Pirate Life Rum Barrel-Aged Coffee & Molasses Baltic Porter

Style
Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter
ABV
10.0%

One of the very many beers Pirate Life have been pouring at the 2021 GABS festivals is the snappily-titled Rum Barrel-Aged Coffee & Molasses Baltic Porter. It's a beer with quite the backstory too: 4,000 litres of their Coffee & Molasses Baltic Porter went into oak casks previously used for rum back in late 2019; they spent eight months in them before being released and blended not just with each other, but also with some younger porter. Along the way, a spontaneous Brettanomyces ferment in barrel number three added an additional flourish, while they worked with Adelaide tattoo artist Harry Plane to create the eye-catching can design as the fifth entry in their art series.

As for what's in the cans, there's no mistaking the sweet, almost maple / treacle like enhancements contributed by the time in oak; the aromas could be those of a liqueur in the manner they rise from the oily, chocolaty, slightly roasty, ruby-tinged liquid. I pick up toasted coconut aplenty, perhaps what the brewers liken to biscotti in their notes, in an experience that's never less than intense, leaning heavily into dried fruit / molasses territory – even the coffee presents as that more dark fruit, dark sugar, viscous Turkish variety. The Brett adds a hint of acidity to ease the 10 percent ABV heft in a beer that's as much of a mouthful as its name.

James Smith

Published May 28, 2021

Name
Pirate Life (CUB/Asahi)
Address

18 Baker Street
Port Adelaide
SA 5015

Phone
(08) 8340 1447
Open Hours

Sun to Thurs: 11am to 10pm
Fri & Sat: 11am to midnight

Fresh Harvest Frenchies 2024
Lallemand May 2024 B

More from Pirate Life (CUB/Asahi)

Pirate Life & St Agnes Distillery Sidecar Sour
Sour Ale
7.5%
Pirate Life Sunlit Aussie Wheat Ale
Aussie Wheat Ale
4.6%
Pirate Life Best Pilsner
Pilsner
4.8%
Pirate Life & Belles Hot Chicken Belles Original Draught
Pilsner
4.5%
Pirate Life 440
Hoppy Golden Ale
4.8%
Pirate Life Citrus Hystrix & Hazy Pale
Fruit Sour & Hazy Pale
3.5% & 5.4%
Pirate Life Idaho-7 IPA & Pumpkin Spice Latte Ale
Single Hop IPA & Pumpkin Ale
7.0% & 8.0%
Pirate Life Lime Gose
Lime Gose
4.9%
Pirate Life DDDH Cryo NEIPA (It's A Beer)
Cryo Hopped NEIPA
7.2%
Pirate Life & Limeburners Whisky Barrel Aged Stout 2020
Whisky Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
12.0%
Pirate Life & Sneakers & Jeans Kakadu Plum & Lemon Myrtle
Spiced Australian Pale Ale
4.6%
Pirate Life Zappa IPA
Single Hop IPA
7.0%
Pirate Life Imperial Breakfast Stout & Black IPA
Imperial Stout & Black IPA
11.0% & 6.0%
Pirate Life Loose Lips Sink Ships IIIPA & Smooth Sailing West Coast IPA
IIPA & West Coast IPA
12.0% & 6.0%
Pirate Life & Sneakers & Jeans Apple & Guava
Fruit Sour
3.8%
Pirate Life South Coast Pale & Strong Pale Ale
Pale Ale & Spiced Strong Pale Ale
4.4% & 6.0%
Pirate Life Lemongrass & Ginger & Kiwifruit & Cherry
Spiced Sour & Fruit Sour
3.8% & 4.5%
Pirate Life Easy Ale
Cream Ale
4.5%
Pirate Life OG Stout
Stout
5.8%
Pirate Life Tropical IIPA
IIPA
8.0%