heemer77 (5288) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 18, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Deep brown with a reddish tint at the edge. A medium khaki head. Nose of cocoa and bits of cola. There is also some wood. Flavors of caramel and coffee are accented with barrel character. There is also some chocolate. Very smooth body with barely noticeable alcohol.
RobertDale (5258) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours almost black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, fruit, and smoke. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, berries, and some smoke. Nice.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Brown coloured. Very hoppy aroma and flavour for a porter. Pleasant notes of pine in the flavour. Nice.
CapFlu (5100) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Similar to the Smoked Porter but I found more hops in the nose. Little head and near opaque body. Hoppy flavour for a smoked. Good.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from EDA at the RNH Charity event. THis used to be one of the best Porters, and while it still has held up nicely and drinks fine now, it has passed its peak a couple years ago by now. Pours a nice deep dark charcoal brownish black with a medium foamy head- some lace. Aroma is toffee, nutty big dark chocolates, earth some leather staleness creeping in with some chocolate covered cherries as it warms. Flavor is black forrest cake, chocolate, fruity esters, cherries, slight slaty oxidation, with sherry hints, and meaty- hints of roast and smoke, good dry toast in the end and still a smooth finish. Still real nice, but fading.
ajnepple (4897) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle shared, purchased at Bullfrog Wine & Spirits. Black appearance with lacy dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, piney hops, charred oak, light coffee and a hint of smoke. Similar flavor, quite roasty with medium to heavy bitterness. Medium body with a dry feel and a lingering bitter finish. It gets better as it warms, but it’s almost too bitter to enjoy.
rumproasts (4828) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Black with small head. Roasty dark chocolate, light coffee. A bit of dark fruit. Dry hoppy bitter finish.
ChainGangGuy (4750) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.
Bottled on: 04/11/16.
Appearance: Slips out a very dark brown body capped with an airy-looking, two inch-high layer of tan-hued foam.
Smell: A hoppy vibe of curt citrus and slackened resins atop the subtly smoke of the ashen, blackened malt.
Taste: Espresso edged malty roastiness with a light acrid, slightly astringent soot element. Minor dark fruitiness. It’s firmly hoppy, playing up tastes of grapefruit and resins, overshadowing the malts, but, given the seemingly harsh roastiness of it, perhaps that’s just as well. Moderately bitter. Earthy, dry undercurrent of oak wood. Hops remain abundant into the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Overall: Wasn’t a fan.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very strong orange-pine hop nose with noticable roasted malts and doughy sweet malts. Opaque brown with fine-bubbled cover and ring of tan head. Chocolate and roasty malt flavours balance nicely with the assertive hop character. Very dry and well-attenuated medium body with moderate carbonation that tickles the tongue. Bottle enjoyed with Lubiere, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.
superspak (4468) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 4/6/2016. Pours very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky kahki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, dark bread, toasted oak, nuttiness, caramel, toffee, light char/vanilla, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, raisin, plum, cherry, berry, herbal, floral, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/smoked malt, citrus/earthy hops, oak, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, dark bread, toasted oak, nuttiness, caramel, toffee, light char/vanilla, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, raisin, plum, cherry, berry, herbal, floral, and roast/smokey earthiness. Moderate amount of roast/char and pine hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, dark bread, toasted oak, nuttiness, caramel, toffee, char, orange peel, pine, herbal, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt, citrus/earthy hops, oak, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero astringent flavors lingering after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, and moderately sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent smoked Baltic porter style! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt, citrus/earthy hops, oak, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. This is definitely hoppy for the style while fresh, but not overdone; and has a lot of great classic Baltic porter complexities. A very enjoyable offering.