cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2004 Rich, creamy and a ton of espresso qualities present here. Rich, dark and complex. The base of roasted malts definitely made this one. Vinous, thick, not a lot of coffee, raspberry truffle nuances.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - SEP 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate and anise nose. totally opaque black. Crazy flavors in this. Has a woody/smokey drieness. Excellent balance.
Rerate 5 minutes after initial review.: this stuff is great. What a great find to taste an excellent porter from Finland. I feel like I'm on vacation.
madsberg (9650) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled: Deep black coloured. Has a small chocolatebrown head. Liquorice, malt, fruits, roastyness and chocolate notes in the nose. Roasted coffee, fruits and a light bitterness in the flavour. A light liquorice touch. The alcahol is superply hidden. The flavours are well balanced. This beer kind of grows when you drink it. Man this was worth waiting for. It kind of took a long way from Finland over Evansville, Indiana to Copenhagen. Thanks Raindog.
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2003 Pours a deep brownish black with a small, dark brown head. The nose is definitely chocolate and coffee, but also some alcohol notes along with mint and licorice hint. Bittersweet tongue with coffee dominating over any other tastes. Seems sweeter than it should be. Finishes with a little bitterness on the tongue. Great stuff though!
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a deep black liquid that light can not penetrate with a small amount of dark caramel colored head that dissipates quickly to nothing. Aroma is of a sweet molasses with alcohol and a small cherry character. Flavor is a somewhat dry cherry and slight roasted coffee with a small, dry ending. Nothing to really hate, but nothing to really love, either. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1996 bottle. Black as night with a brown, long lasting thin head. Strong aroma of roasted malt. Dominant malt flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee. Bitter finish. Very good, I'll need more of these for the winter.
FinnishSinger (1) - FINLAND - AUG 23, 2003 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The first beer I ever had. I still drink it more often than any other beer because it's the only really great beer made in Finland (read: the only really great beer you can get for a reasonable price in this country). It tastes the best when it's room temperature or even a bit warmer.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large, frothy head of a light brown color. It's black all right. Malts all the way on the nose. Roasty, some bitterness on the end. Light coffee/chocolate flavors but malt predominant. Tasty. Much better flavor as it warms a bit.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Closer to a stout than a porter in its complexity. Pours dark, almost black, and almost opaque. Taste of bitter chocolate and coffee over a dark roasted malt base. Great, in fact, far better than the simple filipino dinner required.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 1996....Poured a deep black, with a sweet roasted aroma. First sip you get a sweet chocolate with a bitter espresso taste. This is an incredible full flavored and rich porter. Almost like a fine vintage wine with its sweetness. This is worth every cent.