Enegren Baltic Maple Porter

Review Date 6/7/2020  By John Staradumsky

New brewery alert! For me anyway. Actually, California’s Enegren Brewing Company was established in MMX per the label, which is 2010 in Arabic numerals. They’re a smaller brewery and don’t distribute out here in Georgia or any of the sates that I but beer in. At least, not that I have seen. I did, however, get a can of Enegren Baltic Maple Porter through Craftshack.

The brewery was founded by brothers Chris and Matt Enegren, hence the name. They brew a number of German-style beers, which got my interest. German beers are my favorite in all the world, of course. Baltic Porters are not German per se, though they are bottom fermented, as this one is.

This rich Baltic-Style Porter has a complex malt profile with hints of toasted bread, caramel, and mild smokiness. Naturally carbonated with maple syrup and lagered on sugar-maple wood spirals, this beer will keep you warm during the cold winter months.

Ingredients from the website:

MALT German Pilsner, German Munich Dark, CaraMunich III, Beech Smoked Malt, Carafa Special II, Roasted Barley, Chateau Chocolate

HOPS Herkules, Willamette

OTHER Maple Syrup

Enegren Baltic Maple Porter has an alcohol content of 9.1% by volume with 50 IBUs. I paid $4.49 for my can from Craftshack, but it sells at Total Wine on California for $11.99 a 4-pack, a pretty good price indeed.

Enegren Baltic Maple Porter pours to a dark brown to slightly black color with a very light head that fades as quickly as it forms and a delightfully smoky, decidedly roasty nose. Taking a sip, the beer is thinner in body than I expected, but it is not short on flavor. Smoke, wood, brown sugar maple bacon, caramel, and warming alcohol in the finish are all present here. It is actually smokier than I expected, and I am very much enjoying that. In this case, the lighter body (to be clear, than the style generally provides, the beer is not at all light bodied) allows the smoke to shine through and the maple to garb your tongue, too.

You can style this as a Baltic Porter, or a spiced beer (the maple), or a Rauchbier and not be wrong in any of those classifications. I'll call it a rauchbier, as that is the character that popped most for me.

This is a tasty beer indeed, and one that will make me a repeat customer for Enegren (I already have a can of their doppelbock on the way in another Craftshack order).

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned