Jimiz426 (2) - New Castle, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2003 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not too bad. It's a bit heavy for my normal tastes, though. It's got a bit of an aftertaste that I didn't particularly enjoy.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has a nice roasted malt smell with some carbonation and a very dark brown color. Taste is of roasted malts/coffee and finishes with a slight bitterness. Overall another great beer from Russia...
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice aroma of sweet coffee and dark roasted malts. Head was small with large bubbles. Very dark liquid. Super smooth to drink. Very little bitterness. But it has a somewhat watery taste. Nice sharp hops on the palate.
larsniclas (5186) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Porter isn't really my thing, but this one's ok.
Aroma and flavour from chocolate and coffee. Nice sweetness.
rickgordon (3828) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black. Off-white head. Discrete aroma of licorice and coffee. Long lasting favor of burnt coffee and licorice. Sweet. Not fully flavored but ok.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: dark brown, with light red-brown edges. . . A creamy chocolate-milk head. Nutty chocolate alcohol aroma with hints of milk, wood and clay. A good amount of creamy alcohol on the tongue. . . A mix of bitter cocoa, almonds and some sweet soft pears finish off a very plesant beer, though not as complex as some other baltic porters.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, body with a thick, creamy brown head. The aroma has the obvious chocolate and coffee notes, but with nice quantities of anise and dark fruit. Ripe cherries, raisins, plums, apples, and a slew of others are immeadiately evident. Very smooth and easy to drink. The flavors are not quite as pleasant as the nose might lead one to think. Chocolate and coffee, some of the fruit, the alcohol is a little harsher than I might like. I'm glad I tried it, but I won't be buying this often.
lipskin (38) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is burnt bread, wine, and alcohol. Average tan head, mostly diminishing. It has a nice dark color with a hint of red. Kind of bitter. I can taste bananas and alcohol. Medium body. Finish is dry and slightly acidic. It's terribly average and I won't be going out of my way to get this one.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well here ya go - this has got to be the very best 99 cent bottle of Russian beer that I've bought! Black body topped with a generous cocoa head. Great palate - seemed like I was drinking a lightly carbonated chocolate milk mixed with some strong espresso. Also some plum cherry in the taste.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
brownish balck, beige head. fruit, cady, winy, coffee aroma. very smooth flavour and mouthfeel. finishes with a quick hop burst leading into chocolate and roast.