gunnar (7594) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours clear dark ruby with a small creamy beige head. Lovely dark malty aroma. Taste is distinct malty, not sweet at all, just thick malty with liquorice notes at the weak dry lingering roasty finish. Lovely beer.
Holmen2 (2712) - NORWAY - FEB 7, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared bottle at RB/HD 07.02.15. Very dark copper. Brown head. Fine, but moderate, aroma of dark chocolate and porter, with just the slightest hint of peat. Similar taste. Round mouthfeel. Good drinkability.
abemorsten (3502) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared bottle at RBHD Bjørnøy February 2015. Clear deep mahogany colored body with a light brown film. Wooden, roasted notes, dates on the nose. Smokey, pungent caramel, sweet and light acetonic. Full bodied.
Holmen1 (4618) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,355 flaske på rbhd-samling feb-15: mørk brunrød med filmskum. Innsmigrende aroma av mørk sjokolade, karamell og markjordbær. Smaken er like deilig som aromaen, og karbonering/munnfylde er også behagelig. Smud! Og særdeles lett å helle inn over drøvelen.
climberbob (378) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark w decent head. Not much aroma. Lightly sweet. Mild slightly watery porter. Not as much flavor as I would expect from a Baltic porter.
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Underdogs88 (321) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich malt aroma with notes of toast and licorice. Clear dark reddish brown appearance with a tan head with good retention. Flavor is malt forward, but is one dimensional with hints of toast. No hop flavor with medium bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium high with medium carbonation. Overall, it's a decent Baltic porter, could be more complex.
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ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark brown color - it’s pretty light for the style. The head is about a finger high with a khaki shade. It retains decently and leaves a nice ring of lacing on the glass.
S: This doesn’t bring a significant amount of the notes I look for in the style, like chocolate or dark fruit. Rather, the fruit notes here are pretty light (light as in, closer to peaches than, say, raisins), the malts seem more akin to brown sugar or caramel (but there are chocolate notes) and the lager yeast is rather evident. As a Baltic porter, it’s closer to a big dark lager than the lagered imperial stout most in the style are wont to become. Still, the aroma works fine enough.
T: It’s not very chocolaty; rather, its initial caramel character is more akin to a bock. There’s a slight hoppy touch on the finish resembling mint, or even tobacco. The lager ’bite’ is also rather prevalent, and I swear there’s a touch of cereal grain floating around. Every once in a while I get hints of chocolate and dark fruits - this is probably the highlight of the brew. Seems rather boozy for 6.8%, though.
M: The feel is surprisingly lush and full. This comes at the price of an overly heavy finish, so it’s not ’chuggable’ in that respect. Carbonation remains on the back burner, making it seem even more sweet.
O: Not my favorite interpretation of the style, but not terrible. As a BOCK, though, it’s actually pretty killer. Since I’m not much of a bock fan, this one ends up being merely okay to my frazzled taste buds.
BierMeHoos (540) - Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle. Pours hazy dark coffee brown. Aroma of malt and fruit. Bitter, roasty flavors with notes of malt. Good beer, would prefer it a bit thicker though.
Maverick34 (2893) - New York, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Nice malty backbone to this one. Chocolate is strong and a hearty finish. Good beer.
Ed5388 (3057) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Lacey Spirits. Poured a dark brown/almost black color with a finger of creamy light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, earth, and hints of plastic. Taste of bitter roasted malts, earth, bad chocolate, hints of caramel, and sour coffee.