Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: I was really surprised at how good this beer was. And it wasn’t just a great beer, it was a great example of the style. A little light for the style, but nice.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark brown that was mahogany red in the light with a very small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma was moderate to heavy grain, roasted and caramel malts. There was some lighter milk chocolate and mild coffee. There was also very light grassy hops. Also Raisin, plum, prune toffee and light alcohol. The initial flavor was sweet and bitter; while the finish was very sweet and a little bitter with and average duration. There was prune, chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee in the finish. The medium (a little thin for the style) body was oily with fizzy carbonation and a chalky, lightly astringent and lightly alcoholic finish.
Beerdedone (2786) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and some nuttiness. Flavor was roasted malts, rich chocolate, light caramel and some notes of toasted nuts and faint smoke with a medium body and has a malty sweet finish.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Name: Baltic Porter
Date: March 27, 2009
Appearance: clear dark brown, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet chocolate and dark caramel aroma, hint of butterscotch
Flavor: sweet chocolate and caramel flavor, growing butterscotch
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 9/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty unimpressed. Tasted like it had some watering down going on here. Extremely light body that fades fast and all tastes along with the swallow. Water everywhere. Smooth, sure, but I was disappointed.
Ibrew2or3 (7212) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of markwise. Pours dark brown with thin tan head. The aroma is smooth and roasty with an even layer of musty dark fruity esters and some earthiness. The taste begins both malty sweet and roasty and then moves into a bit of prunes, grapes and rip cherries. Into the finish I get mildly tart grape skin and malty roasty dryness bringing this to closure. Smooth brew with robustly dry finish.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent dark mahogany with a thin-lacing off-white head. Aroma of toasty dark caramel and butterscotch with a touch of graininess. Body starts with some vanilla and dark caramel sweetness with a touch of milk chocolate and some diacetyl notes before a buttery finish. Needs a little more fullness and complexity, without the diacetyl.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Thanks TheEpeeist! Pours a ruby brown with a weak fading tan head. Lots of metallic character in the aroma (iron oxide from iron brewing equipment?) Thin, muddled, lightly nutty roast and a licorice touch. Thin bodied, a bit fizzy in texture. Metallic upfront, again. Then there’s a brief crystal malt nutty roast and a touch of cocoa. Low on the hop bitterness- but it does have some saltiness and a roasted barley (husky) bitterness. A bit off in the fore-flavor and lacking body. Not too bad, though forgettable.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2009 Big problem with this is the finish reminds me of a cheap pilsner. Flavors are there, but out of whack. Smokey, charcoal, black coffee, but for some reason the flavors don’t really sing together. Just okay. [Update] This is getting worse as I drink it. Its chalky, the roast is turning to burnt, and the drinkability is low. Frankely, its getting sickening. I don’t want this anymore. What should I do? I need the booze, but its grossing me out. Do I throw it away? That means I’ll have to buy more booze...I curse this beer for putting me in such a precarious position.
Brigadier (3155) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle
Maybe it was because I drank this towards the end of winter but I did not find it very representative of the style. I am willing to give it a second chance next year thanks to a reasonable price point but it will have to change (or my tastes will have to be different).
Aroma / Appearance - A weak tan head mingled with a fluid black body. The smells of ash, charcoal, anise, and mellow chocolate were easy on the senses. It could have been a bit more assertive as it was hard to figure out what they were trying to do.
Flavor / Palate - Warm but thin the mouthfeel left a little to be desired. The flavors were a smooth combination of smoke, black coffee, anise, and cool rye toast. With a bit more body this would be a great and affordable winter drinker. Instead it is average and tame.
markwise (4564) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with adamharbaugh. Pours dark cola brown with dark malt, licorice, and some vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt, licorice, some chocolate, licorice, some lager taste, and a nice malty finish. Pretty good.