ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Stine. Dark brown/black with a medium sized tan head. Sweet chocolate nose with raisins, toffee, some alcohol and roast. The flavor is lightly sweet, very lightly bitter with lots of chocolate, raisins, alcohol, molasses and prunes. Full body is round with moderate carbonation.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of Stine. Thanks, Eben! Pours a dark, chocolate-brown color; light-tan head with mixed-bubbled lacing. Solid amounts of milk chocolate, nougat, and caramel in the aroma; creamy, chocolate-forward nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy chocolate, roasted malts, nougat and caramel upfront; some citrus acidity coming through, with a touch of warming alcohol (not much, but present); lots of chewiness and reasonably well-attenuated maltiness; solid stuff. Medium finish, showing lots of chocolate, nougat, and caramel. Good balance of sweet malts and a dry periphery.
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008-05-17. Black body with a nice tan head that slowly fades. (3+) Aroma is fairly modest, a good amount of roast is dominant but not bombastic, muted sweet malt and light fruit touches. (7+) Sweet smooth malt base, mild roast hints, very mild fruit blends with sugar notes. Smooth medium palate. (3+) Quite nice. At Rudolf’s, shared by Blankboy
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared at the May 2008 tasting. Thanks Paul! Very dark brown, tan head. Nose is big cocoa, coffee, milky malt, slight iodine. Flavor is chocolate, honey, rich malt, cocoa, a hint of hops, alcohol.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Glouglouburp. Big, bitter, chocolate and burnt espresso aroma. Flavor start very chocolately, milky in the middle, with a very lactic-sweet finish. A great beer.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Thanks to Puzzl for sharing this baltic porter. Pours dark brown with off white head. Taste/aroma is coco, raisin, smoke, and some etoh. A good beer.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared by puzzl. Dark brown, clearish. Aroma is smoked, some meat and vanilla. Flavor is the same, some roasted chocolate, smoked and a tiny bit meaty. Good balance.
kramer (5101) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
25 oz bottle, via jimbowood. Pours a dark brown body with just the slightest bit of light passing thru. Nice creamy foamy brown head that retained as a thin film. Huge intense fruity nose, all plum and to a lesser extent raisons, licorice, and cocoa powder. Just a touch of roast and some coffee. Heavy fruit flavor up front starts things off right, but the finish doesn’t do it for me. Seems kinda husky and rough with too much alcohol apparency. Lingering cocoa nibs and alcohol. Mouthfeel is full and thick with some lingering sticky clinginess on the finish. Nice pleasant soft carbonation. Overall, a little too much of a yeast profile as well. Ok, but it’s not as smooth as it could be. It really comes across as more "ale-y" than "lager-y" in it’s character.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very tasty Baltic. Nose seems very licorice-like, and the flavor follows suit, a good quality, pure licorice.
LadySusan (720) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle The color is dark brown with a beige head. The aroma is of malt, the taste is also of malt with added taste of caramel and dark chocolat. There is a nice bitter finish to it that makes it pleasant.