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STUPID Good Baltic Porter: Rockwell Kazimierz Foeder Baltic Porter

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the return of this beer and it’s finally here! Turns out, it’s even better than I remember. For my money, Rockwell makes some underdog gems and some beers that are just…ok. This is one that is absolutely worth picking up.

It clocks in at a hefty 9.2 % abv and 32 IBUs and is brewed with Bohemian Floor-Malted Pilsner, Munich, Special B, Light Crystal, Carahell, Black Malt, and Chocolate Malt and is hopped with Magnum and Mittelfrueh. Fermented with a German lager yeast and lagered in (clean) wooden Foeders. It pours a dark brown into the glass with fast-fading dark sand cap that fades to a thick ring. The nose is rich and fruity, with restrained roast, plenty of dark fruit, and a clean lager-yeast finish. Tons of chocolate and fruit, it’s really nice. On the palate this is a cold steel gauntlet wrapped in a black velvet. It’s dressed to impress, but boy howdy, it’s gonna mess you up.

It’s silky smooth, rich, and full-bodied. It’s creamy, soft, and subtle, tasting like a 5.2% brewpub American porter that doesn’t want to offend anyone and so plays on the ‘safe’ side. Dark chocolate and dark fruit and a clean finish. The only way this could be improved upon would maybe be a double-decoction and ever-so-slightly-increased hop bitterness and Noble hop presence. Still, this is the real deal, and probably the best American example of this oddball style I’ve found. Buy it. Buy it now.

$11.99/4pk pint cans

Cheers,

Dan

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