willblake (2647) - 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.
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got from my secret santa..thanks man. Pours out a dark black color with a slight reddish hue when you hold it up to the light. I like the hand waxed bottle, good times. The aroma is of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is very smooth with a nice balance of roasted malts, chocolate and maybe a hint or two offruit here or there. A solid brew
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This Baltic Porter pours a dark black color from a wax topped 22 oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. A medium to light bodied porter. Malts are semi-sweet chocolate. Touch of floral hosp. Some salty and smoky aspect to the flavor as well. Balances well with the chocolate malts. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to beerguy101 for sharing this at the pizza port strong ale fest.
This was a very dark brown pour. The flavor smokey, and a bit salty. pretty nice
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this last night compliments of BeerGuy101 (or was it johnc?) at the pizza port strong ale fest. Very nice imperial porter, one of the first imperial porter’s i’ve had. Poured dark brown. Flavor was smokey with root beer and sunflower sead notes and a medium body.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a pitch black color with a ring of light brown lace. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Flavor of DMS, chocolate and alcohol with some coffee. The palate is light and oily, the carbonation level is low. It has interesting elements but the DMS ruins it for me.
DocLock (7826) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love the periwinkle blue hand waxed top. The pour was burnt umber with a fast dissipating light tan head. Aroma of big dark chocolate and coffee, molasses, some hazelnuts. The flavor was creamy roasty malty, with chocoff, some hoppy black pepper notes, and a very minute cherry tartness. A tad light on the palate for an Impy porter, but not bad at all.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark, black with small off-white head. Aroma is roasty. Flavor is similar, lots of chocolate/coffee up front. Hops don’t really seem to be there to me, except for a little tongue tingling in the aftertaste. Alcohol seems to be about 5-6% to me as well. S’ok, but not really all that special.