MatchesForHire (25) - Westborough, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good beer, great for the style, but thereís one major flaw that consumes me when I drink it. Pours a wonderful black with a smallish off-white head. Aroma of coffee and smoldering firewood. Palate is thick and inviting, full, and leaves a nice film on the tongue. Flavor is of dark wood, floral hops, bitter chocolate, and then, out of nowhere, I get the unmistakable flavor of oxidized metal. That metallic finish ruined the whole experience. I wish I could shut off my taste buds just before the end of the flavor experience. Maybe it was a bad bottle; if so, Iíll rerate.
daniellerose7 (119) - new york, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 Dark and delicious like an old Pam Grier movie! Mahogany undertones with a slightness of smooth, sweet caramel! Wowee zowee!!!!!
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great beer in my favorite category. Itís smooth with tastes of caramel and coffee. Whoever invented this type of beer deserves an award.
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent example of a baltic porter... all the smooth tastes of caramel and toffee, but with a strong hit on the palate. That being said, the hit grades it down a bit. Still, this brew is very good.
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Poland. Black body. Head is brown. Aroma has a milky, malty dark chocolat tone and some tar. Flavor is smooth and warming. Dark milky malt and a small grassy hopy feeling. Some alcohol notes in the end.
Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This one is not as sludgy as Sinebrychoff Porter, but still impossibly thick. Strong, strong, strong. The 9.5% pulls more like 11 or 12. This would make a great marinade for steak.
popkow (308) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poors a meduim brown/red head. Releases a hoppy fragrance with a dark burnt bitterness on the palatte. One of the better porters not to mention the alcohol that is included.
IEBAILI (128) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark like a black hole with a thick medium brown head. Smells surprisingly hoppy, also lots of sweet roasty malts, molasses, body is lighter than expected but still substantial. Taste is smooth rich dark malt without burnt bitterness but with significant hop bitterness; both chocolate and caramel, some citrus, quite drinkable with plenty of flavor to carry the alcohol content. Sweet aftertaste is a little much for me, but overall very good.
ha1ag (863) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottled, Tnx to Jerzy. Incredibly nice thick black-brown color, with superfluous firm brown-beige head. nose has coffee, spirit, malt. Aroma is sweet toufee, chocolate and punch. Later it is followed by roasted malt. Alcohol (9.5%!) is very well hidden.
dmac (5589) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml botle purchased at Oak Tree. Pours solid black with a large brown head consisting of layers of tight bubbles. Aroma starts off with a lot of sweetness about with notes of spiced rum, coffee and dark fruit. Medium body with only a slight hint of alcohol warming and that only shows itself after the beer really warms up. Flavor has an initial blast of sweetness but then changes over to a ton of roastiness, chocolate ,burnt coffee and cherries. I wasnít expecting anything but a drainpour and a new country rating but boy was I wrong, kind of like the time I declared Smashmouth the best band of the 90ís.