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.