Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Doesn’t feel quite oily enough to be a lager yeast, I think - perhaps this is why it says Baltic-style porter? Plummy, raisiny, and delectably sweet without going overboard, but just not meaty like the biggest baddest ones on the block (Heavyweight’s Hammer). Well balanced and with just a touch of drying, slightly piney hops lingering. Picked up at BotW in Rochester for 6.95 but now available for 2 bucks less at Table and Vine, Northampton, MA. Bummer. Not up to SHPH standards...
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured dark brown with a small dark beige head. I’m assuming this is the Baltic porter even though my bottle is different. Big sweet roasted malt aroma with a nuttiness to it. Flavor is sweet and decadent with loads of chocolate and nuts. Light hops in the finish. Very good.
jercraigs (8666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2007 Bottle. Black body with a small frothy tan head (3+). Sweet malt with moderate mocha roast and dark bitter chocolate. Sweet rich malt flavour has notes of chocolate and very mild mocha roast. Chocolate notes last long into the aftertaste, and are joined by mild light coffee and raisins at times.(8+) Smooth medium palate could use a touch more carbonation to avoid becoming syrupy, but is otherwise very nice. Very nice. 8-8+/3+/8+/3+/17-18 - 4.2
<P>RBSG 2005. Dark brown-black body with a small khaki head. Mild roast, malt and dark chocolate in the aroma. Flavour is likewise with a very mild roast, sweet malt and muted dark chocolate. Medium-full bodied. Awesome. 7/4/9/4/18 - 4.2
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good porter. Very roasty and nice for the cooler weather. Well worth a try.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG 05 Dark brown color with a thin light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Interesting flavor of roasted malt and chocolate. Dry and liquorous texture.
CamdenD (1118) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 10, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 This drank aged well in the glass, aside from its dissapointing head-longevity: turned into a coke pretty quickly. Aside from that, this beer is all you would want from a porter, full and proven. Not sure, given the comparisons, if I prefer this over the Baltika, but it’s a steady battle. Nicely done.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick black pour with decent size compact tan head. Aroma is roasted, sweet, and has a full presence. Flavors are roasted malts, with both sweetness and a hop kick that comes in at the end. It is a bit like a long Sunday drive where you see multiple sights. It goes from strong malts to sweet malts to a quick hop. There are also bits of vanilla and a woody finish. Nice complexity in the flavor and a decent thick finish. Thanks to hopdog on this one.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Pailhead. Dark brown with mahogany highlights. Decent beige head, fades to ring of bubbles. Chocolate and coffee aroma is very muted. Lots of dark roasted grain in the flavor, roasted coffee in the finish.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick and syrupy with very little head. Very dark brown with a red hue. Sweet, smokey aroma with tar, leather, yeast. Silky and somewhat still on the palate. A little chalky and tart with a mild burnt grain and sweet, well balanced finish. Well made.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 1, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(A hearty thanks to Wohlfs for sharing this with me at Kuhnhenn) Dark pour with hints of red on the edges. Dense tan head. Big fat blast of chocolate and dark fruit in the nose with a light roasty note underneath. Rich and silky. Big malty body...almost chewy. Lots of dark malts and some plummy/raisin flavors. Finishes with a light touch of earthy roast. Very nice Baltic porter. Thanks again, Steve!