Another beer, another style from our ever-reliable French brewery La Debauche. This time we have their Baltic Porter.
This is a style that really isn’t that common to too many breweries, but one which I really enjoy when you stumble across one.
Bridging the gap between a standard porter and an imperial stout, stylistic we are looking for a nice heavy dark malt body, with a welcoming malt sweetness that stops short of those really roasty characteristics of an imperial stout.
This beer is a really good example, even if it does tend more to the imperial stout end of the spectrum. Early malt sweetness lures you in with the taste of chocolate, figs, caramel, black cherries and even a little woody or nutty hint.
It is pleasantly smooth, with a soft bitterness on the back end that presents a little herbal note, or even a hint our sour on the finish.
The body is reasonably viscous, though a little more body – and the added complexity that would bring – would take this beer to the next level.