lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Calories: 400 estimated
Volume: 16.9 oz
Glass: coke glass
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors, Ewing, NJ
Price per fl oz: $3 / 16.9 fl oz = $.17 per fl oz
sensory first impression: Heavy alcoholic scent. Sherwood chills everything, which I’m not crazy about. Beautiful tan head with racing bubble effect. Nutty chocolaty scent rises up. 98% opaque - faintest red brown makes it through. head is foamy and luscious. Flavor is surprising, a bit metallic, very roasted, chocolate, and papery. Floral in second scent. Head hangs on. Nice bitter, long finish. This is a great stout. Filmy cloy is nice.
Malt flavor is: caramel, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and roasted.
Hop flavor is: resinous, floral, and bitter.
Yeast flavor is: sweet, earthy, dry and papery.
Other flavors include: alcohol, medicine, soy sauce, smoke, oak.
Color is: brownish red, almost entirely black
Liquid is: thick and dark - almost no light comes through.
Head and lace are: bumpy, tan, and long lasting. Lace hangs on.
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium to heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: medium
Sour level is: light
Body or Mouthfeel is: full
Texture is: creamy, sticky, paper napkin, cotton
Carbonation is: soft to flat
Finish is: long and delicious
Overall experience: This is wonderful, and reminds me of both Brooklyn and Rogue in the quality of stout. It is definitely not Guinness, which to me is a great thing. It’s not completely smooth, and not all about the visuals (though both drinkable and beautiful), but is hoppy, surprising, and has great subtlety and balance. Amongst my highest rated of the style. I did a tour of Poland at Sherwood Liquors, and came out with one winner -- this was it.
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was pretty tasty, definetly unique. Maybe a dark sugar taste to it, stays pretty smooth despite the high ABV. Dark brown, i think I need to dip into the style a little deeper and come back to this.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasted malt hits you in the nose as soon as you open this! Smells great, looks great. Tastes great, but light. This lightness makes it more drinkable, but it seems lacking in body still. Alcohol is apparent, but doesn’t much add to or detract from the flavor.
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a nice, smooth, but very flavourful Polish porter. It is black red with a fairly loarge, very long-lasting light brown head leaving very nice lace. The aroma is chocolatye, coffee, wine, prunes, and brown sugar. The taste is rich, with a lot of strong, complex flavours, but it is very smooth and blends very niely. It has a rich prune-chocolate-wine-burnt sugar character with lements of licorice, black pepper, and coffee. It’s smooth and a little oily but less than one might expect for this richness. It has a warmth to it, but the high alcohol is not notcieable at all except in the silky body and warm sweetness.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle from BevMo: The darkest of browns with burgandy highlights and a small tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and cola. Flavor starts roasty with dark chocolate, black coffee and a touch of licorice. Finish is chocolaty with a medium black coffee bitterness. Medium body is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation.
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown almost pitch black pour from a ½ liter bottle with 1/8 inch tan head. Aroma of rich malts, toffee and bitter hops. Tastes light in flavor for a 9.5%’er - Strong bitter aftertaste. Slightly under carbonated.
As it warms up, more complexity appears. I start to enjoy and appreciate this fine showing from Poland.
Quack-Duck (9088) - Down South, GERMANY - MAR 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Clear dark brown, nearly black, colour, large and creamy head. Wonderful aroma of roasted malts. Full-bodied, lots of flvaours, including flavours of roasted malt, chocolate, bitter chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee, berries... Wonderfully complex and extremely pleasant porter.
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very hoppy baltic porter, love the bitterness, but I think a different choice of hop variety could make for more pleasant drinking.
evilempire (147) - sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 scored draught at 4am at Stalowa Wola station, bottled in Krakow (among others). who’d have thought the brewery responsible for Zywiec Jasne could also come up with this? Like Croatian Tomislav, but more so. Deep ruby, almost black. Delicious fruity, winey flavour, but with some hop. a dark, long lasting head (on draught at least).
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black with a thin tan head with pour retention and nice lacing. Aroma of fig & alcohol, slightly metallic tinge. Tastes of carob bean, creamy and lightly roasty. Pepper alcohol and light hops in the aftertaste. Very creamy body, good carbonation. Not terribly complex, but very drinkable, and well-crafted.