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 itís almost too bitter to enjoy.
rumproasts (4834) - 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 (4755) - 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 Bullockís 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. Itís firmly hoppy, playing up tastes of grapefruit and resins, overshadowing the malts, but, given the seemingly harsh roastiness of it, perhaps thatís 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: Wasnít 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 (4486) - 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.
muzzlehatch (4468) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Philadelphia gathering, July 10. Wow, cool, someone had this, now I donít have to trade for it...except I really liked it and want more than the tiny dregs of the bottle I got. I donít know why this isnít still listed as "smoked", the aroma on this thing is pure barbecue, sausage and Virginia ham and just a bit of spicy coffee, wonderful. In the flavor: vanilla, smoky malts, light finishing bitterness which grows much stronger when warm; sugar strong but subdued under the meat. Awesome.
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled Sep 12, 2003
This is a pitch black beer with notes of deep brown. It pours with a dark brown head which is dense, creamy and pretty persistent. The aroma is one of malt, roasted malt with a bit of smoke and perhaps a hint of alcohol in the nose. There is a nice thick mouthfeel to this one, and it gently coats your entire mouth. The finish has a hint of alcohol. There is lots of smoky malt flavor in this beer as well. The roasted notes remind me of coffee. A bit of sweetness becomes evident as it warms up. This beer feels thick, almost oily on my tongue, the smoke only reinforces this perception. This 22 oz bottle is a meal unto itself. Overall a fairly solid beer, I like it.
Nate (4116) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Knick. Roast malted nose, with chocolate, coffee, and some licorice. Mild hop floral notes. Dark brown-black opaque with creamy light tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts malty and rich but not overly sweet. Roasted toasted malt and grain, coffee and chocolate, mild vanilla and molasses. Big nutty bitter finish and diminishes into a mild roasty bitter after.
nickd717 (4108) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Stone Tap House San Diego. Black in color with a nice lasting beige head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, earth, bark, and cherry. The flavor is nice, sweet yet roasty and mildly bitter. Earthy with coffee notes. Medium full bodied, smooth to drink. A good one.
jsquire (4106) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark, thick beer from the bottle. Creamy tan head that reduced to an oil slick that left nice lace. This is a delicious beer, two years later. Complex nose of burnt brown sugar, ripe plums, figs, molassess and wood. Very smooth, thick mouthfeel. Very subtle smoke, almost like the whisps of a dying fire. Very malty, with dark fruit, dark sugar and oak barrell flavors. Very big interpretation of a porter, and a very nice beer. Thanks to marc for this bottle. Where can I get more?