eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a pitch black color with a nice tan head. Lacing was lacking, but boy, this was pitch black! Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Flavor followed suit with a slight bitterness (but not hoppy). The mouthfeel was silky w/ increasing temperature. A decent beer, but not at the top of the Baltic class.
TChrome (1429) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Papago Brewing: Beer pours black with a nice dark brown head that is somewhat retained. Aroma is like many baltic porters a bit restrained, exhibiting dark chocolate, roasted malt and a little alcohol. The flavor on the other hand is big and multi-layered; dark chocolate, a bit of smoke, licorice and a little alcohol. A great domestic example of the style. Just a bit of dry hoppiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth a little oily. Really good beer.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours a grainy, dark brown with a dark tan head. Aroma is very chocolaty with a bit of malt sweetness. The flavor is also chocolate and some fruitiness, kindda hot even at 7.5%.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap@Papago Brewing Company: Black body with nice dark mocha head. Aroma is malty, coffee and cream. Flavor starts moderatly sweet with coffee and cream , a hint of cocoa with a light roasty bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and smooth with soft carbonation.
ElGaucho (2263) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not much aroma; not exactly "robust" aroma. Completely opaque, black body. Small, brown head. Initial mouthfeel is not overy amazing or strong. No flaws and quite fine as a porter. I just was expecting a little stronger alcohol and a little sweeter. Nevertheless, very good. Lactose, milk stout. Not much hops. Chocolatety. Very enjoyable. Improves as it warms. I am extremely impressed with the brew and with Papago brewing after the El Rojo and this brew.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Black, opaque with brown bubbly head. Roasty chocolate nose and flavor. Very much like espresso. Bitter and roasty thoughtout with lingering bitterness. Almost too flavorful to be a porter.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at Papago Brewing Company: Dark fruity aroma with some roast in the nose; lots of Special B caramelness, roasty and vinous; cloying, syrupy body, pretty roasty for the style; very nice brew but a bit cloying and not entirely to style; definitely green, but nice.
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Full-bodied, nicely roasty without being sharply so. Lots of malt. A slight off-flavor I cannot place detracted. I also found this interesting with a bit of Redstone Raspberry Nectar mead mixed in -- what a treat!
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur foncée allant vers le noir, bonne quantité de mousse beige de nature persistante. Arômes de cacao, de chocolat brun, de noix exotiques et de malt rôti. Les saveurs fruitées et de malt rôti s’expriment et s’harmonisent plutôt bien. Faible et adéquate touche d’alcool présente parmi la finale sèche. Texture poudreuse, corps vineux. Ma meilleure expérience avec les produits de cette brasserie jusqu’à présent. GABF 2005.
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2005: I was standing right next to the booth when it was announced they had won the bronze medal for "other Strong Ale or Lager" whatever that means, so pour me a few samples!
Deep ruby brown hue with a big creamy head. The aroma is nutty, smoky, roasted and caramel malting, dates and prune, and some earthy yeast esters. The taste has a nice rich malt base with a sweet mocha and coffee bitterness. A bit a fruity and lactic twang is noticed on the finish. The feel is lively and sharp but the body is acceptable. A very brew, yummy.