Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2004
On tap: Aroma is a little weak but is roasted coffee and light chocolate. Dark brown, virtually black. Outstanding tan head with great retention. Lasts to the end. Flavor is a watered down roasted coffee with light bitterness in the finish. Roasted coffee aftertaste. Chocolate that commercial description claims to have, really isn’t there. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [draft - The Sharp Edge - East Liberty, PA] Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Strong coffee and chocolate aroma with roasted malts and hops throughout. Smooth taste begins with a slight hoppy bite but then goes quickly to a roasty middle and a slightly bitter coffee finish. Very good porter. Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2004
A great Porter, lots of roasted grain, coffee and chocolate flavors. Well balanced, smooth tasting. I recently renewed my acquantance with this brew. My memories were not exagerated. It is still good! I will make it a point of getting it again. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Pours a dark black with a tan head. Very fragrant aroma, coffee, citrus hops, malt, and molasses/caramel. Flavor is full of choclate/coffee with a hard hit of hops! Very unique flavor, a decent filling of the palate. Nice porter. AcctError12410 (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2004
12oz bottle. this has become a benchmark porter for me. it’s the color of a cola, about 24*L, dark dark brown, almost black with hints of red around the edges. the head is two fingers, dense, tan and follows the beer with pretty lace to the bottom of the glass. roasted malts, chocolate, and slight caramel flavor. hops are minimal, enough to carry through, crisp, quick hop finish, with lingering chocolate aftertaste. very nice.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Appearance: solid brown body, with a lush, flowing head of tannish foam atop, though in a hurry to settle down.
Aroma: mild at first, creamy, with hints of nuts, vanilla, caramel, with slowly the better earmarks of a good porter emerging, and we’re getting the roasted coffee, getting roastier and bitterer as we go, and as it unfurls we can detect things weightier, headier, more thick and viscous: molasses, syrup, motor oil.
On first sip and gulp, I was magically lifted up and removed from the mundane and the everyday. Mouth-filling, rich, powerful, flavorful, and just plain FULL!
Nothing loose or limpid here! Bitterness is just so, and soon turns to the sweet. I don’t know what exactly to liken it to, but it seems to tread a middle ground: no too bitter, not to smooth, juuust right!
One caveat: the carbonation feels a bit too cola-like, and that ain’t good, in my book.
Finish is fine and long-lasting, settles in to occupy the mouth and endear itself to all the senses.
However, a certain heft is lacking in overall body and character, that I would expect, nay demand, out of any true Baltic porter. Needs more Oooom-pa-pa-mow,mow!, if you follow.
Still an excellent porter, and one which I’d greatly appreciate more, if it were available in my environs.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2004
Dark Brown Coloring. White Head. Alot of Roasts on the Nose... Coffee and Chocolate. Malts. Had Some Spank for a Porter.. Good Beer for the Winter. Chew Slowly... beerhugger (572) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2004
Classic rich porter aromas of chocolate and some dark fruit come from this dark brown beer. Smooth flavours of choclate and some coffee - had a creamy texture and a bit of a bitter edge too. Pretty good. 3fourths (9377) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Medium dark brown color, medium tan head as well. Heavily sweet malt aroma, medium sweet hops with some floral woody qualities. Medium body, creamy texture with a light coffee creamer flavor. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Moderately aromatic, with notes of currants, sweet malts, dark malts, chocolate, bold hops, onions and alcohol.
The malts provide notes of prunes, coffee and chocolate while other notes of brown sugar and molasses are present. The hops are bold and very prominent but in this porter it just didn’t work. Too hoppy for its style in my opinion.
Not that good.