Cerebral Brewing Nordic Noir
What the brewers say
Foeder Baltic porter brewed with pilsner, Munich II, oats, Caramunich II, and pale chocolate, and hopped with Columbus.
What our panel thought
Muted nose—rich toffee malt, hints of chocolate, black tea, shards of roast and paper with a woody border. Smooth flavor—flat wash of dark roast and caramel—with an almost creamy, fairly bitter finish. Notes of cedar and spice blend with dark malt. Warming. Rich and complex.
What our editors thought
Sharp, spicy, tannic nose with a brown sugar touch. Sip leads with rich caramel and brown sugar, but a drying astringency quickly supplants these more pleasurable elements.