beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Heavy, good for a porter, but not perfect. Will probably weigh you down. Maybe better for winter drinking, in the snow.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUL 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The deepest of browns, like the Misissippi Delta after a rainstorm with a tan head that mostly fades but leaves a thin tan film on the beer. Prunes and alcohol with a dash of instant coffee and a piece of black licorice. Sweet, tangy, rich, potent. Thick bodied, sticky...some soy sauce and candi sugar. A cold night sipper, like a sifter of Brandy near the fireplace. Quite tasty, thank you Per!
jonas (5614) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUL 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Dortmunder - many thanks!
Very dark chestnut, huge creamy brown-golden head.
Fresh hoppy notes on top of burned caramel, berries and a bit coffee.
Far more burned caramel and coffe than other baltics, sweet fruity note and a light alkohol burn in the flavor as well.
Medium body - feels deceptively light - and is quite easy drinkable.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
black body, a little ruby at the edges. medium tan dense foamy head. aroma of chocolate malt, also roasted malt. flavor starts very sweet caramel malt with a little dark fruits and creamy mouthfeel. flavor goes to a little soy sauce then licorice. aftertaste is dry and bitter roasted malt, a little salty vodka.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Roasted and blackcurrant aroma. Redish black color, brown head, fair lace. Light sweet, medium bitter to bitter in the finish, strong coffee, roasted, blackcurrant, full even dense body. Aggresive but alcohol well hidde, gets better while warming up. Very nice surprise. I wasn’t expecting this from Zywiec.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark brown with a creamy tan head. Great looking beer. Smell was in your face with caramel, chocolate, soy sauce, coffee and fruits. Taste was too in your face for me. There was a soy sauce taste which perhaps I am misinterpreting for something else. That is what I got though. The mouthfeel was too alcoholic. I like to have toffee and caramel and did not really get that here. The alcohol was too strong. Perhaps it is just too damn hot out. I ramble because I was so looking forward to this and didn’t like it.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This baby poured black and thick, larger tan head. The aroma was choclate and roasted malt. And a bit spicey. The flavor was rich and full bodied. Lots of stuff going on, really nice. This was pure pleasure.
MoritzF (8444) - Bochum, GERMANY - JUN 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) Almost black body with a big brown foamy head, slowly lacing. Molassy aroma with caramel, nuts and roasted malts. Medium to full bodied with a creamy texture. Mocha sweet flavour. Roastmalty taste with liquorice, turning into a long lasting bitterdry finish with notes of cold coffee and dark chocolate. What a gem ! The alcohol is almost not detectable.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JUN 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pitch black colour. Even my halogen desk lamp couldn´t shine through it. Small brown head. Coffeish and bitter-chocolatey aroma with notes of dark fruits, mainly plums and berries. Initial flavour profile is a heavy bitter-chocolate flavour, roastmaltiness, as well as plums and raisins. Then a light sweetness and caramel. Ends bitter-chocolatey and leaves a strong aftertaste, that´s somewhere between bitter-chocolate and medicine bitterness. But actually not bad. The only downside may be that it´s not exactly full-bodied, rather appearing a bit light, but also a bit fizzy, even after the beer sat for a while. Overall, a fruity, bitter baltic porter that is complex, yet not very demanding on the drinker. Thanks to moritzf for this long-wanted beer.
pivo (2556) - GERMANY - MAY 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light roasted nose, black color, big tan fluffy head. Medium toasted malt body, licorice sweetness, coffee bitter end - all subdued flavors but just a great balance and blend. Overall a great porter - NICE! Thanks, Ivan.