beerbill (3564) - 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 (12100) - 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 (2990) - 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 (2949) - 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.
alexanderj (3381) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; don’t remember the price, but it was real cheap for the size. Poured a dark brown/black with a decent sized brown head. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malt/barley, caramel, fruit, and earth. Really tasty; nice blend of roasted oats, cocoa and coffee. Hints of neat, smoke, fruit and caramel. Palate was just ok. Not much hop presence. Would have liked some sweetness.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma, chocolate, roasted notes, caramel. Flavor, roasted notes, chocolate, dark fruits, some coffee. Pretty tasty.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body, small tan head, slight lacing. Aromas of licorice, sweetness, and hops. Flavor is dark chocolate, licorice sweetness, mild roastiness, and slight smoke.
Foxbush (1437) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2012 This Porter was recommended by the bartender at Capital Ale House. It was super. Deep black color with a brownish head. The head dissapated. It is a bold porter rasins and coffee flavors. Nice finish I will be looking for more.
craftycarl21 (2290) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
long lasting caramel colored head- solid lacing on glass. aroma holds hops, malt, and slight coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of raisins. taste expounds this, amplifying the espresso and bitter chocolate. nice mouthfeel with a good aftertaste. also ate with chocolate, very delicious.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2010 Pours motor oil black with large tan head that dissapates into a veneer. Nose of roasted barley, bitter chocolate, coffee, raisin, and hops. Upon first sip, I realized that this is one of the smoothest porters I’ve ever tasted. Oily and thick, caressing the tounge and mouth. Chewy and full bodied- this beer has so much character. Chocolate, deep roasted barley, and hops all fuse together in the perfect balance to create a true masterpiece.