Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice thick, dark brown head. Quite large and lasts for a while. Settles nicely and slowly. Low carbonation. Nice roasted grains aroma with some coffee and a touch of soy sauce. Color is a very, very dark brown. Rich, thick flavor. Not too sweet. Tons of malts, more coffee and roasted grains. Some bitterness. More bitterness and dryness at the finish. A very good baltic porter. Thanks to Dixen for this tasty brew.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A really strong brew. Big dark lasting brown head on an almost black body with aroma of burnt malt and a bit of fruit. It does not taste fruity, but is very filling and has a healthy hoppy taste, with a bit of caramel, prune, and other fruits. This brew is reputed to be Denmark’s best porter beer, and the reputation is deserved. Remarkable beer !
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via Secret Santa: Almost black with ruby highlights topped by a lasting frothy tan head and outstanding lace. The aroma has noticeable black malt characteristics: chocolate, smoke, tobacco, prune, walnut, aromatic hops, dusty and earthy yeast notes and just a whiff of alcohol. The taste is shocking in how much the bitters and burnt/smoky notes dominate. Subdued sweet caramel flavors dance upon the tongue before giving way to some nutty qualities. A spicy and almost tannin like finish with lingering bitters. The feel is lively but not overpowering, dry and astrengent. I would like to see the palate be a bit more creamy. Overall, a solid brew with a lot to offer but lacks completeness to be among to best in genre. I would gladly try one again if given the chance.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 33 cl bottle. Black, with wonderful rocky head, that drags belgian laze as you drink the beer. Perfect, and not too powerful, carbonation and excellent mouthfeel. Taste is malty and dominated by smoke - maybe a bit overpowering. Filling without being sweet.
baaj (5) - DENMARK - DEC 9, 2004 does not count
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Dark, dark, dark with a very roasty and burnt taste. For the first time in a very long period i could not drink one hole beer.
DYCSoccer17 (3155) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled with omhper, tiggmtl, MartinT, muzzlehatch, and Rastacouere in Montreal. 2003 bottle thanks to Per. Chocolate and coffee aroma with slight DMS notes. Nice smokiness in this bad boy as well. Opaque dark brown with a khaki colored head. Roasty and sweetness comes through towards the end. Slight alcohol notes are also present. Smooth.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2005 Smoked malt aroma with some roastiness apparent. Opaque borwn with decent, off-white/tan head that recedes to thin cover. Smoky malt flavour with nice roasty bitterness. Medium body and very easy to drink. Bottle enjoyed with DYCSoccer17, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Omhper and Rastacouere. Resampled at Olbaren and again at DenverLogan’s GABF tasting with similar notes and scores.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
omhper in Montreal #10 (with MartinT,tiggmtl,Rastacouere,DYCSoccer). Dark, thick, slightly oily brown slick appearance...rich, intoxicating licorice/liqueur-infused chocolate nose, just stunning...massively roasty, dark and bitter body belies the sweet nose...smoky, with just a bit of anise keeping the center calm...strong, assertive, bitter finish. Among the standouts of the night, right on Per!
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby. Light chestnut foam yields sticky, snowflake lace patterns. Abundant notes of nougat, roasted wood, coal, and smoke permeate the nose. Lightly vinous with fruitcake, molasses, and black currant hints. Tightly carbonated. Somewhat airy. Slightly smoky and rich with a buttered caramel and soft, rounded roasted malt mesh. Roastiness slowly tapers off, giving way to charred wood notes. Highly attenuated, but perfectly sweet, with touches of mocha, vanilla, and bittersweet chocolate. Minimal oxidation offsets some of the sweetness. Light breath of wintergreen-accented alcohol discharges a delicately spicy anise ester, which intensifies the multilayered earthy malts. Relentless char astringency dries it out, backed with a hint of tar, while pummeling the dark fruit nuances in the finish. Aside from the lightly oxidized aroma and flavor, this should only improve as it ages. Already decadent, though, as is. Thanks, Dixen!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, with a thin oily head. Loads of nicotine in the nose and a bit of pine. Nice smoky flavor, good roasts and chocolate, and a rich molasses finish.