Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Baltika #6 Porter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20ChadPolenz (1694) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 9C Baltic Porter

AROMA: Dark malt presence with dark fruit notes (plum, raisins, currants). Slight toffee and dark chocolate. Some sherry notes from oxidation. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Seemingly black but actually deep ruby red. Clear. Moderate tan soapy head evaporates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Dark malt throughout, but not particularly sweet nor roasty/bitter. Some dark fruit flavors, especially of black grape. Minor toffee flavor in the aftertaste. Faint trace of spicy hops. Slight sherry component. Good palette considering its age. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with med-low CO2. Feels a bit thin and watery. Smooth. 7% alcohol is fairly tame. Finishes too clean. 2/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: For a year-old bottle this has held up well. Palette is complex but mild and body has diminished. I can see why BJCP considers it a classic example of the style. 7/10


NOTE: I am a rank-pending BJCP judge. I am reviewing commercial beer to BJCP specs to hone my judging skills.