brigg (499) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Growler from dívines) Opaque brown body with a thin brown bread. Nutty, chocolate, dark roasted aroma. Full bodied, velvety soft mouthful. Sweet, chocolate, dark fruity flavor.
Rando7 (725) - Iowa, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with thin very brief head. Aroma dark caramel, molasses. Taste does change quite a bit as you go, initially a little bit of oxidation and metallic flavor intrudes but fades out. Caramel, a bit of ash dark cherries, cocoa, licorice and molasses all appear. A touch of umami. palate a bit thin but decent, does coat the palate well. Pleasant roasty finish. Pretty good, let it warm up some.
Beachmaster (87) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a jet black, with a small tan head that fades quickly. Nose is malt and caramel roast. Taste is layered and complex, but never harsh. Velvety smooth. Delicious.
Cantabrian (776) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 31, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beauty is a lot more complex than its Porter sister. Although they look virtually identical in the glass, nice and black with a mentionable but not unforgetable off-white head, the aroma here is dark chocolate, also very strong, plus dulce de leche, and a good dose of booze. The flavours open into a broader, multi-layered horizon, with bitter chocolates, caramels, salty fudge, chinese red vinegar, Dutch salty liquorice, plums, cranberries, molasses, kicap manis, vegemite... oh such a vast array, not sure whether a foreign stout or a baltic porter. The absence of roasts though confirm the style. This is a creamy, full-bodied beauty.
I should perhaps single out the detail on the Estonian (?) touque/knit cap placed on that misterious animal that figures on the labels of these great beers. The position of the touque reveals the true identity of this creature.
Prufrockstar (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, thanks to fletchfighters. Served at cellar temperature. I had never heard of the Duck-Rabbit before this. Pours deep, dark brown with off-white head that dissipates to a ring of bubbles that sticks around for the duration of this drink. Aroma: First thing I smell is cherries. Thatís followed by some alcohol, which is followed by roast, which is followed by smoke (my wife immediately said "beef jerky," to which I replied "yeah! and band-aids!"). Taste: Moderately sweet, with surprisingly dry finish. Other flavors that come up once it gets in my mouth include marshmallow (full disclosure: I read a friendís review, but as soon as I went looking for it the marshmallow was unmistakably present) and roasted nuts. Initially I wasnít too keen on this, but it definitely grew on me as the glass went on. Palate: medium-full body, slick texture that fully coats the inside of my mouth. Overall: Iíve encountered a lot of beers that are awesome over the first few ounces but are hard to finish a full glass of. This one was the opposite -- the first 2-3 ounces were disappointing (I mean, not bad or anything, but the flavors didnít really seem to gel, and certainly didnít approach what the 796 people before me have averaged out to), but by the second half of the bottle it all sort of got there. At 2-3 ounces Iíd give this something like a 3.6. By the end itís a 4. Iím going to split the difference.
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap to pint glass at the Vintner. Pours deep black with a cream head. Rich malty flavor of malt and oats thatís perfect for the style. Definite alcohol burn. Love it.
Paincane (130) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black body w/ khaki head. Dark roasted malt, smoky aromas. Coffee, burned toast, smoke & nut flavors. Medium bodied, full flavored.
radio_nowhere (745) - Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle into snifter glass, dark black with dark tan lacing (no real head). Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, kind of a red wine note and earthy hops. Taste adds notes of dark chocolate, dark coffee, raisins, berries, caramel, molasses and a faint vinegary-sour note. Medium heavy body, low carbonation, rich, soft, creamy with ashy roast finish. This is RBís #1 Baltic porter for a reason, enjoying this very good sipper.
devman171 (880) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, aroma is rich roasted malt and pine resin. Taste is nice roast and a bitter dry finish, medium bodied, sessionable
wesyates (55) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark stout black almost reminiscent of a stout but more lagerish (that sounds off but it is a porter). Not as much coffee/chocolate tones, still pesent. Dryer than you would expect. Hoppy but not overwhelming. Sour but not harsh. Almost black cherry-like in its sourness - especially in the aftertaste. Almost no head from the bottle which I think is good. The flavor offsets the alcohol very well.