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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3493) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 16, 2014
.5 liter bottle. It pours an attractive dark brown color with a nice lasting tan head. The aroma is sharply roasted with dry grains, toast, coffee and a tiny hint of graham cracker. The flavor is awesome with some burnt sugar, marshmallow, alcohol, dark chocolate. The brown sugar really comes through strong. Very silky mouthfeel. Maybe a tad too much sugar for my liking and pretty strong alcohol, but that’s kind of in step with others I’ve had from this style. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkgrenwel (577) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Black pour, obviously. No highlights at all. Creamy tan head. Not a ton of aroma. Light nutty and sweet. Sweet and smooth up front. Strong roasts dryness in the back. Alcohol warming is serious at times. Cocoa and a slight vinious note in the back. Absolutely smooth as silk. Intense yet delicate. Impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROBC3366 (148) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Pours a dark motor oil colored blackish brown with a minimal tan head. Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate and taste is the same with some hop bitterness and malts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2013
The beer pours practically like motor oil, thick and black with just a hint of coffee “browness” reflecting back at the eyes. It forms a beautiful, dark tan head of creamy, small bubbles that settle around a finger’s width above the glass. In body, the beer’s clarity is hard to discern, seeing as how it is totally opaque. The beer seems thick and viscous, but clear of any particles or cloudiness, but that is just going off of what I saw pour into my glass. On the nose, the beer smells magnificent. Dark roasted coffee with a thick nuance of dark fruits like brown sugar and raisins, plums, and just a touch of sweet cherries. Soft char, and a nuttiness also make their way into the nose, along with spicy licorice. Touches of caramel and toffee do blend in with the coffee as the beer swirls around the glass. On the tongue, the beer tastes initially sweet, but then dries out beautifully into gentle coffee bitters with touches of dark fruitiness, and even a light sense of spice. Acidity is light to nonexistent on the palate. Alcohol is just an afterthought at the end of the sip, providing a light heat and spice to the finish, which is very impressive given the beer’s 10% ABV. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet bread, but swiftly unfurls into light char, rich coffee, dark and bitter chocolate, and touches of molasses. Burnt raisins and brown sugar come to mind as the sip hits the mid-palate, along with a nice nuttiness that I also found in Jack’s Evil Brew, and even a touch of toffee on the finish. In the third quarter of the sip is a burst of spice blending a touch of cinnamon with licorice for a nice burst of flavor. The finish is strong but muddled. The flavoring is peculiarly light with coffee, and brings more spice, light alcoholic heat, and even a touch of cherry into play on the palate. There is even a bit of meaty flavoring on the end of the finish, almost like a Christmas Ham… The aftertaste is more expected with roasted malt, coffee, and char lingering on the tongue. I love this beer until the finish, and though it is not awful, the muddling has me confused. In the mouth, the beer feels full bodied and smooth. Velvety carbonation of an above average rate helps to coat the tongue in softness as the beer displays its chewy, yet smooth quality. The mouth is left wet all over with a lingering roast-bitter tingle and a slight warmth in the gullet. Overall, this is a great thick beer that is perfect for sipping in front of a fire. I wasn’t quite as fond of it as I was of its barrel-aged variant, mostly because of the oddness of the finish. The flavors are not awful by any stretch, but merely peculiar and out of place with what I was expecting. This is a good beer that gets even better after sitting down in a barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
In short: A rich porter on the roasty chocolaty side. Good beer.
How: Growler shared at post HF FoFA 2013 party.
The look: Very dark burgundy (almost black) topped by a small beige head.
In long: Big malty dark caramel nose a bit on the choclaty/cacao side of things. In mouth the beer offers a full sumptuous body with a good carbonation. Taste is rich malts, dark caramel, black chocolate, roast, tobacco leafs. No alcohol presence and sweetness sensation lower than expected. Felt quite drinkable to me for a 10% brew. Good brew for malts lovers. It’s kind of sad to think that all the time I spent in my life listening to people talk about the “balance” of a beer is time I will never get back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1105) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 27, 2013
A very well-made porter. Lagering gives it the silky-smooth mouthfeel that separates this from the more hopped varieties of the style coming from the States. Alcohol is well-integrated. This works.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (2228) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 23, 2013
From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. No date of bottling or expiration. The pour is black basically with a long lasting tan head. Those toasted and roasted malt character plays up big in the taste with a little bit of malty note. Slight smoke. Body is medium to full. The taste has a definitive dark malt character with a modest bitterness at the end. Interesting to say the least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4173) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Sampled at the brewery. Pours near black with a beige heae. Aroma of roasted, chocolate, and coffee from the malts plus floral hops. Flavor has a nice blend of the malts. The 2013 version was more crisp while the 2012 was mellowed and smooth. Smooth texture. A really good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5071) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2013
16oz bottle or whatever size it was. Poured a black color with the consistency of cola with a medium-tan head. Aroma was malty notes, brown sugar, plenty of roasted character. Flavor was malt, caramel notes. A bit boozy, pleasant, but just kind of here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (3933) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 12, 2013
growler at the hill farmstead event, good dark roasty characteristics, one of the best ballanced baltic porters ive ever had

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