jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color.Beautiful tan head and lace. Huge aroma of malt, licorice, molasses, cardboard and hints of coffee. Thick bodied, smooth, strong flavors of malt, caramel, alcohol, prunes and more. Vinous notes along with an immense drinkablity. Creamy and satisfying. Its a bit sweet but not overly so. A wonderful night cap.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick tan head. Licorice, chocolate notes in the nose. Deep blackish hue. Generous malt, reminds of an imperial, raisons, dark fruit, figs. Dry and delicate, oh so smooth. I love this stuff. How come all the low ratings? This sh*t is sweet and luscious. I could pound this all night long. Oh damn it.
ENTROPY (141) - Terra Bella, California, USA - NOV 5, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Bottle. Hearty chocolate and raisin aroma with thin beige head and a black body. Thick malty taste, heavy on chocolate and dark fruit, tinge of caramel, and slight yeasty flavor. Lightly hopped. Alcohol in aftertaste.
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich foam, dark brown and Black More body than any other Porter I have had before.Complex flavours of Burnt Malt hits you upon the first sip, sweetness follows. Dark Brown-Black, looks fine in the glass.First Baltic Porter for me, now I am on a mission to seek out others,Recommended
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite enjoyable beer. Black body (hint of red) with a big mocha head. Strong sweet malt aroma with caramel and raisins, slightly chocolate. Flavor is rich and doppelbockish, raisins and caramel, slightly burnt aftertaste.
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer tasted the way I expected the inferior Dogfish Head Raison D Etre to taste. Black appearance with a a red tint and hefty mocha head, the aroma became more refined and complex with warmth. Sweet candy malt dominated the boquet from the start with impressions of cherry, raisins, and caramel playing significant roles. This beer is quite reminiscent of a good barleywine. A sweet candy malt taste also dominates the flavor--with increasing vinousness with warmth and aeration. Initially the bottom falls out of the flavor, but again, with warming, it becomes more full bodied and gains dimension and complexity--similar in body to port/sherry/communion wine. After the last sip, the lovely smell can only be said to outstrip the flavor by a small amount. An exceptionally fine brew and complex, fairly wel balanced baltic porter--my favorite to date.
TAR (2497) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with the signature Baltic foam density along with its extreme creaminess and stickiness. Complex aroma of vinous notes and prunes in the forefront alongside underlying hints of rum, concord grape, sweet fruity malt (think doppelbock), heavily roasted malt, and raisin. Microscopic velevety bubbles roll off the palate and compensate for the lighter than expected body. Flavors are very complex as well: chocolate covered raisins, dark chocolate, and a perfectly sour vinous snap. Subtle (lactic) sourness is usually a turn-off for me, but in this case it is more vinous and not overly done; Just enough to give more complexity and balance the richness. Finishes with a dry cocoa feel and bitter chocolate.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of flavor--bitter chocolate and toasted malts. There is an underlying sweetness. The end taste was too watery for me. Moderate hope profile.
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a big porter fan but this one is very enjoyable. So much flavor and alcohol that it’s definitely a sipper.