image of MacTarnahan's Inkblot Baltic Porter courtesy of our Flickr page Pacific Northwest – The Fall Equinox has come and gone, and its time to accept that cooler temperatures, with overcast skies are coming our way. Statistically, it is also during this time that people’s psychological dispositions turn more dreary, as the sun begins to fade sooner in the day and rise later in the morning.

Whether this was their intent or not, the folks at Portland’s MacTarnahan’s Brewery, decided to manifest a beer that suited the seasonal mood, with Inkblot Baltic Porter.

Course, this wouldn’t be a review without a small history lesson, so we sought out the council of some online resources, namely the BJCP and Wikipedia.

History tells us the Baltic Porter was first brewed in countries near the Baltic Sea. Despite taking its cues from its distant cousin, the English Porter, this beer remains heavily influenced by Russian Imperial Stouts, of the area. It is worth noting that the average alcohol of this style is around 7.00% ABV, compared to the lower alcohol Porters (4.0 – 4.5) from England. However, most of this alcohol acted as a preservative when the beer was shipped across the North Sea.

Today, we can see the evolution of this beer through such breweries BOSS Browar Witnica S.A. (brewer of Black Boss Porter), Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg) (aka, Okocim Porter), and Utenos. It is with these thoughts in our minds that begin to take in the dark and light-less character that is Inkblot Baltic Porter.

image of MacTarnahan's Inkblot Baltic Porter courtesy of our Flickr page MacTarnahan’s Inkblot Baltic Porter, pours dark and without clarity, as an initial strong mocha-like foamy head rests on top (before receding quickly leaving no lacing inside the glass).

Placing the beer under our nose, we detect a bread, roasted barley, mild coffee, with a slightly zesty nose. Pondering this we take our first sip, which produces an initial slight sweet taste, before elements of biscuit bread-iness are imparted, but making room for bits of cinnamon.

Overall this beer produces a medium weight on the palate as it washes down our throat.

Brewery Description

Malts: Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Special B, Carafa
Hops: Perle
Bitternes: 35
Alcohol By Volume: 7.5%
Availability: August through October

The dark warming porter, laced with a mania of malts, that spills its secrets in every insanely delicious sip.

image of MacTarnahan's Inkblot Baltic Porter courtesy of our Flickr page Our Thoughts
You Should Try It.
We have to admit that this sticky, sweet, beer has something in it that makes us want to try another. Thoughts roam towards grilled meats (beef, venison, buffalo, etc.) and earthy cheeses like fontina or camembert.

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About the photos’ author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.

In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.

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