markwise (4175) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade with jastack. Pours clear brown from bottle, but stands dark brown in a glass. Nose is lots of coffee with dark fruit and hints of spice. Flavor is lots of coffee, spice, hops, dark fruit, a mellow lager presence that is swiftly neutralized by the the bitterness that lingers from coffee and hops. Medium-bodied, enjoyable baltic porter.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a dark ruby brown color... a shade darker than a usual porter with a soft tan head and decent lacing trails.
the nose has a faint smokiness in the background... out front are milk chocolate, prunes, brown sugar, malt powder, toasty grain and some spicy floral notes from the alcohol.
the palate is surprisingly rich and robustly roasty with flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla cream, coffee nuttiness, yeast, a slight cocoa-like bitterness, wood and a mild smoky undertone. pleasantly spicy finish from the alcohol and hoppiness gives it a nice drying effect. alcohol warms the belly and turns the ears red.
medium body is nice since it is not sugary. the alcoholic spice (and perhaps the hops) thins it out and really makes it more enjoyable. soft carbonation builds up kinda sudsy across the palate. 8/3/8/4/15/3.8
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown-black beer with a thin tan head. Aroma is quite chocolatey. Sweet and cocoaish with a nice light sweetness on the nose. A touch of peppery alcohol up front. There is a light herbal backnote as well. Flavour is pretty lean bodied with a toasty cocoaish flavour. It tastes quite boozy in a way that is a little distracting. Soft astringency on the back as well. It’s a bit of a miss for me.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle shared by argo0. Dark brown with a small beige-grey head. Smokey roasted malt aroma with some lightly spicy licorice. Sweetened coffee, fudgey chocolate, medium bitterness, and a lightly alcoholic finish. Medium-bodied with looser carbonation and light stickiness. Nice flavors, but a little sweet and sticky as well.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by argo0: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin, wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of toasty dark caramel and dark fruity ester complexity with a hint of tartness. Starts with good fullness and nice dark malty sweetness with an enjoyable dark fruity complexity for balance before a bready yeasty finish with some lingering dark chocolate notes. A pretty true to style and enjoyable Baltic porter.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the artist formerly known as jjpm74 via trade. Dark pour with a one-finger tall almost tan head. Thin bits of lacing. The aroma was roasted malt, some chocolate and definite perfumy, floral hops. The flavor was roasted malt, dry chocolate and an almost soapy floral flavor I’ll attribute to the hops. The mouthfeel was slightly above average.
DocLock (7428) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours blackish with deep brown edges and 2-finger off-tan head that retains well for a beer this big. Tastes roasty, with notes of chocolate malt, slight molasses, hops, coffee, spicy, figgy, nutty, and some creamy, lactic finishing notes.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bonus from tweety. thanks paul. Pours blackish ruby with a tan head. Nose is sweet and spiced. Taste is sweet fruity and all in all not bad, not quite what I expected but not bad.
HogTownHarry (5977) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. At Cole’s, Buffalo NY. Deep clear ruby with a smallish lasting creamy tan head. Deep sweet roast aroma, raisin, sweet coffee - definitely lactic - with decent dry herbal bitterness. The taste followed in all respects, strong alcohol, even sweeter than I expected, the dry herbal bitterness lingers a long time. Light body, sticky mouthfeel, sharply carbonated and the alcohol is strong enough to make it seem pretty dry. Hits all the right notes, could have a bit more body.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at EBF. Pours a nice deep dark brown almost black with a nice lasting off beige head. Lots of chocolate and toffee in the flavor, spicy and earthy with hints of leather and licorice with a drying herbal crackery hint. More chocolate malts in the flavor- ok herbal and tea-like hops solightly earthy with anise spice and a toffee and slightly sweet malt backbone - drying dark bittersweet chocolate in the end. Pretty good but nothing really unique or great here.