DrnkMcDermott (2620) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft 8 oz. "mini-shaker" at 3Fs. Thin but noticeably brown head atop a porter to stout dark body. A sharp coffee smell I haven’t found in the Baltic strain of porter before. Flavor is strong with coffee hard candies, but still a bit of lager cleanness. Threads of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Can’t say it goes down easy; I had to wrestle it a little. But when it finally yields, it does so nicely.
dmbsnuts (298) - Carpentersville, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a default message... As I do not wish, nor have time to comment on each beer I try at this time.
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superspak (1464) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, light char, apple, raisin, coffee, toast, molasses, floral, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with moderate fruitiness. Taste of dark chocolate, coffee, light char, roasted malt, raisin, apple, toast, molasses, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, light char, light fruits, molasses, floral, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of roasted malt flavors with fruity esters; with minimal cloying sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Baltic porter. Very nice balance and complexity of robust roasted flavors with fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
jcr (1946) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep brown body with a frothy, beige head, slowly diminishing. Aroma of smoke, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet plum, tobacco and alcohol. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Chocolate, coffee, roast taste is balanced with some sweet caramel and a hint of dark fruit. Some peppery alcohol combined with a note of grapefruit bitterness round out the finish.
shrubber85 (5967) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Coffee, chocolate, and ash aroma. Dark black with moderate head. Sweet mocha malt and mildly bitter herbal hops flavor. Very nice and easy drinking.
queenholly (1830) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nutty, sweet chocolate, and mocha aroma. Deep mahogany with a small tan head. Black licorice, roasty coffee, sweet chocolate flavor with a light roasty bitter finish. Medium full body, soft carbonation. Nice to get a FFF’s without the predictable signature hop thing that they usually have going on.
Strykzone (3810) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Dark redbrown. A thin feel. Nice malt with roasted notes and chocolate. Some classic hop notes. Deep resonant bitterness. Nice.
novels (332) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has a great bite of hops and alcohol on the finish. Superb malt backbone and great balance of spices. Loved the deep chocolate and roasted notes.
Imperial_Scout (117) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with minimal head as it was poured slowly into a snifter. Smells of roasty, burnt malts and slight coffee. Thick and malty with roasted finish.
rxeight (424) - Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ive had this several times and actually had a different opionion each time. This is a bottle from the october release. Black pour minimal head. Aroma is bittersweet malt. Has more traditional english porter malt taste. Had this fresh bottle and tap and there was a lot of coffee and now it pretty much dissapeared.
Dogbrick (5987) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 01/03/2013. Dark reddish-brown pour with a medium khaki head that diminishes steadily. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted coffee, malt and chocolate. Medium, dry body with flavors of chocolate malt, coffee and a bit of hops. The finish is roasty with a mocha aftertaste. Pretty good overall.