peteydaoust (19) - - JUN 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! This beer is delicious. Thick, frothy head. Dark, crystal clear color. smooth, creamy mouth feel. The taste is a perfect blend of hops and spices. An absolutely wonderful session beer. Nice job Sam Adams!
bluejacket74 (1318) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle, Batch #2. No date information on the bottle from what I can tell, but I think it’s got some age to it since the Sam Adams website says this isn’t currently brewed. That and I bought the bomber for just $2.99 so it must have been on some kind of closeout. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with an inch tan head that stuck around a little while. There’s also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, citrusy hops, and pine hops. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also some molasses, burnt/charred malt, dark fruit and earthiness noticeable. There’s a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I thought this was pretty good. It ages well, next time I’ll make a point to try a fresher batch of this!
Darkmagus82 (1219) - - MAY 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-7-12 -
Poured from bomber into pint glass
Appearance- A nice dark brown color with a large billowy off white/brownish head. The head had some wonderful retention and gave way to a decent amount of lacing.
Smell – The smell was mainly of roasted malt with some aromas of coffee. Hints of some floral and earthy hops are also present and balance out some of the more malty aromas quite well.
Taste – The taste was of nice and roasty malt up front mixed with a light note of molasses and lactose sweetness. Toward the middle some nice more earthy hop flavors begin to come into the mouth. They complement the roasty taste quite well. At the very end a very roasty somewhat roasty flavor is left in the mouth and leaves a very nice aftertaste in the mouth.
Mouthfeel – A creamier body with a lighter level of carbonation allows the brew to really soak into the tongue and coat the mouth with a nice smooth feel.
Overall – A very solid hoppy dark brew. One very nice dark hoppier porter.
TXBadger (1381) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brownish black color with ivory head. Hops and malt on the nose, pine, earth, and toast; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a bit of hop resin and some nuts.
kevinator (909) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well done. It comes across as a blend between a black IPA and a Baltic porter. Aroma was a mix of pine hoppiness and roasted malts. It poured very dark brown with an off-white head . It looked like a Porter. Palate was heavier than average with a fullness and average carbonation. The flavor started off with slight bitterness and moved to dark roasted malts. The finish was mainly malty with wood and coffee notes. Well blended.
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 5-26-2012 (Bottle) This beer has a large frothy tan head with a lengthy retention, transparent reddish brown body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, citrus hops and alcohol. The flavor is moderately bitter, citrus hops and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is carbonated and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer has a good hoppy flavor along with a good roastyness. This beer is worth trying and a beer I would drink again.
Ctplt777 (126) - - APR 4, 2014
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Meh this one didn’t really do it for me. Usually Sam Adams has some solid offerings, but this one just wasn’t it. It has a weird sweet aroma and I couldn’t find any hops at all. Just kind of messy in my opinion and as I drank it and it warmed up, it just became a sweet syrupy mess. There was no hop balance. I was excited to try this one but it kind of fell short.
nakedwhendrunk (2081) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance was a dark brown body with a medium sized creamy tan head that died within about twenty seconds. There was some spotty lacing around the sides of the pint glass which seemed to create a small valley of dissipating head absorbing into the sides of the glass and leading to a spotty lace.
The smell had some burnt malts and rich dark fruits. Some chocolate came out, but it was very light.
The taste had the hops come in separately from the first taste but still distinctly in the background. For the most part, the taste was pretty much the same.
The palate it sat about a medium on the body with a slick and slightly creamy with a slight alcohol bite.
Overall, I could do this style, but am still pretty unfamiliar so I can’t really say too much about it just yet and will have to try some other beers of this style. Until then, this was good and I would have it again, maybe side by side with another Baltic Porter to compare. In the meantime, I’ll read and research. However, I will say this is a real treat.
AndySnow (3275) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where: The Bishops Arms Bellmansgatan, Stockholm.
Appearance: Black colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Dark fruit, raisin, spices, malt, alcohol.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Dark fruit, raisin, caramel, hops, chocolate.
BrewMstr (87) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another solid Sam Adams brew - dark IPA with a chocolate/coffee flavor. Slightly sweet odor and initial taste, but with malty and bitter finish. NOt sure how its an IPA with a lager yeast (Dark IPL?) but whatever, worth a taste.
Rasmus40 (11199) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Bishops Arms, Gustav Adolfs Torg, Malmö. Black with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, malty, roasted malt, chocolate and moderate hoppy - grapefruit. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 080214