Maverick34 (2556) - New York, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled pours dark with almost no head. black cherry bit of oak. OK but needs better body. The lack of arb hurts.
jsporrer (43) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a faint tan head. Somewhat thin. Less oily and slightly watered down version of a good Stout. Flavor is OK but not great. The dried fruit flavors had more of a black licorice taste. Very smooth with no harshness or bitterness. From what I had read I have been waiting for some time to find this and try it. I was somewhat disappointed as it didn’t live up to the hype.
AirForceHops (4413) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. thanks to Brian on this one. Pitch black with thin tan head. Great roasted notes with ash, chocolate and mils dark fruit tones.
Texture of the brew as an ash quality that shows deep roasted notes that linger well after the sip. Body is on the fuller side of medium with mild charred oak in the finish. The best way to drink a brew is without any expectations. Willrunforbeer had this cellared for a long while and it stood the test of time and was a very nice drink.
WillRunForBeer (1328) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. 12 oz bottle shared 3 ways. Pours dark chocolate brown with a milk chocolate head. Aroma is dark dried fruits, chocolate. Flavor follows, chocolate, raisin, date. Bakers chocolate bitterness in the finish.
rumproasts (4014) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. thick black with one finger head. malty with quite lot of roasty nut flavor. chocolate, toffee, anise, some caramel. bitter finish with a bit of booze.
conway (1991) - - JAN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Jet black with little head. Nice notes of chocolate, caramel, peanut brittle, roasted malt and coffee. Slightly thin. Very complex and delicious.
c_lee_burton (193) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours almost black with a slight dark tan head. Smells like sweet raisin bread. So many flavors with raisin, malts, roasted nuts, some hint of cocoa, plum, and a little bitter. Medium body with a lingering sticky finish of roasty goodness. Delicious and complex. My favorite Baltic Porter that I look forward to every year.
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - JAN 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth dark chocolate, and some roast espresso on the nose. Just great. Super smooth chocolate across the palate, and sweet roast finish. Medium bodied. Lingering espresso.
AKORN (220) - Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a nice tan head. Char, chocolate, malt aroma. Taste similar to aroma with chocolate cherries mixed in. Good beer
Darkmagus82 (1979) - - SEP 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-22-13-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a deep brown nearly black brew with a thick and creamy one finger tan colored head. The head has a nice level of retention, slowly fading over about 5 min to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is big of dark and roasty smells. A sweet dark fruit aroma of cherry and plum are mixed with dark chocolate and a good presence of a roasted malt smell. Along with these are some notes of a light caramel nature as well as a good presence of a boozy smell that overall creates a very warming smell.
Taste – The flavor begins with a relatively healthy amount of dark fruit and a roasted malt tastes. Cherry, prune and raisin are all present upfront and are quickly met with other flavors of a dark chocolate nature soon after the initial tastes. As the flavor advances further the fruit grows slightly less intense with other flavors of some more roasted malt taking its place. Toward the end the darker flavors of chocolate and roasted malt are now most potent and are joined by a complementing smoke and alcohol taste which in the end leave a nice dark but still sweeter more burnt flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side of the scale. The thicker and creamier body are great for helping all the roasted, chocolate and smoky flavors of the brew to really stand out while the lighter carbonation, coupled with the creamy nature and the boozy taste at the end, make it a nice sipping beer.
Overall – A good sweeter Baltic porter that is nice to sit back with and sip over a nice cool evening. A rather enjoyable brew and one to try if you get the opportunity.