 3.96
My rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 30th April 2020. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: Dark brown in colour with a two finger beige head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Roasty dark malt, chocolate, coffee, and caramel, with notes of dark fruit and nuttiness.
Taste: Roasty dark malt, toasty bitterness, dark chocolate, nutty, and coffee, with notes of sweet dark fruit.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Looks great with good dark chocolate bitter flavours. I was hoping for stronger dark fruit, but still, it was enjoyable.