BBB63 (6011) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap (nitro): Pours a deep brown hue with ruby highlights topped by an initial creamy tan head which faded and only had okay lace. The nose is quite intense for a nitro pour with heavy vapors of plum, prune, fig, walnut, anise, sassafras, non-aromatic pipe tobacco, light chocolate and coffees, and very earthy yeast esters. The flavor profile is equally intense with a twangy rich fruit character and liquorice before developing a nice burnt and bittersweet chocolate note. Quite rustic yeast notes also grabs for some attention before a quick subdued dash of resin hops and acidic bite at the finish, quite yummy indeed! The mouth feel is heavy but not sticky nor syrupy, smooth and comforting. Unless most of FFF offerings, this is not a hopped up version of the stout and porter styles for one I am thankful, very traditional. This really needs to be bottled!
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nitro-tap at the brewpub. Aroma: Sweet roasted malt with notes of coffe and chocolate. Light molasses. Dark fruits come out as it warms, mostly raisins and currants. Appearance: Dark black with a creamy white head. Nice lacing. Flavor: Rich and sweet roasted malt, coffee and cocoa, gingerbread, grape jelly, and light smoke. Hops are really kept in check for a 3F brew, but a little pine is detected before the finish. Palate: Full bodied, smooth and velvety. Moderate carbonation. Overall: Really good beer. Wish I could have sat there all day and drank it.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On nitro at brewpub - classic nitro pour with a tight, sparkling head above a clear, ruby/black body. Medium bodied with well defined notes of cookie, molasses, caramel and nuts. Lightly hopped (appropriate) with a soft carbonation and slick mouthfeel. Deeper notes of raisin, plums, dates, wet wood and smoke emerge as it warms. A really nice example of the style - why not bottle this guys??
jcr (2198) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On nitro at 3F brewpub. This is one interesting Baltic Porter. It displays all the characteristics of a classic baltic porter — the roasted malts, espresso, milk chocolate, caramel, sweet malts. Yet, it was in the way all these aromas and flavors presented themselves that made this such an enjoyable beer — like biting into a beer bar with a caramel, fruit center (hint of sweet plum) surrounded by roasted malts, bitter mocha and milk chocolate. The pour was an inviting black with a fading tan head. A medium body with a somewhat watery texture does not diminish this well-crafted porter. Comfortable, dry and slightly bitter finish. Excellent.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pouts dark with ruby rim around the edge of the glass. Aroma is chocolate and sweet malt. Taste is much of the same. Hints of sweet fruit and roasted malt throughout. Nice slightly bitter finish. Great brew.
shrubber85 (7516) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2006 Tap. Dark chocolate malt aroma with raspberry notes. Dark reddish brown color with small smooth head. A perfectly roasted coffee flavor initial with a nice smooth chocolate flavor lasting long after swallowing. No harshness at all with this. A spectacular beer - cannot rave enough about this one.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nitro, at 3 Floyds. Pours brown (clear dark red when held up to light) with a white head. Grassy hops and light roastiness in the nose. Surprisingly, the nitro didn’t dull the flavor - notes of heavy caramel, burnt toffee, plum/raisin, chocolate, plenty of resiny piney hops on the back end. Smooth and creamy with subtle carbonation. Good stuff.
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2006 On nitro tap at 3F: I’ll get this out of the way first. 5 bucks for 9.5 oz. out of nitro! ok on to the beer. A creamy tan head on a dark black body. Through the nitro, the head is creamy smooth, very silky and full bodied. Nice rounded flavors of licorice, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and a hell of a lot of sweetness. At first rate I loved the sweet chocolate flavors, on the second the sugar sweetness is way too overbearing, and I’m begging this tiny glass for some bitterness. More bitterness, no nitro and this could be a really good beer.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Inky black and viscous with a very rich cappachino-like head. The initial nose is chocolatey with tinges of espresso. Flavors are chocolate milk, coffee beans, brown sugar, and maybe a touch of licorice. Big time bittering lurks darkly in the background of every sip. Another outstanding product by these fine brewers.
railcat1 (685) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at brewpub.Excellant beer thick and heavy just like i like my beer.This is up there with alpha klaus but not as hop up.The head was very full with milk chocolate and very thick with hints of bitterness but not over bearing.This is one hect of a beer a meal within its self.CHEERS to nick for doing another fine job Stop by brewbup and try it before it goes away you will not be sorry.I am not sure how strong it is but it had a kick to it