superspak (2130) - Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, dark bread, brown sugar, toast, cherry, raisin, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes with the cherry/brown sugar/vanilla additions and oak; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, light coffee, cherry, raisin, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, oak, clove, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, toast, roasted malt, light coffee, raisin, cherry, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, clove, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with the flavor and oak additions; with huge robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and moderately silky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Baltic porter style! All around awesome balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt with flavor additions and oak; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
vtafro (2341) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan head, some dark and light alcoholic tones. Flavor is roasted with some light fruit, vanilla and malty tones.
1FastSTi (3274) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2013 Thanks for picking this up Jenny. The beer pours to a dark cola colored body with a rapidly dissipating whitish head. The aroma is chocolate brownie and a light cherry juice. The flavor is cocoa powder and chocolate brownie with a lot of cherry. The palate is medium full bodied but relatively clean. Letting this sit out open over night made this beer marvelous.
dr_sarcastor (66) - - JUN 26, 2013
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
It tastes just like the name would suggest, as if I was drinking from the Baltic Sea after I had washed my docks in it.
-- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10
wildbeercat (325) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a tasting.
Aroma: Molasses, roasted malt, chocolate, and some nice nuttiness.
Appearance: Handsome, handsome beer. Opaque dark brown with a large dark brown, frothy head.
Taste: Delicious toffee. A little boozy. Tasty chocolate and roasted malts. Great stuff!
Palate: Full, thick body. Creamy. Long finish.
Overall: Great, great beer. Fantastic.
maxwelldeux (2944) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a small tan head on it. Nose is very dark and slightly sour, with some dark fruit and black licorice notes to it with some roasting underneath. Taste is somewhat roasty with just a hint of that sourness to it. Rather smooth and drinkable, though thick.
frogbandit (2) - - MAY 22, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the best beer I have ever had. I wish it were available year round. You should you it.
davey101 (606) - Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 vintage, 22 oz bomber into a teku glass. Long time want here!
A - Pours a dark, dark brown body. Two fingers of khaki foam dissipates into a thin edging. Some solid lacing, pretty typical looking porter.
S - Lots of roast up front followed by some dark fruits and ripe cherries. On the end is smooth oak and vanilla and some dark brown sugar. Touch of alcohol. Each ingredient is present but not gimmicky and just accents the base beer. This is a thing of beauty! Those cherries though, so subtle and just perfect with the right balance of sweet and spice.
T - Bitter roasted malts and some ash and char. The cherries are bit more "dark fruit" than the nose here. Light oak and vanilla. Not as sweet as the nose as it returns to char and ash on the finish. Somewhat syrupy but a creamy carbonation helps to cut through that.
O - Absolutely loved the aroma on this. Maybe its due to the few months it has on it but the taste was not as impressive. Still, an extremely solid beer that lived up to my personal hype. The ingredients are just perfect here. This and their Smoked Porter are just wildly impressive beers to me.
prawlie (1042) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the Amsterdam Cafe in San Francisco. Black with a temporary brown head. Smoky aroma. Deep chocolate malt and smoky roast, very nice. Hint of mint. Excellent, if a little boozy.
Suttree (4878) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Keir and Free Beer Week for this one. Black, thin brown head. Smells sweet fruity, and chocolatey. Flavor is kinda like a German chocolate cake - sweet chocolatey notes combine with nicely fruity flavors, very rich and satisfying. I dig it.