lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Outstanding beer with a very dark brown color and a huge creamy head. A real powerbooster of chocolaty and roasted aromaís. Very complex nose with hints of Stroh Rhum, coffee, licorice, caramel, tar and black tea. Smooth and decadently rich taste with again very complex aromaís. It has nice complex hints of Dried plums, Baba ou Rhum, sultanas, raisins, black chocolate, black tea, caramel and a chicoreť like bitterness. This is a unique beer that is rich and with a great finesse.
nHeavenNoBier (2) - USA - OCT 18, 2004 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I agree with Pigfoot, it was one heavenly brew, it reminded me of Samuel Smithís Imperial Stout. Had a different name at the NYC Beer on the Pier fest. It was the tastiest brew I sampled Saturday. Wish I could remember the name of the porter (but after a couple of hours of tasting, lucky I could even remember my own name!), but is brewed by OK and is problably the same. One great stout/porter! Hope it becomes available in my area.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: perfectly dark brown color, and atop, a most impressively huge, lush, roasted-coffee-tan-colored head of foam, softly crumbling down to a modest ring.
Aroma: Amazing! Divine, and decadent, full of rich, thick, dark characterisitcs: molasses most of all, with spice, licorice, coffee, chocolate, cognac, dark rum, tar, ash, tree bark...itís a wicked concoction, a twisted pleasure for thirsty noses like mine!
Taste: Oh! Itís been years since Iíve had one of these, and I remember liking it well, but this particular character disappeared from my cognizance. Amazing stuff! Tastes like an Imperial Stout in many ways, so thick, rich, roasted, toasted and buzzing with dark, delicious flavor. Sits very hard upon the palate, becomes firmly ensconced in the senses. Some hoppiness at first, but afterwards dominated by sweet, raisiny, rummy maltiness and the definite feel of alcohol (a mere 8.1 %, this). This pleases me in so many ways, a perfect dessert beer, nightcap (itís leading me into Slumberland tonight!), and wicked temptation. The epitome of a Baltic Porter, it goes all the way and then some, dominating the palate, flooding every inch of the mouth...I canít stop thinking how perfect it is, how unrelenting in flavor, how uniquely forceful is the taste and the effects of this brew, without going into extremes.
If you ever get a chance to try this beer, before it unfairly vanishes into the dustbin of brewing history, for no good reason, do so with utmost haste. You deserve it, donít you?
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
BIG thanks to Chris (Enniskillenkid
) for trading a few of these. My favorite brew from Poland. Poured really dark brown, almost black, with nice sized tan head. Roasted malt and mostly chocolate and cocoa flavors. Tastes like liquid chocolate without being overly sweet. Mellow bitterness is sutle and rounds it out nicely. Awesome.
egajdzis (5939) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark brown, reddish color with a large tan head and nice lacing on the glass. Dry and roasted chocolate aroma. Taste was that of chocolate, coffee, and toffee, some roasted malt, and light alcohol.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Was overall pretty good, nice head (Like all porters thus far though) Malty, Dark Chocolate, really is too sweet, and syrupy though. I have 3 more bottles though, maybe it will get better later?
pootzboy (1689) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012 This is a Baltic porter, which means it differs from London porters in that lager yeast and lagering are used in its process instead of Ale yeast and warm fermenting with soft water. There is generally less hop astringency in the balance . They also tend to be a bit sweeter with the hops being more subdued. The results are wonderful! Like blending the sweet complexity of a strong dark dopple bock with the wonderful coffee-cocoa flavors of an London porter.
This is probably the best commercial Baltic porter I have ever tasted and the "imperial" strength and thick body is excellent.
OKOCIM has the best commercial representation of the Baltic style porter hands down bar none. It has a rich mouth feel and luxurious chocolate-malty, spicy, licorice taste, not to mention a thick meringue-like mocha head that caps the drink to keep all those wonderful tastes intact until the class is drained.
UPDATE Dec.2012....... just finished some bottles of this I had put down in 2007. Other than a nice "rounding" that the beer has taken on, it is pretty well as rich choclatey and warming as it was when young - what a great brew.
Pabobcat (15) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black Liquorice! First taste Ozuo was my second thought!Chewy, malty and chocolate at the end!
Reid (2254) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The smell is good but not exceptional the usual roasted malts prevail.
Ah forgot this beer is one of the most handsome brews I have ever seen!..deep deep brown essentially black beer with a huge tan frothy head which declines into a marginal lace head ..leaving it all down the glass.
The taste? very nice indeed..I have come to love these Polish Porters . Toffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, blackcurrants..liquorice its all here one after the other in a parade of the taste buds ..fantastic.
The mouthfeel is perfection creamy yet strong..just indesribable really.
A delectable beer and so very drinkable for such an ABV
I have found the beer of the Gods and its Baltic Porters..beautiful
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fantastic looking, very dark brown body with glistening bubbles and ruby highlights, perhaps 70% opaque. Head is big and loose with a light tan color. Smells of molasses, honey, wet grass and alcohol. Texture is silky smooth on the tongue. Taste starts honey sweet with a huge malt flavor, changing to a decisively bitter hop flavor (both grapefruit and coffee). Aftertaste is drying with bitterness and alcohol. An above average porter.