JK (5045) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 Very strong alcohol aroma with dried fruit, soy sauce, and Baileyís. Black. Very heavy palate. Flavors of sweet malt, raisins, and alcohol. coffee. High abv very noticeable.
TheBeerGod (5597) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this at the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA gathering. Bottle courtesy of ClarkVV. Hand bottled by footbalm. Thanks guys! Pitch black. Oily, alcoholic legs run down the glass. Nose is vanilla, alcohol, molasses, dark chocolate, liquor, and dark fruit. Taste is strong alcohol, thick choloate cake, molasses, light coffee, vanilla, cocoa, roasted malt, brown sugar, and fruit. HUGE taste! Almost on par with Dark Lord. Body is thick and chewy with strong alcohol warmth and a definite oiliness about it. Finishes with more warming, chocolate, vanilla extract, molassess, liquor, coffee and roasted malt. Incredible!
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Capped Ďnipí bottle via a growler, from the very friendly pair of Jeff & Emily: opaque & black as night, even when held directly into the afternoon sun streaming through the window. Small dark brown cream that amazingly enough develops as it breathes Ė fantastic this re-bottled beer can still be so alive! Strong bourbon aroma with vanilla alcohol and crisped pine. Anise-coffee flavour with plenty of smoke and burnt caramel. Oaked whiskey quality lingers on the tongue. For as overpowering as this seems to be initially, this one evens out through the finish with a nice chunks of chocolate malt and maple syrup. A winner, no doubt, thanks friends.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours basically black with a medium brown colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. This has one of the strongest aromas I have ever experienced. Aroma is heavily alcoholic with oranges soaked in alcohol ala Grand Marnier also rum, and some wood. This is one of the most massive beers I have ever experienced. The intitial flavor is a bit overwhelmingly alchoholic, but the finishing flavor is to die for. The finish is a lingering to eternity sensation of wood and roasted malt in the most wonderful complex package imaginable. This beer is beyond a baltic porter and is an imperial porter if there is such a thing. I cannot thank Footbalm enought for this sample.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled from a Growler. Deep, dark black with a small, dark brown head. Sweet, creamy nose of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, whiskey, coconut, licorice, alcohol, molasses, oak and probably some brown sugar. The body is creamy, and I imagine a fresh sample would be heavenly on the tongue. The flavor is quite nice. Sweet and malty with all the characteristics of barrel-aging. Smooth and lightly woody with a little mix of bourbon in a nice, thick Baltic Porter. Quite the tasty treat that would have to be splended when served fresh at the brewery. Jeff and Emily, thank you for sharing.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to footbalm for this handbottled sample: Pours black with mininal head. Aroma is alcohol, sweet red wine, and chocolate syrup. Flavor is cocoa, red wine, and alcohol. I think that the palate suffered slightly from lack of carbonation from the bottling, with a minimal amount more carbonation I think that this would be out of this world.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep brown hue with a small off-white head. Aromas of whskey, sugar, chocolate and coffee. Flavors of coffee, coffee, coffeeand more coffee with a little chocolate and a great oakiness. WOW>......Almost like jack and coke.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle from growler, thanks footbalm. This Baltic Porter pours with a dark brown to black body topped by a thin head with some lacing. The aroma and flavor are great! Theyíre slightly sweet and malty with notes of dark fruit, a nice chocolate note and a little alcohol. Medium to full bodied, slightly tingly yet smooth.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle from growler, thanks to ClarkVV for bringing this to the VA/MD/DC gathering: This beer was one of the highlights of the entire gathering.....that really does say a lot considering the other beers in attendance. Dark black with a small tan head. Medium to full bodied. Great aroma of scotch, bourbon, aged wood, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, light smoke, fruit(?). Taste is exactly what I expected from the aroma. Thereís vanilla, bitter chocolate, mild oak, port, coffee, toffee, roasty, light alcohol. The mouthfeel is simply the best Iíve ever had in a beer. Itís like drinking liquid silk. Curious what a perfect 5 on palate is like? This is your beer.
ClarkVV (4353) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2006 2004 bottle from the growler, from footbalm, the most generous trader Iíve ever traded with Brought this baby to the DCMDVAWV gathering. Aroma of scotch, deep, strong, rich and alcoholic. On sheer strength, Iíd give it a 10, but because it masks a good amount of the baltic porter aroma, I think itís only fair to give it a 9. I love the aroma, but this is a beer, not a glass of liquor. Flavor is simply phenomenal. I can barely describe it. You expect to be knocked down by all of the bourbon in the aroma, but it eases up a good deal in the flavor. Vanilla and coffee beans, dark espresso, black licorice, molasses and thick, rich, strong toffee all weave about on the palate, tied together by perhaps the most luxuriously rich, silky palate Iíve experienced. Itís decadent, itís big, itís damned good. Because this is from the growler, it has a touch of thinning on the end, but thatís to be expected and hard to really fault the brewer. Very fresh flavor all the way through, with notes of charcoal, bitter tree sap and oak on the finish. Like rum raisin pudding, with a big black pot of french vanilla roast coffee. Spectacular and not overated, I can definitely say that. Deep dark black appearance, small ultra dark tan/mocha head that rapidly fizzles away (itís from the growler, and yes itís got a lot of alcohol). Almost want to give it a five for appearance, Iím less concerned that a beer has head retention than I am that is is unfiltered, which this obviously is. Still, notwithstanding how great of an experience it was, the alcohol, roast and bourbon do mask a lot of the qualities Iíd like to see out of a baltic porter.