Baltic Porter

Includes styles: Imperial Porter

Recipes:
2,028
BJCP 2021:
09C
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇪🇺 Eastern Europe
Fermentation:
Any
Conditioning:
Lagered
Color:
Dark
Strength:
High
Taste:
Malty

Profile

Baltic Porter is a beer style that is rich in history, originally brewed in the countries bordering the Baltic Sea for export to Russia and Scandinavia. It's a style that combines elements of English Porters and Russian Imperial Stouts, influenced by the lager fermentation process typical of Central Europe. Developed during the 19th century, it became a unique blend of these styles through a marriage of recipe and necessity. The cooler fermentation temperatures produce a smoother, cleaner profile than their ale counterparts.

Appearance-wise, Baltic Porters are typically deep ruby to dark brown in color with garnet highlights. They often possess a substantial, persistent tan or dark beige head. Clarity can range from clear to somewhat hazy. In terms of flavor and aromas, these beers are complex with multi-layered malt richness. They display notes of caramel, toffee, and sometimes hints of chocolate or coffee without being overly roasty or burnt. Dark fruit undertones such as plums or raisins may also be present. The sweetness level varies from moderate to high but should not be cloying; there is often a moderate hop bitterness that provides balance but does not overshadow the malt character.

Without any significant roasted barley or strong burnt/black malt character typical of Robust Porters or stouts, Baltic Porters can have a smoother character which differentiates them from their ale cousins. The lager yeast gives the beer a clean profile and lets the complex array of malts shine through more prominently than in an ale-fermented version like those seen historically from Britain. As higher-gravity beers, they also share some characteristics with other strong European lagers like Doppelbocks in terms of strength yet maintaining drinkability without excessive heaviness or alcohol warmth.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
6.5 – 9.5 %

In Database
5.6 < 7.1 < 9.5 %

Bitterness

Specification
20 – 40 IBU

In Database
17 < 31 < 47 IBU

Color

Specification
33 – 59 EBC
17 – 30 SRM

In Database
35 < 55 < 67 EBC
18 < 28 < 34 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
14.7 – 21.4 °P
1.060 – 1.090 OG

In Database
14.0 < 17.8 < 22.5 °P
1.057 < 1.074 < 1.095 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
4.1 – 6.1 °P
1.016 – 1.024 FG

In Database
2.3 < 4.6 < 6.8 °P
1.009 < 1.018 < 1.027 FG

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