Style: Baltic Porter
Purchased: About $8? for a 500 mL bottle at Publick House Provisions in Brookline, MA
A+ / 4.55
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5
Pretty damn dark and opaque with a dark tan head, fine bubbles which clump on the glass.
Tremendous depth to the aroma, with creamy caramel and toffee melding into fresh rye bread, pastry, and some black pepper at the end. Christmas pudding and and pumpernickel round it out. Spices enhance, but its hard to pick them out. Port-like undertones.
Very creamy, dextrinous, slick mouthfeel makes the caramel, chocolate, and dark bread flavors pop. Spicing is faint but brightens it up further. A touch of roastiness balances moreso than any hops. Dark raisin/plum flavors poke out with warmth. Carbonation is slight, letting the flavors linger on the palate longer. Could use a bit more bite, but makes for a highly drinkable beer. Alcohol warms subtly. Definitely check it out.