Sledutah (7979) - Utah, USA - FEB 15, 2010
500ml bottle from Brewforia Ernest (7890) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Appearance: Dark burgundy with virtually no head or lacing
Aroma: Dark fruits, caramel
Taste: Sweet malts, dark fruits & caramel. The finish is grainy and sweet
The alcohol is well hidden. Not bad, but I probably wouldn’t order a second pint if I was at a bar.
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (molasses, cereal, roasted grain), with light notes of prune and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, soft/lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Pleasant but simple aroma, just too darned sweet to drink. blankboy (7884) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of Thaichile. Pours a clear dark ruby-brown with a large diminishing light-brown head. Aroma mostly of sweet malt with some nuts, dark fruit and cola. Sweet malty flavour, somewhat sugary with some roastiness and a burnt aftertaste. Body’s a little thin. Not bad but it didn’t do much for me. larsga (7680) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2007
Small offwhite head. Dark brown barely translucent body. Sweet massive licorice and malt aroma with chocolatey notes. Sweet, mild, rounded licorice taste with vague fruity banana notes. Dry roasty aftertaste. Very nice! (0.5l bottle at RBNAG’07.) CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Pours a rich, nearly opaque dark brown with a thick, frothy, and well-lacing light tan head. Has a mildly tart and roasty aroma with some dry caramel, but lacking that dark fruity complexity usually found in Baltic porters. Starts sugary and sweet without much complexity or balance for that matter. Sticky caramel and sugary, mild bitterness and chocolate throughout, leading to a slightly warming finish that hides the alcohol fairly well. This seems like it could use a little brewing finesse to give more complexity and less of a sugar-water character.
chriso (7536) - 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.
Ughsmash (7502) - 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. Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 6, 2004
Dark brown, woody brown in look. Deep, lovely roast. Not o dark, hints of chocolate with walnut. Some plum. Sweet front followed with good roast feel. Superb Baltic only is it was a bit less sweet. I do wonder how Zywiec make 9 % porter and does avoid such sugary filling. larsniclas (7297) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2004
Dark brown/black. Chocolate and some coffee in the aroma.
Sweet, too sweet, with sugary moutgfeel.
A bit burnt chocolate-flavour with a nutty bitterness.