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 (1162) - 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 (2424) - 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 (3691) - 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 (5034) - 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.
eczematic (1321) - Adelaide, 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 fil’s fragrant backpack... who knows. rer8 @ highlandlad’s: 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 there’s 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 (4393) - 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.