YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Was not very optimistic about this one after sampling their Decadent IPA. Surprise! It was excellent. Pours just about jet black with big, tan frothy head that stays for the party, leaving luscious lacing as it sinks with each sip. The aroma is malty, roasty, some hop citrus, cherries, wisps of chocolate and caramel. Definitely appealing. Medium to full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is rich and rewarding with notes of chocolate, coffee, candy, fruit. Great label, too.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from bomber at RBSG Montreal. Near-black with solid thickish lasting head...minimal roasty, lightly vinous nose...toasty-roasty-sweet body, full and slightly ashy, mostly sugary towards the finish...deep and full mouthfeel helps save it from mediocrity, but itís certainly not at the top of the class for Baltic porters.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very light for a baltic. Subdued roastiness and not very big in body. would be a decent porter.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a thick tan head. Smells of chocolate, straw, raisins. Tasteís of coffee, chocolate, nuts with a slightly bitter finish. On the watery side for a Baltic Porter.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brownish black color with a small tan head. Interesting sweet vegetable aroma. Sweet chocolate, vegetable, anise and coffee flavors. Slightly thin feel, wet finish. Interesting.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color, slightly translucent, with a medium off-white head. the aroma was, at first, quite metallic with strong chocolate tones. As the beer sat for a few minutes the metallic character went away and left a decent chocolaty coffee character. The flavor was strong with chocolate, burnt bread, dark fruits, and roasted coffee. The feel was a little dissapointing...rather thin with a wet finish. Thanks BBB63 for this one!
Pailhead (5097) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Courtesy of BBB63 at Kuhnhennís. Nice blend of chocolate and roasted coffee in the aroma. Pours a dark brown with lgiht red hilights. Small off-white head that is quickly a ring around the edges of the glass. Light chocolate and some roasted grain up front with a roasted coffee finish. Thereís a fruitiness that lingers in the background throughout. A very nice Baltic Porter.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. I thought this was a pretty decent porter. Good even. Aside from marketing, Iím not sure why it needs to 8%ABV though...it just seems like a good porter, chocolatey with a bit of smokiness, a nice velvety body to boot, and a bit on the sweet side...which is OK in this instance...couldnít taste the alcohol, but I could feel it...I could actually drink this all night if not for that factor...the strength is just piled on for no real reason, the beer just isnít any more complex or massive than a good "non-imperial" porter...seems like a gimmick to me.
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle-Going into this rating, i was really excited to try the highest rated Ska beer available. I was somewhat let down i must say. pours 93% black with a small beige head with no lacing. woody, chcolate aroma with some char in there as well. flavors are chocolate, leaning towards baking chocolate. medium body that was slighlty fizzy. metalic note rings out in the finish and becomes more apparent as the beer warmed a little in the aroma. Alcohol is well hidden. Not bad for ska, but still needs some tweeks.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
in itís sooty bosom, itís as dark as an inkwell, but it has such tenacious brownish edges that i was reminded of the char of burnt ponderosa trunks after a forest fire. the brief head roiled up to a thick tapioca froth of chipmunk tan. the immediate aroma of fresh pumpkin guts sent up a red flag, but fudge brownie and old coffee in burlap sacks rushed to the aid of my initially cautious reservations. furthermore, it has cotton candy, cigar, and african violet potting soil aromas. on the tongue it performs with sweetness, with drawn out notes of mildly carbonated roasted maple on símores, and poignant notes of smoked orange rind. on a trim body without oil or creosote or biting bitterness, it feels like a porter-- an elegant up-scale porter. the alcohol is moderate but the enjoyment is tending to the strong side.