MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Auburn, slightly darker than an IPA, lighter than an expected porter of any style. Intriguing nose, sour with chocolate and toffee notes. Not even vaguely porter-esque in the traditional style, full of caramel sweetness, some dark fruit, and maybe a bit of chocolate. Finishes dry and a bit sharp, but really isn't at all roasty.
argo0 (11980) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(SCBE2003): Cloudy red brown with medium beige head. Aroma is dark fruit (raisin), sweet, chocolate. Taste is chocolate, dark fruit, medium sweet, light alcohol warming. Medium-full body.
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer definitely lacks and needs more character for it to be considered a really good Baltic Porter IMHO. The head was small and tan with fine-small bubbles that quickly diminished. There was no lacing and some carbonation was observed. The body was clear and the hue was reddish-brown. The nose was sweet and chocolate and the flavor was malty and caramel. The mouthfeel was smooth, light and thin.
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew pours a large creamy light brown head of mostly lasing finely sized bubbles. It has a transparent dark amber colored body with no carbonation. Its pleasing malt aroma is very mild. THis porter has an interesting flavor with a tingly mouthfeel. It is smooth with a nice malt roasted caramel flavor with a sweet finish that disappears quickly. A very nice dribnkable brew but somewhat lacking in character. It needs a bit stronger a flavor.
omhper (20759) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Very black with brown head. Sweet and portlike, raisiny and roasty. Big licorice and coffee flavour. Salty stinging finish. How come even the worst brewers can make great Baltic porters?
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - MAY 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
rather ghpood baltic porter,
full malt flavors with a nutty caramel quality.
hides the alcohol well and a nice sweet aftertaste
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown, clear, with a light tan head that doesn't last long. Nose is slightly metallic, sweet and chocolatey. Flavor is surprisingly good, medium-sweet with notes of chocolate. Mouthfeel tends toward the fizzy/bitey end of the spectrum.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh yeah! A good Bock - although the label says "Porter." But in the glass, it looks like a brandy, not a porter (granted, I'm drinking out of a snifter, which lends an air of Cognac-ness). Plenty of sweetness from the chocolate malt conceals the 7% abv almost totally. But this is so very different from Stepan Razin Porter and Utenos (other Baltics) that I've got to think that the Saku isn't quite true to style since the taste lacks the oily toffee and roasty notes you'd expect. Nevertheless, it's delicious.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear red brown, very little head. . . Woody alcohol aroma mixed with plenty of piney hops and sugary candy. Nice smokey flavour with a very clean crisp, though a bit chewy, cotton candy malt. A bit of lingering hops, very plesant.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a reddish-brown body topped by a medium thick lasting head with some lace. not very dark for a porter. Sweet fruity (apples?) malt aroma with caramel and a slight hint of alcohol. Sweet malt flavor with caramel and fruity notes and a slight bitterness from hops. Full bodied, tingly and a touch dry. This beer reminds me more of an English strong/old ale or a scottish ale than a porter.