harrisoni (13793) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle, Albert, Warsaw. Very dark ruby colour. Good choc/coffee aroma with some freshness too. Velvety in the mouth with no dead feel. Malt has some sweetness, but there is a bit of dryness on the end to balance it. Very pleasant porter.
Pailhead (4842) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Secret Santa. Aroma of chocolate, black licorice, berries, roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. Pours a dark brown with some red hilights when held to the light. Small tan head lasts a minute or so. Lots of chocolate, black licorice, raisin, and light fruitiness. Finishes with some light sugar, moderate roasted malt and coffee, and a very mild bitterness. No real detection of alcohol in flavor or warmth.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured thick and black with a small light tan head. Aroma of dark fruit and roasted coffee. Taste is bitter roasted coffee with a touch of apple and a small amount of sweetness. Alcohol is quite prevalent and takes a bit away from the smoothness of the beer. Very thick body, oily. A good sipping porter.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 Oct. 26th 2007 Re-rate
Very sweet molasses and prune aroma with a whiff of alcohol. The body is a dark brown/black and holds a two finger thick tan head. Malty, dark chocolate...medium roast. Prune, pumpernickel and raisin on the back end. More bitter finish than I recall. Still nice, but seems thinner and roastier than I recall.
Original rating was a 4.1
Very aromatic. Lots of caramel and chocolate with fresh dark bread notes as well. Deep black color with a beautiful three finger thick mocha head. Very roasty...burnt pumpernickel and dark chocolate flavors pop out. Head never gives up it stays huge and fluffy...beautiful looking beer. Some herb and vegetal flavors come out in further sips.
SpringsLicker (3152) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown bodied pour that hold up a nice creamy head of light brown. Beautiful ruby highlights come through the glass.
Roast malt and chocolate aroma.
This has some subdued sweetness and the chocolate flavors are accompanied by a mildly bitter roast malt bite. Creamy smooth with some alcohol in the finish.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at a small, old Polish theatre house in Buffalo. This place had a bunch of hard to find imported bottled Polish beers. Very dark brown almost opaque with a slight red hue. Small quick
tan head. Nice roasted, smokey chocolate/dark fruity aroma. Roasted sweet malty flavor. Slighty bitter/alcohol aftertaste. Smooth, full-bodied porter. Worth the search and wait for this beer.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Received in trade, thanks to slob for this yummy brew! Pours dark brown and mostly opaque with brick orange highlights at the edges and a small creamy beige head. Rich roasty malt aromas along with chocolate, dark fruits and hints of molasses and subtle herbs. Nice roasty malt flavor as well, sweet yet astringent on the tongue, chocolate, prunes and dried figs, with a floral hop and black coffee bitterness along with a mild alcohol burn in the finish. Medium to full body, smooth with gentle carbonation. This is like a dessert in a glass - very tasty.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Black coffee, dark brown edges, moderate light brown head, foamy, nice lacing. Heavily roasted malt nose, milk sugar, apple skin, slight fig/date. Rich dark bread flavor, very akin to a doppelbock. Roasted malts dominate the finish, semi-sweet, slight soy. Seems closer to a Doppelbock than a Baltic Porter. Not as much chocolate aspect as other examples, still quite tasty. Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full. Somewhat fizzy on the tongue. Lingering burnt malts and soy. Robust for sure, but reminds me more of a Doppelbock than a Baltic Porter. Warming, with a well hidden 9.5% ABV.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured black with a ruby red hue around the edges. Coffee, dark chocolate, and alcohol on the nose. Full and slick mouthfeel. Coffee, hops, dark chocolate, with hints of caramel on the tongue. Nice dry hop finish. This is a great baltic porter; possibly on the best examples of it style.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one is all about the malt, with a thick body and powerhouse flavor. I’m sure it’d be great with dessert, but I don’t know if you’ll have any room for food if you’re drinking one of these. And the low price just makes it seem all the sweeter.