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) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, 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.
fordest (2137) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF. Nice black pour with decent tan head. Roasty malty aromas. Similar flavors with a nice full body and decent dustiness. Pretty tasty
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2007: Poured black with a brown head. Big sweet roasted malt and coffee aroma. Hint of ash as well. the flavor was roasty, sweet and sugary with a hint of dark bitter chocolate. Medium bodied.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black pour tall tan head, thick lace. A bit of a light aroma, a touch sweet some milk chocolate roasty. Full well coated palate, extra creamy. Well roasted silky chocolate flavor taste has a touch of bitter coccoa powder lightly grass hop in the finish. Fantastic.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2010
Date: March 31, 2007
Source: Mellow Mushroom, Asheville
Appearance: black, lasting fine tan head, thick spidery lace
Aroma: rich dry dark chocolate aroma
Flavor: very dry and bitter dark chocolate flavor, a bit of a chalky character, lots of chocolate but needs some sweetness
Date: October 12, 2007
Score: 3.0 to 3.6
picking up more body and sweetness,
Date: August 27, 2010
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma, sweet fruityness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice fruityness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
alexanderj (3462) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2007 On draft at a Charlotte Mellow Mushroom (now called Moondogs or something like that). Poured a dark brown/black; not all that much head. Aroma was slightly sweet, with roasted malt and dark chocolate. Flavor was much of the same with a good mouthfeel. Could have been creamier; but still, was really good.