AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - DEC 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I thought that this was going to be like one of those nitro-burning Imperial stouts that are fine for sipping, but not for the sessions that my stupid brother seems to want to have this Christmas. Instead it pours dark with a very bubbly beige head. Aroma was a bit off, and the first sip gave me the metallic taste of pennies in the mouth, but subsequently is starts out with a good fore-flavor of darkish malts with a light and more refreshing (read not dry) finish. Has some smoke to it. Easy drinking.
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2005 This is an excellen porter! At 7.2% alcohol its surprisingly smooth. So nice and roasted. Really warms your insides. Full malt and chocolate flavors coat your mouth. One of my top favorites from the Finlanders.
cryptobard (281) - DENMARK - OCT 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, black with dark tan foam, roasted malts and chocolate, tastes of the same with bitterness and light smokiness.
mickut (276) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head and good lacing. Full bodied with average carbonation and long, lightly bitter and burnt finish. Robust aromas have coffee flavors, roasted malts, hint of chocolate.
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black with a medium sized, dark tan, lasting head. Nose is sweet with touches of alcohol, molasses, and coffee. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of roasted chocolate and coffee. Finishes sweet with a touch of bitterness.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1996 Vintage: Heavy mapley aroma, and dark color with quick head. The flavor was woody and broad, with hints of coffee and chocolate.
The 2003 is much drier with much less body. Again, one to let age.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours jet black with a nice side tan head that has good lacing. Smoky roasted and nutty aroma. Smokey coffee and chocolate flavors. Creamy body with a slight bitter aftertase.
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out black with a big frothy chocolaty head that takes its time before lacing to a thin layer. Looks spectacular. Smells of bakers chocolate, dark fruit, and roasty malt. The taste is crazy, in a very good way. Starts roasty, then transitions into bakers chocolate, then the dark fruit kicks in then washed away by a hop bite that dissapears to a coffee but silky flavor. So smooth in the mouth with a tickle of carbonation. I could drink these all night long.
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best if not the best beer in Finland. Delicious liquid chocolate ryebread with a nicely dry aftertaste. Winter warmer, summer dessert and simply a great beer.