BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 Wegman’s in Dulles/Sterling, VA.
ben4321 (5396) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Gilly’s, 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
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. I’m not sure what I’m missing, but I liked this one a lot. It really is quite a solid beer, or at least, it is up my ally.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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?
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Cybercat (4737) - Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent enough porter. Black pour. Light head. Slightly weak but pretty good.
Arayaga2 (2057) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
douglas88 (8011) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 it’s the Rye, but it feels like a meal in a bottle. I wish I could get this locally.
travita (4743) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle, brewed 12.04.08, courtesy of Swalden28) Pours dark brown body with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, light smoke, chocolate, caramel, and peat. Flavor of roasted malt, toasted grain, coffee, and chocolate.