portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL bottle into pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a light grey head. Heavy aromas of sweet fruit and roasted malts with a hint of spice. Flavor is of plums, fruit and malts with a slight coffee-like finish. Mouthfeel is light and drinkable. My only complaint was there could have been more carbonation, but that may have been due to the age of the bottle I purchased.
chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - APR 6, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 Aromas of banana, yeasty bread, and definite alcohol.
Taste is nutty like a brown. A sweet prune flavor and a mealy malt finish. Definitely dosn’t taste like it has 9.4%
ksigty (107) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark reddish hue. Almost black. Hints of black cherry and licorice. Quite a potent porter, but not overpowering. Surprisingly sweet. A somewhat burnt aftertaste ruins the moment, but overall, this is a delicious beer.
MartiniFiend (104) - Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
pours blacker than black with no head from the bottle. Malt coffee alchohol aroma. Thick and smooth to the palate. the flavor starts out a mix of malt & alchohol, has a sweet middle and a smoky finish. A nice porter but the alcohol flavor could be better hidden.
Angelmonster (103) - Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a big finger of beige head. Body is a very dark brown with red highlights. Head retention was decent and lacing was minimal.
Predominate smell is of dark fruits. Plums, figs, raisins and prunes. Caramel and roasted malts are also present. There is also a lingering hint of smokiness similar to a scotch ale at the end. Hops are not present at all and alcohol is very faint.
Taste is pretty sweet, almost syrupy. Caramel, dulce de leche, smoky burnt malts are the first flavors that come through. Dried fruits like fig, prune, and plum are there as foretold in the smell. Some earthy hops are very faint in the background and for 9 percent abv, alcohol is well hidden.
Palate is medium bodied, slightly syrupy. Carbonation levels are good but head doesnt contribute much to the feel. For such a strong dark ale it wasnt as heavy as some baltic porters, which has its pros and cons.
Overall a good beer. Drinkability was very good, especially for such a strong beer. Not too heavy or filling, this beer can potentially become dangerous. Good flavors and reasonably priced, would definitely buy this one again
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black/brown; can barely see through it against the light. A 15 second head. Has a dense, sweet aroma of caramel, roasted malts, and carob (? of all smells) came through pretty strong. Immediatly noticed black licorice in the flavor, toffee, raisins, and Nyquil cheery flavor. Weird, but that’s what it reminds me of somewhat. Although the alchohol is well hidden, it still finishes with a nice warm zing. Mouthfeel is syrupy and leaves a sweet coating. Not too satisfied with this (being my first baltic porter). I hope to find better in the future.
k9coug (99) - USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I believe a porter should be thin and easy to drink, and gives the ability to drink several in a session. At 9.4 abv. that wouldn’t be advisable. Good beer for the price. Almost no head and a heavy burnt flavor with a strong initial taste that improves to th bottom of the glass.
kamish (93) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2006 surprisingly delicious. i have to try more dark beer. i didn’t have to it choke down. 3 out of 5 at the seattle beer festival.
exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured with a very light head, overall carbonation is very weak. Body is a very dark brown. Taste is very heavy malt, and I doubt any hops were used to make this. Much too sweet for the style, finishes exceptionally smooth. Does have a notable fruity aftertaste, which may be due to the type of yeast used.
BeerdedDave (87) - - JAN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep brown color with reddish highlights; chocolaty malt aroma with mild alcohol notes; medium bodied and silky smooth; slightly sweet roasted malt flavors with notes of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and hints of warm alcohol