Tmoney99 (10809) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap sample. Pours clear dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that was lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted dark chocolate, coffee and dark rum aroma. Medium to full body with a thick smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet malt and rum flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of long duration. This is a standout porter.
crossovert (7565) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
VEry strong rum aspect to this one, it isnít harsh but it really does an overtake of the flavor profile.
phaleslu (6607) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft sample at FOBAB 2013. Pours a bright amber-brown with no head. My main note is RUM! Yeah, thatís not exactly subtle here. It overpowers everything. Some dark fruits, some barrel, some sweetness, but Iíd be foolish to try to give other tasting notes here. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a hot, coating mouthfeel. If you like rum, you might like this. If not, youíll hate it. I fall somewhere in the middle. Disappointed and not going to try it again. But itís not CIB-level bad.
b3shine (5573) - Indiana, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft to 8 oz snifter at Eccentric Cafe. Looks good; a dark and fairly opaque cola with off-white lacing. Smells good too; rum first and dark malt second. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Rummy, but good stuff!
alexsdad06 (5556) - Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at FoBAB. Pours brown in color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have rum, raisins, medicinal notes, solvent, no real Baltic Porter character to speak of, ample sweetness from the rum. This was not very enjoyable, in fact, it was one of my least favorite beers at FoBAB this year.
Pailhead (4897) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 3/20
On tap: The aroma consists of heavy rubbing alcohol, light rum, and a hint of chocolate. Itís a transparent brown with a touch of orange with a minimal off-white head. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate and caramel. The finish is heavy rum and alcohol. Itís rough...real rough. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, this is WAY too rum forward and the alcohol flavors are too much. Itís borderline doing a straight shot of rum...and Iím not a rum fan at all.
Beerman6686 (4423) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap at fobab 13. Poured a dark brown with a beige head. Aroma was chemicals and lots o rum with mild roast. Flavor was astringent and loads of rum. No sign of a Baltic Porter underneath either. Really glad I didnít buy a 750 of this.
HonkeyBra (3421) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at FoBAB2013. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of booze, rum, sugar, mild coconut and chocolate notes. Flavor is mostly entirely sweet rum notes, burnt sugar, coconut, and booze. The rum barrel is overpowering. If thatís your thing, so be it. Itís not my thing.
Silphium (3173) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft, Roll out the Barrel Party at the Eccentric Cafe. Deep toffee brown body, thin to medium cream head with lacing. Spicy, butterscotchy rum nose; sharp and boozy. Body dominated by spiced rum with bready, caramely sweetness, brown sugar, and hints of grape. Harsh and cloying, unfortunately.
tectactoe (2027) - Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2014 Tap: Super dark brown, nearly black with a light tan head that survives as a long lasting film and chunky collar. Aroma is heavy, heavy alcohol. Solvent, isopropyl... way, way too heavy on the rum. Some chocolate in the back... maybe. But the aroma is very harsh and mostly just straight solvent. The taste isnít much better... at all. Huge rum flavor, like literally taking a shot of rum. Mild rubbing alcohol and solvent notes again. Some very mild coconut and back-end sticky toffee are there, once you get past the barrel aging effects... But seriously, the rum is way too heavy for this to be enjoyable. Couldnít finish this one, just far too harsh and not drinkable in any sense of the word. Not much of a Baltic Porter.