Style: Baltic Porter
Fun Fact About the Brewery:
American Brewing Company, a relatively new brewery located up in Edmonds, WA, is continually getting lots of rave reviews these days. The labels for all their other beers are all colorful and graphic-heavy, but they went for the "less is more" approach on this special release.
The main difference between an American porter and a Baltic porter is the higher booze content. That and Baltics tend to have more roasted brown malt to them. The story behind the style is similar to that of the IPA. In order to make the porters last for shipping across the North Sea, they'd up the alcohol content and malt to cover up any imperfections from storage. Anyways, being a fan of porters, obviously I think Baltic porters are pretty awesome. A common example of the style is Black Boss Porter from Poland, which is widely available, is very cheap and will knock you on your ass. This Baltic Porter from American is much more refined and even has some hints of raisin and vanilla in the aftertaste. Very strong, yet very smooth and drinkable because that's how porters roll. I bought this a few months ago, so I'm not sure how available it is anymore, but I'd definitely buy it again if I saw it.