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 (1831) - 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 (7848) - 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 (844) - 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 (207) - 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.
NJBeerman013 (1042) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours midnight black, rich, full aroma. Medium to full body, nicely balanced roasted character. Very good.
PapaSkeetSkeet (799) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, deep amber straight thru when backlit. Aroma is a sweet backlit chocolate. Oh! how I love this style. Flavor is also sweet, but a bit more spicy and less milky. Thin syrup on the palate. a little bread, hints of molasses. Cocoa. slight lager flavor apparent. I love this style!
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL Bottle, purchased at Westmere Beverage Center - Albany, NY. Camping backlog from notes. This beer must have been on the shelf for awhile, because the bottle was stratified. With the top half coming across like a brown ale and the bottom half kicking ass as a rich deep porter. No signs of oxidation, however. Clean, well-hidden alcohol, rich roasty porter notes, and lots of overall malt complexity with a clean yeast. Yum!
wtcecil (2) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2011 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: best part of the beer: coffee comes through very strong with hints of chocolate.
Appearance: pours black, 3/4 inch white head, no lacing.
Taste: malty, chocolate, and coffee.
Palate: Good full mouthfeel
Overall a great beer for the price. The higher alcohol isn’t overpowering in the taste.