wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted in NYC. Tasted at brewtopia 04. Deep black colour, opaque. Has a winy / licorice sweet flavour and aroma. Possibly some chocolate. No head, good finish.
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Creamy crown , black opaque body , Sweet toffee aroma , some light aromatic hopps . For a Baltic Porter it is surprisingly light. Nether less it is very clean, velvety. Finish is more roasty . Well made, good quality yes but at 17.5 Plato more like Jr.Baltic Porter. Does not deserve to be top Baltic on Ratebeer. Common guys Krolewskie, Zywiec and Sinebrychoff are richer, bolder more mature Baltic’s.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost entirely black in colour. Aroma of chocolate and coffee, with a slight almond note. There’s a hint of toastiness in the palate, but this quickly gives way to a sharper roast note, and hints of hops. Fairly light-bodied for the style, like a classier version of Baltika Porter.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 Brewtopia ’04: Black with ruby notes under a nice off-white head. Sweet banana and coffee notes. Full bodied and oily. Lightly sweet with a long complex ending. Bottle: Good but a bit thinner.
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Brewtopia ’04. WOW! Looking over my notes I keep seeing the word "NICE" repeated over and over and at one point "Damn good". Poured a deep brown orange with an aroma of caramel and almost almonds. Taste had a decent amount of alcohol, not overpoweringly so, with elements of caramel, toasted almond and some chocolate in a good balance. Definitely the hit of the festival.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Brewtopia04) In my book, this was the hit of the festival. Dark brown body topped by tan head. Aroma is mild sweet, coffee, cherry, vanilla. Taste is mild sweet, coffee, vinous, finishing with a nice alcohol warming. Medium full body, very smooth/creamy. Delicious!
beastiefan2k (2260) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very unique beer, unlike any I have ever tried before. This was my first baltic porter but it is definitly better than any porter. It has a rich flavor but is not a heavy beer. Smells and flavors of sweetness, with a beautiful black color. Well worth drinking again.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black and bubbly with a ruby tint. Amazing aromas of vanilla, cream, chocolates of all kinds, hot cocoa, milk, coffee, and a slight hint of currant. Sweet and chocolatey first sip, some underlying acidity and alcohol actually enhanced this experience. warming yet refreshing, milky and full of coffee flavors. Finishes with some more dry cocoa and alcohol hints. I expected a lot from this beer and was still blown away by it’s long lasting flavor.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2004 Poured an almost opaque black color with some reddish tints around the edges and a tan head, and some nice lacing. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, vanilla, and some dark fruits. Taste was that of chocolate and vanilla ,smoke, some coffee beans, mildly tart (cherries?), with a beautiful creamy mouthfeel.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2005 Jet black with a nice thick tan head and twinges of red around the edges. Giant milk chocolate taste that jumps out at you right away. Followed next is a sweet hop bite. Tastes like cocoa. Now the Starbucks espresso taste comes next, like the flavors are coming at you in waves. Next up is a big alcohol kick. Definately another classic from Southampton. I usually find porters wimpy but not this one. Cheers.