Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown, opaque. Light dark brown lacing. Aroma is cream, molasses, light alcohol, hints of roast and chocolate. Taste is more molasses, dark fruit (raisin), cherry, chocolate. Underlying nuttiness. Nice mineral taste, to style. Sweetness balance is spot on. Great mouthfeel, oily but not too thick. Finish is slightly grainy with roasted malts. Wow. Fantastic porter.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to KenB for the chance to try this brew. The aroma is incredible on this beer. It is similar to rum soaked rasins mixed in with toasted/carmelized brown sugar. Damn good aroma! The taste is a mix of sweet choclate with a bitter/dry cocca powder roastiness. Kinda weird, that leads to some kind of off flavor...or something I just cant really put my finger on. Overall really good, but it bothered the hell out of me that I couldnt pick out or describe the off flavor I was gettin in the back end of the taste.
blankboy (6402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a small diminishing light-brown head. Wonderful aroma of roasted malt, some sweetness, chocolate, coffee and hops. Delicious flavour of caramel malt, chocolate, coffee, alcohol and some burnt notes. For 9% the alcoholís very well hidden. Medium bodied. This is right on style, a fantastic Baltic Porter, hell itís the best Baltic Porter Iíve ever had.
Gorbalev (2981) - 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 (Iím 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. Iíve 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 Iíd 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 doesnít 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 (2120) - New Mexico, 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 Iím 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 (4244) - 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.