bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle from whole foods. pours an opaque black, with carbonation that needs coaxing out. aroma is sweet caramel malts, roast...actualy quite like coffee. full bodied. flavor is tremendous: hot chocolate, caramel candies, little bits of toast, and a just slightly sweet finish. no noticable hops, but the finish is drier than you would expect. a tremendous porter.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottled 11.2 oz. Black with large tan head A suprisingly fruity taste. nice balanced very good. Need to try again.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. the color of this beer is an impenetrable inky black. it pours with lovely beige head that is formed by tight tiny bubbles. complex aroma with layers of raisin, fig, molasses, port wine, wood, and sweet dusty malts. palate is creamy and satisfying without being to heavy and far from cloying. flavor is much like the nose, dark dried fruit, molasses, and a hint of port/ fortified red desert wine with some bitter chocolate and a most fantastic finish supplied by the near perfect amount of robust roasted malt and hop dryness.
taunusmies (344) - 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.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - SEP 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate and anise nose. totally opaque black. Crazy flavors in this. Has a woody/smokey drieness. Excellent balance.
Rerate 5 minutes after initial review.: this stuff is great. What a great find to taste an excellent porter from Finland. I feel like I'm on vacation.
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark, dark black with a brown head which dissipates but gathers in the middle of the glass, a little lacing present. There is a lactic acid twang in the nose with dark chocolate and roasted malt. The palate is full bodied, slick, soft and pillow-like. There is a malty sweetness in the taste which finishes with the lasting flavor of lactose and semi-sweet chocolate. This is a rich and inviting Porter. Great for sipping. Unique.
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.
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.