Five Week Sail

Georgia
United States
Five Week Sail, Arches Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

This unique style combines the bold flavor of an English Porter and richness of a Russian Imperial Stout. It is the only porter that is a lager, as cold fermentation was necessary to preserve it during the long voyage across the Baltic Sea. This strong style boasts a roasty, caramel profile accompanied by mild chocolate undertones.

Profile

ABV: 
8.0%
IBUs: 
35
Served at: 
38 - 40ºF
Hops: 
Magnum, Saaz
Malts: 
Locally-sourced Munich Malt, Vienna malt, Specialty Malts
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Five Week Sail by Arches Brewing is a Baltic Porter and is being judged as a Baltic Porter (category 9C from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Baltic Porter is a style that originated in countries along the North Sea with historical ties back to the porters and stouts that were being made in England and Ireland. Baltic Porters are often described as "Imperial Schwarzbiers" as the dark malt is not as aggressive as typical porters and the beers are usually lagers or lager-like ales. Five Week Sail measures in at 8.0 percent ABV.

This beer pours dark brown, almost black, in color, is clear, and shows a light brown head. The aroma is moderate chocolate and toasted malt with a light burnt note; light dark fruit of plums compliments the dark malt. The body is medium with a hint of pleasant warmth. The flavor is moderate chocolate and toasted malt with a light plum ester and a hint of sweetness. This beer finishes with chocolate and burnt malt accented with light esters of plums.

Five Week Sail is a very good strong porter but misses the mark for the Baltic Porter style. The malt character is a little aggressive (the "burnt notes") and the malt and ester flavors could be more complex. Regardless of style, enjoy this strong porter for the very good beer that it is. Cheers!

Brewery Introduction

Arches Brewing is a craft brewery located just north of the Atlanta airport, in the arts district of Hapeville, GA. Our focus is bringing the best of old-world and modern brewing practices together to deliver many beer styles never commercially brewed in Georgia. Our biochemist-brewmaster, Jamey... Read More

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