Frank (3957) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is not a Baltic porter but anyone who cares is dumb. Iíd say itís basically an imperial stout or an imperial porter if you believe such a thing is different than in imperial stout. (Hint: it isnít.) I like this stuff fine. Itís got a pretty nice roast grain and chocolate character and is reasonably smooth even though it burns way too much for ten percent. I suppose it is on the lighter bodied side for a big American brew, something along the lines of what youíd expect from a well-made Belgian ale of this strength. It is still a bit creamy even though itís not too heavy and this helps further bring out the chocolate as well as some cherry/fruity notes. Iíd say this is definitely above average for a big beer. It is not completely obnoxious but still very flavorful and lends itself to slow sipping w/o being pancake syrup. I will likely never drink this again in my entire life but that goes for all beers so why point it out for this one? I donít know. You tell me.
koleminer20 (2222) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. Got this in a trade a while back. The pour is a lighter black, light brown color with a thinner cap of light khaki head that falls to a bubbly collar. The aroma is very roasty. Itís got the bitterness and heavy roast to go with a light dark chocolate. There is a light molasses and a decent sweetness to it that is pretty appreciated. The flavor is one dimensional. There is a very subdued oxidation up front, but the roast and bitterness really comes charging through. A dark chocolate is present in the back end. Itís one dimensional, but itís in the right dimension. The mouth feel is excellent. There is a soft carbonation and a nice viscosity. It really clings to the palate and gets a little better as it warms. The chocolate and bitter roast dominate, and thatís what tasty in a Baltic.
ebone1988 (1266) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, coffee, robust malt. Appearance is dark dark brown, light tan head, poured thin-ish. Taste is...light? Really not that much happening. Oxidation. Just some roast that comes in real late. Mouthfeel is decently thick, soft velvety carbonation, the roast came in with a vengeance late in the aftertaste. Overall, this one is pretty disappointing.
Jow (3323) - New York, USA - MAY 25, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Black pour with fine beige head. Nose is cocoa and some licorice. Tastes of milk chocolate, roasted malt, bitter espresso, some herbal notes, light licorice. Hides alcohol well. Nice creamy yet bitter palate. Iíve had several variants glad to have the OG.
johnnnniee (3660) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 14, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Acton Wine and Spirits. Dark brown bordering on black with a decent sized tightly bubbled tan head that persists. Chocolate licorice and some faint burnt sugars coupled with some light earth and fruity aromas. Creamy smooth bready pilsner malt is somehow evident with all the darker malt flavors. Chocolate licorice and light fruity flavors offset with just a bit of earthy hops for balance. Iíve had many of the barrel treatments for this beer and loved them finally found this to try, its a stand up porter.
ClarkVV (5579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewery, 4/23/16.
Jesus, these guys put out so many variants Iíve never actually taken the time to have the regular version. Finally a chance...Dark, milk chocolate brown with deeper ebony shades and a light tan head atop showing strong retention.
Chocolate, very flakey with dark bread and lots of roast. A big caramel character rises up to balance. All of JAís beers are so much softer and approachable lately and I couldnít be happier. Not just another obnoxiously overroasted, overbittered imperial stout/imperial porter/baltic porter, etc.....
In the mouth, plenty of dry brown bread balances caramel with milk chocolate and dry roasted notes. Lots of maltiness, with a good attenuation though leaving some residual sugar for body and balance. I donít know if this beer is specifically sweeter because of how much of it gets barrel aged, and maybe itís just the placebo effect, but I think it is much better barrel-aged. The malt, chocolate, bread, vanilla, caramel, etc.. really do soak up the tannin and whatever other things are thrown in the barrel. Still, for a barrel aged version to be good, the base beer has to be quite competent. And indeed it is.
jc1762 (612) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2016 Tap into a snifter showing pitch black with a finger and a half of latte colored foam.
The nose shows notes of steel tank and lightly roasted malts.
The palate is light bodied and well carbonated. Flavors of light coffee and roasted malts with light hoppy bitterness that matures into a light latte like bitterness. Well done.
tricksta_p (3261) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Aroma is roasted malt, oats, dark chocolate, liquorice, coffee, cocoa, touch of raisins. Flavour is moderate to medium sweet with a roasty bitter finish. Body is medium to full. Very rich Porter, potent roasty chocolate coffee and liquorice aroma.
Quick3Beers (845) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2016
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark as a moonless night black from a bottle. Not much of an aroma, just kind of a general roasted sweetness. Flavor is a slightly chocolately, with faint finishes of licorice and dark cherry. Well balanced bitterness and sweetness, hits both sufficiently and well. Very good beer.
katseb (8) - Norfolk, Alabama, USA - APR 2, 2016 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Partial to this brewery as I was born in Framingham so Framinghammer was a fun find. Not many porters to my liking, but this one is delicious! Pretty in the glass, head lovely goes great with Beethovenís 9th. Look forward to trying it at the brewpub which I Love!!