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2006 Brewers Association Style Guidelines

Major Style:Lager
Sub-Style Name:Baltic Porter
Origin:Other
Description:

A true lager beer, black to very deep ruby/garnet in color. Overall, Baltic Porters have a very smooth lagered character with distinctive character of roasted malts and dark sugars. Because of its alcoholic strength aroma includes gentle lager fruitiness (berries, grapes, plums; not banana), complex alcohols, cocoa-like, roast malt (and sometimes coffee-like roast barley). Hop aroma is very low, though a hint of hop aroma can complement aromatics and flavor without dominance. Baltic porters range from having medium to full body complemented with a medium-low to medium level of malty sweetness.

Caramelized-type sugar flavors (light caramel to toffee-like, even licorice-like) can be integrated into the overall complexity of flavor profile. Hop bitterness is low to medium-low. Baltic Porters are not hop bitter dominated. Carbonized roasted dark malts may contribute some bitterness. A low degree of smokiness may be evident. Low to medium low estery fruitiness. No butterscotch-like diacetyl nor sweet corn-like dimethylsulfide (DMS) should be apparent in aroma or flavor.

Alcohol By Weight (by Volume):5.2-7.2% (6.5-9%)
Bitterness:22-35
Colour:25+ (50+ EBC)
Original Gravity:1.065-1.085 (16-20.5 šPlato)
Final Gravity:1.016-1.022 (4-5.5 šPlato)

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