OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2012
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This needs to age. First one tasted too sweet and under attenuated. Not very good, just too much going on with the dark fruit.
hockeybeerguy (1466) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass and a snifter. There werenít any significant differences in either glass.
The appearance was a nice black color with a decent half fingered white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light trickling lacing sliding right on into the body.
The smell had some caramel, toffee, cocoa, toasted bread and a cherry-like fruit to it.
The taste took those previously mentioned flavors and added a decent dark roasty quality to it.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sessionable quality about it. The carbonation was fairly subdued but still good.
Overall, I say this was a well worthy Baltic Porter to come back to.
Ericular (555) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with brown head fading to a ring leaving some oily spotty lacing. Aroma is molasses, toffee, nutty. Taste is sweet and almost rich at first, but things fall apart as a fruity tartness comes in the middle, ending with a licorice soy sauce astringency. Has potential, but never achieves greatness.
csaso (1292) - Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - big thick tan colored head, dark brown color, super malty aroma and flavor, roasty, creamy, mild fruity notes - pretty good for the style I guess
Brentv (306) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. Pours a dark dark reddish black with a big fine beige head. Aroma is dark fruits and chocolate, coffee. Taste is the same, sweet, rich, with some caramel.
wlajwl (3743) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is dark malts, mild spiciness and a hint of harshness. The flavor is dark malts, light chocolate, mild/medium spices, a hint of fruit and a tart finish.
fattybladdy (497) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours brown with slight redness. Scent of caramel malt. Taste is sweet caramel, fig and brown sugar. Pretty drinkable.
MattyKakes (80) - Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím in Wisconsin for a week, and I saw this at a local River Fallsí beer and spirits establish. Had to have this one. You canít get this series on the east coast. Itís toasty, sweet caramel toffee goodness in a bourbon barrel. Yum!
tectactoe (1441) - Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
[Bottle / 2012 / ~1 year old] Deep, deep brown with a dark-beige, slightly creamy cap. Unexpected clarity, despite the deep hue of the brew. Aroma isnít as robust as Iíd expect for an 8.5% ABV Baltic porter. Boozy cocoa, mild toffee, heaps of molasses, light nuttiness, some date/raisin sweetness... Not bad, but could be amped up a bit. Taste has lots & lots of dark fruitiness up front, with a mildly vinous, almost wine-like flavor. Boozy grapes, raisins, plums, & dates, even hitting with a faint, port-like tartness leading into a very sweet cocoa & cola flavor... Light astringency with molasses, licorice, & a touch of soy sauce in the finish. Not bad, but somethingís missing to make this go from "decent" to "good". Itís definitely a "top-tier" brew next to the rest of Leinieís line-up, but there are many other similarly priced porters/stouts Iíd chose over this.
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle, 2012 vintage. Some berry jam and dried fruit in the aroma, along with notes of darkly toasted, lightly sweet malts, toffee and some faintly earthy, winey touches in the background. Dark mahogany in color, nearly black, with a very slight, light tan ring head. Flavor profile is gently sweet, fruity and lightly tart, some cherry, prune and faint cocoa, and finishing with a toffeeish, toasty malt presence and faint alcohol. Very low in effervescence on the palate, mildly warming, tannic and coating, and with a full body. Interesting take on the style for sure.
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours extremely deep brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of raisin and malt. Sweet smell. Medium body. Flavor doesnít have a strong Baltic quality to it. Sweet barley brownie. The palate is sweet and lingering. Not bad, but not interesting.