SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow... damn good stuff... like a trainload of Doppelbock and another trainload of Imperial stout collided!!!!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2004 Black pour with a brown, bubbly head. Tinny nose. Wait, the head is just about gone, damn. Smokey and chocolate tastes but the mouth is a little thin. You can definatly taste the high alcohol in this. Tastes like it came from a can.
Braudog (5748) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, what a presentation ... thick black beer with a dark tan solid head, like I'd dropped a scoop of coffee ice cream into it. The beer is elegantly creamy, wonderfully roasty, lightly hopped with a light sweet finish. This is the best porter I've ever had.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2008 A stiff brown froth rests on a lightly translucent black beer. Muscular aroma of chocolate, treacle and molasses upfront, complemented by dates and figs. The creamily sweet flavour is kept in check by a gentle roast and hop bitterness long aftertaste of anise and coffee. Creamy and viscous, bustling carbonation fends off stagnation.
Decadent and quaffable, a dangerous but enjoyable combination.
33cl bottle, best before 13 February 2009.
33 cL bottle, snifter. Chocolate, figs and caramel play first fiddle in this brew. There is a strong supporting cast of cranberries, cherries and a soft alcohol touch. Deep black, stout-like, body with a great tan head. Moderately sweet flavor becomes a lightly sweet, lightly bitter finish. All the aromas transpose nicely to the flavor. Medium-heavy body, creamy/oily texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: I’d love to have another couple bottles to enjoy. [thanks Probiere]
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one had a collaboration of styles going on with this one. It takes you in many different directions, but you really must let this one warm up before you can truly appreciate it flavors. Dark tawny brown color, with a big rocky head. The aroma is fruity, with lots of plums, figs and prunes in the taste. The aroma and the flavor also have a bit of fresh baked bread yeastiness. A bit watery at times, but as it warms, you can pick out some nice roasted chocolate flavors as well. Not a bad outing.
fiulijn (14609) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color; big, creamy head. Aroma of malt, yoghourt, sweet. Good body strength, a bit oily, roasted malts, light liquorice, light paperboard. Bitterness given most of all by the roasted malt.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 2002 or 2003 bottleExtremely dark brown with a roasty nut brown head. Dry burnt roasty aroma, lightly nutty with some interesting tobacco or maple smoke in there as well. Flavor opens up with a dry cocoa powder mixed in with dark, rich roasted barley. Flavor is not as powerful or full as zwyiec, but what it lacks in sheer force of flavor, it makes up in balance and restraint. Good solid roast lingers on, more light smoke adding a slight astringency. Very good. I would be interested to mix this with some zwyiec porter. Alcohol magnificently concealed. 8/5/8/4/17
1998 bottle consumed 11/04 This is vinous, oily, smooth and balanced. Sweet, with light roast notes, plenty of toffee, and a hint of madeirazation. Lightly bitter, slight coffee tinged finish that has a long even lingering presence. Ages marvelously.
1997 bottle but then here was a heavily oxidized, poorly aged bottle, so my theory goes out the window. Hard to believe this big of a change could occur from 98 to 97. Pretty sure it must have been the conditions under which it was kept.
2007 bottle drunk on 10/3/07
Hmmm, it’s good, with a creamy-sweet and rich chocolate maltiness. The poignant berry-like tartness that I’d like from a baltic porter wasnt really all that well represented. I kept trying to find some outstanding things, but just kept being very happy with the warm, easygoing malty tones and drank it down quite unceremoniously, in the end. Some sweeter honey notes are interesting, and lots of plum/raisin do the trick, but uhhh, ya, not much to say here. Perhaps it’s better very fresh, as this had a little age on it and the older vintages (recently had a ’97 and a ’96) had been very inconsistent (though quite good when they were on). Dosent seem unfiltered any more, and though the malts were comforting, the carbonation was weak and the finish a bit watery. Score is for this recent bottle.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As I did age this porter for many, many moons, close to 9 months! The body is completely opaque…. the head is a rich and frothy toffee colored storm cloud… it’s a Beautiful thing!
The nose is rich with mocha, a note of dark spiced rum, espresso… it’s just chocolate malts all the way home! Oh Baby this is GOOD! The flavor is a bitter/sweet glass of coco and raisins. Creamy and delicious! Brings some woodsy notes of oak, dates, figs, and an unforgivable presence of smoky charred chocolate malts. This reminds me of the malted milk ball candy, Whoppers. This Baltic P has an amazing palate, and finishes with a somewhat dry fruity tastiness.
An Amazing Baltic Porter!!!
TBone (12548) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Bottle
Black colour, small dark brown/coffee head. Sweet caramel and bread aroma. Mouthfeel very full and smooth. Roasted malt, lightly bitter finish. (7/4/7/5/16 3.9)
Re-rated, bottled (BB 05/2005, brewed in Kerava)
Opaque black with good and steady brown cappuchino head. Nose is fruity, sweet with hints of smoke. Mouthfeel is bitter, full-bodied with roasted malts and dark chocolate. Pleasant bitter aftertaste. (7/5/8/4/17 4.1)
Re-rated Feb 2009 (BB 11/2009). Dark almost opaque brown color, huge espresso head, lace. Dark fruits, caramel malts, roasted malts and licorice in the nose. Full-bodied. Creamy texture. Quite roasted front with lingering licorice, molasses and pick of alcohol. When warms up, some lactose. Although technically impy, there is something baltic porter -like here. Original yeast of this beer was stolen from Guinness brewery in the 1950s. (8/5/8/4/17 4.2)
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours jet black with a huge, rocky tan head. The aroma is somewhat a mixture between chocolate & coffee, but not too overpowering on each. On your tongue, you get smokey and dark chocolate notes. It's medium bodied and smooth. This is a pretty nice 'winter warmer' type of beer.