Dorqui (2168) - Brescia, ITALY - APR 7, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Creamy foam but not much persistent one. Dark brown color, nearly black. Much dense and impenetrable. Discreet scent, detaches scents of coffee and bitter chocolate. Dry and lightly fizzy taste, much bitter. Burnt wood and smoke are perceived in the end.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, dark red, almost black with a loose thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, raisen, some wet cardboard, a little vanilla. Good body, extra clean and smooth with a light but lingering chocolate with a little licorice finish. Delicate roast and dark fruit flavor. Quite nice.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16.9oz bottle. 62° out of the cellar. Served in a pint glass. Dark brown/black color with red tints and a small tan head. The aroma is roasty with some definate fruitness coming from the hops. Smells good, but a bit weak. The taste is roasty malt that transitions into a nice hops flavor with a touch of bitterness. The hops taste citrusy. The finish is dry and roasty, with an almost espresso quality. It seems to lack the lactic flavor that seems to be present in most baltic porters, instead it seems like a regular american porter with a good helping of hops. The mouthfeel is big, but not too big, and is about average for the style. This is a good beer that blows its sibling, #4, out of the water.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, from 74th street.black color really burnt carmel malt flavas, littie thin bodied but smooth.some chocolate and booze notes pretty good for a shitty brewery
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cellar Temp. Opaque black with diminishing head. Very light aroma. Also lightly flavors. Has a bit of a cola note. Reasonably interesting roasted malt profile. Well balanced and drinkable.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown, almost black, with a nice tan head which fades. Aroma is malt and molasses. Excellent roasty flavor with notes of chocolate, dark malts, molasses, and a faint bitterness. Full body and silky mouthfeel. Gains points for low price. This is an excellent beer.
dwyerpg (5428) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2006 Smells and looks great; nice tan head like a stout. This beer also a sting of bitterness to it - also stoutish. But the sweetness is still definitely there. Excellent beer, best Baltika for sure.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown and opaque with faint garnet highlights when held to light. A large tan head fades slowly and leaves some lacing. Aroma is sweet, dark malts, molasses, herbs and dark bread. Sweet and slightly tart, a bit of burnt sugar and dandelion. Medium to full body and gentle carbonation. Definitely interesting and pretty nice.
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with tiny fizzy off-white head. Aroma is malty towards bread. Flavor is a combination of sweet with a small amount of bitter. The finish is fizzy metallic.
Flanny (24) - Severn, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very black, and a deep crimson when seen through bright light. Head is frothy and beige. Flavor is smooth and malty, and it finishes dry. Nary a trace of bitterness. A nice smooth and easy drinking porter.