Ferris (1258) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Smoke and bacony. Jet black with a nice brown head. Light smoke and peat with some dark fruit and roast malts. An easy drinking big flavour beer.
kbudd19 (250) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2013 2013 bottle from Tommy, thanks man!! Black velvet pour, nice bacon aroma with a pinch of roast. Taste is balance, a bit of roast, slight smoke, smooth finish. Great stuff.
harrymel (516) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage Jan, 2013
It’s near black with a fleeting tan head leaving a etched top. Smells of toasted malts, richly of bitter coffee grounds, some soil, some vinyl and a good chunk of leather. Flavor is very leathery with some meat flavor (well done flank sans spice), some soil - much less sweet than most baltic’s I’ve had. Full bodied with sharp, but limited carb and an off dry finish. Nice beer, not among the best baltics I’ve had, but a yummy beer best suited for a rich Irish/English meat and potatoes style dinner.
jackl (3475) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Bruce’s. Cheers to Leighton! The pour’s brown with a small head. The nose is cocoa, roasted grain, toffee. Umami flavors of sugared ham. Smoked malt. Earthy bitterness. Cocoa. Medium body, fine carbonation. Fine, but not as nuanced as most HF offerings.
VsXsV (1636) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Almost black liquid with small light tan head. Aroma of licorice, light smoke, coffee, ash, port wine, bread and biscuit. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of licorice, light smoke, bread and coffee. Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Really nice.
djd07 (2535) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a dark brown with medium frothy beige head. Aroma is smoke and roast. Light mouthfeel with strong smoke, toffee and spice with lingering dry finish. Good.
RichTheVillan (1629) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle tasting with Kaufmanised; dark brown pour with tan head, smoky aroma, taste has smoke almost bacon like, some dried fruits raisins, caramel and spice.
Roonai (245) - - OCT 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle shared by deyholla. pours near black w grey-brown head w minimal lace. nose is bitter and dry chocolate malts, some peat and faint hint of smoke. taste has a very clean smoky roasted malt.
deyholla (5385) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours near black with a brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a bit of dark grains with a good amount of roast and just a hint of smokiness. Flavor starts with creamy dark grains that are quickly taken over by roasted malts and a bit of smokiness.
czar (3257) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours very dark brown, almost black, with a creamy beige head, good retention and lacing. smoked semi-sweet roasted malts, bacon and umami-like flavors, roasted nuts and fruits, coffee, no vegetal character which is nice. moderate carbonation, medium to full body, some sweetness, bold grassy-spicy-resinous finish. somewhat almost balanced too. warming, never boozy. good.