Hardy­wood Park Baltic Sun­rise

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Imperial Dark Lager Baltic Porter -

LOC: Rich­mond, Vir­ginia ABV: 9.1% | IBUS: 33 | SRM: N/A

What the brewer says

“Hardy­wood Baltic Sun­rise is con­di­tioned on lo­cally roasted cof­fee beans from Black Hand Cof­fee Com­pany in Rich­mond, Vir­ginia. Our Baltic porter is an in­vig­o­rat­ing, full-bod­ied lager with a bold aroma of freshly brewed cof­fee pre­ced­ing notes of bit­ter­sweet cho­co­late, hints of dark cherry, and a malty smooth fin­ish.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Ma­jor cof­fee, but not harsh or acidic. Some roasted malt and semisweet cho­co­late in the back­ground. Cof­fee adds an al­most smoky char­ac­ter. Grassy hops.” Fla­vor: “Clean. Roast cho­co­late and cof­fee. Light green pep­per. Mild sup­port­ing hops bal­ance the malt and cof­fee. Nice cof­fee fla­vors, medium sweet.” Over­all: “Well-bal­anced with good malt com­plex­ity that is ac­cen­tu­ated nicely by the cof­fee ad­di­tion. This is the high­way cen­ter­line of cof­fee porters: straight down the mid­dle. Zone out and go.”

AROMA: 10 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 19 MOUTH­FEEL: 5 OVER­ALL: 9

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