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RATINGS: 1698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Complex, roasty aroma with a bittersweet, chocolate-coffee taste and a bold hop presence.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Appearance: solid brown body, with a lush, flowing head of tannish foam atop, though in a hurry to settle down. Aroma: mild at first, creamy, with hints of nuts, vanilla, caramel, with slowly the better earmarks of a good porter emerging, and weíre getting the roasted coffee, getting roastier and bitterer as we go, and as it unfurls we can detect things weightier, headier, more thick and viscous: molasses, syrup, motor oil. On first sip and gulp, I was magically lifted up and removed from the mundane and the everyday. Mouth-filling, rich, powerful, flavorful, and just plain FULL! Nothing loose or limpid here! Bitterness is just so, and soon turns to the sweet. I donít know what exactly to liken it to, but it seems to tread a middle ground: no too bitter, not to smooth, juuust right! One caveat: the carbonation feels a bit too cola-like, and that ainít good, in my book. Finish is fine and long-lasting, settles in to occupy the mouth and endear itself to all the senses. However, a certain heft is lacking in overall body and character, that I would expect, nay demand, out of any true Baltic porter. Needs more Oooom-pa-pa-mow,mow!, if you follow. Still an excellent porter, and one which Iíd greatly appreciate more, if it were available in my environs.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2004
Dark Brown Coloring. White Head. Alot of Roasts on the Nose... Coffee and Chocolate. Malts. Had Some Spank for a Porter.. Good Beer for the Winter. Chew Slowly...

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2004
Classic rich porter aromas of chocolate and some dark fruit come from this dark brown beer. Smooth flavours of choclate and some coffee - had a creamy texture and a bit of a bitter edge too. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Medium dark brown color, medium tan head as well. Heavily sweet malt aroma, medium sweet hops with some floral woody qualities. Medium body, creamy texture with a light coffee creamer flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Brown. Moderately aromatic, with notes of currants, sweet malts, dark malts, chocolate, bold hops, onions and alcohol. The malts provide notes of prunes, coffee and chocolate while other notes of brown sugar and molasses are present. The hops are bold and very prominent but in this porter it just didnít work. Too hoppy for its style in my opinion. Not that good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 12, 2004
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trade, thanks Brian!) The nose and initial sip make you think this will be a very mild porter, but that moderately strong dark roasted flavor up front picks up steam in the rather bitter and dark roasted finish; Light, but noticeable sweetness, but somewhat dry on the palate; The beer becomes more coffee-like in both the flavor and nose as it warms to room temperature; Medium to full bodied, about average for the style, and definitely lighter on the palate than the thick, chewy porters; Moderately dark roasted nose; Deep brown color has a ruddy hue when held to the light; Tan head has solid retention and leaves a fairly dense blanket of lacing on the glass at first, but most of that lacing vanishes within a minute or two; Maybe not in the upper echelon of porters, but it's not too far behind

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2005 A nice porter with a burnt chocolate aroma, rich dark brown color, and a nice brown head. Itís not to sweet, like many a porter, and has a chocolate/coffee/burnt malt flavoring. Great mouth-feel.

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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 6, 2004
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark brown color, solid lacing. A wonderful aroma of smoke, coffee, roasted, chocolate, and tobacco. Rich and smooth, medium-full body, roasted malt joy. An absolutely wonderful porter, smooth and balanced with plenty of body and roastedness.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 Something in me wants to like this beer but each time I come away disappointed. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a thin black color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma was lightly fruity and hoppy with a hint of chocolate. The texture was thin and a bit watery. The flavor was strong with hops and really lacking in malt. I think if I was trying this blindfolded I would have pegged it as an IPA given how much the hops dominate and the malt disappears. Certainly a drinkable beer but a huge disappointment given the hype. I cant say that I would ever seek this one out again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfontain (818) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Super-dark garnet, initially a HUGE head and lots of lacing; eventually the head disappears and the beer flattens out. Big aroma, mostly of roastiness. Flavor is quite roasty with a bit of chocolate. Initially the mouthfeel is absolutely awesome--creamy, frothy, silky, and not even very sticky; as the beer breathes, though, this becomes just another thick, sticky porter. Yeah, fine, itís another big porter, and yeah itís good. Big whoop... Truthfully, Iím mildly sick of these overly-roasty porters/stouts. Iíll take Anchorís rendition of this any day.


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