fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma:Roasty notes, a little bit of sourness.
Appearance:Very dark brown. Nice head that dissipates quickly.
Taste:Dark Chocolate, roasty malts, a little coffee. The foretaste also has some of the sour notes I associate with dark roasts. The mid to aftertaste has some caramel notes.
Palate:Smooth and creamy. Medium to heavy body. Good carbonation.
Overall:This is a good example of a baltic porter, itís easy to drink and true to style.
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
poured into tulip glass
nice dark black with a brown edging to it. decent amount of head, sticks around a while.
smells like chocolate, roast, coffee, and some tobacco/leather notes.
the taste was acrid dry and a bit burnt. behind that was some underlying chocolate and slight cherry flavors. more what i would expect from a baltic porter. some wood and tobacco as well.
mouthfeel was too dry. decent medium body to it. but roasted dryness kills
drinkability was average at best due to the roasty dryness of the beer.
devilben02 (279) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the bottle, the color is a deep, nearly opaque dark brown, with a thick, foamy beige head that quickly settles to a thin film surrounded by a foamy halo. The aroma is rich and potent, with notes of cocoa powder and licorice. The flavor likewise features a dark roasted malt profile of bittersweet chocolate and licorice, but a nice pine hop bitterness and a little booze is also in there. The very-fine carbonation provides a silky texture that works well with the slightly warming booziness.
chriso (7416) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the cellar at Foothills brewpub, Winston-Salem NC in 2006. This hadnít been officially released yet so many thanks to Jamie for rustling up this preview from the cellar. Looked great - pitch black, with a lasting, thick brown head. Big burnt malt aroma with plenty of coffee and chocolate. Quite rich, dark chocolate on the palate with some firm hops and a strong roasty bitterness. Quite dry and fairly bitter. Full, firm mouthfeel but also smooth. Drinks nicely - the alcohol is not intrusive or distracting at all. Superb stuff and itís only going to get better.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber; clear dark brown with trace off-white head; stale coffee, sweet coffee, charred malt, light sweetness; smells pretty damn good; body is very thin with clean mouthfeel and fresh brown sugar mixed light stale fruit and roasted malt; mild twang in the finish; a little thin for my tastes; similar to my impressions of the nearby Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter, though its been a long time since Iíve had that
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice quite dark roasted aroma of cocoa and licorice. Lightly sweet flavor with light tar and charcoal. Quite well balanced and nice if you like a super roasty Baltic.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by suzygreenberg. Thanks Ben! Nose is really nice, dark roasted malts, dark fruit, nutty notes, chocolate, lightly tart fruits. Pours dark brown pretty much black, nice tan head. The flavor is roasted initially with notes of almost charred malts, lots of sweet dark fruits, caramel, lightly tart in the finish. Dry with some residual sugary sweetness in the finish. Alcohol is masked. An enjoyable baltic for sure!
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Thanks to zizzybalubba! Pours black with a two finger brown head. Muted aromas which was probably due to the fact that I served it too cold and with the temp outside hovering around 37 it never warmed up. Flavor of dark roasted chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and nuts. Finishes with a slight metallic tinge. Overall a very good baltic from Foothills.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at foothills, pours dark with a slight tan lacing. Burnt aroma, roasted coffee, first sip is coffee, very smooth. Interesting.
nimbleprop (5083) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle pours a watery, nearly opaque black with a thin, creamy, beige head. Sweet aroma, molasses, nuts, toasted bread, malty, Belgian chocolate, some caramel. Flavor is sweet, malty sugar, a little vanilla, toasted bread, brownie batter, caramel frosting, licorice, a little dark fruit and some dried fruit. Sounds like it might be cloying, but it isnít. Finish is full bodied and dry. Very nice.