puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a wonderful head. Aroma is vineous, dry, bready, a bit of lactic sourness. Flavor is a crazy mesh of flavors, sweet up front, dry in the finish... powdery dryness and wet sweetness... maybe some fruits, brown sugar... lots of stuff I can’t really pin down. This beer fits the bill of Baltic Porter much more than others which just come off as stouts... it has some of that weird funkiness and strange flavors usually found in its european bretheren.
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From ty, thanks! Pours pitch black with a pretty good size brown head. Aroma was very rich and chocolatey with a very light alcohol in the distance. On first taste this was very thick and creamy. Taste was sweet, chocolate, some caramel. Definitely one of my favorite porters but it had a slight sourness that i tasted. Excellent overall.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a medium creamy mocha head. Coffee and toffee in the aroma with some caramel and cocoa. Flavour is really inky and tarry in the palate. Chewy hops, caramel, and chocolate is there for sure. Prunes and dark fruit are also in full force. Chewy and overall pretty damn awesome.
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Roasty caramel aroma... opaque brown body and tan head. Sweet, creamy malt and caramel flavour.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 01/19/2010. Dark black body with a medium creamy light brown head. Sweet roast and chocolate aroma with a touch of coffee. Sweet roast and chocolate flavor with a bit of bitterness lingering behind. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/5/8/4/16 - 4.1
12/10/2006 - Thanks to Kinz for bringing this to the 4th Richmond Gathering. Dark black body with a small brown head. Sweet fruit and caramel aroma. Sweet fruit, caramel, chocolate and roasted malt flavors. 9/5/9/4/17 - 4.4
sloth (2665) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small brown head, good retention with a thin stringy lace. A black brew with brown edging. Nose of roast, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and light soy notes. Body is medium, nicely oily and coating, a touch chalky. Chocolate and roast flavors up front followed by notes of licorice and light cocoa and maybe some vinous notes as well. Finish is lightly sweet and chocolatey. Many thanks to Ross for the 4 bottles he shipped me in our last trade. Yes Ross, i,ll be spreading some of the love! Thanks again!
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - DEC 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
sent from Tyrone... Black and tan.. little to no head, like a gasless cola. Aroma and tastes of dark belgium chocolate with coffe liquor, spices, malts and cream. Paltate is silky smooth with almost no carbonation. Some nuts, tar and vanilla at the rear.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2008 Thanks to kramer17801, CaptainCougar and DarkElf (and possibly others) for sharing this bottle with me. Dark, murky brown pour with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma with chocolate notes and obvious alcohol. Roasted malt flavor with more chocolate notes and some slight spiciness. The alcohol is in no way hidden but seems to work well within the flavors of the beer. Believe the hype; this is one of the best porters I’ve tried. 4.6
Re-Rate. I finally get to sit down with a bottle of my own! Pitch black pour with a cinnamon colored head. Bready, malt nose with anise, fruits and coffee notes. Sourish cherry flavor with tons of dark malts, chocolate, anise, some coffee and slight tobacco flavors. Slightly hot finish. Lingers with a dry bitterness. This would rank as simply one of the best beers I’ve ever tried.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Odeed for sending this one my way. The aroma is of chocolate with a hint of alcohol. Appearance is black with a thick tan head. It has a great full and creamy palate. Wonderfull flavor--tons of fantastic chocolate tastes. Slightly bitter in the end with a tinge of alcohol. Fantastic brew!
shadey (1998) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Santa
Pitch black pour with a beautiful dark tan cream head with some lacing. Aroma is rich and well blended mix of chocolate, roast and just a touch of alcohol. The flavor is also very well blended. The body is the best part of this beer. Incredibly smooth with just a touch of sharpness at the end. Very nice.