crossovert (9207) - Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark brown pour. Really nice smoked malt character fairly dry nice stuff.
nuplastikk (5071) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Vintage. Brown-copper-amber body. Unfiltered, lighter than a typical Baltic Porter. Sweet brown malt notes. Leans into the lager tones, which is nice. The smoke is well balanced, well incorporated. I’d be happy to call this a Rauchbier, as they went really light on chocolate malts. Big smoky lager. Nice.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Vintage Brewery. Dark brown with a thin tan cap. Aroma of smoke malts, smoked fish and light chocolate. Taste of smoked meats, dark roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits and a nutty, sweet and smoked finish.
madvike (3095) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub - Pours dark black with a thin light tan head. Nose is a bit sweet and smoky with a little molasses and some dark ashy malt that peeks through a bit. Taste is ashy, a bit smoky, with medium dark roast, some milkiness, and a dry, roasty finish. Smooth and full-bodied.
cbfobes (2686) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Vintage 9/8/13, pours a very dark brown, nearly black with a light tan head, the aroma was of more sweetness with chocolate and a hint of coffee with just a little bit of smoke coming through, nothing over powering, the flavor has a chocolate front end with a subtle amount of smoke in the finish, really well done, the smoke doesn’t take away from the rest of the beer and overpower it by any means, a bit big at 7.6% but really tasty.
Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub
A solid baltic porter falls in line with almost every other Vintage draft. There may be some better ones out there but for a style that I have not revisited in a very long time it more than gets the job done. As long as they keep cranking out beers of this caliber I will stop in on every trip through Madison.
Aroma / Appearance - A fluid black base swirls around the core of the glass. Soft beige head floats above live decorative icing. Ash and smoke dominate a malty profile that retains a velvety sweet heart.
Flavor / Palate - Malty sweetness opens with a bang. Smoky blackberries transition to a finish of coffee and malt. Dried raspberries dipped in chocolate also appear from time to time. Eventually it does develop a little heaviness but that is not too unusual for the style. A mixture of old and new, it ties together two continents with a top notch experience just shy of world class.