tobias (202) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle: pours anthracite black with a beautiful dark khaki head. my god the aroma is amazing. the intilal aroma is coffee, sweet creamy chocolatey rich mocha coffee, not over powering. very sensual.hints of carramel vanilla and dark fruit peek though. flavors of of coffee and mocha. vanilla dark fruit caramel, beautiful. silky smooth in the mouth. carbonation is perfect. its very hard to believe this beer is 9 percent abv, very well hidden. all i can say is wow. duck rabbit has outdone itself. i had this on draft about a month ago at the saucer and was like this its pretty good but now as i sit here savoring it fropm the bottle i realize that it is more than pretty good, its amazing.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 16, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Oh man Iíve been waiting for this one. Pours a deep ebony with a bit of garnet only at the thinnest extremities, and a puffy reddish brown head. Oh wow, this smells delicious. Espresso dominates the nose, accompanied by a lot of fig and caramel, and hints of chocolate and smoke and maybe a bit of blackberry. The taste is incredibly rich. Sweet chocolate, espresso, some raisin, and a few vinous notes hit the mouth first. Then comes a woody bitterness mixed with some faint earthy hops. Toward the finish comes a flavor of toasted nuts, cashews and almonds, perhaps. A vaguely warming aftertaste is the only hint that there is so much alcohol. Iím amazed that a beer this big can be so delicate. A complex and impressive brew. They have raised the bar for NC brewing.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - SEP 16, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2008 As far as the love thing goes, Magjayran will have some competition. What a glorious brew. I was expecting a watered down porter with an alcoholic bite. What I got was a rich mahogany head with a beautiful cold coffee and licorice nose. A slight buttery toffee hides behind black mission figs, toasted pecan, espresso, and maybe some leather as well? Impeccable balance and poise as the 9% doesn’t seem to answer the phone even though it’s certainly at home. The smooth refreshment found mid-palate says porter, the roasted finish whispers for another sip. Dark Beer Specialists indeed.
2007 Batch. I can understand the gripes about this being an ale porter and not a lager porter. Historically I think that can be considered correct based off the original versions sent to the Baltic States rather than the style in spurned there. Nonetheless, this stuff is amazing aged and fresh. Looking over my notes from last year I still feel the same way. Although I do think the cocoa powder and the espresso notes are a little more prevalent. Maybe I’m just remembering an older bottle. Outstanding.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 Itís finally here!!! Pours an oily black with just the tiniest bit of light showing through. Itís got a nice little chocolate head sitting on top. The aroma is full of roasted malts giving a strong mocha impression. Thereís nothing in the aroma at all to give the impression of high alcohol. The flavor is deliciously rich with a extremely satisfying blast of sweet chocolate with a slight hint of coffee roastiness. Iím in love with this shit. It seems like DR made not enough Impy Stout, a tad too much Wee Heavy, and possibly not nearly enough of this Baltic-Porter. If I were to have one beef with this beer it would be that it definitely seems to be much more of the new style American Imperial Porters and not so much of the European Baltic Porter style. In the end that means nothing since this is absolutely the best NC beer Iíve ever had.