IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured very dark, ruby highlights, moderate tan head. Aroma is quite malty, a little sweet, some dark fruit undertones. Flavor is malty again, a little smoky. A little lighter palate for the style but was dangerously drinkable. It's no sinebrychoff, but it's good anyway.
Reid (1873) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought in the 1pt .09 oz brown bottle..classy old fashioned style gold and black label.
Lovelly looking Baltic porter..appears garnet held to the light..with a large frothy creme coloured head.
Smell is mostly of malts but its sort of subdued compared to other Baltics I have had.
Surprisingly creamy taste to start..but the malts are well noticed, sort of smokey even, then some hints of black cherry, liquorice and a slight bitterness in the after taste..alcohol is detected as the beer glides down the throat.
Very excellent mouthfeel..creamy and smooth as butter.
Nice drinkable Baltic..though no where near Zywiec or Okocim.
sayravai (4671) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2004 Dark, deep red color, medium, tanned, lasting head. Quite mild, roasted-malty aroma with coffee and dark chocolate - some alcohol, too. Very sweet, extremely caramel-malty and fruity flavor, that turns into drier, chalky, bitter finish. Aftertaste is sweet, syrupy and sticky. Medium to full-bodied, syrupy, slicky smooth palate. Makes a reasonably nice dessert, but don't try this for thirst!
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown with a small head and very little lacing.
Smells, well, interesting. There's something very sweet I can't quite identify. Very malty, thought, with plenty of fruit esters, as in apricots and raisins.
Tastes mostly like dates with other fruits infused. Caramel and coffee are present. Very complex.
Mouthfeel is very nice with a good mineral thing going on. Drinkability is pretty good as well.
Not the best porter I've had, but a unique one that is worth seeking out.
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poors black with ruby highlights and a thin head. aromas of burned syrup, and malty sweetness.
flavor of syrup chocolate, smoking pecan wood (smoke, caromel and pecan). drier than the aroma infers. hops minimal. the beer is a bit syrupy sweet for my taste, but the smoked pecan flavor was a pleasant suprise.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby with a massive foamy tan head that looks very pleasing to the eye. Lacing is fairly good. The aroma is quite nice: caramel, nuts (pecan mainly), bitter chocolate and a little bit of smoke. The flavor is an explosion of smoke, raisins, dark red wine, chocolate and toffee. The body is medium with a creamy soft feel that is quite luxurious on the palate. The finish is that of a smoky porter, alcohol is never noticed. A real surprise overall. I bought this beer to tick Latvia off of my country list, but I am surprised as to its overall qualities and drinkability.
guzzler67 (1494) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, garnet appearance with a short lived head. Rich, roasted, chocolate malt aroma. Cloying, sweet malt taste with little indication of hops. Smooth, somewhat fruity finish.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a tall ecru, turning rocky with decent laced head. Mild dry caramel and toffee aroma. Sweet caramel with undertones of dark chocolate, roasted grains and cola. Light acidity tries to offset the sweetness. More a general sugary type of sweetness, than a malty sweetness. Slightly warming in the finish.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with rusty orange edges, thin to medium sized dark kaikee speckly head of firm bubbley froth, settles down to a murky thin haze on top and globs of patchy lacing. Smell is abit subdued but it has a favorable sweet dark fruityness of raisin, plum, and prune, very deep and dark with some flashes of roastyness within and some twingy molasses and vinegar notes. Taste is darkened sweet fruits and malty, good roasty tone mixing with the dark rummy raisins and some plummish, prune-like notes, quite dark overall and fairly thick. Creamy with some lighter sided toffee and molasses and lingers with dulled sweetness and becomes a bit bittered very late. A nice finish thats lingers with some complexity to it. Feel is solid in a medium body with a creamy front, solid middle, and finishes nice with light dryness and lingering sweetness and mild roastyness. Pretty nice baltic porter, it got better as it went along, not bad, just good enough to keep it interesting, the finish is what helped me like it a bit more.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark reddish brown, with a thick tan head. Aroma was mildly sweet and roasted. Caramel, roasted grains, coffee, and brown sugar on the tongue. I am a sucker for baltic porters and I really liked this one.