bluejacket74 (1131) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle, 2012 vintage. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that stayed around a while. Thereís a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark fruit (cherries), caramel, vanilla, coffee, brown sugar and some oak. I think the taste is pretty much like the aroma, but with the addition of some roasted malt and molasses. Thereís also some bitterness in the finish, but overall thereís a good mix between the sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís slick and a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. I think itís a good brew, Iíd like to try it again in the future. Definitely worth trying!
CHUDNW (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a modest head. Head quickly dissipates. Cherries, Cocoa/Coffee, Vanilla/Barrel scents. Taste brings bigger cherries, dark roasted malt, chocolate, booze, lingering caramel. Goes down with booze burn and more carbonation than head implies. BALTIC BUZZ
Peacehammer (558) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 Vintage. medium dark pour. Dark cherry and some oak on the nose, and a touch of brown sugar. Fast dissipating creamy head. Taste is tons of dark malt, with cherry and vanilla and oak. Excellent beer.
Cooperii (61) - California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft poured black with a dark brown head and fair lacing. Aromas of sweet cherries and vanilla undertones and very subtle hop notes. Flavors are of a smooth sweet chery and vanilla, subtle hop notes. The Finish; starts out big with a bright fruityness, transitions to vanilla then tapers to subtle coffee notes.
AWISLguy (915) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Discount Waukesha shared with ck1. Pours a very dark brown with a tannish head and almost no lacing. Aroma has sweet licorice, molasses and caramel, with some smoke. Taste is of sweet molasses, red & black licorice - sweet and salty - and a bit of dark fruit. Perhaps a bit thin. Certainly baltic-y. Finishes sweet and salty. Certainly belongs in the baltic with the salty fish.
MIBRomeo (2444) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with a small bubbled tan to brown head that dissipates fairly quickly and some thin lacing. Nose is filled with lots of vanilla, some light milk chocolates a touch of slightly bitter chocolate notes. My biggest complaint is the aroma is lighter than a typical "big beer" and dissipates quite quickly leaving subtle vanilla and chocolate. Palate is thinner than Iíd expect for the size of the beer, but coats well and lingers in your mouth after the swallow. Ooh interesting flavor. First it was your typical roasted malts then a nice solid vanilla taste clean and strong comes through with a light tart cherry finish. The first taste was the best, the downside is the subtle cherry was lost after a couple sips and it became more of a roasty porter w/ vanilla and I only noticed the cherries when I burped, why I donít know.... The taste is a bit overly sweet and gets a bit saturated as I continue to drink it (knocked my rating down a couple 10ís from the initial taste).
DMLINAZ (236) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Total Wine "Winter Brews" tasting class 11/30/12. Pours brown, like a root beer. Aroma is licorice, coffee, cherry, chocolate. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, cherry, vanilla; lots of flavors going on here, earthy but sweet.
Tinco (513) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black mocha head. taste is smoky, chocolate, some dark fruits. Full mouthfeel. Toffee. Very good beer will revisit for better notes. =)
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black color with no head. Sweet sugary aroma with light oak. Very toasty oak flavor. Moderate vanilla. Light cherry. Pretty tasty, but the underlying beer was pretty well covered up.
tderoeck (3611) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
4/XI/12 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle from Healthy Spirits (San Francisco, USA) @ home - BB: VIII/14 (2012-1245) Huge thanks to Akke for fetching me this beer!
Dark ruby red shine in a purple dark brown beer, creamy beige irregular head, pretty stable, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet and sugary, caramel, dried fruits, red lace candy, red forest fruits, alcohol, hint of vanilla. MF: good carbon, full body. Taste: sweet, caramel, some milk chocolate, fudge, fruity, raisins, molasses. Aftertaste: lots of chocolate, mocha, coffee even, hint of dried fruits, and caramel, hoppy bitter ending. Really good stuff!