durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from the Brewery. Pours a bit lighter than most Baltics, but with a fairly generous light tan head, even after a few weeks. Nose shows chocolate, mild roast, some light cherries, and a fair amount of lactic creaminess... a little bit too much of the latter, but not in a totally bad way. Taste adds a bit of sweetness, more creaminess, and a light, dry finish. A lighter version of the style, for sure, and maybe not 100% true to form, but still a tasty and quite drinkable porter.
italarican (1383) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler at the Triad bottle share at Foothills organized by Mike. Almost like a dark saison. Pours dark dark brown, but grainy flavor with clove spice and a yeastiness to it. Slight pine in the finish. A bit odd but not bad.
deyholla (5907) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler at RBWG 2014 grand tasting, thanks! Pours a clear deep brown with a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of bread and dark grains with just a touch of roasted malts. Flavor has lots of dark bread as well with only a bit of roasted malts and dark grains.
Drake (7846) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBWG14 Trip Rating #141. Growler shared at the Grand Tasting. Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, herbal hops. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, nuts, herbal hops. Medium bodied.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at TBC, Raleigh. Brimming carbonation on this dark brown pour, surprisingly vigorous somehow. Aroma was like a solid roasty porter with hop additions, chocolate malts and coffee too. A bit of burnt sugar and molasses in the taste, and the mouthfeel lacks the lactic quality one gets with most Baltics. Tasty but not exactly to style.
maxwelldeux (2928) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Pours a near black color with a small head. Nose is roasty with some slight dark fruit elements. Taste is just a tad sour with roasty bitterness to it. Very smooth drink. I like it.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at trophy brewing co. Dark brown pour with athick chestnut colored head. Aroma yields nice roast, chocolate malts and dark fruit. Body is slightly thin for a baltic porter. Actually I even wonder if this was lagered... Either way all the beers tastes like expensive homebrew which, pains me to say.. But $6 for a pint of this is HIGHWAY ROBBERY. If your price point is going to be similar to the hill farmsteads, russian rivers & jackie o’s of the country then the beers i think need to be more up to par...