Velquex (84) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wygląd: Czarne, obfita jak na porter bałtycki piana z ładnym lacingiem.
Aromat: Kawowy, czekoladowy, lekko chmielowy, a po ogrzaniu wychodzi delikatny alkohol.
Smak: Czekoladowo - kawowy, pełny, dość gorzki jak na styl, bardzo wytrawny.
Podsumowanie: Bardzo ciekawe piwo, bardzo wysoka klasa. Niezwykle intensywne doznania smakowe oraz bardzo przyzwoity wygląd. Smiało mogę polecić.
s_hartshorne (2634) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle ghot Estonia. Dark black slight head. Aroma is dark malts prunes. Taste dark vinous fruits soy sauce good dark malts nice roasty bitter finish. Good mouthfeel. Very good!!
scirtes (431) - POLAND - SEP 19, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, bb 12.12.2015 (tasted 19.09.2016). Pours brownish black, with brownish head. Roasty, chocolate notes, coffee, dried fruits. Lightly sweet, with marked bitterness. Full bodied, average carbonation.
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle obtained from a trade, cheers Kamil! Highly acclaimed modern-day Baltic porter from the country which has cultivated this old style more than any other, a country which has adopted the international craft beer revolution for several years now, and which has been consistently producing fine beers since then. I heard about this before and am eager to taste it. Moussy, irregular, pale yellowish beige head leaving patches of lacing here and there, retaining well on the edges as a thick moussy rim and slowly dissipating in the middle, over a very dark chestnut brown beer, black in general appearance but still translucent under bright light. Strong and seductive bouquet of roasted chestnuts, hazelnut oil, cappuccino, pine resin, leather, sweetish peanuts, bitter chocolate, dried grapefruit peel, forest mushrooms fried with brown sugar, chicken spices, candied fig, cinnamon, hints of paprika powder, straw, salmiak, roasted bell pepper, candied cherry, soap, almond, dried plums, brown rum. Some candied sweetness at the tip of the tongue, candied cherry and fig, even a hint of dried banana somewhere, countered with the undercurrent of sourish and bitter roasted barley as well as a dried porcini-like umami edge, all very well positioned against each other, in a medium carbonated environment with a creamy, oily, thick and heavy mouthfeel nevertheless maintaining remarkable drinkability. Smooth and multi-layered, mouth-coating maltiness in the middle, nutty and toasted with a caramelly sweetish undertone, ending in a beautifully proportioned, unsugared chocolate-like, roasted bitterness which is accentuated by the New World hops, producing not only a long, resinous, spicy bitterness but also retronasal pine, grapefruit and paprika-like aromas. The juicy, nutty, toffeeish malt bittersweetness continues down into the throat, along with this hop bitter coating and, unsurprisingly, a glow of warming, bourbon-like alcohol, which behaves correctly in remaining unastringent and only adding heat and complexity. What a great sipping beer this is... I am glad to establish that, contrary to what I expected based on my experiences with more industrial Polish beers when I visited the country thirteen years ago, the new generation of Polish craft brewers have a keen understanding of beer styles and are capable of producing top notch craft like this one. Still a Baltic porter in being bottom-fermented like most (though not all) traditional examples, as well as in its smoothness and bitter chocolate-like creaminess, this ups the ante by throwing in a firm dosis of six different New World hop varieties, thereby deliberately deviating from the traditional shape of this beer style and lending it almost black IPA-like effects. A very modern, hopped up example of the style, and if anyone should elaborate on the Baltic porter theme in a time dominated by hop-forward craft beering, it should indeed be a new Polish microbrewery. Na zdrowie!
Gurthnar (4986) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 14, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a tasting. Very rich, intense, interesting. Balances loads of chocolatey caramelly malty complexity with loads of roastiness and citrusy resiny grassy hops flavours. Very good. Surprisingly drinkable.
Cuso (7774) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle kindly shared by MisoW many thanks. Very dark brown color with small beige head. Aroma of caramel, whiskey, roasted malt, light coffee. Taste, dark malt, light roastiness, caramel, whiskey., wood, light oxidation. Very good.
MisoW (3201) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown color, dark beige head. Aroma of caramel, citrusy hops, chocolate, cocoa. Taste is sweet, alcohol is present, cocoa, coffee, chocolate, plums, dark fruits.
lukka19 (746) - Myjava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from MisoW, many thanks. Dark brown color, medium beige head. Aroma of citrus fruits, zest, pines, decent roasty, coffee, datk chocolate. Tatse is solid malty, good hoppy, citrusy, zesty, piney, decent coffee and dark chocolate, nice balanced
Bosskie (752) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2016 Brown beer with reddish highlights. Transparent but extremely dark, weak head. Nice carbonation.Smell is chocolate, sourwood, nice caramel sweetness. Very subtle resin and bitterness, crisp.Taste is full and sticky. Very bitter with an astringent finish. The bitterness dominates so much its hard to make out further taste, but there’s ash and pure chocolate. Some dark fruit.
Wiecu (52) - POLAND - SEP 11, 2016
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2016 Czarne, nieprzejrzyste piwo. Bezowa piana, dosyc obfita, dlugo utrzymujaca cienka warstwe na powierzchni. W aromacie wyczuwalne sporo kawy i bardzo ciemnej czekolady, a po przelaniu do szkla takze nieco sosu sojowego (taki zapach marmite). Konsystencja oleista. W smaku ponownie duzo kawy i gorzkiej czekolady. Alkohol delikatnie wyczuwalny jednak w sposob subtelny i ladnie wkomponowujacy sie. Wysoka goryczka, ktora wyroznia to piwo na tle innych porterow baltyckich. O ile aromat nie byl zbyt intensywny o tyle smak wrecz przeciwnie. Bardzo dobre piwo, ktore mozna saczyc godzinami cieszac sie jego smakiem.