Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2007 Bottle pours black with a monstrous brown head and prolific lace. The aroma is of roasted malt and dried fruit. The flavor is very nice. The flavor starts out with nice soft malt and progresses through to a slightly bitter coffee; somewhere in between it resembles an Imperial Stout. I also sense a slight hint of a lactic sugar in there. The palate is decent and works well for the flavor. Overall, I’m quite impressed. Update on 10/6/2007 - I’ve not had this beer since I rated it in 2003. It is far sweeter than I remember. It seems to have lost some of the dried fruit character. It gained in the chocolate department. I guess it has lost some complexity. I still like it, but not so much.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty aroma. Sweet flavour with a slight bitterness in the finish. Too thin.
JMerritt (1786) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Jet black with a brown head that is fully lasting and leaves excellent lacing. Sweet malt aroma is highlighted by fruit edges (grapes and berries). Lightly sweet flavor, somewhat metallic (copper), with a sweet, short lived finish. Thick, creamy mouthfeel is strange, because is accompanies this lightly carbonated, lightly flavored porter.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown color with a light chocolate colored near fizzy head. Earthy grains and light fruit in the aroma. Fortified light wine, sorghum, and malt mixture. I envision this being reduced and poured over corn bread.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black as night and twice as delicious. Man, for a place that makes a malt liqour, this is actually a really great porter. Smooth tasting this beer is all about the coffee smell. Surprised as hell, the 7% ABV is hidden quite well. For a buck fifty for over a pint of it, not a bad deal. Classy bottle and a delicious brew.
Dogbrick (7850) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: Clear dark brown with a thin beige head. Light aroma of coffee and malt. Medium body with a mild roasted coffee/malt flavor and a lightly bitter finish. Not bad but nothing memorable about this one.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown. Big,pillowy,off-white, head. Airy aroma of sweet malt,liquorice, roast,and seems lightly hoppy. Texture is kind of watery.Mouthfeel is syrupy,with good,subtle carbonation. Strong liquorice,dark chocolate,flavors. Finish has the slightest roastiness,and is fairly hoppy. Seems over-sugary.Roastiness picks up a little.Wow this is sweet and rich. Ok Baltic.
jimhilt (2397) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a five-fingered light brown head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Good carbonation. Black as midnight. Nose is clearly a sweet, roasted coffee. Starts smooth, malty and strong coffee flavor, finishes with a little hoppiness and bitterness. A very good porter.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent Baltic porter, and so far my favourite Baltika. Very nice sweet and dryish aroma with all the classic characteristics of the style (chocolate, coffee etc.). Initial flavour is good too but something in the (hoppy and dry) finish doesn't seem perfectly balanced. Maybe a bit too sweet (raisin like?). Still, a fine beer.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I don't know what's wrong with this beer. It smells like wet socks. It's extremely thin. And the taste...just...isn't...right...