Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Opened with a magnificent pfft, but the expected gush never came. Poured deep brown with a well-retained tan head. The aroma picked up rye right away on the bright fore, paired with near-metallic notes over semi-sweet chocolate and licorice.. just a little bit burnt.. there was just some odd malt character going on that I couldn’t put a finger on. The flavor found the same chocolates, burnt licorice, and sweeter caramelly malts at the core, with spicy rye and vanilla around.. finished with an odd sweet/spicy hit and some ugly clashing stuff. Medium-bodied with too much carbonation on the palate.. the rye was interesting in here, but the rest of the beer didn’t come together that well.
joeneugs (5800) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours brown with amber gleaming edges. It has a huge creamy brown head with aromas of chocolate, raisins, coffee, lactose and some tart berries. The flavor is dark and roasted with some sweet berries and chocolate. Kind of thin. Nice roasted quality, but the flavors are not as intense as I would like from the style.
NachlamSie (3293) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Hop City. This looks pretty dark. It seems black in dim light but some brown hues are noticed around the edges in better light. The aroma is decent with hints of licorice, coffee, and chocolate. There is some off-putting sour type scent as well. The flavor is pretty clean with adequate roast to keep my sipping this down with a smile. Hints of licorice, caramel, chocolate, and earth are in the flavor. All right stuff, just has some sour lager twangs popping up here and there.
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, medium light tan head fades. Aroma of coffee, toffee, mocha, grain, oat. Taste is rich dark malt, chocolate. Medium body, thick and creamy for a Porter. Toasty finish.
zizzybalubba (1811) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Norfolk, VA (bottled October 20, 2009). The first thing I notice before opening this is that it is only 6.8%. That hardly seems worthy of the Baltic Porter style. The pour is dark brown with a thin off-white head. The aroma is good with toasted oats and dark chocolate. The flavor is solid with smoky malts and some coffee. This is thin bodied especially for the style. As a porter this is a pretty good beer, but in no way do I believe this is a Baltic Porter from both the ABV and the taste.
j12601 (9560) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a crimson tinged black with a thin to medium dense tanned mocha head. Roast and coffee on the nose, picking up a faint caramel note as it warms. Medium bodied, roast and malt, a little vanilla. Missing the dark fruit I’d expect from a Baltic porter. Still a decent beer though.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled sometime in October) This beer reminds me of a higher gravity version of the Polish Porter that ODBC brewed several years ago during its Ashburn, VA heydays. It is smooth well rounded with dry notes of coffee and milk chocolate.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz twist-off bottle. Black pour, off-white head. Aroma of coffee, nuts, toast, chocolate, and some wood, licorice, and molasses. Light refreshing texture. Flavor of burnt grains, lots of chocolate malt, very chewy with a touch of pepper on the tongue. Lots of toasted malts, very pleasant on a cold winter day.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red/black brew. Nice roasty taste, really dig it! First beer from the guys, will grab more.
radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 ounce bottle - pint glass) Pours an opaque brown liquid with a light tan head. Aroma is chocolatey, woody, vanilla, coffee and maybe licorice. Taste is a roasted malt, the malt also has a little bit of rye in it which does alot for this beer. Spruce hops, notes of chocolate, smoke, coffee, wood and vanilla. NOTE: this beer is not 7% ABV it is 6.8%