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RATINGS: 642   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
Native to northern Europe, Baltic porters evolved from British porters once exported to the Russian hinterland. Unlike their British cousins, Baltic porters are often brewed as lagers, the tradition we’ve followed. This beer is big, bold & smooth, with malty flavors reminiscent of coffee, dark fruit & raisins. Share one with your comrades!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Date: 05/22/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

Appearance: black, wispy beige head,
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma with a milky sweetness and a touch of alcohol sweetness,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of roasted coffee, balancing hops, light bitterness,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Pours pitch black with mahogany edges when held up to light. The mocha head is one inch thick and dense, lingers a while and leaves sporadic lacing throughout. Big smell of roasted coffee and malts up front. Dark chocolate aroma as well with some dark fruits, but it’s the sweet malts that steal the show. Roasted coffee and sweet malts also dominate the taste with a sweet molasses and dark fruit flavor as well. I also got some very subtle smoky tones as well. Very well balanced. This is one smooth beer with little carbonation and a nice palate coating mouthfeel. This is one of the better baltic porters I have tasted and I would seek this one out. Highly recommended!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Pours a deep brown color with a brown head. Aroma is malty, nutty, bitter roast, and coffee. Flavor is coffee, roast, some ash, and a nice chocolate bitter roast finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goodgrief (1869) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Beer pours dark as night with deep tan head, fingers thick. Nice lacing on my beer mug. Aroma was of bitter roast and milk. The flavor was a full rich and sweet milky chocolate with lactic notes, some coffee flavor and lots of bitter roast to balance things out. The mouthfeel on this guy was thick, almost chalky as it coated my tongue and mouth. I really enjoyed this experience!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11557) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2008
22oz bottle @Vero Beach Throwdown-pours a brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-chocolate/molasses, some earthy hops. Taste is dark malt-chocolate/molasses/licorice-acidic, earthy hops. OK carbonation. Not my style but interesting and nicely done. Occasional. Thanks MGumby for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4531) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Appearance: Pours a black body with a medium-sized, foamy, dark tan head. Smell: Roasty aroma with full notes of blackstrap molasses and fire-charred aniseed. Lighter background hints of raisins and smoke. Taste: Roasted, black malts that’s all at once smokey and sweet. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, licorice, molasses, and cauterized cream crowd the palate and swarm the taste buds. Earthy, spicy bitterness remains light. Touch of fruitiness. More smoke and roast on the sweetish finish. Mouthfeel: A hair above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: A very drinkable, very enjoyable brew from Smuttynose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2008
22oz bottle. Aroma of deep roast. Sweet malt and molasses. Pours deep Dark brown / black. Smooth, creamy texture. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle via trade with The_Epeeist, thanks Chris. Pours a nearly black color with a tan colored head. Aroma os choclate, coffee, caramel. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, dried dark fruits. Palate si medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, finished bitter. Really nice, on par with Perkuno’s!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 2008 bomber from pforei. thanks paul!

a viscous pour leads to an opaque nearly black shade of brown. it’s topped by a foam like marshmallow-y cocoa colored head that paints the glass as it retreats. aroma is faintly of coffee with a bunch of chocolate, black raisins and some ashy char. the palate is not even in the realm of sweet as far as baltics go... huge bonus. the flavor is rather port/ juicy red wine like with more black raisins and chocolate along with wood, roasty grain and a dry bittered finish. coffee pops up in the aftertaste. this leans on full bodied. very creamy texture and chewy mouth feel. simplistic and well crafted...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slipstream (2228) - USA - MAY 19, 2008
This was a bomber bottle at room temperature, which is definitely the way to sample dark beers. Big brown head on this ol’ bear. Another eccentric label drawing by Smuttynose. Strong alcohol in the nose, with some sharp hops and yeast also - maybe even a touch of mold? The flavor packs a wallop, and comes in somewhere between an imperial stout and an imperial porter. It is definitely the most potent thing I have tasted out of Portsmouth - coffee, roast grains, a touch of figs and dates, and a little whiskey too. There is a strong finish, with sweetness followed by cooling hops. This brew will grab you by the collar and make you holler - and you’ll enjoy it too!

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