hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2006 Draft... GABF í06... This beer rocks! ... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. Decent retention. A whirlpool of rich, dark aromas; chocolate, espresso, molasses, vanilla and macadamia. Mocha, nutty flavor with no apparent residual sweetness thanks to plenty of burnt and bitter notes. Full-bodied and ultra-silky with medium carbonation. Lengthy, mocha, lightly bitter finish! World class brew!
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle acquired in trades. Bottle labeled BB 7 í07. Poured a dark black with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of smoke, chocolate, dark fruits, and roast. Tastes of dark fruits (raisins & plums), chocoalte and roast. Creamy and smooth body.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Kudos to hopdog for sending this my way. Pitch black with a thick very dark brown head. Salty licorice on the nose, burnt toast, light soy and caramelized sugar. A touch of figs/prunes, but mostly massive amounts of dark roasted malts. Silken palate, cocoa, caramel, toast and toasted malt. A hint of tartness on the back helps balance the intense maltiness. Alternating waves of dark chocolate, strong roast, and heavy sweetness that completely coat the mouth in silken deliciousness. Why is this style so hard to find examples of when it is so damn good. Awesome brew that is worthy of its world-class status.
daknole (8013) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 Damn this is one fine beer...wow one of the best porters I have ever, ever had. Black ass pour wtih a quick fading brown head. Aromas of molasses, soy, chocolate, coffee, syrup, candi sugar and deep malts hit the tongue. Flavor is sweet, thick, rich, syrupy...full of molasses, chocolate, and dark sweet dried fruit. Simply a world class porter and I need more ASAP!
Sammy (7733) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to Drunkasmonk. Gone too soon, a rich and dark full-mouthed stouty porter. Bittersweet cocoa. Very good brew and true to its style, and less sour than others. But I do think its style gets above average press compares to other, subtler styles.
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to ucusty. Pours thick, with a small, off-white head. Very dark brown body. Aroma of dark fruits, tar, liccorice, cherry, yeast and chocolate. Taste is yeasty, with some initial soy sauce, then chocolate, butter scotch, some oxidation as well. Syrupy with light bubbles.
adnielsen (7595) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home. Deep black appearance with almost no head. Roasty, slightly burnt tar, somewhat boozy, dark malty nose. Dark fruits, roasty, burnt rubber, light anise, deep malty flavor. Roasty, chocolatey, taraftertaste. Boozy, asphalt flavor has me wondering about the hype around this beer.
3fourths (7534) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - APR 28, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Deep black with a dark brown head, forming medium sized bubbles and settling into a half-inch layer rather quickly. Nose is a bit strange, like chocolate and chile pepper sauce, I canít really get into it right away. The dark and bitter smelling chocolate is nice, and the malted milk ball presence as well, but thereís this overbearing pepper smell that doesnít fit, and I generally like pepper beers but in this case that scent is a bit out of place. Perhaps itís some age of the bottle coming through, some oxidation and staleness. Thick and vinuous up front, more chewy and oily over the middle and into the finish. Dark and bitter chocolate is there, as is an unsettling burnt cereal grain flavor, and some smoke that is largely out of place. Itís big, sure, and quite thick, but the flavor of motor oil or tire rubber is not so good. Very astringent and sour in the finish, and I can think of about a half-dozen other imperial stouts Iíve had in the last two years that taste quite similar. I was hoping to really like this one but I guess thatís not the case.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 My Bottom Line:
An intricate interweaving of coffee roastiness, molasses sweetness and raisiny fruitiness seduces nostrils, tastebuds and soul. A perfumy dessert of a Baltic Porter has popped up in North Carolina!
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the brown-sleeved darkness.
-In the bottle, its nose was tempting, but not nearly as dazzling as the flavor profile. On tap though, I thought both were equally alluring.
-Roastiness is prolonged into bitterness, accompanied by a sweet soy bean and vanilla component.
-Alcohol barely warms up the back of the throat.
-In the bottle, carbonation is prickly, a little too much so for the firm body. On tap though, carbonation was perfectly suited to portly mouthfeel.
-A touch of tartness/vinosity follows the fruitiness.
-The most recent vintage (tasted in January 2008) may be sweeter than your average Baltic Porter, but it remains a fantastic pint for dessert.
First vintage from the bottle (4.0/5) and second vintage from the tap (4.4/5) at The Flying Saucer in Charlotte.
DocLock (7214) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Ross for sending 3 of these babies! First of all, let me say that I was a huge fan of Duck Rabbit before it was cool and in vogue to be a fan of Duck Rabbit. I knew they were capable of a beer like this; it was just a matter of time. The Rabid Duck was great, but this one is a knockout! The pour is jet black with a 1-finger brown head. In fact, this is the brownest head Iíve seen since my last frat party at Mississippi State University. The aroma is roasty malty, very chocolatey, with a sweet molasses, black pepper, and slight smoky oaky element. Complex aroma. The taste is dense, complex, and rich on the palate...very velvety, with tastes of roasty malt, molasses, black peppery celeryish notes, and some coffee and slight rauchy hints. As it warms, it gets richer and more chocolatey, but the taste is never as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe. Very well hidden alcohol. This one is damned good, and definitely worthy of top 50 status! Get ya some if you can. I went out and bought a few Rocky Patel vintage 1990 and 1992 cigars just to pair with the other 2 bottles over the weekend.