4 Pines Keller Door Oaked Baltic Porter

4 Pines (CUB)

Released July 9, 2015

4 Pines’ Oaked Baltic Porter is the first bottled Keller Door release to come from the Brookvale brewery since they took out the title of Champion Large Australian Brewery at the 2015 Australian International Beer Awards. Except, it sort of isn’t. You see, the beer itself was actually brewed at the tail end of 2014 and a portion of it had been sitting in Lark Distillery whisky barrels since December. Now, blended back together, the two parts deliver a suitably warming winter brew.

At 7.5 percent ABV it’s only a middleweight Baltic Porter in terms of oomph, but its time in oak ensures it delivers above its weight in terms of impact. Indeed, at Crafty Towers, the instant reaction upon taking a whiff was of the "Oh, Jesus!" variety, with the effect of the Lark-time immediately apparent as lively, juicy, spicy whisky characters leapt from the glass. Over time, however, the whisky character softens into gentler woody and iodine like characters and other elements come into play. Dark chocolate and soft roast poke through as it warms, as does some caramel sweetness and a touch of vanilla, although the "Oaked" prefix is well deserved: the French barrels leave their mark all over the beer like a well oaked Chardonnay.

For a beer that 4 Pines had been so patient in keeping hidden away, it's interesting to hear that once the bottles started rolling off the line they started to hit stores within an hour. While perhaps not so important for this style of beer, it’s a sign of how seriously 4 Pines are treating issues of freshness and quality, something that bodes especially well for any future, hoppier releases.

Oaked Baltic Porter
37 IBU

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4 Pines (CUB)

29/43-45 East Esplanade
NSW 2095

(02) 9976 2300
Open Hours

Mon to Sun: 11am-midnight

Brookvale Truck Bar:
Thu & Fri: 4pm to 10pm
Sat: midday to 10pm (unless closed for private functions)
Sun: 12pm to 8pm

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