chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle provided by Alex for our Canadian tasting...Pours a medium brown with a light tan head that rises about a finger but is gone right away, ugly...Light aroma of chocolate and grain, with a light dark fruits, not as sweet as expected for a bp...From the taste and feel I think right away this is a very lagerish bp. Not very sweet, roasy with dark fruits, not overly strong but decent enough to drink.
Nothing special but I’d drink it again.
Sammy (11177) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Private Garrison order. A big beer, very malty with a touch of sourness. While drinkable, not hitting the style.
Hammy78 (961) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
200 rating. Wow what can I say about this amazing brew? Draught at Bar Volo Toronto. Pours midnight dark black with dark tan head, no real lacing. Aroma was alcohol and creaminess, with a hint of cherry. Taste was coffee, maybe some vanilla, bitter, smokey and a bite like a good port. Great brew, can’t wait to have it again.
rejtable (2310) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2012 What a beautiful beer in all respects. Frothy head, grand aromas of malt, chocolate, dark fruit and only a hint on the mouth of the alcohol strength.
Update Feb 2012: Still lovely beer. A bit light in the mouth but otherwise outstanding. Also getting molasses.
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a very dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol. The aroma is about what I expected in a Baltic porter.
The taste is much more complex. I get a lot of roasted/burnt malt which leads to the beer being somewhat bitter. I also get a lot of chocolate, cherries, raisins, molasses and alcohol. After reading the label and the ingredients in the beer, I also get some dates, but I am not sure if I would have picked them out if I would not have been tipped off that they were included in the recipe.
Full mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.
A great beer, one of the best my father brought back from Halifax.
Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a super large off-white foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of medium dry coffee notes with some black chocolate note and light dry roasted notes. Taste is easily drinkable with loads of coffee notes with some notes of rich black chocolate and light dry roasted malt at the end. Body is quite full with a nice creamy texture. Very well brewed.
jsquire (4148) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a dark beer with a small tan head. Big sweet molasses nose. Tastes of sweet caramel corn, brown sugar, raisens and some toast. This beer deserves a better rating, but it was late in the night.
Spab (3380) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from Bishop’s Cellar. Pours a very dark brown with small but lasting tan head. Lightly roasted aroma with moderately sweet dark fruit and some cocoa. Taste is also lightly roasty with much stronger fruitiness (raisin, prunes), toffee, cocoa with a light hoppiness. Alcohol is fairly muted for 9%. Delicate carbonation. Quite nice.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at the Tally tasting, pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is bitter roasted malts, cocoa, and soy. Flavor is rich complex layers of roasted, chocolate, caramel, and burnt malts. Very nice.
TimE (5047) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown color, light brown color. Huge molasses and dark chocolate nose. Rich molasses and chocolate. Molasses finish.