shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appropriate black color with a quickly diminishing tan head. What is left is a thin ring of creamy tan. Aroma is licorice, chocolate, vanilla, and bitter roast. The flavor is mellow to begin with and a nice tang to the finish. Body is a little lighter than I was looking for, but overall a very nice example of a baltic porter.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a sparse, rocky head; nice licorice, port, and burnt sugar nose; smooth roasty maltiness throughout, chocolatey grainy sweetness; viscous and sweet, a bit too sweet; fairly alcoholic finish
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nearly opaque dark brown. Faint, surprisingly light head. This sounded like a crappy novelty beer from some shitty American brewery, but I’m glad I decided to look at the label. Aroma is quite doppelbocky - with chocolate, figs, raisins and porto components. Some vanilla and glints of pipe tobacco. Flavor is initially quite nice - more vanilla and chocolate, but the alcohol quickly burns through that fog. Fades out to sweet instant coffee and a rather harsh roastiness. Palate is syrupy and rather flat, despite high-enough carbonation levels. Coffee with tootsie rolls and vanilla. Still, an interesting find.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
orange/tan head, cola appearance, sweet molases, chocolate, roasty finish, malty, alcohol well hidden, good but cant hang with the michigan stylee
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep mahogany with a fleeting beige head. Notes of sweet caramel, prunes, dark chocolate, and port. Full and syrupy mouth. The flavor was on the sweet side. Lacked balance but wasn’t bad.
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, filled almost to the top of the neck! Roasty malt aroma, some chocolate and some dark pit fruit presence also. Some booziness noted in the aroma also. Dark brown/deep garnet pour with a tan head that leaves a slight film on the surface of this beer. Thin mouthfeel. Rather fruity, in context of a porter, almost barleywineish to start, maybe an aged barleywine...no wait, I got it...Port wine. I taste port wine. The middle is where the roasted malts come to life, with a nice roastiness to finish. A very different baltic porter than what I have tried before. It is not offensive, but not as good as the others I have tried, most notably Koff Porter.
theyouthman (3) - USA - OCT 15, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A fantastic beer and one worth coming back for. Nice aroma with a full, smooth flavor (just a slight chocolate) and the perfect acidity.
jrt (62) - USA - OCT 14, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nothing astonishing here. At %9.4 it gets the job done and is affordable, but, despite being fairly rich, doesnt have much character.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Raisins, walnut, chocolate and some dried cherries in the aroma. Reddish brown/black with a frothy, but thin head. Huge raisin blast in the fore followed by another huge blast of black licorice and then mild marzipan notes in the middle. Finish wafts on through with dry black licorice notes and a chalky raisin/licorice/burnt aftertaste. This is very nice.
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a beautiful black with mahogany and cherry hues, almost competely no head. aroma of alcohol, malts, fruit. Mouth was a bit dry.