DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
27-Feb-12 (500-ml bottle: $2.50 at Liquid Solutions in Tigard, OR)
Iím not sure how old this bottle is, but itís at least 2 years old and drinking wonderfully. This classic Baltic porter is rich, full-bodied, and very flavorful. Itís not exactly black in color, but rather pours a dark-brown body with ruby highlights. Itís initially capped by a thin blanket of dark-tan head, but it recedes to a thin ring fairly quickly. The nose is exceptionally malty and fairly sweet, with intense aromas of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, buttered toast, chocolate, coffee, and prunes. On the palate, the flavors lean almost entirely toward sweet, rich maltiness. Melanoidins arenít associated with Baltic porters the way they are with the malty German beers, but this beer sure is reminiscent of that intense quality of maltiness, except that itís a bit sweeter (but not sugary). Flavors include dried, dark fruits (raisins and prunes), dark toast, coffee, chocolate, caramel, nuts, toffee, maple syrup, and finishing with a note of smoky, dark-roasted malt. And because of the aging this beer has seen, itís picked up a very pleasant and balancing earthiness. Carbonation is light-medium, and though the malty sweetness might very well be cloying to some people, there is enough dryness from the roasted malt and some slight acidity from the earthiness to keep the beer from becoming too sweet. Overall, itís simply delicious, a beer that makes me proud to be part Polish.
Tak_en_Lou (7) - - FEB 26, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love this f***ing beer. One of my favorites.
-Pours a dark black, rose and burgundy in the light, tan to white creamy head dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of lacing. Aromas of raisin, date, paperclips, farmhouse, light chocolate.
Licorice, grain, peanut, pistachio shell, metal, vine, and sexy sex on the tongue. Slightly watery mouthfeel, medium body, tingly in the cheeks, bold but subtle palette. Finish is half dry half wet, long remnant of nut and earthy grain, little beef. Rather warming, a solid porter. This is what I want when I want a porter.
quiznoaz (307) - Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark pour, clear with no head. Aroma of chocolate with a touch of chicory. Light flavor, a touch of bitter the end.
ryanfolty (1674) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
February 2, 2012 bottle from BVery. Dark reddish brown pour with huge head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and sweet dark fruit. Taste is similar but a little too sweet for me and a tad thin.
BVery (5134) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very deep mahogany pour with a monster foamy tan head. Aroma and taste of chocolate, dark fruits, licorice - pretty sweet tasting. Medium slightly oily palate.
boisebeer (57) - boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice beer--- pours black with light showing through. Little head showing up.
Tastes of chalk butter and Carmel with a strong bite.
Smell is light and not that strong.
thefle (166) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty good porter, smokey and a little chocolatey, heavy booze doesnít really show up when you drink it, not bad
keenanrobbins (19) - - JAN 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Whoa! Nice and dark. Smoky taste. Very palatable for a 9.5% beer. A top-five lifetime beer for Mac; not quite there for me, but very good.
ross (2008) - 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 (2601) - 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.