jcos (1778) - Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location/Date:Bottle spit with Dave on October 11th, 2013.
Appearance: Pours a black opaque with light white head..
Aroma: Aroma of chocolate and dark fruit.
Taste: Sweet - chocolate, hints of dark fruit, faint hop.
Palate:Medium body, sweet.
Summary: I really enjoyed this one. Porters, and especially baltic porters, tend to be under hyped. Really enjoyed this.
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. Dark Brown black pour with a red tinge and a thin tan head. Nose is tobacco, oak, vanilla, some coffee that has been tamed by the wine barrel. Unique aroma. Taste is definitely heavy on the Baltic Porter; smooth mouth feel with some dark malt and chocolate that works into some oaky coffee notes. Not as much wine as I figured would be in there from the nose. The barrels serve here to mellow out the flavors and add an oak earthiness to the beer.
MacBoost (1723) - Penfield, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle courtesy of me. Man, how I love me some Baltic porters. Pours a semi-thin looking deep brown, almost black. Almost no head. Aromas of cigarette butts, ashtrays and some oakiness. Flavor is oak filled cigarette butts, some roast, some creamy ashes. So good. Not getting a huge amount of wine or vinous notes, but there are some there. Finishes dry and okay, with loads of tobacco and nicotine. Low carb. Really good. This beer is so underrated.
callmemickey (4191) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep black-brown body, medium to thin light tan head, sparse lacing. Aggressive oak, tannic red wine, vanilla, and bittersweet chocolate. A bit too oaky-tannic for me as it clashes with the malts here. Medium to full bodied, gentle carbonation, tannic finish.
pilgrimoutlaw (884) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewpub. Pours opaque black with than head. Excellent lacing. Oak, vanilla, roast, chocolate, grapes. Moderately bitter and sweet. Medium bodied. Creamy with light carbonation. Starts off strong, but less appealing when you get to the bottom of the glass.
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Goblet on tap. Well, itís not red...or thunderous, but it looks the part. Very nice aroma, matches the taste well. Decent baltic porter mouthfeel, rich, but missing some aftertaste, Nutty(?), which is a little odd for a baltic porter, some alcohol in the taste as well. A little lacking in complexity, I didnít taste no fruit, neither.
Ughsmash (7506) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle. Poured deep brown with a short-lived, toasted beige head. The aroma picked up lots of vinous notes and oak over burnt black malts and a little molasses. The flavor found black currants, ashy roast, and toasted oak over burnt coffee and black malts.. more peppery through the oaky, vinous finish. Medium-bodied with low carbonation.. really nice barrel character, but I donít love the base beer.
kidmartinek (4446) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown color with a red tint. Stinks like beer when you open the bottle. Somewhat thin yet oily on the pour. Not much foam but holds a nice white film head. Aroma of roasted nuts, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is rich dark, malt, chocolate, and barley. Tasted like a red cocoa porter if there was such a thing. Nice change of pace.
jackl (6782) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg @ Mekong. Brown pour with a small head. The nose is dominated to a crazy level by the barrel aging. Huge red wine notes. Oak. mineral, red berry, moderate boozy. The taste is somewhat more even-handed. Chewy dark malts, caramel. Cocoa shake. Rich roast, burnt toast. Cocoa. Tannic woodiness. Medium body, fine carbonation. Overall, just too barrel heavy to be really enjoyable.
Bacterial (2764) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lightish brown pour from a 750. Slight offwhite head with just a little bit of lacing. Red wine and dark malt in the nose. Taste is nice, though I wish this were a sour. Oak, red wine, roasted malt and some dark fruits in the taste.