SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large, frothy head of a light brown color. It's black all right. Malts all the way on the nose. Roasty, some bitterness on the end. Light coffee/chocolate flavors but malt predominant. Tasty. Much better flavor as it warms a bit.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Closer to a stout than a porter in its complexity. Pours dark, almost black, and almost opaque. Taste of bitter chocolate and coffee over a dark roasted malt base. Great, in fact, far better than the simple filipino dinner required.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 1996....Poured a deep black, with a sweet roasted aroma. First sip you get a sweet chocolate with a bitter espresso taste. This is an incredible full flavored and rich porter. Almost like a fine vintage wine with its sweetness. This is worth every cent.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black color with a viscous quality. Sweet, alcoholy flavor. Tastes a little like syrup. Rich, deep chocolate flavor with some mild bitterness. Very good.
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2004 (2000 bottle; so around 3 years old)...Elegant chocolate greeting and a handful of black grapes for the tasting about to commence...Blueberry cream and buckwheat honey alleviate the day's concerns and residual red wine bitterness soothes with agility...Delicate roastiness prevails until a flattened, bitter malt aftertaste soon overtakes...Near astringency/sourness but still a survival of old-world refinement...
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Finally I've located a beer from Finland and it looks like it's gonna be good.Mild coffee aroma.Very dark Red brown appearance with a huge head.Mild coffee,slightly sour flavor wish mellows to reveal a mild hop and chocolate finish.Hides the alchohol well.A fine Porter but I prefer the last Latvian porter I rated.
shadey (1903) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 (Fresh - Or at least as fresh as I can get it in the U.S.) Pour was black with a thin tan head. Aroma was dark chocolate and coffee. Flavor matched the aroma with a delicious bitter dark chocolate. Tastes just as good at cooler temps as at warmer room temps. A delicious example of a baltic porter.8/4/8/5/18
Aged almost 9 years. 1998 bottle consumed 2/18/2007. Poured into the big brandy snifter it is oily and smooth with only faint wisps of dark tan cream. The aroma is incredibly rich and smooth. Chocolate blends with black liquorish and dark fruit with some looming alcohol. The flavor is almost as wonderful. Very well blended chocolate, liquorish, plums, raisins, and warming alcohol. The body is oily and smooth, but a bit thinner than I remember from a fresh bottle. Slightly sticky on the lips. Not only did this beer make it almost nine years with only 7% alcohol, but it flourished and matured. This is why I think aged beer can be ever so much more exciting than fresh.
seuinoz (142) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
very dark color (black as night.)
coffee smell when bottle was opened, coffee smell got stronger once in the glass.
very iffy taste at first, then a very pleasent taste after it warmed up a bit.
a very tasty porter.
shocked that something from finland tasted that good.
not a cheap bottle eather(but well worth the money.
HighlanderOne (1010) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of roasted malt. Stout-like appearance. Woo - delicious, bold flavor of roasted malt, some hops, nuttiness, spice, slightly alcoholy aftertaste. It ain't cheep, but this goes to the top of the porter list.
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 23, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark dark dark color. wonderously blackish...when you hold it up to the light nothing escapes. except for the edges which are blood red. amazing deep malty aroma which faintly reminds me of a good teriaki sauce (i dunno why). dark chocolate flavor with lightly burnt edges. damn great stuff!