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 (1491) - 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.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a deep sanguineous color with a modest light brown head that is frothy in texture and the surviving lace a rather thin sheet. Nose is caramel, lightly toasted grains and somewhat sweet as is the nicely malted start, top is light to middling in feel. Finish is mild in its carbonation with the hops pleasantly spicy, quite dry aftertaste, a rather average porter, drinkable, but certainly no Alpha Klaus, but few beers are.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It's not BAD. It's not that great, either. Heavy, sticky malt taste. Head that never completely goes away.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cola brown with cascading head. Head is huge and light brown. Nose is light chemical-chloriney. Light bodied, bold coffee, one dimensional. It's a coffee drink!