Ulfberht is a Baltic Porter by Burial Beer Co. that blends sweet molasses, dark chocolate and fruit, browned bread, hoppy pine and earth.

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Ulfberht is a Baltic Porter that’s brewed by Burial Beer Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a snifter from a 16 oz. can.

Packaging art for the Ulfberht by Burial Beer Co.

Packaging art for the Ulfberht by Burial Beer Co.

What You Need to Know

This Baltic Porter has been lagered with juniper berries using German and British malts. The result is a mostly-sweet, smooth, full-bodied brew. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The ale pours an opaque oily black and is topped by a finger-thick cap of tan-colored foam that shows fair retention. The head’s reduction doesn’t leave behind any lace or residue.

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Aroma

The aroma is bright with a scent of juniper and sweet with dark fruit. There’s a touch of smoke as well.

Flavor

The palate is led by browned bread and transitions through sweet molasses and dark fruit. The finish offers a modest bite of pine, a touch of earthy wood character and nut, before bottoming out with dark chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit. There’s just a hint of smoke character as well in the background.

Label art for the Ulfberht by Burial Beer Co.

Label art for the Ulfberht by Burial Beer Co.

Mouthfeel

The feel is smooth and full bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is moderately dry with a mild warming sensation.

Overall

The appearance is merely adequate and the aroma is interesting but not the most inviting. The feel is about what you’d expect from the style but at least the palate doesn’t disappoint. It’s complex enough to keep the session interesting and while the tasting leans sweet, there’s enough balance between the hops, burnt bread, smoke, and to a lesser extent, alcohol.

Overall, the Ulfberht may not be the best among Baltic Porters but it’s a fine beer, nonetheless.

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