thedm (4889) - 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.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/7/05. Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, sampled courtesy of cb and TAR in Orange, CA 1/7/05. 2004 vintage. Dark chocolate brown, even hazy brown-black (with no red) and a cream-tan head. Slightly blotchy, quite dusty lacing that adds a nice elegance to the profile. Great soft chocolate aroma with light peat and earthy notes, gently roasty. Extremely dry and soft, also with a bit of acidity that detracts slightly. Very long finish that maintains the gentle roast and adds a cinnamon bread trace and chocolate reside, but otherwise seems somewhat nondescript. Very subtle and delicious beer-- I could drink this stuff all night long.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This really seemed spot on for the style and it is actually suprisingly toned down compared to the way other American brewers approach the style. Dark brown. Big, sugary dark fruit (prunes, raisins, plums) aroma with hints of coffee (with cream) chocolate and a touch of pancake batter. Dry, chewy, malt accented madness with notes of chocolate, coffee and sugar covered plums. Very tasty. Cheers to Tar and CB for sharing the bottle.
eczematic (1307) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2006 what an aroma this beer has. lots of rich toffee, asphalt, round hops, plums, chocolate, wow. once it got inside my mouth i was shocked. nobody told me this beer has brettanomyces. light woody chocolate gets cut through with huge amounts of rodenbachlike acidity. by the end of the glass i still hadnt got used to it. maybe this beer is an acquired taste. more like goudenband than pardubicky. i could handle a hint of sourness in there, but this was so sour it was beyond a joke. maybe the bottle picked up an infection from filís fragrant backpack... who knows. rer8 @ highlandladís: well this was a completely different beer. it had none of the vinegar flavours that i had last time at all, but was a mellow, rich, chocolatey and sweet thing recognisably like the sinebrychoff we had earlier in the day. very dark red-brown but not black. rich malty, round chocolate aromas with some huskiness. in the mouth thereís rich rummy dark malt, seamlessly blending bocky munich melanoidins with chocolatey roast - no edges in sight. sorry about the mixed metaphor there with the seams and edges. trace of dried apricots in finish. also quite licoricey. sumptuous, beautifully balanced and delicious. if this is contract brewed then i like the contract brewer better.
hotstuff (3954) - Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Tan head with fine-small sized bubbles, no visible carbonation, opaque, and a reddish brown hue. Malty, cereal, wheat, and some toffee notes in the aroma. Flavor was sweet, malty and some cereal taste. Smooth palate. Medim bodied.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep brown with a light brown head. Aromas of malts, cookies and caramel. Flavors of roasted malts, Vanilla and a slight coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate.. Light bodied for the style and very easy to drink.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This baltic porter pours with a dark brown body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with notes of cookies and a little sourness. The flavor is slightly sweet and a touch bitter with a nice malt note, a little cookie and a touch of roastiness. Medium bodied and smooth with a slight dryness.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big, bountiful brown, nearly black color, with reddish highlights round the edges, big, bristling cocoaĖcolored head.
Aroma, nice, roasty, toasty, tasty, dark fruits, light spices, a light crack of the licorice whip, very good.
taste: pretty darned good, all those rich and roasty flavors found in the nose return in the taste. Fierce and fiery...this is a toasty delight. Cola-ish at times, though Iíd like to think otherwise. Really canít compare this to a Sinebrychoff or an Okocim, wish I were able to ...oooh, there they are in my "cellar"...ah, so I canít ...a very tasty rich delicious porter, despite that...I just keep enjoying it...nice,nicety, niceness...ver-r-ry nice.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2006 2003 bomber. Very deep dark brown, 1 inch foam becomes 1cm and lasts forever. Sticky, tan full of lacing. Profound coffee nose, chocolatey with the slightest lactic milky bite. Never too sweet. Nice cacao powder touch. Gentle roastiness. Ultra-balanced. Big fruity flavors complement the malt richness (plum-pudding, dates). Great powdery mouthfeel, incredibly smooth and moderately to highly carbonated. Superbly delicate malt, round. Light bitterness, bready and roasted nuts reminiscent. Itís not that the flavors are particularly intense and explosive, but you donít get better balanced than this sir. Original rating 8/5/9/5/16=4.3.
Rating Updated for the new contract-brewed version. Just less decadent.
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark brown with ruby around the edges.
A outstandingly beautiful off white head that you could carve with a pocketknife.
Aroma of chocolate, with maybe a hint of smoke?
Complex flavors here, chocolate, fruit, and a little coffee.
Nice mouthfeel and finish add to make this a fine Baltic Porter.