badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Pours out very dark brown, almost black. Off-white colored head that leaves small amounts of spotty lacing. In the smell I get molasses, sweet caramel, toffee, a bit of nuttiness, licorice, and just a small amount of roastiness. Taste has much of the same elements as the nose, but has a very nice creamy, yet at the same time soft, roasty finish. Soft carbonation, about medium levels with a luscious full body to back it up. This is 9.4%? I didn’t get an alcohol burn or unpleasant alcohol in any way; this is just a very well made porter that I intend on getting much more of.
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Not a bad porter, maybe a little too thick. Pours black with a light tan head that clings to the side before disipating. Aroma is that of dark malt and a hint of alcohol. taste is all dark malt and alcohol. Coffee overtones. Aftertaste lingers and is nice. fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
See through dark caramal brown with thin bubbly head. Aroma is sweet chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, sweet cocoa. Palate is smooth. tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments.
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UPDATED: OCT 8, 2005 Cherry black, extremely small yellowish white head.
Smells of raisins, alcohol, malt and smoke.
Is this raisin-ale?
Extremely sweet, some bitterness. Quite good.
Simple, fresh and slimy.
jacobwennbom (356) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2007
Black like the name teills you. Chocolate and coffee (as expected). Some acidity but more than that I wouold say sweetness. The alcohol comes through but never too much. The only real downside is that it felt a little bit thin. meccahh69lol (353) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2017
There is some division in this household around this beer. One’s perfectly adequate, cheap, high ABV baltic porter is another’s "garbage water". While the merits of each opinion must lie in the beholder’s eye, one cannot disagree that this beer is pretty easy to come by (at least on the east coast, it can pop up in corner bodegas that have otherwise small selections) and the price is right (I’ve purchased 16.9 oz bottles from $1.40 to $2 over the years). We do agree that it smells good and looks nice. The flavor is thick with burnt molasses and a long syrupy aftertaste. It tastes better the more you drink it, but it doesn’t exactly beg you to chug it down either. Anyway, It’s worth a shot if you see it around and like thicker beers like stouts and porters, but if you’re not already a fan, this won’t convert you. spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2011
16.9 oz. bottle from Woodman’s Madison
Ar: Cola-like aroma with some dark chocolate. Different for a porter, but pleasant.
Ap: Pours a dark brown-red with a 1" light cinnamon head. Very light for a porter. A bit of lace.
T: Cola and a bit of smoky wood up front. The finish is chocolatey. No alcohol burn.
P: Medium body with soft carbonation.
O: Different for a porter, but enjoyable. krysztofar (345) - belleville, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2009
500ml. color is dark brown black with ruby highlights. milk chocolate on the the nose with a mild lactic aroma, by that i mean a slight sourness is detected. sweet lightly roasted malt is also present. body is thinner than i anticipated but it does feel round on the tongue. the intermingling of chocolate and vanilla malt sweetness and mild sourness give it an almost barrel aged finish. a roasty malt flavor and mild but noticeable bitterness provide a fine conclusion. high alcohol goes unnoticed. reminds me more of a dopplebock but i see some porter elements to this brew.