j12601 (12973) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2011 dnstone (3442) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark color with a nice head/lace. Not too much to the aroma. Chocolately and warming.
Bottle that fell out of the beer fridge this morning while packing beer for a camping trip in Shenandoah. As it started leaking I figured the best course of action would be to rate it quickly and finish packing. Pours a dirty cola brown with a medium to large tanned beige head. Looks a bit infected, and the gushing and cardboard aromas that accompanied the fall and leak pointed in that direction as well. Slight prune and sweet plum notes, chocolate, dusty cooca, and a bit of paper on the nose. Medium bodied, chocolate, cocoa, somewhat of a gritty texture. There’s certainly some age here, oxidized and with a bit more old paper and prune notes. Finishes with a slightly astringent bitterness, more cocoa, and a touch more old prune paper. Probably should have drank this a year and a half ago when I brought it back from Montreal. Whoops. Metalchopz (3447) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2011
Originally rated September 2009. Brewed exclusively for "Le Marché Vaillancourt" it says on the front label (which is the only label on the bottle) and with 7% ABV. Pours a dark brown colour with red highlights and has a fast cascade effect. The head is pretty big, beige coloured, good retention and thick patchy lace. The nose is full with plums, dark malts, raisins, hints of nuts and notes of light coffee. Alcohol is well-hidden with a smooth mouthfeel. The taste includes coffee, mild dark fruits, slight chocolat and loads of roasted malt in the aftertaste. The burnt flavour continues for a while. Pretty decent strong porter that goes down easily. DuffMan (10549) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
Bottle: only $2.29 at J.A. Moisin in Quebec City! Pours a very dark brown with hazy golden highlights and a thin cream coloured head that stays for the entire glass. Very roasty aroma, with elements of chocolate and hints of cherries. Chocolate, dark toffee, raisins make up the principle flavours, hints of wood. Finish is surprisingly hoppy and bitter. I’m not sure how well this fits the Baltic style, but as an imperial porter it is very good, and at this price it is a steal. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2009
Deep brown, thin beige head, light lacing.
Aroma is of rich chocolate, very sweet, light roast.
Flavour sucks, highly sweet, chocolate, milk.
Very sweet mouthfeel, medium/light body, mild carbonation.
Finishes very sweet, lingering. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2009
Not very good, too sweet. No noticable alcohol is the only plus.
341ml bottle purchased from La Trappe a Fromage in Gatineau, Quebec.
Opened on February 27, 2009.
[2544-20091024] 341mL bottle. Toasted malty roast aroma. Slightly hazy, dark brown body with a medium-lasting foamy light tan head. Roasted malt flavour finishes with coffee. Medium-full body. Nice rich brew, drinkable.
jercraigs (10651) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2009
(c/o beergeek, w/ him, jerc)
2009-10-24. Very dark brown-black body with a small tan head. Dry roasty malt, bit of coffee like character. Flavour is similar, dry roasty malt, dilute coffee touches, malty base. Average is just a touch lighter than my preference. Decent, pleasant but average. Shared by beergeek Boutip (6432) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2009
Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of lightly roasted malt with some sweet black chocolate. Taste was also dominated by some black chocolate with light roasted notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Overall I thought this was good but lacking character to be on my list of regular. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2009
Bottle, thanks to and shared with BeerGeek. Dark brown, small tan head. Nice roasty aroma, some alcohol. Taste has roast, chocolate, and nice complimenting alcohol. A rather nice simple strong sweet porter. Lubiere (14110) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2009
A deep dark porter with a thin light moka head. In aroma, a pleasant fragrant chocolate with light licorice notes, a bit of vanilla, quite nice. In mouth, a good sweet and bitter and chocolate, with licorice, molasses, with nice alcohol warmth, herbaceous hops. Rich and smooth bodied. I agree with Bedainedebiere, AMB makes nice strong beers.