Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(MANY THANKS TO BIGSILKY FOR HOOKIN’ THIS UP!)pours a super black body with a thick and creamy dark brown head.as far as looks,it doesnt get much better than this.aroma is marshmellows,alcohol,smoke,roasted malt,and chocolate.flavor is a mix of alcohol,roasted malts,some sourness,and a strange "funky" aftertaste.mouthfeel was on the medium side and the palate was as well.honestly its a little over-rated to me.
NachlamSie (2809) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2010 Bottle, rating #700. Man, have I been patiently waiting for this.Two things I’ve been thinking: 1.)Their imperial stout is awesome, 2.) Their regular porter is awesome. So. . . Pours black and thick, some ruby hues are noted in the light. Lacing is dense and oily on the side of the goblet and no head remains after about 3 or 4 minutes. The aroma is heavily roasted with earthy coffee notes, caramel, pipe smoke, baking chocolate. Smells rather American, it doesn’t quite have the aroma found on a typical, textbook Baltic. Ah, the flavor. This is where the beer truly excels. It is somewhat Americanized, but the finish has enough mildly sour, pleasingly bitter ashiness to make me realize this is no imperial stout. The initial palate coating delivers flavors of espresso, dark chocolate, hickory, wood-notes. Things become a bit more tart in the finish, notes of tobacco and plums are noticed along with a dash of soy sauce and mildly acidic coffee. Hints of toffee swim around. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy with low carbonation, really slick. This is damn good stuff.
[January 28, 2010]
Six pack from Hop City. I hear they may be discontinuing this beer so I figured I better try it again while I can. I’ve thought that even though this is an amazing beer it is a bit overrated. Now we shall see once again. The pour is very attractive with its very dark, near black, red color. The head builds up but quickly disappears to a small ring. The aroma is heftily roasty with some lactose qualities, faint fruity tones, coffee and a distinct nutty hint. The palate is medium heavy. What a weird tasting beer. I’ve always thought Duck Rabbit makes beers that are unique in the way of yeast. The initial flavor is soy sauce, coffee, meat, and typical porter flavors but a second later and I’m thinking plums, coconut, buttermilk, and sugar cookies. It is a most unique big black beer and I enjoy it well. That said, I probably dig their imperial stout more.
csbosox (1224) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2006. I had several samples. Lactose, roast, and smoke in the aroma. Cappuccino, and roasty flavors with chocolate notes. Moderately full body. This is what a Baltic Porter should taste like.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured opaque black with a medium sized brown head. Very sweet highly roasted aroma with some tart coffee notes and chocolate covered raisins. The flavor is very sweet with notes of milk choclate. Some tart and roasty notes. Medium bodied and and almost creamy but the carbonation breaks it up a little.
JK (4604) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Suttree for his generosity in sharing this rare and delicious beer. Simple appearance; black and not much of a head. Served just below room temperature. It is exceptionally smooth. Aroma has some yeast, chocolate and lots of red wine as well. Flavor is a little vinous, some coffee, light chocolate, and just a little sourness that so many Baltic porters have. Light and pleasant alcohol burn, but the alcohol is not present in the aroma or flavor.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Special thanks Immy once again for a fabulous brew. This thing pours like liquid chocolate, clean black ink with a foamy brown head. Aroma is very aromatic, bitter sweet chocolate. a bit nutty, a touch of smoke and tobacco. Flavor is much the same, with slight alcohol taste and finishing bitter chocolate. Very smooth, a bit dry but easy to drink. Hard to put down this glass.
adrian910ss (2371) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of Chris via trade. Pours a jet black thick motor oily color with an enormous beige head. Aroma is of sweet roasted malts,liquid smoke,dark rich chocolate,coffee beans and tobacco. Taste is a complex combination of rich and thick roasted malts,smoke flavored chocolate,warm alcohol and tobacco resin. Excellent !! Probably the best porter I’ve ever had.
CelticBrew (853) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Simply given to us by God. Bought at Homebrew Haus in New Bern NC, Thanks Dick! I heard and read about this beer. Living in NC, I saw that it was hard to find. Poured out of 12 oz bottle, dark with a wonderful thick foam. The aroma of chocolate, raisins and coffee resonate through the beer. A unique smoothness overcomes and blends as if the Lord God Jesus Himself supervised the making of this heavenly gift. Being from NC and experience this beer is a true pleasure. I have drank beer, ale, etc, but folks I’m sorry, without being partial, THIS IS truely a work of art that can be experienced and cherished. Thank God for DH Baltic Porter, I aspire that those that have not had the pleasure to have this wonderful ale/beer may somehow be blessed to obtain it. Simpley the best IMO, so far. ;)
Sregnar35 (977) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent. Pours a jet black with a brown bubbly ring. Aroma is sour and biting, with a bit of tart candy. Flavor is very complex, sweet and tangy, salty like soy sauce, burnt like coffee. Every sip is different.
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark mahagony, near black, with a small foamy tan/brown head, very thick motor oil-like staining viscous liquid. Aroma is dark and heavy roasted coffee and toffee malt (cookie, biscuit), yeast (dough), perfumey alcohol and fragrant floral hops. Dark and sweet fruity (raisin, prune) malt, sour yeast flavor, dark chocolate and roasted coffee, perfumey hops and alcohol round out the experience. Full and dark bodied, smooth and yet dry palate.