daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1997. Black, dark head. Light chocolate, roast and sweet malt in the nose. Nicely roasty, hints of chocolate a touch of smoke and slightly sweet. Very well balanced and complex, top notch baltic porter. A clinic for many porters today.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 27, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown,thick,lasting bubbly head atop a midnight thick oily body; strongly roasty, vinous, spicy nose with chocolate becoming more pronounced as it warms. Flavor at first seems rather mild, very creamy and chocolaty, but gets more intense and alcoholic, with coffee and some plumminess appearing; a bit too flat and smooth on the end, could have used some kick. Overall, a topnotch effort; I have to find more of these baltics (alas, not in VT).
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I found it intense yet enjoyable. Chocolate overtones but not overdone, smooth and slight bitter finish. Good but not great!!
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From El Kabong’s kitchen (what kind of handle is that, Hal?). A very busy porter from the rootbeer and caramel openign notes through the more interesting fruity and chocolate tones on into a alkalinity that I don’t care much for.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Killer porter. Smooth, dark and oily with some fruity presence. Took me a few sips to get used to it, but it was very pleasent to drink. A fine porter.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a great just because there are no flaws at all in this beer. It is so smooth, so dark, and so rich that words cannot even describe. This is one of my favorite beers.
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, dark, almost black in color, pours thick with a thin thick foam. Strong smells of chocolate, coffee, and toffee are all present in this beer. The taste is thick and sweet, with hints of the toffee and coffee, smooth with a sweet after taste. A good all around porter.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very, very smooth. Has a very burnt flavor to it, with a coffee/chocolate aftertaste. Dark yellow head, and left a nice lace on the glass.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wonderful aroma of roasting coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Flavor is a bit too thin, though, dominated by a dry chocolatiness and some coffee flavors, with a lightly bitter finish.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 6, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Fully black with a laced brown head. An intense aroma full of coffee, molasses, highlights of fruit, and some alcohol. A nice full body that leaves a refined malty chocolate feel.