ivan9856 (190) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The 12 oz. bottle produced an impenetrable mahogany-colored lager with nice dark tan head. There was little head retention and little lacing. Aroma is all toasted malt and light smoke. Palate entry is lightly sweet, with the advertised chocolate, anise and caramel notes rounding out the introduction. A well-designed hop balance finishes the beer and leaves a pleasant and lasting zest. The ABV is 6.8 (not the 7.0 noted by Rate Beer), and is well concealed. A very good, mainstream commercial interpretation of the style.
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of BeerBelcher. Dark brown pour with a red tint and a medium beige head. Malty and roasty nose with some chocolate, but is obviously true to style because it smells like a lager as well. Caramel malt flavor with some chocolate and a nice roasty character. Very nice representation of the style as it is definitely a lager, but fuller and more roasty than some of the other BPs Iíve had.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this at the holiday party at the childrens museum. This beer almost made that nightmare worth it. Dark pour with a thick tan head. Roast, chocolate and light coffee. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor follows suit. Finishís dry and roasty
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. the baltic porter pours a near black with ruby highlights under a small tan head. aroma is a blend of smokey, toasted malts, and unsweetened coffee. the flavor is more burnt caramel than anything with toasted malt. i think i notice the rye a bit. puffed rice? anyway..the palate is medium to light. this beer has a nice flavor but donít expect anything "big" here. a great baltic session sums it up.
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
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 Wegmanís in Dulles/Sterling, VA.
ben4321 (5775) - 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 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
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.
GT (9982) - 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 (5169) - 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.