luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled ’08 BSAF. Beer is very dark brown, almost opaque. Head is creamy/rocky, diminishing, mostly lasting. Tenacious lacing.<P>The aroma is malty with light notes of toasted grain, chocolate, cookie; Hoppy with moderate notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, light note of resin; Yeasty with a light note of tangy dough; Miscellaneous moderate note of buttered popcorn at the start, moderate notes of metal and pepper.<P>The flavor is moderately/heavily sweet, moderately acidic with a very long, moderately sweet, lightly bitter finish.<P>The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is flat.
Oakes (14094) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lagered...nice. Very dark brown. Rich chewy black malt nose. Light nutty coffeeish accents. Very thick, rich body. Slightly sticky. Chewy dense chocolate fudge torte. Light accent of burned plum.
Ughsmash (7466) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Joey for the handbottle! Poured clear burnt umber with a short cap of medium brown head. The aroma made me smile.. semi-sweet chocolates meet charred molasses, toasted wood, and sweeter vanilla.. light, dry herbal notes accent. The flavor had sticky, toasted darker chocolates and a bit of molasses at the core, mostly surrounded by burnt black patent malts (too much for my liking).. bitterness was low and herbal in nature.. some lactic notes hit toward the finish. Medium-plus bodied with a bit too much sweetness on the palate.. also a bit too burnt on the finish. Overall some mighty fine stuff.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at PP Carlsbad. A true lagered porter! Thick opaque black, tan head, liberal lacing, looks viscious. Slightly solvent with a lovely sweet ending with kisses of black licorice and a silky mouthfeel, yum.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hand bottle from iowaherkeye. Thanks Joey. Sampled side-by-side with Pizza Port Night Rider. Poured an opaque black color. Head was thin and light brown. The aroma was subdued overall with hints of cola, dark fruits, soy sauce, and pencil lead. Slightly sweet, slightly acidic, and bitter at the end. Tasted of chocolate, light molasses, and a bit of sour milk. I liked the Night Rider better.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at O’briens. Pours with a dark brown to black body topped by a pencil thin head with little lacing. It’s slightly sweet and roasty with a nice malt note and a hint of coffee. Full bodied and smooth.
JorisPPattyn (8916) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught Small, dark yellowish head over black beer. Creamy, lactic nose, superimposed on the classical roasted notes. Nice, if quite burnt taste, expressly roasted. No creaminess in the flavourperception, but it is again present in the MF. Medium to well-bodied, very slick. Good Baltic porter, made with bottom-fermenting yeast.
Ratman197 (12156) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured an opaque black with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of coffee, roastiness and bitter chocolate. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roasted malt and coffee with a smooth lingering bitter finish.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a growler filled 3/31/08. Opaque black with a 1/2 finger beige head that lasted about 30 seconds before fading to a ring and a swirling film. The aroma is full of milk chocolate and yeasty bread dough. Some deeply toasted grain and roasted malts are also present. Flavor has plenty of yeasty bread and chocolate up front with lots of chocolatey malts--there is a degree of roast, but not as much as I get from imperial stouts--I thought PP was bullshitting me and disguising an imperial stout as a Baltic, but they did well. A tinge of soy with a semi-dry finish, low bitterness (2-3 out of 10). Though the Baltics from their "homeland" end up a bit too sweet, this one didn’t at all. Full body with light to moderate carbonation. Rating #10! This officially gets a style percentile!
WeeHeavySD (3362) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint pre PP Belgian Fest @ PP Carlsbad. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is malty and rich. Taste is sweet, and rich and malty and hot alc. Good.