pauljackson1 (25) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2009
One of dominions best. A perfectly balanced porter - malty sweet, with roasted flavors and aromas, and nicely balanced alcohol. mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2008
12 oz bottle dated 12/08/08 poured deep brown with a huge amount of copper and red in it as well. The head quickly disappears. Big roasty and coffee aroma. Vanilla, chocolate, espresso and breadlike body with a good amount of dryness on the tongue, maybe the rye. A bit of sweetness. Has a big taste similar to a rich cup of coffee with a bit of cream and sugar in it while sitting in a smokey diner. I know that is not much of a flavor description but it reminds me of those late nights in dive diners. Very easy drinking. Cybercat (6346) - Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Pours an opaque dark chocolate brown with a thick tan head. Rich aroma is chocolaty with smoky, nutty and coffee hints. Flavor is like a fine chilled mocha, mainly of chocolate and coffee with smoky, nutty and molasses touches. Texture is smooth, fizzy and lively - a winner. tsd08460 (1281) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2015
Aroma: malts, rye, herbs
Appearance: clear, deep ruby-brown, thick tan head,
Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter,
Palate: full body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 29, 2008
12 oz bottle, bottled date 102108. Clear dark brown with a tan head. Lots of roasty malt in the nose, coffee and burnt toffee. Excellent sheetlike lacing. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors, some toffee and dark caramel. Full, creamy mouthfeel. Lingering choco-coffee finish. This one surprised me - well done!
scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2008
12 oz - Perfect Pour. Deep brownish black, creamy light tan head. Roasted dark cocoa and coffee aromas ride swirls of charred berry and hints of smoke. Dark bitter chocolate and coffee flavors warm into a soft smoked caramel berry finish. A light hop bitterness does well to keep the malt bill in check. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. One of the better winter brews from OD that I have ever encountered. Well done… zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Dark brown, like cola, with a tan head. Aroma is roasted and slightly burned malt, coffee, and some caramel. Flavor is roasted malt, smoke, coffee, and caramel. Medium body. Very good. lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Pours black as night with a thin brown head that quickly evaporates to nothing at all. Smells of roasty malt, mixed with dark fruit and a just hint of smoke.
No surprises in the mouth as it reflects the nose almost perfectly. Roasty and dark fruit (raisiny) with a fairly chewy body but creamy as well. The roasted malt and fruit mix nicely and the creamy texture makes it go down smooth. The alcohol sneaks up on you a bit since there’s nary a hint of booziness. Creamy, mocha-like finish and a lingering roastiness in the aftertaste.
It’s as straightforward as a Baltic Porter can be, balanced the fruitiness and the roastiness well and is smooth as velvet. What’s not to like? Six years is a long time to wait between samples...but I think they have improved the recipe since then JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Darker brown color with a roasty, malty aroma that has some sugar dominance in the nose with some roast. Roasty, toasty, sweet malt flavor with some ligh coffee and chocolate. Solid Baltic porter that I really enjoyed.