JFGrind (1834) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This black medium bodied Baltic porter had a strong chocolate malt complimented by vanilla and a slight roasted flavor. It has the classic Baltic Porter strong malt flavor.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I know that Porter is just a cousin to a stout, but I find the stouts so much more intense and complex. Dark brownto black, nose of dark malts and chocolate. Taste of dark malts and chocolate, some sourness, some bitterness. But there are much more interesting Baltic Porters or their cousins Imperial Russian Stouts.
desurfer (1209) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
West Chester. Pours a pitch black with a small, foamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Flavor is mostly bitter chocolate with some roasty notes. Like a porter, except the palate is much smoother and lighter. Matched perfectly with the Double Chocolate Hill cake.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
cask in West Chester. Poured a dark red/brown color with a foamy beige head. Sweet mocha cappuchino aroma. Flavors are a lot of chocolate, some roasted malts, nuts, and a mild hop/alcohol finish.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appears a black color with a small tan head. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla cream, cocoa, and roasted nuts.
Taste is of a yeasty blend of cocoa, nuts, and vanilla ice cream topped with some cocoa and coffee powders.
Mouthfeel is smooth with the yeasty body and cocoa clinging to the palate.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Lancaster location. Poured a clear very dark brown with a thin khaki head. Smelled of cocoa, pit fruit, and coffee. The flavor was very doppelbock-esque. Lots of raisin, fig, and prune, with a touch of coffee. It felt dead and flimsy in my mouth. Just sitting there boring me to death. Thin bodied with a palate that doesn’t lean toward sweet or bitter. There were no real flaws but nothing about it made me want to finish my glass and order another one either.
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at West Chester location. Nice dark beer with thin mocha head. Roasted coffee flavors in the nose with a delicate floral hop. Creamy tasting beer with a nice, medium amount of roasted flavor to round it off. Minor toffee notes but flavor is a little weak. Slightly more carbonated than I would like. One of the best beers Iron Hill produces.
KornDogg (521) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. IH of Lancaster. Dark amber with thin tan head and a bourbon aroma. Vanilla & bourbon flavor balanced with malts and hints of toffee. Very creamy and smooth
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - APR 22, 2008
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Iron Hill’s Baltic Porter is about as close to the Baltic as West Chester is...this a very light bodied version of their solid Pig Iron Porter. The flavor is like a dry Guinness that went flat. This sounds harsh, but it is not all that bad, just disappointing - I guess I have been suckered by the clever marketing and recent surge in Baltic Porters in the PA area.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
West Chester branch. On cask. Black pour, with a thin tan head. Mostly bitter chocolate; nice light palate. I’m really starting to enjoy Baltic porters.