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 (1164) - 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 (2439) - 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 (3736) - 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 (5135) - 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 (1864) - Fort Collins, 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.