notalush (5514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A quality baltic porter, to be sure - creamy head, but perhaps a body a bit too "see-through" for the style (kind of looks like coke) - dates and plums in the aroma - medium body, silky mouthfeel - flavor reminds me of dark-colored European hard candies (that makes sense, right?) - espresso and a touch of toffee - a biting bitterness cuts in abruptly near the finish, which sometimes was not very enjoyable - otherwise a solid beer, but ranks about in the middle on the scale of baltic porters Iíve tried.
GregClow (3027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1996 vintage. Dark ruby-black colour with a small tan head. Rich aroma of coffee, chocolate, licorice and raisins. Creamy body. Warm, roasty flavour of sweet malt, coffee & chocolate. Finish holds some smoky alcohol and a good hop bite. Excellent stuff - thanks, DougShoemaker!
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2005 Sampled January 2005
Pours a midnight pitch black color that sits underneath a full brown head that is both frothy and creamy, and is about an inch thick. The aroma is rich and roasted, with notes of espresso, chocolate liquor, port, and burnt raisins. While fully roasty in the aroma it is missing that astringent husky burnt characteristic that is found in many American porters and stouts, this makes the aroma on this beer quite a bit more smooth. The taste is full and creamy, and coats my mouth and tongue in a pleasing way. This beer is quite smooth, and is deceivingly full of roasted flavors. I get notes of espresso, burnt raisin, dark chocolate, hints of sherry and port. The body of this beer is quite nice, it is smooth and creamy, with a thickness that is quite hearty without being too heavy.
Sampled August 2004
Pours with a prodigious, rich brown head that is quite impressive. The beer itself is a deep black color. It is lightly sweet up front, but quickly leads to rich dark malt flavors that are redolent of espresso, burnt raisins and chocolate. This is fairly light bodied, but has a lingering palate that is dominated by a roast malt astringency, which really helps to balance out this beer. This beer has some really nice rich flavors without being heavy.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Baltic porter is definitely becoming one of my favorite styles. Big and robust with a nice creamy head and pitch black color. Lots of roasted malt, chocolate and smokey flavors with pleasantly bitter finish. Quite good.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pitch black beer with a foamy light brown head! Full and sweet creamy milk chocolaty and malty aroma. Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate in the flavor with some bitter hops in the end. Creamy mouthfull though little thin towards the finish. Yummi!
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black pour with a beautiful hot chocolate like head that lends to wonderful lacing. I get a rather vineous (port wine) aroma, with a hint of yeastiness. Smells great. Wow, there is a lot going on here. Exceptionally smooth, that port wine flavor eases you into a delightful smokey, woodsy middle finishing with dark chocolate and coffee. I have been waiting for this for a long while, and it hasnít disappointed.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one is well past the best before 27/6/03 date in the 33cl bottle; the nose on this one is rather fruity (dark fruits), chocolatey, bready, and has a cherry undertone; the flavor presents a lovely, fruity, nutty, chocolate, burnt coffeeness that has some earthy woodiness....so nice; not much hop character to me, and the mouth-feel is rather smooth and silky. It also has a substantial, but restrained alcoholic presence. This is a wonderful brew
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 Iíd 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. Itís very drinkable, but not quite as rewarding as Iíd 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.