Devils Backbone Danzig Baltic Porter

Posted: November 15, 2016 in Baltic Porter, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Reviews

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a Baltic Porter. I tend to really like the style and given that it’s getting colder, I should find some others to crack open. This is another beer from the Val DC trip stash.


ABV: 8%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Baltic-style porter that blends a strong English porter with a Germanic lager approach, fairly robust – this strong black lager has notes of chocolate and coffee with hints of caramelized sugar. Black, Roast, Chocolate. Our Trail Blazers stray from the beaten path into a world of robust and daring beers featuring bigger, bolder flavors for fueling your spirit of adventure. Imagine yourself stepping out of the pilot house onto the pitching deck of a merchant ship plunging through the frigid Baltic Sea night. Squinting against the grey black horizon you spy in the distance the odd sparkle and glimmer; the far away lights of the Baltic port of Danzig are bidding you welcome. Tonight you will feast on dark rye bread and smoked pork sausage, all washed down by the famous strong black lager of the region, the Baltic-style Porter.”

Random: I think Danzig is a band…maybe?

This brew poured with a quarter of a finger of tan head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color, with no visible carbonation since it was so dark. The nose was filled with dark, roasted coffee and dark chocolate. It also had roasted malt, smoke and a hint of licorice. The taste was heavy with strong alcohol that took awhile to get used to. It had a coffee flavored syrup and roasted malts. It had smoke, but not nearly as much as the nose. It also had a treacle bread characteristic. The body was syrupy thick and had light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with the same treacle bread and coffee syrup and dark chocolate. This beer felt unrefined with how syrupy it was and the flavors did not transition well. This was $2 a bottle, which came to $.17 per ounce. As you can tell, I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. There are much better examples of the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0


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