beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black eclipse color. Small to medium sized head. Aroma is chocolate, nutty and sweet. A light to medium bodied Baltic porter. Malts are fruity, nutty and sweet. Touches of raisins with a little banana. Nice malt character, somewhat sweet but perhaps a little thin and lacking in body. Nice balance. Smooth taste. Much better than I expected this one to be. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet, nutty, marzipan aroma. Dark brown body with ruby-brown highlights. Tan/brown head recedes to cover with some lacing. Mild, roastiness to the sweet flavour with a lasting nutty finish. Creamy and smooth texture but somewhat still and light bodied. Bottle enjoyed with Enkerli and others.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep brown body on w/a light beige head. Lightly chocolatey and roasty, but roasty comes through more as it warms. Lightly green apple, caramel, & hints of banana ester & alcohol. Flavor is well balanced, lightly banana fruity, chocolatey, w/ a semi sweet finish, and lightly roasty aftertaste. Some toasty malt. Lighter body, not quite watery, but higher carbonation, well hidden alcohol. Unfortunately thin on flavor. I just had the Sinebrychoff porter, and this pales in comparison.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good baltic porter. Thick with a nice malt overtone. Does not have a big head but delivers on the taste. a $2 a bottle a good value for Fl.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick and black like a stout. Aromas and flavors of raisins and malt. This is a great beer.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black, until you hold it up to the light, with a thick but quickly dissipating reddish tan head. Aroma of munich and black malts with som lactic notes. Some stalish noble hops as well. Flavors are very smoky, not rauchbier smoky, but smoky all the same. A good amount of choclatiness to. Wet palate. Medium bodied. This beer is a very good example of what the differences between a baltic porter and an imperial stout should be. A great example of the style and unfortunately, those of us here at ratebeer (including myself) are hooked on Imperial stouts, and tend not to appreciate a beer that resembles but does not copy that style. Very enjoyable.
allphoto (36) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bang....sweet alcohol, boom......alcohol warming in the gullet....swoosh, the aftertaste of ginseng paste, root beer, and cough syrup(robitussin). Aggresive carbonation. This reminds me of the original Mackeson XXX with much more carbonation.
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle-Huge thanks to Erway for sharing this fine baltic porter with me on his las Cruces visit. Pours a deep brown with a nice tan, rocky head that was gone pretty fast. A tinge of red around the rim of my glass shows that this wasnt the darkest of all baltic porters out there. Roasty, slightly sour aroma when cold. As it warmed, a subtle smokey note came through. very nice! Full body, slightly chewey palate. flavors of dark malts, chocolate, smoke and dusty esters. Long chocolate finish with a tinge of smoke. Very complex and I really enjoyed this one.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
So, this is a bit of an adventure of a rating. There I was walking on the corner of Pike and Broadway, and there’s this damned metal grate on the ground. Well this being Seattle and all, of course it was raining. So, I slipped on this grate, the bottle somehow tore its way out of the bag, and hit the ground. I almost fell on my ass as well. The cap loosened and beer squirted all over me and every where else. So I decided to open it up and sample it right there next to the Blockbuster.
Dark brown with a large creamy head. Roast aromas with some chocolate and caramel. Maybe some mocha. Anise floats about in the flavor and aroma. The flavors do a good job of mimicing the aroma, but the hops and mocha come out a bit more. Thick and creamy body, with a sweet malty finish.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a beautiful looking beer. Smells awesome and looks good. Has a hoppy/smokey taste to it. Very smooth and refined. I like this beer and this style.