heemer77 (5187) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark red and brown body. Head is a medium sized light tan. The aroma is malty with prunes, brandy and a touch of coffee. A nice creamy mouthfeel compliments the full flavors. It has a little red grape with some molasses. The caramel gets stronger as you drink it. Reminds me of eating a sweet bread, maybe banana bread? A fairly light bodied beer that does the style justice.
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - NOV 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown color, light head, malty sweet, a bit too sweet, chocolate and molasses, medium body, nice finish, quite tasty beer.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown with light brown head. Molasses, malt, carmel and more on the nose. heavey mouthfeel with lingering sweet finish. Carmel, molasses, coffee(cold press), and more. Very interesting and tasty!
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly more alcohol and bitterness than I expected. I had hoped for a fairly flat, malty, thick porter with some sweetness. Chocolate present. Alcohol could have been better hidden if more sweetness was present. Not that impressed.
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown with a big brown head. Sweet chocolate aroma. Flavor is very sweet, too sweet, with notes of caramel, toffee and chocolate.
igneous1 (1517) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
color is deep brown, clear, short-lived tan head. slight alcohol, chocolate in the nose. flavor is quite chocolatey, with a decent hop bitterness with each swish around the mouth. not a thirst quincher by any stretch. moderate mouthfeel. a quality beer.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours brown with a thick foamy head.Rich chocalty flavor.Alcohol was present with a nice warming feeling in my belly.A nice clean finish.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Coffee colored with beige head. Nice caramelly nutty nose. Good malt flavor with a clean aftertaste. Some nice bitterness.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with a big thick creamy off white head that is very well retained. Aroma is lightly rich sweet malt, light chocolate, slight touch of smoke. Flavor is rich chocolate malt with a tiny bit of of hops. Very enjoyable beer from a far away country.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful burgundy black color with a thick head that lasts as thick lacing to the end of the glass. Aroma is rather bland compared to similar European porters and has undertones of a tire factory. However, the complexity of the flavor holds its own, presenting a floral bouquet and rich, caramel malt undertones. Pleasant, thick body to this brew. Intense strawberry Pop Tart aftertaste. I’d say this Latvian outfit offers a great value at $1.99. Fix the aroma and other spiritous elements and it will become a classic brew.