He Said Baltic-Style Porter – 21st Amendment/Elysian collaboration

 hesaid_baltic_can8.2% ABV
Purchased at Curtis Park Market ($11.99/4-pack of 12 oz. cans) and poured into tulip glasses.

This other half of the He Said four-pack is a “Baltic-style porter brewed with pumpkin and spices”, and it pours a coffee bean dark brown with a slight, cola fizz-colored head.  It offers an aroma of flaky-crusted pumpkin pie up front, backed with some black licorice and candied ginger.  The first swallow is very spice-heavy, including ginger, pumpkin pie spice, and something sharply herbal (according to the website, the spice additions are Vietnamese cinnamon and caraway seed).  There is a black licorice twist to the finish that introduces the “Baltic” aspect, which might be one high concept too many for He Said’s overcrowded flavor profile.

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