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Kalevipoeg at the Gates of Hell

Kalevipoeg at the Gates of Hell

Rum Barrel-aged Baltic Porter

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Estonia’s national epic poem “Kalevipoeg” tells the story of the eponymous hero and his adventures including a search for his kidnapped mother and the vanquishing of his enemies with stones and planks on the advice of a hedgehog. After being killed by a haunted sword, Kalevipoeg’s remains are fated to remain at the gates of Põrgu (hell) where he stands a sentinel for all eternity.

In honor of Kalevipoeg and the people of our favorite Baltic nation of Estonia, we originally brewed this unique lager in 2012 as our 1,000th batch of Cigar City beer.We’ve revived this favorite from the archives and brewed this hefty Baltic Porter with a complex malt bill and an experimental dwarf hop that contributes notes of stone fruit and a subtle spiciness. Rum barrels, in which the beer has spent many months, add a distinct texture and subtle hints of ripe red apple to both the flavor and aroma of this dark, lagered treat.



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Kalevipoeg at the Gates of Hell

Tasting Notes

Aromas of dark rum, toffee and dried tobacco leaves present themselves in this unique Baltic Porter. Licorice root, molasses and almond flavors vie for attention on the tongue while a moderate bitterness and dark rum spiciness bring the beer into balance. Through an extensive lagering period this formidable beer eschews a sweet chocolate finish for drier, cleaner flavors of chicory and fresh ground coffee flavors that linger on the palate.

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