craiggyNZ (9) - - JUN 27, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Initial thought was that it was a one trick pony, but one that I liked a lot. Definite improvement as it warmed.
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Tonybaldeagle (52) - - JUN 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Much better when warm. The chocolate and caramel tones are strong and the tastes are elegant.
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Cantabrian (674) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
“Ball tickler”…is that it? Is that what Baltic Ler comes down to? …*facepalm*… I must confess that, as a devotee of Baltic Porters, the first time when I tried this beer about a year ago, I did bother to try to find the inconspicuous Baltic port allegedly named “Ler”. Well, there is indeed a place called “Ler” in Norway, probably within the Artic Circle, but but I’m not even sure if ships can reach it, and it is far, far away from the Baltic Sea. Not that one. Then, there is a place in Germany called Leer, by an inlet in the North Sea (so it’s still rather far away from the Baltic). With a famous cheese named after its local dam, I thought that maybe it was a Hansa League Port, maybe the referred “Ler” port. But no. Ball-tickler…Tongue and cheek? Well, let’s leave body parts out of the conversation, as the beer is actually much better than the pun. By far the best of Harrington’s dark beers. Not as pungent salty or seductive as I would like to, but certainly this Baltic Ler is more than good to seduce me when the lights are off. And of course when the lights are on. Nice and oily black. There’s plenty of red fruits, dates, malts, chocolates and spices in the nose, I mean the aroma (I said I’d stay out of anatomical parts) and flavours. I don’t get much coffee, which is a plus, and there is even some resinous absynth touch it. It’s a mouthful, greasy of course, as a Baltic porter should be. Great job!
pmuzz (378) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is fantastic! Gorgeous flavours: prunes; raisins; coffee; vanilla and touch of cocoa. Beautiful mouthfeel: pinguid with slight carbonation. A perfect encapsulation of a baltic porter; a must for stout/porter fans. Thoroughly impressed.
omega (583) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Promised so much this beer. Pours black as night. but lacks a degree of viscosity to make this beer engaging. Coffee flavours do develop in the back palate.
Brodies_Best (200) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 23, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served cold initially but pours very dark brown with tan head that doesn?t last long. Strong aroma of malty chocolate with slight sweet and fruity notes. Taste is bitter, chocolate, alcohol and sits full and heavy on the roof of the mouth. A little acidic for me maybe from the lager yeast? Fruit and alcohol aftertaste which work. As warms up, it turns to a really pleasing and well balanced drop. Almost a woody and macadamia nut taste which is interesting.
Jimthechap (1326) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 6, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown in colour with a mocha head that hung around one minute and disappeared the next into a ring around the edge of the glass. Big, fruity and rich. Black doris plums, coffee grinds, dark chocolate and all sorts of spicy good things. This smells exceptionally good. Smooth and silky and then a flush of coffeeness and then dark berry fruit - cherries, plums, prunes and blackcurrants. Lip smacking dark chocolate. This beer is smooth and unctuous. The finish is enduring and verges toward the coffee and fruity flavours. A real treat and a credit to the brewer. Excellent stuff.