BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle : Pours dark as night with a big fluffy brown head. Aroma is wonderfully pleasant. Coffee malts and caramel, sweet roasty chocolate...very complex. The taste is light and sweet. The body is medium when going down, feels lively and creamy with a pleasant finish. Overall a very solid porter that was very much enjoyed.
Stephane_Houle (127) - - AUG 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Apparence: D?une couleur noire opaque, elle est coiffée d?une mousse moyenne d?une couleur caramel d?une durée moyenne. Effervescence difficile à évaluer, mais semble quasi inexistante.
Arômes: Au nez, ce sont des notes de chocolat et de malt torréfié.
Saveurs: En bouche, c’est un corps léger. Au goût, c’est des saveurs de chocolat et de café. De longueur moyenne, il n’y a aucune effervescence et qu’une très faible amertume.
Style: Porter Baltique
Format: 750 ml
Taux d?alcool : 10%
Température: 10°C - 14°C
Houblons: Magnum, Perle, Centennial et Cascade
Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Caramel 60/160, Blé, Avoine, Carafa et Briess fumé.
UXO (260) - CANADA - AUG 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Re-reviewed after a year’s cellaring)
Pours a deep cola brown with a short-lived tan head and no lacing. Nose is dark fruits, cherry, roast malt, chocolate, very slight smoke. Taste is sweet and only slightly slightly bitter, with caramel, coffee, roasted malt, and maybe just a hint of liquorice. Body is sticky and heavy, but not overly so, and is buoyed somewhat by the persistent carbonation that remains despite the low head.
A year in the cellar has not hurt this at all - just the opposite, in fact. The flavours that I felt were muddled before have now blended beautifully. This is deep, dark and rich, sweet without being too much so, with just the right edge and warming on the finish. I think I’ll keep my last one in the cellar for another couple years, maybe pick up another couple to do a vertical. I was far too harsh on it with my last rating - or, alternatively, it’s improved loads - but either way, I’m re-rating it significantly higher.
Prufrockstar (1017) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from RBC. Pours near black with brown head. Aroma is rich: chocolate, coffee, cola, cherry cordials, wine and roast. Taste: rather sweet, rich, chocolate with alcohol and cherries. Medium-full body, slick oily sticky texture. Overall: nice sweet dessert.
BRW (1065) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at La fira del poblenou. Black colour with tan head. Chocolate, caramel, malt aroma. Sweet, chocolate, metallic, watery taste. Medium body.
Idiosynkrasie (3914) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Darkest brown, quasi black colour with average, thick, frothy to creamy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, beige to tan head. Rich and intense dark malty aroma, notes of dark chocolate, roast, coffee, a roasty-herbal-spicy touch, even cautious hints of smoke. Taste is rather different: moderately sweet dark malty, chocolately, notes of dark cherries, cherry liquor, fruit in rum, a dry woody note and some bitter hop arrange for counterbalance; slightly warming, alcoholic finish. Full body, oily texture, sticky palate. Astonishing discrepancy between aroma and taste; I wouldn’t mind to find more of those roasty and spicy flavours in taste.
RussianDragon (490) - - JUN 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep black with wisp of head and light lacing. Aroma is dark fruits, cherry, roast, oak, slight cinnamon and chocolate. Flavor is big and bold, with slight coconut sweetness in addition to aroma notes. Delicious.
djd07 (3699) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is bready malt and plums. Medium mouthfeel with dark fruits, toast, with lingering dry finish. Good.
rhsiung (766) - USA - MAY 21, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
750-ml bottle from the-rare-beer-club. gave a number of beers a 5 recently. this one raised the bar. loved the smoke + dark fruit. and it’s a lager?
Randy4Beer (191) - - MAY 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very dark brown with a one finger off white head. Almost zero lacing left behind.
Aromas of dark chocolate, malts, and a promise of something a bit sweet.
On the palate it has chocolatey malts up front, but on the back end there is a strong suggestion of molasses and caramel, with a definite hint of honey-like sweetness on the swallow.
First beer for me from this brewery and these guys are doing it right.