Tranquillity (1381) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Black body, tiny light brown head. Amazing smoky aroma with some coffee. The palate is very smooth and the flavor full. The finish is only slightly bitter, with nice hos and coffee.
Tide (1276) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2013 Update 22/02/2013:
Bottle from Alko. Black color, brown head. Roasty taste with chocolate, vanilla, toffee, nuts and coffee. Velvet smooth body with mostly roasted malts. Sweet/roasty finish with toffee and coffee. Excellent baltic porter.
Draught at Bruuveri. Black color, brown head. Roasty taste with chocolate, coffee, bread and nuts. Slightly burnt finish. Good porter.
bierkoning (9554) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Tbone, Winter Porter. Almost black and opague. Roast, ash, malt and chocolate in the aroma. Malty sweet flavor, slightly alcoholic, with chocolate and anis. Roast. Almost full bodied. Very nice beer.
mabjork (664) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A malty experience, beige head, minor lacings. Not that distinct an aroma. The flavor is malty with a fresh/dry after taste.
Erasmus_ro (1061) - Alabama, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black, a dark cola-brown tinge against the light. The head is large and latte-colored. Aroma is roasted malts, lots of liquorice, slight tones of dark fruits. Taste is sweet with liquorice, but also roasted. Turns dry at the finish with dark fruits, chocolate, some wooden notes, slight smoke. Palate is quite carbonated and a bit light.
Arborescence (29) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, pours a nice head of medium thickness.
Roasted malt, caramel, hint of licorice and woodsmoke.
Medium dry, no nonsense porter. Maltyness hints you in the aftertaste, the beer is actually surprisingly light when you first sip it. A fairly standard porter with an emphasis on roasted malt.
Porter is perhaps my favourite style of beer, and I’m always keen to try new ones. Having tried so many of them, my criteria is quite strict, so although this could easily be rated 4/5 being a rather nice beer, I’ve dropped one mark because I’ve had so many excellent porters. I feel like this one might be a bit too light if it weren’t for the reasonably high ABV — it supports the characteristics of the beer. The aroma is actually excellent, and I was expecting a very good beer from that. The taste does not disappoint, but it’s not as deep or developed as the aroma might suggest.
sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled, rated 2011-11-18) Very dark brown with a largeish, quickly fading, beige head. Dryish nose with mild roastiness, hint of chocolate and oatmeal sourness, and a touch of metal. Sweetish, caramely and mildly roasted flavor with some licorice and chocolate. Some ashy burnedness, that feels out of place in the otherwise sweetish, malty body. Medium to full body, soft CO2. A decently balanced Baltic Porter (it’s been a while since Stallhagen released something drinkable). Unfortunately at this price, this has no chance against the Estonian competitors.
Cuso (3372) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, many thanks to rosenbergh. Almost black color with medium beige head. Strong carbonation. Aroma of roasted malt, liquorice, caramel. Taste, coffee, roasted malt, liquorice, dried plums, some berries. Light bitter finish. Good winter beer.
CueSheet (15) - Vaasa, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled (Winter Porter). Dark brown, almost black. Medium sized head. Roasty and chocolate aroma. Medium bodied palate with medium carbonation. Sweet roasted malt flavour.
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark deep brown liquid, thick creamy silky head, looks stable and solid. slightly see-through. aromascape comes with rye, bread, roasted malt, cream, liqorice, nuts and chocolate. taste is sweet and crispy; solid but light, very low bitterness. balanced and light overall. the body is medium light, and within that lightness comes a full roundness.