Cantabrian (854) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2013 Interesting beer. Although the label refers to modern versions from Helsinki to Vilnius, Iím sure they could have replaced Vilnius by Puttgarden, as this beer seems to be a much improved attempt to mirror the very mellow German versions of Baltic Porters. The colour is just dark red, thin as a cola, very much like those Lausitzers or Stoertebeckers. Nothing of the oily black of the Polish, Finnish and Swedish porters. The aroma is again very malty, sweet, mellow honey with a touch of hops, warning the drinker of what is to come. But that was a false alarm! The flavour comes indeed as a very balanced, agreeable surprise. Nothing syrupy, as the nose alerted, but an extremely smooth blend of chocolate, malts, maple, licourice, smokiness and a touch of a grassy hops. The beer hides perfectly the high alcoholic level and the thin body does not affect the enjoyment of the experience. This is what the Balitka 6 should have been like.
valpoaj (634) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost black with a thick, fluffy brown head. Aroma is full of malt and chocolate, hints of toffee and caramel. Flavor is chocolate malt, splash of toffee, hint of booze, slight touch of dark fruit - pretty good stuff. Palate is good for the style - a bit richer than some porters, but pretty indicative of the baltic style - but it is lively and engaging. Enjoyable brew overall!
Kimbo419 (19) - - APR 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love this beer!! We get several Victory beers in Texas, but unfortunately not this one. The aroma is sweet with toffee notes. Color is medium brown, small amount of ivory head. Exactly what I would expect a porter to look like. The taste is sweet, with hints of vanilla and toffee that linger on the tongue. Not overly carbonated, which enhances the smooth mouthfull. Just a bit of alcohol in the finish. Equally as exemplary of the style as their Storm King stout (also fantastic). Good thing I have family in PA, but I wish they sold this beer in Texas. If you have a chance to try it, donít pass it up!
ttutony (677) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Coffee and chocolate malt aroma. Medium brown in the glass. Quite smooth on the palate. Rich mouthfeel. Lingering chocolate and coffee finish. Well done.
annunz123 (867) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vegetable aroma breathes off after a bit leaving caramel, molasses, and dark fruit. Sweet flavor caramel and some coffee bitterness. Sweet, toffee finish with just a little drying alcohol. Really, really good.
lachrymalisis (387) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
great example of the style. big chocolate, fruity-roast aromas and flavors all over this beer. lots of creamy body, goes down very smooth, virtually no alcohol burn,
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Roast flavor aspects pop out and thereís some spicy chile that gives it some sizzle on top of the noticeable abv character. Dark tan color, thin residue on top but minimal lacing and low levels of foam. Aroma is negligible, maybe thereís a minor amount of toasted oats in the nose. Palate is notably light and thereís an above average dose of carbonation for a porter. Overall, not bad, but not exceptional either...Iíd rather have this in a taster glass in a brewpub than a 22 ounce bottle.
Frothmeister (567) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1pint 6 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby brown with a tan head. Vanilla, cocoa, espresso, faint red fruit, faint caramel, and dark malt notes on the nose. Medium bodied, and flavourful the taste has molasses, espresso, a slight fruity tang, chocolate, caramel, faint smoke, alcohol, and finishes big. I love this porter. Easy drinking, and the alcohol is hidden well. Awesome. Iíll definitely pick up another next time Iím in the US.
Mittenator (1355) - Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep brown with red. Caramel and toffee aromas and flavor. Also tart and astringent.
phikus01 (103) - New York, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Something different, smooth black clean mocha with maybe some currant subtlety