On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Hoboken, slight oak char affects dark-roast coffee frontage, cocoa nibs-influenced dark chocolate syruping and bitter tobacco-chawed hop resin of crisply clean-watered porter. Beneath the bittersweet mocha surface, charred walnut respite contrasts tangy black cherry, fig and blackberry spell.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Hoboken, nutty coffee-burnt Bakers chocolate bittering overwhelms dried-fruited blackberry, black cherry and raspberry tartness and light anise spicing above crisp-watered caramel-burnt black malt base.
Calm star anise adjunct influenced by semi-sweet Baker’s chocolate scape, embittered dark cocoa powdering and subtle soy saucing. Doughy chocolate midst gains modest fig-dried dark cherry tartness and distant coffee-burnt espresso snip.
Esoteric Baltic Porter contrasts brown chocolate sweetness and honeyed black molasses sinew against dried fruited souring in stylishly divergent manner. Moderate charcoal-dried hop bittering scours black grape, plum and fig illusions as dry mocha presence subsides a tad.
Dry Baltic porter issues beechwood-smoked black chocolate malting and French oak licks to ashen nutty bittering. Oncoming vanilla-creamed dark fruiting ransacks chicory-seared cedar char and light Band-Aid astringency. Drifting cocoa nibs influence adds to nutty chocolate nature.
Milky black chocolate creaming meets sour-milked dry cocoa swerve and caramelized “Belgian specialty malting” for off-dry Baltic-like porter. Moderate oily hop acidity, dubious vanilla-toffee conflux and murky cocoa nibs snip lean on the sour side.
Finally, a perfect Baltic Porter rich with flavor and never overcome by murky stylistic propensities like desiccated mocha powdering and uncertain earthen hop dankness. Instead, this enlightened Saboteur delights the tongue with rich black chocolate syruping, thick molasses fudging and chewy cookie dough malting, adding a profound milk stout dimension to the reluctant Baltic style. Dark toffee, burnt caramel, sugared cocoa, chocolate cake, dark rum, cafe latte, hazelnut coffee, dried cherry and anise tones abound above oats-dried charcoal hop bittering. Highly recommended.
Brewed in collaboration with Russia’s Zagovor, rounded Baltic porter blends dark-roast mocha nuttiness with molasses-sweetened black licorice vigor and latent coffee-vanilla insistence. At the back end, mildly fudged chocolate sequence picks up subtle dried fruit, toffee and cola illusions.
On tap at Barcade – Jersey City, fudgy molasses syruping drapes smoky grain-roasted black chocolate prominence, ancillary cocoa-dried coffee contingent and sweet vanilla inflections above nutty pumpernickel bittering. Soy-sauced black tea notions contrast dried-fruited black cherry, raisin and prune illusions beneath the surface.
Gunky Baltic porter pours like coke syrup and maintains smoky dark-roasted mocha malting. Rich burnt molasses muddiness thickens black chocolate, dark cocoa and creamed coffee tones that register above ashen hemp-oiled hop bittering.
On tap at Abominable Snowfest, smoked black malts, dark chocolate syruping and bitter cocoa powdering pick up dark nuttiness (and a hint of licorice).
Standard dry porter offers clean-watered black malt crisping to lightly wood-smoked chicory coffee bittering and nutty soy remnant. Dark chocolate, molasses and cocoa undertones need deeper resonance to rise above.