Reverend Potter’s Baltic Porter (Prodigal Brewery)


Style: Baltic Porter

6.8% ABV

40 IBU’s

Hops: Perle, Spalt, Tettnang, Saaz

OG: 1.074 SG

From: Effingham, NH

Brewery’s Note: “Reverend Potter’s Baltic Porter is a full flavored dark lager which owes itsheritage to the influence of the dark ales of England and cool fermented in thetradition of Eastern Europe. Generously hopped for balance, this beer hides its
strength well, so watch out when imbibing near that warm New England fireplace
on a cold eve.”

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Reverend Potter’s Baltic Porter pours a rich, coffee
brown, and sits in the glass a deep, nearly black brown, like a black cup of
coffee. The beer forms a small head of tan bubbles, which swiftly fizzle to a
splotchy scrim with islands of more substantial bubbles. Its looks classical
and rustic, but a little ugly in the mug. On the nose, it has a sweet, perfumy
tinge of chocolate, nougat, and peanut brittle and peanut butter. Fudge hides
beneath much of the rest, but lurking even deeper is a earthiness akin to dirt
after a rain storm. On the tongue, the beer tastes bready sweet with a mingling
chocolate that slowly builds to roasted coffee bitters, keeping the sweetness
in touch and balancing the sip. Mild hop bitters enter towards the finish and
add just a touch of mint to the clean aftertaste. In the mouth, the beer feels
on the fuller side of medium, but with a crisp and slim feeling to it.
Carbonation is mildly bubbly, and the mouthfeel comes across as smooth and
chewy, but crisp on the finish. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left near
neutral, though the sides of the tongue well up with spittle. Overall, this is
an easy sipping beer. The nose of it hints at a bit more of a sickly sweet
dessert, but the sip is crisp and easy, with a high drinkability, and a
pleasant balance of flavors. It’s a simple sipping beer that would go great with
a hearty stew or shepherds-pie. Though I have not reviewed them here before
(this is actually the first bottle I’ve found) I’ve been enjoying the rustic
simplicity and cleanliness of Prodigal’s lagers. It’s nice to see a brewery
doing something different here in NH, and I think Prodigal is carving a great
niche with rustic lagers. Prost!

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