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.
DYCSoccer17 (3345) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 6, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1997 Vintage. Bottle #3144. Opaque black with nice frothy 1.5cm tan head. Good staying power. Aroma is very acidic and seems to have some yeast hints. Mild roasted notes, but smells a lot like Trois Pistoles. Toffee and caramel malts, backed up by a well-balanced hop kick. Very nice long and smooth roasted coffee finish. Very enticing. A very rich beer. More characters of a stout than a porter, but who really cares? This thing is 7 years old, so I am not sure what a new vintage of this stuff is like. The creaminess of this stuff is just amazing. In a class with Fuller's.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black with a tannish head and wonderful lacing. Grape wine, chocolate, roasted malts in the nose. Some yeasts and hops in there as well. Again, wine flavors are present, along with some chocolate malts, hints of smoke and everything that makes a porter so wonderful. Smooth body, creamy palate, finishes a bit sour and hoppy. Pretty damn good.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black color with tan head & lots of nice lacing & carbonation. Bright rusty hops & sweet robust bourbon & chocolate malts, tons of porter goodness here. Smoky flavor, light metallic smoky meats; sausage, excellent flavors blends with some oak & a whop of alcohol I love an authentic Baltic Porter and this one sure didn't dissapoint. Thanks John's Marketplace!
jtw (1106) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2004
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2004 re-rating after a 1997 bottle:
like liquid molasses, supremely balanced with
just enough hops to make it oh-so-smooth...
original rating: 4.5
surprisingly large tan head on an opaque black beer. strongly malty and bitter on the nose with some chocolate and raisiny scents. extremely smooth; roastedness turns into a lightly bitter but not dry finish. coats your mouth like cough syrup--that's a good thing! i can see this keeping me up late and warm in the winter.
SpringsLicker (3163) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark beer witha substantial head. Rich malty aroma. Chocolate undertones and a roastyness too in the flavor wnding with a subtle hops bite in the finish. I'll have another.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque appearance with a full dark tan head. Full-bodied with a good amount of bitterness. Extravagant sweet, caramel malt aromas. Rich malt and chocolate flavors have a sweetness that is well complemented by hop bitters that have just enough touch to provide a good balance. Outstanding, thick and warming. Wow!
billb (244) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolatey, fruity undertones. Warm and balanced front with a slight hoppiness in the rear. 1997 vintage.
BBB63 (6116) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown hue with good tan head and very good lace. The aroma hints of molasses, burnt dark malts, mocha, raisin, minor citrus, aromatic hops, and touch of alcohol. The taste has a bitter and grapefruit undertone with a malty and smoky main characteristic. Some sweet chocolate and coffee notes as well. The mouthfeel is lively and smooth, the alcohol is hidden on the palate. One damn nice Baltic Porter, glasd to have a few more bottles of this and at $2.69, a darn good buy as well. Recommended.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bitter chocolate and toffee with lingering smoke malt aroma. Dark, almost black with strong lacing and a good dark brown head. Flavor was rich with bitter sweet chocolate and coffee with a strong bitter finish. A very nice porter.