Embree’s Northern Dark Baltic Porter Review

Cincinnati’s Beer Week officially kicks off this Wednesday with a party on Fountain square and a special taping of this years Cincinnati Beer Week collaboration beer, Embree’s Northern Dark Baltic Porter. Starting last year all the brewers in Cincinnati got together to create a special collaboration beer. This year’s list of contributors includes; Blank Slate, Christian Moerlein, 50 West, Great Crescent, Listermann, Moerlein Lager House, Mt. Carmel, Rivertown, Rock Bottom, Sam Adams, and Tripel Digit. Kind of an odd list if you think about it, Moerlein is on there twice, Great Crescent comes in from Aurora, In but not Quaff Brothers (Bellevue, Ky) or Cellar Dweller(Morrow, Oh)? But I digress, regardless of who got in and out this is an awesome list of Cincinnati’s breweries. They all got together to decide what to make and it was eventually made at Rivertown. In case you’re curious where the name came from, it’s a history lesson in itself. David Embree opened the first brewery in Cincinnati in the long ago of 1812 so this beer is a tribute to him.

Before we get to the review I want to introduce everyone, including myself, to the Baltic Porter style. The Baltic States are in between England and Russia and in turn the Baltic porter is in between an English porter and a Russian imperial stout. The malt profile and flavor is that of a English porter but with a kicked up alcohol content from the Russian Imperial Stout. Having never had one before I’m excited to try this style as it appeases one of the complaints I’ve made regarding other porters, that I wished they were a bit stronger.

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Beer Review: Blank Slate/Triple Digit Determination

When I first heard about this beer I was very excited to try it. Long time readers know I love any Belgian or Belgian-style. Second to that is high gravity double/imperials. I’m not as huge a fan of IPAs as the average beer drinker these days appears to be, but I still enjoy the style. So a 9% Double Belgian IPA (not a Belgian Double IPA, see videos below) is right up my alley. Sadly life has gotten in the way and it’s taken me longer than I would’ve liked to acquire a bottle and review it for you all. this was released in September after all. The background on this is that Blank Slate Brewing Company (more info on BSBC from my interview with Scott LaFollette, the head brewer, here) teamed up with Triple Digit Brewing to create a new local collaboration brew.
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Cincinnati’s own Triple Digit and Blank Slate team up on Determination Double Belgian IPA

Per their press release (they say it better than I would):

Triple Digit Brewing Company will be releasing its third boutique, high gravity beer,
DETERMINATION, a collaboration with Blank Slate Brewing Company. This Belgian Golden
Strong Ale is infused with an enormous amount of American and New Zealand Hops that give this
unique beer it’s citrusy and white wine character. Determination Showcases the combination of the
phenolics of a Belgian and the hop profile of a IPA.

Determination will be available in 22 oz bottles and draft throughout the Greater Cincinnati and
Northern Kentucky area. The official draft release will by on Monday, September 24 at the Hyde Park
Cock and Bull located at 2645 Erie Ave, with more draft release and bottle sales soon to follow.

Appearance – Golden Hue
Hops – Chinook, Centennial, Magnum, Citra, Nelson Sauvin
Malt – Pils, 2-Row, Wheat
Yeast – Belgian Ale
O.G. – 24.1 Plato (1.100 gravity)
IBU- 50
ABV- 9%

In addition to the official draft release, both Triple Digit and Blank Slate (and their respective brewers) will be at Marty’s Hops and Vines for a tap takeover and to shoot the breeze.