Reid (1724) - 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.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black with slight red tint, minimal tan head. Strong aroma, but difficult to pinpoint what exactly it smells like, unusual to say the least. Malt, soy sauce, cherries. Intense sweetness yet a bitter and dry finish, featuring alcohol quite prominantly, medium body. Midway through this beer I got the urge to knaw on some sharp cheddar, and did so. Really smooths the flavor out, brings out some chocolate, not a bad pairing. This beer falls into the unique category of being a beer that I recognize as being good, but don't care to ever drink again, and I think the overall rating will reflect that.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2004 Pours dark black/ruby with a thin tan head that quickly disappears. The sweet malt aroma presents a great roasted coffee note, with red apple, plum, molasses and maple. Medium watery lightly syrupy body with soft carbonation. The flavor is sweet, with coffee, chocolate, roast, licorice, black cherry, smoke, apple and molasses notes. Hints of astringency and alcohol dart in and out. Excellent. This one is always appealing.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black color, ruby edges, lacing all the way up the glass with an off-white tan head. Aroma is moderately hoppy with a strong malt background. Notes of chocolate, coffee and roast are very evident. Flavor is balanced with the hop bitterness and malty smokyness. This balances perfectly and the abv is just enough to keep it strong and refreshing.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown with ruby edges, tannish head, and some lacing. Nice. Licorice and mint in the nose with some chocolate undertones. Nice flavors of malt, chocolate and raisin. A little doughy finishing with a bit of hoppiness. Nice tingly palate. This is a nice, nice baltic.
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This heavy-duty, rich-flavored, high-alchohol brew really kicks ass, but is also high class! Like some other eastern european brews, it has a low price for how high-class it is. I love it, but try to drink only a few once in awhile otherwise start getting hungover from to many too often and then prefer something more light, such as Blue Moon.
Lubiere (9106) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice moka head which collapses but maintains, leaving a lace behind. Nose of licorice and chocolate. Locrice and moka coffee in the mouth, with some residual sugar, rich mouthfeel with malt bitterness at the end. Wish they still had it (or the Okocim) at the LCBO. Thanks to CapFlu!
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with a creamy tan head which slowly disappears and leaves behind very good lace. The aroma is very much like caramel and chocolate covered nuts with additional hints of country molasses, hickory smoke bacon, and wild flowers. Big sticky sweet taste initially followed quickly by a shot of twangy smoke and mild phenol. Some mild bitterness sneaks in at the last moment. The smokey malts stay on your palate forever. This medium to full-bodied brew has an oily and lush mouthfeel and the alcohol is very well hidden. The best Baltic porter I've ever had, highly recommended for the style but don't plan much more drinking after having this one.