blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2009
My bottle [500ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o tupalev. Pours a dark, deep brown with an average size tan head. Mild aroma of lightly roasted malt, caramel, some alcohol and a hint of coffee. Flavour is different then expected but I like it: Roasty with slightly burnt caramel, light green hops, some dark fruit and some maple syrup. Medium to full bodied. Pretty good, perhaps not quite on style but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Spab (3769) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2010
500 ml bottle from Bishop’s Cellar. Pours a very dark brown with small but lasting tan head. Lightly roasted aroma with moderately sweet dark fruit and some cocoa. Taste is also lightly roasty with much stronger fruitiness (raisin, prunes), toffee, cocoa with a light hoppiness. Alcohol is fairly muted for 9%. Delicate carbonation. Quite nice. rob6239 (677) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
Pours a dark hue but very slight reddiness and slight brown head. Aroma is strong of molasses and caramel. Taste carries through with the same roastiness and very little bitterness. Very smooth. PatIrish (183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
Dark brown to black with head that wisps away very quickly. Aroma, black licorice, oak, vanilla. Palate is very sweet, molasses, toffee & coffee. Not quite what I expected, but enjoyed all the same. Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2013
500ml bottle. Dark brown/red pour with a fairly minimal toffee head that leaves a light ring of lace. The nose is remarkably light for the style. Some roasted character and the faintest hint of licorice, light dark fruit. Quite boozy on the palate with a hint of dark chocolate, some stewed fruit and some other dark flavour I can’t put my finger on.
BrewGoblin (632) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
I wanted to like this more than I did. Love me a Porter and when things get imperial I usually love them even more. Not bad in any way, just not as smooth tasting or judo-chop kick-ass as I would have thought. Reeks of molasses, leather and peat and darrrrrrkkkkkk chocolate and tart cherries. She tastes like a big old boozy and burnt dark fruitcake. The mouthfeel was a wee syrupy for me. I know big dogs like this should only be barked at in moderation but I can’t see having more than one every now and then as a wild treat. Ferris (15003) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle - Vintage 2011 - Sweet dark chocolate, roast and some molasses. Deep dark brown with a nice light brown head. Cocoa and sweet caramel with a light bitter finish. Age has taken its toll, but still ok. djd07 (14358) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle during the RBWG lobby share. Pours a clear amber with small white head. The aroma is molasses and brown sugar. Thin mouth with candy sugar and caramel, light booze, nice. garthicus (2925) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 15, 2009
Thanks to Tupalev. Appearance: Pitch black with a small orange head. Aroma: Malt with lactose, slight chocolate and a tiny tiny amount of alcohol. Flavour: Very thin body, some dark fruit, some carbonation, chocolate, malt, creamy with a spicy finish, kind of made my gums tingle a little. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle # 4 of my solo Garrison 5 beer sampler, thanks to C & K! Black, nice thin brown head. Boozy aroma, slightly sour, some chocolate. Taste - whoa, big alcohol up front and more the finish (along with a pleasant roasty linger). In between this one is all over the place - roast, big metallic notes, lactose, and again, way too much unbalanced alcohol. Successful Baltics balance the alcohol with a silky smooth body but this one is too light and fizzy to handle all of this. A nice flavourful effort but it misses the mark. Great effort though, very few of these even being tried in this country. After saying all of this, I did enjoy it.