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RATINGS: 759   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Our imperial, Baltic-style porter is inspired by the strong, dark brews exported from Great Britain to Eastern Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. Rich and flavorful with upfront notes of chocolate, caramel and toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eczematic (1322) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4406) - Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Big, bountiful brown, nearly black color, with reddish highlights round the edges, big, bristling cocoa–colored 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 I’d like to think otherwise. Really can’t compare this to a Sinebrychoff or an Okocim, wish I were able to ...oooh, there they are in my "cellar"...ah, so I can’t ...a very tasty rich delicious porter, despite that...I just keep enjoying it...nice,nicety, niceness...ver-r-ry nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
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. It’s not that the flavors are particularly intense and explosive, but you don’t 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3253) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 17, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Awesome dark murky appearance with an aroma very reminiscent of fortified wine, very fruit forward and dry with wuth cherries and chocolate. A solid ring of foam coats the glass with lacing. A light espresso roast aroma is also present with some licorice as it warms. Creamy roasted milk chocolate coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is very long and lingering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2004
Molasses, caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt (H); herb hops (L); red grape, plum, red wine, cask wood, brown sugar, vanilla aromas. Large, creamy, light brown, lasting head with excellent lacing sits on a tawny-black body. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter finish. Medium-full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: incredibly tasty beer that just gets better as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2004
This is a real good Baltic Porter. Roasted chocolate, coffee, and earthy flavors. Finishes creamy, crisp, and clean. Recommened.

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