boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The element of greatest surprise was that there wasn’t one at all, I knew Duck Rabbit could pull this off after trying five of their other brews before this one. I did not, however, expect this to taste just like I had anticipated, that certainly is a rare occasion. But I had a feeling this would be a juicy and lively porter going into it, possibly with a subtle Americanized twist...nail it they did. This could be mistaken as a smoky, robust porter or a chocolatey imperial stout from Latvia, as it were. Courtesy of Jayg and Rayg1, thank you gentlemen. A dense dark brown head balances atop a jet black viscous body. Retention is subpar but the lacing remaining is thick and plentiful. Large roasted malt dominates the substantial aroma and would turn out to be less roasty in the flavor, more of a balancing agent off-setting hefty sweetness. Also noted in the nose are nuts(cashew, almond), coffee, chocolate, light caramel, vanilla, molasses and dates. Wow, what an aroma! Flavor is no joke either. A skillful blend of bigger chocolate and dark fruits with roast that is substantial but never bothersome. The palate is thick, chewy and at the same time so slick it feels like it’s sliding down my throat faster than I can manage to swallow it. Mouthfeel is very lively and vibrant. Finishes with a looming alcohol warmth and a bittersweet chocolate composition. Beautiful; this breweries’ best effort and a testament to the skill of the brewer.
badgerben (4777) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to OldGrowth for shipping this out to me! Pours black as night with a thin, tan head. Wonderful smokey, roasted aroma. Almost reminded of mesquite. A very interesting blend of roasted bitterness and a malty sweetness taste. Slight chocolate and coffee. Very rich. Friggin tasty.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Boboski! Observe. Dark. Swirling. Forming galaxies. Smell. Coffee. Vanilla. Hint of spearmint. Dates. Molasses. Teriyaki. Sip. Sticky. Chocolate. Anise. Vinous. Savor. Velvety. Dry. Alcohol. Pleasant. Drunk. Happy.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a thick black with a hazy light tan head. Smells aof sweet toasty malts, dark fruit, light coffee, and a hint of vanilla. Alot sweeter than I was expecting which was a pleasant surprise. get a mixture of chocolate, coffee, and blackberries that adds the sweetness. It makes for an interesting combo for a porter and it is a welcomed difference from alot of the porters Ive had before. great job.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BIG thanks to IMMY and Magjayran for sending this one my way! pours thick black with a lovely dark brown head. aroma nice balanced mocha black currants raisins warm alcohol vanilla and a hint of wood. vinous aroma. flavor sweet chocolate tart black currants with light bitter coffee notes with a hint of spice. bitter/tart coffee/currant finish. dry finish. rich creamy mouth feel. this would make a very fantastic dessert beer. good substitute for port. very nice.
jason (1819) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2008 Bottle courtesy of Rayg1, thanks man!
This aroma was so good that it was close to a 5! Sweet roasted chocolate malt dominated this beer. Left a nice ring around the glass. Flavor was good but a little bitter at first and hoppy. Light mouthfeel but turned into a smooth beer. Great beer wish I could get this around my area. Update: New bottles are not tasting as good as my first experience. Hopefully they can get this beer back on track.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle via trade with CaptainCougar. Aroma: Lots of chocolate, cream, dark fruits, smoke, anise, molasses, and yeast. Appearance: Dark, oily looking black pour. Medium tan head was full and creamy with a slight reddish cast to it. Great retention and lacing. Flavor: Alot of the same from the aroma. Chocolate, cream, coffee, dark fruits, anise, and yeast. Coffee and smoke into the finish. Medium dry finish. Alcohol is certainly present and reminds me a bit of some high quality brandys. Finishes clean with just a little lingering malt and smoke. Palate: Full bodied and a little slick on the palate. Moderate carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Great beer. Aroma was great, and flavor fell just short of matching it. A great beer to sip at the end of a cold evening.
BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ross and served in my Expedition snifter: Pours an inky black with a fading but lasting creamy tan head and some lacing. The nose detects prune and black currant, liquorice, road tar, Turkish pipe tobacco, vapours of port wine, chocolate, and a smoky yeast ester.
The taste starts fruity and heavy on the malty sweetness with a backing of black liquorice candy. The midesection display of note of coffee bitterness along with a dash of some spicy hops. The finish is smoky (and even a touch peaty) and yeasty with a moderate note of alcohol warming. The mouth feel is oily and surprisingly tingly and sprite. The aftertaste is a bit astringent and dry with a winey finish.
While a very good brew I was honestly let down with the lack of richness I expected with such a highly rated Baltic Porter. Thank goodness I have another bottle to try another day to see if it more matches my palate. Complex enough to warrant a try however.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006/7 bottle. Inky opaque ale. Sweet nose of hops & heat. Taste is a tongue-tingling blend of hops, alcohol, & a decent roast (sight meat) linger... but none of these are overwhelming. This beer works out smooth, I’m mean I really like it... in the way I will probably view all other Baltic Porters w/ a more critical eye from this six-pack on... but I wouldn’t buy this often at all.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Pours an even dark walnut color with some mahogany fringes and a head of foamy roast. Rich, succulent aromas of dark chocolate are backed by a generous serving of dark fruits. A plethora of raisins and prunes provide a caramel-sticky like aromatic texture with a bit of vanilla and a subtle dose of alcohols that walks on the border of a toasty wood usage. Some suggestions of prune and a light black pepper spice float by. Full bodied, soothing carbonation mouthfeel. Much drier palate than I was expecting from the aroma, as the roasty characters seem to dominate the palate much more than the fruity characters found in the aroma. Dark chocolate and an oily roast coffee leap out at first, and while satisfying, they aren’t nearly as rich my expectations. Some deeper digging reveals some molasses tones and an unsalted, lightly smoked shredded beef jerky, but not too meaty. Finishes with a roasty final smack complimented by an earthy oaky bark character. Thanks for sharing, Chris!