HighlanderOne (1330) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2016
Poured from bottle. Big aroma of coffee and chocolate malt. Good lookin - nearly stout black with lacing. Tasting huge amounts of mocha and chocolate with a trace of licorice, lactose, banana and a trace of booze and hops. If I didn’t know better I would think this was a sweet stout. Probably too sweet for a porter. But I don’t care - this is a tasty surprise. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Light black color with a dense tan head. Aromas of black licorice and burnt roasted coffee. Taste has the licorice right up front with some chocolate and vanilla. Body is creamy and smooth and I’d never guess this stuff is 9.4% I wasn’t expecting much from this stuff, since I got 3 pint bottles for $5 but it’s not a bad deal at all. I could easily get used to this stuff. My favorite beer from Poland. oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2005
Pours a dark brown with a ruby tint and a brown head.
Has aroma of fruit and liquorice. With flavors of sweet malt, chocolate, and toffee.Very silky palate. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2005
The beer upon its evacuating the 500ml brown bottle takes up but temporary residence in my glass a deep brown to almost black color with a smallish light chocolate head that vanishes rather quickly leaving a dangerously thin skirt of lace to encircle the glass. Nose has a splendid burnt grain aroma with a sweet malt backing, caramel, and a somewhat earthy tone present; start is sweet with a nice grain profile, the top middling in its feel. Finish has a vigorous acidity and the hops delightfully spicy, and the 9.4 percent ABV leaves a nice warm feeling in the belly, a darn tasty brew this “Black Beauty”! SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Lots of oatiness in the nose meld well with hints of dark chocolate, charred toffee and smoked peat. The body is heavy, creamy and real enjoyable. Sweet chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts balance each other, making this quite drinkable. No sign of the 10% ABV, which is kind of scary.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Dark fudgy brown with a crimson glow at the bottom. A small, big bubbly cap of tanned foam barely surfaces over the edge. Sporatic lacing in spots and tiny strings.
Aroma is dark and malty rich with a very assuming forward presense of molasses with favorable hints to dark fruits adding raisin, fig, and dates to the mix with a light coating of soured milk chocolate.
Taste shadows a nice reflection cast by the aroma with largely dark malt richness of molasses and the dark fruity stuff of raisins, dates, and figs. A bit thin in the middle. Finishes well with a brown sugar spiced alcoholic warmth with a smooth, slick little coating of tootsie roll chocolate. Semi tangy and darkly sweet for most of its ride until the finish were it turns to a nice chocolate candy thickness.
Medium thinned body with a subdued richness to it and silky slick and smoothly textured with very low carbonation. As it should be for a Baltic Porter.
A pretty solid brew and recommended. harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2006
Bottle at GBBF 2006. I hadn’t realised the strength of this. Very deep ruby colour with some nice raisins and a bit of caramel. Bit milky. Amazing dark dried fruit in the mouth. Prunes, raisins, currants. Smooth and rather lovely. Some burntness. Rich. Like Christmas cake. hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2007
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Clear ruby lager with a mid-sized, frothy, khaki head. The aroma is of buttery, chocolate popcorn. Port-like flavor with big notes of coconut and dark fruit; lesser notes of chocolate. Leans just a hair on the sweet side of balance. Medium-bodied and watery with restrained carbonation. Sweet finish. Thanks to degarth for sharing! DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - SEP 29, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2008 Pours a very dark black with a moderate tan head. Very smooth with a rich chocolate taste. Sweet with a light carbonation. All in all one of the best beers I’ve ever had. TMANAZ (8) - Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2007 does not count
Excellent Porter that has a wonerful smokey character yet goes down smooth and is very pleasing to the palate