Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice, cocoa-sweet aroma. Deep rootbeer brown, bad label, good bottle. Somehow watery -- there was a bit of a gap between the initial sweetness and the bitter chocolate finish. Chalky, medium bodied and the bittering grows and goes long. A near miss, just needs a little something. ABV well hidden.
PorterPounder (5102) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasantly surprised. Pours with a crimson red to dark brown color. Little to no head - no lacing. Aroma of raisins and moist baked brown bread with a bit of molasses thrown in for good measure. Sweet, malty flavor with some coffee notes. Alcohol is apparent but hidden well. Has some dopplebock qualities to it. Luxuriant thick mouthfeel. Overall, a great find.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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The appearance of this beer is Very similar to an incredible Imperial Stout, The body is a rich crimson black, hues of amber beam through in the shallow areas; yet it also fills the glass with a lush 3” caramel colored head.
The aromas and flavors are full and plentiful, big doses a sweet malt brings the presence of figs, apricots, prunes, chocolate, caramel, toffee, very complex and appetizing!
After every sip this beer leaves behind a fine silky lacing with a medium palate, a bit thinner than I had expected.
What a great find, I will certainly be re-buying this one!! FantasticO !!
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head that lasts for quite a while but leaves no lacing.
Smells of roasted malts and dark coffee. Quite nice.
Flavor reminds me of sweetened coffee with... a hint of raspberry? There's just enough bitterness to make this damn good.
Mouthfeel is very creamy with some noticible mineral and almost saltiness to it. Overall I think this is likely one of the best Baltic Porters and definately the best Czech beer I've had. Very nice.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark ruby brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is sweet and sugary and reminds me of a doppelbock. Actually, if I had to guess, I'd classify this as a doppelbock. Lots of sweet caramel malt flavor, but no roasted malt flavor at all. Very smooth, though, and the sweetness is enjoyable. This is probably the best Czech beer I've had. Oh yeah, and the 8% abv, you coulda fooled me.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark cola body and head appearance. Initially a sickly rotted fruit aroma accompanied the smell of prunes, plum, and wine, but fortunately this soon dissapeared. Pruny flavor with deep vinous notes. Flavorful grape appears towards the end of the experience. Not as well balanced as many baltic porters, but has the same trademark flavors. Rich, salty chocolate finish.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled version, just picked this up as my regular place has just added some Polish brews. It comes across as a true to type Baltic Porter. It has that cloying sweetness with a slight alcohol tinge. I liked the fullness and roast flavor that was not overwhelming. If the sweetness could be toned down slightly this could be a mid 4's brew. I still recomend even with the short commings.
madsberg (9530) - Sřborg, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled: Dark ruby colored beer. Has a decent lasting beige head. Roasty, malty and spicy in the nose. Very sweet, roasted and chocolatish flavour. The sweetness is a little to much for me. Nice moderate bitter chocolate taste in the end. Accents of alcahol as well. All i all a decent sample of the style. Maybe a little too sweet.
Ducati (37) - Windsor, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a true surprise! A wonderful decoction malt aroma with only the slightest hint of alcohol and/or esters. Poured into a pint glass it had a crystal clear black with garnet hues. Flavorwise surprisingly fresh, a bit sweet but the dark malt flavors come through without overpowering. Finishes with a medium/full body coating your mouth with malt dextrins. Yummm
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a light tan head. Aroma of apple, caramel, and orange. Not much carbonation. Sweet with malt taste, a little too sweet for me. Reminded me of a sweet stout.