jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of oldgrowth. Much better upon warming. Didnít like it initially. Mild alcohol w/ chewy chocolate sweetness. Good beer.
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks goes out to Immy for this outstanding brew. Poured from a 12oz bottle black with a small brown head that faded into a ring of lacing. Aroma was roasted malts, raisins, a bit of smokiness and a bitter chocolate. Flavor was roasted malt and the chocolate was a semi-sweet chocolate. The body was smooth and creamy. It finished dry on the tounge.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with kmweaver. Thanks Ken! Pours a rich dark brown color with a thin off white head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and molasses. Has an almost stout llike body but slighly thinner. Nicely balanced complex taste that lingers. Has a bit of fruity sweetness to it initially but it finishes dry with a mild bitterness. A very well rounded, satisfying brew!
zathrus13 (1713) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to OldGrowth for this bottle. Pours black, with a light brown head. Aromas are roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Flavors are chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, wine, coffee, and a touch of vanilla. Body is nice and creamy. Really a wonderfun porter.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 Bottle from original release sampled on 4/6/08: This oneís been in the cellar for about a year and a half. The aroma is quite nice, rich and loaded with dark caramel and chocolate. The body seems to thin out a little bit toward the finish and has a hint of light fruity tartness. Otherwise finishes bittersweet and lightly roasted.
Fall 2007 release sampled on 12/29/07: Similar appearance as the previous year, but the aroma is quite vinous and tart. Body follows suit with some mild sweetness, but the unintended? sourness seems out of place and is a big turn off for me. Iím hoping I just got a bad bottle of this, but I ended up dumping most of it. *This infected batch is not incorporated into my numerical rating for this beer, despite having multiple samples of it.
Original release bottle rated on 10/17/06 thanks to OldGrowth (8,4,8,4,16): Pours a fairly viscous opaque with a thin covering of dark tan head. Slightly vinous, complex dark chocolatey malty and sugar plum aroma has some metallic notes that seem to fade as it warms. Starts sweet and caramely malty wilth some lactose and brown sugar along with some raisins and dough. Finishes earthy and bittersweet with some smooth dark chocolate. Has plenty of carbonation, but thins some toward the finish. The yeast strain isnít quite as authentic, but the beer is still pretty true to style.
decaturstevo (4979) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pre Knoxville Brewers Jam reception. An almost black pour. A nice chocoffee aroma with nice malt. A sharp espresso like flavor, semi sweet. Excellent full mouth feel and texture. An excellent growing bitter on the finish. Slightly warm. Excellent.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is dark black with a dense brown head...smell is very sweet and yeasty with lots of chocolate...rich sweet caramel roasty flavor with some cocoa rounding out the finish....not mind blowing...
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours almost black with a dark brown head. Sweet aroma of chocloate and malt. It has chocolate and coffee flavors with a slight alcohol finish. Smooth mouthfeel with just a touch of carbonation. A very tasty brew from one of my favorite breweries.
kramer (4892) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, via ross. Poured a clear black colored body under a one inch foamy and firm chocolate brown head with amazing retention for a 9% beer. Aroma is very hefty. Deeply roasted malt with lots of bitter chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Lighter notes of chalk, tar, anise, and alcohol. Flavor hits you over the head with caramel first off, then dry roasted and burnt malts. Finishes with more caramel, espresso, and some light alcohol. Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick, and oily with very nice soft carbonation. The carbonation was most impressive to me given that this was not bottle conditioned. Finishes a little sticky. This was a damn good Baltic Porter and very true to style in my experience. Deserving of itís place among Baltic Porters, and my current highest rated one at that.
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle. Black with a thin tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate and molasses, like imperial stout minus the bitters. Taste is much the same with some fruit and vanilla. Creamy palate, slight alcohol finish. This stuff is wonderful.