P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
chocolatey nose with ripe fruit. mellow black with an initialy sizeable head that leaves quickly. I envisioned cream, far from it, not up to the standards of other Baltics
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet porter! nice fruity nose. Rosted malts with nice hop presence
BillKismet (3334) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black bodied with a small chocolate head. Nearly divine, plummy, vinous aroma, potent, but artfully balanced. Carmel, plum, and a strong molasses body make this baltic porter a winner. The greatest knock is a nearly cloying alchoholic sweetness resulting from the relative lightness of the body which could use a more robust character to anchor the flavors. An excellent, almost insurpassable, dessert beer. Sweet and tasty--though becomes almost unbearably sweet towards the end with a strong banana component. Best if enjoyed in small glasses.
Aurelius (4104) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Raisins, smoke and creosote. Inky. This brew really grows on you as you drink it -- sweetish for a porter, you get a good presentation of raisins/prunes in the flavor. Mild aroma. Good palate, with long clinging patent malt bitter and an acidic/raisiny finish.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dry coffee with serious alcohol presence, right up my alley
Donatas (188) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - DEC 18, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fine beer from Russia. But Lithuanian or Polish proters are better.
PorterPounder (5446) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2007 Rerate Still a solid all around porter at a great price - $1.99 for a 500 ml bottle. Dark brown, mocha head, chocolate aroma, some olive oil in the back end. Thick mouthfeel. Original 3.8 Kind of grows on you - hard to describe in words. Licorice-like aroma and appearance. Meant to be drunk slow and savored. Full-bodied flavor lasts throughout - improves upon warming.
Tolik99 (47) - USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely, one of the best Russian beers: a clean, flavorful and roasty bottom-fermented porter.
Holdwine (1075) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This grew on me. Pours black as night with a nice tannish head. When cold, the shock of alcohol hits you. It tastes more than 7%. As it warms, nice coffee tones emerge and it begins to mellow. Slight sweetness follows before a nice well rounded finish. This is a nice well-balanced product from Russia, and I thought they only made Vodka....
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Jet black with glints of purple and red. Good creamy head and a fine prickle of bubbles that suggest it was lagered long and naturaly carbonated. Interesting aromas of raisins and licorice, peppery and roasted malt flavours and a sweet but roasty dry finish that finally reveals the alcohol.