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Exploring the BJCP: Baltic Porter (12C)

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by.  This is a post in a series of posts I am doing entitled "Exploring the BJCP," which highlights the different sections of the Beer Judge Certification Program, in no particular order.  Today, we look at Category 12C: Baltic Porters!  Here is the link to the BJCP page on Category 12C.  Enjoy!

Category 12 in the BJCP are porters, and they are divided into 3 subcategories:
12A: Brown Porter12B: Robust Porter12C: Baltic Porter The history of the baltic porter starts in the late 1700s, when numerous British brewers would ship stronger versions of their porter to the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea.


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Over time, the Baltic countries began brewing their own strong porters.  This was sparked by brewers from Russia and England moving into the Baltic regions and starting new breweries.  Once lagering became popular, Baltic porters began to be brewed with the bottom fermenting yeast, which somewhat changed their character (less fru…

Exploring the BJCP: Robust Porter (12B)

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by.  This is a post in a series of posts I am doing entitled "Exploring the BJCP," which highlights the different sections of the Beer Judge Certification Program, in no particular order.  Today, we look at Category 12B: Robust Porters!  Here is the link to the BJCP page on Category 12B.  Enjoy!

Category 12 in the BJCP are porters, and they are divided into 3 subcategories:
12A: Brown Porter12B: Robust Porter12C: Baltic Porter Robust porters tend to have more of a burnt malt flavor in the aroma and flavor, and will usually have a greater degree of roastiness than brown porters.  They will be darker in color than brown porters, some robust porters even being close to black.  American versions of the robust porter may have more hop character than English versions.  Typically you will see the % ABV of robust porters in the 4.8 - 6.5% range.
In the commercial examples of the robust porter, all are from American breweries, except for London Porter…

Exploring the BJCP: Brown Porter (12A)

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by.  This is a post in a series of posts I am doing entitled "Exploring the BJCP," which highlights the different sections of the Beer Judge Certification Program, in no particular order.  Today, we look at Category 12A: Brown Porters!  Here is the link to the BJCP page on Category 12A.  Enjoy!

Category 12 in the BJCP are porters, and they are divided into 3 subcategories:
12A: Brown Porter12B: Robust Porter12C: Baltic Porter In America, the robust porter is the most common of the porter style available.  The robust porter generally displays strong roasted flavor, along with touches of bitter coffee and/or milk or dark chocolate.  Less common in America is the more subtle brown porter.  From the brown porter you can expect a beer that is somewhere between a brown ale and a robust porter.  Brown porters tend to be fairly smooth beers, with a subtle roasted character.  There may also be some sweetness to them.  However, the flavors won't be…