drjay44 (2615) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml. bottle. Pours a thin mocha head, with some lacing, over a dark, slightly reddish (SRM 36) clear body....nose is coffee, chocolate, molasses....taste is sweet malts caramel, toffee, then molasses, finishing with slight roasted bitterness....mouth feel is light and a bit watery, carbonation is medium. This is somewhat lighter in aroma and flavors than expected, and the mouth feel is a little light.
probstblueribbon (2892) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle in gift pack from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a snifter glass.
App.: Deep brown-black with a so-so tan head.
Aroma: Nice rich sweet chocolate, vanilla, dried fruits, light nuttiness, some coffee, some molasses, some bright berries, a little wood, a light soy sauce/savoury note with a hint of fish (?!),
Palate: Medium+ body and virtually no carbonation for a very silky, smooth feel.
Flav.: Grape-like fruitiness, a bit stale, many of the inviting aromas don’t come through, some almost-burnt cracker, a bit of leafy hops, a little coffee, some light alcohol; lightly sweet with balancing bitterness and a lightly fruity/malty finish.
The classic bait and switch: the attractive nose lures you in and then leaves you with it’s fat friend.
matt7215 (2169) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml bottle from the LCBO. gift pack. pours black with a tan head. very muted aroma of dried fall leaves, cara malt, touch of roast. the flavour is better. the malt body is decent and the hops come in near the finish. a touch thin and a bit tinny (which i hate). not my thing.
chandler0201 (640) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown pour with medium tan head. Aroma of nuts, some coffee. Flavor was more coffee, some toasted nuts, but finish was a bit watery and metallic which grew the more sips I had.
ekstedt (5406) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle at GBF 2011. Black with medium beige head. Sugary and grainy malt aroma with dark chocolate. Light to meidum bodied, meidum carbonation. Quite sweet with medium bitterness.
borisz (374) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown black with a tall frothy beige head. Nose is light but malty. With chocolate, dried fruits, and dough. Lightly bitter chocolate is the first flavor with raisins, malt, grain, and molasses. A smooth creaminess balances out the dry bitterness. Decent baltic porter.
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
What an amazing Russian brew!! This bad boy pours up a deep dark brown (almost black) body sporting a huge four-finger tan frothy head. Head retention was a good as it stayed with the brew as it reduced down to about a one-finger head. The smell was just as amazing with wisps of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and something akin to roasted hazelnuts. The flavors just add to the symphony of delight; dark chocolate, cocoa powder (like taking cocoa powder and adding just a tad bit of water to make a paste and eating it!), caramel, warm bread, plums, raisins, a twinge of hops, cloves, and more! This brew is full bodied (but not too thick) and no real detection of alcohol. Definitely not a session brew as this one is made to be savored very slowly as I found the tastes and smells just amassed as the brew slowly warmed up. Something that could easily be enjoyed all year long, I can see this one being especially comforting on those wintry days spent by the fireside.
Ousen (32) - , DENMARK - SEP 24, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark reddish brown. Almost black with a two finger light brown head. Aroma a bit weak buy with a promise of malt and a bit of alcohol. Taste is roasted malt, a touch of caramel and some roasted malt. Finishes dry with a slight bitter hoppy and roasted note. Quite drinkable.
SirLimpsalot (2123) - SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
En öl som jag i första hand inte hade stora förväntningar till, men som faktisk inte var så tokig.
Lite svag maltdoft, med en liten touch av vanilj.
Vätskan hade en hyfsat fyllighet med toner av lite mjölkig choklad, kaffe och vanilj.
Aning söt men absolut inte så tokig.
JanLaursen (3063) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Redbrown beer with a milky cofee brown head. Strange aroma, bubblegum, cough drops, roasted malts, malt syrup, rye bread. Taste is medium sweet, very malty, light light hoppy. Quite long finish.