joemacaluso (119) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a classic, strong in alcahol, yet not alcaholic, deep rich, an almost coffeeish taste. More complexity and flavor than dry stouts which makes this beer more enjoyable.
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice pour - extremely dark and opaque with a fluffy orangey-brown head that looks just like a chocolate mousse.
Initial aroma is of roasted coffee beans, but any burnt aspects dissipate. There’s some sweetness in the nose, maybe toffee, and a mild floweriness from hops.
The beer is smooth, thick, and slightly oily on the palate. No roasted flavors like you might expect from an American version, but that’s no fault. Chocolate takes its turn on the tongue and the beer features a very pleasant drying bitterness. The high alcohol is almost completely masked. This is a very fine beer. No gimmicks, just quality.
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cL bottle into pint glass. Pours a deep, dark black with a light, dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Heavy aromas of caramel, butter and roasted malts with a hint of coffee. Flavor is of dark chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, and a slight plum finish. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Great Baltic porter.
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one was a fancy vintage bottle (1997) and also numbered (#1921). This porter has restored my intrestet in porters. Deep dark brown pour with a lingering tan head...attractive. Very nice aroma with some dark berry scent coming through the expected roasted malty nose. Nice raosty balance with coffee and a sweet maltiness. And best of all, no burnt flavor! Yum yum.
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 3, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque black with a thick dark tan head that dissipates slowly and has great lacing. The aroma is piney and fruity with some malt. Mouthfeel is so deep, rich, and creamy and it is so smooth, it's hard to find the tastes, I guess roasted upfront which follows into a subtle piney hop bite that blends very nicely. Overall, this is an excellent porter.
DKTN (110) - Mc Donald, Tennessee, USA - MAY 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours soild black with a large, lasting, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, plums an dates. Soft carbonation. One of my absolute favorites!
lowgun1212 (109) - Carlstadt, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark red-brown with oily head. Crisp aroma of hop, yeast, toast, a little banana. a porter with saison notes. Taste is very dry. smoke, bitter hop. some sour mineral flavors. Kinda burnt flavor. a little flat.
BabyJoe692 (109) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle with an average brown creamy,frothy head that was mostly diminishing with good lacing. Dark brown/black in color. Had almost a wine like aroma. Good smooth taste, however it did have a slight metallic flavor in the aftertaste.
RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sourness, dark black with a little head, some coffee, soot, tar, a little watery, some bitterness, big minus on the smell
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with almost no head and black but if tilted it reveals a very dark birch beer color. The nose reminds me of a good Pedro Ximenez, sweet, raisiny with hints of coffee and chocolate bar. Broad and ever so smooth on the palate. Tastes like it smells with moderate hopping and the alcohol heft is well integrated. Subtle compared to some imperial stouts. Just right for what it is.