Bellwoods Brewery Lost River – Baltic Porter at 7.6% ABV | 22 IBU

Bellwoods Brewery Lost River Baltic Porter at 7.6% ABV | 22 IBU (C$6.50 at Bellwoods Brewery, 500 ml, packaged on 2-Apr-2015, acquired 2-Apr-2015, reviewed 10-May-2018)

Appearance: clear deep ruby-brown with one finger of creamy beige head diminishing gradually to a thin persistent cap, stringy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: milk chocolate, roasty malts, hints of dried fruit, faint smoke. (9/10) Taste: moderate sweet tending slightly high, moderate bitter. (9/10) Palate: medium-full creamy body, moderate carbonation, mild slightly ashy finish. (4/5)

You might wonder, why’m I cracking this now, after cellaring it for three years. I dunno, because it’s Thursday? Actually, I’m staring down the barrel of a potentially permanent house move, so I gotta start drinking down my cellar. And this is so good I might almost regret opening it for no reason, except for the fact that it’s so smooth and mild right now that I suspect it’s hit its peak. Oh, well, like the sticker says, life’s short, drink good beer. I’ll definitely get more of these when life permits! (17/20)

8.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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