Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 20, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best before April 2010, drank in April 2002, 16.9 OZ bottle: Perhaps I should get another bottle and cellar it for a few years. It tastes watery and the aftertaste is too sweet.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
beautiful dirty motor oil brown color. Wonderful milk chocolatey and alcohol scent with a smokey malt flavor and a hint of prune. Very smooth and finishes oily. One of the better baltic porters I have had.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Even the aroma is creamy; the dude with the nose, ecrvich. hits it again with the milk chocolate reference. Hevily laces the sides of the glass, just the tiniest amount of light gets through. Retains carbonation. Not too sweet, nice and malty, hops restrained to say the least. Roasted finish. I also am becoming partial to the style.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 version. Pours black with a brown fluffy head that quickly disappates into an espresso like appearance. Nice flavors with coffee, smoke, toffee, licorice and roasted grain flavors prevalent. Strong bitterness up front, which quickly gives way to a nicely balance smooth and semi sweet finish. Slightly heavier than medium body. Yet another great porter almost as good as Anchor (not as sweet), Fullers (not as flavorful), and Sam Smiths Taddy Porter. This is definitely becoming one of my favorite styles.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled both the 1999 and 2000 versions. The 2000 is rated here as it was smoother (perhaps the larger bottle had something to do with it). Toasted chocolate flavors with enough sweetness to offset.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, nearly black body with a decent, quickly fading head. Nice, slightly chocolatey nose. Body is kind of like semi-sweet chocolate, with some toasted malt notes and a light bitterness that balances the sweetness very nicely.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A first rate example of a porter. Nice rich aroma, and a slightly bitter/burnt chocolate flavor. Reasonably smmoth and dry finish.
Dragonblaze99 (354) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet, roasty, nice dark chocolate taste. Good thick chewiness, and a pleasant lingering aftertaste.
joet (2039) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I got a thin head that quickly falls into a dark, not fully opaque liquid. Smells like a tootsie pop, some cookie and molasses aromas. Taste is sweet, may be estered with some bubblegum. Lightly effervescent and slightly acidic. This is very good. I’m not much of a porter person and probably won’t revisit this but it’s definitely worth a visit for lovers of big black brews.
Ernest (6012) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2013 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain/nuts, husks), with light notes of tree bark and cardboard. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Dull and uninspiring.