billb (244) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolatey, fruity undertones. Warm and balanced front with a slight hoppiness in the rear. 1997 vintage.
YouveGotAle (2) - - MAY 21, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark with a thin tan head. Smell clings to the glass and hints at roasted malt, dried fruit. It has a great mouth feel and its density grabs your attention. Taste is roasted malt, sweet, with a pronounced fruit and garden taste prunes, jelly, hint of licorice. I was intrigued by the flavor. Have thought about it over the past few days. I canít decide if Iím a fan. I donít think I could drink many of these back to back: cloying? I want to take another run at it some time.
EtTuCthulhu (399) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma of this brew is quite subtle with only a hint of roasted malt making its way forward, but the color is an opaque black with no head. The taste has a backbone of a heavy umami flavor with a touch bitterness and a slight sweetness that dovetail nicely; furthermore, the palate combines an average carbonation, a medium body, a bitter finish, and a slick texture, resulting in a very enjoyable beer.
Beergeek23322 (432) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
March 2010. Bottle. Licorice, roasted malt and coffee aromas. Pours black with a tan head. Medium carbonation. Flavors of tangy licorice, malt, and a little sweetness on the finish.
brian60625 (609) - Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Smells like campfire smoke, toasted sugar, dried fruit. Appearance is dark brown with a tan head. Taste is roasted nuts and molasses, anise, prunes, hint of licorice and bitter coffee. Very drinkable for a baltic porter with so much flavor. Medium bodied, smooth. Overall, itís a traditional Baltic porter thatís well balanced and may set the benchmark for the style.
HeistAlmighty (820) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Very dark brown colour, moderate cafe aux lait head. Looks like an Imperial stout. Chocolate, dark fruit and bread aromas. Tastes and feels a bit lighter than the looks would imply. Taste is bitter chocolate, coffee and earthiness, fruit isnít as much present as it was in the smell. Overall, very satisfying.
BitchPls (244) - FINLAND - APR 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2013 Cola black beer with small mocha head. Dark bread, tobacco ash and roasted coffee in the aroma. Sweetness and off notes of cooked vegetables in the flavor. This isn?t right. I?ve had this many times before and this tastes bad. I must rate another one later.
Edit: Trying another one. Clearly better!
rxeight (439) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle into glass. Black pour. Strong stale european dark malt aroma. Some sweetness at the end. Not seeing the big deal about this one.
kingstoni (756) - FINLAND - APR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark brown color, near black. Thin brown head. Aroma of salty licorice, hops, roasted malt and nuts. Bitter taste, sweet finish. Flavors are burned pancakes, roasted malt, hops and notes of nuts.
Braastad (118) - FINLAND - APR 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch blach, good tan head.
Deep roasted aroma. Coffee, trecle. Also something solvent-like.
Taste suprises with its initial smoothess. Lots of roasted malt.
Aftertaste has good bitterness.
Wombata (331) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: dark, yet mild smelling roasty aroma, mild chocolate, hint of soy sauce
Flavor: Chocolate and light savoury soy notes.
Comment: On the nose there is a roasted aroma that is not distinctly coffee, chocolate or licorice.