rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle purchased at a Polish convenience store in Brooklyn. Pours a dark brown color with light brown head typical of a porter. Aroma was softly sweet with hints of caramel and well hopped. Taste was bittersweet and very strong, but i felt the palate wasnt very smooth and it tasted a little watered down. Good option and more impressive than Okocim.
LilBeerDoctor (3737) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark black with a pretty dark, creamy tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of chocolate and faint coffee and roast. Flavor strongly of coffee and roast, some chocolate. Rather boozy too, especially as it warmed. Good beer.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From By The Bottle in Vancouver, WA--Poured a dark black-brown body with some amber tints. Not much head at all and a slick, oily body. Big sweet, robust malts in the nose. Chocolaty, sweet, malty, and all around spectacular beer. Perhaps the best Baltic Porter I’ve ever tasted.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Hmm. The high rating on this beer is confusing for me because I got nothing out of it other than an alcoholic mess. I like sweet booziness in a brew, but this one was just loaded with a weird, dry (medicinal?) alcohol flavor that overwhelmed the competing coffee and maybe prune components. Maybe something was off in my psyche or the bottle, but I don’t think either of those is the case. It’s so cheap, I’ll revisit it sometime, but really was very unimpressed. Had some really pretty lacing though.
jbuzz (811) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2008
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting at Three Cellars Milwaukee. A nice surprise with its liquorice, coffee, roasted bread and alcohol hints. And nice color.
Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rubin red with a dense head. Aroma of raisins, dades, glögg and caramel. Flavours are sweet and bitter with notes of English liquorice, coffee, roasted bread and alcohol. Oily txture and a long bitter finish. It’s a bit heavy in the long run, but nevertheless a grand experience.
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught in Warsaw. Pours an opaque black with a tan head, very full mouthfeel, rich, complex dark malt flavors. Very slight late sweetness, very flavorful, late alcohol presence. Very nice.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown beer with thin head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes of coffee, mild dry finish. Pretty smooth, I liked this one.
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a medium sized beige head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee enveloped by an overall roasted quality. The alcohol appears but is not distracting. The flavor is a nicely balanced combination of the chocolate and coffee from the nose along with sweet vanilla burst. The roasted character is again pervasive throughout. Medium bodied and very smooth.
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.