climberbob (458) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle. Dark w decent head. Not much aroma. Lightly sweet. Mild slightly watery porter. Not as much flavor as I would expect from a Baltic porter.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Underdogs88 (325) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Rich malt aroma with notes of toast and licorice. Clear dark reddish brown appearance with a tan head with good retention. Flavor is malt forward, but is one dimensional with hints of toast. No hop flavor with medium bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium high with medium carbonation. Overall, it's a decent Baltic porter, could be more complex.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark brown color - it’s pretty light for the style. The head is about a finger high with a khaki shade. It retains decently and leaves a nice ring of lacing on the glass.
S: This doesn’t bring a significant amount of the notes I look for in the style, like chocolate or dark fruit. Rather, the fruit notes here are pretty light (light as in, closer to peaches than, say, raisins), the malts seem more akin to brown sugar or caramel (but there are chocolate notes) and the lager yeast is rather evident. As a Baltic porter, it’s closer to a big dark lager than the lagered imperial stout most in the style are wont to become. Still, the aroma works fine enough.
T: It’s not very chocolaty; rather, its initial caramel character is more akin to a bock. There’s a slight hoppy touch on the finish resembling mint, or even tobacco. The lager ’bite’ is also rather prevalent, and I swear there’s a touch of cereal grain floating around. Every once in a while I get hints of chocolate and dark fruits - this is probably the highlight of the brew. Seems rather boozy for 6.8%, though.
M: The feel is surprisingly lush and full. This comes at the price of an overly heavy finish, so it’s not ’chuggable’ in that respect. Carbonation remains on the back burner, making it seem even more sweet.
O: Not my favorite interpretation of the style, but not terrible. As a BOCK, though, it’s actually pretty killer. Since I’m not much of a bock fan, this one ends up being merely okay to my frazzled taste buds. BierMeHoos (587) - Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Pours hazy dark coffee brown. Aroma of malt and fruit. Bitter, roasty flavors with notes of malt. Good beer, would prefer it a bit thicker though. Maverick34 (3207) - New York, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Bottled. Nice malty backbone to this one. Chocolate is strong and a hearty finish. Good beer.
Ed5388 (3448) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2014
12oz bottle from Lacey Spirits. Poured a dark brown/almost black color with a finger of creamy light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, earth, and hints of plastic. Taste of bitter roasted malts, earth, bad chocolate, hints of caramel, and sour coffee. Defreni (3153) - Husum, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2014
Flaske. Brun klar øl med et lille skumhoved. Duften er sødlig maltet. Smagen er også meget sødlig maltet med en lille sur note til sidst. Bliver reddet af en lang bitterhed til sidst. MiP (15650) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle, 6.8%. Bready aroma. Cloudy dark red brown colour. Big stable off-white head. The flavour is bready and sweetish with a mildly roasted note. Fruity and unclean, but not unpleasant at all. martin00sr (4007) - Haderslev, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2014
Clear, dark red brown. Huge, frothy, light tan head. Roasted malt and coffee notes. Flavour has coffee and milk chocolate. Bamsen78 (5336) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy dark coffee brown with airy ligt tan head. Clear aroma of malt and fruit, with notes of roast. Bitter, roasty flavour, with notes of malt and caramel and touches of yeast and hops. Hints of metal. Roasty and sweetish aftertaste. Not bad.