BoBoChamp (5575) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
36cl, American brew, thx to Nils!, complex Porter, roasted/malty and slightly smoked/spicy/fruity, very balanced, hazy, good head, very good brew
Clownoisseur (225) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown, almost black. Little-to-no head, minimal lacing. Looks a little flat. Aroma is subtle but nice. Roasted nuts, sweet molasses, hints of spice and alcohol. Taste is much more rich than I was expecting from the appearance and aroma. Nice toasty malt with plenty of earthy nut character. Some hints of bitter coffee but balanced by thick molasses. The mouthfeel is full, oily, slick and slightly under-carbonated. FInishes with a lasting sweetness and a moderate warming alcohol. Some rusty flavors in there as well. Interesting beer.
Hopswagger (198) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
P: A black abyss capped with a full inch of frothy cappuccino head. Thick sexy garter lacing around the edge like hugging a succulent thigh coaxing you closer to the sweet treat that awaits you.
S: Bitter chocolate, almond butter, smoky wood, charred grains and burnt molasses.
T/M: Charred malts, stale coffee, bitter sweet chocolate covered berries, smoke, hints of cardboard, black pepper, black strap molasses and almond butter. Medium feel and vivacious.
O: I have chosen wisely for my first Baltic porter. Sweet, smoky, semi bitter and prickly on the tongue. I will have to grab a six of this next time in our. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
mnmike (1033) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
from trade, first north carolina beer for me. decent for a baltic porter, but just not my favorite - slightly empty taste with some odd aftertaste.
deaconmike (391) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Taco Mac. Nearly black with mocha head; nice sticky lacing. Aroma is chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, dark fruit notes and lactose. Taste is similar. Mostly getting the chocolate and roast along with some vanilla extract; was hoping for a bit more of the ripe fruit. Body is smooth and creamy. A touch thin with soft carbonation, so goes down easy. 9% ABV is well hidden. The dark fruit I was looking for starts to present itself in the finish as the beer warms (delicious). Good stuff.
Leighton (11431) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared in London - picked up in NC. Pours clear, deep brown with a frothy, beige head. The nose has some metal, generous roast, rusting metal. Medium sweet flavor, quite tangy, some sour cherries, a bit of roast, grapes, prunes. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sour finish, a bit of funk, burnt earth, lasting roast, touches of alcohol warmth. This beer seems infected. Shame. Still drinkable and interesting but not what it ought to be.
Scopey (7096) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours darkest brown with a small tan head. The nose is earthy, toasty, smoke, caramel, treacle, cola, earth, toast and roast. The taste is very tangy, berry yoghurt, earth, toast, jam, dark fruits, light alcohol and some acid burn in the background. Medium body and fine carbonation. Infected methinks. Don’t taste right. Tangy.
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2014 Draft at Closed For Business. GAWDDAM! This is a great beer. I could drink this for a while.
bucs572000 (237) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle I got in a trade. Aroma is big roasty coffee and chocolate. Flavors are coffee, roast, vanilla, caramel, and light hop character. Actually well balanced for a big porter. Great beer!
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours an extremely dark ruby color. The head is a one finger khaki shade, and it’s superbly creamy in texture even for the style. Retention is okay, too.
S: This seems to be very ’woody’ in its aroma, almost oaky, even. There’s also a great element of cocoa powder here, along with some smoke and tart cherries. What dominates the aroma is roasted, slightly charred malts - and that’s a good thing. <3 roast. Really a nice aroma.
T: Like many good Baltic porters (the one Smuttynose makes, for instance), the predominant note is vaguely tart malt mixed with a charred roast. Meanwhile, the initial flavors are very chocolaty. Not quite a 4-level flavor profile, but it isn’t far off from that mark, either.
M: It could use slightly more body, but otherwise, the crisp finish is very satisfying. Even still It seems designed more for drinkability than savorability, and it’s successful in that regard. There isn’t a hint of alcohol anywhere on the palate, and the carbonation is rather low.
O: A delicious and very worthy example of the style. While I did praise its drinkable nature, one is enough in a sitting. I’d buy it again, that’s for damn sure.