mjmcend (209) - USA - FEB 19, 2010
Pours dark, dark brown. Aroma was syrupy and a bit of chocolate. I like the flavor, even though Iíve only had this type a few times now. Medium carbonation, oily, full mouthfeel. The 9.4% is hidden well. At 2.75 for a 16.9 oz. bottle, it is a great value. In fact, in terms of $ per alcohol-oz., this is the top beer I have found. metalhead0043 (207) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2013
500ml bottle for $3. A hidden little gem in the import section at my local beer store. Pours black with a slight amber hue to it. Head is sort of a creamy off white or khaki color. Smells like chocolate, malt and is slightly fruity. The alcohol can be detected a little bit in the aroma as well. Taste is sweet with some chocolate, fruit and alcohol flavors present. At 9.4% that can be expected. Does not mask the alcohol perfectly but it is hardly offensive. The body is a little thinner than I prefer but not light. Overall this is a really good porter that I recommend. mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Almost opaque black, copper hues on edges, with thick tan head. Sweet on the nose with roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Thick chewy mouthfeel.
Sweet and light at first, then roasted malt hits with a coffe bitterness that is obvious but very mellow and understated. A little sharpness of coffee leaves a nice aftertaste on the whole of the tongue. 9.4% is very well hidden. What a great porter. Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown color with a sweet molasses malty aroma. Flavor is one dimensional and too sweet. It seems the sweetness is there to make up for the lack of complexity. I do have to admit that the alcohol is not noticeable. I am not to into this style. Angelmonster (197) - Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Pours a big finger of beige head. Body is a very dark brown with red highlights. Head retention was decent and lacing was minimal.
Predominate smell is of dark fruits. Plums, figs, raisins and prunes. Caramel and roasted malts are also present. There is also a lingering hint of smokiness similar to a scotch ale at the end. Hops are not present at all and alcohol is very faint.
Taste is pretty sweet, almost syrupy. Caramel, dulce de leche, smoky burnt malts are the first flavors that come through. Dried fruits like fig, prune, and plum are there as foretold in the smell. Some earthy hops are very faint in the background and for 9 percent abv, alcohol is well hidden.
Palate is medium bodied, slightly syrupy. Carbonation levels are good but head doesnt contribute much to the feel. For such a strong dark ale it wasnt as heavy as some baltic porters, which has its pros and cons.
Overall a good beer. Drinkability was very good, especially for such a strong beer. Not too heavy or filling, this beer can potentially become dangerous. Good flavors and reasonably priced, would definitely buy this one again
meccahh69lol (194) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2017
There is some division in this household around this beer. Oneís perfectly adequate, cheap, high ABV baltic porter is anotherís "garbage water". While the merits of each opinion must lie in the beholderís 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 (Iíve 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 doesnít exactly beg you to chug it down either. Anyway, Itís worth a shot if you see it around and like thicker beers like stouts and porters, but if youíre not already a fan, this wonít convert you. muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Dark beer with a thick and creamy head. Vanilla aroma. Odd taste and very creamy mouth feel. Canít quite put my finger on this one but it isnít brilliant. thefle (167) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Pretty good porter, smokey and a little chocolatey, heavy booze doesnít really show up when you drink it, not bad AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - JUL 29, 2007
The best 1.39 I ever spent! Dark and rich. Roasted bitterness - malt flavor mixed with chocolate and coffee. Some fruity flavors as well. alch well belnded... agent_511 (157) - - AUG 5, 2012
Roasty, caramelly, aroma. Pours dark brown with an amber tint, and a thick tan head. Moderately sweet with a roasty bitterness. A little caramel taste with a slightly sharp acidic finish. Full body. Good beer