brunnsbe (77) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This truly is one of the best porters ever made, especially in the Baltic porter class. Burnt malt aromas, brown sugar, coffee, toffee and chocolate.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Moan and Dove. Tar like pour. Thin tan head fades quickly, but it remains dark as night. Powerful malty aroma, lots of dates and grapes character, but also a considerable chocolate cake portion and this huge roasted malt, flakey counterpart. Great balance, awe-inspiring alcohol dissimulation. Intense palate starts with big dates and anise maltiness. It quickly lets room to an extreme roasty finish, very long.. like 2 parts roasted licorice and 1 part cereals. The sweetness fades out in total control. Acidity level is maintained very low. How much dark malt could they fit into a 12oz? A lot of things going on. Complexity is not disturbed by the great thick airy body. Thick enough that the high carbonation appears just smooth and creamy. It feels like they’ve brewed it with oatmeal.
Lubiere (11160) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Same batch as Capflu, best before June 27, 2003, but bought in Indianapolis. Deep dark beer with perfect thick intimidating moka head. Light chocolate aroma with some fruitiness, and demara sugar. Chocolate malt like malted balls, with coffee finish. Caramle squares is a good descriptive Todd! Not exactly oily but does fill your tastebuds! Yummy.
IndianaRed (2869) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle "Bottled in 2000" label, pours a pitch black with a big foamy light brown head, leaving fairly coarse but even lacing. Aroma is awsome! Chocolate, toffee, vanila, and yea...bananas. Flavor is slightly smokey and subtle on all fronts. Tootsie rolls, vanilla, caramel, and a little charcoal. A strong bold porter this is not. A soft smooth very tasty porter..yes. Feel is extremely soft and silky. Like butter. Trailer is just a slight bitter smokey flavor. Excellent
BeerandBlues2 (10784) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with a thick brown head, enough of which hangs around for some good lacing. Aromas are sweet malt and licorice with a nose of plum and raisins. Sweetly bitter flavor with coffee and plum hints. Slight metallic feel on the palate, otherwise a full-bodied porter. Paired very well with a spicy meal.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sinebrychoof pours pitch black with a small dark tan head. It sinks to a thin layer of head floating at the top of the beer in less but laces up very well.
Nice chocolate notes in the aroma along with bananas, vanilla and coffee. Smells somewhat sweet in the nose. Nice aroma just like a fresh bouquet of florers.
The porter has a lovely taste. Taste somewhat sweet almost like chocolate with pieces of toffee grinded up in it. Lots of coffee as well as caramel. Nice hop bite on the back on the tongue. Exactly as I would expect from a big porter. The finish teases me. It acts like it’s gone but then comes back and pleases you.
Cobra (1100) - - OCT 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz. / 33 cl. stubby brown bottle. No freshness date or bottling date seen anywhere. Weak pfftt when opened. Poured out an incredibly dark brown color, with a dark, cocoa powder colored head. Aromas right off the bat are of licorice, anise, roasted espresso coffee beans, dark brown sugar, wildflower honey, and alcohol. Tastes are of licorice, espresso coffee, dark bittersweet chocolate, alcohols, and oak barrels. Some tobacco notes as well.
Hops are not present in aromas or flavors. This is strictly a malt only beer. Alcohol is warming, and definitely noticeable. The level of carbonation is just right, neither too much, nor not enough. It is a lively beer, to say the least. Thick, rich, and chewy mouthfeel.
Almost a meal in a glass. Finished slightly bitter, but nothing overpowering. A top notch Baltic-style porter. It paired really well with the prime rib steak I enjoyed it with.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled in 1998. Black w/ creamy finger of brown foam. Robust aroma of molasses, brandy, licorice, fruit cake & chocolate w/ wood & coffee notes. Soft, full-bodied, buttery feel. Sweet, complex flavour of molasses, licorice, chocolate, fruit cake, espresso, wood & brandy. Rich, warming finish.
Hangover (1092) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - SEP 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black pour with an attractive tan head which lasts for quite a while. Very intense aroma of chocolate with some caramel and vanilla. Very pleasant on the palette with roasted malts and smoke coming through first followed by dark chocolate, expresso, fruit. Medium bodied and very creamy. Nice hopping towards the end. Excellent porter. Even more excellent is the fact it is relatively cheap!
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - SEP 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 1997: Wow this is just an amazing beer. Pours a nice dark brown color with an everlasting tan head. Aroma is so good....plums, chocolate, cherries, some hops as well. Flavor is also something amazing...the perfect mix of malt, bringing out the chocolate bitterness, melding perfectly together. Body is thick but not sticky. Man this is so good.