muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark black. Very light traces of brown in the light. The head is thin and brown, and it dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, a bit of roast, and some alcohol. Flavor is more complex, smooth chocolate at first, with hints of a dark fruit flavor, followed by coffee, and finishing with a different darker, slightly bitter chocolate, and a nice warmth from the alcohol. The mouthfeel is huge and chewy throughout, and the finish lingers forever.
jimvy (131) - OíFallon, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF 2006. Deep black color, tan head. Aroma is hugely complex - chocolate, licorice, light alcohol. Flavor has layers of complexity - chocolate, licorice, hints of sour, some alcohol. Very creamy mouthfeel. Medium body. Overall, an awesome beer....lots of complexity, fantastic. Probably my favorite beer of the festival.
MIBRomeo (2444) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black pour thick tan head well laced. Light coffee nice roast malt aroma quite dry. Palate was thick creamy and well coated. Flavor is nice butter toffee light coffee notes roasted malts a touch of tobaco, nicely complex. Very good but I hear probably not really a true baltic.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2006. Pours to a dark black/brown body with a light brown head. The aroma is dark chocolate, dry roastyness, coffee. The flavor is really rich with chocolate, dry roasty dark chocolate, light tartness. The palate is really rich. Extremely coating and thick.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2007 16JUN2007
I had a glass of this at Mikeís place. I still find this to be not nearly as good as some of the true baltics. No adjustment to the score.
Several samples at the GABF 06. Dark brown with some reddish highlights. Chocolate roast and coffee in the aroma. The flavor certainly had some raost character, but there was also some wierd soapy character. Medium to full body. Did not live up to expectations.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW! I am floored. This thing is wonderful. Aroma is high in malts and caramel. Flavor is something to savor. It is very malty with a nice sweet finish. Alcohol is niclely hidden. Outstanding job on this brew.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 Ross sent this to me out of his own generosity. Thanks Ross, you are not a dick after all! Pours a viscous motor oil black, with a deep plummy brown head. Aroma is very upfront of dark chocolate and mild roast coffee. Mouthfeel is velvety, medium light carbonation. Flavor is very well rounded, with notes of bakerís chocolate, dark roast, coffee. Finish has a subtle hop bitterness along with plums. Alcohol is very well hidden, and is only detectable at room temp. This is REAL good when it warms. I would put this up there with Bells Expedition, Siberian Night, Dark Lord, etc. as far as my favorite dark high ABV beers. I enjoyed all 12 ounces of it. In the top 50, and I can see why. And guess what? Itís not barrel aged, unfiltered, in 750ml bottles, etc. You NC ratebeerians should be proud.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at Brewgrass Fest. Color was more or less black, with a thin, wispy brown head. Aroma was rich and sweet with a hint of roasted coffee. Flavor was of rich, heavy, smooth malts. Me likey very much!
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - SEP 29, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful, sweet, coffee, dried fruit, mild alcohol, complex aroma. Pour is dark brown, slight light brown head. My sweet lord, flavor is awesome. No flaws, and terribly complex. Roasty, chocolate, some sweetness, dried fruit. Alcohol is hidden quite well. Medium to full body. This is the bomb, pretty much flawless, perfectly balanced yet comples. Iím gonna go buy a lot and send it to all of my friends. Yum.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2009 12 oz bottle via TURDFERGUSON (thanks!). Pours a midnight black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasty/burnt with notes of anise, acetone, chocolate and coffee. Flavors start out with some sweet molsasses, subtle plums and cherries and then turn to some bitter chocolate before ending with some alcohol, butterscocth and yummy burnt coffee. This is closer to what I think a Baltic should be than several of the írealí from the area Baltics i have recently tried. This is sort of a cross between a Zywiec and a Koff Porter but IS unique.. in otherwords perfect as a great craft beer and perfect for the style...10/27/06 re-rate...well i have had a few more of these in the past few weeks, and while it is still a great brew....it is far from a perfect beer as it does have a couple off flavors in with all the good stuff.....ratings going from a 5 to a respectable 4.6...