daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Dark dark brown pour. Light brown head. Aroma is smokey, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, dark pumpernickel toast. Flavor is loaded with chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, toffee. Helluva good porter. Yes indeed. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
Bomber received as an extra in a recent trade with JCB. Thanks again Jason!
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears almost black in the glass with mahogany edges when held to a light and a two finger light beige head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with large rings and chunks of soapy lacing.
Deep roasted dark malt aroma with a ton of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee and coffee bean. Slightly smokey but not burnt smelling at all with hints of hazelnut, milk chocolate and subtle lactic cream.
Chewy full body with an excellent balance of bitter roasted and sweet malt notes. Subtle smoke character with hints of roasted coffee/espresso bean and burnt toast. Very roasted but not acrid tasting with some lactic cream mid-palate that adds complexity and mouthfeel. The roasted notes are countered and excellently balance by hints of milk and dark chocolate, toffee, oatmeal and hazelnut. Although there is plenty of roast, this beer is bursting through with lots of luscious, silky chocolate and is incredibly well balanced. The ABV is excellently masked without a trace of alcohol heat, making this beer dangerously drinkable.
This is one of the best examples of the style that I’ve ever had and I highly suggest seeking it out. thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Got to try this one at the brewpub at the release party. One of the first three glasses poured off the keg. Served from tap into a Foothills fat pilsner (at least how I would describe it). Pours a deep dark brown basically black with a one finger light tan head that lingers throughout. Maintains phenomanial lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt, subtle fruit, oatmeal, and a very slight hop hint. The flavor was of oatmeal, malt, dark fruit, and a hint of alcohol upon warming up to room temperature. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation, almost a creamy texture as it goes down. Overall this was quite an excellent brew. Had a very smooth and creamy feel to it that made it go down oh-so easy. The appearance on this one was quite good. While the aroma was quite complex it lacked some intensity to it, but was still nice. However, the flavor totally made up for the lack of aroma intensity. This is a definite must try for sure. LiMuBai (227) - - SEP 29, 2014
Malty aroma, pours a deep ebony with a thin brown head. Malty taste with hints of alcohol. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Jet black pour tall tan head, thick lace. A bit of a light aroma, a touch sweet some milk chocolate roasty. Full well coated palate, extra creamy. Well roasted silky chocolate flavor taste has a touch of bitter coccoa powder lightly grass hop in the finish. Fantastic.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bottle from the mighty Sam’s Quik Shop. Only a hint of light leaks through this near-black brew. The light tan head’s pretty minimal, but lasted throughout the entire glass. I haven’t had a ton of Baltic Porters, so I can best describe it by comparing it to the Duck Rabbit version, which is a personal favorite. A lot of the same flavors are apparent, like dark chocolate, prunes, and coffee, though significantly more muted in taste and aroma. It also leans more towards the chocolate flavors like an imperial stout than the heavy fruits of a baltic. With almost no heat to indicate the strength, it finishes very clean with a pleasant, quick hop note. Basically, it’s smoother, milder, and less complex than the Duck Rabbit, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just different. The lack of heat and already smooth flavors leaves me less inclined to age my other bottles as long as I’d expected to. Perhaps I’ll lay one down for a couple years to see what happens, but it just doesn’t strike me as a beer meant to age. zizzybalubba (1896) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2010
22 oz. bottle purchased from Foothills. Dark black pour with a healthy tan head. Aroma of smoky malts, roasted espresso, walnuts, and hints of dark fruit. Huge dark coffee flavors jump out with noticeable smoke and bitter chocolate. The finish is lingering but there is little, if any, detectable alcohol warmth. This is really quite fantastic. Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012
Originally reviewed: 8/16/10. Had this wonderful beer on tap at the brewpub this afternoon. Met a buddy there for this specific offering. Came out in their special "high gravity" glass. A perfect uber-black pour with a thin tan head on top. (*Note: There’s never any head on the beers at Foothills, but that’s because they pour you a full glass to the rim. I would much rather have it this way, than a pretty look with less beer). Scents of dark roasted malts, a bit of alcohol, sweet cream, and faint chocolate tones.
The mouth is perfectly creamy. Just a velvet coating all over the palate. Wonderful. Great creamy flavors that finish just as smooth. Lots of dark chocolate noted. The alcohol does not make itself know in the flavor at all. Hidden well. I can feel it though. Some dark fruits in there as well. This is a splendid offering. I’d have to have it side by side with the SC to compare, but it definitely is as good as SC for sure. Here’s to Foothills for making my wish come true and bringing this beer back! Cheers! masedawg (156) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Dark beer much like there stout. Almost no head, but who cares. Great coffee taste, and you can definitely pick up on the warmth from the 9%. Its debatable which is better here the porter or the stout, but you cant go wrong here either way.