luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Beer pours a very dark, clear, nearly opaque brown with a small, tan, frothy, mostly and quickly diminishing head that leaves some seagull-like arches of of lacing on the glass. The aroma is pretty lush: Heavily malty sweet with notes of lightly roasted grain, cookie, chocolate, molasses, coffee and caramel; Light hop notes of resin/pine and herbs, trace notes of grass clippings and lemon; Light yeast note of damp basement and chocolate-chip cookie dough; Heavy miscellaneous notes of raisin/date, alcohol, sherry/cognac, brown sugar. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter with a long, tummy-warming, moderately bittersweet finish. The body is medium, the texture is nearly velvety and the carbonation is softer than average. This is a pretty sexy beer—very sweet, warming and tasty. beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2006
A weird baltic porter in my opinion. Pours black, but thin. The smell is really malty especially for a porter. I mean that helps explain the high ABV but not very baltic to me..It is close to a mix between Scotch ale and porter. The body is kind of thin for something this strong. No actual taste in the beer that is discernable. A strong but not good baltic porter. MiP (15667) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2006
Bottle. Sweet liquorice aroma. Almost black colour. Very small head. Quite sweet flavour, a lot of liquorice here too. Low bitterness. Maybe a bit too sweet, but quite nice. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2006
0.5L bottle. Poured a deep brown with garnet highlights. Tall, loose initial head receded to a thin film with patchy lacing. Nose was intriguing with dark chocolate, burnt molasses, licorice, and mild alcohol as it warmed. Flavor was of cocoa upfront, followed closely by a plethora of burnt, sticky dark malts (licorice, soy, and molasses come to mind)... there was an increasing alcohol presence as this warmed, progressing from warmth to texture to a major component of the flavor. Palate was light, considering the heavy flavor elements.. with only decent transition of flavors. Finish was warm and of moderate length, with burnt dark malts representing. Solid porter with some noticable rough spots. footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Bottle from Riley’s in Madison. If I didn’t know I had beer under my nose I wooda’ thunk that I had just been offered a nice chocolate filled with coffee cream. Nose is very nice. It is black as hell with a little bit of creamy tan foam. Shit,too bad this did not taste like it smells. very muddled and non-descript.
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Mild aroma, no alcohol smell. Mildly bitter taste with maybe a hint of dark chocolate. Didn’t detect as much flavor as some of the other reviewers maybe because it was chilled a little low. Okay porter. chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2006
Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting, August 2005. Nearly black, with a ruby tinge. Strong Baltic Porter character, with licorice and tar, some tart fruit and very noticeable volatile alcohol in the aroma. But is shockingly sweet and, coupled with the alcohol burn, this makes for a very odd mouthfeel indeed. Like surgical spirit mixed with cassis and treacle - more like a medicinal tincture than a beer. Rather crude. Not really my thing.
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2006
translucent blackish chestnut color, goldish brown edges. loose creamy light tan head. smoky molasses and sweet good-n-plenty like malt aroma. flavor is sweet licorice like Panda candies, some dark molasses, and roasted caramel malt towards the end. bitterish licorice finish. alcohol hidden by sweetness. light mouthfeel and high carbonation. clingy thin layer of lacing. not too complex, but a nice session porter. Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2006
UPDATED: APR 25, 2007 Bottle- strong sweet nose. Strong sweet malty flavor. Develops increased character as temperature increases. It’s over the top sweetness...yeah...pretty much...
Food pairing:Outstanding with bar-b-que. ) lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Really sweet porter, not particularly refined. Not much roasty or chocolately flavors, though I do taste a bit of wheatiness that I didnt expect. Tastes pretty alcoholic, even for a 9.5%. A little too thin of a body, but still an enjoyable beer. Not a great porter, but it does the job.