piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. this has become a benchmark porter for me. it’s the color of a cola, about 24*L, dark dark brown, almost black with hints of red around the edges. the head is two fingers, dense, tan and follows the beer with pretty lace to the bottom of the glass. roasted malts, chocolate, and slight caramel flavor. hops are minimal, enough to carry through, crisp, quick hop finish, with lingering chocolate aftertaste. very nice.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 we’re 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 don’t 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 ain’t 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 I’d greatly appreciate more, if it were available in my environs.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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...
shadey (1981) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2004 Tried this at the Boneyard in Cleveland. Absolutly beautiful beer. Big thick creamy head that lasted right to the end of the glass. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy. There was a very distinct flavor that I couldn’t really pin down. It was a good flavor that I very much enjoyed. There were also the standard chocolate and coffee flavors. A very beautiful and delicious porter.
CBCPaleAle (73) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasing, not overpowering aroma. Nice dark color. Creamy head to go along with the rich creamy brew to follow. Not overboard on the coffee flavor either which can happen with these types. Overall very good.
Pailhead (5450) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap: Aroma is a little weak but is roasted coffee and light chocolate. Dark brown, virtually black. Outstanding tan head with great retention. Lasts to the end. Flavor is a watered down roasted coffee with light bitterness in the finish. Roasted coffee aftertaste. Chocolate that commercial description claims to have, really isn’t there.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark black with a tan head. Very fragrant aroma, coffee, citrus hops, malt, and molasses/caramel. Flavor is full of choclate/coffee with a hard hit of hops! Very unique flavor, a decent filling of the palate. Nice porter.
Goblincat (387) - Westland, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nice and dark. Nose is coffee and hops. Mouthfeel is very thick. Any thicker and I would have to chew it. No real strong flavors, just a watery malty weak coffee.
zach8270 (3802) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [draft - The Sharp Edge - East Liberty, PA] Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Strong coffee and chocolate aroma with roasted malts and hops throughout. Smooth taste begins with a slight hoppy bite but then goes quickly to a roasty middle and a slightly bitter coffee finish. Very good porter.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great Porter, lots of roasted grain, coffee and chocolate flavors. Well balanced, smooth tasting. I recently renewed my acquantance with this brew. My memories were not exagerated. It is still good! I will make it a point of getting it again.