Indra (2656) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. bottle, 2005 bottling. Relatively slight aroma of roasty malt, coffeeish and chocolatey along with hints of black bread, ashes and earth and some caramel far in the background. Largely opaque brown-black color with a slight, fine off-white head.Flavor is lightly roasty to start, picking up some suggestions of fruit and dark sugar, some raisin and chocolate apparent before a lightly hopped, moderately bitter and semisweet finish. Palate is on the thin side for a Baltic, seeing a bit of warmth appear late, body is medium. Definitely drinkable but very subdued overall.
csbosox (1224) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Served at 54.5° in my NB worthy glass. The color is nearly black with only some dark red tints at the top. Hazy mocha colored head. Lots of foam sticks to the sides of the glass. Coffee, milk chocolate , some sour notes that I enjoy in baltic porters. The initial flavor is dark, sweet malt, almost cola tasting, folllowed by an overwelhming overroasted coffee flavor and plenty of citrusy, bitter hops. Maybe a little raw, but a good effort, nevertheless. Mouthfeel is average, maybe a bit above.
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A ery black body, even when held to light. The head is light tan colored with large bubbles. The aroma is roasted coffee along with some chocolate and caramel. A very rich aroma. The taste is relatively light with some coffee and dark fruit. Plums and cherries come to play in this one. There is also some nice caramel. This is a well made baltic porter, I enjoyit more than most American made ones. The mouthfeel is relatively thin with smooth carbonation.
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark pour with minimal head that quickly dissolves. Aroma of coffee, chocoate on top of a slightly smoky note. The flavor is also one of coffree and chocolate with a slight sweet underbelly and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Body between thin and medium — too thin for an imperial. In fact, this tastes more like a porter than a Baltic porter with flavors too subdued.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near black pour with little head retention. The aroma is flat and dead - noting some roastiness and earthiness, but what is there is subdued. More chocolate and roast profile come out in the body, but mostly restrained. Almost like a cold cup of cheap coffee at times - roasty but watery and thin. Hmmm, seems the "Imperial" tag was slapped on this for marketing reasons alone, as this isn’t anything above and beyond a decent porter with a boosted ABV. Aren’t Imperial brews supposed to equate to more, hops, malts and flavor and not just a higer alcohol? Average at best.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to BeerGuy101 for sharing at PP. Poured a clear dark brown with a reddish tint. Aroma of roasted malt and light notes of coffee. Flavor matches the aroma with roasty malt and some coffee underneath. Light body. maybe a little thin.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bomber. Lots of coffee and mocha in the taste, but lacking a bit in aroma. I found to be bit thin in body also but otherwise OK.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12.10.05 bomber at RLB YEHA-05, also sampled in CO during GABF. Thicker looking root beer brown with loose beige head. Aroma of raisiny bread pudding with chocolate syrup, green beans. huh. Flavor is more canned veggies, nagging, plus some puddings, chocoalte, and a drizzle of kirsch. Not much body.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Initial impression scares me as it looks like the plastic/wax was caused the cap to rust. Even though there was a good pift with the cap there appeared to be rust on the inside of the cap. Dark brown color with a light garnet hue when held to the light. Smallish light tan head with a nice sheet of lace. Straightforward aromas with mild caramel roasted malts. Light sweet and mellow; not the heavy grab ya by the short hairs heavy baltic porter I enjoy. Fairly thin and less than complex. More roasted malt flavors that would lead me to believe this was a weak attempt at an imperial stout. Middle malt come out and add a small amount of depth, but not enough to think this is anything but a weak recipe that is just drinkable. Going back, the rust does not seem to be a factor, but it likely does not help.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Yeha. Poured dark brown with an offwhite head. Aroma is sweet coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Taste is alcohol, coffee, bit of bubble gum. Body is full and fizzy.