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Beer Review: Maplewood - Bended Sea

A normal Porter comes off a bit stale and watery to me, but this one is packed with flavor.
Maplewood Bended Sea

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The week before the big Morbidly Obese Pug release, I was busy enjoying myself Bended Sea, a Baltic Porter that had a surprising 9.5% ABV. I didn't really know what a Baltic Porter was, but apparently it's just a strong version of a Porter, similar to how a strong Stout is called a Russian Imperial Stout.

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Bended Sea was absolutely fantastic. It lands somewhere between a Porter and an Imperial Stout. It packs a smoke flavor which I love. It also has a slight bitterness with a malty flavor and dark fruits before finishing dry. Even though it carries the 9.5% ABV, it certainly does not seem like it. And while it's also heavy in the gut, it's especially enjoyable for this time of year.

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This is honestly one of the best Porters I've ever had. I haven't tried a ton of Porters, but if they were more like this one I definitely would get them more often. A normal Porter comes off a bit stale and watery to me, but this one is packed with flavor. This beer is still available at Binny's for $11.99 and I highly recommend trying it out.

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