Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma- Chocolate covered cherries stand out. Alcohol aroma is present also, which, combined with the cherry aroma, gives it sort of a brandy smell. Port-like qualities exist as well.
Appearance- Very dark brown, no red/ruby highlights, no clarity to speak of. Great tan head, the bubbles are of moderate size, but the head is thick nonetheless.
Flavor- Begins with sweet smokiness, followed by dark fruit flavors, ending with a medium roasty flavor and chocolate. The dark fruit character is reminiscent of other high gravity dark beers Iíve had. Low hop flavor. Very tasty.
Palate- Very heavy body, pretty chewy, definately on the sweet side as well. The alcohol strength warms. Medium carbonation.
Overall- Great beer. Unique flavor and aroma, combined with the full body and high alcohol, make this the perfect christmas/holiday beer. I believe that it falls short of the true baltic porter category because they chose to make it an ale. Baltic Porter doesnít need to be a lager, but the clean lager characteristics are important. Besides that, great beer.
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
may be a different recipe from earlier releases...9.8%, aged on oak chips with cherries, vanilla beans, and brown sugar...and you can taste it all. the aroma was pretty subdued til the beer reached close to 60, then the vanilla and oak were huge. the body was a little thin, surprisingly so for a nearly 10% beer, but smooth. the flavor was frikkin awesome! one of the better desert type beers iíve had. big vanilla oak, and a huge chocolate vinous wine-like quality that fit the beer quite well. I will be seraching this out again."
Mittenator (1439) - Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber thanks to respertftw. Mahogany/garnet with a beige head. Vanilla and bourbon. Brown sugar, mild cherries in the background and just great. Sweet and dry.
zoucrew102 (658) - - APR 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, 2012 vintage. Sweet chocolate malt aroma with notes of vanilla and cherries. Pours a very dark brown with one finger of light brown head with good retention and excellent lacing. Velvety smooth mouthfeel with a rich dark chocolate malt and subtle vanilla flavors. Finishes with the same smoothness with a slight tartness from the cherries. Complex and flavorful, nice porter.
Reynolds314 (2480) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Alaskan brewing with another goody. Reminds me of Cherry Garcia ice cream. Dark cherries and chocolate are the dominant flavors with some vanilla. A lot of sweetness on the finish. Nice.
GothGargoyle (1465) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby brown/black with virtually no head. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits, hint of soy sauce and booze. Medium-full bodied, slightly sticky on the palate, sweetish on the palate. Taste is chocolate, soy sauce, dark fruits, vanilla, molasses, fig. Fantastic.
MrFecesious (1136) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share. Thanks Lynn & Kelly. 2008. Dark brown & ruby, minimal cap. Aroma of cherry, chocolate, molasses, wood, salt. Taste is bitter and salty. A punch of sweetness. Tangy. Low carbonation. Dry finish.
LinusStick (2901) - 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 (4070) - 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 (397) - 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.