demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful dark brown to black color with a tan head and nice lacing around the glass. The aromas are dark fruits with just a hint of earthiness. The flavor is bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Loooove it. The finish is fairly shortlived and makes you think you could drink quite a few of these.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This had a very small head.Color black.No light going thru.Aroma was a weak sour malt.Flavor was kind of flat and one dimensional,but pleasant.I would think that since they have been producing this since 1836 it would be among the best porters,but ,alas!,it isn’t.It’s ok,but leaves much to desire.Kind of smoky,roasty malt flavor,rather weak.It says 2001 on the bottle,so it has aged long enough.It is a smooth,porter and has a slight bitter finish.No sourness detected as many stouts and porters are.Maybe I’ll give an extra point or two.Not bad.
mikkos (298) - FINLAND - JUL 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black cola colored beer wit a small head. Aroma is sweet dark malts, smokey, some rye bread and sweet ripe plums. Taste is on the sweet side with coffee, dark malts, ripe fruitiness. Smooth mouthfeel and bitter smooth finish. Lacks the final touch, yet a very enjoyable beer.
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gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Argang 2004. I always look forward to European porters, and chose this one for my 100th rating, for no other reason than you gotta love a description with the word "stark" in it. Really though, nice porter. Has that European bite to it, nice and dark like a porter should be, head is cream colored, not dark brown like some. A bit smoother than Smith’s Taddy porter, another of my favs. Lacing clings to the side, nice full mouthfeel and palate. I’d have this again anytime.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an 8.82 oz. bottle bought in Atlanta in 2001. It is the 1998 version and it held up quite well! It has very little carbonation and virtually no head. The aroma is of sweetness, malt, caramel, prunes, and soy sauce. The flavor contains very little hops. It tastes very malty like a chocolate malt (shake). It is dark, sweet, malty, chocolaty, fruity, soy saucy and has a medium body. Overall a nice combination of flavors that developed over a 6 year period.
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 15, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good, and strong for a Scandinavian beer. ’I Have a Dream’ that someone will ’Gimme Gimme Gimme’ one soon. If not, I’ll be sending out an ’S.O.S.’ and will prepare to meet my ’Waterloo’. How Swede it is!
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with ruby highlights and generous foamy tan head that crowns the beer. Very subtle nose, nothings jumping right out. Hints of caramel, roast and chocolate, with even a bit of alcohol as it warms, but its all very much in balance. Mild coffee and hint of Burgundy wine, even a bit tannic mouthfeel, but only serves to balance the malt sweetness.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from bottle dated 2001. Pours a very dark blackened-ruby with a scattered, tan head. Aroma is predominantly roasted malts with some woody/earthy hops and faint notes of ripe fruit. Flavor is perfectly balanced and clean. Caramel, coffee and smoke are present, but not dominant. Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated and incredibly drinkable. Dry finish. This was my first baltic porter, and I’ll be seeking more.
Hallstein (284) - Skogn, NORWAY - MAR 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of Liquorice, dark roasty malts and dark chocolate. Medium carbonation. Flavors of roasted malts, liquorice and chocolate. Theres also some toffee sweetness and slight coffee notes. Delicious beer!
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! Real porters definitly come from over seas. This one is thick and sweet, soo good. Deep dark and black. Nice robust roasted flavor that doesn’t over power your mouth. Toffee sweetness followed by a slight bitterness. Drink it alone and "FEEL THE SWISS"