humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love porters and really enjoyed exposing myself to this one. Deep sultry malts with a black smoothness and an archaic earthy flavor. Ample tawny head the color of Eriophorum chamissonis trichomes that lasts to the end, lacing its way down the glass. The aroma is chestnut and dark roasted marshmallow both of which breach into the flavor with zeal. The carbonation is perfect and serves to solidify the palate and overall mouth feel. The hops lend exquisite bitterness moments after the malty tones are swallowed. There is also a slight lactic nature to the mouthfeel. Bottom line, one hell of a porter (though very stout-like) that everyone should expose themselves to as soon as possible.
taunusmies (338) - FINLAND - MAR 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a large brown head. Strong, malty, roasted taste with aromas of coffee, smoke and dark chocolate. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel but definitely not watery. Slightly carbonated.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled in 1997, bottle #2451: I found this beauty in my cellar during a recent inventory so thanks whoever gave it to me! 11 years old and this beer is great! Jet black in the pour with a light tan head that faded fast. Lots of roast in the aroma with dark fruit as well and sweet malt. Flavor is the samewith maybe a little coffee-ness to it. The finish is quick and dry with some lingering to it. No real pronounced hops in this one but then it is 11 years old as of this review. Wonderful beer which now I’m going to go have to find elsewhere as it was my one and only.
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2010 33cl bottle. Poured a oily black with a thin brown head. Aroma of licorice, dark chocolate, something almost like olives and earthy. The taste was much the same... could not taste any alcohol. This one leaves a oily feel in the mouth... no bitterness. The body was medium to thin. Overall good: I thought it had something unique about it... with that said it was not really my thing... but glad I tried it.
Armadill0 (330) - FINLAND - JUN 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black-dark brown. Thick medium brown foam. Roasted malt aroma, medium strong.
Taste is a bit bitter. Malts, fruity hops, syrup. Surprisingly bittersweet with a malty body. Some carbonation feel. Good long bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden.
aenima (330) - Askim, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Complex aroma of chocolate and coffee. The taste is similar but a litrle thin. Low carbonation.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 On tap at Uber. Pours black with a decent beige head. Aroma is smoky malt. Flavors of smoked meat, chocolate, roasted malt. Thick mouthfeel, roasty finish.
rmasa (324) - Vantaa, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with large rocky, tan head; sweet aroma of molasses, toasted caramel and brown sugar; medium to full body, smooth texture; flavor of roasted barley and bitterness with sweet toffee notes; burnt finish and aftertaste. The aroma doesn´t really match with the taste nor is it the strong point of the beer otherwise, but still this is a great baltic porter and besides Winter War and the ice hockey world championship 1995 one of the few things the people in Finland can be proud of.
gsteph (322) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black with caramel head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, smoke, and fruit. Strong bittersweet flavors combining very strong, almost burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and mocha, all wrapped up in a smoky blanket. Thick and chewy while smooth and silky. Excellent roasted malt sweetness that finishes with a bittersweet finish. Perfectly balanced.
Velkyal (320) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3 year old bottle. Pours an inky black with a steady schmeer of light brown foam. The aroma is rich dark chocolate, with traces of spice and a very faint sherry note. Tastewise, rich malty sweetness and a riot of chocolate and coffee fight it out and yet find balance with a subtle but firm hop bite. Full bodied, but not cloying. Very nice.