heemer77 (5156) - 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 (8248) - 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..
joemacaluso (119) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good because it is a porter, actually a good type of porter. Not too sweet, not too roasted barley tasting, good in between style of porter. Good after dinner drink.
lamas (1426) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 oz bottle. Best before 14/07/05. Pours a near-opaque black with thick creamy light-tan head. Aroma is strongly of anise, caramel, some roasty malts and a touch of hops. The licorice and caramel are there in taste along with some sweet malty flavors. Very smooth. Taste starts with some nice sweet roasty malts and finishes with a little kick of warming alcohol. Pretty good, but I’d have to be in the mood to drink more than a couple of these very sweet beers.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thin porter-typical head, fishy aluminum aroma. Burnt malt flavor, tangy finish. Below average, despite appealing appearance.
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black, with a nice lasting creamy head. Interesting aroma of soft caramel and chocolate. Taste of dark chocolat, some caramel, developing into a roasted coffee-bitterness. I thought I even had some slight smokey notes in this. Nice brew!