mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black pour with fully diminishing tan head. Don’t remember the aroma too much, but the flavor is strong malt and alcohol. Minimal roast. Alcohol overpowers the other notes of the beer. Thin to moderate oily palate.
Angelmonster (113) - Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a 2 finger beige head. Body is pitch black in color. Head retention and lacing were above average.
Aroma is similar to a doppelbock, lots of dried fruit coming through, prunes/dates/raisins. Theres lots of sweetness, residual sugars, lactose and some alcohol. No hops are detected.
First taste is of toffee and sweet roasted malt. Burnt, smoked malt is also there with the dried fruit from the nose. Hops arent present but for 7% abv the alcohol is definitely there. There are some off flavors in the after taste, cant put my finger on it but it may be oxidation.
Mouth feel is good. Medium bodied, carbonation is balanced well. Head died halfway through beer which was disappointing.
Drink ability was above average. Wasnt very impressed by this beer. It was pretty rough around the edges, wouldnt buy again
jwr07 (113) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle date of April 14 2011. Pours dark with a fluffy tan head that completely deflates within 30 seconds. Smells slightly off, thin or watery smelling or something. Mouthfeel does the same trick as the head; seeming pleasantly carbonated but quickly becomes almost flat. Nice flavors of dark malt, coffee, chocolate etc, but with an undertone of alcoholic heat. Also a little watery feeling, just a little thin for 7%.
Dzhigga (113) - Kirov, RUSSIA - JUL 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark brown color with large disappearing head. Nice aroma of bread, wine, plume. Taste is bitter-sweet, full-bodied. Aftertaste is bitter with nice notes of dry fruits. Very good beer. Baltika, why it's so difficult to find in Russia?!
zakkbironia (112) - Athens, GREECE - APR 30, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown coloured beer with unusual taste. Not bad at all. Could be better though.
Raistlin (112) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2009
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This beer was pretty bad. I couldn’t finish it. While it looks great, brown colour with tan head, it tastes quite awful. It has a very sweet flavor. It has quite bad aftertaste as well.
RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Faint smell of roasted malt, sweetness, Taste of coffe, slightly bitterness,
Feeling of Triple Bock
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Excellent, rich brew. Color is amazing, and as others have noted the flavors are caramelly, rich, roasted with no hop aroma and little flavor
derekbrown (104) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A little thin for my tastes, but a great value porter overall. Light coffee flavor, heavier on chocolate. Decent roasted malt flavors with slight hops added.
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 21, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Average porter at best. Very simple and plain. Poured dark with thin head. Smelled like dirt and smoke. Tasted like coffee and sweet fruits. Seems like the porter is generic.