Yesterday was the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery release of Fat Boy Baltic Porter. Since I was there I decided to have a pint. I was talking with an old friend at the bar and had to agree with the description he offered before even tasting the beer. In essence he said it would be safe and inoffensive and have a higher price than other standard beers. I have to say he hit the nail squarely on the head. There was absolutely nothing at all wrong with their Baltic, but at $6 a glass at the brewery the price of admission was a little steep. I’ve noticed that beers from Olde Meck tend to be expensive once they cross the 6% ABV boundary. At Taco Mac a sniffer of Bauern Bock was nearly $9 and the beer is only 7.5%.
Anyway, let’s get back to the Baltic. It was nice, had a pleasant sweet side with chocolate and roast which were very restrained and hardly any alcohol presence. In the end an extremely safe incantation of the style. The Baltic Porter style runs the gamut from sedate to wild in beers from the area and anything from ales to lagers. I’d have preferred the beer push the limits of the style. If you can find this on draft, be sure to get some, it’s pretty darn tasty, but if the price point out and about is what I think it will be it might not be close enough to the boundary to get you to part with the cash for the second pint.
Now for those who got a bottle the $25 party included a plate of eggs, German potatoes and premium sausage, a pint of Fat Boy served in a keepsake glass, and a 22 oz. bottle of Fat Boy. For another $10 you could get a second 22 ounce limited-edition bottle. If you think about it, that was a pretty good deal!