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
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.
Cavie (3893) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy exiled. Pours a clear dark red color with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee, caramel, dark chocolate and heavy malts. Flavor is dry chocolate with heavy roast and dark Malts. Finishes slightly sweet and malty.
Sammy (9143) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A tasty though not great porter. Yes, chocolate and sweetness all whipped up, fluffy and granular malted milk mouthfeel. The bitterness is hops and I was Ok with it, although my 23-year old who shared the bottle thought it was a it metallic and not spot on the style.
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From tap at Brewery. Pours a deep black in color with small tan head. A balanced aroma in sweetness, roasted chocolate and malt. Clean and not too heavy.
markwise (4570) - 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.
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.
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.
radarsock (1056) - Vermont, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
StFun supplied. Thanks! 650 mL bottle containing a darkish wooded brown with which a khaki head half a fingernail in length rested on. Smells fairly sweet, boozy and caramelized. Raisins on the forefront, met with pilsener malt, ash, and chocolate potato chips. Perhaps some yeast, as well. Tastes basically how it smells: raisins, caramels, smoke and artificial chocolate. Heat, soured milk, tobacco and yeast by swallow. Was kind of a like a dark beer smoothie wherein a few dark beers are blended together in a blender hoping for the best. This is not terrible, or great. Itís... fine, for the most part.
GenDV138 (2458) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 ounces on draft at ChurchKey during the SAVOR Surly event, probably left over from the previous nightís event. Dark brownish black with tan head. Thanks solidfunk! Aromas of smoke, peat, chocolate. Tasting notes of peat, smoke, light chocolate. Medium body with a light mouthfeel.