legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Possibly THE best porter that I have ever tried. None of the ashey-ness that I find in 99% of the porters that I try. Lots of good choclate and coffee with a wonderful silky mouthfeel.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (GBBF): Black with a beige head. Choco, caramel and mild roast. Sweet choco and mild roast flavours. Medium bodied, nice.
rajendra82 (1035) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer came in a 500 ml. brown bottle with a best by date of 16 October 2005. As the bottle was uncapped, and beer poured, the dark brown - bordering on pitch black – body was revealed, and a half inch thick brown head formed briefly, before receding to a thin collar of foam. Aroma was more fruity and vinous than a typical porter with a smell consisting of chocolate covered plums, cherries, and raisins. Taste was also devoid of much roastiness, with sweet plum and caramel flavors dominating. There was scant evidence of faded roast grain flavor if I let the beer linger longer on the palette. Slight oxidation was apparent in the aftertaste with a hint of soy. As complex as it was, I can think of several craft Baltic style Porters that are better. This was more of an easy drinking industrial interpretation of the style.
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, brown head. Aroma from redcurrant, grapes, chocolate, vanilla and figs. Figs and plums in flavor, licorice and chocolate. Coffeeish finish with some bitterness. Very good...
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Wow, I am surprised by the low ratings from the top raters. I thought this beer would have rated higher. Loved this darkly poured thick, aromatic, and flavorful beer. Raisins, plums, malty sweetness that I (and my wife) thoroughly enjoyed!
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle@GBBF 05’. Not bad, but a bit thin. Not as good as other porters from the Balric region. Some roast/smoke/choc. Quite smooth, medium bodied, and thankfully not too sweet. Drinkable.
Kevin (2191) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice black pour with a tan head. sugary maple syrup aroma. sweet caramel taste with some fig taste also. a nice touch of bitter is discerniable in the finish that has a grassy flavor. lingering fruity taste. coffee is noticeable as it warms along with a prune note. enjoyable brew, probably my favorite from baltika.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Was unpleasantly surprised with this beer. Looks great, dark with a wee bit of head. But smells like raisins and licorice. Taste is the same. Sickeningly raisin sweet with a caramel back. Body is not porter-like, kind of thin and watery. I’ll stick with the other offerings from Baltika.
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
FIzzy head. Very dark beer. Somewhat sour roasted aroma with raisin. Sweet dark bock like. Raisin and coffee flavours. Thin body. Drinkable but overall a little like water and burnt sugar.
rlgk (17309) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle at Delirium Cafe, Brussels) Dark amber, almost black. Small brownish head. Aroma from grapes, vanilla, figs and some chocolate. Malty chocolate flavor with licorice. Some bitterness in the finish. Nicely balanced.