BlackForestCO (975) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery. Poured a deep brown color with ruby highlights and a thin off-white head that faded to a ring. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, nuts, and bread. Smooth, sweet entry with immediate notes of roasted malt and coffee lead into a bit of a burnt nuttiness that lingers into the finish where it is paired with a moderate breadiness. Low carbonation and smooth mouth feel. Overall, this was a decent beer, but it seemed more like a regular porter than a baltic porter, lacking that yeastiness and dark fruitiness I have grown to enjoy. Hopefully they will give it another shot and it will turn out a little different.
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap @ brewery. Dark brown appearance with a light tan head. Roasted and slightly burnt dark malts and less subtle than the aroma of most Baltic Porters. Roasted, burnt malty flavor with a touch of an espresso flavor. Again the flavor is more bold than most of the style. Roasted finish. Not too bad but more like a Stout than a Porter or even a Baltic Porter.
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Equinox - seems a lot like their oatmeal stout brewed with a different yeast - very bitter and highly roasty, with a pronounced ashy character - smooth at first, with a distinct lagered quality, but much like the oatmeal stout, it has an odd acidity that almost works with the mild esters in the background, but not quite - rough but drinkable.