Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 22oz bomber. Pours a nice frothy head with decent lacing. Much darker than I was initially thinking. Deep aromas and flavours of raisins, bittersweet chocolate, candied fruit. A bit of coffee and a vinous character. A little bit of brewers licorice on the back end. Good balance between the hop profile and malt backbone. Good viscosity which gave a nice sensation for the mouthfeel. Very nice representation of a baltic porter and another solid offering by Smuttynose.
jenhesteer (234) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque black, with a tan head of a half-inch. The tightly packed foam settled quickly and dissapated to a partial skim-coat, and eventually to several errant whisps. Aromatics are laced with acrid malt, bitter chocolate, spent coffee grounds, and powdered nougat. Quite dry and roasty in the nose. The mouthfeel is full, chewy, and very creamy. The pallet is filled with heavily roasted malt, singed chocolate bits, and burnt bread ends. Warming alcohol follows through along with hints of black licorice and lingering dark caramel. Bitterness is smooth and balancing, and other hopping is subdued. Fruity esters are no-where to be found. Finishes very dry, somewhat acrid, and a bit grainy. I can see this becoming a crushed velvet tongue tickler after a couple of years in the cellar.
toxichop (351) - South Gate, California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 Bottle ABV 9.8. P: This is a very dark beer with a brown head that doesnt last long. S: So much is going on here you get molasses, lacto, dark fruits, raisins, coffee, a hint of soy, malt and a bit of ethanol. T: This is bold, dark roasted malts, coffee which is both bitter and sweet, dark fruits and raisins, with burned wheat toast to finish it off. M: Medium with somewhat high carbonation. O: Why did I put this off for so long, there is so much good stuff going on here without anything ever being overpowering.
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"surprise wish list beer - sweet! this one reminded me a lot of the recent aphotic baltic porter without the oak presence. very dry, roasted malt, lots of chocolate and dark fruit. done quite well."
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a brown head. Rich roasted malt aroma. Sweet and full bodied, but not too much. Pretty good.
boxofrane (2148) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the pourhouse. Pours pitch black with a medium sized brown head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate, mocha, coffee, cherry, raisin, slight alcohol. The taste has a ton of dark fruit, chocolate, sweet cherry, a bit of heat of the finish.
Darkmagus82 (1729) - - SEP 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-8-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – Pours a deep brown nearly black color with a one finger tan head. The head fades slowly over time to leave a great level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is heaviest of dark fruits of raisin, cherry and prune with a roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Mixed with these stronger smells are notes of toffee and caramel as well as a warming alcohol smell. Quite delicious.
Taste – The taste begins heavy of toasted malt, chocolate, and a caramel sweetness. The caramel takes on more of a toffee like flavor more toward the middle along with some flavors of fig and raisin hitting the tongue. The sweeter flavors fade ever so slightly as some light coffee flavors and a bit of a boozy taste comes to the tongue. More bitter sweet chocolate comes to the tongue at the end along with a light smokiness leaving a nice darker and toasted flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was thick and creamy with a lower to average level of carbonation. The thicker body was fantastic for all the dark roasted flavors of the brew really allowing all the subtle (as well as the not so subtle) darker flavors to linger and be detected by the tongue.
Overall – Quite a delicious brew. Medium sweetness with a thick body and a nice roasted flavor profile. A very nice cool weather sipping brew.
generallee08 (714) - New York, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It has a slow thick pour which is very dark. In the glass it looks nearly opaque and black in color. On top there is a tall light brown head. The head has good retention and leaves some splotchy lacing on the glass. The aroma has sweet and roasty maltiness. It’s bready and grainy with hints of dark fruit and noticeable alcohol. There is a lot of full bodied sweet dark roasted barley malt wrapped up with some mellow boozy alcohol. There are notes of chocolate, dark dried fruits, golden raisons, burnt sugar and dark/burnt toasted bread. The finish has some leafy hop flavor and mild bitterness creeping in for some balance. Overall it still has plenty of residual sweetness in the end. Its not overpowering or cloying at all but it will slow down the drinkability as it lets you know it’s a big beer. On the tongue it has a slick viscose feel. There is just enough carbonation to ease it over the palate.
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours near black, finger thick creamy tan head, thick lacing. Aroma bready, roast malt, dark fruit, toffee, earthy hops. Taste roast malt and toffee up front, alcohol and a slight bitterness mid mouth, big dark fruit and molasses throughout, very complex. Mouthfeel full body, medium carbonation, alcohol warming, balanced finish. Overall excellent, does alot of things right, all flavors blend perfectly, could drink this often.
beerbaaron (1278) - Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark dark brown, near black. Fizzy light brown head. Aroma is so full of character. Very flavorful and complex. A great mild roastiness. Chocolate. A touch of dark fruitiness. A little alcohol. Lighter medium body. Soft and smooth. Super drinkable. Really well made. Excellent.
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber->pokal. Deep brown with huge frothy tan head. A: mill chocolate, coffee grounds, malt. T: same, with malt forward tailed by bitter cocoa and coffee. Some sweetness permeates. Smooth palate. Nice.