Jimthechap (1610) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 20, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Calling this a porter is a bit of a liberty isn’t it? The colour is several degrees too light, being a dark(ish) caramel with plenty of carbonation contributing to a greenish brown head. Aromas of sweet chocolately malt and those self-same caramel notes. Those malty notes dominate and do so in the flavour with a tingly mouthfeel as well. As it developed on the palate, it became juicy and somewhat astringent. Bittersweet is right, but not in a very pleasant way. What a shame.
Oh well, at least it’s another country ticked off.
Cantabrian (806) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 10, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2014 Almost surreal to find bottles of this Bielorussian Baltic Porter in an ethnic grocery store in Auckland. The colour is dark coppery, translucent, with a thin, bubbly, beige head. Aroma of malty, sweet lager, with a touch of ovaltine and that lager skunkiness. Flavour starts terribly sweet, syrupy, with malt and vanilla, and almost nothing else but a whisper of bitterness. In time, with every new sip, that bitterness takes a more defined form, but it is not roasty nor hoppy. Just a carbonation type, astringency or what, but it kind of tingles all over. Watery, unexciting, all in all, it is a typical specimen, but one of the bad ones. One major achievement of this motherfucker is that it hides the alcohol superbly. It feels like you’re just drinking some weird juice from a bagged powder. Sorry, the swearing just came out naturally.
vinivini (356) - BELARUS - MAR 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red to brown colour. Thin bubbly head. Smells of caramel. Aroma of caramel, coffee, some alcohol. Tastes medium sweetly. Little bitter notes at finish. Pleasant ending & aftertaste. Not bad indeed.
alex_leit (49) - Minsk, BELARUS - MAR 22, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark reddish-brown with average head. Some fruits and caramel, sweet syrup and candy in aroma. Taste: medium sweetness, caramel, bread, fruits, slightly wine. Devalued porter.
dnicolaescu (736) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAR 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Look: clear ruby-brown with a small beige head.
Aroma:: Quite simple. Caramel/burnt sugar, some light licorice.
Taste:: Caramel, dark roasted bread, very light roast.
More like a beefed up dunkel, which is pretty sweet and simple, than a baltic porter.