sneaks2210 (46) - New York, USA - APR 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful deep brown with ruby highlights, topped off with a huge frothy off-white head. Big hoppy aroma dominated by juicy orange and pineapple. Some chocolate and espresso notes. More IPA than Porter in the taste. Lots of tropical fruits, orange and pineapple. Roasted malts and chocolate sneak up later in the mouth. Really nice. One of the best from Sam Adams.
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely more baltic than IPA. Pours black with a big tan frothy head. Lots of grassy aroma, little bit of chocolate and smoke. Flavor is a bit unbalanced. Hots of bitterness without much hops flavor and that bitterness clashes with the chocolate.
ASXL41 (9) - Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very interesting beer. Had the look of an imperial porter, but really had great IPA characteristics.
Headbanger (3360) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle 4/15/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-Pours black with a one finger tan head. Aroma of hops, caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, and slight coffee. Taste of chocolate, coffee, malt, and hops. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and is an interesting combination. Nice brew.
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Deep brown body with red highlights. Huge frothy head, most lasting. Aroma of sweet dark chocolate, roasted grain, apricot, caramel, roasted grain. Hint of prunes. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Aroma leans toward malts, but flavor is mostly hop bitterness. Bitter coffee taste and hot alcohol linger into the finish. For my taste, any depth these black IPAs and baltic IPAs may display are overrun by clashing roasted malts and hops.
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in Duvel snifter: Ruddy brown with little head and some lace. The aroma has notes of pine, dank, pink grapefruit, mango, plune, and prune along with slight roast and chocolate. A bit boozy as it warms and displays some pepper as well. Yeah, it is a hoppy Baltic Porter and for that it makes me happy. The taste is more towards the the porter side with lush dark fruit and sweet malts but then a peppery and pungent hop character show it fungly face. All this and I found this quite drinkable for it’s ABV and hybrid character. When compared to Pipeworks uber hoppy Stout, this far and away displays a depth of palate hard to quantify. Sweet yet bitter, spicy yet drinkable, ashy and tannic yet smooth and lush. Truly among the best beers Boston Beer Company has produced. Right down the middle and knocked for a home run.
Sammer (1048) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taste is roasted malt, citrus, smoke and leather. A big, big effort from Samuel Adams. Excellent beer!!
annunz123 (873) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a generous, light brown head. Aroma is more IPA than porter, with citrus, pine, and spice. Nice flavor, starting with roast malts, and finished with a big hop bite. Hops dominate the creamy finish. A lot of times these style hybrids don’t work, but this is really good.
Ibrew2or3 (7050) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Half liter bottle pours murky dark chocolate in color with tall mocha head leaving behind plenty of spotty lacing. The aroma is sweet with malts and semi sweet prunes as well as dusty malt balls and bold and earthy chocolate goodness. A few additional whiffs bring up molasses covered blueberries. Pretty cool. The taste is pretty thick and rich bringing up roasted malts, dates and bitter pine resiny notes to start. It then picks up additional notes of blueberry like sweet esteriness, chocolate and molasses. Into the finish the pine like resiny hops poke their head above the rest of the flavors and take this into a moderately bitter finish with plenty of roasted malts, earthiness, wet tobacco leaves and chocolate and dark fruity esters too. Very interesting and darn tasty. I dig it.
efecher (70) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark and bitter for an IPA, but another winner for Sam. If you like IPA style beers, give this one a try