CamdenD (1169) - 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 itís 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!
pineypower (2980) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Jeff for this one....Pours out a dark brown color with a tiny carbonated head that diminishes shortly. The aroma is roasty with notes of fruit. The beer is much thinner than expected. The taste is pretty complex, with roasted malts dominating, backed up with some notes of fruit and figs.
pivo (2651) - GERMANY - JUN 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted nose, black color, clinging head. Toasted malt, chocolate tones, coffee bitter finish. A hint of smoke peeks through too. Medium body. Really a fine fine porter.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle - 22 oz] Dark black pour with not much of a head or carbonation. The aroma had lots of fruit and alcohol in it. Very alcoholy for a porter. Was not expecting as much fruit and not a lot of malt either. The taste is slightly dry with flavors of dark fruits, alcohol and some pine. Underneath it all, there is a hint of corn and grass reminiscent of Keystone Light. Very thin and watery. Maybe I caught a bad bottle, but I was not that big a fan.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Semi transparent deep garnet color with a generous tan head. Fruity aroma, malty also. Not entirely what I was expecting from aroma. Grainy, toasty malt flavor, oatmeal stands out - I catch some brown sugar to finish. Slightly bitter, yet sweet. Decent mouthfeel, maybe a tad thin although a good representative to stlye. A nice brew.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep black with a nice head that fades to a slight film. Aroma is moslty chocolate, some toffee, lots of caramel malts, and some coffee, but no roasted malts. The aromas blend together very well. A very slight hint of smoke as it warms. flavor is very malty with a crapload of chocolate malt, some crystal for sweetness and some hops in the end for a nice slight bitterness to balance the flavor. The body is silky smooth and finishes slightly sweet and slightly dry. After a while you can notice just a touch of alcohol in the end. Very smooth in the end. Probably the best baltic Iíve ever had.