rollerton (191) - SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from SB. Pours two fingers of head. Aroma: chocolate, roasted barley. Taste: creamy, caramel, tofee. An excellent porter!
superspak (3606) - Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 11/4/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense brown head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, prune, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, prune, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, prune, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and dark fruit flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Baltic porter. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.
agent_persik (571) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color, medium brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, hint of smoked bacon. Taste has similar notes, dry with mild bitterness in finish. Medium body and average carbonation. Nice dry porter.
koleminer20 (1254) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 mL bottle from my parents at Christmas! Thanks guys! The pour is a beautiful light black with a dark khaki head that fades down to a thin ring. The aroma is nice. Roasty with a good dark chocolate scent. There are hints of dark fruits and a nice balance of roast. I'm a fan. The flavor has a little more licorice going on, but it's very similar to the aroma. Roasty with a beautiful dark fruit and wonderful chocolate. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and lacking. The carbonation doesn't help at all, and the finish is just a little light. This is pretty much the only area of lacking. Pretty good
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greenclansman (888) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - OCT 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark color, nice body. Smooth aromas of roasted malt. Nice flavor. Not too strong or bitter. Very balanced and enjoyable. I can have plenty of those.
slowrunner77 (7440) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"fruity and sweet aroma and taste with tons of dark chocolate,fruit and licorice. almost too much going on, but they manage to pull it off. Thick and syrupy as well."
kevnic2008 (9992) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - SEP 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Many thanks for this bottle to Rosenbergh & Nisse666. Pours black with a medium beige head. The aroma malty and dark roasted with some fruity notes. The flavour is deep roasted and malty.
jmgreenuk (5942) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - SEP 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a supermarket in Porvoo. Poured a deep oily black colour with a frothy tan head. The aroma is roasted sweet malt, light coffee, creamy caramel. The flavour is moderate bitter, light sweet with a big, rich oily malt,, dark chocolate bitter palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation and a rich oily mouthfeel. God this was good and totally unexpected!
humlelala (1161) - DENMARK - SEP 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(33 cl bottle from Systembolaget poured into a burgundy glass; BBD: 04.11.2015 E3 3084 L) Pours pitch black with luscious three finger tofee head. Impressive retention and beautiful lace. Aroma is dark and sweet with notes of molasses and dried fruit. Oily texture, full body, soft carbonation and a lingering finish. Flavour has a bit of roasted bitterness which balances the dominant sweetness nicely and manages to avoid any ascerbic character.
orangesol (984) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on-tap at TJ’s into a nonic pint.
A - Pours jet black with a small half finger tall khaki colored head leaving faint wisps of lacing down the length of the glass.
S - Smells of darkness thru and thru. Huge amount of dark roast; mostly dark chocolate malt, espresso, and burnt wood; mixes well with a light molasses sweetness. Nothing too over the top, just a solid nose.
T - Plenty of dark roasted chocolate malt up front quickly giving way to a mix of espresso coffee beans, charred wood, and some light molasses sweetness. The alcohol creeps in toward the end but it blends in pretty well. The finish is mostly dark roast with a bit of lingering sweetness. The smoke grows stronger as is warms, threatening to overrun everything else but it stops just short. Tone the smoke back a bit and this one would be VERY good.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Big smokey feel to this one that carries over into the finish, mixing with some lingering sweetness.
O - Not too bad. I really enjoyed how rustic this one was, with plenty of simple flavors working in tandem to create an overall good beer. Very nice stuff.