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.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Brewtopia 2005. Poured dark brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of sweet roasted chocolate. Taste followed from the aroma with strong notes of roasted chocolate with a dry hoppy finish. The alcohol slowly revealed itself towards teh end of the mouthful. Overall very balanced, and very drinkable.
Dorwart (2402) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2010 Thin head, light brown, with light carbonation. Sweet caramel aroma, dusty malts, with lots of butter and toffee. Hint of coffee. Dark reddish brown in color. Bitter flavor with loads of roasted grains. Flavor is not sweet at all which is typical of baltic porters. Palate is dry and a little thin for the style. Dry bitter finish. Dark chocolate is apparent in this long and bitter finish. A good brew but seemed a little off. Will have to try this one again in the future.
jsquire (3578) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark beer out of the bottle with attractive mahagony hints around the edges and a foamy brown head. Raw grain nose that reminded me of puffed wheat cereal. Very smooth mouthfeel. Dried fruit flavors of plum with faint coffee and white sugar sweetness. Delicious beer.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Way too thin for a baltic porter. The taste lacks complexity and has a hint of cardboard that may point to oxidation. Because this brewer is top notch in my book I would have this again and prefer it on top for a true rating.
thedm (4973) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew marked OG 17.3 poured a large sized head of light brown colored finely sized long lasting bubbles that left behind a nearly opaque dark ruby red brown colored body and a thick lacing. The aroma contained nice mild coffee mild roasted malty notes. The mouth feel was initially smooth with a vinous malty start that smoothened in the finish. Very good flavor of malts coffee and roasted notes that was on the sweet side.