strongpieman (1644) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark brown, tall tan head. Thick and creamy, full body, modest aroma. Flavor explosion that is complex but fully enjoyable.
drjay44 (3273) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours a thin beige head, with some lacing, over a clear ruby brown (SRM 25) body....nose is vinous with light cocoa, dried fruits including plum, fig, raisin, minimal hops.....taste is initially light sweetness, then vinous tones, hints of oak, light dried fruits, becoming dry and finishing with quite obvious hop bitterness and woody terpenes......mouth feel light of medium, lightly astringent, alcohol warmth hidden, carbonation adds tingly and a moderately acid finish. This is way off the mainstream of the Baltic Porter style. The vinous tones and barrel are quite apparent, and hide the malt sweet dried fruits layers of the style. The hop bitterness is too high. This is a technically well made beer but it is a bit too twixt and tween to be highly rated on the BJCP system. Experiments sometimes fail. BJCP 7/3/11/4/6
SetauketBrewer (71) - New York, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious beer. Great example of a Baltic Porter and an oak aged beer. Deep roasted malts on the tounge mixed with dark red wine and rich oak. High ABV nicely hidden in this flavorful beer.
ilovedarkbeer (2689) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown color with a foamy brown head. Notes of vanilla, soured beer, cocoa, smoke, and dark fruit.
Gachupines (1216) - USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black with a thin tan head. Aroma is strong red wine with vanilla and oak. Even expecting it, it was a little surprising. Flavor is complex and somewhat difficult to unpack. Cocoa malt up front with a but of bitterness. Finish is strong oak and vanilla with a hit of fruit and wine. Tannins also noticeable. Makes an interesting substitute for red wine while providing a bit of earthy richness.
Jamesthebrit (415) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Very complex aroma. merlot sweetness. A nice oak note. Some roastiness in the back of the smell.
A: Pours looking a little thin and gross off brown. Head is nice and creamy.
T: Just like the smell. Sweetness from the wine. A big oak note. The real star is the finish (which is nice since most beers lack here). Amazing roasty oak note on the finish. Wine is maybe a little agressive in the front. There is an off note in there... i think it may be the oak comming through. A bit too much oak.
P; As noted above very complex but a little too oaky. A nice sweetness. A great finish. Doesn’t make up for the misses though.
Overall, this is a nice beer. Very interesting balance between the porter and the red wine. Too much oak and a little too much acidity.
MadIndian (2718) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Isaacs. Nice vino and cocoa aroma. Flvors of wood, chcolate with a dry dark fruit finish, I liked it a lot.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good baltic porter, ran across this on tap in madison, cocoa creamy goodness
Ratman197 (12692) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2 (thanks Brad) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, red wine, oak, vanilla and light cocoa. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, cocoa, red wine, light oak and light vanilla with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.
cbfobes (2880) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle, aroma is pretty solid, nice amount of dark fruit mixed in with some wine tannin and some malt, the flavor has a really sweet front end with a chocolate and malt finish with the oak really coming through, the booze does come through which I wasn’t really expecting at being 8.5%, would have thought it’s closer to 10% by the way it tastes, still not bad, just doesn’t blow me away. Also good for the price point.