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RATINGS: 765   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle - 22 oz] Dark black pour with not much of a head or carbonation. The aroma had lots of fruit and alcohol in it. Very alcoholy for a porter. Was not expecting as much fruit and not a lot of malt either. The taste is slightly dry with flavors of dark fruits, alcohol and some pine. Underneath it all, there is a hint of corn and grass reminiscent of Keystone Light. Very thin and watery. Maybe I caught a bad bottle, but I was not that big a fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1573) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2005
22 oz. bottle courtesy of my SecretSanta. Label is different than that in the picture. From the XXII Reserve series. A near-black pour with ruby highlights and a thin, fairly effervescent light-khaki head. Aroma is bitter in an ESB way with VERY slight hints of toffee, chocolate and cocoa. Medium-bodied. A little semi-sweet chocolate in the taste with just a touch of bitter hops. Not a whole lot going on in either the aroma or taste. Why this is so highly rated is beyond me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Bottle: Aroma was roasty, with big scent of soy sauce. Poured dark brown with small tan head and no lacing. Flavor was very sweet with lots of malt and soy saltiness. Ok to drink. Grew on me as I drank it. Overall, probobly a good Baltic Porter, but too sweet, malty, and salty for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2005
At Argo0’s: This could be my first of the Famed Southamption. Definatly had a kick to it. Alcohol. The armoa was rather underwhelming. Light chocolate and vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2006
Robe noire surmontée d’une mousse beige mince. Arômes de café et de sucre. Saveurs de café, de levure, de pain et de sucre.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AskForJenny (1066) - Ontario, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2007
22oz - Lightly carbonated brown liquid, no real nose, tastes like sweet coffee. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma: Chocolate. Mouthfeel doesn’t match looks, a bit thin. Flavor: Chocolate. Pleasant but too pleasant

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2007
From a 22 oz. bottle with no freshness date, a short blurb on the neck label, stored at cellar temperature and allowed to warm up a bit before sampling in a pint glass. Poured a reddish hued dark porter brown with a small foamy tan head that quickly settled into a thin lacing, very little sticking. Fruity nose, sweet berries and ripe raisins with a light backing of caramel toffee, the alcohol meshes with fruity esters. Moderate carbonation and a malty crisp, slightly slick, smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. Tastes of light roasted grains and chocolate and caramel malts, a soft malty bitterness, berries and prune juice fruity, the hops are very subdued, the alcohol provides only a low warmth in palate and has a solvent/fruity flavor, the acidity is low too, and at the end, a softly bitter chocolate malty finish. Smooth, easy drinkability, this is a decent Baltic Porter, but for me, not a first trier one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Aroma: light floral hops with faint aromas of cocoa and alcohol. Appearance: In the glass it looks pitch black but is actually deep brown when held to a strong light source. Tight off-white head that faded quickly to bubbles riming the glass. Flavor: Initially bittersweet chocolate, raisins, coca & dark fruits, yields to caramel/toffee with a slight tangy & grassy finish. Palate is a bit thin but none of the alcohol in the aroma is present outside of the slight warming sensation as you near the bottom of your glass. As the beer warms, the alcohol aroma becomes stronger & the bittersweet chocolate & tangy flavors begin to dominate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 15, 2010
Cola like pour, not super dark. The head was tan, creamy and short. The aroma was chocolate and slightly burnt malts. The burnt quality carried over to the flavor. Some chocolate sweetness tried to pull it up out of its one-dimensional nosedive, but sadly this one didn’t do much for me. The mouthfeel, like the pour was lighter than one would expect.

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