urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The first sip is all raisins and garbage. It really mellows after the first sip or so, and some coffee and chocolate come out, but there’s nothing very special here. Sort of reminds me of my first Guinness Foreign Stout.
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
good froathy head.. dark color... good carbonation for a porter..
smell was mild but hinted of something sweet that I just can’t seem to place. strong roasted coffee malty style taste w/ just a tiny touch of bitterness.. a good beer for the price that I would definatelly drink again.
TBone (12541) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled (BB 04/2005)
Opaque black with tanned steady creamy head. Roasted and slightly sweet and alcoholic aroma. Smooth coffee palate, malty. This is an excellent brew!
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouors opaque with creamy light brown head which dissipates after about two minutes. Chocolatey aroma with little hop nose. Smooth velvety, malty body with slight hop bitterness. Nice silky finish. Pleasant beer. The Russians have done this one well.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from bottle at Danish Beer Festival 2004 (#40).
Almost black beer with a tan head. Sweet chocolaty aroma - typical porter. Flavor of sweet roasted malt, milk chocolate and bitter hops. Not very strong but tasty!
FROTHINGSLOSH (4895) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 A marvelous beer at a great price point that should have a much higher reputation than it has. A staple of my beer fridge in the winter. +++ Sampled from a 16.9 oz brown bottle this beer pours thick black and oily with a large brown head. The aroma is of sweet chocolate and a touch of roasty malts. . The flavor is smooth and malty with a strong element of baker’s chocolate. Long malty chocolate finish. Fairly full bodied and silky smooth.
guzzler67 (1494) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown appearance with a vinous, dark fruit aroma. Smooth, sweet malt taste that compliments the medium-to-full bodied mouthfeel. I think this beer would surprise a lot of people if it was compared to other Baltic porters in a blind taste test.
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with some red shown under light. The aroma is malt with a hint of licorice. The taste was initially that of a pleasant coffee followed quickly by the bittering hops and a sweet chocolate aftertaste. Thick tan head and active carbonation.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep black with tan head with good density. Aromas of coffee, malt, fruit and chocolate. Flavors are similar with roasted malt, strong coffee, slightly smokey with a bitter finish. Thin mouthfeel with a little bite on the back of the tongue. Overall it is a tasty brew with good malt and hop balance. Coffee aftertaste hangs around a little long though.
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2004
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, 04.25.04. Pours thick looking and nearly black; medium brown head that lingers and coats with lace. Aromas are sweet, dark maple syrup, raisin, dried cherries, roadwork, rich, ripe wines. No alcohol on nose. Disappointingly, I get no feeling that I should be expecting an unctuous Baltic brew. Flavor seems to lose alot of the aroma's sweetness, but a burnt, slightly smokey edge takes its place. Wine-like tanins come into play across the middle of the flavor and palate. Palate is murky, dry, and somewhat muddled. Lots of raisin, including a tart finish. I wish there was a bit more sweetness to round this beer out at the end; still a pretty tasty brew even if it is dishevelled. (later) As the beer warms, an unpleasant, lingering astringency evolves from the tartness. However, the wine-like qualities of the nose and front really shine to make this, if nothing else, an interesting beer. Still, I am let down by this beer that I was really looking forward to tasting.