Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the 10th Annual Epic & Unusual Beer Tasting, 11/29/15. Dark brown, thin head. Aroma of smoke, roasted malt, chocolate, mild nuttiness. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, smoke. Medium bodied.
lefossoyeur (551) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark Brown with a thin creamy beige head. Nice seaweedy and light smoke aromas. Medium bodied, really clean, light smokiness. Very quaffable lager.
ClarkVV (5250) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2015 Bottled 10/25/15, drunk 11/28/15. Thanks to AdamC as always.
Opaque black body is topped by a well-retained, light tan head.
Smoke and hops combine beautifully in the nose. Light ash, cigar and mild sardine. Not bacony/meaty and nicely dry, seemingly. Very clean, no alcohol. Could use a bit of caramel/toffee but as is, it really highlights the smoke and I suppose caramel and toffee are not exactly a baltic porter mainstay...
Assertive flavor shows a strong hop bitterness, lightly green and spicy. Smoke is ashy, strong and dry. Very, very rich, with a huge body and tons of sweetness. Between the ash, caramel and light booze, it seems the stuff is just too young or too sweet. But I can certainly appreciate the challenging smokiness. Very intense.
AirForceHops (5783) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml Oct, 28, 2015, thanks to AdamC! Pitch black with slow dying head. Aroma is noticeable smoked malt, mild cocoa, mellow roast.
Honestly I’m surprised on how balanced this is. The smoke is not overpowering and the roast, cocoa and earthy malt makes it pretty cohesive. Maybe a mild hint of licorice. I don’t like smoked malt in any brew. Body is medium plus with a dry smokey texture. That being said, this has high drinkability.
Chalumeaux (908) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle thanks AdamChandler October 28 2015. Pours black with a nice creamy beige head. Aromas of smoky malt chocolate and notes of coffee. Taste is well balanced and we’ll done.
WillRunForBeer (2062) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle dated 10/28/15, shared by AdamChandler. Thanks, Adam! Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, smoke. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, smoke. This has a nice balance of smoke and malt.
Heather_B (246) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with tan head. Smells like smoky wood and chocolate. Flavor ends a bit rough. Not the biggest fan.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a frothy, two finger beige head that slowly settles into thick, lasting ring. Really good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Robust, slightly smokey aroma with hints of burnt wood, charcoal, smoked meat and campfire yet still retains porter characteristics. Not as intensely smokey as I expected but this allows hints of dark chocolate, toast, coffee and oatmeal to come through. Smoke stands out a bit more as it warms but it’s nicely integrated and not a complete smoke bomb.
Viscous and full bodied with a slight creamy texture and a very nice, rich smoke flavor that’s decently integrated into the roasted porter notes. Very dry and bitter up front with hints of charred wood, ash, charcoal and barbecued bacon countered by deeply roasted dark chocolate malt, burnt coffee and oatmeal. The ABV is well masked but the malt tastes more burnt than smoked. Lingering acrid bitterness hurts the flavor and drinkability a bit. There’s is a touch of sweetness balancing things out but this beer needs more of that. I’m a huge fan of smoke beers but there’s something slightly off here. Still, an enjoyable beer that I’m glad to have tried.
ctipping (1007) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL growler . Originally reviewed 2/11/2013.
Pours a deep brown, almost black. Nice khaki head and good wisps that regenerate with every swirl.
Aroma is quite smokey, but it has a sweet caramel aroma with it. Deep roasted malt blends with the smoke.
The flavor has a pleasant amount of smoke. Caramel sweetness throughtout. The darker malts come through in the back. Bitter and very smokey in the finish. It gives it an interesting finish for a lager, but it’s rough.
Overly bitter. Nice until the very end, but excessively bitter.
Missing the HF magic. Never been the biggest fan of smoked beers and while the smoke improves the Baltic Porter, it’s rough in the end.
bytemesis (6199) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with thanks to nimbleprop! Pours clear black, medium tan head, dissipates slow, nice residual and lacing. Aroma is smoky, roasty, hints of anise, hardwood smoke. Flavor is light sweet, light plus bitter, nice smokiness, hardwood fires, hints of roast, anise, molasses. Medium body, silky mouthfeel. Tasty beer.