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Brewed by Browar Witnica
Style: Baltic Porter
Witnica, Poland

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RATINGS: 475   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Butters (3686) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2011
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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
keenanrobbins (19) - - JAN 27, 2012
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 27, 2012
27-Feb-12 (500-ml bottle: $2.50 at Liquid Solutions in Tigard, OR)
I’m not sure how old this bottle is, but it’s at least 2 years old and drinking wonderfully. This classic Baltic porter is rich, full-bodied, and very flavorful. It’s not exactly black in color, but rather pours a dark-brown body with ruby highlights. It’s 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 aren’t 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 it’s 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, it’s 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, it’s simply delicious, a beer that makes me proud to be part Polish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2005 Bottled. Dark brown. Attractive, intensive aroma of syrup, licorice, dried fruits and a hint of coffee. Powerful flavor - syrup, coffee and sweetish with not so much alcohol feel, and a hint of fruitiness. Notes of diacetyl as well in flavour, but I can take it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2414) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2003
Dark brown. Medium head. Creamy, smooth liquorice-aroma. Sweet, roasty flavour. The alcohol gives it some bitterness in the finish. Very strong and very drinkable; might be dangerous ;o)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2005 Bottle, stored for about 10 months. Dark amber, beautiful head. Smotth malty aroma with toffee, milk and chocolate. Just as malty flavor, and with a wonderful body. This beer changed alot to the better while being stored...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Raisins, walnut, chocolate and some dried cherries in the aroma. Reddish brown/black with a frothy, but thin head. Huge raisin blast in the fore followed by another huge blast of black licorice and then mild marzipan notes in the middle. Finish wafts on through with dry black licorice notes and a chalky raisin/licorice/burnt aftertaste. This is very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2006
UPDATED: APR 25, 2007 Bottle- strong sweet nose. Strong sweet malty flavor. Develops increased character as temperature increases. It’s over the top sweetness...yeah...pretty much... Food pairing:Outstanding with bar-b-que. )

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 roasted aroma, like dark rye and baking chocolate. fiercely dark. great rich flavor and consistency. true porter style. 103011 Dadgum, it’s been 4 years? I now find this beer to be a great standby, excellent value and definitive for the style. Soft burnt grain and dry baking cocoa. Jet black, creamy tan head. Rich and thick, mocha body, suberb. Ticked up from a 3.9 to a 4.2 after having tried several other Baltic Porters. How does this make it from Poland to Seattle and still be under three bucks on the shelf?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Deep dark brown coloured body with ruby highlights and a deep dense tan head - perfect for the style! Aroma of a good baltic - meaty, mushroomy, caramel, roasted malt, coffee and a touch of chocolate show very well. Medium-bodied; Strong roasted malt flavours with a good backbone of chocolate and the strong savoury flavours come out as well - with some subtle alcohol near the end. Aftertaste shows some complexity with a tiny bit of spice, caramel and mostly mild tastes. Overall, a damn good baltic, rivaling even Zywiec, also from Poland. When I first saw this one, I wanted to try it, and I’m definitely glad I did! Perhaps this aged nicely in the bottle, but I really liked this and would recommend it to anyone! I sampled this 500 mL bottle purchased about two years ago from Whole Foods in Portland (Downtown), Oregon, drunk on 05-August-2008.


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