poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. I
received this bottle in a trade with a friend in Florida (thanks,
Appearance: Opaque black body with light reddish/brown highlights. No
visible carbonation. Pours to a fairly large, dark tan, frothy head
which laces and retains quite well.
Smell: Remarkably sweet aroma with a distinct lager character, not unlike a schwarzbier.
Taste: I love collaboration brews because they tend to be experimental
and unusual, though in the case of Jurata, Cigar City and Coronado
Brewing seemed to have played it completely safe. They’ve brewed an
exactly-to-spec Baltic Porter and made an excellent one at that. No
weird ingredients or eccentric approach here, which is rather unusual
for these breweries – which is what makes it unique.
The palate opens up with a lightly sweet taste of cola and a touch of
dark chocolate and roasted malt. It has a distinct lager quality to it,
making great use of its Baltic Porter style (it’s not trying to be a
stout). Additional sweetness on the finish akin to that found in milk
stouts due to lactose sugar. A slight dairy/milky/vanilla character can
be found on the backend as well. It’s delectable to be sure, though the
flavors are still constrained enough to not be cloying (or mind-blowing,
unfortunately). Still, there is nothing to dislike and everything to
enjoy about this beer.
Drinkability: What makes Jurata so successful isn’t just its palate, but
the way it drinks – like the lager it is. The mouthfeel is on the
thinner side with consistent crispness. It’s not thick and syrupy the
way an imperial stout would be. It’s even refreshing for a moment while
in the mouth, and goes down extremely smooth with no warmth from the 8%
ABV at all. It makes full use of its potential, though at no point is it
dense or obese. This should be packaged in 12oz bottles and sold as