robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Coloring. Good Head. Chocolate. Coffee. Good Malt. Excellent Porter. Worth keeping one or six around.
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark, borderline death-black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma has the typical porter gathering of coffee and chocolate. The taste brings more of the same, but I found there to be a surprising amount of malt taste. It almost seemed like someone had dropped a little bit of Ayinger Celebrator in my glass of porter! The alcohol does not come screaming out; it leaves only it’s calling card. A little bitterness on the finish. This is one fantastical porter. I had to split the tasting with my friend; I must get a full one for my self to really enjoy it.
Ungstrup (28225) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 17, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A pitch black beer with a huge chocolate brown head. The aroma is of coffee, chocolate, alcohol, blueberries and roasted malt. The flavor is great, roasted malt, lots of bitter chocolate, coffee, toffee, raisins, prunes, plums, slight notes of smoke, and hints of the alcohol on the palate and in the aftertaste where it blends well with the bitter notes from the roasted malt. A great beer.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark as possible, ith a huge head, rich, cocoa-hued and creamy.
Aroma: intense, amazing, dark, twisted, dripping with espresso tinges, thick and redolent with flavors of molasses, dark rum, and hints of anise. This declares itself immediately, and as a dedicated fan of Baltic porter, I'm ready for some fun, here! I had to sit with this smell some, and put off the tasting while I revelled in it!
Taste, deep, heavy, dark, but still creamy and fully palatable. Fierce flavor, rich and cavernous, with a long, lasting finish. A bit soft in places, but never does it falter. Alcohol is felt prdigiously, too, at hefty 9.1% (that's what the label of this one says), and is enjoyed! Dark and bitter, nearly motor-oily in viscosity, with lush malt, toasty, roasty, and ever-so-good.
On my first sampling, this automatically goes to the top, to the utmost peak of the Porter Hall of Fame.
This was not the first beer of my evening, but it was the last! I shuffled off to Slumberland, and left some beer in the glass. Next morning, that aroma was still there, and I couldn't bear to pour the remnants out, even felt tempted to toss it in my coffee!
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark yet clear,like it's been dried and reconstituted, small brown head; amazing deep aroma of a wonderful dark chocolate bar, like some of those single estate chocolates that are around lately, with easern european hints of allspice and cinnamon. Rich and cocoa bitter, smooooth, not really roasty, with a prune and fig interplay ending with a hint of orange peel and warming alcohol. More like a fabulous dopplebock than what most American beer geeks would think of as porter, but you have to allow for the baltic variation on the style, my favorite type of porter, and this is my favorite brand for the style, truly fine stuff!
JorisPPattyn (7674) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2004 Greige, dense head; jet-black beer. Beautiful Schwarzwald cake nose, with loads of cocoa, blueberries, cream and the whole shebang. Initial bitterness in the taste, combined with roasted malts, with good cigar ash aroma, black chocolate, then ever so slowly gliding towards the sweet. Well-bodied. I have difficulty believing 9.3 %. Fusels, no doubt. I drank a "Zywiec traditional old porter" some years ago. If this is the same, I'll eat my shoes. Or they have awfully bettered their techniques in Poland.
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 (7767) - Boulder, Colorado, 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 (4230) - St. Louis Park, 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!