Baltic Porter

The Baltic Porter is not a typical beer. The beer style’s history is tied in with the shipments and popularity of strong export stouts and robust porters to Russia and the the Baltic states. Grendel would be an apt name for this monster who sneaks in the night.

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These export stouts and robust porters eventually evolved into the respective styles of Russian Imperial Stout (RIS) and the Baltic Porter. The RIS is an imposing, hop, roast, and chocolate forward monster. The Baltic Porter is in essence a perfect twin for the region. In appearances they may look quite similar but the components, what’s inside the beer, is unique to both individuals.

Created in the Baltic States of Northeastern Europe, the Baltic Porter was originally derived from the popular Robust Porter. Having little patience for shipping from United Kingdom and with the advent of black patent, Vienna, and Munich malts, as well as the notoriously cool temperature of the region, the Baltic States took the style for their own. This beer style made its way across the world and gained a popular following for those in heartier climates. The Baltic Porter style had a brief run in the United States before prohibition. With the advent of the simple American lager and the Soviet’s Iron Curtain, the Baltic Porter fell out of popularity until it re-emerged after the fall of the Berlin Wall, as Eastern European breweries entered into the world market.

If you look closely at the Dangerous Man Baltic Porter you will notice that it is a dark brown with hints of copper. This is noticeable only if you hold it up to a light, otherwise it appears a dark and opaque black. The malts used not only provide a dark and interesting spectrum of color, they also provide the sweet, dried fruit esters common in this style. You’ll notice that the Baltic Porter has a very clean and crisp flavor that compliments the richness of complex alcohols and sugars that this high ABV beer has. This is because the Baltic Porter uses lager yeast which promotes flavors that might have been lost by using ale yeast. On the nose you’ll find little hop aroma, maybe a slight spiciness hiding behind the different aromas of licorice and dark fruits, because this style requires little more than bittering hops. The Dangerous Man Baltic Porter accentuates malt flavors and their interaction with the lager yeast showcasing a style that is perfect for these endless winters of the north.

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