ross (2075) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Daniel. Pours out a black color with a tan head. Smell is sweet and full of chocolate and dark roasted malts. Taste is sweet - too sweet - with a little punch of alcohol. Not something I would want to have again.
RobertDale (3345) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml. bottle. Pours almost black with a decent tan head. Aroma of coffee, dark fruit, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and some alcohol. Decent.
Foxbush (1258) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Half liter bottle from The Caboose. The porter poured a deep black with tan head. I tasted licorice and some sweetness. This porter was very smooth. The higher alcohol is well disguised. This may be my first polish beer. The medium body lager had soft carbonation. I was able to taste this on Christmas eve 2011 with #2 son.
drpimento (2178) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best of the Baltics! Poured this one at a good temperature and with a nice sized, thick, foamy, tan head that settled down after a bit and some lace. Color is a very dark, but clear brown red. Aroma is roast, malt, cocoa, hints of licorice and molasses. Flavor’s very similar to nose, with slight sweetness up front, a little tang from carbonics and bitterness from malts, yeast. Excellent full mouth and perfect carbonation. Finsih is like flavor, no off notes, and fairly long and slight alcohol warming. Great Porter Beer!
BeerNeedy (125) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 1 pint nine fluid oz bottle. Nice deep reddish brown color and very clear. The aroma is of licorice and very pleasant. The taste is a bit cloying but not in a bad way. Reminds me of a chocolate liquor almost. Heavy alcohol note although not distracting. Overall a nice porter that will go into the occasional rotation.
puboflyons (2070) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the 500 ml. bottle. The pour is very dark brown with a little head and pretty decent clarity. Dark malts are the lead aroma with an odd sort of Toffee mixed in and a slighly sharp hopped note. No chocolate or coffee but for a Baltic Porter, I guess there shouldn’t be any. Medium to heavier body. The taste has a strange malty character with a pungent but sweeter ending. The higher ABV is not very pronounced so that’s a plus. I prefer Ameican Porters over Balic Porters since they are by and large smokier.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500 mL bottle from Total Wine West Richmond, VA. Pours a near black color with a large fizzy tan head. Decent head retention. Weird tinny hops in the aroma with nutty and chocolate notes. The taste is sweet malts, chocolate, nutty notes, caramel, coffee, anise and a very faint hop presence. Medium bodied, and a bit too sweet, but solid.
ddfrazee (66) - Flat Rock, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent! Very malty. Dark. Great after taste. Caramelly hints with coffee. Terrific after taste.
magsinva (873) - Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - bruisin ales - pours a reddish black with 2 fingers of tan head. Aroma is fantastic, notes of caramel, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, and oatmeal. Taste is toasty with a touch of bitterness. Palate is a medium weight, finishes clean.
MarinaMarket (210) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma from the neck is a malt lover’s dream come true! Caramel, alcohol notes, sugary goodness. Pours very dark amber and with some coaxing, a thin tan head. Huge aroma of malts and dark fruit, cherry, plum, and carmelized sugars. The head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a nice set of legs clinging to the glass. Although very dark in the glass, a flashlight reveals this beer is essentially red. Wicked red. Flavors of toasted grain, a little smoke, malts, and virtually zero hop. The flavor is much more subdued than the aroma IMO. Body is medium, slightly viscous, and tart on the finish. I also get some notes of sherry. tasted @ 55F from the 330ml bottle.