Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first Baltic Porter. Bottle @ Doug’s, Christmas 2004. Dark brown/orange pour. Very strong woody notes. Full bodied mouthfeel. I didn’t get a lot of alcohol in the taste, just lots of straightforward sweetness. Very good.
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Creamy head, rather pale for Baltic. Dark amber. Sweet malts , not to complex . Clean , smooth , medium bodied , some decent roast but sadly to thin and weak . Make it from 16 (?) Plato to 20-22 and would be great.
Eructoblaster (3889) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black body topped with a lasting beige foamy head. Nice coffeeish aroma with chocolate, anise, and date notes. Interesting sweet taste that hides the alcohol very well. Pleasant hints of roasted coffee, and decent warming finish. Good stuff.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2004
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled. Dark brown colour. Small, very quickly diminishing head. Caramelly, strongly coffeish aroma. Toasted malts and heavy coffee flavour. Lasting medicine-bitter finish. Mediumbodied. Interesting beer, but the medicine bitterness somehow spoiled it for me.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to whoever brought this to the Toronto Christmas Party ’04. Raisiny nose - Quite sweet. Orangish thin head. Flavor is malt, rasins and grapes. Alcohol is apparent in the finish. Not like any other porter I’ve had.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at DougShoemaker’s. Very light brown color. More like a mild ale or Brown ale in color. Thin white head. Raisinish aroma. Smooth with a slight alcohol aftertaste. Not bad.
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Apparently it was a bit of a fluke that this ended up on the shelves of the LCBO instead of a private order. Interesting. Ruby amber body, moderate off white head. Sweetish malty aroma is muted. Fruity sweet malt with a touch of caramel. Palate is light. Not bad, not great either. Toronto Christmas Party 2004.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - NOV 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow instead of another crappy Euro-lager the LCBO brings in something decent. Nice brown colour with almost no head. The nose is weet and malty and the taste is no different. Strong notes of caramel with a little bit of chocolate. Also vaguely fruity. Not BAd.
Crockett (1093) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep mahogony with a a slight haze. Firm creamy off white. Sweetly spiced with an aroma of dried fruit, pruney, and modest chocolate aroma. Heavy on malts and hard to find any alcohol. Initially roasty and full of caramel and burnt flavours. Softens quickly into chocolate and earthy malts. Creamy and softly carbonated body. Not as punchy as I had expected. Long, but somewhat washed out chocolate/coffee finish.
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a medium brown body with mahogany highlights and a large light brown head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, and sweet malt. Slightly bitter palate. Flavor of sweet malt, hint of burnt, some cola qualities.