Maris (849) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 500ml bottle on 14/10/2013. Pours a very dark amber with a small head. Has an interesting aroma combining roasty, chocolate and vinegar. This one has lots of flavour with sweet caramel, dark fruits (prunes, plums), dark chocolate, fudge and cola, balanced by a slightly tart vinegar tinged bitterness. The texture is a touch creamy and the carbonation medium. An interesting and quite impressive beer which is under-rated on here imo.
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Archive Beer Boutique. This was a good beer with a well balanced sour tartness that was over the edge. Dark colour with a slight head.
gnoff (7030) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Tippler’s Tap, Brisbane, on July 20, 2013.
As "Brewcult Acid Freaks Balsamic Porter, 7.5%.
Hazy dark brown color, tan head. Sweet, light red berries taste. Red berries aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness. Sweet, light acidic, vinegar scent.
Cantabrian (674) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Certainly a unique Baltic Porter. And it is NOT bad! Aroma of berries, dark chocolate, plenty of olives and that oakish vein of balsamic vinegar. Very sour flavour, with chocolate sweetness, some Karamalz, vegemite, framboise, some citrus hoppy bitterness and again a sour finish of balsamic vinegar. Medium bodied, with a bit of a chalky texture. Apalling presentation, but a good beer experience.
Rangi (497) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed this beer. Balsamic comes out first in front followed by usual roast malts and slight coffee notes. Didn’t get a huge sourness from the balsamic just tasted like a really well balanced porter to me.
danjoebak (1) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2013 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma - mild chocolate, vinegar
Appearance - Dark, dense brown..can almost see purple. Thin malt coloured head.
Taste - Broad sweet taste. Acidic tang at the finish.
Palate - Reasonably light body. Below average carbonation.
At 500ml this was too much in one sitting but I would certainly go again in a smaller serving. The balsamic becomes quite dominant after a while even the aroma. The sharp bitterness at the end of it just became a bit much but this is an interesting drop that I would recommend to the adventurous.
Tonybaldeagle (52) - - AUG 10, 2013
1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Tried at beervana in 2013 but couldn't finish it. Was like drinking vinegar.
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Travlr (9840) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Beervana. Hazy maroon color, flat. Aroma of softly sour coffee grounds. Taste is sour cocoa, coffee, prunes. Interesting.
ComradeK (859) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a fair bit of sediment and a small beige head, which lasts fairly well without leaving much lacing. The aroma blends balsamic vinegar with some fruity notes and roasty malt. Mild citrus and herbal hops blend well with the acidity of the vinegar up front. Sweet, woody balsamic vinegar mixes very nicely with chocolate and dark roasted malt notes in the mid-palate. There is a touch of roasted malt bitterness towards the end, with a sweet-sour balsamic kick to finish. This is a surprisingly good beer. I wasn’t expecting much from a Baltic porter with balsamic vinegar added, but the vinegar actually accentuates the flavours of the beer, and blends nicely with them.
pmuzz (378) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not the nicest beer I have had. Balsamic is too cloying and overwhelms the beer.