mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost opaque black, copper hues on edges, with thick tan head. Sweet on the nose with roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Thick chewy mouthfeel.
Sweet and light at first, then roasted malt hits with a coffe bitterness that is obvious but very mellow and understated. A little sharpness of coffee leaves a nice aftertaste on the whole of the tongue. 9.4% is very well hidden. What a great porter.
OD40oz (773) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - AUG 9, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a tan head. Pretty good porter taste and at 9.4% alcohol it is definitely "THA BOWSE"
drpimento (2220) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best of the Baltics! Poured this one at a good temperature and with a nice sized, thick, foamy, tan head that settled down after a bit and some lace. Color is a very dark, but clear brown red. Aroma is roast, malt, cocoa, hints of licorice and molasses. Flavorís very similar to nose, with slight sweetness up front, a little tang from carbonics and bitterness from malts, yeast. Excellent full mouth and perfect carbonation. Finsih is like flavor, no off notes, and fairly long and slight alcohol warming. Great Porter Beer!
Ingevara (797) - SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mmm... I'm impressed! The whole atmosphere about this beer is warm and welcoming. I feel at home right away. Creamy, chocolaty, intense, smooth, soothing, refreshing, there are many adjectives that come to mind. A rich - total drink. More!
blackmurder (226) - sadf, Hawaii, USA - AUG 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
For the price this is a great beer.
This is a heavy hitter at 9.4%. Upon sipping this magnificent porter I was astonished by how well the alcohol was hidden. I would have guessed that this beer is around 6% if not for the label clearly stating the ABV. As others have stated, this beer does have a red hue to it. It looks very promising sitting in my tulip glass. The taste is a bit sweet for my liking but very palatable at the same time. This is a porter all beer geeks should try at least once. Keep in mind that I am rating this not only based on overall enjoyment but price.
Scubatrip (596) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle, pours black with a decent off-white head. Aroma is deep and rich. Chocolate syrup, caramel, espresso, french roasted coffee, sweet and thick, molasses, brown sugar, a hint of licorice, hopefully the taste is half as good as the aroma. First sip does not disappoint, though it is slightly less complex. Initially biting of chocolate and coffee, bitter, some alcohol. As it gets drunk down, it mellows somewhat and flavors of caramel, molasses, and alcohol become more dominant. Finish is lightly better and drying, but a definite syrupy sweetness. Thick but drinkable, this one has earned its rating.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out very dark brown, almost black. Off-white colored head that leaves small amounts of spotty lacing. In the smell I get molasses, sweet caramel, toffee, a bit of nuttiness, licorice, and just a small amount of roastiness. Taste has much of the same elements as the nose, but has a very nice creamy, yet at the same time soft, roasty finish. Soft carbonation, about medium levels with a luscious full body to back it up. This is 9.4%? I didnít get an alcohol burn or unpleasant alcohol in any way; this is just a very well made porter that I intend on getting much more of.
Butters (3747) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. This was quite the surprise! The beautiful near black pour with dense khaki head and chestnut highlights put me in the right mood as soon as the liquid hit the glass. Unfortunately, the head is shortlived and dissipates rather quickly. And then the aroma. Simply heavenly. Sweet vanilla and caramel and roast and very reminiscent of creme brulee from Southern Tier (but not quite THAT good). And after all that, the flavor still
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.
DarkElf (3033) - 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.