humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours as black as stout with a palamino head. Aroma is light and difficult to detect, but with subtle smokiness and deep alcohol tones. Flavor is very raw and malty with little complexity and a light molasses/sorgham quality. Some chocolate notes peak through. Hops are nearly undetectable. Palate is smooth and rather undefined. Overall, raw and plain.
Wacher (129) - Århus C, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Næsten sort. Dufter af ristet malt og chokolade. En anelse sød. Mild! Smager af nødder, kaffe og chokolade. Rundes af på en meget blød måde, med en anelse bitterhed og alkohol, samt vanille og nødder.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma has a roasted maltyness with hints of coffee and some chocolate bitterness. Flavor is sweet dark chocolate with a dry bitter finish.
frankenkitty (1971) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured near black with a creamy, rocky, mostly lasting head. (I had to hold it up to a halogen bulb to see traces of a blackberry hue.) Very nice lacing. Nose of molasses, prunes and autumn leaves. Burnt coffee/toffee flavor. Full-bodied. Slighlty oily mouthfeel. Mildly sweet finish with a ting of alcohol. Closer to a stout than a porter. I should’ve bought more!
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Pours with a black body with just a little bit of dark ruby coming through. A large light tan head tops that black beer. Pears and a hint of fresh tobacco in the aroma. The taste is smoky malt with nuts and some vanilla in the finish. Hints of figs. This gets richer with some coffee as you go through the glass. Creamy mouthfeel.
Aureth (20) - Knoxville, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, purchased in Illinois I was pleasantly surprised by this beer after some earlier bad experiences with Baltika products. It’s very dark, with a tan head that doesn’t last very long. Flavors of coffee, dark chocolate and tofee predominate, along with a little roastiness in the flavor. Very smooth and full bodied. Clean finish, not much hop presence.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark. Frothy, short-lived head. Aromas of burnt toast, espresso, and toffee. Clean, well-balanced taste, no smokiness and balanced hoppiness. Very enjoyable, alone or with food. I had it with pork schnitzel and fried potatoes. Russian "Breakfast of Champions."
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a black body topped by a thick, quickly disappearing head wtih some lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with notes of fruit and an underlying raosty bitterness. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty yet bitter and roasty wtih slight chocolate notes. Medium to full bodied and smooth with a slight tingle.
JorisPPattyn (8281) - Ursel, BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nearly black beer; brown head, reasonably stable. Dark, roasted malts & grains, oatmeal porridge, brown candig sugar and sweetbread in the nose. Roasted malts and grains make a bitterish surrounding for a rather sweet beer. Speculoos and a bit smokey flavours. Finish is quite long and mainly bitterish/roasted. Slight burning, there is some alcohol detectable. Aftertaste ends chocolatey. Has several characteristics of a (rather good) Doppelbock. Nice beer, really. Has even some esters, though it is bottom-fermenting.
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this at the end of a long beer tasting, but can remember being quite surprised and impressed with this porter. Well balanced toasted malt. Even staggered home with a baltika cap. Must try it again this weekend under less trying conditions..