chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting, August 2005. Nearly black, with a ruby tinge. Strong Baltic Porter character, with licorice and tar, some tart fruit and very noticeable volatile alcohol in the aroma. But is shockingly sweet and, coupled with the alcohol burn, this makes for a very odd mouthfeel indeed. Like surgical spirit mixed with cassis and treacle - more like a medicinal tincture than a beer. Rather crude. Not really my thing.
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 29, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From Beerlicious iphone app: Smells of burnt malts. Brown clear color in the sun. Minimal Brown head. Medium bitterness finishing lighter with a touch of sour. Short duration. Medium/light body with a thin watery texture. Average Carbonation and an abrupt finish.
brokensail (10955) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 21, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Black pour with a khaki head. Smells like burnt grains and popcorn. Acidic coffee, chocolate, and burnt sugar. Maybe a bit of bile. Bread and tons of overly roasted malt. The flavor is bitter, burnt, and grainy. Burnt popcorn, licorice, chocolate, and acidic coffee.
wlajwl (3882) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is dark malts and butterscotch/toffee. The flavor is malts butterscotch/toffee (bordering on cloyingly sweet) and a mildly acidic/tart finish.
beerandbeyond (683) - ISRAEL - OCT 24, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle poured into a goblet.
Clear light brown with red hues and a minimal head.
Caramel nose, with brown sugar, earth, dark bread, some dark fruits, cherry stone and faint chocolate.
Kvass-like flavor, sweet caramel, some vanilla, lo bitterness and some prunes.
Med-full bod, alcohol well hidden, too sweet and not balanced. OK
JFGrind (1845) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2013
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml. bottle, some roasted and chocolate malts but really just a porter like alcohol delivery vehicle. Gets the job done, but with a cool name and Americanized label I fear it is overpriced.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2004 bottle shared with bucknaked on 4/30/2005. MIBRomeo is right on, the dark brown body has a shiny copper/penny-colored hue to it. Beige head is quickly receding to ring. Smells of sticky molasses, brown sugar, toffee, very straightforward baltic porter aroma. Would appreciate some lager yeast qualities, but as this is quite filtered and most assuredly pasteurised, I’m not surprised at the cleanliness. Flavor is quite sweet, more molasses, brown sugar and caramel/toffee. Cane sugary finish, maybe a touch of dry anise. Bits of cappucino stick out here and there. Boring, unsubstantial mouthfeel shows the high filtration and forced carbonation. Very sweet, medium body. Hides the alcohol VERY well, I will say that.
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Sweet, fruity aroma. Flavour is sweet with notes of chocolate, honey & blackcurrant. Too sweet.
Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500 mL bottle from Total Wine West Richmond, VA. Pours a near black color with a large fizzy tan head. Decent head retention. Weird tinny hops in the aroma with nutty and chocolate notes. The taste is sweet malts, chocolate, nutty notes, caramel, coffee, anise and a very faint hop presence. Medium bodied, and a bit too sweet, but solid.
Finn (4210) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 19, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle 0,5l. Dark red coloured - almost black. A creamy tanned head. Aroma of caramel and chocolate. Flavor and aftertaste of coffee. Far too sweet.