Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into my Golden Monkey tulip glass. Reddish dark brown pour with a nice one inch light tan head. Immediately I am greeted by the presence of oaky red wine, which combined with this robust baltic porter, creates an essence of dark chocolate covered cherries. It is quite an odd aroma for a beer, and one I have never quite experienced. Very earthy, with leather and tobacco aromas, complemented by a subtle note of toasted oak. Flavor is bitter at first like the skin of a grape, but it instantly fades in to a roasty, almost charcoal-like flavor, with a lot of notes of coffee and cacao nibs. A small stream of dried berries is the undercurrent for what is otherwise a sturdy porter. It doesnít add a lot of fruit flavor, but it does become very dry and tannic, with the oak flavor most present as the last drop slides down your tongue. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected, though carbonation was on point. I feel like I almost wanted to hate this beer, but I found myself constantly going back for another sip to see what else it had to offer. It is certainly unique. It is roasty and dry like Founders Porter, but with a sharp, oaky tannic bite that takes it to a whole other level. Well made.
Lightrider (326) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a dark brown with a little head. Aroma is full and rich, deep malt. Taste is thick and rich. Finish is warm.
michcam8 (401) - Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On sale for $2.99 750ml. For the price, you canít beat it. Pours a light black, dark ruby red color, with a tan head. Aroma of burgundy, and dark fruits. Taste is similar, cherry, wine, crackers, and grass. Not much detection of alcohol. Medium mouthful. Overall, pretty good.
madelfonatree (174) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled August 6, 2013 and enjoyed September 14, 2015 in a Hopslam tulip/snifter.
Look - Dark reddish brown. Very thin tan head. No lacing. Bubbles are large the ones that form. Tasty for a beer I expected to be light.
Smell - Heavy booze smell, more like bourbon as opposed to wine. Weeds (not the kind you light and smoke). Sweet. Dark fruits.
Taste - Sweet and boozy but subdued. I really wish I had a fresh one to compare this to. It is good. I will not lie and say there is no skunked taste, but only slightly in the finish.
Feel - Very smooth. Heavier than water with no harsh carbonation. Fluffy.
Overall - I opened this as a $3 or so discount special expecting to pour it down the drain. This held up well. Label says malt beverage but is more specifically a baltic porter!
hotstuff (4424) - Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated on 9-06-2015 (Corked and caged bottle) This beerís appearance is a small smooth tan head that mostly diminished, dark brown opaque body, fast rising carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing adorns my glass. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, cocoa, earthy, dark fruits, vanilla, earthy, and alcohol. The flavor of this beer is roasted malt, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, chocolate, earthy, woody and has a dry finish. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. This is a very good tasting sipping beer that is well worth trying. It has a lot going on in the aroma and flavor and is a beer that I would definitely drink again.
thedm (5205) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love Baltic Porters and this is one great example of one. This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy with a frothy top finely sized brown colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque black brown colored body and an excellent lacing. The nice aroma was vinous raisin and dark malt. The vinous mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a medium mild roasted malt aftertaste. The yummy flavor contained notes of semi-sweet roasted malt cloves raisin vinous burnt malt brown malt dark malt and breads. A wonderful best in class brew.
Mark_Eck (1250) - - AUG 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color. Aroma and taste are red wine, chocolate, and oak.
katrinaez (692) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Unique and interesting wine/beer ratio. Really taste the grape skins and smell the barrels. Interesting mouth feel. Bottle
Borresteijn (5570) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl Bottle shared, thanks Harmen! Black colour, beige head. Aroma of red fruits, red wine, oak, vanilla, wood, light tartness, chocolate, roasted malts, some toffee. Flavour is sweet, malty, vanilla, red wine, oak, wood, hint of leather, chocolate, dark fruits, bittersweet finish. Medium bodied. Tasty.
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
[6198-20140228] Bottle. Roasty wood and pot pourrie floral dust aroma. Very dark red mahogany body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Smooth woodsy roasted red wine tannins flavour. Full body is noticeably smooth and silky. Very tasty. (7/4/8/5/16) 4.0
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Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 6, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bomber into pint glass. The aroma was a little messy, definite tart fruit mashing with chocolate and roast. It wasn't bad, but it was jumbled. The initial flavor followed suit. While the beer was definitely complex and had many layers, something was off. The porter stood separate from the wine barrel. They didn't conflict, but they didn't really merge either. As the beer warmed, however, everything started to come together. The mouthfeel eased out and brought the flavors together. By the time I was done with this I thought it was really good.