A Note on This Beer
Chances are, if you’ve been lucky enough to experience a traditional Baltic Porter, there are only two ways it could’ve happened:
- You traveled all the way over to the actual Baltic Region of Europe.
- Or, you tasted the mass-produced Black Boss, which is a poor example of the style due to its signature over-sweetness.
Which is why today, you’re in luck!
You’ve got a chance to try an authentic example of a world-class beer style that’s very rarely seen in the U.S., without flying halfway around the planet to get it — today’s Komes Porter Malinowy!
This rare delight is actually made in the Baltic Region of Europe by Poland’s Browar Fortuna. And if any brewery is going to give you a proper introduction to a Baltic Porter, it’s these European crafters. Hell, they’ve been perfecting the classic style since 1889!
Let me say that again — 18-freakin'-89!!!
And in all those years of dedication, Fortuna found a secret to mastering today’s beer.
They start with the authentic ingredients of Madagascar vanilla and fresh raspberry juice. But then, to cut any syrup-like sweetness, they add real Indian chili peppers!
This unique addition elevates today’s Komes Porter Malinowy to an exceptional example of the style. While light raspberry flavor mingles on the tongue alongside prominent notes of dark cocoa, the spicy finish wraps around the roasty base for an exceptionally balanced sip.
It’s almost like biting into an artisan raspberry truffle with a decadent chocolate center, and a sprinkle of chili powder on top. Oh, and it’s all swimming in an 8.5% ABV!
So, whether you’re already in love with Baltic Porters, or you’re looking to try something new with an authentic example of the style, this is one beer you can’t miss out on.
Probably a good idea to grab a few bottles, too. Because despite its decadent appearance, this beer is so drinkable, it will disappear before your eyes and way before you’re ready to say goodbye.
*For you patient craft fans, this beer makes a great cellar addition!
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The first bottle was good, but six months later the second was shocking. Still plenty of jammy raspberry, but now the bourbon vanilla really adds a nice meaty layer that was weaker before. And now the chili really shows itself in the finish.