zizzybalubba (1448) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle purchased from Foothills. Dark black pour with a healthy tan head. Aroma of smoky malts, roasted espresso, walnuts, and hints of dark fruit. Huge dark coffee flavors jump out with noticeable smoke and bitter chocolate. The finish is lingering but there is little, if any, detectable alcohol warmth. This is really quite fantastic.
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle picked up at the brewpub. Strong cocoa in the nose with cream, woody/smoke notes, and toffee. A dark fruit presence sneaks in after the fact. Pours dark; looks black with some amber coming through, and a thick fluffy head. This is a very smooth drinking Porter, creamy, but also assertive. Chocolate is very prominent in the flavor which isnít surprising following the aroma. Dark fruit mixes in with roasty coffee, light bitterness, and some char in the finish. Porters typically arenít one of my favorite styles but this is good stuff. Probably one of the best Porters Iíve had.
OldGrowth (2699) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, from Samís Quik Stop. Good aroma, sweet, malty. Nutty, yeasty, chocolate, marshmallow, little ash, got caramel as it warmed. Dark orangy brown color, small head, little to no lace. I poured rather slow though. Sweet bitter flavor. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter sweet finish. Very nice brew, certainly met expectations. Flavor rocked with rich malty flavor, lots of chocolate, nice sweet streak about it, flavor had nice transition as it warmed, kept getting sweeter, Love the Foothills....
daknole (9142) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark dark brown pour. Light brown head. Aroma is smokey, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, dark pumpernickel toast. Flavor is loaded with chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, toffee. Helluva good porter. Yes indeed.
wavers1 (907) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of beerness, thanks! beautiful pour, spot on. the aroma is slightly off and funky, but i sort of like it for some reason lol! the taste is nice, a tinge pof funk which adds a nice quality and attributes to a great mouth feel. super velvety and creamy. nice stuff! and interesting!
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Samís in Durham. Pours nearly black with large tan head. Nose shows generous bitter chocolate, dark fruits and cherries, some nuttiness, and mild ash. Ash cones through a bit more on the taste. Palate is full for the style. Not as intense as some Baltics, but damn good. Still canít beat Duck Rabbit, especially dollar for dollar.
princesslala (131) - DENMARK - AUG 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a small tan head. Roasty, chocolaty, malty, coffee aroma. The flavor is of bitter dark chocolate and is slightly ashy. Bit of a thin body.
thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got to try this one at the brewpub at the release party. One of the first three glasses poured off the keg. Served from tap into a Foothills fat pilsner (at least how I would describe it). Pours a deep dark brown basically black with a one finger light tan head that lingers throughout. Maintains phenomanial lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt, subtle fruit, oatmeal, and a very slight hop hint. The flavor was of oatmeal, malt, dark fruit, and a hint of alcohol upon warming up to room temperature. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation, almost a creamy texture as it goes down. Overall this was quite an excellent brew. Had a very smooth and creamy feel to it that made it go down oh-so easy. The appearance on this one was quite good. While the aroma was quite complex it lacked some intensity to it, but was still nice. However, the flavor totally made up for the lack of aroma intensity. This is a definite must try for sure.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the mighty Samís Quik Shop. Only a hint of light leaks through this near-black brew. The light tan headís pretty minimal, but lasted throughout the entire glass. I havenít had a ton of Baltic Porters, so I can best describe it by comparing it to the Duck Rabbit version, which is a personal favorite. A lot of the same flavors are apparent, like dark chocolate, prunes, and coffee, though significantly more muted in taste and aroma. It also leans more towards the chocolate flavors like an imperial stout than the heavy fruits of a baltic. With almost no heat to indicate the strength, it finishes very clean with a pleasant, quick hop note. Basically, itís smoother, milder, and less complex than the Duck Rabbit, which isnít necessarily a bad thing, just different. The lack of heat and already smooth flavors leaves me less inclined to age my other bottles as long as Iíd expected to. Perhaps Iíll lay one down for a couple years to see what happens, but it just doesnít strike me as a beer meant to age.
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold @ GABF 0 This beer is phenomenal. Everyone raves about the Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter, but in my opinion this one smokes it. Rich and fullbodied, very robust, chocolate and roastiness. Some very much appreciated bitterness in the finish, but retaining balance. Creamy with just a touch of sweetness in the finish.