Gorbalev (2893) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, GregClow, and Blankboy, courtesy of Harry. Big thanks to Harry for sharing this one, and congrats to GregClow on his 1600th rating (I’m fading close behind...). Pitch black, no head. Rich, rich chocolate aroma - so nice. Wow, very rich chocolate taste. This is followed by a deep roast character. I’ve never tasted anything like it and I cannot describe it, it is just so - complex and deep. Really nice alcohol finish. Wow, a great Baltic with complexity, believe the hype.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a beautiful cascading head, slowly fades. Chocolate aroma, you can smell it from a mile away. The aroma or appearance are nearly perfect. The taste is pretty damn good too. Chocolate, coffee, caramel. Just a little more roasted bitterness than I’d prefer. Full bodied, a little heavy. A slight alcoholic burn on the way down. This is an awesome porter.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from kenb and styles, thanks both of you for this treat! Pours a deep black color, slightest garnet hints at the edges. Decent, compact brown head forms and fades to a ring that persists. Smattering of lacing. Aroma is roasty, full of dark malt goodness, slightly vinous. Full bodied, silky mouthfeel and coating to the tongue and palate. Roasted and ever so slight acrid malt flavors, a touch of sourness that persists but doesn’t become obnoxious. Tasty and worthy of mention. Great job brewers!!!
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2008 Bottle courtesy of Immy: Thick black pour with a dark tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, some dark fruits, the alcohol became more apparant as it warmed up. Flavor, dark fruits, coffee, alcohol, plums. There was some heat on the finish, but it was smooth and roasty going down. Pretty solid stuff.
Kevin (2037) - Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. thanks for sharing ernest.
dark brown with a bit of clingy brown head. alcohol, raisin, hint of chocolate and pepper in the nose. rough, prune, grapes, chocloate raisins flavor. weird astringent finish with a whiff of fudge.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade with TURDFERGUSON. Now this is what I’m Talkin about!!! Beautiful black color with magnificent aroma. Chocolate,coffee, mollasses,wood. Rich and creamy with smooth alcohol finish. Very complex brew. I need more of this!!! HELP!! Thanks, Sam.
emacgee (3874) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 Re-rate, batch 07! Just bought a case of this and wanted to see how this years was. The pour is dark, red shows through coming out of the bottle. The head is about a finger thick, tan, and disappears quickly., The aroma is sweet, coffee, light fruits and berries, some alcohol, grain, . The flavor is soy sauce and teryaki, coffee, alcohol, berries, sweetness, nice warming mouthfeel. Smooth warm and lasting palate.
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2006 Aroma is rich with rum soaked raisins. Unbelievabley rich and thick aroma. Flavor is full of roast and dark fruits followed by a sublte bitterness. Palate is creamy and rish. Very drinkable with no hint of alcohol. This is a wonderful beer.
TheEpeeist (3177) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My 200th rating! 12 oz bottle. Consumed while watching an improbable Skin’s victory over the StarGirls. Brown honey as it pours; molasses in the glass. Dark tan head. Woody with crayons and a little soy sauce. Raisins and figs emerge. Looked so good but nose was a slight letdown. Taste fulfills the promise! Silky coffee and chocolate liqueur. Candied citrus and licorice with a salty Kalamata olive finish. A breakfast Baltic?
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from eother ross or kenb. Thanks to both of you guys for 2 great trades. It really is very dark and the aromas, well lets just say that this seems to be very close Expedition Stout in its complexity. Load of what appears to be molasses or dark Karo syrup. Espresso freshly made at home with black oily beans. It is roasted malts all the way..or is there some bitter chocolate?? Bitter on the tongue. Oh my.