deekyn (1441) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- thick syrupy black, with medium tan head that dissipates to a thin characterless skin.
S- up front are strong earth notes as well as espresso, caramel, vegetables and medium smoke. Dry and musty oak are also present. The end is more espresso and earth with some chocolate and mild alcohol.
M- A medium dense but light body and good carbonation. Intense towards the middle with subtle ending.
T- a bitter beginning with strong coffee, espresso and earth - some bittersweet chocolate to follow in the smooth middle. Smoke is quite subtle and more apparent towards the light end and coupled with little pepper spice, vegetable and caramel malts. Grassy and soapy hops start after the chocolate and flourish towards the end.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TheAlum (6650) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Drew. Thanks, dude! Pours a rich deep blackish hue, near opaque, dark and full with a frothy tannish head. Fuller ring laces ok. Aromas are smokey, gentle roasty and coffee element. Some mellow cherrywood, earthy smoke. Faint campfire, some cocoa, toffee and toast. Initial is fuller body, some nice gentle sweetness, cocoa and gentle toffee. Touches of smoke and mellow roast as we round the corner. Some cocoa, silky sweet middle glides over the palate, fairly crushable for what the beer is. A bit soapy, bitter and dry as we start to round the corner. A bit dry, smokey, and bitter. Some roastiness, mellow spice. Really well put together, some good rich flavors, good balance of flavors, mellow spice as we round out. Overall, it’s not a big brooding girthy beer. Instead it thins out a touch, yet doesn’t detract. Really just a well constructed beer.. My only concern (not for this beer) might be that this beer is a touch thin to stand up to barrel aging (having never had any of those versions). Either way, a fantastic beer. Creamy and luscious with a rich and enjoyable smoke presence.
JStax (4299) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown to black with a khaki colored head of foam. Aroma is smoky with a lot of bacon. Its a nice smoked beer, but I can’t get much else. That’s fine though, I love the taste.
rodenbach99 (3780) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille de 500ml dont le nectar y a été emprisonné au mois de janvier 2013. Bière brune tellement foncée qu’on dirait qu’elle est noire. La mousse crémeuse et généreuse est brune. Le premier nez est tout en café. La bouche est crémeuse, une sorte de café au lait avec de la crème. C’est riche en titi. La finale chocolatée donne le ton pour la prochaine gorgé. Bravo.
Advocate_Ames (549) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark with an off white thin head. The aroma contains yeast, roasted grains, and chocolate malts. It has a definitive smoke scent. In the flavor I noticed a rich malt character, roastiness, bitter chocolate, mild sweetiness, and a smoke flavor. In the finish I picked up on a soft carbonation, a minor salty bitter sweetness, and a weak yeast flavor. I believe the bitter sweet is from chocolate, carmel, hops, and sugar or dried dark fruit. Overall it was a pleasant finish and affects the palate slightly. This is worth a try, a nicely done beverage.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Drew. Thanks! Pours deep near-black with a dark brown head. Nose is prominent with a peat-like earthy smoke. Tar and anise to go with a rich roast and chocolate profile. Quite clean. On tasting, big and burly with a salty note almost. Persistent earthy smoke and big roast. Pushing into RIS territory but I dig it. super cool beer. Though nothing about this screams "Baltic" porter...
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2013 Bottle. Pours black with off white head. Aroma beechwood, cocoa, anise. Flavor has beechwood smoke, cocoa, some ash, dark fruit, nutty. Clean, touch too ashy for me but solid. Not a Baltic porter but whatever.
Fred82 (2128) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle thanks to czar. Shared with MartinT.
Appearance : Pitch black with medium brown head.
Aroma : Rich sweet roasted malt with light coffee and chocolate. Light smokey notes. Very light ashes. Quite complex and rich.
Taste : Still the same malty richness with chocolate, coffee and light smoke just enough to give depth without unbalancing the flavor profile.
Palate : Creamy and silky palate. Moderatly soft carbonation. Nice palate as usual with HFB.
Overall : Really really nice beer. I’m even wondering if this version is not better than the first batch which was BA. Awesome malt complexity that make you fell like there’s no need for any barrel aging to make this a success. Really rich sipper with very faint alcohol notes. Something I’d drink again and again. This one show the same almost perfect delivery of the malt flavors that I got from the better Everett batches.
Minderbinder (2966) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with almost no head (beige). Aroma is of roasted malt, smoke, sweet, nuts. Taste is of roasted malt, sweetness, smoke, sligth bitterness, spices. Palate: Good balance. Full bodied. Decent carb. Overall: Soft. Smoke not cloying. Drinkable, alcohol very well hidden.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to briandot yet again! Another outrageously awesome beer from Shaun. The most nuanced, complex, and beautiful combination of spruce and dank, dark hop character, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee, sweet smoke, maple, and spice -- everything is interwoven. Rich but smooth on the palate, good carbonation. Awesome.