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 (352) - 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 (11349) - 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 (3321) - 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 (2445) - 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.
rich42 (128) - USA - SEP 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pitch black. distinct brown sugar / molasses on the nose. flavors of the same with some bittersweat chocolate and alchohol mixed in. slight malty sweetness - but it almost seems more sugary. medium to thick body. hops are in the background. very nice.
Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 17, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2006 Bottle 500 ml. 2006 Batch.
Poured very dark brown with slight ruby light. Medium creamy head on top.
Medium dark roasted character, coffee, mocha touches softened with creamy milk.
Full bodied lager, clean well made roast touches. Bitter roast, smoky in execution. Much drier than previous years. This is good. You might find hint of ole sweet malt sugars up front on second sip but roast sparkled with clean alcohol make this beer much more whole. Aroma was good but real treat is in taste. Recommended.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m far from being an expert on porters, especially Baltics, but this one was very enjoyable. You can really smell thes malty sweetness during the pour. Nose is coffee, chocolate, raisin along with roasted malts. Tastes sweet at first, then some bitterness smacks the back of your tongue. Leaves a long aftertaste of dark bitter chocolate and some coffeeish notes. Next up Zyweic’s porter.