TGIF: Coronado/Cigar City – Jurata Baltic Porter

Today to celebrate the end of the week we cracked open this beauty from Coronado Brewing Company and Cigar City Brewing. This collaboration between the Californian and Floridian brewers is named after a mythical Baltic sea goddess – appropriate for this Baltic Porter.

What a nice beer this was. It’s not over-the-top like some renditions of the style; instead, it’s moderate in many dimensions and greater than the sum of its parts. There’s a good level of roast, but not to the point of bitterness. Chocolate and caramel are prominent, but not dominating. There are hints of dark fruit, coffee, a bit of woodiness, and a wisp of alcohol – but it’s not a boozy brew. The whole beer delivers a superb balance between mild sweet malt and bitter hop notes. We all wished we had another bottle, so check it out if you get a chance.

Happy Friday everyone! Cheers!

Mar 21, 2014 - Jurata (9)-cropped

Mar 21, 2014 - Jurata (25)