Breakside Brewery // Cultivating Mass // Bourbon Barrel Aged Baltic Porter // Portland, OR // 10.5% ABV 30 IBU
Color: Black with a tan head.
Smell: Cocoa, boozy bourbon, chocolate covered raisins.
Taste: An incredibly smooth mouthfeel with bourbon spice, big red fruit, vanilla and oak. Creamy and full but drops off with lager cleanliness.
Overall: Baltic Porters are bottom fermenting which can thin out the profile because of the lager yeast. But Breakside does not cut corners. The malt is layered with two mashes to get this full, velvety character. Then add 18 months in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels? Girl, this Baltic is killin' it. Lavish but not excessive, Cultivate Mass has the complexity of a barleywine with the neatness of a lager or well blended whiskey.