HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark, very thick pour with a dense tan head. Smells strong, roasted, and full of dark fruit. Very thick palate with a tremendous dark roasted flavor. Lasting alcoholic sensation down the throat.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7/31/04. Poured out of 330 mL bottle, bought at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA 7/24/04. Pours an opaque black with hints of brown. Fluffy, dense head like an ice cream float, light brown in color. Very nice. Lacing is a bit blotchy but respectable. Nose is lightly sour woody, lots of berries, and a hint of molasses and vanilla extract. Only faint roastiness. Flavor reveals again the bright woody bite but foregrounds the roastiness a little bit more. Also some shades of the acidic dark berry. And then there's a strange flavor that I can only equate (and only approximately) to the sudsy head of a root beer float (but not the rest of the float). Weird. Finish is not as complex as I’d hope. Some dark caramel and creamy malts creep in, but otherwise the flavor kind of falls off rather quickly. Medium body with a little too much carbonation and kind of a broken-down feeling in the mouth. It’s very drinkable, but not quite as rewarding as I’d hoped.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled in 2000 - Bitter sweet chocolate aroma. The chocolate flavor dominates throughout, with just a touch of bitterness to balance. All in all a decent porter.
CapFlu (4725) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(33cl bottle) Purchased at the Party Source in Syracuse, NY. Long past the Best Before date of June 27, 2003 - Gotta love that Party Source!!! Its SO cute in the small bottle - the Finn culture must be equally small and adorable! Pours a medium, brown, frothy head and an opaque body. Nose of deep molasses and dark caramel squares. Nice oily texture. Slightly fizzy with flavours of roasted malt, coffee grounds and cocoa powder. Very good.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very very dark with brown head. Marshmallow, chocolate, coffee, tootsie roll aromas. Rich w/light acidity to cleanse chocolate, toffee, coffee, grounds, and some bitter chocolate and a roasted malt finish.
arjoseph (640) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle into tulip glass. Thanks to Suttree (my Secret Santa) for this one. Smell was roasty and toasty, definitely full of malt, with dark chocolate notes and a funkiness that I can only describe as reminiscent of damp green vegetables (that brought the score down a bit). It poured with a huge light brown head, creamy to rocky in texture; opaque black in the glass. The taste was dominated by a roast coffee flavor that was nicely full and strong. It was tainted, however, by the flavorful analog to the veggie smell; thankfully, that was barely noticable, and after the first few sips, you either get used to it or it goes away. Nice finish carries the roasty toasty malt flavors for a good amount of time. In light of the strength of the flavor, the mouthfeel was on the watery side, but since this is a porter and not a coffee stout, that’s understandable. Despite the medium body, it was smooth and creamy. I like when a beer (especially porter) can fill the mouth with taste; this one definitely does.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the bottle. Purchased at Dirty John’s. Aroma of hops and coffee. Fluffy brown head floats above a dark black ale. Milky body, so rich and thick. Strong coffee and chocolate overtones followed by a great hop bitterness. Enough alcohol to let you know that you’re drinking an adult beer. This is glory in a bottle. It may very well be the finest porter I have ever had out of a bottle. Sweetness of the ale is balanced by a generous hop bittering unit dose. These Finns know what they’re doing. Race out to try this porter. You will like it.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting, a porter that doesnt make me want to kill a small kitten after drinking it. Dark with a thin chocolaty brown/grey head. The nose is sweet and bitter with a buch of malts. The taste definately have a cool chocolate feel to it. Not bad overall.
Terminus (3328) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 ReRate-2003 bottle-pours almost pitch black with a nice tan head with good lacing. sweet, chocolate, slilghtly woody/funk/skunk/lager thing going on. You can tell this beer has some age to it,. but its not badly oxidized. dark chocolate, roast, coffee and those oxidative notes finish out the flavors with some burnt notes alongside. It held up pretty well, but the finish shows the oxidization.
Thick, dark, and clean. Goes down smooth and is tasty at any temperature. Tasty malt and a coffee/woody aftertaste makes this an enjoyable porter.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thickset molasses colored pour, settles opaque and black with a tall cocoa brown head thats fluffy yet crumbly after a vigorous pour, takes forever to work its way down to one super thick maze of a skim on top and oodles of ink blobby lacing sticks all over the glass. Beautiful!
Aroma of subdued plum, raisin, and molasses, gains more roastyness as it warms and gets a bit more complex in the malts. Dustings of cocoa and soft smoked wood emerge as well.
Taste has a smooth, well rounded roasty feel, hardly overbearing at all, just a whole lotta smooth. Easy going black malts with a bit of sweet chocolate roast. Nice earthy backing of smokey malts that still maintains a strong base of roast. Touches of tangy prunes, some molasses, and darker toffee keep some interesting sweeter tones over the top of the roast. Finish has very nice mixture of both sweet and roasted characteristics with a softly drying lofty edge via moslty chocolate.
Feel is quite smooth, sweet and roasty tones always switching within the medium full body. Slightly dry finish with a certain tang left over.
A solid baltic porter that keeps a real nice smoothness the whole duration making for one sound drinkin’ porter. One that grows on ya.