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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Dominion Baltic Porter is a bottom-fermented lager brewed to meet your need for warmth on a cold winterís night. Hints of licorice, toffee & chocolate mingle with German Pilsner, Crystal, Dark Specialty Malts & a touch of Rye giving out porter a full-bodied taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4755) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2009
12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Bottling Date: 10/20/09. Appearance: Pours out a tremendously dark brown body with well-sized, foamy, light beige head. Smell: Dark, roasty malts with a thin whiff of smoke. Black licorice, coffee, dark fruits, and far lesser note of chocolate are also on hand this evening. Taste: Flavorful dark maltiness touched up with a pop of roast and tastes of licorice, chilled espresso, and dark chocolate powder with a restrained level of sweetness. Small bit of spice in there. Smoked, candied prunes for some background fruitiness. No big hop profile leaping out at me (not that I was ever expecting one), with any available bitterness coming from those darkened grains. As it begins to warm, a toasty quality slides into place as well. Finishes with just light, final touches of sweetness, roastiness, and fruitiness. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Pleasantly smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability: Surprisingly, itís not half bad! That recent Beach House whatever was a complete dud for me, and their Oktoberfest was so-so, so I was a little hesitant in regards to this winter seasonal, but here I am, enjoying this bottle while watching Blade Runner. Itís smooth and easily drinkable with a nice dark maltiness, like a poor manís Kalamazoo Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Quite solid. A nice Baltic Porter. Dry roastiness that is clean but not overpowering. Body is dark, and head is plentiful. The beer had this cool nitro-tap look to it when I poured it - tan head on top, but a level of raging-rising bubbles below the head and above the body. Aroma is dry roasty and slightly sweet and is reminiscent of not overly-bitter coffee. Flavor is a touch sweet and milky, but mostly dry and roasty. Mouthfeel is a touch slick for this style, but still quite pleasant. This beer pleasantly surprised me. I bought a six-pack at the brand-new Wegmanís in Dulles/Sterling, VA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (5571) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Location: 12 oz bottle from Gillyís, 11/13/09

Aroma: Nose is very much chocolate, roasted malts, smokey malts, and licorice
Appearance: It pours a cloudy brown with a thin head
Flavor: The taste is quite smokey, chocolate, with a nice malty flavor
Palate: This beer has a pretty full body with a nice smooth mouthfeel
Overall Impression: This is a pretty good brew. I got quite a nice mix of flavors in this one. I got the experience that one might hope for from a nice winter style Porter. Iím not sure what Iím missing, but I liked this one a lot. It really is quite a solid beer, or at least, it is up my ally.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
On tap at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD. Pours a deep ruby with a thin, nitro looking tan head that has okay retention (mostly a bartender failure). Leaves no lacing. Aroma is rich cherry, oak, roast, burnt sugar. Taste is roasted malt, semisweet chocolate, black cherries. Was served WAY TOO COLD to really get a great feel for this beer. Why is a winter warmer let alone a porter served at such temperatures?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Serving: 12 oz. bottle. Appearance: Very dark brown with the slightest of ruby highlights. Not much of a head, but I will fault the guy who served me on that one. Aroma: Roasted malt, some smoke, and slight burnt notes. Flavor: Dark caramel, burnt notes, and roasted malt. The balance between the caramel and the roasted malt just never seemed quite there for me. A little on the thin side as well. Palate: Medium-low carbonation with a medium, slightly thin mouthfeel and a medium, roasty finish. Overall: This one left me wanting more out of it. I think there is good potential here, but this one falls a bit short. Take it or leave it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4991) - Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Pours an opaque dark chocolate brown with a thick tan head. Rich aroma is chocolaty with smoky, nutty and coffee hints. Flavor is like a fine chilled mocha, mainly of chocolate and coffee with smoky, nutty and molasses touches. Texture is smooth, fizzy and lively - a winner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Decent enough porter. Black pour. Light head. Slightly weak but pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (2102) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Black with minimal white head. Muted toffee, cocao and smoke in the aroma. Taste is roasted caramel with mildly grainy malt and beans and bacon smoked note. $1/12oz

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2009
12 oz bottle thanks to Kryptic, thanks a ton I love Baltic Porters. Pours a dark brown color with a medium white head that goes down pretty quick. The aroma is rich malts, some smoke and lots of burnt caramel and light fruits. A slightly smoky and meaty flavor, rich roasted malts, light fruit and metallic flavors. Very easy to drink and quite tasty. Perhaps itís the Rye, but it feels like a meal in a bottle. I wish I could get this locally.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
travita (4805) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle thanks to swalden28. The look is brown to black in color and has an off white head. The smell is malts, coffee, chocolate, malts, and bread. the taste is sweet, caramel, bread, and off.

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