Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle acquired in a trade with Hogtown Harry. Nice very dark brown, small beige head. Lovely unique aroma, lots of roast, coffee, and a nice malt sweetness - lovely! Very very unique strong sweet porter taste. Very nice and dry afterwards. A little sharp. A perfect example of a porter kicked up a bit - lovely!
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black color with brownish head. Aroma is very green, like a brewery. Over time some dark malty aromas. Flavor is quite hoppy, bitter. At first I couldn’t get over the bittering hops. That was all I was tasting. It felt like it didn’t leave much room for the porter flavors. Over time though my tongue became accustomed to the hops and I got some more of the porter flavors. All in all, though, I felt like it needs more time to mellow out, maybe 6mos in the cellar would be good for the Gonzo.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serious deep black pour with a small dense cap of tawny bubbles--a nice chocolate frosting on a chocolate cake look. Lots of volatile fusel alcohol up front that really detracts from the rest of the aroma. Focused thought and sniffing reveal some pleasant coffee and a touch of caramel buried underneath the fumey burn. Smokey chocolate flavor mingles with a resiny hop character. Softly carbonated. The chewy sticky quality of the hops in the finish is distracting and off-putting to me. This beer tastes rushed: like something that was made with solid craft, but then wasn’t given the time to get over being green and rough. I’d like to try it again with some age.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2010 Vintage 2006B. Pours nearly black with a fairly small, light brown, pillowy head with decent longevity. Nose was a little subdued, but pleasant; earthy/cedar hops up front, with significant dark chocolate and burnt caramels backing with a slight coffee roast character and hints of smoke and currant. Again same flavors as the nose but much more powerful, almost like a mocha coffee flavor to go along with some anise and an excellent cedar wood tinge (strange, but enticing) with again some smoke and faint currant. The bittersweetness finally gives way to a decent bitter cedar and coffee finish with a light dryness. The palate really helps the beer tremendously; medium to full body with a soft to lively, smooth, chewy, silky feeling that is excellent. At first I thought the hops were inappropriate, but they really gave the beer a unique character that is matched by a great chocolate and slight roast malt backbone. Beautiful, somewhat complex, and unparalleled by any other porter I’ve tried.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pure black with a tan head. Roasted, spicy, burnt nose with hints of coffee and almond. Flavour is quite burnt and acidic. Some notes of dark fruits. Thick mouthfeel. Great bitterness. Warming alco-feel in finish.
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black coloured with medium brown head. Slight aroma of soap and liquorice. Hiigh carbonated. Flavour is very malty and slightly spicy. Also a faint scent vanilla.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark dark brown almost black with a darker bubbly (small bubbles) tan head that left great lacing. Aroma was sweet with chocolate, orange, light coffee, cherries and overall I was very impressed at the hop presence that came through in the aroma. Flavor had more of the hops coming through. Citrus, pine and some other various fruits that were mixed with a sweet roasty malt, coffee and a hint of chocolate. Very smooth on the palate with the alcohol well hidden. What a great hoppy Baltic Porter!
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep, dark redish color. with little to no head to speak of. Aroma is of coffee, chocolates, malts and maybe a touch of sour cherries? Taste is very nice. Has a nice bitter front to the beer. And then mellows out to a nice, smooth coffee finish. Coaffee, malts, chocolate, a slight bitter hop taste in there to. Not to bad.
Furseth (2101) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red,body, medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Balance between the bitternes and sweetness. Coffe flavor.A porter indeed.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one pours a pitch black body and a nice and foamy long lasting brown head. Aroma is sweet chocolaty and roasted with a pleasant coffee note and some orange and pineapple. Flavor is dominated by coffee roast with a sourish hint from the roast. Very full and chevy mouthfeel and biding on the tongue. Hoppy finish. IMO an excellent and underrated porter!