Mighty toasted almond adjunct proves durable for fascinatingly hybridized Baltic porter. Milk chocolate creaming and dark cocoa tones deepened by almond sweetness as whimsical pecan illusions surface alongside wispy anise spicing. Rich mocha finish brings caramelized chocolate-toffee Milk Duds candy influence to sugared almond rampage.
On tap at Growlers To Go – Duck, unique Baltic Porter utilizes dry Mexican Couchalate bark to contrast brown-sugared spicing (cumin-fennel-cardamom) and vitalize brown chocolate, milked coffee and sweet cocoa. A sweeter, spicier, creamier Baltic version.
On tap at Mohawk House, treacly black-malted bittering, hop-charred walnut sear and earthen peat soiling override black chocolate-roasted dried fruit souring.
On tap at Brass Tap, dry Baltic Porter leaves charcoal-stained chocolate and cocoa souring upon black grape esters and earthen minerality. Soy-sauced black cherry, prune and fig illusions waver below.
On tap at 381 Main, divergent Baltic Porter coats coffee-milked brown chocolate spicing with winey bourbon-burgundy tones, subtle black grape esters and whimsical coconut daubs.
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. Nutty chicory coffee presence fades fast.
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.