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 (2609) - 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 (1942) - 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 (645) - 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. lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2004
ärgang 2000; Outstanding looking Porter with an almost black color and a thick creamy froth. It has a rich smell with hints of Expresso coffee, heavey roasted malts, licorice, chicoree, Butter toffee (Babbelutten),and some hints of dried fruits. It has a smooth mouthfeel with a light burned caramel unthertone and again hints of coffee, buttercakes, licorice and a burned bitterness in the end. The afthertaste is on the dry side and has a complex taste that lingers on and on. grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Excellent Porter. Certinaly a landmark historically for the style. Vintage 2000:CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2004
Rich teak and dusty scarlet sit beneath a layered and lacy toape head. Beautiful aesthetically. Nose : Mostly butterscotch or caramel . This fades into a "hot" dark roasted note with cherries, licorice, and perhaps a hint of chicory. Butterscotch dominates. Flavors: Caramel fades into a butteriness that isn’t diacetyl but simply the complexity of a smooth yeast next to a nicely roasted grain. This fades into a dry bitterness reminiscent of all good dry stouts or porters. However above the bitterness lies a distinct black olive, brown sugar sweetness that is immaculate. Naturally carbonated. The carbonation certainly caps all of this off leaving the mouth dry and bitter and sweet towards the edges of the palate. Excellent ale. Reminds me of Anchor Porter.
(500ml bottle) Beige/brown head with an opaque body. Nose of yogurt, cocoa and raisins. Smooth, milk chocolaty - very dairy. Delicious and gritty texture. Love it! The NEW strength from Stockholm! Thanks Luc. Lubiere (14151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
Opaque black beer wuth a huge moka head. Chocolate and raisin aroma. Nice chocoalte malt with a nice hopped finsih and a very pleasant body and mouthfeel. Bought in Indianapolis.