JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s a black pour with a small head. The aroma and flavor are a bit smokey, but not as much as the Aecht beers. It’s creamy on the finish and easy drinking.
Rusty (1546) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a jet black with a small brown head. Aroma is smoke, peat, roasted barley, chocolate. Flavor is smoky peat, barley, roast, chocolate, coffee, slick mouthfeel and easy to drink. Really nice smoked porter.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, slight smoke, and chocolate. Aroma is really lacking smoke and bamburg wood/malt. Poured very dark brown/ruby in color with a small to medium-sized, creamy, dense, rocky, tan/brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is slightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Very disappointing flavor. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt finish. I am disappointed...Great Divide is better than this. No real smoke. No Bamburg wood. Just roasted malt and water.
Frank (4025) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting. Normally US brewed beers that are supposedly Baltic porters are just big porters and really have nothing to do w/ the style as brewed in its place of origin. This, however, is a lager so it’s a little closer than most at least in terms of process though the use of smoked malt makes that largely irrelevant, I suppose. Who care about authenticity though? I’m after good beer. This one in particular is rather on the mild side, both in terms of roast character and smoke, which is fine by me esp. in the latter case. It’s a very nice brown color. The head is thin but long lasting and leaves behind a nice spotting of lace. Smoke is up front in the nose but it blends in amongst a host of roast and chocolate flavors, which come out even more once tasted. It’s very lightly sweet w/ a nice, creamy palate though I do find it a bit on the flat side for my tastes. The finish is pretty clean w/ a lingering sweetness and some bitterness along w/ a mild hint of smoke.
Suttree (6105) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a growler, thanks to lithy. Black, no head. Pretty simple aroma - chocolate and smoke, maybe some fruity notes. Nice palate - rich, but not thick like a porter. Flavor is smoke, chocolate, then something like blueberry? maybe? And perhaps a little coffee, too. Dryish finish. Pretty good stuff.
Fungrim (60) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ SBWF 2010. Brown-black with light, light-brown head. Smoke, malt and some light sweetness in the nose. Light carbonation. Rather dry and medium bitter. Taste is roasted malts, more smoke and some caramel. As dry porters go, I thought this was really good.
omhper (23724) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival. Black with creamy head Milk chocolate and tar. Mid sweet with near full body and rounded mouthfeel. Mild tarry smoke. Medium bitterness. Quite well balanced.
riversideAK (6160) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light smoke on top of a mostly roasty malt base. Light leathery notes and a hint of chocolate as well. Pours dark brownish red, almost black, nice lasting tan head. The flavor is mostly roasty, a hint of chocolate, and nice light smoke in the finish. Soft leather and wood flavors. Very nice smooth mouth feel and extremely drinkable. Love the flavor and balance in this one.
TEJA (2449) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Stockholm Beer and whisky festival 2010.
Short head. Dark red-brown color. Some smoke in the aroma but not much for a smoke porter. The taste is also smoky with a small to medium bitterness. The smoke is a litle thin in the taste for it to be a real good smoke beer. Medium body.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours deep brown with a khaki head. Aroma is smoked/salted ham, roast malt, chocolate, and plum. Flavor shows the same with some additional vanilla bean sweetness being dried up by the roasted, almost ashy finish. Overall body is relatively light and feels extremely thin at points.