CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a rich, nearly opaque dark brown with a thick, frothy, and well-lacing light tan head. Has a mildly tart and roasty aroma with some dry caramel, but lacking that dark fruity complexity usually found in Baltic porters. Starts sugary and sweet without much complexity or balance for that matter. Sticky caramel and sugary, mild bitterness and chocolate throughout, leading to a slightly warming finish that hides the alcohol fairly well. This seems like it could use a little brewing finesse to give more complexity and less of a sugar-water character.
Ughsmash (7122) - 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.
bb (6851) - 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.
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep garnet with semi big bubbled tan head. The aroma has notes of dark fruity esters like prunes, figs and dates as well as licorice, burnt malts, some notes of earthiness and a faint hotness on the nostrils. The taste is nice with bold yet even with approachably smooth earthiness mixing with chocolate and burnt malts. Those flavors are followed by an under current of dark fruity esters that tie the taste together nicely. It ends with residual dark fruitiness but mostly roasty malts and fading earthiness. Very pleasing combination of notes creating a very tasty brew.
DuffMan (6646) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2014 Bottle. Dark brown, but not quite inky, with a thin brown head. Aroma is sweet, but in a way that isn’t entirely appealing, cola-ish with caramel and dark fruits. Tootsie Rolls! That;s what I’m getting here! And I’m not crazy about it. The palate is much the same, more caramel, very little roast, and with a dusty, flinty dryness in the finish. Just okay.
deyholla (6595) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a grayish brown head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma is full of intense aromatic roasted malts with a bit of coffee and a hint of earthiness. Flavor was similar starting full of roasted malts with a bit of creamy coffee and just a tad of chocolate. Finish is a bit thin, but solid overall.
motelpogo (6453) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bought a bottle of this at the berlin beerfest, at least i assume it was this though it was called czarny boss. dark purple appearance. aroma of chocolate and coconut liqueur. some maple syrup and mandarin sweetness, light saltiness and more coconut liqueur in the finish. pretty potent
marcus (6421) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Oaktoberfest in Sacramento. This dark brown ale poured with a thin brown head. There is a slightly sweet treacle flavor with a nutty malt finish. A pretty good porter.
Radek Kliber (6386) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, woody brown in look. Deep, lovely roast. Not o dark, hints of chocolate with walnut. Some plum. Sweet front followed with good roast feel. Superb Baltic only is it was a bit less sweet. I do wonder how Zywiec make 9 % porter and does avoid such sugary filling.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle that’s been sitting in my cellar for about 3 years. Pours dark brown with a faint light brown head that doesn’t last. Smells of molasses, licorice, sweet chocolate, earthy. Tastes earthy and boozy with some caramel and syrup qualities. Some dates peak through eventually but not as exciting as some of the others tried alongside this.