Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
[9.5%ABV] Black. Great roasty and complex aroma with smoked notes. The flavour is very powerful with a medicinal bitterness that lasts for a long long time. This doesn't have as much fruityness and smoothness as Krolewskie Porter. This is more pure strength. Therefore I love it.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the first beer of this style that I've tried. If they have a rep of being this good, I want more! The aroma and appearance were very typical for a porter, but the taste was very full, full of nuts and raisin. Are you kidding? 9.5%!?!? Good work Zywiec!
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. This was by far the most complex porter I've ever had. Almost opaque brown color with a respectable head. Some of the standard coffee-chocolate flavors, but with some more alcohol-related notes mixed in: brandy, rum. I seem to be getting this in a lot of beers these days and I'm not sure if it's my tastes or the beers I'm selecting. Some nice caramel in there as well. Very well-balanced and smooth, a truly great beer!
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ruby chocolate color. burnt chocolate aroma with a hint of the alcohol in the nose. Very smooth gingerbready flavor without being overpowering at all. a beautiful portah!
PorterPounder (4954) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice licorice and coffee aroma. Has a deep , very dark brown appearance with a light quickly dissipating off-white head. The alcohol is hidden well. The flavor has touches of coffee and chocolate notes with some underlying hop bitterness. Excellent thick mouthfeel. Overall, a great Baltic Porter.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep bronw with nice ruby red hints, thin off white head. aroma of maple, soy, fruit candy and a bit of alcohol. sweet malt with a hint if vanilla with some brown sugar, medicinal cherry, raisin and roasty coffee.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich roasted mouthfeel, with a long bittering finish, some caramel, chocolate and soy, warming finish, with some alcohol, but really well balanced, especially considering the high ABV. It's also intersting to note that the bottle i had was passed its use by date by about 3 monhs.
TAR (2391) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lucid prune shade. Tightly packed mocha tinged foam. Brilliant vinous, candyish aroma with notes of maple, molasses, fig, red apple, dried plum, and concord grape. Richly meaty. Stylishly displayed alcohol. Vanilla, charcoal, and coffee undertones. Silky palate. Tiny bubbled carbonation. Starts with a luscious vanilla/coffee interplay before oodles of candied, doppelbock-like malt tendencies. It is vaguely astringent, which somehow manages to work in unison with the soft, silky mouthfeel. Subtle earthy notes teamed with spicy flares of alcohol, caramelized sugar, bubblegum, medicine, succulent chocolate malts, truffle, and an amazing dark fruit blend. Relentless milk chocolate thrust paired with blackened, lightly bready malts. This is an all-out blissful brew, and undoubtedly a Baltic eletist.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black. Tan head. Surprisingly light, roasted malt aroma w/ notes of port. Body thin for style. Rich, roasty coffee flavour w/ assertive finish.
WabashMan (1004) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice looking Baltic Porter, with a deep ruby brown color and good sized, if a bit thin, tan head. Nose is a bit vinuous, but not overpoweringly so and is also very nicely done. The flavor is much drier than expected, with strong roast flavors coming through. The roast lasts a long while on the tongue, and seems as though you could take a mouthfull of water, swish it a bit, and the aftertaste would leave you with ANOTHER mouthfull of the porter! It literally lasts for many minutes. As of today, I've only sampled three or four Baltics, but this is definitely a first rate brew from the style. Well done!