DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice aroma of chocolate and coffee, malt as well, darkest brown, small cappuccino head, some pretty lace. Taste is dark chocolate and roast coffee, medium bodied, balance and bitter. A fine treat! Thank You mds.
travita (4111) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black as night with a pretty good head. Roastiness in the back of the mouth. Coffee in the taste and aroma also alcohol. Thich mouthful. Some chocolate as well.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy dchmela. Pours a burnt brown, with a craggy, light head. The aroma is unmistakable, roasted grains, coffee, cocoa, chocolates, even a wisp of smoke. The flavor is spot on, with the roasted malt dominating throughout, yielding slightly to allow a slight hoppy bitterness to bring this dance to a close.
Kinz (3347) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Cap Ale House, post 10k recovery beer. Pours black with a creamy tan head, very nice. Aroma is a great blend of coffee accented malts and dark fruits. Flavor is an almost exact match, but just exquisitely balanced, luscious, and full. This is absolutely fantastic, an amazingly good beer.
dchmela (2667) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours blackish brown with a thin tan head. Roasted grain, liquer sweetness, very pungent aroma. Sweet, thick, chewy, chocolate malt, hoppy taste. Very easy to drink and leaves a little roasted grain on the finish. Really solid baltic porter.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy dchmela....thanks Dave! Pours a deep, dark chocolate brown with a small, foamy, light brown head. A smattering of spotty lacing speckles the glass. This is a true Baltic, as the massively malty nose clearly indicates. Big notes of bittersweet chocolate, dark caramel, cocoa nibs, and roasted coffee mean serious business. A mildly earthy hop character comes through a little, but make no mistake, this one is malt dominant. The flavor is again huge and intensely roasted, with rich, smooth, chocolaty and caramelized malts. Medium-full bodied and silky smooth, this one goes down easy and finishes with lingering roast. This is right up there with the best that this style has to offer. Fantastic.
beerbill (3504) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a large brown head that faded to a film by mid-glass and left no lacing. The aroma was a bit odd. While I enjoyed the malt, coffee and tobacco elements, there was a very noticable aroma of isopropyl alcohol which I did not like. Thankfully, the rubbing alcohol was not in the flavor, which I enjoyed. Very malty with coffee and tobacco noted as well. Some scotch whiskey flavor emerges as the beer warms with a definite warming from the alcohol at the finish. Except for the aroma, an enjoyable beer.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz. bottle) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, lactose, noticeable alcohol, some charred, and black licorice. Flavor of roasted malt, cocoa, and light coffee with a somewhat chalky mouthfeel and dry finish.
Gorbalev (2943) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with and courtesy of GregClow. Pitch black, huge brownish head. Great aroma featuring a ton of roast and some alcohol. Taste features more roast - actually very little of the expected Baltic sweetness here. But man, is that roast every tasting and integrating well with the powerful yet soothing alcohol. Wonderful medium body that manages to be silky yet well carbonated. Long warming alcohol finish with even more lingering roast. Great stuff, but blind I would call this an Imperial porter and not a Baltic...
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle acquired from blankboy, and shared with tupalev & my lovely wife. Deep black with a large mocha head. Rich aroma of well-roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and a bit of smoky wood. Full, silky mouthfeel. Lovely flavour with big roasty malt, espresso, dark caramel, and some dark dried fruit as it warms. Not quite as sweet as I usually expect from the style, but that’s OK, it still rocks.