ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with a whispy beige head. Aroma is roasty, espresso and dark fruit. Creamy, chocolately, roast and light coffee.
TheEpeeist (3401) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Nose is cocoa, peanut and hay. Medium to full body with a tingle. Taste is prune, black olive, molasses and licorice. Rustic and spot on style-wise but a bit too bitter for my taste to really shine.
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Taste thanks to Chris!
dark black, puffy cream head with light lacing. Straightforward chocolate, lightly dirty roast, grainy Graham cracker in the back. Heavy fudgy flavor, lightly bitter roast through the finish. Mouth is coating, a bit dark chocolate bitter, not green enough. A bit of dark fruit in the finish.
DalzAle (2000) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to JCB. Dark black pour, a little carbonation and great aroma of peat and bitter chocolate. Flavor is rich creamy smoky bitter chocolate, vanilla, a little black licorice and finished good and bitter with a little dry hoppiness. Solid beer all around.
Drake (9001) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled at the Top of the Hops Beer Festival, Charlottesville, VA, 9/11/10. It was nice to see this as they only brought one bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, nutty notes, minty hops and faint fruity notes in the finish. The taste is chocolate, minty hops, nutty notes and caramel. Full bodied. Very nice beer.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Foothills Baltic porter. 22oz bottle from a recent trade... Pours a
dark fudgey chocolate brown with barely lighter edges and a thin light
beige head.... Chocolate and mild roasty nose with a bit of dryness oN
the backend... Flavors are of chocolate and a medium roasted malt
profile. Medium sweetness with a semi-fruity and dry finish. Medium
bodies and an earthy touch of bitterness in the finish.
phaleslu (6843) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle shared by pantanap- thanks again, Kan! Kan crossed off a long-time want with this one. Pours an opaque dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate malts, earth, smoked wood, and toasted brown sugar. Flavor of chocolate and caramel malts, earth, coffee, wood, and some dark fruits (berries and plums). Finishes with a cigarette taste. Medium-bodied, with an earthy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Pretty unique beer.
SrSilliGose (3270) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle shared by kan. thanks! nice doughy earthy cocoa aroma. ashy tobacco. tight beer. liked a lot. plummy dark chocolate. light coffee. neat.
BelgianBeerGal (3245) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Graciously traded bottle. Gorgeous black pour with a big, brown head and some serious lacing. Interesting aroma that includes vanilla, sweet chocolate and caramel malt. Silky, creamy mouthfeel almost like chocolate milk. Pretty big chocolate and alcohol flavors. A lurking bitterness from something akin to baking chocolate. This REALLY good.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from August 2010, consumed relatively fresh in October 2010. Black at first glance, closer inspection reveals a clear but dark mahogany body with glints of violet and mauve. An initially fizzy head of dark khaki to mocha colored foam is quick to recede, leaving no lace, and nothing but a pencil lead thin ring around the edge. The nose is pretty standard Baltic Porter fare, combining robust chocolate malt roast, creamy caramel, and hints of coffee with fruitler elements of figs, raisins, and maybe some chocolate covered raspberries. Toasted walnuts emerge, along with perhaps some hazelnuts and dark, mildly spiced rum. Flavors again tow the line between roasty and sweet. Toasted caramel and dry chocolate receive an infusion of hazelnut liquor, crusty bread, and some surprisingly potent, biting, earthy hops. Brown sugar and spicy nutmeg come through on the lengthy finish. The palate is noticeably thinner than that of other Baltics Iíve tried, but it still shows decent substance. Intensely lively carbonation needles the tongue aggressively, ushering in a dry, almost parching finish with some dry residual sugars. Overall, itís a pretty decent brew, but there are some noticeable flaws that keep this out of the top tier of the genre.