crajun (1034) - , Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rate #997. Bomber from trade to glass. Unique beer that got better as it warmed and the more I drank. Slightest of smoke in aroma slight dark fruits and a couple other I couldn’t quite identify. Mouthfeel was a 4. Nice carbonation. Different type of hop slight bitter finish. Taste is aroma and a little bit of roast. Good not great
Steasy66 (1025) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2012
2.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Black with no head. Super smokey aroma with some malt. Taste is sweet with tons of smoke. Something about the combination of sweetness with smoke really disgusted me. If the beer was drier I would have totally dug the smoke flavor but with this weird sweetness I can’t take it.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml, silver waxed bottle, 2010 edition courtesy of stbroome on BA. thanks, steve! pours a deep, dark brown with an interestingly light khaki head with sticky lacing. aroma is great with big, smoked, ashy malts and salty bacon that by no means overpower the other aromas of roasted almonds, caramel, and dark fruit notes of cherry and fig with hints of coffee, and oaked vanilla as it warms. flavor is delicious as well with smooth, smokey campfire, roasted malts, and dark chocolate backed by notes of charred salami, sweet vanilla, and dark fruits with dry, piney hops, trail mix, and oak on the back end. palate is medium bodied with light carbonation and no trace of alcohol making this one extremely drinkable.overall, a delicious smoked baltic porter.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
FoBAB well, better than the Aechtliner urbock stuff, heh. Pretty alright. not a big fan. smoother, milkier, less bacon. all smoke. didnt realize till later this was a ’baltic porter’.
phredrik (1011) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - NOV 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Rasmusott - been wanting to try this for quite a while, so it’s really cool to finally try it, although it did disappoint. Pours black with a red hue, not really head on this. Aroma is smokey, wood, dark berries, earthy mineral notes in the lines of the smokey component, blackberry jam, notes of pepper and cinnamon, liquorice, raisins and prunes. Rather nice aroma, although the smoke is a bit off with the earthy character. The taste resembles the smoke from the nose with these earthy mineral notes, which are kind of off. Chocolate notes, prunes, raisins, slightly woody, but nowhere near as complex as the aroma. The lager yeast makes the mouthfeel surprisingly light, and the carbonation is very mild, could use a bit more. Glad to have tried it.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
FoBAB 2007. Dark dark brown to light black with a razor thin creamy white head. Subdued nose. Small smoke, ala Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen. Small oaky tannins. Some roast, relatively dry, tiny chocolate. Not thick or thin, just right with low CO2. Big sweet flavor, that I just couldn’t smell! This is a like a badass sweet Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen! More dark malt character, of course. Big smoke. Sweet, but not cloying. Oak and alcohol balance the sweetness. The roast comes on in the finish. A dry oaky finish. This is probably the most creative beer at FoBAB 2007, and the one most up my alley.
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a really dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is of smoked malts, lots of smoked pork aromas like bacon, sausage and ham, some subtle oak, dark fruits, roasted malt, campfire notes, burnt wood and subtle vanilla. The flavor follows the nose with lots of smoke flavors of burnt wood, smoked pork, ham, sausage and bacon, roasted malt, dark fruits, roasted malt, oak and vanilla. The body is on the full side of medium with a creamy mouth feel. Overall a really tasty Smoked Baltic Porter!
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at BSAF. Poured a deep brown/black color witha creamy quarter-inch beige head that faded to a thick layer. Aroma of smoke, light meat, chocolate, roasted malts, and some dark fruit. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some smoke leads into a sweet chocolaty flavor paired with some roasted malts along with undertones of dark fruit (plum and grape) that leads into a moderately dry, oaky finish with some lingering smoke. Moderate carbonation and nice mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this beer, I wish it was bottled.
ineedbeer (970) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle based on the stamp in the wax; 8.2% ABV. Some rust along cap, but there was a hiss when it opened.
Aroma has a moderate smoke character, but ii is not completely overwhelming. Light chocolate character is noticeable with some faint dark fruit character.
Pours dark brown, almost black but not quite completely opaque along the edges. Fairly large, moderately thick, light mocha head that exhibits pretty good retention. Light lacing and fairly small legs.
Flavor has a nice sweetness that goes well with the moderate chocolate notes that are upfront. Light roast mid palate helps welcome in a medium light smoke character that lingers a bit in the finish with some dark chocolate. Light dark fruit notes of plum, prune and fig along with some faint dark caramel and toffee notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and has a nice silky, creaminess to it. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a very nice smoked beer that has aged surprisingly well. The smoke character doesn’t overwhelm the underlying beer so the rich chocolate notes, dark fruit and caramel have a chance to show through.
Nocturne (970) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Mikkeller & Friends, Copenhagen. Black with a thin ring of brown head. Aroma of bacon-like smokiness. Strong, malty, molasses-like taste. Smoke doesn’t dominate but fills in around the edges. Sweet and sugary to some extent. Undercurrent of blackcurrant fruitiness. Certainly one of the better smoked beers I’ve had.