Sledutah (3624) - Utah, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle shared by Doug
Appearance: Clear dark mahogany with a small tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Smokey, toasted malts and chocolate
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, smokey and woody
MikeJslc (630) - USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown, clear, off-white head. Aroma: bread crusts, melanoidins, biscuit, a light rotten fruit note, some red wine barrel. Flavor: toffee, light baker's chocolate, bread crusts, light toast, a little fruit.
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GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transparent brown pour with a ruby hue and tan head. The cocoa comes through the strongest of the aromas, a little oak and fruity as well. Wow, I didn’t get a lot of the red wine in the aroma (could be because I am getting over a cold) but it is the highlight of the flavor. The initial flavor is the cocoa and roasted malts but the finish is all red wine, fruity and pungent with the typical tannin astringency. I thought this was an interesting, and welcomed, sibling of the Baltic Thunder.
Jesterdeal (1467) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of cocoa, oak and tangy raisin. Pours deep brown with medium froth. Taste opens with the oak tang and finishes with a good smokey malt. The tastes muddle in the middle. The oak works, the wine doesn’t quite.
matthewgerke (66) - - JAN 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured black with a thin tan head. Aroma was a classic Baltic porter with some cocoa coming through and the taste was of a mellowed porter but then it had a nice wine finish to it that really added a very welcomed unusual touch.
conway (901) - - JAN 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark ruby with a big off white head. Aroma is very oaky. Taste opens with some tannic flavors that fade to roasted malt and finish with a chocolate sweetness. Medium mouth feel.
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PGHbeer77 (556) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
25.4 oz. Bottle. An odd duck that I liked! Coffee, vinous scent with a rich roastiness. Black pour, white head to ring, small overall. Medium body, silky feel. Porter coffee fronted taste, roasty, with a vinous red wine finish.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
red-sepia, lightly translucent, thin cream head reduces to wisps, no lacing. Nose is toasty and lightly oaky, but stale, cardboard and light ash. Flavor is stale but sweeter, red wine and chocolate riding through mid, thick and lightly hot with lasting oxidation and cherry notes. Dryness throughout improves this immensely, no acid present from the wine.
StoeckleJason (22) - - DEC 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells funny. A little fruity and hop bitter up front. Finishes dry and warm, like red wine. Tasty.
b3shine (3506) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle to snifter. Looks good; a murky brown with light beige lacing. Smells of malt and red wine. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. Good stuff.