pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2002
Strong alcohol taste. Very strong. I picked up some chocolate and coffee and molasses taste. Also a bit fruity. JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2002
Dark, heavy with a nice head that stuck around a bit. Wonderful malty flavors that definately got better as it warmed. High alcohol content was not overpowering in this bottle. Some dry hopped flavors at the finish that. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2002
Definitely a good porter. I was very surprised as I was expecting a beer from Poland to be lacking, but this gladly proved me wrong. A nice head starts on the opaque black liquid. A roasted, wine, strong malt taste. While the alcohol is high and noticible I did not think it interfered with the beer. crdic (105) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
The alcohol level in this stuff is far too strong for a porter. The basic aroma and flavor seem good, but they are overwhelmed by the high alcohol content. BeerManiac6699 (11) - USA - JUN 7, 2002
Perfect taste for the amount of alcohol in it. Nice feeling on the palate and a welcoming flavor.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2002
Excellent. This is a porter? I kept thinking full-blown stout. Color is extremely dark. with an aroma that invites you to take that first sip. Taste is outstanding. Coffee, molasses, and a tartness that I can't quite describe. The 9+% abv gets you going pretty quick. This would be a fine, sitting by the fire on a cold night type of beer. I paired it up with a medium-rare New York strip steak hot off the grill.
I would recommend this beer highly. NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2002
Deep and opaque, but no head as depicted. Big aroma of charred malt, raisin, bitter chocolate, slightly medicinal and salty ie soy sauce. Lovely, well-rounded malts. A nice balance, and the consistency is near perfect. The slight, pleasant alcohol burn down to the stomach makes for a nice, sipping porter. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 24, 2002
Great Baltic Porter. Much like Okocim it is strong dark and robust with a helping of rosted malt. Caramel, and coffee throughout. A beer fit for Catherine the Great!
re-rate 4/24/02: Far better than Okocim and with a huge helping of roasted malt, aand a good taste of raisins in the palate. Wonderful brew. maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAY 21, 2002
Dark reddish-brown; virtually opaque and fairly clear; not filled with sedimentary material. Very light carbonation. Modest tan-colored head of foam. Deep aroma of baked plums and dark fruit. Slight chalky texture; excellent entry, with good plum and black currant fruit expression and a light smack of coffee flavor. Thankfully, this beer steers clear of some of the syrupy, medicinal and sometimes more sour tones that one might experience in other Porters, like St. Peter's Old-Style Porter (Scotland, U.K.; 5.1% alcohol by volume). Lightly sweet finish with a modest amount of alcohol warmth. Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2004 Re-rate: Beatifully deep red and brown in color with a thick mocha head. The aroma is wondrous combination of sweet chocolate, raisins, syrup, light coffee, sticky caramel, faint pine aromatics and nice vinous characteristics. A thick and elegant palate that creamily coats the entire mouth. The flavor is also fantastic. Nice chocolate and roasted coffee elements, to be expected, are complimented with raisin, beefy red wine, light maple syrup and a crisp hop bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is impeccably well hidden. My only wish is that the finish was a little longer, as it seemed slightly abrupt. An excellent beer that is very much worth finding. Now if only I could have another crack at that Southampton Porter...
Original Rating: 3.6 Both roasted and vinous. Alcohol definitely comes through. Tasty, but different than expected. Strange I had no head.