keepersj12 (2444) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber with red highlights. The aroma is the weak link of this beer. A bit of roast malt and some caramel. The taste has some chocolate, vanilla, the wood and what I first thought was bourbon but I guess is the wine. Very dry for the style. Nice brew.
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fluffy (1048) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Honestly I wasnt expecting to like this that much. But damn it's tasty. Tastes of cherries, dark chocolate, vanilla, ice cream, raspberries, some aged wood in the background. Super good. Kudos, victory!
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EithCubes (4406) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from JCís. Nose is boozy and the first thing I notice is the apparent bourbon barrel character, or apparently, wine barrels -- just not a rough vanilla/oak dump, more of a sultry caramel spirited. Fruity/berry (red grape, sure, and just beautiful cherry) with cocoa powder, chocolate, roast, mild woody goodness. All of these things intensified in the mouth - the barrel character is huge and domineering, but itís an enjoyable one and . Very sweet with the added alcohols, some tar and ash in the back, dries out only barely, but strikes a highwire balance with alcohol and sugar. Pours deep brown-black with a rocky, lacing tan head. Creamy very light body with the lovely complexity, again, of a nice spirit.
sitzds (133) - - SEP 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured dark brown with thin head and small bubbles. A floral aroma with vanilla and coconut. Flavors were coconut, hazelnut, onion, and caramel. Did not get the barrel or wine flavors that others are noting. Maybe need a second try as I was 10 beers into a tasting. Mouthfeel was nice with light body and a dry finish.
tdmuel (191) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with red around the edges, and a fluffy light tan head. Lots of roasted malt and oak on the nose, burnt caramel, dark fruits like cherries and plums, light chocolate notes, and a touch of coffee. Dark coffee on the taste and an earthy and oaky taste, molasses, raisins, very light citrus note, cocoa, and a touch of dates. Very well done. I love what the barrels do for this beer.
sherm1016 (991) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, been in the fridge a while. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a thin tan head that fades pretty quickly. Aroma is chocolate, fruity, cherry, red wine. Medium to heavy on the palate with soft, creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, chocolate, oak. Red wine, some tartness, with a dry, tart, red wine finish. Interesting.
shrubber85 (6506) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Chocolate, raisin and tannins. Dark brown with small head. Mildly sweet chocolate malt up front followed by light dry wine flavor. Very wine-like.
5000 (5600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Deep dark caramel, moderate frothy light beige head, nice lacing.   Has a slight sour Red/Brown like aroma, slightly vinous, woody, with a hint of sweet roasted malts.   I would never guess Baltic Porter at all based on the aroma.   Slight tartness up front, more of a roasted malt profile than the nose suggested, slightly fruity in a red wine sense, with lingering woodiness.   A weird combo, not that big for a Baltic Porter.   Seems the barrel aging is more pronounced.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finish is a bit more vinous than Baltic Porter.   Not bad, but nothing extraordinary either.
NikkTwist (1237) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Moriartys. Very dark black ruby pour topped with some off-white foam that mostly disappeared. Deep red fruit notes married with some dark malt. Medium-thick creamy body. Plum pudding. Brandied cherries. Coffee mousse. Dark chocolate clear candy. Blackberry molasses pie. Currants. Burnt pomegranates. Gets increasingly interesting as you drink it. Really unusual flavors coming out. Did not figure the red wine barrels into it originally but that clearly is adding to the complexity without feeling "wine flavored." Liked this way more than expected (and apparently better than most reviewers) - but please give this a chance. Great stuff!
glennmastrange (2025) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy toasted and strong coffee for the malt, light to moderate resin for the hops, light leather for the yeast with hints of wood and tobacco. Head is small, frothy, light tan, with some slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing to a small ring. Color is fairly dark brown. flavor starts lightly acidic, and finishes lightly acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is light to medium, watery with a lively to fizzy carbonation and a lightly astringent and dry finish. Strong coffee notes with a dry and bitter finish. This is one unique Baltic Porter.