theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - OCT 20, 2008
22 oz bottle shared by csbosox at the 10/18 tasting. Pour is deep brown, cloudy, with a thinnish off white head. Aroma of roasted maltiness, dark chocolate and tobacco. Nice full, rounded nose. Taste is roasty, a bit milky, the chocolate and more of the tobacco. Nice smooth taste, very gentle burnt smokiness throughout. Nice Baltic Porter. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Thanks for sharing, csbosox. The body was black with a light khaki head. The aroma was dark chocolate with some dank raisins. There was also some bread crust. The taste was lightly roasted with some subtle coffee. There was also some light anise. A nicely done Baltic porter. It’s good to see Grumpy Troll is continuing their new solid line up. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2008
SurlySober brought this over to my house, and swore up and down it was better on tap at the brewpub. The bottle was extremely carbonated, and indeed he said experienced secondary fermentation in the bottle. There was a powerful pop when I pried the cap off, and the beer foamed extensively in the glass. Color was black with too much head. Aroma was pretty faint, and was a pretty generic dark roastiness. Flavor wasn’t bad, but was nothing to write home about. It was dark and roastiness with a bit of coffee and chocolate, but it was faint and just not the same as some other great baltic porters or imperial stouts. Not bad, but not exciting, at least not in the bottle.
Based on this experience, I wouldn’t recommend this beer, but I would give it a second chance at the brewpub, where in my experience, the food and beer are both excellent. SurlySober bought this bottle at the brewpub. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small, light tan head.
Smell: Aroma of roasty, smokey barley along with chocolate and a lesser note of fruit skins.
Taste: A mingling of roasted barley, baker’s chocolate, and dark caramel with a mild sweetness. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Faint wisp of smoke. Touch of fruit -- a bit of red grape. Relatively light finish with a lingering fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: So-so as far as Baltic Porters go. ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2008
From a 22oz. Bomber - Pours black in color with a small head – very low in carbonation. Smells of fruit and yeast overpowering the hop aroma. First sip is caramel and fruity (dark fruits), with raisins and fig notes. Not too bad, but not something worth seeking out.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2008
22oz bomber, no date from badbeer, who picked it up at the brewpub on 8/30/08, I think. Thanks Mike! Deep ruby with a big three finger beige head, fantastic retention, albeit a tad overcarbonated? Roasted malt and cold coffee are dominant and clean smelling. Some sweet caramel and toffee notes are next, with some toasted malt rounding it out. Slightly metallic as well, but in a lager way.Kinda reminds me of Smuttynose’s version thus far. Flavor gets a little bit fruity (dark fruits) with not too much roast, but plenty of chocolate and caramel notes coming forth. The flavor does get roastier as it finishes. Bitterness peaks at a 2-3, and the alcohol is masked quite well. Full body with low to moderate carbonation. I think I’m going to be the highest rating here, as I think it’s terribly underrated. Must’ve gotten a good bottle! Never have managed to get up to Mount Horeb while it was on tap, though. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2008
22oz bottle from the brewery: Pours a nearly opaque dark mahogany black with a thin, clingy-laciing light tan head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel with some burnt roasty notes and a touch of raisins and plums. Body starts with a decent fullness and carbonation with some sweet dark caramel and roasted malt flavors along with a touch of earthy bitterness and dark fruits before a slightly burnt bittersweet roasty finish. Could be a little smoother without the burnt notes, but still pretty drinkable. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2008
GTMW 2008: Deep brown with mahogany highlights topped by small head. The aroma has notes of plum and fig esters, chocolate, walnut, rye bread, and herbal hops. The taste starts with acidic fruit and chocolate. Supported by some bitterness of hops and coffee. The mouth feel is thin yet oily. An okay brew but not much else. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Date: 08/08/2008badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Appearance: black, wispy beige head,
Aroma: rich dry dark chocolate aroma,
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, lots of earthyness keeps it dry, light bitter finish,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Very dark brown, blackish with a beige head that quickly recedes to a ring around the glass. Nice smell of cocoa, coffee cream, roasted barley, and ash. Taste is very roasty; has some ash, maybe a hint of smoke, and bitter chocolate. Light body and fairly high carbonation. I thought I remembered this one to be a bit better, but it’s still pretty decent.