antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. The alcohol comes through strongly in the nose. Heavy body, with a great amount of bitterness that gives a great taste. Alcohol is a bit strong in the flavor, but a good porter.
Frahmo (316) - Idaho, USA - DEC 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at bittercreek, black pour with minimal head. Fruity, sour but almost sweet overtones. Dry. Salty aftertaste. Thin body, medium carbonation. Weird tasting beer.
darbeer75 (316) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2016
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma: extreme maltiness; Appearance: pitch black with billowy tan head that sticks around; Taste: starts out strongly malty but quickly turns into a bitter or almost smoky finish immediately afterwards. Palate: heavy bodied with bitter finish. Overall: I think the quality is good, but not my favorite style.
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Ginger Man. Ehh. not very complex. Aroma is roasted malts and some strange sours sweetness. Flavor is roasted malt and coffee with not much else.
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Been looking forward to trying this one out. Pours like a big stout, not a porter - opaque black and a big foamy brown head. Aroma is big and malty - fruit and chocolate notes, tobacco, and a little booze. The flavor is much more subdued, though, with a sweet malt layer carrying along some roast and minimal hop flavors. Palate is just a little thinner than I’d like. I spent some time with this porter, trying to figure it out. It has an particular character that I can’t quite define. It’s not the biggest or most complex porter, but it’s certainly an interesting one to drink. Take your time with it, too - I came to enjoy it more as it continued to warm a bit.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderfully dark with a huge head. Aroma of molasses, some caramel, a bit syruppy. Appropriate palate. Nicely roasted flavour, with some coffee and vanilla, more caramel.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in an English pint
Bottled 2000, uncovered 2007
Poured black with a small light brown somewhat diminishing frothy head. To be expected from an old porter.
Smelt of strong vinous and burnt malt qualities, molasses, tar, raisins.
Taste was upfront strong bitter burnt grain, stale bread, cobwebs and tar and sweet raisins followed by a bitter burnt grain and coffee and sweet light molasses on a long finish.
Palate was medium bodied, oily, softly carbonated and moderately astringent.
Overall, I found that the 2 aged baltic porter I’ve had recently smell and taste like musty basements. This one has nice bold flavors and is very comfortable on the palate and the nose.
I need to try this fresh, but I am very happy with it as is.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
this bottle had mettallic tatse. nose roasty caramel. had a somewhat ashy flavor to it along with caramel. pretty smooth mouthfeel. ok
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent porter. Nice fruity raisiny flavor. I also picked up some butterscotch flavors.
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black color. Small thin dark brown head. Lovely malt aromas, roasty and coffee. Flavors of coffee, toasty bread, and toasted brown sugar. Malt finish is very pleasant, but strong alcohol on palate though. Overall I liked it as a winter beer.