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