Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Richmond Summer Gathering. Bottled 1NOV07, #458, courtesy of dkachur. Black with no head. Mild nose, roasty malt, chocolate, raisin, a whiff of smoke. Excellent body - slick and satiny. Slightly burnt malt flavors, chocolate and a touch of licorice. Just a bit of saltiness in there somewhere. Excellent!
TheBeerGod (4632) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Williamsburg Gathering courtesy of dkachur. Labeled #458. Near black dark brown pour. Absolutely no head on this except a larger bubble or two. Nose is soy sauce, roasted malts, salt, dark chocolate and cocoa. Taste is salty and soy sauce-like with more roasted malts, slight burnt coffee and light dark fruit. Body is near flat but has a nice slickness and is velvety smooth going down. Ends with hops and licorice, soft chocolate, soy sauce, and some odd herbalness. A unique Baltic porter!
Drake (6491) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #458 courtesy of bierkoning. Thanks Edo! Shared at the 2008 Richmond Summer Gathering in Williamsburg. Bottled 11/11/07. Very dark brown pour with a small head. Roasty aroma with notes of alcohol, soy and subtle hops. Taste of chocolate, soy and smoke. Very sticky texture.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, Bottle date/number 1NOV07/458. Thanks to dkachur at Richmond Summer Gathering @ Williamsburg. Pours pour black in color with brwon head. Aroma chocolate and coffee. Taste roasted coffee, chocolate and fruity with bitter finish.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks to solan for sharing at rbsg 2008
nice complex chocolate, roasty, complex flavor. Very tasty.
Ober (2763) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
At the brewery pub. A dark black colored beer, with a great thick foamy beige head. It leaves a nice lace on the glass. The aroma of pure chocolate and coffee, dark, dried fruits. The taste is also from pure chocolate and coffee, dark fruits like prune. That makes it a nice little sweet. It has a long little bitter aftertaste. A very good beer. This one belongs with the best beers.
rallison (116) - USA - JUL 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A vigorous pour leaves only the most pitiful of bubbles. Given a minute, the beer is completely still looking. Relatively thick dark, dark brown/black body.
Dark chocolate, molasses, tobacco in the smell.
Molasses, chocolate and funky dark fruits in the flavor. Vinous. Tar (in a good way) and tobacco. Herbs. Espresso. Definitely complex and interesting.
Mouthfeel is thick with virtually no carbonation. Oily. Slightly alcoholic.
Very interesting, and altogether quite tasty, beer. This one really doesn’t fit any one style perfectly. Probably best not to go in expecting a traditional Baltic Porter.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
No head at all, flat in fact. Flavor is heavy in tobacco, anise and chocolate. some espresso but nothing special.
Marsiblursi (2952) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle thanks to Jeppe, one of the most friendly and generous reatbeerians out there) Pours black with brown lines and no head. The aroma is of light to medium sticky sweetness, medium roasted/burned malt and some vinous notes with tones of dark chocolate, dark berries, some blue mature grapes, black currant, light smoke, dark syrup, light caramel, wet stone, anise/sal ammoniac, dried fruits. and some light hints of limey/grassy/herbal hops. The flavour is of strong and spicy espresso, cocoa, liquorice and anise up front with vinous undertones. Other notable tones are wet stone, light dry smokiness, dark fruits/prunes, dark syrup alongside grassy and tiny citric hops. The mouthfeel is dry, soft and tiny sticky. Light to medium sweet and medium bitter. Some alcohol warmth. Medium to full bodied.
hopscotch (8215) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle…Thinkin’ ‘Bout Thirteen Hours O’ Drinkin’ (tew man wrecking crew)... Pours pitch black with a quickly diminishing, fat bubbled, light brown head. All kinds of stuff going on here. The nose presents earthy leather, canvas and tobacco notes along with malty chocolate and subtle herbal musings of sassafras, sarsaparilla and fennel. Medium to full-bodied. So very rich; sweet and spicy; chocolaty and herbal. Moderate charcoal bitterness compliments chocolate sweetness. Finishes bittersweet, chocolaty and spicy. Ultra-complex. Strange, but very good! Thanks to Magic_dave6 for providing the bottle!