Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled: Pours a deep brown black, coffee like. Notes of caramel apple, dark chocolate, burnt grain, dark fruit, yeasty esters, faintly vinous in the nose. Small pale tan head dissipates to just a ring leaving a small amount lace. I do enjoy this, although I was expecting more considering the high ratings. This doesnt quite compare to the Koffs and other porters produced in the Baltic region. Yet, I couldnt put this down. In fact, I will go buy more tomorrow...hehe. Very drinkable, nicely balanced. Rich roasty malts, dark fruit, plum, fig, cherry, bittersweet chocolate, tar, tobacco, oily medium bodied palate, with a faintly bitter, lingering estery alcohol sweet finish. I do like very much. I am excited to find this in Massachusetts.
BBB63 (6364) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Eyedrinkale for opening this at the FFF DL gathering: Opaque oily appearance topped by a small tan head and some lace. The aroma has notes of roasted and burnt malting, chocolate, caramel apple, plum, and earthy yeast esters. The taste starts with a nice fruity front backed by mocha and smoky undertones. A bit lactic and notes of coffee on the finish. The feel is oily and lush, very smooth and quite drinkable. This is yummy stuff but somehow I expected more, perhaps my hopes were a bit too high. Neverless I enjoyed this and you should too.
Psylocke (91) - st-constant, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It does not smell strong.But is taste are more stonger.At the start the flavor taste nothing but at the end very chocolate.A long palate....
GonZoBeeR (2983) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:nut and chocolate....
Appearance:Very dark brown small head...
Flavor:Chocolate,hazelnut and alcohol...
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At Tap-NY. Pours a deep brown with healthy tan head. Smell is of roasted malt, chocolate and some nuttiness. Taste is is very smooth with a nice chocolatey bite. Very nice!
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Found this in NY and what a find it was. Pours nearly black with a thick and long lasting white head. Aroma is so seductive becase the sensations are hidden so well. Wine is the dominant factor along with burnt coffee, toast, caramel and chocolate. Taste has a fantastic white wine feel to it which I love. Flavors get better as it goes down. One of the best Porters I’ve ever had.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
from a bottle at brewtopia. dark brown, lighter brown at edges. thin tan dense foamy head. dry, roasted malt nose. flavor is dry, roasted malt, light coffee. medium mouthfeel. mild carbonation. there was a little brown chunk in my sample, like a piece of minced ginger, but this was from a bottle!
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewtopia, Black with tan head. Aroma of chocolate and toasted malts. Tasted like it smelled. Was a very nice Baltic. Good brew.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle sampled at Brewtopia ’05.
Black color with a small tan head. Mild aroma of roasted malts and dark bitter chocolate and hops. Flavor was also somewhat muted. Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate and some hop bitterness.
Maybe I’m a bit jaded, since I sampled this right after their Russian Imperial Stout, but it wasn’t nearly as good as I had hoped.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
04.16.05 Brewtopia ’05 Bomber. Black, small head. Pretty hoppy in a floral way. Roasty. Not an exciting beer, and much more bitter than seems necessary for the style, cocoa bitterness at times. Lots of caramel, vanilla, feels too thin. Not what I had hoped for. I sampled this one twice.