Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks Martin Engelsmann. Black colour with a big brown head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, and the taste is also a bit roasted with dark fruits, chocolate and coffee. Medium to full body with a dry finish. Great beer.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 Bottle from Caponeís. Pours near black with a large, creamy head. Spare lacing. Aroma is sweet, with dark roasted malts, milky chocolate, molasses, attic dust and salt.
Full body, creamy mocha texture. Taste is mostly sweet with touch of dusty bitterness.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick black with a dark tan head. Aromas of powdered cocoa, roasted malt, some subtle hops. Mouthfeel is excellent - thick, silky, and not overly carbonated. A bitter roastiness begins the taste with chocolate coming in. Finish is roasty but smooth. Alcohol well-hidden. Not a Baltic like Zyweic or Koff, more akin to the Gonzo IP, but itís still a fantastic beer.
SpringsLicker (3317) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Ross for sending these my way.
Opaque black pour that produces a huge, medium tan head.
Dark choclate and coffee dominate the aroma. Lots of roast malt.
Well balanced flavor that is divided between the sweet malts and the bitterness from the roasted malts.
Full bodied and satisfying.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black in colour with a big old brown head on top of it. The head disappeared after about 10 minutes. Sure smells like a baltic porter, chocolate and fruit with some vanilla and roast. Nice thick mouthfeel with good soft carbonation. The flavour is of dried fruits and pure dark chocolate lending itself a bit of a sweetness and some roasted flavour in the end.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to emacgee. Rich deep malt dark chocolate,some roastedness and a touch or fruit in this very pleasing aroma, smooth as silk, cocoa liquer malt with a touch of anise vanilla and carmel and roastedness, a tad bitter and alcoholy in finish,not a baltic by any means but an extremely pleasant surprise
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Duane shared a bottle of this with me. Dark pour. Smells like some roasted barley, caramel and dried fruit. Taste is also very sweet and has a velvety mouthfeel. Lots of roasted character, more than most porters Iíve had. Very sweet beer, I didnít really pick up any hop flavor in the finish, but it was just so smooth and easy drinking that it really didnít matter.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottles courtesy of rooftoprogue and styles, shared w/illini08. delightful porter! aroma of chocolates, dried dark fruit and a hint of coffee. flavors are well balanced and smooth with that slight baltic acidity on the finish. mouth-feel is soft and almost creamy. thanks guys, a very enjoyable experience.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/5/07. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained in SecretSanta exchange on RateBeer 12/6/06. Dark black-brown in color, utterly opaque with a mostly-dense, medium-sized, brown-tan head. Peppered with tiny black bits of small-but-persistent bubbles and blotches of sudsier, rocky bubbles, the head seems to grow lighter in color a bit after the initial pour. Finely-beaded lacing undergoes a similar shift to more mundane activity after its early displays of elegance. Aroma climbs out of the bottle when I first open it; dense layers of bakerís chocolate, dry roast, some sort of lighter-chocolate toffee/nougat candies, hints of cherry and a distinct (and not entirely welcome) grapey lactic acidity. That last component is not entirely bad, but itís a bit scary in its nearly-overwhelming prominence for me. Flavor is big and similarly complex, with a lot of wine-soaked chocolate cakey affectation (key word here being "affectation"). Thereís some roasted char and dry chocolate to accompany the vinous elements, but I specifically DONíT get any cherry cordial. More distinctly reminiscent of that earlier grapeyness. Detectable-but-not-overwhelming alcohol presence. No suggestion of higher alcohols at all, but thereís a bit of a kick there that glides along with some woody-roasty vinous notes. Finish is alarmingly complex with bold flavors emerging and then shrinking back into the shadows-- cocoa powder, milky-woody crispness, even something like earthy/earthenware toasted nuts. (Earthenware-- what a pretentious term to use when describing a beer, but I couldnít shake it as I wrote this, so hopefully someone will know what the hell Iím picking out by virtue of my leaving that here.) Thereís a separate kind of earthy, almost mushroomy flavor that wraps around the whole array. Gently scrubby mouthfeel that feels at times fluffy and smooth, other times almost fizzy and tingling. Thereís a drying, wood-like acidity at work too, almost like the ashy bite of a swig of water with a cigarette butt in it (sad to say, I actually know what this is like). But this swig is pleasant. Some beautiful tobacco notes that are pretty deep in the background, but theyíre unmistakable to me. I bet this would be great with a cigar. A substantial problem I have is that the gas appears to be escaping from this beer quite quickly; this makes for an experience in constant flux (which can certainly be seen as a good thing, for the most part)-- in aroma, flavor, everything. But the mouthfeel is simply devolving. I canít say Iím in love, but the sheer density and breadth of flavors going on here is something that must be commended. Too bad I didnít entirely enjoy all of them. One of those great beers that reminds me of how subjective a lot of the experience is-- for another palate Iím sure this is a mind-blowingly perfect creation.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Santey Clause: Pours a very nice black, with a nice, slightly tan head that dissipates quickly. The smell is very interesting. I am noting some chocolate, coffee and some dark fruit as well. Wow, the taste is very very nice too. I notice some nice roastiness, chocolate and just a hint of that dark fruit. The taste is very much amazing, I donít know how else to describe it. I want to thank Santa for this one. Sadly though, I now need more. Oh, and thanks again Santa!