albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, golden brown. Dark tan head, goes away quickly. Mild, resiny hop notes, charcoal and molasses, crispy toasted yeastish(is that a word?) aroma. Flavor earthy with spice hints, alcohol aftertaste. Medium to thick body. Improves as it warms, warms you up from the inside as well... YUM
beernbourbon (1214) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to OKbeer. Pour is dark brown with hints of red and a small tan head. Aroma is very sweet: sweet malt, dark fruits, berries, and molasses. This really smells more like an old ale. Flavor is also very sweet. Notable malt and dried fruits up front. A bit cloying. Im not sure if my bottle has some age on it, but I am not detecting the hops that others have mentioned. It would be nice because this is just too sweet for me. Finish is sweet with hints of smoke and tobacco.
blankboy (5631) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My bottle [500ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o tupalev. Pours a dark, deep brown with an average size tan head. Mild aroma of lightly roasted malt, caramel, some alcohol and a hint of coffee. Flavour is different then expected but I like it: Roasty with slightly burnt caramel, light green hops, some dark fruit and some maple syrup. Medium to full bodied. Pretty good, perhaps not quite on style but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Brigadier (2625) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle
Thanks to jerc for giving me a bottle of this. It was so tempting that it moved right to the front of the queue. All told it was actually a solid baltic porter. Not heavy on the palate despite the ABV it makes for a nice nightcap.
Aroma / Appearance - Short lived the beige head collapsed like a sandcastle at high tide. The black fluid base soon took over the full glass. Dark and bittersweet chocolate, blackberry, smoke, and airy coffee complement each other nicely. Well balanced and thought out it is clear some craft and care went into this one. The ashy finish is the cherry on top of a solid product.
matt7215 (2082) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle from tupalev. thx jeff. pours dark brown with a short tan head. big roasted malt nose. the flavour was similarily of dark roasted malt. really this is an imperial stout that has been lagered. almost as good as the smutty nose baltic but not quite that good. solid beer all around with nothing much that stands out. id buy it regularily if local.
JesseM (1135) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL bottle at a casual Saturday afternoon tasting with matt7215. Bottle from Jeff, thanks to both of you guys. Pours a deep dark reddish-brown that is mostly clear, but with a bit of sediment. Aroma is very much in line with an Imperial Stout. Anise, chocolate, coffee, soy sauce, ink, molasses and toffee, minor booze. Flavour is a a seemless blend of all of the above, nice fuller-feeling palate and definitely rich and satisfying. Not terribly complex, but very tasty and well brewed. A nice standard rendition of a Baltic Porter. Hard to believe this is a Canadian beer!
EastCoaster (122) - USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Since this is fermented with a lager yeast the body id thinner than one would expect in a beer this dark, not altogether unpleasant though, but dicey as the beer comes in at a hefty percentage definitely one to lay down to cellar.
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle # 4 of my solo Garrison 5 beer sampler, thanks to C & K! Black, nice thin brown head. Boozy aroma, slightly sour, some chocolate. Taste - whoa, big alcohol up front and more the finish (along with a pleasant roasty linger). In between this one is all over the place - roast, big metallic notes, lactose, and again, way too much unbalanced alcohol. Successful Baltics balance the alcohol with a silky smooth body but this one is too light and fizzy to handle all of this. A nice flavourful effort but it misses the mark. Great effort though, very few of these even being tried in this country. After saying all of this, I did enjoy it.
garthicus (2483) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Tupalev. Appearance: Pitch black with a small orange head. Aroma: Malt with lactose, slight chocolate and a tiny tiny amount of alcohol. Flavour: Very thin body, some dark fruit, some carbonation, chocolate, malt, creamy with a spicy finish, kind of made my gums tingle a little.
HogTownHarry (5918) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy and garthicus, bottle courtesy of tupalev. Near opaque ruby-black, decent fizzy-creamy tan head. Slightly metallic aroma, leafy, dry, slightly boozy, burnt prunes. Taste - burnt molasses, dry herbal bitterness, alcohol, steeped raisins, scorched nutshell - a lot going on, not balanced, but interesting. Light, slick mouthfeel, alcoholic, a bit carbonized - long boozy burnt linger. Nice effort.