TheBeerGod (5489) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2006. Had many samples of this trying to figure what the big deal was. Dark bodied and opaque. Near black. Nose is roasty and sweet with chocolate and light coffee notes. Taste is more roasty malts, some sweet chocolate, coffee and alcohol notes coming through. Body is near full. Chewy with dense carbonation. Rather smooth overall. Ends with more roasty malts, light alcohol warmth, chocolate and coffee. Good beer!
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 Bottle courtesy of ross. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of rich malt, chocolate, raisins, figs, hoppy. Tastes of cherries, dark chocolate, some nuttiness, one of the richest malt profiles I’ve ever tasted in a beer. Mouthfeel is tingly and thick. More cherries and complimentary dark chocolate on the finish. I wasn’t expecting this at all. This definitely lived up to my expectations and then some. Thanks, ross!
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black. Aroma of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is full body. Chocolate in the smooth flavor. Very good.
Scubatrip (605) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the bottle, pours thick and black like that wonderful black gold--crude oil. Thick brown foamy head that lasts quite a while. Not very powerful in the nose. Light aromae (proper plural of aroma) of frozen dark chocolate and a bit of toffee. Taste is initially dark chocolate with some coffee, which then fades to caramel, toffee, a bit of buttered popcorn, some raisins and brown sugar, and the alcohol makes its presence known as it warms. The aftertaste is of the same flavor, and it leaves a drying but not bitter sensation on the tongue. This beer is very well done.
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 (6444) - 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 alcohol’s very well hidden. Medium bodied. This is right on style, a fantastic Baltic Porter, hell it’s the best Baltic Porter I’ve ever had.
Gorbalev (2999) - 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 (I’m 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. I’ve 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 I’d 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 doesn’t become obnoxious. Tasty and worthy of mention. Great job brewers!!!