sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2004
(Bottled, Årgång 2004, 5.5% ABV) Very dark, reddish brown color with a smallish, beige head. Slightly sweet, milk-chocolatey and brown-sugary, malty aroma. Sweetish, chocolatey, roasted-malty, somewhat acidic flavor with a bitter, dryish but sticky-sugary finish. Medium-bodied, smooth and slicky, low-carbonated palate. A smooth, chocolatey, sweetish and pleasant porter, but not quite top class. Wish I had a ’94 sample :) beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Bottle 2001 on label.English Pint glass
Pours a thin tan head with notes of alcohol,roast malts and caramel.
The beer itself is almost black with amber highlights. The flavor of roasted malt and chocolate balancing the a slight residual sweetness.The body is thin but the carbonation is not that lively so it really goes down smooth.A 5.5% beer that you can cellar. Whats not to love GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2004
bottle. dark with a thin tan head... i was expecting a little more. a little bit of a watery moutful. grapes/wine notes mixed into the smokey aroma... flavors a little bland... decent, but not my favorite that i’ve tried in this style PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2004
2001arang, drank in Dec. 2004. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Sweet carmel, chocolate and fruit, possibly prune aroma. Complex flavor containing roasted malt, sweet carmel, and a fruity, chocolatey, almost winelike linger on the tongue. Not my idea of a porter, but very unique and delicious. bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2004
Bottle. Vintage 2004. The colour is opaque black (although the liquid is clear); the large, firm semi-compact foam is brown.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2004
The smell is generous and complex with tones of black coffee, burned malt, sour cream and hints of hops and smoke.
The carbonation is very fresh, but at the same time very soft.
The taste is also complex with a somewhat smoked start. There is a large and creamy body that develops into a passing almost metallic bitterness that is replaced with a soft sweet flavour of coffee and dark chocolate. The harmonic aftertaste got a creamy burned taste with some hints of bitter hops.
This is clearly a session beer that one should take some time to experience. I cannot really grasp how the large brewery of Carlsberg Sverige can produce such a unique and fine beer.
Great stuff, that makes me a little proud beeing a Swede.
Bottle: Very disappointing almost non existant thin beige bubbles; dark brown body w/ some ruby highlights. Some toffee aroma with a strong sherry. Possibly past it’s prime. Light hints of chocolate, carmel, and vinous notes. Some brown sugary & more chocolate as it is chilled, like chocolate chip cookie dough. Maybe I’m goofy with this one, and I’m not bashing this beer, but it also smells like Purina dog food a little bit. Flavor is moderately roasty, chocolate and nutty toasty malts. Light winey vinous notes mid palate; toasty finish & aftertaste along w/ some sugary sweetness, molasses & hints of light rum. Lighter body, low carbonation w/ a dry m/f. I think this was a little past it’s prime as I seem to remember it being better the last time I had it a few years ago. I’ll re rate with a fresh bottle if it improves. Dorwart (2589) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2004
(2001 Vintage) Decent brown head. Frothy on top and reduces slowly. Aroma of roasted grains, soy sauce, some milk chocolate and a hint of grapes. Color is pretty much black, maybe some brown under a pretty strong light. Thick in the mouth with a good bitterness. Coffee, dark chocolate and roasted grains. Finish is bitter and dry with a long coffee aftertaste. A damn good porter. MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2004
’97 vintage. Deep brown-red. Nose is sweet and cola-esque, somewhat peppery. Taste is rich and chocolatey, really impressive smoky character, pairs nicely with a raisin/prune dark fruit backbone. gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2004
’97 VINTAGE 50F
Black, no head just a few tan bubbles. Looks a reflection of motor oil in a glass.
Smell a bit of yeast, vinous alcohol, and barley soda pop.
oh my god, that’s beautiful. Melted bittersweet Callebaut chocolate with bubbles. A little prune syrup, a bit oily like blackstrap molasses. Leaves a puff of deisel smoke as it departs. A very economical beverage. Meaning it’s not so layered, or thick and fruity, or hopped up that it jumps all over the palate as if it were a trampoline. This beer is smooth with a smoky bite, with easy barley fruitiness, balanced alcohol and carbonation that reminds me of the difference in ride between my HONDA civic and a towncar. Many beers are variations of a civic: Good rides with personal embellishments that make the civic unique. This Baltic porter gives a ride like a towncar, smooth. Loved it, and could drink buckets of it.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2004
1997 - Somewhat malty aroma, with a touch of alcohol, which is surprising for only 5.5% . Flavors of roasted barley, caramel, and a touch of coffee balance very well. Finishes with a hint of chocolate. Quite enjoyable.