Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting at Ezra’s house--Poured a deep dark body with a tan head. lots of creamy oats in the nose and in the flavor. Some roasted toasted coffee and bitter hops. Big, thick, and creamy like I like ’em!
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours thick and black with a smallish dark brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, dates, and sweet roasted malt. Flavor is of roasted malt, with hints of cocoa, mocha, bitter espresso, alcohol, and some piney hops to round out the finish. Leaves a tart/tangy feeling along the sides of the tongue. Thick and creamy, very smooth, and delicious.
theisti (3504) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle purchased at Capone’s in Norristown, PA. Bottle Conditioned in 2008 according to the label. Pour is opaque black, with a dense 2 inch tan head. Small (audible) carbonation bubbles rise to the surface of the head as it settles. Nice lacing left behind as the head fell slowly. Aroma of roasted coffee grounds, tobacco and some faint pine hoppiness. Taste represents the nose well, though the pine hoppiness is much more pronounced, with a decided bitterness to it. The start is sharp malted barley roastiness, the middle reveals the earthy smoky tobacco, and the finish is the crisp and bitter hops. As it warms, a bit of dark chocolate sweetness is picked up. Also some licorice. The palate is medium, which works well to position this beer as a Baltic Porter. Overall, this was a tasty, complex, easy to drink brew.
nuplastikk (5093) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber. Deep black color with a moderate beige head. Classic dark sugary sweet alcohol aroma. The taste is full, rich, and malty. Lots of chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The body is full but creamy. This is really one of the best Baltic Porters you’ll find, with all the classic Eastern European characteristics built onto a solid quality grain bill. Top notch.
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of CigarCityBrew. Pours deep darkness with thin mocha head. The aroma is dark roasted malts to burnt malts and toastiness moving toward coffee. The aroma is a bit mild but nice. I get a creamy mouth feel that ushers in burnt and dark roasted malts as well as rich roasty to chocolate malts backed up by sweet molasses. It seems to taste a lot like a bold flavored stout rather than the style stated on the label. Still very nice.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22oz Bottle. Mostly opaque, blackish brown colored pour with a thick layer of tight bubbled tan head. Clean, lagery nose with hints of sulphur. Deep chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. Lots of dark chocolate. Medium full bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a chalky texture. Clean, malt forward flavors up front on the palate, brimming with dark chocolate and silky coffee, adding a nice dark depth without any excessive roast. Mid-palate, some fired raisin and plum fruity notes come through, all the while maintaining the malt focus of the beer. Warming alcohol in the finish, along with a kiss of hop bitterness to dry up the rich palate. Overall, a solid example of a Baltic Porter that exhibits a clean lager-like character and uses malt complexity to develop a rich flavor profile rather than relying on ester qualities. Thanks for sharing, Julian!
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 bottle courtesy of Matthew. Pours a thick blackish-brown with a big tan head. The aroma is rich with coffee, molasses and prunes. The flavor pretty much mirrors the aroma; more coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, dates and roasted malts. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy. The finish is long and dry with lingering biter dark chocolate. Overall: A top notch porter, thanks Matthew.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to JCB for this one. Jet black pour with a thick brown head and moderate lacing. Malts and coffee on the nose. Medium bodied. Milk Chocolate, molasses, and licorice. Bitter dry finish
TheEpeeist (3561) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan head, some lace. Nose is coffee, clay and light citrus. Medium body with a tang; alcohol thinning. Taste is chocolate, molasses, licorice, smoke and tobacco. Sticky with a grassy bite. Solid Baltic.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried from bottle with Atlanta ratebeer crew at 5 Seasons North tasting. Dryish. Black. Malty, chocolatey. Good carbonation. Tan head. Even though I’m not partial to dry, it’s the best dry porter I’ve ever had.