elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2012
12oz bottle, late 2012 Vintage. Served at around 50F.
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Pours thin dark brown with red highlights and a two finger light brown head that leaves a little lacing and recedes to a wispy, foamy cap.
Aroma is grainy, earthy, dusty, underlying notes of cocoa powder and hints of dark fruit. Good to very good strength (but not that enjoyable).
Flavor is dark fruits, cherries, figs, dates, raisins, molasses, some chocolate, a tinge tart, pretty sweet, some alcohol but not bad for 9.5%. Much bigger and better flavor than aroma.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, very sticky, moderate carbonation.
Well, I love Baltic Porters and I’ve been looking for this one for years. Very excited to see it come in my store last month. Pretty good, but still a little disappointing, particularly the odd grainy aroma that doesn’t match the flavor at all.
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, and. coffee. Flavor is big on chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and lesser amounts of hops and alcohol. Medium body, fairly long finish. BeerandBlues2 (13322) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is nutty, chocolate and roast malt with earthy hops and prune esters. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation. sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with thin, creamy off-white head; short retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is roast malt, plums, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, woody notes, and light vanilla. Flavor is roast malt forward with dark fruit esters, light chocolate, light earthy hops, and sugar; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. Drake (13738) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2012
12 ounce bottle from Grape & Gourmet, VA Beach. Pours a clear dark ruby color with a large frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and the faintest hint of raisin. The taste is big chocolate notes, roasted malts, herbal hop finish. Medium bodied. Nice beer.
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a medium-sized head. Rich and flavorful, with coffee, fruit, and spice notes. Medium bitterness. SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 18, 2012
bottle. deep brown with a small beige head. nose is subdued roasted malt. the lager yeast smooths out the palate of this full bodied beer. flavors are kind of bitter roast with some buttery notes and burnt malt. faint fruity esters in the finish. the 9.5 is un-noticeable but the vivid roasty notes are not as robust with this yeast. it’s strange, different, but definitely drinkable. fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Probably the best baltic porter I’ve had. A bit more hops than usual, and nice roasted and chocolate malt flavors. Takes the edge off the alcohol burn which is usually very prominent in this style. Almost tastes like an imperial stout. Pershing (562) - Garland, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Pours black with a nice tan head with some lacing. Sweet plum and raisan aroma with roasted malts. Medium sweet with some sharp bitterness on the edges with the first few drinks. Up front alcohol aroma on the palate. Sweet lingering finish. odinstyr (797) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Smells of chocolate, bread, earthy, raisin. Taste is sweet and mildly bitter, roast malt chocolate, hint of plums, bit of licorice, raisin.