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 doesn’t 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.
Borresteijn (5130) - Amsterdam, 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 (7015) - 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 (290) - - 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.
Mittenator (1494) - Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Garnet with a minimal head. Wood, tannins and dark fruit. Rich flavors: chocolate, wine and wood.
FestDecBeet (358) - - NOV 8, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Look: pours a dark brown. Light red or Amber hues. Light brown sugar head.
Smell: light chocolate. Apples. Slight sour smell.
Taste: red wine. Oak. Light chocolate. Sour wine.
Feel: dryness to it. Medium carbonation.
Overall: not my type of beer. Too much wine. Too much barell.
First drank: home 11/8/14
LearninBeer (409) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is malt, roasty caramel. Pours a dark brown red with big off white head, fully diminishing, very little lacing. The taste is medium bitter and a light sour. The body is medium the texture thin, the carbonation fizzy and the finish bitter and a little astringent. Just OK. But I haven’t been a fan of Porters for a while.
superspak (3067) - Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/8/2013. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown bread, tannic red wine, oak, raisin, plum, fig, vanilla, light char, and roast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, wine barrel, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown bread, tannic red wine, oak, raisin, plum, fig, vanilla, light char, and roast/oaky earthiness. Slight roast/oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown bread, red wine, oak, raisin, plum, fig, vanilla, light char, and roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of roast/bready malt, wine barrel, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wine barrel aged Baltic porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, wine barrel, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Darkmagus82 (1913) - - OCT 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-17-14-
Poured from corked 750 ml bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours an almost deep brown, bordering on black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave a light level of bubbly lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell as well as some other darker aromas of cocoa and some sweet buttery toffee. Along with the these smells are some notes darker fruits mixed with a big red wine smell and a little bit of a woody aroma which with the roasted, dark and sweeter smells produces a nice warming aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor with some bready flavors and a rather strong caramel and toffee taste. Upfront there is also a nice chocolate flavor that is soon nicely complemented by some flavors of vanilla and some darker fruit flavors of raisin, plum, and prune. The red wine that was detected in the nose starts coming to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste, with it growing stronger as the flavor moves on to the end of the taste. The red wine flavor never gets too strong through and hence just adds nice subtle grapey notes all while not adding the off tannin flavors that are experienced with a higher level of red wine flavor. The grape red wine taste complements wonderfully the roasted flavors, the other darker fruit flavors, as well as the chocolate flavors of the brew. A little bit of a woody flavor develops right at the end of the taste and when mixed with all the wonderfully robust porter and nice subtle red wine flavors, it leaves one with a very robust and warming flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation and thicker body are wonderful for the roasted and sweeter dark flavors of the brew, allowing all the tastes to linger on the tongue all while bringing out the more subtle wine flavors and accentuating them nicely, allowing them to meld in a very nice fashion with the big Baltic flavors.
Overall – Fantastic!! I quite liked Baltic Thunder by Victory, and after the aging in the wine barrels, it only gets better. The combination of the big robust porter flavors with that of a subtle but pleasant red wine flavor really creates a wonderfully tasty and enjoyable drink.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
THOUGHTS: Definitely interesting. I didn’t hide the alcohol well. I don’t know if the type of barrel and the style of beer were a good combo. Instead of the wine improving the beer or adding to the complexity it was almost like it muted or muddied the original beer’s flavors. It was acidic and full of tannins. It become more and more sour as it warmed which salvaged things a bit. The aroma wasn’t bad but the tannins kid of wrecked the flavor and I usually don’t mind tannins that much.
TECHNICAL: Drank 3/28/2013. Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark brownish red that looked almost black with a hint of red in the glass. It was bright, almost glowing red when held to a flame. It also had a very small, tan head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. It also had tiny pieces of cork floating in it. The aroma had light roasted malt; a little cocoa; grape, plum prune raisin, red wine, roses, lots of wood, hints of vanilla and alcohol; and something like woody potpourri. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, heavily acidic, slightly bitter and ever so slightly sour; while the finish was moderately sweet, almost harshly acidic, moderately bitter and lightly sour with a long duration. There was red wine, prunes, a little roasted malt, dark fruit, lots of wood, sour fruit, more wood, sour grapes, amazingly more wood, lots of tannins, grape skins and port. The medium body was a little oily but mostly dry with fairly soft carbonation and a very dry, moderately alcoholic, heavily astringent and lightly metallic finish.
AmEricanbrew (6177) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with tan sheen. Nice red wine, vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate, dry wood aromas. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Spicy red wine flavors with chocolate malt, dry wood, dark fruit, vanilla---very tasty.