thegreenrooster (3886) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a jet black with a tan head. Aroma is nice and roasty. Flavor is roasted chocolate with a nice dark fruity aftertaste. It is a bit thin like some raters have stated but there is plenty of flavor to satisfy.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 1997 Bottle #2884 Very dark brown pour with a non-existant head. Great big rich caramel-coffee aroma that promises much. Does not disappoint. Roasted malt flavor with notes of coffee, burnt fruit, nuts, caramel... Very warming alcohol presence. This eight year old baltic porter is much more mellow and rich than the fresh batch.
Dorwart (2500) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large dark brown head of very fine bubbles. Light carbonation. Lovely ring lacing. Head reduces very slowly. Sweet aroma with plums, malts and chocolate. Sweet and very smooth flavor. Little thin in the body. More malts, bitter dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Very smooth and very easy drinking. Hides its alcohol very well. Creamy finish with a little biterness but is short lived. Another very good baltic porter. Damn I like these baltic porters.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 Pours a fat foamy brown head that leaves a ton of lace. Fully opaque. Chocolate and roasted malt. Mediciney. Oily Long Finish....get it?
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured deep black with a lasting light brown head. Mild chocolate aroma, with some nice coffee notes. Flavour is a combination of berries, roast coffee and chocolate. Almost some burnt sugar notes there too. Medium bodied. Not bad!
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got this at valley wines. Poured black/brown with a huge tan lasting head. Roasted malts and coffee and chocolate nose. Taste was the same a bit burnt coffee and chocolate, sweet. Balanced finished.
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2005 A great finnish--in more than one sense of the word. This is deep, strong, dry and full of body. This is what Guinness wishes it could be when it grows up!
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours black and oily, thick enough to block out the setting sun. The head is beatifully thick and almost coffee colored, and forms a round bulge in the middle.
The smell is earthy, smoky, and rich. In the mouth it is pleasantly oily and thick, with a burnt rick coffee flavor. Very solid beer that is readily available in Finland anyway. Probably among my Finnish favorites.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very black with a thick brown head that clings to the glass like a monkey to a limb. The aroma is beautiful, malty and chocolate like some molasses. The flavor is strong and robust lots of black malts in this give it the burnt flavor that I enjoyed. Through the smokiness emerges a sweet caramel covered cherry flavor that is very unique though. Not too thick on the palate very balanced and almost creamy but a nice dry and bitter finish makes my tastebuds beg for more. This was my first beer from Finland and my first Baltic Porter. I like this alot and can’t wait to try more of this style.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome deep brown/black color with nice deep beige head which lasts for a while. Good aroma with hints of roast but dominated by chocolate and malt. Slight herbal hop hints and fusel alcohols as well. Flavor is robust with chocolate and roasted malts along with some burnt character malts. Moderately sweet but balanced in the end with a decent bitter finish. Very smooth overall.