Abita Bourbon Street Baltic Porter

By the time you read this, I’ll be in Maine. The other half and I are on vacation and have plenty of beer-related excursions planned. I’m sure I’ll have lots of reviews, but until then, here’s another beer review.


ABV: 9.25%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This Baltic Porter is brewed with pale, caramel and roasted malts. It is fermented at cooler temperatures to accentuate the malt flavors, which gives the beer its dark color and smooth, sweet roasted flavor. After fermentation the beer is cold aged for months before bourbon barrel aging begins.”

Random: The cat is loving the new bird feeder that we got. He’s spent a lot of time staring at it.

When I popped this beer open, the bomber exploded all over. When I finally got it in the glass (after losing about a quarter of the bomber), it had a two finger, tan head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass and a crown. The body was clear and a dark brown, but not nearly as dark as I’m used to. There was moderate carbonation visible as well. The nose had vanilla, oak, bourbon and butterscotch. There wasn’t much in terms of roasted malts. The taste had all of the typical bourbon notes with oak and vanilla and some light smoke. What it didn’t have was roasted malts, cocoa or coffee. The body was way too thin and the carbonation was mild at best. It did have significant booze warming. The finish was quick with bourbon and oak. The bomber was $9.99, which broke down to $.45 per ounce. This beer was reasonably priced for a bomber, but it was missing roasted malts and the body was way too thin. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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