ChainGangGuy (4801) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, very dark brown body with a smallish, light mocha-toned head.
Smell: Dark malts with notes of cheap cherry cola, nuts, and other stuff. I say "other stuff" because it doesn’t matter as it all yields to displeasing notes of soy and less-than-clean loose change.
Taste: Dark maltiness replete with store-brand cola, roasted nuts. Slight touch of rum raisin. Also, some coffee and licorice. Some metallic hints within, too. Maybe even a modest whisper of soy sauce. Eventually the other flavors fade away leaving the soy and metallic accents until the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Well, let’s just say I preferred the other members of the Big Eddy crew. By margin wide enough to chuck some dirty nickles and a bottle of Kikkoman’s through.
superspak (4663) - Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/5/2013. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, molasses, raisin, prune, nuttiness, light roast, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of dark malt notes with moderate fruitiness; and good strength. Taste of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, raisin, prune, light roast, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, dark fruit, nuttiness, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt flavors with moderate fruitiness; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Baltic porter. All around nice balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt flavors with moderate fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
emacgee (4598) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pour.....Baltic Brown Ale? Man, light coppery brown pour. Super viscous, sits dark raisin brown in the glass. Thin shitty head. Totally smells like a homebrew, soy sauce-ish and flat. Some chocolate and raisiny notes. Very boring and borderline offensive. Bitter burnt sugar and full syrupy body. Dis-aster.
jkwalking05 (4587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a decent beige head. Aroma is of molasses, prune, brown sugar, very sweet. Taste is cherry, berries, brown sugar, molasses, sweet.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vintage 2012, 12oz bottle. Very dark brown pour, thin ring tan head. Aroma of molasses, sweet toasted malt syrup, dark fruit puree, and chocolate malt. Tastes like a burnt Belgian Dubbel. Chocolate malt, dark fruit, wood tannin bitterness. A bite of a boozy finish in the roasted flavors left behind. (3486)
maxwelldeux (4348) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours very thick and dark with almost no head. Huge toffee smell to the nose. Taste is more fruity than anything else, which is interesting. A little heavy, but not bad.
ads135 (4191) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is an okay baltic porter. Its very rich, but a bit unbalanced in its roastiness. Tastes almost burnt.
Blairgus (4121) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
14 nov 2012, tap. Black. Nose is cocoa, alcohol, burnt toast. Med body and moderately fizzy. Becomes a huge beer once you taste it! Lots of alcohol, bitter dark chocolate, faint raisins, toasted grain, bitter finish. Pretty good.
TURDFERGUSON (4045) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark amber going in that looks like a much darker brown when poured into the glass in my poorly lit living room. No head, carbonation is low. Nose of black malt, lightly roasted, water, light moonpie, coffee but u have to search a bunch. Flavor is a messy collab of molasses, black patent malt, metal, finishing roasty, bloody, and slightly rubbery. Very dry and strange.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Distressing clear and thin pour, looks for all the world like a brown ale from BMC. Very little carbonation, mostly translucent rusty water. Nose is malt and toffee, with just a smidge of fruit undertones and not much promise of a robust porter, Baltic or otherwise. Sure enough, it’s thin-bodied as fuck and one-dimensional in its flavors: caramel candy, no base beer to speak of, and none of that gloriously healthy lactic body and finish I enjoy in the style. Good thing the Duck Rabbit just hit shelves this week.