Dorwart (2412) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2001 Vintage) Decent brown head. Frothy on top and reduces slowly. Aroma of roasted grains, soy sauce, some milk chocolate and a hint of grapes. Color is pretty much black, maybe some brown under a pretty strong light. Thick in the mouth with a good bitterness. Coffee, dark chocolate and roasted grains. Finish is bitter and dry with a long coffee aftertaste. A damn good porter.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
’97 vintage. Deep brown-red. Nose is sweet and cola-esque, somewhat peppery. Taste is rich and chocolatey, really impressive smoky character, pairs nicely with a raisin/prune dark fruit backbone.
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
’97 VINTAGE 50F
Black, no head just a few tan bubbles. Looks a reflection of motor oil in a glass.
Smell a bit of yeast, vinous alcohol, and barley soda pop.
oh my god, that’s beautiful. Melted bittersweet Callebaut chocolate with bubbles. A little prune syrup, a bit oily like blackstrap molasses. Leaves a puff of deisel smoke as it departs. A very economical beverage. Meaning it’s not so layered, or thick and fruity, or hopped up that it jumps all over the palate as if it were a trampoline. This beer is smooth with a smoky bite, with easy barley fruitiness, balanced alcohol and carbonation that reminds me of the difference in ride between my HONDA civic and a towncar. Many beers are variations of a civic: Good rides with personal embellishments that make the civic unique. This Baltic porter gives a ride like a towncar, smooth. Loved it, and could drink buckets of it.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1997 - Somewhat malty aroma, with a touch of alcohol, which is surprising for only 5.5% . Flavors of roasted barley, caramel, and a touch of coffee balance very well. Finishes with a hint of chocolate. Quite enjoyable.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ärgang 2000; Outstanding looking Porter with an almost black color and a thick creamy froth. It has a rich smell with hints of Expresso coffee, heavey roasted malts, licorice, chicoree, Butter toffee (Babbelutten),and some hints of dried fruits. It has a smooth mouthfeel with a light burned caramel unthertone and again hints of coffee, buttercakes, licorice and a burned bitterness in the end. The afthertaste is on the dry side and has a complex taste that lingers on and on.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent Porter. Certinaly a landmark historically for the style. Vintage 2000:
Rich teak and dusty scarlet sit beneath a layered and lacy toape head. Beautiful aesthetically. Nose : Mostly butterscotch or caramel . This fades into a "hot" dark roasted note with cherries, licorice, and perhaps a hint of chicory. Butterscotch dominates. Flavors: Caramel fades into a butteriness that isn’t diacetyl but simply the complexity of a smooth yeast next to a nicely roasted grain. This fades into a dry bitterness reminiscent of all good dry stouts or porters. However above the bitterness lies a distinct black olive, brown sugar sweetness that is immaculate. Naturally carbonated. The carbonation certainly caps all of this off leaving the mouth dry and bitter and sweet towards the edges of the palate. Excellent ale. Reminds me of Anchor Porter.
CapFlu (4710) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(500ml bottle) Beige/brown head with an opaque body. Nose of yogurt, cocoa and raisins. Smooth, milk chocolaty - very dairy. Delicious and gritty texture. Love it! The NEW strength from Stockholm! Thanks Luc.
Lubiere (10734) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black beer wuth a huge moka head. Chocolate and raisin aroma. Nice chocoalte malt with a nice hopped finsih and a very pleasant body and mouthfeel. Bought in Indianapolis.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled@ Stockholm Beer Festival
VINTAGE 1986. Lots and lots of raisins. Fullbodied, still. Chocolate and coffe. Well preserved but a bit too hyped. Crispy bacon and burned rubber is also a part of this beer.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 2001 Robust Porter, rich and malty, slightly smokey. Strong taste and smell of alcohol. I think many of the complexities of this beer have mellowed with age leaving this beer quite quaffable but not top-notch. Slightly astringent.