Ughsmash (7505) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.5L bottle. Poured a deep brown with garnet highlights. Tall, loose initial head receded to a thin film with patchy lacing. Nose was intriguing with dark chocolate, burnt molasses, licorice, and mild alcohol as it warmed. Flavor was of cocoa upfront, followed closely by a plethora of burnt, sticky dark malts (licorice, soy, and molasses come to mind)... there was an increasing alcohol presence as this warmed, progressing from warmth to texture to a major component of the flavor. Palate was light, considering the heavy flavor elements.. with only decent transition of flavors. Finish was warm and of moderate length, with burnt dark malts representing. Solid porter with some noticable rough spots.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Riley’s in Madison. If I didn’t know I had beer under my nose I wooda’ thunk that I had just been offered a nice chocolate filled with coffee cream. Nose is very nice. It is black as hell with a little bit of creamy tan foam. Shit,too bad this did not taste like it smells. very muddled and non-descript.
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mild aroma, no alcohol smell. Mildly bitter taste with maybe a hint of dark chocolate. Didn’t detect as much flavor as some of the other reviewers maybe because it was chilled a little low. Okay porter.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting, August 2005. Nearly black, with a ruby tinge. Strong Baltic Porter character, with licorice and tar, some tart fruit and very noticeable volatile alcohol in the aroma. But is shockingly sweet and, coupled with the alcohol burn, this makes for a very odd mouthfeel indeed. Like surgical spirit mixed with cassis and treacle - more like a medicinal tincture than a beer. Rather crude. Not really my thing.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
translucent blackish chestnut color, goldish brown edges. loose creamy light tan head. smoky molasses and sweet good-n-plenty like malt aroma. flavor is sweet licorice like Panda candies, some dark molasses, and roasted caramel malt towards the end. bitterish licorice finish. alcohol hidden by sweetness. light mouthfeel and high carbonation. clingy thin layer of lacing. not too complex, but a nice session porter.
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2007 Bottle- strong sweet nose. Strong sweet malty flavor. Develops increased character as temperature increases. It’s over the top sweetness...yeah...pretty much...
Food pairing:Outstanding with bar-b-que. )
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really sweet porter, not particularly refined. Not much roasty or chocolately flavors, though I do taste a bit of wheatiness that I didnt expect. Tastes pretty alcoholic, even for a 9.5%. A little too thin of a body, but still an enjoyable beer. Not a great porter, but it does the job.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - FEB 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark brown with ruby highlites and a light tan head. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, some sweet coffee, whiskey. Flavor is very sweet with strong notes of coffee and Hershey’s syrup with just the slightest touch of whiskey dryness in the finish. Average body. Probably too sweet for some, but I thought it was rather pleasant, even if it was a little thin.
bb (8270) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Reddish brown beer with a light beige head. Big toffee aroma. Toffee/bready flavors with caramel. Toffee, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, toffee.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark fudgy brown with a crimson glow at the bottom. A small, big bubbly cap of tanned foam barely surfaces over the edge. Sporatic lacing in spots and tiny strings.
Aroma is dark and malty rich with a very assuming forward presense of molasses with favorable hints to dark fruits adding raisin, fig, and dates to the mix with a light coating of soured milk chocolate.
Taste shadows a nice reflection cast by the aroma with largely dark malt richness of molasses and the dark fruity stuff of raisins, dates, and figs. A bit thin in the middle. Finishes well with a brown sugar spiced alcoholic warmth with a smooth, slick little coating of tootsie roll chocolate. Semi tangy and darkly sweet for most of its ride until the finish were it turns to a nice chocolate candy thickness.
Medium thinned body with a subdued richness to it and silky slick and smoothly textured with very low carbonation. As it should be for a Baltic Porter.
A pretty solid brew and recommended.