Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is of alcohol and coffee. Appearance is dark black with a beige head and good lacing. Flavor is mostly burnt coffee and dark chocolate with the alcohol peeking out. A really good porter
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 Dark brown, maybe black in color, thin head after in settled. Aroma of fruity malt and some(light) alcohol. Sweet, mixed with coffee and toffee. Some sourness to it. Oily mouth feel. Slightly dry finish. Good Porter
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark, thin head. I can't really taste any chocolate or coffee. Enjoyable, but not amazing.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a midnight black with a creamy brown head. Fairly thick coming out of the bottle, (which had a label that said bottled in 2000). Full aroma with chocolate, alcohol, coffee, smoke and roasted notes. Some Imperial stout qualities - very roasted, mouth coating. . . Good bitter notes in the finish, lingering fruits and alcohol.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apparently a 2000 vintage. Pours deep black with a slight, tan head. The aroma is strongly roasted with notes of coffee, chocolate, wine, smoke, maple, caramel and cherry. Very thick and full in the mouth; satisfyingly so. The flavor, again, is strongly roasted with burnt coffee dominating. Chocolate and vinous/fruity notes take secondary roles to the roasted malt. Far too strongly roasted, which covers the more subtle and elegant flavors in the truly wonderful Baltic Porters. Tasty and drinkable, but not all that fantastic.
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2003 Smelled like chocolate and tasted like chocolate, caramel and coffee. I found it to be a very nice combination for a porter. Slightly bitter, yet not overly bitter. Well worth a try...or another..or another! It masks the alcohol very veww.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks like a giant glass of ristretto coffee, fine bubbled crema like head lasts until finished. Estery aroma with chocolate and burnt toffee. Smooth buttery chocolate flavour. Fine bubbles do wonders for the mouthfeel, pity about the watery finish.
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2013 Bottle (BB 04.11.2015).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, fully lasting.
Body is black.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate, husks).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
It’s been 10 years since I’ve had this, but alas it’s no longer the 4+ brew I remember. Always passed this up in the States ’cause they’re notoriously old bottles, but this is seemingly pretty fresh. Still looks great, but the aroma and mouth experience are both just ok...the malt is pretty simple and a bit rough. Oh well.
bruno1378 (126) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured dark, tan head that didn't last long. Very complex aroma. Complexity moves right along to the first sip as well. Seems to be a lot of flavors there that I can't quite distinquish. A bit of aftertaste, but nothing nasty or bitter. I would seek this out again, not often, but as a nice flavorful change to what else is out there.
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2006 Dark black with a big brown head. Chocolate and fruit/berry aroma. Flavor is sweet, chocolate burnt malt , toffee and caramel. Very dry finish.