There’s a good argument to be made for 4 Pines Keller Door releases being one of the best things about the Sydney craft beer scene. And they’ve done it again with this Oaked Baltic Porter.
It’s a porter but pumped up a bit and hidden away in French Oak Whisky barrels for six months.
It pours almost pitch black with a caramel head that fizzes up a bit before quickly subsiding. The remaining bubbles cling to the circumference of the glass and it looks beautiful.
I get some malty wheat in the aroma but this sits under that familiar roasty smell that’s typical of porters. There’s a touch of vanilla in there too.
The initial sips are quite sweet and work perfectly with the silky booziness from the high ABV. It slips down deliciously.
Some bitterness comes through in the aftertaste but this is definitely a complex, malt-forward beer. Either way, it’s nice to see that the hops haven’t been forgotten.
The barrel ageing adds a hell of a lot of character to the beer. It shows off quite a bit of oaky flavour from the wood but mostly it comes across as quite earthy which, considering the complex flavours, must have come from residual whisky.
It has that sweet, vanilla and peaty flavour you get from scotch whisky. After a few sips, and if you’re familiar with drinking whisky, you expect to feel the burn on the back of your throat. It tastes and feels phenomenal.
It’s smooth and silky. The body is very rich and the sweetness lingers throughout. It leaves a lovely dryness across the palate and the aromas swirl around your nose and you can feel them on the roof of your mouth even when you’re not drinking.
Swirl, sip and savour. It’s a beer to be enjoyed.
In 500ml bottles this is a beer that you can either take your time over, or share with someone else.
It would go perfectly with a plate of cheese. The sweetness and roasty character suits nutty cheese. Although, it could go with a stronger blue cheese but you might loose some of the subtle oak character which you’ll certainly want to enjoy.
I drank it from the Le Francois glass by Craftd and it really brought the aromas to life and allowed the beer to warm slowly in my hand.
It’s a phenomenal beer, one of my favourites from 4 Pines. I wish I’d got my hands on more.
Beer style: Baltic Porter
Pair with: On its own or with nutty cheese.
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