muzzlehatch (4468) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Fairly light-complexioned for any kind of porter -- looks more like a brown ale. Malty, nutty nose is similar to that style, and I'm beginning to worry -- but in the flavor it picks up, with that nice deep winey chocolatiness. Mmmm. Far from the best Baltic porter I've had, but it's such a great style, I'd certainly have this again.
TBone (15927) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Bottled
Black opaque color. Small lightly tanned head vanishing quickly. Good deal of carbonation. Aroma is sweet caramel and thin coffee. Taste is sweet prunes and some roasted malt. Finishes bitter with some hops and alcohol gives warming feeling. Certainly a winter beer! (6/4/7/3/14 3.4)
Re-rated (BB 06/2006)
Roasted, coffeish and warming. I like this more and more. (7/5/8/4/16 4.0)
PorterPounder (7121) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, mahagony colored pour with a slight off white head - not much lacing. Aroma is sweet - not dissimilar to pancake syrup. Flavor is very sweet - almost to the point of being cloying but not quite. Maple syrup, nuts, dates and raisins. No evidence of hops. Alcohol is hidden well. Very smooth going down. Add another country to my list.
Aurelius (5006) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very light porter, clear darkish chestnut brown with the standard Eastern Bloc label. Sweetish oats and caramel aroma. Sweet, grainy, a very drinkable beer, I'd have believed that this was a brown or an altbier. Medium grainy finish with some hay and Saaz-style hops hanging around for the long haul. Pretty good.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red hints in a deep, dark brown body with a fleeting tan head. Fruit and chocolate in the nose and a light sweet flavor. Decent drink.
CapFlu (5100) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(5ooml bottle) Pours a thin, white head with a copper body. Slight whiskey nose with marshmellow and bubblegum on the palate. Very interesting porter.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown/amber with a tan head. Aroma of caramel and raisons. Creamy body. Flavor of chocolate malt and a little coffee.
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2006 (Bottled, 7.5% ABV) Very dark brown color with a medium, completely disappearing, beige head. Roasted, milky-coffeeish aroma with rye and sweet malt. Burned, syrupy-malty, quite bitter and sweetish flavor with black coffee and a hint of dark chocolate. Syrupy, bitter, salty finish. Medium-bodied, somewhat thin and fizzy-carbonated, roasty, slicky and slightly sugary palate. A decent Baltic porter, but with too much color malt and not enough balance. Burned and somewhat thin.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fairly light colored for a porter. Bubbles sticking to the side of the glass, but they may have more to do with how the glassware is washed than the beer. They diminished after a couple minutes. Rocky, tan head. Fairly, metallic malt aroma. A little spicy. The aroma gets me thinking about all the winter releases I can't wait to drink. A porter with neither chocolate, nor coffee. To be honest, I miss those flavors a little.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown colour. Vinous aroma. Sweetish with some raisin/plum flavours. A bit bitter in the finish.