Reid (1938) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in the very attractive monocromatic labelled bottle. For an old UK ska fan this reminds me of the old Two- Tone record labels.
In appearance its the typical dark ,dark brown almost black, mahogany of Baltic porters small tan head, that dissapates fast to leave nice lace.
the aroma is very dark chocolate ( unsweet), black coffee etc.
Taste is certailly Baltic but it is very much on the sweet side, there is the dark roasted coffee flavour but it is interrupted by a fruity, almost raspberry sweetness that bubbles up from under the bitterness. This is not typical but I like the effect.
Nice on the palte..the bubbly sweetness makes this intresting.
For a 9.4% beer this is dangerously drinkable..alcohol is barely noticed in the taste.
heemer77 (5106) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black body with a little bit of ruby highlights showing through. The large tan head is persistent. The aroma is rich roasted coffee with some molasses. The taste has a little bit of lactic creaminess. There is also a little coffee and some rich chocolate in the finish. Overall, the taste is sweet. A nice brew with a slightly thin body.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Burnt malt aroma with a jet black appearence. Has a sour flavor that seems to overpower the chocolate malt leaving an unbalanced palate.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle provided by and shared with clarkvv 4/30/2005: Dark brown body with a small beige head that quickly recedes to a tiny ring around the outside of the glass. Aroma: mostly dominated by dark molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, acidic toffee. Taste: sweet, syrupy malt up front, followed by brown sugar, molasses, toffee, chalky caramel. Finish shows a bit of coffee and continues to be sweet. Medium forced carbonation, creamy mouth feel. Completely hides any trace of alcohol, which is impressive. This one does seem quite sweet, possibly under-attenuated, so Iím wondering what yeast, or method they used to get this particular sweetness.
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Didnít care for this at all. Odd flavor, strange finish. Iím chalking up to just not getting the Baltic porter style.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured black with a medium sized off white head.
Brown sugar and molasses aroma with a good medium body, sweet malty flavor is almost a bit to sweet for me.
Became more roasty as it warmed..still to sweet.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2004 bottle shared with bucknaked on 4/30/2005. MIBRomeo is right on, the dark brown body has a shiny copper/penny-colored hue to it. Beige head is quickly receding to ring. Smells of sticky molasses, brown sugar, toffee, very straightforward baltic porter aroma. Would appreciate some lager yeast qualities, but as this is quite filtered and most assuredly pasteurised, Iím not surprised at the cleanliness. Flavor is quite sweet, more molasses, brown sugar and caramel/toffee. Cane sugary finish, maybe a touch of dry anise. Bits of cappucino stick out here and there. Boring, unsubstantial mouthfeel shows the high filtration and forced carbonation. Very sweet, medium body. Hides the alcohol VERY well, I will say that.
MIBRomeo (2565) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown copper hugh w/ a laced off white head. Light hop in the aroma under a big maple syruppy carmel roasted malt smell. The palate was solid fairly creamy while being a little light. The flavor was a big sweet malty syruppy flavor that warmed you as it went down w/ out tasting of alcohol. There was almost a fruity component to it in the finish and a bit of roasiness. Overall a surprisingly good beer out of nowhere.. nice little hidden gem from my local liquor store.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown body with a quickly dissapating head. Maple syrup / caramel aroma; quite sweet. Sweet flavor, maple syrup, burnt caramel malt, some black patent malt for bitterness. Rich mouthfeel, a touch of alcohol in the finish. I really enjoyed the full sweetness in this guy, itís a rare trait in beers. I do think this batch didnít attenuate all the way, but itís good regardless. Thanks Chuck!
1FastSTi (3340) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok... I know what youíre saying. "A quality beer for $1.80?" Well, youíve hit it on the head. This suckerís a hidden gem at a cheap price. Thanks MIBRomeo! Appearance is dark brown color. Thin white head that is virtually non-existent. Decent lacing. The aroma is maple syrup, caramel malts, flowery hops, dark fruits. Very strong aroma.
Flavor: Finish is very maple syrupy. General flavor is caramel malts and maple syrup. Some flowery hops hiding under the immense sweetness. Flavor is really in your face. Palate is very sweet and balanced. Surprising. Good full mouth feel. Hides the alcohol really well.