Geoff Griggs is not exactly gushing over Monteith’s Baltic Porter, in his monthly Capital Times column:
Sadly I also found the Monteith’s beer lacked the tarry texture, coffeeish bitterness and “burnt currant” notes and overall intensity that I was hoping for.
He does, however, insist that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so you should judge for yourself.
I found the Baltic a little lightweight and having the Monteith’s “house character” but it’s certainly more drinkable than the Tripel (Monteith’s other recent special release). Meanwhile, a third placing at Neil Miller’s September Cellar-Vate tasting, much to one RealBeer writer’s chagrin, proved the Baltic Porter to be a reasonably popular winter warmer with the educated masses.