nimbleprop (3875) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle pours a hazy purple with some cloudy, white head. Nose is dusty, light red grape, malt. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, malt, grape jelly, cherry. Medium bodied, sweet finish.
Scipio (595) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark copperish brown with an average tan head that recedes quickly. Aroma leans heavily towards raisin and wine. It has an impression of wood, and a bit of cocoa as well. A very appealing mixture here. The taste takes a step back from the heavy notes of wine. While still prevalent, I get the main themes as chocolate and cocoa. Still woody. The aftertaste is chocolate and wine. Not quite as appealing as the aroma. Medium in body, a texture that is slightly sticky, average carbonation. This one is a bit more unusual than most. I liked it. I think it has enough going for it that most people would also.
Capa (1935) - Manama, BAHRAIN - JAN 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red with minimal head. Fruity, berry, chocolate, vinous. Thinner than expected. Finish has a lingering sharpness to it. Almost Belgian like finish. Really enjoyable beer.
GT2 (7044) - Riverslime, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL thanks to noodleuser. Pours a clear, deep brilliant ruby. Medium coffee head. Nose is butter, oak, sweet cream, milk chocolate, nice red wine barrel/peper/spicy wood. Taste is tangy, oaky, brown sugar, mild red wine barrel, pepper. Very clean, well integrated. Palate is spicy, denser, some ginger spice. Dry, clean, actually refreshing. No off character. Works very well.
mikesaum (522) - Newark, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2013 cork and cage, pours dark dark brown with a thin tan head. aroma is very fruity, vinous winey notes, not much porter notes, the wine barrel is really apparent in the aroma. Taste isnt as complex as the aroma but its still great, taste is berry, wine notes, some bitter chocolate notes, slight earthiness cant wait to see what some age does to this brew.
came back to a bottle i had cellared for about a year. Aroma developed some sour properties, it still has the red wine notes but now there is a sour berry aroma along with some vanilla and Wood. The taste has a light lacto taste now along with berries, faint cocoa and red wine. Ages nice.
douglas88 (5152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 thanks to Dan. Pours a dark burgundy color with a medium white head. A dusty dry nose of caramel, some wood. The flavor has dry white wine, caramel, light roast, cocoa, seemingly less of a porter, pushing toward a Quad. Good.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours amber brown with a small tan ring around the top.
Aroma: Chocolate covered raisin and red wine barrel/red wine soaked cork.
Taste: Tossty chocolate malt, red wine barrel, tannins, a touch of tartness in the chocolaty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Soft carbonation.
Overall: Very delicious. Great balance of malt,wood,wine and tartness.
jstraw (1839) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with cream beige head (barrel-aged) / Musty, dry nose of cocoa, roast barley, grass and cream / Medium body, creamy, acidic, good balance with lots of astringency and bitter finish / Subdued flavors of cocoa, dark roast coffee, roast grain, prune, licorice, and oak / No fireworks, and could use a little more "fruit" punch, especially for a Baltic, but a solid brew all around.
zathrus13 (1664) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours reddish brown, with a tan head. Aroma is fruit, red wine, and a little wood. Flavor is fruit and red wine. Dry and tannic. Medium to light body. I wouldn’t have guessed the base was a baltic porter.
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a red-brown with medium tan head. Aroma of cocoa, cherry, blackberry. Dry chocolate, coffee malt flavor with a fruity grape mildly sour tang. Fairly quick finish with a hint of hops.