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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Big, Bold, and Black. This unusual lager style has many similarities to Imperial Stouts. A lengthy conditioning period creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. At 10% alcohol by volume, this beer is sure to keep you warm on a cold winter night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reggiedunlop (3288) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Pours black with a huge mocha head...nice lacing and retention. Aroma has nice roastiness with chocolate, mild ash, and a touch of anise...almost root beery in a way. Flavor follows suit...slightly sweet and then turning to roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is roasty with hints of anise and dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (10351) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, thanks to LKS, 12/05/14. Black with a moderate tan swirl. Nose is bitter roast, dark chocolate fudge, coffee grinds, light booze. Taste comprises burnt toffee, spice, dark chocolate, light roast. Medium bodied +, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Solid BalticPorter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (12197) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle shared in London - picked up at the brewery. Pours clear brown with a frothy, beige head. The nose has a bit of milk chocolate, dark bread, light dark fruits. Medium sweet flavor, more milk chocolate, light burnt wood, subtle earth, raisins. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Moderately sweet to finish, some toasty earth, decent roast, cocoa. Very nice. Well balanced, quite drinkable,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7618) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2014 Bottle, thanks to Leighton. It pours near black with a small tan head. The nose is earthy, roasted malt, milky cocoa, treacle, mild acidity, milky candy and brown sugar. The taste is sweet, tangy, earthy, warming alcohol, toffee, toasty, treacle, cola and brown sugar with a dry, sweetish finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Solid baltic porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4659) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2014
I liked this much more than the Vanilla version. This is drier. Same thick palate, this time with a noticeable flavor and aroma of roasted malt and some sugar. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (1052) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2014
At my place over an empty pool with group. Pours black with layer of white cream. Aroma is light, clean, smooth lightly roasted malts. Taste is smooth lightly roasts malt, very drinkable and agreeable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (1621) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Pours a dark brown with light white head. Biscuit, chocolate and some malt; follows onto the palate. Finishes sweet.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lag91 (55) - Milton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2014
Dark brown color with a creamy tan head. I didn’t pick up much from the aroma but the flavor is robust roasted chocolate malt, touches of vanilla, milk chocolate, boozy but at 10-12% to be expected. Almost silky mouthfeel. Nice beer

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Berard (356) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - APR 15, 2014
Draft. Pours black with thin white head that dissipates. Mild chocolate aroma over little carbonation. A bit boozy with chocolate and vanilla flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2398) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Wow, I always thought the BA version was amazingly smooth and layered because of the barrel, but after drinking this I was pleasantly surprised just how good this base beer is ! Roasted chocolate malt, silky mouthfeel, touches of vanilla, milk chocolate and a long smooth finish. Really tasty brew !

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