pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a "pitch-brown" with little light penetration and a big tan head, going down at an average clip. Big towering rich nose. Big round malt, particularly hitting the chocolate and the roast to a lesser extent. Fruity acidity and some floral hops lightly with no hint of alcohol. The palate is creamy and smooth. Subdued carbonation, though perhaps a tiny bit chalky. Very nice though. The flavors are a little bit raw. Big strong malt is schizophrenic. Strong bitter chocolate with some serious roast. Alcohol, roast, and floral to piney hops (Cascade?) overwhelm the sweetness of the malt. This has some over the top alcohol warming. Nice, but maybe some age could bring this down. The roast is so robust, it lends a sour acidity. Roast and hops in the finish. Heavy alcohol in the aftertaste. I wish I had the Baltic Porter, boohoo, woe is me. At least this was a pretty good beer.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of bleacherbum: Pours black with a tan head. Aroma, some coffee, a bit of chocolate, and some fruity alcohol notes. Flavor, lots of dark fruits, some alcohol, bittersweet chocolate, a dry roasty ashy flavor, and a tangy almost sour feel to it. There was some roasted bitterness on the finish, and that ashy character as well.
aracauna (3488) - Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is really a step down from the Baltic Porter. Itís a bit drier, the roastiness tends towards burned notes or ash and the hoppiness would perhaps benefit from a little aging. Still a quality beer, just not up to the Baltic Porterís mark. Now, I think if I hadnít had the Baltic Porter just before this, I may have enjoyed this beer a bit more.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to ross. Black pour with a tall, frothy, lasting, tan head. Roasted malt aroma, bakers cocoa powder, some pine, and a bit acidic. Strong bitter coffee flavor backed up with unsweetened cocoa, some burnt hops and lots of alcohol. A little bit astringent. Body is full and oily with lots of carbonation. If you really like coffee based stouts this could be a good one, but in my opinion it doesnít quite have enough body and sweetness to balance out the heavy coffee and alcohol notes in it.
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 vintage. Pours black with a very small fizzy head that quickly disappears. No lacing. Aroma is deep, dark chocolates, slightly vinuous, with some toffee sweetness in the finish. Flavor is more bitter chocolates with some deep dark dried fruit notes. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but slightly astringent. Alcohol warmth is gentle; the 10% is well-hidden.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a tan rocky head. Smells soapy with some decent coffee and chocolate undertones. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel and lots of bitterness. Good, but nowhere near the greatness of their Baltic porter.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Kan for this one! Pours a dark brown/black with a fizzy head that diminishes. Smells surprisingly fruity. With some chocolate and roasty notes. Taste is a lot of the same, the most fruity stout I have ever tasted, with chocolate and roast coffee. quite different, worth a try.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown with plenty of froth on top.
Smell is of dark chocolate, roasted malt and cherries.
Yeah, I think there is some definite cherry, fruit notes coming through moreso in the taste now. A different twist on an Imperial stout, but Iím digging it. Mouthfeel is full, thick and non-cloying.
This is a very solid imperial stout that is able to separate itself from the others via its distinct taste. Would love to try again.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 Vintage. pours a deep brown-black witha dark brown, thick head that retains well and leaves great lace. chocolate-rhum notes up front, rounded out with some deeper roasty aromas. nicely balanced malt flavors start with a touch of sweetness that deepens into a bitter chocolate/coffee roastiness. some astringency in the finish, as well as some alcohol warmth. nice, malt-accented RIS.
WeeHeavySD (3377) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle via trade with DrBayern, many thanks. Pours well lets see, black if you hadnít guessed with a thin coco brown head. Aroma is smokey, burnt and sweet little notes of coffee and chocolate. The taste is sweet chocolately and there is a bit of salt and sour in there. This is a bit dissapointing, good for sure but strange.