Baxter Phantom Punch Winter Stout

I received a transfer to a different account awhile back. Since I schedule my posts so far in advance, by the time this will post, it will be old news. But my new position is a much larger warehouse, so I’ve been walking a minimum of 4-5 miles per day. My feet are definitely in pain. I deserve a beer after that.


ABV: 6.8%

Style: Foreign/Export Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Baxter has named its winter stout in celebration of Lewiston’s 1965 Ali/Liston heavyweight championship. ‘Phantom Punch’ is a Foreign Extra Stout with a hearty 6.8% ABV; enough to warm up winter gatherings, but not too much to prevent sipping a few by the fire. Its deep black hue and rich tan head compliment the full, but not overly-heavy body. Roasted and toasted malts dominate the flavor, with hints of caramel and strong notes of chocolate. Meanwhile, roasted organic cocoa nibs reinforce the malty chocolate flavors, while real vanilla beans suggest a touch of sweetness without weighing down the brew. Lastly, Phantom Punch has just enough British hops to balance the stout’s maltiness, but this is Baxter’s least hoppy beer to-date.”

Random: Our one kitten is growing again. His face is filling out.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It left a slight crown on top of the dark brown body with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had roasted malts and black coffee. Cocoa was there as well. The taste was like cheap milk chocolate and cocoa. What struck me was how watery this beer was. It was a bit under carbonated as well. I found it in the back of my beer fridge, so that could have something to do with it. The finish was quick with milk chocolate. A can of this set me back $1.75 ($.15 per ounce). This beer was only alright and I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Baxter The Lonely Goatherd

Val picked this beer out because she loved the can art. I had never heard of this beer before seeing it at Half Time and figured I’d give it a shot.


ABV: 7%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: According to mybeerbuzz, “This LIMITED EDITION is both unique and special to us as it was brewed with the help of (most) of our hard working distributors. We appreciate all that they do and greatly enjoyed the time they spent at our brewery. The Lonely Goatherd is a traditional German Maibock Lager with a hoppy American twist! You can expect a blend of German malts and yeast which create a clean, smooth, easily drinkable brew, while American hops balance with bitterness and a bold citrus and pine aroma.”

Random: This was first brewed in April of 2015.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left generous lacing on the pint glass. It also left a crown on top of the slightly hazy, orange body with no carbonation visible. The nose was very mild with grass and not much else. The taste had more depth. I got caramel and toffee malt, toasted grains and wheat. After a few sips, some lightly grassy hops came through as well. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with toasted malts. This was $2.99 for the tall boy ($.19 per ounce). This was a decent beer, but I just didn’t get the pop of American hops that was promised. I still had no problem finishing the can.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Baxter Stowaway I.P.A.

This beer is from one of the few breweries I didn’t visit in Maine. I almost had it at a lobster place, but ended up going with a beer from Shipyard instead. Let’s see how this was.


ABV: 6.9%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Bold, complex flavors with a solid malt backbone and assertive hop profile, along with cold conditioning, give this beer its crisp, clean, hoppy finish. Deep amber-to-orangish in color, Stowaway pours with a nice, creamy head; a huge hop aroma of citrus, pine and grapefruit notes; and a big, complex, and intense hop flavor from the 5 different hop varieties and double-dry-hopping procedure used in making this beer. The malt flavor up-front turns dry and crisp; Stowaway is full-bodied but with a dry finish and pleasant, long-lasting, hop aftertaste. This I.P.A. definitely leaves you wanting more.”

Random: I wonder if another beer style will ever be as popular as the IPA.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. There was also a crown left on top of a cloudy orange body. It had lots of carbonation visible too. The nose had a lot of grapefruit zest, floral notes and some pine at the end. There was also a twinge of sweetness at the end of the nose. The taste was like stale grapefruit. It had a musty note that was really off-putting. It also had really sweet finish. The body was on the thick side of IPA with a large amount of carbonation. It took awhile for the beer to finish with the same musty hop note. The beer was $1.83 per can ($.15 per ounce). This was only alright and in a market flooded with IPAs, this one doesn’t stand out.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Baxter Pamola Xtra Pale Ale

Here’s another beer from Baxter that I picked up. They are also not distributed in Jersey, so I was interested to try it.


ABV: 4.9%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brilliant clarity, bright golden in color. Pamola pours with a nice creamy head and subtle malt and hop aroma. Crisp, clean, effervescent start with a touch of malt character and a balanced bitterness. Hop flavors linger nicely. Finishes clean, crisp and dry with a light body. Pamola is brewed with pure, soft Maine water from Lake Auburn; three different hop varieties, plus domestic and imported ‘Character’ malts provide complexity, color, and body while making use of a clean, well attenuating, top-fermenting, American ale yeast. The beer is then cold conditioned for a smooth, clean and crisp flavor. This one is extremely drinkable!”

Random: The description of the beer uses the word “clean” four times.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow with heavy carbonation. The nose had grass and quickly went into sweet malt and bread. The taste had light bitterness with grass and then malt with some sweetness. The flavor was very subtle and drank more like an amber than a pale ale. It had a thin body with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with grain. This was $2.19 for the can at Half Time, which breaks down to $.18 per ounce. This beer was drinkable, but wasn’t anything special. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Baxter Tarnation California-Style Lager

This beer is a style that is relatively rare. I’ve only had 4 others, the most recent being in January of 2014, so I was excited to give this beer a try.


ABV: 5.3%

Style: California Common/Steam Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed in a style born in 19th-century California, Tarnation is Baxter Brewing’s first lager. American crystal malts provide light toast and caramel notes along with the beer’s rich amber hue, while Munich malt supplies Tarnation’s malty body. The complex malt notes balance the ample bitterness of American Northern Brewer hops (the signature hop for this style) giving the beer great balance. An authentic San Francisco lager yeast ferments the brew, yielding a clean, crisp and satisfying beer. This lager requires several weeks of cold conditioning (‘lagering’). but we think it’s worth the wait.”

Random: I really like this brewery’s can art. It’s bright and visually pleasing.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, orange color with light carbonation visible. It also had a lot of floaties. The nose was mild with clean malt and a touch of caramel. The taste was really clean with biscuit, caramel and then a little bit of bitterness from the hops. The body was thick for the style with high carbonation. It had a long, clean finish with biscuit and dryness from the hops. The can was $2.13 ($.18 per ounce), which is a nice price for a quality beer. This was a nice, easy drinking beer that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Baxter Ceremony

In the past few weeks, I’ve been having a bunch of beers that use green tea. I love green tea, so I was excited to try this one. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 4.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Baxter Brewing Co. is a Maine-based craft brewery which is the first of its kind in New England to can all of its beer. Located in Bates Mill in the up-and-coming community of Lewiston/Auburn, ME, Baxter Brewing Co. currently distributes its flavorful and unique craft beers in ME, MA, NH, VT, NY, RI, & CT both in six-pack and on draught. The brewery features an in-house retail shop and Tap Room where you can purchase our beer and sweet schwag on-site, enjoy tours and tastings as well as regular special events.”

Random: After watching “My Cat From Hell,” I’m very lucky that I have a great cat.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly. It left generous lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, golden-yellow color with lots of visible detritus, but very little carbonation. The nose was filled with herbal hops and then went into floral hops with grapefruit. What I didn’t pick up was green tea, which was disappointing. I was hoping that the taste would be better. The taste started with green tea and then went into pine and floral hops. It was moderately bitter. The body was thicker than expected. The carbonation was a bit too light. It had a long and dry finish with grapefruit pith. This beer was $3.89 for the tallboy can ($.24 per ounce), which wasn’t bad. But, I just had higher hopes for this beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0