Pinot Noir Barrel Baltic Porter 2016 – Boundary Brewing


From Boundary Brewing in Kelowna comes their “2016 Vintage Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Baltic Porter” a very small batch of 250 bottles.  The beer pours an almost opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, pinot noir, grapes, sweetness and some barrel.  The flavour is of roasted malts, ash, anise, chocolate, caramel, oak, tannin’s, pinot noir and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 22.  The Bourbon Barrel version of this beer is tasty but this version is next level and I am stoked I got the chance to try it out.

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Baltic Porter – Steel & Oak Brewing


From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their brand new seasonal the “Baltic Porter”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, licorice, toffee, chocolate and sweetness.  The flavour is of chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, toffee, hint of coffee, earth, hint of saltiness and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.6% with an IBU of 28.  This might be one of my favourite releases from Steel & Oak Brewing.  It has all the makings of a great beer and comes in the winter a great time for porters.

Commercial Description:  At 7.6% and originally brewed by countries bordering the Baltic Sea this Porter was brewed in a city that borders the Fraser River. Fermented with lager yeast, the S&O Baltic Porter has notes of licorice, cocoa, and toffee followed by a lightly spiced finish. This beer will be available mid month.

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Baltic Porter With Red Grape (S2S) – Howe Sound Brewing


From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes their new beer in yhe Sea To Sky Series of beers called the “Baltic Porter With Red Grape” and is the 8th release in the series.  This is a Baltic Porter where red grape must is added to the brew.  The beer pours a deep brown with a ruby red tinge and a tan head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, slightly bitter chocolate, toffee, plums, grapes and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of roasted malts, milk and dark chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, some grape, cherry, earth, bitterness and maybe some brown sugar in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.5% with an IBU of 30.  The addition of red grape must really adds a new dimension to the style and makes for a great sipping experience.  I have only had a few beers from this Sea To Sky Series so far but they have all been very interesting and well made.  Take a look for a bottle of this one.

Commercial Description:  Baltic Porter is an old style beer originating in the Baltic states in the 1800’s. The style is unique because it is fermented with lager yeast which creates a crisp smooth finish. It is conditioned over a two month period before packaging. Red Grape must is added at the end of the fermentation to add complexity and intrigue to the beer.  Simon Jongsma, head brewer comments, ” A rich Baltic Porter with notes of raisin, plum, dark chocolate, and toffee. The addition of red grape adds a complex aroma of sweet cherry and currant with a delicate finish. The combination of a very old traditional style of beer with the red grape creates a very elegant beer with complexity that continues to grow with every sip.”

Food pairings as per brewery:  Excellent with smoked or grilled meats such as beef, pork or poultry, hearty stew or soups. Pairs well with rich deep chocolate, dark fruit/berries with the red wine notes.

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Baltic Porter 2016 – Cannery Brewing


From Cannery Brewing Company out of Penticton BC comes the “Baltic Porter” part of their Artisan Creation series.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brownish head.  The aroma consists of toffee, roasted malts and dark fruits.  The flavour is of toffee, dark fruits, roasted malts, earth, dark chocolate, some coffee notes and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 40.  I am quite fond of Baltic Porters and enjoyed this bottle quite a bit.  The beer has not changed to much from my 2014 review but there was a slight difference.

Commercial Description:  This classic Baltic Porter is brewed with traditional German malts and noble hops. Its sweet roasted flavour combined with a spark of dark fruit embraces the warmth of the alcohol. Its dark lager characteristics allow a rich, velvet smoothness to blast through to the finish.  Kiek in de Kök is a cannon tower in Tallinn, Estonia. Like the tower, this style of beer originated in Estonia. To embrace this history, the photograph was taken and the label was designed by the Mikkin brothers of the design agency Brand Manual, based in Tallinn.

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Baltic Porter – Cannery Brewing


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From Cannery Brewing Company out of Penticton BC comes the “Baltic Porter”.  This Baltic Porter pours a deep brown with a ruby tinge and a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, sweetness and some dark fruits.  The flavour is of roasted malts, bitter coffee, chocolate, toffee and dark fruits.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 40.  I have not had very many Baltic Porters over my time with craft beer but this one is well crafted and very flavorful.

Commercial Description:  This classic Baltic Porter is brewed with traditional German malts and noble hops. Its sweet roasted flavour combined with a spark of dark fruit embraces the warmth of the alcohol. Its dark lager characteristics allow a rich, velvet smoothness to blast through to the finish.

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