Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poors a very dark brown with a decent tan head that leaves minimal lacing.
Smells of coffee, maybe toffee, and malt sweetness.
Taste is, well, average for a porter, but lacks something for a Baltic porter, IMO. The typical coffee and roasted malts are present in a rather complex fashion. Some darker fruits are also here; I'm thinking raisins.
Mouthfeel is nice and minerally as well as full. Drinkablility is pretty good, but watch the hidden high alcohol content.
I think I wanted to like this beer more than I did. A classmate of mine is from Poland and upon learning I was into beer he asked me if I knew this one. I tried it in part for him, but I'm really not as impressed as I wanted to be. A good beer, none-the-less, but not spectacular by a long shot.
3fourths (7526) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2004 Pungent skunky aroma of licorice and smoke. Mixture of chocolate, plums, apricots is bullied by an old and musty skunked flavor. Not as offensive in the flavor as the aroma, but still not good. Otherwise this is a fine porter, very rich and smoky.
JK (4157) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of aocohol and dried fruit. Dark black with no head. Flavors of fruit, licorice, port, and alcohol. Full bodied. good.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2005 12 oz bottle (aged over a year): beechnut with clear orange gold edges. The smoky aroma has more alcohol than I remember, but is still filled with abundant fruit: pears, plums, prunes, and raisins. There is a sticky bitterness evident on the palate immediately remnants of fresh hops, but adds a depth to the sweet chocolate and smooth nuttiness. A beer that could likely last another year. Well done.
12 oz bottle (fresh): Silky smooth frosting of a head, light chocolate colour and persistent. Smoky aroma with airy raisins, succulent plums, wisps of alcohol, freshly baked dough, vanilla and almonds. Body is jet-black with deep purple hues. . . wonderfully creamy palate, deeply roasted hops, silky dark Swiss chocolate: totally elegant. . . pine nuts, Grape Nuts, more chocolate and a long, lingering finish. A truly unique and gorgeous beer. Cheers Jokes!
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big caramel aroma, definitely rich palate, blend of chocolate, caramel and roasted qualities. The alcohol was more controlled than I anticipated. Enjoyable.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very thick sweet malt aroma with some alchohol and licorice. Alchohol is present but takes backseat to the sharply smoked barley, dark chocolate and resiny pine. Definite mix of sweet and sharp smokey graininess. The dark chocolate and espresso really comes through towards the end and is very present in the finish. Very big, very good, and a wonderful example of how a beer can take on so many characteristics thus activating every part of the tongue and making it more enjoyable - just as one adds salt to a batch of cookies.
thehoff (569) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful black with thin tan head, now already gone. Too bad, it was nice. Odd smell to me, sweet, molasses, slight malt, coffee maybe. Theres the bitterness finally in the smell, I can sense the hint of saltiness like a soy sauce as well. If tastes quite nice for a porter. The flavor is a nice bitterness, not a harsh hops bitterness. Tastes like coffee beans and is a nice smooth beer. Can't believe the Polish could make something this nice. My wife will be proud. Very nice to say the least
Reid (1719) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ok last beer of the night ..bought this in then11.2 oz brown bottle..nice label with two Poles , male and female in the traditional costume...says same recipe since 1881.
Good pour..nice deep dark brown almost black ( this looks like a stout)..small head which lingers long,.
ahhhhhh i love the aroma of this beer very very malty sweet fruity berry scents assault my nasal passages..great
This beer has a great creamy taste ..lots of flavours up front i get coconut then sweet chocolate..black coffee..hoppy bitterness at the end.
Feels good on the tongue very smooth
drinkable for a beere this damned strong..cant really feel the alcohol until it reaches the belly then it's a delicious warmth..this is truelly a great beer, nice just before retiring to a crisp clean and warm bed.
Never knew a Polish beer would be so great!
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2006 2002 bottle, 330 mL Pours a very dark black with some deep garnet tones. Small beige-tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of moderate strength, some dark brown sugar, strong malt and some alcoholic fruitiness. Bottle conditioned! Big malt flavor balanced by a wonderful subtle hops flavor. Has that even, smooth lagered taste and is very creamy towards the end on the mouthfeel. There is a medium bitter chocolate flavor on the palate that I particularly enjoy. Biggest complaint is that it seems like a bit gratuitous use of alcohol; dosenít need that much. Alcohol adds an astringent bitterness that does not go as well with the vinousness in here. Rerate. I knew I badly needed a rerate on this one. Last bottle I had was WAYYY too cold when I drank it. This one I had at about 58 degrees. Still a magnificent pour and big creamy mocha colored head. Aroma: Ok, so last time I had it I was in a smokey bar, and it was served extremely cold. Smelling it now makes me wonder about some of the other beers Ive rated based on samples in smokey bars. This aroma is intense. One of the few times Iíve nailed down precisely what Iím smelling; that being banana chocolate chip pancakes with real maple syrup. Almost exactly alike, but throw in a bit of hazlenut coffee, I guess. Itís big, pervasive and lasting. Flavor to match, extra full, maple, caramel, brown sugar, hazelnut, coffee. Sweet, sticky and full. Terrific!! Alcohol not a problem and actually adds to the fullness. Glad I went back and rerated, but then, I knew there was something wrong with my first sampling. It seems this isnt bottle conditioned, just not heavily filtered. 9/5/10/5/19
2005 bottle, 500mL Light lacing, fair retention on the light tan-mocha head. Deep burgundy, black chocolate colored body is clear, no sediment, force carbed, filtered. Heavy DMS nose (peppery, dill-like hot dog condiments and sauerkraut). Flimsy texture, highly overcarbonated, persistent and strong alcohol in flavor. Some remnants of what it used to be, but it is bullied by multiple brewing flaws. The texture, one of its previous strong points, suffers from filtration. DMS leaves somewhat, as it breathes. 6/3/6/3/10. Rating is for this version, which seems to be the current incarnation. Didnt finish the bottle.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light leathery brown, settles deep dark brown, nearly black with deep ruby highlights, thin tan head fades quickly with drippy whispy lace. Aroma is all malt and all dark fruit, wafting plum, raisin, fig, dates, molasses, touches of dark cherry and dark toffee. Taste is more of the same, just a bit milder, but quite subtle and complex, starts thin of dark toffee and caramel, amounts of dark fruity sweetness builds nicely over the top, dragging raisins, plums, and dates through a stream of molasses ending with a light malty mouthfeel of sweetness and some light floral hop bitterness and light spice popping through in the finish. A nice mix of flowing subtle layers, a semi roasted quality and cocoa comes through underneath as it warms. Quite inticingly mild and mellow, smooth with a bit of a thin start but a good easy creamyness comes through throughout each sip. A pretty nice porter and worth a try.