LinusStick (3183) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damn! This is the best Baltic porter Iíve ever had, courtesy Secret Santa. Much thanks! The very first one I had in my beginnings blew my mind away and Iíve been searching for that first high ever since. Aroma was perfect. Deep dark roasted malt, vanilla and black licorice. Very thick and powerful. Pour was a nice deep dark brown/near black with a tan ring for a head. Taste was outstanding. Strong vanilla and roasted malt. Very thick and viscous. Nice dark chocolate flavors came out as it warmed and the bitterness played perfectly to the sweet vanilla. The black cherries come out in the finish which is the only downside to this beer. Iím sure this is a departure from tradition, but it does work and is delicious. I was drinking this staring out at the woods watching a big snow storm. Perfect beer for this setting and a moment I will remember all year. Awesome!
mikeq215 (69) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vintage 2012. Pours dark brown with a thin head. Smells of chocolate. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Taste of chocolate, cherries, then a slight alcohol burn at the end. Awesome beer.
Ernesto987 (5347) - Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, lots of charries on this one, a little sweet, vanilla was also pretty noticeable, I liked it
bellco33 (652) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into tulip: pours dark brown with a thin head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, cherries, and roasted malt. Taste is cherry heavy with lots of roasted goodness. Slightly sticky finish, a little sweet, nice beer.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2008, consumed 11AUG11
A: Pours a deep, dark brown ale with a single finger of burnt cream head which falls to a solid sheet of the same. Spotty lacing. Cherried mahogany hues shine through a beer with excellent clarity where permitted.
S: Cherries vanilla and molasses are sweet and playful. The aromatics are pretty strong here, nice cocoa biscuit malts round out the back end.
T: Differs from the í09 in profile, dunno if itís a different recipe, but more dry malts on this one. Coffee grounds, cocoa dust, light molasses. Still has hints of alcohol heat.
M: Velvety with light carb and a semi dry finish. Good feel.
O: Good beer, wish I had more of the í09, preferred of the two Iíve had.
Vintage 2009, consumed 24FEB11
Poured to NB globe.
A: dark brown ale with ruby hues around the edges. Quite pleasant looking. Little head, but consistent blanket over the surface of light caramel foam.
S: Cherries, licorice, molasses, caramel, vanilla. Goddam fragrant and beautiful. I find myself leaning in to smell the beer, over, and over. Canít be a bad sign.
T: Not as good as the smell, but still very good. The cherry stands out so much more than I had ever anticipated. The oak shines here more than in the nose. A bit boozy - surprising given the age of the beer. Malty.
M: Full bodied, lower carbonation. I can swish in the mouth only to get more experience with the flavors without being overwhelmed with foam. Good job.
D: Very nice beer. Not the best of the style, but definitely worth a try, maybe two.
Serving type: bottle
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark ruby, minimal head.
Smell fruity barleywine
Taste fruity honey, dark fruit,
Sweet light to mid body
Very well done
umich03jm (3374) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle thanks to crajun. Pours black with a very small that fades to a very small ring. Really interesting aroma. Chocolate, cherries, toffee, vanilla, figs, and light roast. Taste is very chocolaty at first but the other aromas come through nicely and balance out well. Cherries and toffee become very noticeable by the finish. The slightly booziness in the finish reminds me a little of cherry cough syrup. Moderately sweet, almost no bitterness. Medium to thick body, mouthfeel is awesome. Lots to love about this beer but I just wish it didnít have that slight cough syrup feel.
superspak (4388) - 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 (6237) - 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 (3360) - 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.