White Bay Beer Co Common Ground Baltic Porter

White Bay Beer Co

Published July 1, 2020

This is White Bay’s first beer with an adjunct, first dark beer, and first collaboration beer. And I think anyone would agree they’ve knocked it out of the park.

Right from the beginning, White Bay wanted to partner with their neighbour, The Little Marionette coffee roasters, to make a dark beer with coffee. They landed on Baltic porter as the base style, using a lager yeast to provide a solid but clean foundation to let the Ethiopian coffee shine.

Like a terrific filter coffee, there’s so much going on in this brew - fruity notes of raisins and prunes; sweet malt tones of burnt caramel and maple syrup; deeper flavours of blackened toast and rich, fertile earth - and yet it’s so ridiculously smooth. Its complexity, residual sweetness and dense texture make it stir up memories of warmth from the depths of your mind: Christmas markets with hot chocolate, caramel, and spiced fruit cake; espresso with crema that coats the whole mouth; an old country house with stone floors and a smouldering fire.

And for a subtle chuckle, google Little Marionette’s logo, then look at the logo on the front of this tin, and spot the difference. You’re welcome.

Mick Wust

Baltic Coffee Porter
White Bay Beer Co

26C Mansfield Street
NSW 2039

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