BelgianBeerGal (3500) - 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 I’ve 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, it’s a pretty decent brew, but there are some noticeable flaws that keep this out of the top tier of the genre.
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to the Atlanta crew for sharing this one. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is some roast, slight malt, some yeast, and slight dark fruit. Flavor is similar with a nice portery finish. Interesting beer.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, chocolate, hops, smoke, and light roasting. Poured very dark brown/almost black in color with a large, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Not sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, chocolate, slight smoke, slight hops, and a hint of tar. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, chocolate, slight smoke, and slight hop finish is dry. 9%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Clear, very dark lager with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The bouquet offers big-time chocolate and lesser notes of tobacco and cola. Full-bodied and creamy with kicked-back carbonation. The hearty flavor is sweet and chocolaty. Finishes bittersweet (more bitter than sweet). Bottle courtesy of OrlGamecock!
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown/black color with a slight tan head that collars around the inside rim of the glass. Strong cocoa aroma mixed with some malt type sweetnes. The taste is not at all what I expected and to be honest, not very good, lots of leather, tobacco, and an overly charred roast cocoa flavor that really kills this beer. Ends fairly dry with a lingering bitterness. Overall, not a good beer and am surprised as I enjoy most other Foothills beers.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample from the pitcher @ GABF on 9/18/10. black pour with a thin tan head. big roasted nose with layers of chocolate and coffee. sweet coffee mouth with a thin to medium body. the flavors punch through and finish with more coffee and chocolate.
cpetrone84 (1776) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"A-pours a jet black liquid with a creamy light brown colored head.
S-hints of chocolate with lots of burnt ashy aromas, notes of burnt coffee, light plum malty sweetness in the back.
T-the taste has hints of chocolate with more of the ashy burnt aromas, malty sweetness with a light hop presence bringing some floral flavors and a hint of bitterness.
M-extremely smooth and creamy, medium body, actually slightly thin in the back with a light carbonation and bitter finish.
D-this is ok, taste is better than the nose, the flavors have a much less burnt components and ash than the nose. plain but not bad."
dchmela (2887) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy Orlgamecock. Thick black pour creamy tan head. Roasted grain, chocolate aroma. Taste is roasted grain, chocolate and touch of coffee. Nice.
Guyute_Pig (102) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2011 Bottle courtesy of OrlGamecock, thanks. Nice dark black pour with a decent tan head. Rich and fullbodied, very robust, chocolate and roasty. Nicely balanced brew, enjoyed it and will have to find again.