coldbrewky (1431) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was well into the brewing session when I pulled the cork ont htis baby that MartinT sent down to me in trade. It had begun to drizzle as the sparge ended and the boil began on my smoked porter. I had been listening to a book on the Revolutionary War. This elixir plus the cool winter breeze and the freezing drizzle put me in a contemplative mood as I got the burner going for the 75 minute boil. Pours a a photo eating black.. Light chocolate cocoa nose is interrupted by my hop bag stuffings for the boil. CRAP. Body is elongated but not full as I had expected. may be that it was a bit on the cool side sitting on the porch. Not much heat. Slick finish. Merci!
RockT (8) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2010 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poors an intense black beer. Smells chocolat, coffee with a small presence of smoke. Taste the chocolat with a final in smoke, mayby just a bit too strong. Overall, a great beer that will get even better with some years.
cfrancis (2463) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a black tar with a brown froth head. Aroma is woody malt. Taste is big, bold roasted malts and a big alcohol bite. Nice beer.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a very deep woody brown almost charcoal black with a moderate tan head. Aroma is maple syrup sweetness, with some hints of soy oxidation- sugary sweet, dark candy sugar toasty biscuit and some chocolate- light burnt notes. Flavor is dark charred malts, brown, toast, nutty biscuit- more soy oxidation- toast, rope, leather earth and herbal light astringent. Ok.
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whew! good/strong stuff! Deep, strong malt and alcohal smells, lots of earthiness too. Great dark head on pour, thins quickly, not much onlacing. Very dark stuff. STRONG dark maltt flavour, Dark coffe at the end. Nice and foamy on the tounge/throat. Very strong (alc), dark and smooth. A very dark coffeeish malty ale.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - JAN 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours Black with a thick beige head Very roasty with notes of chocolate. very malty. Flavour is wild. Lots of chocolate followed by roasted malt followed by chololate all infused with the flavour of the sea. Rich malty and salty this is an impressive brew! I Love it. It is deep and unique great profile. One of the best beers I have ever had.
DuffMan (6980) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big bottle as part of a gift pack with 2 glasses and another big bottle (maibock). Pours a heavy dark opaque brown with ruby highlights and a thick sturdy brown head. Sweet stewed fruits, chocolate, vanilla all greet the nose. Flavours are port-like in some aspects with raisins, vanilla, and soft woody character all interplaying with chocolate and hints of coffee. Soft, silky mouthfeel, full-bodied, AWESOME!
strowlands8 (178) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smoke, chocolate, roasted malt. Definite alcohol aftertaste. Great looking pour. Extremely strong and full-bodied beer, perfect example of a baltic porter. Low carbonation, tasted almost flat. Oily feel, oily feel, oily feel, oily feel, oily feel.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Bottle - Thanks Glouglouburp!! - Pour is thick and dark, with a sizeable tan head that dissipates into a small ring....aroma is quite bold, milk chocolate, roasted nuts, molassas and brown sugar, hay and dk fruit, the slightest bit of metal...flavour does not disappoint, rich and thick up front, fudge and coffee, burnt sugar and a little soy, nicely bitter charred wood... complimentary alcohol to cut the richness, finish is more roast with some tart grain that lingers...that was a great surprise...
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 28, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle that I coerced nbutler11 into opening when we were both at the end of the night, whereupon we each passed out. Make no mistake, I owe him a bottle. HOWEVER. If my mouth was not playing tricks on me, this was the beer of the night. Nose of almond, coffee, chocolate. Tastes of the same plus a great vanilla tying it all together. Smooth and balanced from start to finish. A world-class beer.