Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Uncommon Brewers Baltic Porter
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is Uncommon Brewers Baltic Porter.
From the Uncommon Brewers website: “This is a Baltic Porter brewed with whole licorice root and star anise. 7.8% ABV. It is fermented warm with an ale yeast in flagrant disregard of modern style guidelines, instead working towards a heritage pre-lager treatment of the style. Subtle licorice and anise notes are present in the nose. The body is surprisingly light, with licorice sweetness helping to balance a smoky chocolate malt character. There should be clear notes of roasted barley on the finish.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours black with a large mocha colored head and spotty lacing.
Aroma: Dark fruit, anise, licorice and slight roasted and dark chocolate malts and vanilla.
Taste: Roasted and dark bitter chocolate malts, licorice, anise, dark fruits and slight vanilla and caramel flavors.
Overall: Although I generally do not like the flavors of licorice or anise, Uncommon Brewers Baltic Porter was enjoyable. I found this 7.8% ABV Baltic Porter well balanced and interesting. If you are a fan of the style I’d suggest picking it up.
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