Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2011
From the bottle, pours black with a decent off-white head. Aroma is deep and rich. Chocolate syrup, caramel, espresso, french roasted coffee, sweet and thick, molasses, brown sugar, a hint of licorice, hopefully the taste is half as good as the aroma. First sip does not disappoint, though it is slightly less complex. Initially biting of chocolate and coffee, bitter, some alcohol. As it gets drunk down, it mellows somewhat and flavors of caramel, molasses, and alcohol become more dominant. Finish is lightly better and drying, but a definite syrupy sweetness. Thick but drinkable, this one has earned its rating. 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2006
A black liquid with a whitish foam. Tastes of chocolate and caramel. Alittle sweet from the alcohol? No strong alcohol taste for being over nine percent abv. Quite heavy. with a strong body. 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.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2007
8/9/07 From the bottle. Aroma is of dark plum, more like a port than a porter, then as the beer opens up goes to raisin, then fades into a bready roasty tone. Appearance is dark hazy brown with a medium tan head. Flavor is fruity sweet malt forward with caramel, smooth roast toffee, nutty, dark dried currant and no hop character. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with a powdered grainy feel throughout the mouth; warm. Overall, very cool and complex, like a strong aged winter warmer; possibly the best porter I’ve had this year.
Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Wow. This was quite the surprise! The beautiful near black pour with dense khaki head and chestnut highlights put me in the right mood as soon as the liquid hit the glass. Unfortunately, the head is shortlived and dissipates rather quickly. And then the aroma. Simply heavenly. Sweet vanilla and caramel and roast and very reminiscent of creme brulee from Southern Tier (but not quite THAT good). And after all that, the flavor still keenanrobbins (19) - - JAN 27, 2012
Whoa! Nice and dark. Smoky taste. Very palatable for a 9.5% beer. A top-five lifetime beer for Mac; not quite there for me, but very good. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 27, 2012
27-Feb-12 (500-ml bottle: $2.50 at Liquid Solutions in Tigard, OR)mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2014
I’m not sure how old this bottle is, but it’s at least 2 years old and drinking wonderfully. This classic Baltic porter is rich, full-bodied, and very flavorful. It’s not exactly black in color, but rather pours a dark-brown body with ruby highlights. It’s initially capped by a thin blanket of dark-tan head, but it recedes to a thin ring fairly quickly. The nose is exceptionally malty and fairly sweet, with intense aromas of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, buttered toast, chocolate, coffee, and prunes. On the palate, the flavors lean almost entirely toward sweet, rich maltiness. Melanoidins aren’t associated with Baltic porters the way they are with the malty German beers, but this beer sure is reminiscent of that intense quality of maltiness, except that it’s a bit sweeter (but not sugary). Flavors include dried, dark fruits (raisins and prunes), dark toast, coffee, chocolate, caramel, nuts, toffee, maple syrup, and finishing with a note of smoky, dark-roasted malt. And because of the aging this beer has seen, it’s picked up a very pleasant and balancing earthiness. Carbonation is light-medium, and though the malty sweetness might very well be cloying to some people, there is enough dryness from the roasted malt and some slight acidity from the earthiness to keep the beer from becoming too sweet. Overall, it’s simply delicious, a beer that makes me proud to be part Polish.
A porter that will put hair on your chest. Slightly but not very boozy. Strong porter notes. Thinner than a stout; well labeled.