bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Downtown Johnny Brown’s. Poured midnight black, no seeing through this one. Aroma is strong chocolate malt with rich caramel whiffs as well. Mouthfeel is rich and warming, with a really nice nutty middle. The malts in this were absoulutely insane. The finish was brilliant and lingered nicely tapering off perfectly. Great Porter!
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Carlsbad location. Pours a deep chocolatey black color, opaque, with a thick head of creamy roasted tan. Clean malt forward aroma of dry baker’s chocolate and a toasted nuttiness. Toasted biscuit, but no harsh roast bitterness. Wonderfully clean, but very chocolate forward; doesn’t have any of the molasses or dark fruit components that are wonderful additions in other examples of the style. Medium full bodied, creamy carbonation with a gentle warmth. Rich, clean, malty flavors of chocolate and toasted black patent malts (not used as a blind recipe guess but merely as an observation on the clean flavor similarity to these malts consumed raw); very porter-esque without crossing over into stout territory. I’d like a bit more malt depth in the way of dark fruits, molasses, and/or toffee, but the flavors that are there are wonderfully clean and satisfying. Lingering finish of toasted bread and cocoa, relying on the maltiness to dry up the finish rather than hops. Wonderfully authentic rendition of the style. The clean lager character and restrained hops really allow the malts to shine through.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Stone. Black with almost no head. Roasty, chocolate, fruit and hops aroma. Tangy citrus and chocolate taste.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at stone bistro....poured a very dark brown, almost black, with reddish brown hues towards the edges. a thin tan wispy head topped this elixir off..... aroma of roasted malt, some smoke, and sweet chocolate.... flavor had a nice light roast component, a little burnt toast, and sweet rich chocolate. alcohol very well hidden for being 9.5% which i didn’t know was that high at the time that i had it.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, not overly thick looking. Tan, somewhat creamy head that leaves some lace. Smells dark and roasty at first and then malty and sweet as you sniff. Taste is sweet, smokey and malty. Finish is malty sweet. Very tasty and complex flavors. I would almost call it an imperial porter. Full body, but not syrupy, crisp carbonation.
hapjydeuce (972) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. This is a first for me at seeing a Baltic Porter at my neighborhood stomping grounds. Modest aroma of sweet caramel and dark fruits. Pitch black in the glass with a bit of lacing going on, not much head formation. Nice flavors of malty molasses, dates and just a touch of smoke. Finishes with a warming sugary tone and subdued bitterness. You beat me to the posting John. Good stuff!
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at PP Carlsbad. Looks like I’m the first to rate this hidden gem. Small head that settles to small dense dark tan microfoam ring around the edge of the glass. Black liquid. Heavy body. Aroma is mild. Alcohol burn in the throat. No off flavors. Surprizingly easy to drink for 9.5%. Leans to the sweet side. I suppose a little malty. Very little if any roastiness. Pretty interesting. Very nice.