chriso (7344) - 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.
wlajwl (3485) - 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.
ClarkVV (3766) - 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 (7848) - 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.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Earthy, sulphury aroma with some plum and blackberry on top of a brownish black syrupy baltic porter with a smallish tan head.Flavor is sweet and coffee-ish with a roasted bordering on burnt caramel aftertaste. Some diacetyl and not really my thang....
Crit (3226) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep brown, generous tan head.Strong metallic nose,not much else. Flavor is sickeningly sweet and sugary,light coffee.The overabundant sweetness makes it seem flat.
Finn (3759) - 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.
Rune (7249) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 24, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle sampled at a drinking session in Tromsø. Opaque dark brown body colour. Off-white head containing lots of bubbles. Aroma has got a dark malty profile. Taste like a kind of mouth-filling chocolate milk shake developing into flavour accents of sweet dark malts. Much too sweet and rather one dimensional for a porter (18.04.2007).
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wow, at $1.64 this was a bargain, but I must admit I was a little weary in trying this one. A true baltic porter from Eastern Europe, they say, is the last remnant of what true English porters used to be back in the day. While that may, or may not, be the case - this beer may be reason enough why the style died out in the first place. In fact, I’m struck with the vision of a Polish homeless man stumbling around the streets drunk with this in his paper bag. Incredibly over the top cloying sweet and acrid. Obviously no advanced thought went into attempting to create a microbrewed beer with an artisan feel. Just an insane amount of simple sugar dumped into a beer to jack up the alcohol level with no thought given to adjusting the bitterness to compensate.