ClarkVV (3928) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 2002 or 2003 bottleExtremely dark brown with a roasty nut brown head. Dry burnt roasty aroma, lightly nutty with some interesting tobacco or maple smoke in there as well. Flavor opens up with a dry cocoa powder mixed in with dark, rich roasted barley. Flavor is not as powerful or full as zwyiec, but what it lacks in sheer force of flavor, it makes up in balance and restraint. Good solid roast lingers on, more light smoke adding a slight astringency. Very good. I would be interested to mix this with some zwyiec porter. Alcohol magnificently concealed. 8/5/8/4/17
1998 bottle consumed 11/04 This is vinous, oily, smooth and balanced. Sweet, with light roast notes, plenty of toffee, and a hint of madeirazation. Lightly bitter, slight coffee tinged finish that has a long even lingering presence. Ages marvelously.
1997 bottle but then here was a heavily oxidized, poorly aged bottle, so my theory goes out the window. Hard to believe this big of a change could occur from 98 to 97. Pretty sure it must have been the conditions under which it was kept.
2007 bottle drunk on 10/3/07
Hmmm, it’s good, with a creamy-sweet and rich chocolate maltiness. The poignant berry-like tartness that I’d like from a baltic porter wasnt really all that well represented. I kept trying to find some outstanding things, but just kept being very happy with the warm, easygoing malty tones and drank it down quite unceremoniously, in the end. Some sweeter honey notes are interesting, and lots of plum/raisin do the trick, but uhhh, ya, not much to say here. Perhaps it’s better very fresh, as this had a little age on it and the older vintages (recently had a ’97 and a ’96) had been very inconsistent (though quite good when they were on). Dosent seem unfiltered any more, and though the malts were comforting, the carbonation was weak and the finish a bit watery. Score is for this recent bottle.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As I did age this porter for many, many moons, close to 9 months! The body is completely opaque…. the head is a rich and frothy toffee colored storm cloud… it’s a Beautiful thing!
The nose is rich with mocha, a note of dark spiced rum, espresso… it’s just chocolate malts all the way home! Oh Baby this is GOOD! The flavor is a bitter/sweet glass of coco and raisins. Creamy and delicious! Brings some woodsy notes of oak, dates, figs, and an unforgivable presence of smoky charred chocolate malts. This reminds me of the malted milk ball candy, Whoppers. This Baltic P has an amazing palate, and finishes with a somewhat dry fruity tastiness.
An Amazing Baltic Porter!!!
TBone (13359) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Bottle
Black colour, small dark brown/coffee head. Sweet caramel and bread aroma. Mouthfeel very full and smooth. Roasted malt, lightly bitter finish. (7/4/7/5/16 3.9)
Re-rated, bottled (BB 05/2005, brewed in Kerava)
Opaque black with good and steady brown cappuchino head. Nose is fruity, sweet with hints of smoke. Mouthfeel is bitter, full-bodied with roasted malts and dark chocolate. Pleasant bitter aftertaste. (7/5/8/4/17 4.1)
Re-rated Feb 2009 (BB 11/2009). Dark almost opaque brown color, huge espresso head, lace. Dark fruits, caramel malts, roasted malts and licorice in the nose. Full-bodied. Creamy texture. Quite roasted front with lingering licorice, molasses and pick of alcohol. When warms up, some lactose. Although technically impy, there is something baltic porter -like here. Original yeast of this beer was stolen from Guinness brewery in the 1950s. (8/5/8/4/17 4.2)
JohnC (3004) - 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 (3428) - 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 (1131) - 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 (3211) - 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!