FlacoAlto (4147) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Pours with a thick, creamy two-finger thick brown head that sits atop an opaque black beer. The aroma smells of chocolate, and lightly roasted coffee; overall the aroma is fairly subdued. The taste is sweet and creamy up front with a sharp, slightly acidic, roasted note in the finish. The beer has a medium full body that just starts to coat the mouth. This beer is quite drinkable, smooth and creamy it goes down quite easily. There is a lingering burnt note that sticks around long after the beer has left my mouth; this is not a bad thing though, more like a lingering roast coffee note. This beer is quite tasty, though it not as complex and deeply layered as many other examples of the style.
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dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is very dark almost black in color with little to no head. it has a roasty chocolaty flavor with very little hop taste. this beer is very mild and quite drinkable! I liked this beer and is one of the better porters out there. cheers!
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16.9oz bottle - Pours very dark brown almost black with a tall creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate malts, some roasted nuts and a touch of molasses and brown sugar. Flavor is quite sweet, chocolate, caramel, molassess, some brown sugar. Palate is medium bodied smooth and creamy but very sweet. Some nice roastiness is there too but this was just a little sugary for a baltic porter to me. But for $1.49 a pint not bad at all.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2006 Sweet malts and a bit of molasses, but also something adjuncty in the smell. Deep black with a three finger thick head. Looked lovely in a tulip glass. Nice steady release of gas and the head is as creamy and fluffy as you could ever hope for. Burnt dates is the dominant flavor with ample alcohol notes. It’s not very big flavor wise even though burnt flavors tend to dominate a palate this one does not. It feels so good though and looks so perfect you want to fogive the lack of big flavor.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at GBBF, August 2005. Pretty much pitch black. No head to speak of. Dark chocolate, licorice and dried prunes dominate. Maybe a touch of balsamic vinegar. Sweetish edge, but not too sticky. Rather light bodied. Quite impressed.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 Pours black with a mostly receding light brown head. Aroma is toffee, molasses, and dark bready malts. Alcohol is not well hidden and the beer has a strange sweetness. Mouthfeel is full bodied with liely carbonation. Finish is a little roasty.
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Did I get something other than what was on the label? Not bad, but after getting the idea that this is THE Baltik porter I just felt way short changed. Thinnish and lacking in the elements I would hope to find - I’ll be getting another bottle for sure and updating this if my opinion changes.
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 (1047) - 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.