rickgordon (3831) - 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.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown appearance with some red shining through below a bubbly tan head. Banana bread in the nose with some candyish brown sugar notes. A hint of cherry is also evident among a sweet roasty malt aroma. The body is smooth and quite sweet with malt. Alcohol kicks in in the middle but is covered up by a light hop bitterness behind a sweet, roasty malt backbone. A hint of iron in the end is disheartening, but other than that, a nice baltic, belonging in this terrific style.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet candied malt aroma, with some chocolate, and a hint of licorice. Deep brown, red at the edges, smallish toffee head. Sweet smoke, and peat flavours, also licorice and treacle. Bitter, full bodied, a bold offering.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Initial big head but later all was left was big bubble rings . Aroma is the strongest side of this beer, from sweet apple-orange fruits followed by chocolate and ending with dark malt. Heavy, rich malt, burned roastiness. Interesting approach to Baltic porter style...
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, almost black w/ good sized tan head. Big chocolaty aroma w/ notes of banana & bubble gum. Smooth, lightly textured feel. Robust chocolaty flavour w/ notes of banana & cherry. Light, warming finish.