frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
When I cut the wax and pop the cap, I notice some rust on the inside of the cap! Isnít wax supposed to prevent this kind of thing from happening? Sure enough, I detect oxidation in the aroma. What happened here? (And a better question... why did I sit on this bottle for six months before opening it? Seems like I hatched a lemon.) Pours near-black with garnet highlights, but it takes a long time for my glass to fill due to the enormous tan head that towers over the rim and settles slow in a rocky mass. Dank, dusty, roasted malts with prune and a helping of piney hops in the aroma, harsh alcohol when warm. Flavor finds chocolate and roasted bitterness, but alcohol is hot and adds to a metallic taste. The mouthfeel, however, is smooth and creamy. I donít know... I hate to say it, but the best thing about this beer may be itís name and label (although Skaís original <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/ska-ten-pin-port Pin was none-too-impressive, either.)
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kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(draught sample at Clark Street Ale House, Chicago) Deeb black-brown with very little brown head.. Malt aroma. Flavors of roast malt and dark fruits. A bit thin in body.
SpringsLicker (3254) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Whaleman for this one!
This pours dark brown and lifts up a light-brown head that disappates quickly.
Nutty malt aroma with chocolate and some caramel.
Smooth sweet start and the roast malts add to some bitterness at the finish. A bit thin bodied for a Baltic Porter to me.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, creamy tan head. Nose held nice notes of cocoa, berry, chocolate and cream, with lighter tones of espresso and nut. Flavor had a cherry coffee tang up front, milk chocolate notes in the middle, and ended with a decent hop bitterness to round it out. Medium bodied, but a tad thin in the mouthfeel, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. If you run across it, then certainly worth a try...
hopscotch (10142) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2008 Bottle... Black ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. The nutty, earthy nose is of chocolate creme with a hint of black cherry. Perfectly balanced flavor. Roasted maltiness with medium hop bitterness. A touch chocolaty. Thin for the style. Medium-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Finishes chocolaty and dry.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Finally, a beer by these guys you can get your teeth into. Very rich, rounded mouthfeel with a pleasureable creaminess in palate. Rich roasted caramel malts...with some strong chocolate, vanilla, and brown sugar action going on. Maybe some espresso, too. Potent hop bite. And a big alcohol presence in the peppery finish.
sloth (2648) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small light brown head, good retention and lace.Black brown Porter with a tinge of ruby edging.. Chocolatey nose, touch of roast and a shot of licorice. Body is fully medium, lightly oily. Chocolatey, cookie flavors, caramel, some malt balls, mildly sweet malts with some bourbon and vanilla notes hiding down there. Medium sweet finish, lightly fruity. A Baltic Porter? I had no idea! Come,ohhhnnn,,,,, Props to CaptainCougar for this one!
waolsen (1371) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Clean syrup colored pour with small tan head. NIce smell of hops and coffee. Smoked coffee, hops and some chocolate. Nice finish, not too dry. I enjoyed this beer very much. It was easy to drink, not too heavy.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black and thick. Light brown head. Nose is sweet and chocolatey. Oily, with lactose and burnt coffee flavor. Syrupy. Gets bigger as it warms.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with huge tan head. Aroma is milk chocolate, light coffee. Flavor is coffee, cocoa. Medium palate.