RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Baltic Porter - very loyal to the stlye, to a point. The cascade hops kind of give ti a tart citris punch that I usually do not get from other Baltic Porter style beers. I felt this one after a Gumball Head and half this bottle. Some mollasses and plum. Get it now. tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Nice looking beer, super dark with a thick brown head. Smells like alcohol, bittersweet chocolate and fruit. Flavour and aroma are not too similar- tastes roasty, creamy, very sweet (maybe too sweet), hoppy. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2006
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 ’06 bottling. Out of the bottle its a picture perfect stout with dense black body and a dense tan head. The aroma is really very complex, I first get alcohol, raisin, stonefruit, and flowers, but then there’s some chocolate in there too. The palate is pretty solid with good viscous creamy smoothness. I taste tremendous alcohol and a roastiness and creaminess that were absent from the nose. This is also incredibly sweet though not really malty. I feel like something is out of place in this beer, like too much alcohol or too sweet, but in the mean time, I’m enjoying this.
rerate April 12, 2007:
’06 bottle. What a nice time this beer has had in this last year. Appearance is unchanged, still lovely. Nose has opened up rather nicely. Alcohol is strong, but balanced the sweet and chocolatey malt well. A little roast. The hops have dropped off a bit. A little oaky. Definitely some raisin. +1 for aroma overall. The palate is still supple and creamy, really divine. The flavor is a bit more mature than I remember it being. Still heavy with alcohol, but not such a stinger. Creamy chocolate malt and satisfying though not overbearing roast peaks out from over the hops, which have died back a bit. The malt backdrop is so mellow though. I have to imagine that this will be beautiful to drink with 4 years of age on it if this isn’t a particularly oxidation prone beer. I think I’m going to buy a 4 pack and forget about it for 2 years! carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2006
nice head with a thin aroma of roasted malt. very smooth on the palate not very complex. i like my Imperial goods to leave more to contemplate.... good none the less. hunter would be proud AlabastorJones (815) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Blacknes with a milky cream pile of a tan froth, smells roasted and rich, spicey and chocolately somewhat dry finish, filling and slightly warming, vanilla and choclate holding hands like a racial tolerance add, alc is present but not overpowering, some flavors shift into reptilian versions of their former selves
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kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2006
London Gathering Nov 05: Black with a brown head. Chocolate and vanilla in the nose. Similar flavour with a slightly tart edge. Easy drinking. WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - FEB 28, 2006
Bottle. Bottle conditioned. Pours a thick, viscous dark black. Thin, dark tan head that dissipates quickly, but leaves nice lacing. Hints of coffee and almost some fruitiness (plum?) in the nose. Maybe a little smokey. Taste is good with some coffee and bitterness up front and some nice sweetness and creaminess going down. Mouthfeel is well balanced with some carbonation when it hits your mouth, then thick and a little warm going down your throat. Very good overall. I enjoy it a lot. I have 3 more in the cellar that should age nicely. mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - FEB 28, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Pours an opaque raisin color in the goblet with a very slight dark brown head. Nose of alcohol, hops, caramel, roasted, coffee-ish notes. Good balance of hops bitterness and malty sweetness with a warm alcohol presence. Very good! harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Very nice appearance, dark brown with an orange-ishtan head. Aroma is malty and slightly smokey. Smokey flavor permeates with somewhat sweet maltiness, licorice with some very nice cocoa and milk chocolate. freekyp (2416) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2006
If you closed your eyes and gave this brew a bug whiff, you’d think you were about to delve into a well hopped west coast IPA. Open your eyes and things couldn’t be more backwards. This deep dark brown beer sports a thick brown head and excellent lacing, and a peaty whisky nose. It packs a alchoholic whallop to boot, but is never overtaken by its ample ABV. While this porter has a nice roasty bitterness, the aroma hops supply a cherry/grape overtone that is slightly out of place. Thick and creamy, this is enjoyable, but not one I’m likely to pursue for future returns.