Our beloved porter has seen it all. It went from the rough-hewn, smoky seminal macrobrew in early 18th-century England, to the first truly international beer in the 19th century, to near extinction in the 1970s, all in a span of 250 years. It was thankfully resurrected by CAMRA and American microbrewers in the 1970s.
Tag: Baltic porter
Appreciation - Full Pints May 1, 2011 -
In 2010, the Beverage Testing Institute/Tastings in Chicago evaluated almost 400 beers and ciders in nearly 80 style categories. For each style, here are the top three entries (more in the case of tied scores) of those that scored in the platinum (96-100 points) or gold (90-95) ranges.
Beers May 1, 2011 -
Fortified porter and its sibling style, Russian imperial stout, were developed by English brewers to serve markets to the east. As these dark, strong beers gained favor, breweries along the Baltic trade route began brewing their own versions, and the porter lost its ale identity as these breweries used lager yeasts. The result is a beer that can resemble a very dark doppelbock, with alcohol levels between 7.5 and 9 percent. Black in color, the porters are very smooth with not much of the fruity characteristics you would find in a conventional porter. Roasted malts with dark sugars, caramelized sugars and hints of licorice show in the flavor profile. A hint of smokiness can also be present. Hop aroma is very low, maybe a hint of floral notes as long as they are not dominant. Medium- to-full bodied, and no sweet butterscotch or DMS in flavor or aroma.
Beers March 1, 2011 -
In the 18th century, the strong English stouts were exported through the Baltic region to Russia—the origin of the Russian imperial stout style. Seeing this success, traditional lager-making breweries along the export route developed their own version of the style: strong and black, but bottom-fermented and lagered. Baltic porters are smooth, with caramel, chocolate and licorice notes, lacking the roasted, gristy qualities of a stout. Low hop aroma, medium- to full-bodied, with a sweet malty character. Strength ranges from 6 to as high as 9 percent ABV.
Brewing Instructions - Full Pints March 1, 2011 - K. Florian Klemp
Homebrewers have a particular affection and appreciation for dark beers. Often considered too harsh, bitter and assertive by the timid or uninitiated, they are just as often agreeable, even mellow. The proper use of roasted grain and malt makes them possible, and in some cases they are fairly defined, or even dominated by these emphatic... View Article
Beer Talk March 1, 2011 -
Left Hand Brewing Co. Longmont, CO Available: CO, AZ, NM, TX, NE, OK, KS, KY, IN, OH, MI, WI, MN, MO, IL, RI, MA, NJ, PA, VA, NY, AK, WA, AL, FL, TN, GA, NC Fade to Black was inspired by Pillage & Burn, the 2009 collaboration between Left Hand and Nørrebro Bryghus, that was... View Article
Full Pints - Staff Reviews December 6, 2010 - Staff
Served this beer from Karl Strauss Brewing Co. at room temperature to the staff and asked for comments. This Baltic Porter pours a deep brown with burgundy highlights. Some said it had the color of Coca Cola, even smelled like it. The nose had hints of dried fruit, a bit of prune, like a fruitcake in... View Article
New on the Shelves December 1, 2010 - Greg Barbera
Left Hand Brewing Company has announced the release of Fade to Black II.